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18th Edition of Dhaka International Film Festival begins

  • The 18th Dhaka International Film Festival was inaugurated by the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh A.K. Abdul Momen.
  • The theme of the festival is ‘Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society’.

Country – Bangladesh

Official language and national language-  Bengali

President -Abdul Hamid

Prime Minister- Sheikh Hasina

H-1B Visa

  • Indian IT industry could suffer from delays in grant of work visas by the US in 2020.
  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will move to a new system in April.
  • New system requires employers to register in advance names of employees who need the work permit.

Iran’s Gen QassemSoleimani killed in US airstrike on Baghdad airport

  • In a major blow to Iran, top commanders of Iran and Iraq were killed in the air strike by the United States. A US strike killed top Iranian commander QasemSoleimani and the Top Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis at Baghdad’s airport.
  • Global oil prices meanwhile soared more than 4% in the wake of the strike.
  • Meanwhile, Iran has termed US act of killing of Soleimani an ‘extremely dangerous, foolish escalation’

Iran Capital: Tehran;

Currency of Iran: Rial;

President of Iran: Hassan Rouhani.

Robert Abela has been elected as Malta’s Prime minister

  • Malta’s governing party has elected a new leader and prime minister to replace Joseph Muscat, who resigned over the murder of a journalist.
  • Robert Abela won the Labour Party leadership contest with 57.9% of the vote.

Capital-  Valletta

Official languages -Maltese, English

Currency -Euro