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RBI 6th Bi-monthly Monetary Policy CRR

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Repo rate

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Reverse repo rate

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IMPORTANT DAYS & THEMES: FEBRUARY 2018 Date Important Day Theme 2nd February

World Wetlands Day

4th February 4th February 4th February 6th February

12th February

World Cancer Day National Day of Sri Lanka Facebook Day International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation National Productivity Day

13th February

World Radio Day

13th February

Natio al Wo e ’s Day

13th February 14th February 20th February

Saroji i Naidu’s Birthday Valentine Day World Day of Social Justice

21st February

International Mother Language Day

22nd February 22nd February 23rd February 24th February 27th February 28th February

World Scout Day World Thinking Day World Peace and Understanding Day Central Excise Tax Day Death Anniversary of Chandrashekhar Azad National Science Day

11th February

Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future We can. I can One Nation

Industry 4.0, Leapfrog Opportunity for India Radio and Sports, with all radio stations Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women's lives

Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice. Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development Impact

Science and Technology for a sustainable future

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World Day of Social Justice: 20 February. Theme: Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice International Mother Language Day: 21st February The National Productivity Day is observed every year on February 12. Theme 'Industry 4.0 Leapfrog Opportunity for India'





slashed by 0.25 percentage points to 6 percent. The Reserve Bank will link the base rate for loans given by banks to the MCLR starting April 1, 2018 i.e. from the new financial year. The Reserve Bank of India announced setting up ombudsman for addressing customer grievances in the non-banking finance companies.

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Avani becomes first-ever Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo, that too a MiG-21 Jaipur's Gandhinagar railway station becomes 1st fully women operated station in country Amazon has finally claimed the status of becoming the first foreign company to start with its food retail venture in India. Jaitley launches CRISIL-SIDBI CriSidEx, country's first MSE sentiment index. World's longest zip line 'Jebel Jais Flight' opens in United Arab Emirates. Rwanda has become the first low-income country to provide universal eye care for its 12 million population. The First ever International Kala Mela was inaugurated by the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi Mu ai ai po t e o es o ld s usiest single-runway airport with 980 flights in 24 hours.

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted an expert committee under the chairmanship of Y H Malegam, to look into the entire gamut of issues relating to classification of bad loans, rising incidents of frauds and effectiveness of audits. Sixth bi-monthly policy statement for 201718: repo rate will stand at 6 percent, reverse repo at 5.75 percent, while the benchmark lending rate have been





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Television journalist Rahul Mahajan has been appointed as editor-in-chief of the television channel Rajya Sabha TV. Archaeologist and historian Arvind P. Jamkhedkar will be the next Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). Paytm board appoints Pallavi Shroff as independent director Vice Admiral RB Pandit takes over as Commandant of INA, replaces Vice Admiral SV Bhokare Rajesh Kakkar took charge as Director (Offshore) of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Debashish Mukherjee and Murali Ramaswami were today appointed executive directors of Canara Bank and Vijaya Bank respectively, according to an official order. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) appointed Biswamohan Mahapatra as non-executive chairman for two years, effective. Abhilasha Kumari was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Manipur High Court. Private sector lender HDFC Bank announced appointment of Rakesh Singh as private banking head. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has been appointed Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) in the 2G matter and related cases. Ashok Das, a 1987 batch Indian Foreign Se i e IFS offi e , as a ed I dia s e Ambassador to Brazil.

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Rear Admiral Mukul Asthana was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff. Lt. Gen Anil Chauhan, who has vast experience in counter-insurgency operations, took charge as the new Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of the Indian Army. Distinguished scientist Dinesh Srivastava took over as Chief Executive of Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC). The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) appointed its joint secretary Vikram Singh Sisodia as the Chef-de-Mission for the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in Gold Coast, Australia. Senior IPS officer Sudeep Lakhtakia took charge as the new Director General of National Security Guard (NSG). Retired bureaucrat Naba Kumar Nayak is appointed as the State Election Commissioner (SEC) ahead of this year's urban local body (ULB) elections.

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Michael McCormack: Ex-journalist becomes Australia deputy Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli from the Communist Party of Nepal has been sworn in as the 41st prime minister of Nepal. Japan's government reappointed Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda for another term and chose an advocate of bolder monetary easing as one of his deputies, a sign the central bank will be in no rush to dial back its massive stimulus program. Cyril Ramaphosa was elected by Parliament as South Af i a s p eside t a ki g a turning point for the country Alphabet has appointed John L. Hennessy as a new chairman replacing schmidt. Alphabet has appointed John L. Hennessy as a new chairman replacing schmidt. Syed Mahmud Hossain has been appointed Chief Justice of Bangladesh barely three months after Surendra Kumar Sinha resigned from the post.



Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades reelected.

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The government has categorised about 9,500 non-banking financial companies NBFCs i the ou t as high isk p o e as they had not complied with a stipulated provision of the anti-money laundering law. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the United States will overtake Russia as the o ld s iggest oil p odu e 2019 at the latest. Punjab National Bank has signed an agreement for information utility with National e-Governance Services Limited. The India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) Expansion Programme scheduled to begin in April this year, digital payments in post offices are expected to be enabled around the same time. State Bank of India (SBI) is set for a major restructuring of its business in the UK from April. Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Ltd (ABIPBL) started operations making it the fifth payments bank to roll out operations after the central bank gave its in-principle approval to 11 applicants The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has directed banks to link the SWIFT(Society for World Interbank Financial Telecommunication System platform) — a global financial messaging service which was used by jeweller Nirav Modi at Punjab National bank — with the core banking solutions (CBS) of banks by April 30, 2018. State Bank of India (SBI) is set for a major restructuring of its business in the UK from Ap il, I dia s la gest state-owned bank Private sector lender, Axis Bank announced opening of offshore banking unit at the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City). The sale of first batch of electoral bonds will take place from March 1-10 at designated branches of State Bank of India (SBI).

