1. Atal Tunnel has been officially certified, as the World's Longest Highway Tunnel above 10,000 feet. The tunnel, which is 9.02 km long & connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, was inaugurated in 2020.

2. India & Australia have signed a MoU to boost the pandemic-battered tourism sector. 

3. First bullet train will run between Mumbai & Ahmedabad very soon.

4. The Indian AF has   deployed its first regiment of the S-400 Triumph missile system at an airbase in Punjab. It will cover parts of the border with China as well as the frontier with Pakistan.

5. Russia has deployed more than 100,000 troops, near its border with Ukraine.  The buildup has pushed the U.S & its NATO allies to send ammunition, missiles & military trainers to Ukraine. 

6. ISRO is all set to launch Chandrayaan-3 based on the learnings from Chandrayaan-2.

7. After India abstained from a discussion on Ukraine — initiated by the U.S. — at the UN, in the 1st week of Feb, Russia has thanked India publicly. This way, India has tried to balance between US & Russia.

8.China and Russia have outlined further close ties when their two leaders met during the winter olympics. They have hit out at the USA by accusing NATO of “expansionism” in Europe.
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