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
- 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.
Official languages -Maltese, English