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Axis Bank has hiked its benchmark marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR) by 10 basis points in the three month to three year buckets by 10 basis points effective from February 17. Co se ue tl , the a k s th ee o th MCLR is now 8.15% and six months at 8.30% while the one year rate is 8.40% SBI launches global customer service centre for NRIs in Kochi RBI relaxes priority sector lending rule for banks. Citibank has banned the usage of its credit card and debit cards towards purchase or trading of Bitcoins, cryptocurrencies and other virtual currencies in India. I a ajo fillip to the State go e e ts plans to develop the electronics industry, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has come forward to invest in Andhra Pradesh. The country's largest lender SBI wrote off bad loans worth Rs 20,339 crore in 2016-17. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) revised the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate for 2015-16 to 8.2% from the earlier estimates of 8% and kept the 2016-17 growth unchanged at 7.1%. Budget 2018 makes PAN mandatory for entities in transactions over Rs 2.5 lakh. Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has received Rs173.06 crore capital infusions from the government in the current fiscal.















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India is ranked 47th out of 86 countries when it comes to inclusive Internet and connectivity for all, a Facebook report . According to government data, Amid a rising graph of crime against women in the country, they constitute just 7.28 percent of the police force in India and at 2.47 percent, their presence is the lowest in Naxal-hit Telangana. India 81st in Global Corruption Index According to a new report by a Londonbased global think-tank, India's defence budget broke into the world's top five beating the UK for the first time.





Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been recognized as the world's best employers by the Top Employer Institute for the consecutive third year. IT services and outsourcing provider Wipro Limited and Tata Steel Ltd are the two Indian firms that have been selected among 135 of the world's most ethical companies for 2018 by the US-based think tank Ethisphere Institute. According to 'The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP)' of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been ranked the top environment policy think tanks in India while it has secured the 16th position in global rankings. According to the TIMES Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for educational institutes in Asia, two institutes that have made their way to top 50 are Indian Institute of Science (29th rank) and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (44). Mumbai, India's financial capital is the 12th richest city in the world with a total wealth of 950 billion dollar, says a report by New World Wealth which ranks New York as the richest city in the world. According to a study by transportation analytics company INRIX, Thailand experienced the world's worst traffic congestion in the year 2017. India's financial capital Mumbai, with a total wealth of USD 950 billion, has been named among the top 15 wealthiest cities globally, while New York topped the list. Forbes has released its first ever list of richest people in cryptocurrency, which is topped by Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen, with an estimated crypto net worth of USD 7.5-8 billion. According to 'The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP)' of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been ranked the top environment policy think tanks in India while it has secured the 16th position in global rankings.

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According to the TIMES Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for educational institutes in Asia, two institutes that have made their way to top 50 are Indian Institute of Science (29th rank) and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (44). India has slipped to 42nd place on the Economist Intelligence Unit's annual Global Democracy Index while Norway topped the list. Fitch Ratings: The Budget has pegged fiscal deficit at 3.5 % of GDP in current year ending March, higher than 3.2 % targeted earlier. India has slipped to 42nd place on the Economist Intelligence Unit's annual Global Democracy Index amid the "rise of conservative religious ideologies" and increase in vigilantism and violence against minorities.



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Government has constituted Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) to select 20 Institutions of Eminence from among 104 institutions (public or private) headed by former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami. The Union Government has issued order setti g up the Niti Forum for North-East cochaired by the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog to identify constraints and recommend suitable interventions for speedy and sustainable growth in North East Region (NER). Punjab government has notified six-member Revenue Commission with an aim to bring greater efficiency and accountability in functioning of t Revenue Department. Nine member committee constituted by Karnataka government has recommended separate state flag. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has constituted a 13-member advisory committee to monitor and expedite capital acquisition projects for the modernisation of the armed forces.

The Union Ministry of Defence (MoD) has constituted 13-member Raksha Mantri Advisory Committee on Ministry of Defence Capital Projects (RMCOMP).It will be headed by former secretary Vinay Sheel Oberoi.



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India congratulates China on its election as vice-president of Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Women in Saudi Arabia are now permitted to enlist in the army as the kingdom continues to enact reforms granting females more access to a wide range of previously forbidden careers. AIIB approves 1.5 billion dollar of loans to India for infrastructure projects The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is going to launch pilot project of Pay as you use tolling on the Delhi Mumbai national highway to study implement ability of system in the country. The Foundation stone of Rhodendron Park was laid in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh by Chief Minister Pema Khandu. Akshay Kumar may become face of go e e t s oad safet a paig Nepal's former King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev goes on religious trip to India. King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein arrives in India for a three-day visit starting today NHAI to start 'pay as you use' pilot project on Delhi-Mumbai National Highways to study and implement the ability of the system in the country. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) launched National Deworming Initiative on the occasion of National Deworming Day. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh lau hed the u i e sit s Ce t e fo Spoke Sanskrit which will offer a six-month course for people on how to speak the language. PM Narendra Modi i augu ated A u Dha i s first Hindu temple as part of his three-nation tour to Palestine, Oman and the UAE.

