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Sri Lanka Celebrates 76th Independence Day
Sri Lanka celebrated its 76th Independence Day on February 4, 2024, marking the culmination of a struggle for self-determination that began in the early 20th ce... Sri Lanka celebrated its 76th Independence Day on February 4, 2024, marking the culmination of a struggle for self-determination that began in the early 20th century. Achieving independence from British rule in 1948, the country underwent various historical events, including the formation of the Ceylon National Congress in 1884 and the introduction of communal representation in 1915. The pivotal Soulbury Constitution in 1947 led to the formal independence of Ceylon as a Commonwealth nation on February 4, 1948. Independence Day is commemorated with official ceremonies, including the President's flag hoisting, speeches, military parades, and cultural events showcasing traditional aspects of Sri Lankan heritage.
India Launches UPI Payment System Globally at Eiffel Tower
The Unified Payment Interface (UPI), launched by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) in 2016, was formally introduced globally at the Eiffel Tower... The Unified Payment Interface (UPI), launched by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) in 2016, was formally introduced globally at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on February 2, 2024. The launch, coinciding with India's Republic Day celebrations in Paris, marked a significant milestone in expanding UPI's reach beyond national borders. NPCI's international arm, NPCI International Payments (NIPL), collaborated with French e-commerce and payments company Lyra to enable UPI payments in France. This partnership aims to cater to Indian tourists, with the Eiffel Tower being the first merchant in France to offer UPI services. The initiative reflects the strengthening strategic partnership between India and France in the realm of digital payments.
India Joins UN's 'Honour Roll' with Timely 2024 Budget Payment
India has contributed USD 32.89 million to the United Nations Regular Budget for 2024, making it part of the "honour roll" of 36 Member States that have paid th... India has contributed USD 32.89 million to the United Nations Regular Budget for 2024, making it part of the "honour roll" of 36 Member States that have paid their dues in full and on time. The payment, made on January 31, 2024, places India among the nations recognized by the UN Committee on Contributions for timely contributions. India has consistently been on this "honour roll," reflecting its commitment to supporting the UN and its mission. By fulfilling its financial obligations promptly, India's contributions aid in funding the UN's programs and operations globally. The timely payments from 36 Member States collectively contribute to the organization's ability to carry out its initiatives effectively.