February Month Important National News 2018

National News/Events in February 2018:

India got the 42nd rank in the Global Democracy Index.

The top 5 Countries in the Global Democracy Index:

New Zealand and

India got the 44th rank in Global Intellectual Property Index.

The first ever International Kala Mela was inaugurated by the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi.

The Maharashtra government has approved Ghodazari in Chandrapur district as a new wildlife sanctuary in the state.

‘Exam Warriors’ book was launched to reach out to the students across the country ahead of their exams. The book was released by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The author of the book Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has left for her first official visit to Saudi Arabia. During the three-day visit, Mrs. Swaraj will meet with the Saudi leadership to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport of Mumbai has become the World’s Busiest Single-Runway Airport. It sets record with 980 flights in 24 hours or almost one flight every minute.

Uttar Pradesh State government in association with UNICEF has launched massive door to door campaign DASTAK to eradicate deadly Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanise Encephalitis (JE) disease in the state.

The President of India Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 88th Mahamastakabhisheka Utsav of Lord Gomateshwara in Hassan district of Karnataka.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has constituted a 13-member advisory committee to monitor and expedite capital acquisition projects for the modernization of the armed forces.

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been ranked the top environment policy think tanks in India. This rank was announced by The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

The South Central Railway (SCR) has become the first railway zone in the country to complete 100% LED lighting at all the stations under its jurisdiction.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prema Khandu laid the foundation stone for Rhododendron Park in Tawang.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for his three-nation visit to Palestine, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will start a pilot project called “pay as you use” on the Delhi-Mumbai Highway to study and implement the ability of the system in the country.

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy Shri R.K Singh has launched a Web-based monitoring System and a Fly Ash mobile application named ASH TRACK.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a fine of around Rs. 136 crores on search engine major Google for unfair business practices in the Indian market for online search.

NITI Aayog has released the ‘Healthy States, Progressive India Report’. The top states are:

1. Kerala
2. Punjab
3. Tamil Nadu

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has launched the Centre for learning the Sanskrit language in Gujarat University in Ahmedabad.

The Minister of Road Transport & Highways Mr Nitin Gadkari released India’s first ever Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) in New Delhi.

India’s financial capital Mumbai is the 12th richest city in the world. This report was released by New World Wealth.

Top Cities are:

1. New York ($3 trillion).
2. London ($2.7 trillion).
3. Tokyo ($2.5 trillion).

India has been ranked 81st in the Global Corruption Perception Index. It was released by Transparency International.

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh inaugurated the “Indian Power Stations 2018” in New Delhi.

India’s first Online Radio Station ‘Radio Umang’ was launched.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched several projects in Arunachal Pradesh. He inaugurated the Dorjee Khandu state convention centre at a function in Itanagar. The Centre has an auditorium, conference halls and an exhibition hall.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged an order worth Rs 560 crore from NTPC for setting up a system for emission control.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched 4 food canteens at Faridabad, Gurugram, Hisar, and Yamunanagar via video-conferencing from Chandigarh.

The government has signed second Loan Agreement with New Development Bank (NDB) for the financing of Rajasthan Water Sector Restructuring Project for the Desert Areas.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Palace Queen Humsafar Express between Mysuru and Udaipur in Mysuru Railway Station.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated the 6th India region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference at Patna in Bihar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 2-Day long UP Investors Summit in Lucknow. The mega event has been organized by the Uttar Pradesh government.

The prestigious World Congress on Information Technology 2018 has begun in Hyderabad.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated the 8th edition of the Theatre Olympics at Lal Quila in New Delhi.

The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has organized a National Conference under the title of “Agriculture 2022 – Doubling Farmers Income” in New Delhi.

The Delhi government announced the launch of “Mission Buniyaad” for improving learning skills of children studying in state and municipal-run schools.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 22nd edition of the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in Hyderabad through a video conference.

The Delhi government announced the launch of “Mission Buniyaad” for improving learning skills of children studying in state and municipal-run schools.

India’s first Artificial Intelligence Centre will start in Mumbai.

PhonePe has partnered with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for the adoption of its indigenously-designed Point of Sale (POS) device at IOCL retail outlets.

India’s first and largest micro-delivery platform has been recognised as ‘Startup of the Year’ 2017 at the 7th Small Business Awards held in New Delhi.

India will host the Global World Environment Day celebrations on 5 June 2018.

The government has allowed private companies to mine the fossil fuel for commercial use.

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R.K. Singh inaugurated the ‘International R&D Conclave’ in New Delhi.

Maharashtra government will roll out ‘Asmita Yojana’ on the International Women’s Day (March 8, 2018) to provide cheap (subsidised) sanitary pads to school girls and women.

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh launched six new features in the National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) platform to make it more user-friendly.
1. MIS dashboard for better analysis,
2. BHIM payment facility by traders,
3. Mobile payment facility by traders,
4. Enhanced features on mobile app such as gate entry and payment through mobile,
5. Integration of farmer’s database, and
6. e-Learning module.

NER’s first Regional Centre for Agriculture with Israeli Collaboration to be Inaugurated in Mizoram.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Amma Two Wheeler Scheme in Chennai in the birth anniversary of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa.

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) introduced a “Baal Aadhaar” card for children below the age of five years.

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