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Bihar officials ask couples to take 8th cleanliness 'phera' The CRPF, in the thick of anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh, has launched a bike ambulance initiative for providing basic healthcare facilities to those living in remote jungle areas of Bastar region. Telecom Major Bharti Airtel and Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei on Friday announced they have successfully conducted India's first-ever 5G trial Andhra Pradesh gears up for Partnership Summit 2018 to attract investments for innovation The Assam government will be observing Septe e as Rhi o Da to ge e ate public awareness on protection of the onehorned pachyderm Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Friday ceremonially broke ground on the Afghan section of an ambitious, multi-billion dollar gas pipeline expected to help ease energy deficits in South Asia. India has imposed anti-dumping duty on import of ceramic tableware and kitchenware from China in a bid to protect domestic producers. Government Ropes In Nandan Nilekani For Developing IT Infrastructure For Modicare Commerce and industry ministry has appointed four institutes, including IIFT and ICAI, to interact with stakeholders and suggest easu es to push I dia s a ki g i ease of doing business index Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha launched India's first locally developed 4G/LTE telecom system amid an international buyers-sellers meet of telecom industry. Children aged less than 5 years to get blue Baal Aadhaar Paytm has launched two more firms Paytm Life Insurance Corporation Limited as well as Paytm General Insurance Corporation Limited with an aim to enter the insurance sector in the country. Manohar Parrikar arrives in Goa, presents state budget

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India contributes 1 million dollar for Tonga devastated by cyclone Gita Digital payments entity PhonePe, has partnered with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for adoption of its indigenously-designed Point of Sale (POS) device at IOCL retail outlets. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) today announced area development plans worth Rs 1,918 crore for Punjab to supplement farmers' income. Mu ai to ha e I dia s fi st a tifi ial intelligence centre Amazon has rolled out its own food retailing business in India with a pilot in Pune, becoming the first foreign ecommerce firm to stock and sell food items directly to consumers. Amazon has rolled out its own food retailing business in India with a pilot in Pune, becoming the first foreign ecommerce firm to stock and sell food items directly to consumers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the BJP's new headquarters on Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched 4 food canteens at Faridabad, Gurugram, Hisar, and Yamunanagar under the A t oda a Aahaa Yoja a'. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given approval for creation of National Urban Housing Fund (NUHF) for Rs 60,000 crore. No theast I dia s fi st egio al Ce t e fo Agriculture with collaboration of Israel will be inaugurated in Mizoram in March 2018. The cabinet approved amendments to the Chit Funds Act to facilitate orderly growth of the sector and provide more financial products to investors. PM Narendra Modi flags off Palace Queen Humsafar Express train to travel between Mysuru and Udaipur Milk asket, I dia s fi st a d la gest i odelivery platform has been recognised as

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'Startup of the Year' 2017 at the 7th Small Business Awards. Assam is at the bottom of the list with regard to maternal mortality rate(MMR) with a figure of 300 against the national average of 167. The Parliament House will soon open a creche facility on its premises so as to have an inclusive work environment for its women employees. Maharashtra govt. under Asmita Yojana will provide cheap (subsidised) sanitary pads to school students on the International Wo e s Da Ma h 8, 8. The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of a tribunal to settle a row between Odisha and Chhattisgarh on sharing the waters of the river Mahanadi. Shah Karim Al Hussaini, the Aga Khan, will arrive on a 11-day visit, during which he will hold talks with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lau hed Nass o s Futu e Skills platfo that seeks to initially upskill 40 lakh IT employees and prospective job seekers in eight emerging technologies that could drive IT jobs in the future. State owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is planning to introduce carbon dioxide (CO2) injection technology in its Gandhar oil field in Gujarat. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's seven-day visit to India is aimed at intensifying defence and counter-terror cooperation besides expanding trade and investment ties. The Centre will set up 562 more Ekalavya Model Residential Schools in tribal areas of the country. The sex ratio at birth (SRB) saw a decline in 17 out of 21 large states of the country, with Gujarat recording an alarming dip of 53 points, according to a report released by the Niti Aayog stated and stressed on the need to check sex-selective abortion.





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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the fourth container terminal of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai Cauvery water dispute verdict LIVE: Tamil Nadu sho ked , Ka ataka hails SC judgement PM Modi launches three key projects in Arunachal Pradesh State owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is planning to introduce carbon dioxide (CO2) injection technology in its Gandhar oil field in Gujarat. Government nod to long-term visas for Afghan minorities seeking refuge Odisha to sponsor Indian hockey teams for next five years The government will change the base year to 2017-18 for the calculation of GDP and IIP numbers while for retail inflation the year will be revised to 2018 Power equipment maker BHEL has bagged an order worth Rs 560 crore for supply and installation of the flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) system from NTPCBSE 0.06 % for 2x490 MW National Capital Power Station (NCPS) at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh. West Bengal Becomes First State to Opt Out of Modi a e The Hampi monuments which are part of Ka ataka s ultu al he itage, ill e one of the 10 tourist destinations across India to be de eloped as I o i Tou is Site the central government. The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs is planning to introduce ranking system for National Sports Federations (NSFs). The Union Government is developing soft power matrix, a tool aimed at calibrating effectiveness of India s soft po e out ea h and foster better diplomatic traction in I dia s i ediate eigh ou hood a d beyond. Russian space agency Roskosmos has successfully launched Progress MS-08, an unmanned cargo spacecraft for the International Space Station (ISS). I dia s iggest ele t i it p odu e NTPC Ltd has won tender to supply 300 megawatts

