Marathi Bhasha Diwas
The birth anniversary of noted Marathi litterateur V.V. Shirwadkar alias ‘Kusumagraj is celebrated as ‘Marathi Bhasha Diwas’ across Maharashtra. The State government started celebrating the birth anniversary of Kusumagraj as ‘Marathi Rajbhasha Gaurav Din’ after the Jnanpeeth awardee’s demise in 1999.
Polling begins in Meghalaya, Nagaland
Polling for the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly and 60-member Nagaland Assembly began at 7 a.m. on Tuesday amid tight security. In Meghalaya over 18 lakh voters eligible to exercise their franchise in more than 3,000 polling stations across the State to decide the fate of 361 candidates. In Nagaland, a total of 11,76,432 voters, comprising of 5,97,281 male, 5,79,151 female, and 5884 service voters, are eligible to exercise their franchise during the day to decide the fate of 195 candidates.
North Korean delegation returns home
North Korea’s delegation to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics has left South Korea after a visit where the former general suspected of masterminding deadly 2010 military attacks on the South told Seoul officials the North is willing to talk with Washington. The delegation’s returning home on Tuesday completes the North Korea’s diplomatic outreach to the South during the Pyeongchang Olympics that was seen as an attempt to break out from the isolation and pressure North Korea faces over its nuclear programme.
King Jong-Nam murder trial
Doan Thi Huong and Siti Aisyah of Indonesia have pleaded not guilty to killing Kim Jong-Nam on Feb. 13, 2017, at a crowded Kuala Lumpur airport terminal. They are accused of wiping VX on Kim’s face in an assassination widely thought to have been orchestrated by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.