1. R K Singh inaugurates International R&D Conclave in New Delhi
Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R K Singh inaugurated the International R&D Conclave in New Delhi.
The two-day conference on Emerging Opportunities and Challenges of R&D in Indian Power Sector, organised by Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
In his address inaugural, Shri Singh stressed upon the need of a dedicated R&D department in CEA to coordinate the research in the power sector.
2. Jaipur’s Gandhinagar railway station becomes fully women operated station
The Jaipur’s Gandhinagar railway station became the country’s first major railway station to be fully-managed by women.
Gandhi Nagar is important railway station in Jaipur situated on the Jaipur-Delhi rail route with more than 50 trains passing through the station out of which 25 halting at the station. The station has the footfall of more than 7,000 passengers every day.
There are 40 women staff at the station beside women personnel of the railway protection force have been deployed at the station.
Source: DD News
3. Newborn mortality: India 12th worst among low-income countries
India has been ranked 12th-worst among 52 low-middle income countries based on the number of children dying within the first month of their birth, which is 25.4 per 1,000 live births.
Pakistan is the worst with 45.6 newborn deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) which has, for the first time, come out with rankings based on their newborn mortality rate (the number of deaths per 1,000 live births).
Japan, with an NMR of 0.9 deaths per 1,000 live births, has been ranked the world’s safest country in which to be born followed by Iceland (1) and Singapore (1.1).
Source: Times of India
4. Government sets up the NITI Forum for Northeast
The Union Government has issued orders setting up the ‘Niti Forum for North-East’. The forum will be co-chaired by the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog and Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER). The forum will have its Secretariat in the Ministry of DoNER.
The NITI Forum for Northeast is tasked to identify various constraints on the way of accelerated, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the North East Region of the country and to recommend suitable interventions for addressing identified constraints.
NITI – National Institution for Transforming India
Chairperson: Narendra Modi
CEO: Amitabh Kant
Vice-Chairman: Rajiv Kumar
Founded: 1 January 2015
Headquarters: New Delhi
Source: Press Information Bureau
5. Avani Chaturvedi becomes the first Indian woman to fly fighter aircraft solo
Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi has scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo.
She flew a MiG-21 bison in her first solo sortie from IAF’s Jamnagar base in Gujarat.
She is one of the three in the first batch of female pilots, besides Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh, who was inducted in Indian Air Force fighter squadron in 2016.
They were commissioned as flying officers after the government took the decision in 2015 to open the fighter stream for women on an experimental basis.
Source: Air World Service
6. Kerala to make vaccination certificate mandatory for school admission
The Kerala government has made vaccination certificate mandatory for school admission starting next academic session.
The development came after the state cabinet approved a draft Medical Policy which necessitates all students seeking admission must produce a vaccination card.
Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja has released the new policy would revitalise the health sector, adding the government is committed to achieving total immunisation in the state.
Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan
Source: Times Now News
7. International Mother Language Day – 21 February
International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a worldwide annual observance held on 21 February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism.
First announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999, it was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in a resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.
2018 Theme: Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development
Source: United Nation
8. India successfully conducts night trial of Prithvi-II missile
India successfully conducted a night trial of its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile with a strike range of 350 km, from a test range in Odisha.
The surface-to-surface missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, as part of a user trial by the Army.
The perfect test launch came after successful trial of the Agni-5 missile on January 18, Agni-1 on February 6 and Agni II on February 20 from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.
The state-of-the-art Prithvi-II missile is capable of carrying 500 to 1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines.
Source: The Economic Times