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(MW) of electricity to power-starved Bangladesh for 15 years. R.K. Si gh i augu ated the I dia Po e Statio s 8 i Ne Delhi. Delhi-Pune, Delhi-Lucknow are now in top ten air routes in the country. The growth rate in Foreign Tourist Arrivals in January 2018 over January 2017 was 8.4%.Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari released India's first highway capacity manual "Indo-HCM" which will guide road engineers and policymakers on issues related to road expansion. India posted a marginal 0.21% rise in the area under forest between 2015 and 2017, according to the biennial India State of Forest Report (SFR) 2017. Kannada litterateur Chandrashekar Kambar has been elected as president of the Sahitya Akademi in the election held for the post. Hindi poet Madhav Koushik has been elected as vice-president. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced a one-time loan waiver for small and marginal farmers up to ₹50,000 each from their outstanding short-term debt in the 2018-19 State budget presented in the Assembly ONGC and its partners have acquired 10% stake in Abu Dhabi oilfield for 600 million dollar. Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar made a strong case for setting up an independent debt management office. Direct tax collections grew by nearly 20 per cent between April and January this year with strong growth in both corporate and personal income tax receipts. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu laid the foundation stone for Rhododendron Park in Tawang. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved to enhance target base of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) from 5 crore to 8 crore. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved increase in Minimum

























Support Price (MSP) for Fair Average Quality FAQ of Milli g Cop a" fo 8 seaso . The Union Cabinet has approved proposal for ratification of Minamata Convention on Mercury and depositing instrument of ratification enabling India to become Party of Convention. The Union Budget for fiscal 2018-19 has proposed electrification of 881 km of rail network in West Bengal at a proposed cost of 771.54 Crore. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is going to launch pilot project of Pay as you use tolling on the Delhi Mumbai national highway to study implement ability of system in the country. The Foundation stone of Rhodendron Park was laid in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh by Chief Minister Pema Khandu. Royal Bhutanese Consulate was inaugurated in Guwahati seeking to strengthen North East and Bhutanese bond. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley paid a visit to the Indian Embassy in Washington and met Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna. A new e-way bill system will come into effect under which every transporters will have to carry a system-generated bill to move goods from one place to another. Government e Marketplace (GeM), has been envisaged by Government of India as the National Procurement Portal of India. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed construction of 'Zozila Pass tunnel' of more than 14 km tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu will lay the foundation stone for the Universal Peace Retreat Center of 'Prajapita Brahmakumari Eswariya University' in Amaravati. The Maharashtra government has approved Ghodazari in Chandrapur district as a new wildlife sanctuary in the state. India has contributed additional 1 million dollar to India-UN Development Partnership Fund, earmarked for South-South cooperation.

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The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has launched Green Good Deeds campaign.

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Saudi Arabia replaced its military chief of staff and other defense officials early in a shake-up apparently aimed at overhauling its Defense Ministry during the stalemated and ruinous war in Yemen. The government announced a significant reduction in airfare for those going on the Haj Ro e s Colosseu illu i ated ed to p otest Pakista s lasphe la . India congratulates China on its election as vice-president of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) China Reopens Nathu La Route for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned imports of live birds, hatching eggs and chicks from India after a form of bird flu that is highly lethal for poultry was found in the south Asian country. Sri Lanka celebrated its 70th anniversary of Independence Day here with grand military parades and attendance of political celebrities. China on Sunday cleared the decks for P eside t Xi Ji pi g s thi d o se uti e te in office, ahead of a crucial session of parliament next month. ITBP men to learn Chinese to enhance security management skills The United States will officially move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in Israel in May. Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative, as the kingdom pushes to expand a fast-growing private sector. Singapore said it would impose a carbon tax from next year to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and make companies more









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competitive as global agreements on climate change take effect. Saudi Arabia is set to host in March its first ever Arab Fashion Week at Riyadh's ecofriendly Apex Centre The Pakistani Senate approved a motion to declare Mandarin as one of the official languages of Pakistan. World leaders and ministers are meeting in Munich to discuss pressing security issues, including North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and the Syrian civil war. The Pakistan Army has announced plans to deploy troops in Saudi Arabia under an existing bilateral security cooperation agreement with the kingdom. Ethiopia's prime minister resigns to smooth path for political reform. Japan posts longest growth streak since 1980s bubble economy Gevora: The world's tallest hotel opens in Dubai Du ai s Roads a d T a spo t Autho it RTA lau hed the fi st tests of the o ld s fi st autonomous pods at the World Government Summit China plans to select 5,000 movie theaters to screen propaganda films and will boost their box offices with group sales, discounted tickets and other financial backing. Tanzania withdraws from UN refugee programme The Pakista Peoples Pa t s K ish a Ku a i is poised to beco e the ou t s fi st woman Hindu lawmaker next month, after the party nominated her for the upcoming Senate elections. The Bank of Baroda (BoB), which is embroiled in controversial banking transactions involving the embattled Gupta family, will no longer operate in South Af i a, the ou t s e t al a k said o Monday. Japan posts longest growth streak since 1980s bubble economy Sweden has signed Strategic Partnership Agreement with United Nations for

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committing record 370 million dollars to UN World Food Programme.

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Google India rolled out its feature called S pto Sea h i I dia that lets use s find quality health information on their smartphones. Tech Mahindra has set up a lab in Bengaluru in association with US chipmaker Intel as part of its preparedness for 5G services expected to be rolled out by 2019 Indian scientists have developed a super critical carbon di oxide Brayton test loop facility that would help generate clean energy from future power plants including solar thermal. The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is planning to launch Chandrayan-2 Mission around April this year. Chandrayaan-2 is the country's second mission to the moon. Scientists from The Rockefeller University in New York have reported discovery of a new class of antibiotics called malacidins. Chandrayaan-2, the lunar mission under which the ISRO will for the first time attempt to land a rover on the moon's south pole, will be launched in April Milky Way's neighbouring galaxy formed after Earth: Study Android Nougat is finally the most widelyused version of Google's smartphone OS. Android Nougat is finally the most widelyused version of Google's smartphone OS. With the much-awaited Chandrayaan-2 mission, India's second flight to the moon, Isro is attempting to pull off a daredevil manoeuvre.

