1. Why hasn’t Centre’s assurance on citizenship law worked?

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1. Why hasn’t Centre’s assurance on citizenship law worked?
1. Why hasn’t Centre’s assurance on citizenship law worked?
5 THINGS FIRST

India vs Pakistan, 1st semi-final, ICC 2020 U-19 World Cup; AAP likely to release Delhi election manifesto; PM Modi’s election rally in Delhi; RBI monetary policy committee meeting; World Cancer Day

2. What’s the fight over thanking the President?
2. What’s the fight over thanking the President?
3. Is Wuhan coronavirus becoming a pandemic?
3. Is Wuhan coronavirus becoming a pandemic?
4. Cancer is killing not just Indians but India’s economy too
4. Cancer is killing not just Indians but India’s economy too
While the world observes Cancer Day today, the deadly disease is ‘eating away’ not just Indians but also the country’s economy.

  • The financial cost: While the average cost of cancer therapy per household is pegged at around Rs 37,000, that in no way is reflective of the actual cost incurred — which will be substantially more due to non-medical expenses. Out-of-pocket hospitalisation expenses for cancer treatment are 2.5 times the average hospitalisation expenses — forcing 60% of the households to resort to borrowings and another 32% to seek financial aid from relatives and friends. As for what it cost the country, a study by European Short Term Scientific Mission found that India lost 0.36% of its GDP, amounting to $6.7 billion, due to productivity losses from cancer.
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5. Which actor made his Bollywood debut in 1992 with ‘Deewana’?
  • Clue 1: In 2009, he became the first Indian actor to be invited to the Golden Globes awards ceremony as a presenter.
  • Clue 2: Count Dil Dariya, Doosra Keval and Ummeed among the TV serials he’s featured in.
  • Clue 3: He replaced Amitabh Bachchan for one season (2007) as the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati.

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6. Are Indian economy’s bad days over?
6. Are Indian economy’s bad days over?
  • Some positivity? Ahead of the RBI monetary policy meeting that starts today, the Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) gave something to cheer about, saying that India’s manufacturing activity had expanded the fastest in 8 years — jumping to 55.3 in January compared to 52.7 in December and was the highest reading since February 2012. This has been attributed to a rebound in sales that has also pushed hiring of new workers to its fastest rate in 7 years. Part of the reason for this uptick is attributed to a spurt in exports, which has been the fastest since November 2018. Coupled with a fall in crude oil prices on Monday, the BSE Sensex found some vigour to close 136.78 points up — after a disastrous outing on Budget day on Saturday, when it fell almost 988 points.
7. Last March of big dividends?
7. Last March of big dividends?
  • A switch? The Budget move would also affect the dividend plans of mutual funds that many investors prefer to ensure cash flows though investors whose income is not subject to tax, may continue with the dividend option.
8. India have now won away bilateral series in all formats against…
8. India have now won away bilateral series in all formats against…
  • And so it was a clean sweep of the T20I series in Mount Maunganui on Sunday — India’s first-ever bilateral T20I series triumph in New Zealand. Additionally, the Men in Blue have now beaten the Kiwis in bilateral series away from home across all three formats — Tests, ODIs and T20Is.
  • No mean achievement this as Virat Kohli yet again helped cap off India’s domination on foreign soil. This after leading the team to their first-ever Test and bilateral ODI series wins in Australia, and their first bilateral T20I series win away to the Windies — all in 2019.

New Zealand

  • First Test series win: 1968; 3-1 (4 match series); Captain: Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi
  • First bilateral ODI series win: 2009; 3-1 (5 match series); Captain: MS Dhoni
  • First bilateral T20I series win: 2020; 5-0 (5 match series); Captain: Virat Kohli

Australia

  • First Test series win: 2019; 2-1 (4); Captain: Virat Kohli
  • First bilateral ODI series win: 2019; 2-1 (3); Captain: Virat Kohli
  • First bilateral T20I series win: 2016; 3-0 (3); Captain: MS Dhoni

England

  • First Test series win: 1971; 1-0 (3); Captain: Ajit Wadekar
  • First bilateral ODI series win: 1986; 1-1 (2)*; Captain: Kapil Dev
  • First bilateral T20I series win: 2018; 2-1 (3); Captain: Virat Kohli

West Indies

  • First Test series win: 1971; 1-0 (5); Captain: Ajit Wadekar
  • First bilateral ODI series win: 1999; 2-1 (3)**; Captain: Sourav Ganguly
  • First bilateral T20I series win: 2019; 3-0 (3); Captain: Virat Kohli

Zimbabwe

  • First Test series win: 2005; 2-0 (2); Captain: Sourav Ganguly
  • First bilateral ODI series win: 1998; 2-1 (3); Captain: Mohammad Azharuddin
  • First bilateral T20I series win: 2010; 2-0 (2); Captain: Suresh Raina

*India won the series (Texaco Trophy) on faster scoring rate; ** Toronto Cricket Festival series in Canada. Note: Stats do not include one-match series

Update: In a blow to India, limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma was on Monday ruled out of the upcoming ODI and Test series against New Zealand after sustaining a calf injury during the fifth T20I.

9. What are Indian terrorists doing in Afghanistan?
9. What are Indian terrorists doing in Afghanistan?
10. BAFTA haul puts ‘1917’ in pole position for Oscars
10. BAFTA haul puts ‘1917’ in pole position for Oscars
  • Heading toward the Oscars next Sunday, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (or BAFTAs) mark the last of the Oscar precursor award shows, timed right when Oscar voters are filling out their ballots (due today). And at the 73rd edition at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday night, it was World War I drama 1917 that emerged as the big winner, picking up seven awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Sam Mendes (in pic).
  • It was also named Outstanding British film and won the cinematography prize, while taking home the trophies for production design, sound and visual effects. (1917, which follows two British soldiers on a perilous mission across no man’s land, has 10 Academy Award nominations, including for Best Picture.)
  • The acting gongs didn’t throw up any surprises either. Joaquin Phoenix, won Best Actor for Joker, while Renee Zellweger picked up Best Actress for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Judy. Brad Pitt was named best supporting actor for Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood and Laura Dern was named best supporting actress for Marriage Story. FYI: All four have now swept the BAFTA, SAG, Globe, and Critics’ Choice Awards. Bong Joon-ho’s highly-acclaimed Korean-language drama Parasite was named best foreign-language film and also took the prize for best original screenplay.
  • The evening proved particularly anti-climatic for Quentin Tarantino-directed Once Upon a Time… and Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman — both of which were nominated in 10 categories each. While the former garnered just one award, the latter finished empty-handed.
  • A word of caution: The BAFTAs often presage Oscar winners, but not always. Last year, the BAFTAs favoured Roma and The Favourite over Green Book.

Complete list of winners here

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Compiled by: Judhajit Basu, Rakesh Rai, Sumil Sudhakaran, Tejeesh N.S. Behl

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