Poland said it will send Ukraine four MiG-29 fighter jets in the coming days, as Ukrainian and Russian troops face off outside the city of Bakhmut, reported Reuters.
New Zealand bans Chinese-owned social media app TikTok from devices issued to members of parliament, officials say. It is the latest nation to express security fears about TikTok, as reported by the news agency AFP. TikTok will be banned on devices with access to the parliamentary network from March 31.
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India To Host SCO Tourism Ministers’ Meet In Varanasi Today
India will host the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Tourism Ministers’ Meeting on March 17-18 in Kashi (Varanasi), which has been designated as the first cultural capital of the SCO. India is the current chair of the SCO. During the Tourism Ministers’ (TMM) meeting, a joint action plan on the development of cooperation in tourism among SCO member countries will be adopted, the Ministry of Tourism said in a statement. The TMM will be preceded by the second Tourism Expert Working Group Meeting on March 14-15. During the meeting, the dignitaries will discuss and finalise joint action plan before it is adopted at the SCO Tourism Ministers’ meeting on 17 March.
“The Joint Action Plan to be discussed during the 2nd EWG meeting will include actions relating to Promotion of the SCO tourism brand, Promotion of the cultural heritage of the SCO Member States in tourism, Sharing and Exchange of information and digital technology in tourism, promoting of mutual cooperation in medical and health tourism, improving the quality of services,” the Ministry of Tourism said.
The eight-member countries of SCO represent 42% of the world population and 25% of the global Gross domestic product (GDP). According to the Ministry, there is immense potential in the region which can be promoted by boosting awareness among SCO countries.
Annual Lucknow Book Fair From Today
The 10th edition of the annual Lucknow book fair is set to begin from March 17 to March 26 at Ravindralaya ground. The theme for this year’s book fair will be the G20 forum, as a means to raise awareness on the subject. “We will have all kinds of titles starting from Amar Chitra Katha editions to competitive exam books for students and children, we will also set up activities for the younger visitors,” said Manoj Singh Chandel, organiser.
He added that there would be Hindi and English publishers and stalls set up from across the country, including one Osho Tapoban from Kathmandu, Nepal.
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