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India and Nepal would hold a joint exercise in Uttarakhand that will include training on jungle warfare, anti-terrorism combat as well as disaster response activities The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has prioritized 15 cities across the





country for development of intermodal stations (IMS), of which Nagpur and Varanasi have been selected as the pilot projects. Indian Navy successfully test fires nuclearcapable ballistic missile 'Dhanush' India's premier defence research institute DRDO carried out "successful" test flight of its Rustom 2 drone, a medium-altitude longendurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), at Chalakere in Karnataka's Chitradurga district. The eighth joint military exercise "Lamitye" between the Indian Army and Seychelles People s Defe e Fo es ill o ti ue till March 4 at Mahe Island, Seychelles. Indian Navy successfully test fires nuclearcapable ballistic missile 'Dhanush' India's premier defence research institute DRDO carried out "successful" test flight of its Rustom 2 drone, a medium-altitude longendurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), at Chalakere in Karnataka's Chitradurga district. The eighth joint military exercise "Lamitye" between the Indian Army and Seychelles People s Defe e Fo es ill o ti ue till March 4 at Mahe Island, Seychelles. India today successfully test-fired the nuclear- apa le Dha ush allisti issile with a strike range of 350 kms from a naval ship off Odisha coast. The Indian and Indonesian armies on Monday began the sixth edition of their annual military exercises in the West Java province of the archipelago country. An indigenously developed intermediaterange nuclear capable ballistic Agni II was successfully test-fired today at 8:30 am from Launch Complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. I dia s i dige ous de eloped light t a spo t aircraft SARAS PT1N has successfully completed second test-flight. Surface-to-surface Agni-II ballistic missile was successfully test-fired from the Abdul Kalam Island, off Odisha coast.

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The Indian Army flagged off a Chindits Trail Expedition to commemorate the spirit and ethos of Indian troops employed on Burma front in the Second World War. India gets access to strategic port in Oman for military use, to counter China in the Indian Ocean Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Chief Marshal (ACM) B.S. Dhanoa received a restored World War-II DC3 Dakota aircraft from an IAF veteran. Russian authorities have demanded over 20 million dollar for rectifying the damage suffered by nuclear submarine INS Chakra, which was dry-docked last week, even as the government is seeking to fix responsibility for the accident. India and UAE to hold first joint naval drill in Gulf The Indian Navy has unveiled the Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) at INS Garuda, naval air station located in Kochi, Kerala. Chi a s People s Li e atio A Ai Fo e (PLAAF) has commissioned its new generation J-20 fourth-generation stealth fighter into combat service. The India Health Fund (IHF) launched by Tata Trusts in collaboration with Global Fund in August 2016 has come forward to financially support innovations and technologies designed to combat tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has developed the first flight of Hawk-i with indigenous Real Time Operating System (RTOS). India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface to surface Prithvi-II missile as part of a user trial by the Army from a test range in Odisha The Indian Navy launched the third Scorpene class submarine, Karanj, at the Mazagaon dock in Mumbai. State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for first time has successfully flown home-made 5.8-









tonne Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) with its own automatic flight control system. The Ministry of Railways has decided to set up of a massive rail coach factory in Latur district i.e. in Marathwada region of Maharashtra. Indian Railways' all new 12,000 horsepower electric locomotive -- being produced in collaboration with Alstom of France and which can run at speeds of up to 120 kmph - would be rolled out in March when French President Emmanuel Macron visits India. The Chief of US Air Force, General David L Goldfein flew a sortie in indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The Maratha Light Infantry celebrated 250 years of its existence on 4 February 2018.

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E plo ees P o ide t Fu d O ga isatio (EPFO) has introduced UAN-Aadhaar linking facility for the convenience of members using EPFO Link in UMANG Mobile App. Six new features of National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Platform have been launched to make it more users friendly. Li kedI lau hes S hedule featu e to ease hiring process Radio Umang: India's first online radio station launched A chat based job search mobile app 'Empzilla', first ever of its kind in the country, is being launched that will do away with existing limitations of employers and job seekers making selection process quick and cost effective.

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Priyanka Chopra Quits As Nirav Modi Brand Ambassador After PNB Fraud Case Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Naja Sethi has appoi ted the o ld s fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar as his advisor on cricket and brand ambassador of the PCB

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The Muthoot Group, a leading business conglomerate has engaged Amitabh Bachchan as their Brand Ambassador.



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To ensure availability of clean drinking water to every household, Union Minister Uma Bharti today launched the second project under the 'Swajal Yojna' at Bhikampura village in Rajasthan. The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will get 25% of loans on offer under Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE). Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the subsidised scooter scheme for working women on the occasion of the 70th birth anniversary celebrations of late Tamil Nadu leader J Jayalalithaa. The Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today launched Parivartan The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had organized "Watan Ko Jano programme" to give exposure to youth and children of J&K about the cultural and socio-economic development taking place in other parts of country The Union Government has formulated a itious ate o se atio s he e Atal Bhujal Yoja a ABY to ta kle e e deepening crisis of depleting groundwater level. Aam Aadmi Party To Launch 'Mission Buniyaad' To Fix Learning Crisis In Delhi Schools The Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has launched Gangotri Swachh Iconic Place project and Swajal, a community owned drinking water programme in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The 'Assistance to States and UTs for Narcotics Control' scheme has been extended for a further period of 3 years-from 2017-18 to 2019-20--with an estimated budget of Rs 21 crore



















Uttar Pradesh State government in association with UNICEF launched massive door to door campaign DASTAK to eradicate deadly Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanise Encephalitis (JE) disease in the state. "Developme t of Sola Cities s he e leads to the development of 60 Solar Cities including 13 Pilot and 5 Model Cities up to 12th Five-year Plan period. Union Cabinet approved implementation of Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF) scheme at a total cost of 1,650 crore rupees for a period of seven years beginning 201819. Uttar Pradesh State government in association with UNICEF launched massive door to door campaign DASTAK to eradicate deadly Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanise Encephalitis (JE) disease in the state. "De elop e t of Sola Cities s he e leads to the development of 60 Solar Cities including 13 Pilot and 5 Model Cities up to 12th Five-year Plan period. In an attempt to increase farm productivity a d fa e s i o e, the Ha a a government announced the setting up of Ha a a Kisa Kal a P adhika a , a authority which will undertake measures to make agriculture remunerative. Maharashtra launched four new schemes for funding businesses, agriculture and skill development. Arunachal Pradesh gave a nod to much a aited A u a hal P adesh Ad e tise e t Policy 2018" which will enable the government to make payment of government advertisement bills to media houses on timely basis. Union government announced a fund of Rs 1.4 lakh-crore for the ambitious Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan (KUSUM) scheme. Maha asht a go t s s he e titled As ita Yojana would provide a packet of sanitary napkins to girls attending the govt-run zilla parishad schools in rural parts for Rs5 each.

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Launch of Gobar-Dhan (Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources Dhan) Scheme announced to make the villages open defecation free and improving the lives of villagers. The Ayushman Bharat scheme, also called 'Modicare', World's Biggest Health plan to give annual medical insurance cover to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families and to go cashless. The central government has approved a project to abate pollution of river Sal at Navelim in Goa at an estimated cost of Rs 61.7 crore.

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The shipping ministry has set up a centre in a joint initiative with IIT Madras to accelerate indigenous development of technology and patents, and reduce reliance on costly foreign consultations. India and Palestine have signed six Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in different areas including health and education. B itai s P i e Cha les has lau hed a e 10-million-dollar Development Impact Bond (DIB) to help improve education for over 200,000 children in India. Google and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has signed a pa t to i teg ate a ou se o Digital Citize ship a d Safet . Online marketplace Paisabazaar.com on 10 February announced that they have entered into a partnership to develop "industry first" innovations on the tech giant's Cloud platform using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. India on Saturday signed the first concessional agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the oil sector. India and the UAE signed five agreements, including in the areas of energy and transportation, following delegation-level talks headed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Crown Prince of Abu

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Andhra Pradesh inked MoU with US-based AutoGrid to help transform electricity sector of the state. Tamil Nadu Govt, Microsoft tie-up to accelerate cloud technology adoption Heavy Water Board signed an agreement with M/s Clearsynth, Mumbai for sale of 20 tonnes of Heavy Water in a year Mahindra Aerospace Private Limited has signed an memorandum of understanding MoU ith Ca ada s Viki g Ai Ltd. to fo a strategic alliance to take advantage of I dia s g o i g egio al ai o e ti it opportunities. India and Germany sign pact for smart city cooperation India signs MoU with Canada's International Development Research Centre FICCI launches ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF) in partnership with Department of Science and Technology . Multi-lateral funding agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Friday signed a 84 million dollar loan agreement to finance water supply projects in two cities of Bihar. The Bota i al Su e of I dia BSI a d UK s Natural History Museum (NHM) have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in field of genetic and taxonomic studies, research and training India and Iran sign several MoUs and agreements to boost bilateral ties. The Virgin Group on Sunday signed an "intent agreement" with Maharashtra to build a hyperloop transportation system between Mumbai and Pune, which aims to reduce the travel time between the two mega cities to 20 minutes from the three hours at present. UK, India launch Joint research projects on Water Quality Research and Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment

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PNB Housing Finance Ltd has tied up with International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, to raise 800 million dollar for green and affordable housing in India. The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the Cooperation Agreement betweenIndia and the Moroccan National Railways Office (ONCF) to develop long-term cooperation and partnership in different areas of railway sector. The Union Cabinet approved an agreement signed between India and Israel on coproduction of films Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed key areas of bilateral ties with a focus on trade, including the deepwater Chabahar Port. India and Iran also signed nine agreements. The union government has signed second Loan Agreement with New Development Bank (NDB) for the financing of Rajasthan Water Sector Restructuring Project for the Desert Areas. PNB Housing Finance Ltd has tied up with International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, to raise 800 million dollar for green and affordable housing in India India has signed a second loan agreement for 100 million dollar with the New Development Bank (NDB) for efficient use of water in desert areas of Rajasthan. Government has signed second Loan Agreement with New Development Bank (NDB) for financing of Rajasthan Water Sector Restructuring Project for the Desert areas. Bajaj Allianz General Insurance announced a partnership with Quikr under which its insurance products will be distributed by the digital classifieds platform. India and Oman Sign eight Agreements As PM Modi Meets Sultan Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al . Google and NCERT signed a pact to integrate a course on 'Digital Citizenship and Safety' in













information and communication technology curriculum. The Union Cabinet approved signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for Secondment Programme between India and Australia. Google and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has signed a pa t to i teg ate a ou se o Digital Citize ship a d Safet . Inland Waterways Authority of India signs project agreement with the World Bank for Jal Marg Vikas Project on Ganga India has joined the Ashgabat agreement which envisages setting up of an international transport and transit corridor linking central Asia with the Persian Gulf to significantly ramp up trade and investment. The government and the World Bank on Wednesday signed a 100 million dollar loan agreement to support producer organisations and enterprises, especially women entrepreneurs in Tamil Nadu. The State-owned Cochin Shipyard and the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) of Russia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate and engage in design, development, and execution of contemporary, state-of-the-art vessels for inland and coastal waterways.

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BioAsia, Asia s la gest Biote h olog a d Life-sciences forum and the annual flagship event of the Government of Telangana concluded after three days of insightful deliberations by global leaders of Life Sciences. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Mahamastakabhisheka here by unveiling an idol of Lord Bahubali, placed in a silver frame, in the presence of several saints and dignitaries. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday invited President Maithripala Sirisena to attend the International Solar

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Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference and Solar Summit scheduled to be held in New Delhi on March 11, 2018. Assam has organised a tribal festival called Aadi Mahotsa a at Ga dhi Ma di I doo stadium field here to celebrate the ethnic tribal culture of the country. NER s fi st egio al Ce t e fo Agriculture with Israeli collaboration to be inaugurated in Mizoram on 7th March Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau at Hyderabad House in the national capital. An Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) has been set up for the North Eastern Region (NER). Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Karnataka today take part in the 88th Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsav of Bhagawan Bahubali in Shravanabelagola. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Karnataka today take part in the 88th Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsav of Bhagawan Bahubali in Shravanabelagola. LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inauguartes 6th India Region CPA conference at Patna in Bihar Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated World Information Technology Congress (WITC) 2018 in Hyderabad, Telangana. Theme: 'Future Enterprises' The 8th edition of the Theatre Olympics was inaugurated by Vice president Venkaih Naidu in New Delhi. Theme: "Flag of Friendship" Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 22nd edition of the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in Hyderabad. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Lucknow today to inaugurate the two-day Uttar Pradesh Investors' Summit The Delhi government and the MoEF jointly launched the Clean Air Campaign, which will continue for 2 weeks till February 23. International Conference on Unani Medicine inaugurated when a MoU was signed













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between CCRUM and Hamdard University, Ba gladesh to esta lish a a ade i hai in Unani System of medicine in Bangladesh. India is the global host of 2018 World Environment Day which will take place on June 5, 2018 with the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution" Mr. J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare has addressed the Global Digital Health Partnership Summit, at Canberra, Australia. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the World Sustainable Development Summit 2018 in New Delhi organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). An international exhibition and conference on Pharmaceutical & Medical Device sector I dia Pha a & I dia Medi al De i e 8 began today in Bengaluru. The Vice President of India inaugurates the international Theatre Olympics being held in India for the first time; Releases festival logo: Flag of F ie dship China will host 2018 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit at Qingdao, eastern Shandong Province in June 2018. I dia s fi st adio festi al to e held i Delhi on Thursday The 2018 edition of World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS 2018) was held at VigyanBhawan in New Delhi. Theme of WSDS 8 is Pa t e ships fo a Resilie t Pla et . President Ram Nath Kovind hosted the LPG Panchayat at Rashtrapati Bhavan. 12th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility by Institute Of Directors (India) held in Bengaluru. International Conference on Unani Medicine inaugurated World first Ski Robot Challenge held in South Korea The 123rd Maramon Convention which is illed as Asia s la gest eek-long annual Christian meet, began with a call to conserve river Pampa and the environment at its traditional venue on the riverbed of Pampa at Maramon near Kozhencherry

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Indonesia's Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati received the Best Minister Award at the World Government Summit held in Dubai. The Fifth edition of South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference was held in New Delhi. Theme: Public Procurement and Service Delivery. TVS Motor, Intel tie up for green scooter. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Mahamastakabhisheka here by unveiling an idol of Lord Bahubali, placed in a silver frame, in the presence of several saints and dignitaries. Fifth International Biennial Conference of Indian Heritage Network (IHCN) was opened up in Odisha signifying socio-cultural heritage surrounding art and craft of India which will go on for three days. The 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela begins at Uttar Pradesh. The 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela organized by the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs begun in Faridabad, Haryana. In order to boost the rapidly developing sector of Urban development, Andhra Pradesh government will be organizing a three-day innovation summit on the theme of 'Urban transformation to Global Living'. The 7th India Energy Congress was held in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Guwahati and visited an exhibition at Global Investors Summit 2018 - 'Advantage Assam' for the inaugural ceremony. The the e fo this ea s Taj Mahotsa ill be centred around Lord Ram, rather than India's Mughal heritage.

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A ook p ese tatio The e s So ethi g i the Air — 70 Life stories from Italy and I dia at the Italia P i e Mi iste s offi e









will mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and India Former finance minister P Chidambaram lau hed his ook Speaki g T uth To Po e i the atio al apital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has authored a ook e a a io s fo lass a d students on how to deal with board exam stress to be released in February Exam Warriors, a book penned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for students, will be released in the presence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. A book, titled "Abinta Kabir: Mulyabodh O Swapner Nam, on the life of Abinta Kabir" the 19-year-old Bangladeshi national killed in the terror attack in Gulshan area of Dhaka on July 1, 2016, was released by Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner Toufique Hasan and Ms. Ahmed in Kolkata.

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Mary Kom, Seema Poonia settle for silver in Strandja Memorial boxing tournament



Aruna Reddy becomes first Indian to win an individual medal at Gymnastics World Cup Tejaswin Shankar breaks his own national high jump record Amit Panghal claimed his second consecutive international gold but the celebrated MC Mary Kom had to be content with a silver in the 69th Strandja Memorial boxing tournament for men and women here on Sunday. The seasoned duo of MC Mary Kom (48kg) and L Sarita Devi (60kg) entered the semifinals, along with two male boxers, in the 69th Strandja Memorial Boxing tournament Parupalli Kashyap wins Austrian Open The US o the gold edal of Wo e s I e Hockey at 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Gymnast Aruna Reddy makes history, gives India first World Cup medal.

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Tamil Nadu beat Manipur 2-1 to lift their maiden title in the 23rd edition of the Senior Women's National Football Championship Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first player in Champions League history to score 100 goals for one club Karnataka's Kishan Gangolli on Sunday won the National 'A' Chess Championship for Blind for the fifth consecutive time, while Ashvin Makwana of Gujarat and Odisha's Soundarya Kumar Pradhan finished second and third respectively. Sharmila Nicollet has become the first Indian golfer to qualify for the China Ladies PGA Tour. Anu Kumar of Uttarakhand grabbed the first gold medal of the Khelo India School Games, as Tamil Nadu won two of the six gold medals on offer on the opening day of the athletics programme of the Games. India Open Boxing: Mary Kom, Pwilao Basumatary, Lovlina Borgohain Senjeet clinch gold medals. Karnataka s S iha i Nata aj took the ho ou s in the swimming pool of the Khelo India School Games. Shubhankar Sharma wins second European Tour title in Malaysia.

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Afghanistan's leg-spinner Rashid Khan becomes the youngest captain in international cricket history. Sanjiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Finserv, won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 award for solutions in lending, life and general insurance and wealth advisory Former President Pranab Mukherjee will be conferred an honorary D.Litt by the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) The Star India Pvt. Ltd, which holds the media rights of the Indian Premier League, also won the audio-visual production rights for not just the IPL but also the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) domestic circuit for the 2018-19 season.



Siddharth Zarabi with 20 years of work experience is currently Executive Editor of Business TV India while Abhijit Majumder is Managing Editor of Mail Today newspaper.



Sanjiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Finserv, won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 award for solutions in lending, life and general insurance and wealth advisory. Economic Times Startup Awards 2017: Swiggy wins startup of the year Asha Bhosle honoured by Rekha at the 5th Yash Chopra Memorial Awards I dia s Aadhaa a d U a g App ha e o awards at recently concluded 6th World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai. The Department of Science and Technology will award Raghbir Singh Khandpur for his contribution to science and his efforts to ake the S ie e Cit i Pu ja s Kapu thala into an international-level facility. India-Born Techie Mumbai-born engineer Vikas Sathaye Wins Sci-Tech Oscar Award for New Camera System Prime Minister Narendra Modi was o fe ed the G a d Colla of the State of Palesti e , the highest Palesti ia ho ou for foreign dignitaries, recognising his contributions to promoting relations between India and Palestine. Jhulan Goswami becomes first woman cricketer to take 200 wickets in ODIs. Indian princess Sophia Alexandra Duleep Singh was honoured by the Royal Mail of the UK, which marked the centenary of the suffragette movement with eight special stamps. Shabnam Asthana was awarded the 'Times Power Women of the Year 2017'- Pune for Global PR. MIFF 2018 honours Shyam Benegal with V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award. Legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee as p ese ted F a e s highest i ilia a a d, the Legio d Ho eu , at a fu tio in Kolkata. NITI Aayog member Dr Vinod Paul became first Indian to be awarded prestigious

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Ihsa Doğ a a ı Fa il Health Fou datio Prize by World Health Organization. Melbourne to host the World Cup Cricket T20 finals in 2020 Odisha has bagged Geospatial World Excellence Award-2018 for successful IT application on tracking of mineral production, dispatch and value accrued on real time basis through its i3MS website based software. Guillermo del Toro Wins at the Directors Guild Awards





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Bangladesh appoint Courtney Walsh as interim coach.





Indian shuttler Sameer Verma beat former world number two Jan O Jorgensen and clinched the men's singles title at the 150,000 dollar Swiss Open Super 300 tournament. Canada became the latest to embrace franchise-based T20 cricket with the formation of the Global T20 Canada. Athlete Jithin Paul is the 1st Indian to be banned by NADA for drug possession Roger Federer becomes oldest world No 1 in tennis history The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is planning a ranking system for National Sports Federations (NSFs). India to host 8th Theatre Olympics The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is planning a ranking system for National Sports Federations (NSFs). India lifted a record fourth U-19 World Cup trophy after an eight-wicket rout of Australia in the final, underlining their dominant run in the tournament and giving Rahul Dravid the biggest success of his coaching career. India's leading squash player, Saurav Ghosal jumped five places to No 14 to become the highest ranked Indian in the latest Professional Squash Association (PSA).





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Luger Shiva Keshavan and cross country skier Jagdish Singh will represent India in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. P V Sindhu was defeated by American Beiwen Zhang in India Open held at Siri Forts Complex to finish runner-up at the India Open Super 500 tournament.



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Former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian Dies At 79 Veteran Bollywood actress Sridevi passed away here in Dubai on Saturday night after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest. Former mayor, cabinet minister and senior Congress leader Suresh Seth passed away on Thursday evening after a prolonged illness. Renowned violinist M.S. Anantharaman passes away Telugu comedian Gundu Hanumantha Rao, known for his iconic chef character in the TV serial Amrutham, died on Monday morning at the age of 61. Pa ati Ghosh, Odisha s fi st fe ale filmmaker, passes away. Kathakali maestro Madavoor Vasudevan Nair collapsed on stage and died while performing at Agasthyacodu Mahadeva Temple. Award winning Director and scriptwriter, Dharmasena Pathiraja passed away at the age of 74. Magahi writer Shesh Anand Madhukar, who has been working extensively for the development of the language, was honoured with this year's Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman award.

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