PLACES IN NEWS - 2019 FEBRUARY

February 1

Air India resumes its services from New Delhi to Najaf in Iraq
Air India is resuming its services from New Delhi to the holy city of Najaf in Iraq after 25 years.
Najaf is a city some 160 kilometers from Baghdad. It is an important pilgrimage place considered sacred by Shia Muslims.

February 2

Knowledge is power - Uzbekistan lifts ban on political science
According to a decree issued by PresidentShavkat Mirziyoyev, Uzbekistan has lifted the ban on teaching Political Science.
The subject was entirely banned in 2015 under the regime of President Islam Karimov on the grounds that it is a western pseudoscience that does not take into account the "Uzbek model" ofdevelopment.
In 2013 Uzbek universities stopped teaching political science as a major and in 2015 it was totally eradicated from the curriculum.

February 3

Indus River Dolphin declared as Punjab’s State aquatic animal
One of the world's rarest mammals, Indus River Dolphins has received an exceptional distinction. Found only in India and Pakistan in the Beas river, the generally playful Indus Dolphins have been declared Punjab’s State aquatic animal.
Punjab Chief Minister also approved to declare Kanji Wetland and holy Kali Bein River as a wildlife conservation reserve to mark the historic celebration of 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev.

February 4

2nd Jharkhand Int'l Film Festival to begin in Ranchi from 1st February
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has decided to lend support to the organization of 2nd Jharkhand International Film Festival (JIFF) in Ranchi, Jharkhand from 1st to 3rd February. It is being organized by Navbharat Nirman Sangh, an NGO.
JIFF aims to present not only the best Indian and International Films, but also showcase the best of Jharkhand Regional Films being made in Napuri, Santali, Kortha and Kumali languages.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had provided financial sports of Rs 5 Lakh to the Organizers of the festival.

February 5

Art, action, Mumbai: Kala Ghoda Arts Festival celebrates 20 years of creativity
The Kala ghoda festival-KAGF, India’s largest multi-cultural street festival begins in Mumbai to celebrate its 20 years of art and culture through cinema, theatre, dance, literature and sculpture.
The festival hosted the exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and some rich history of Mumbai.
Maneck Davar is Chairman of Kala Ghoda Association.

February 6

Words Count Festival 2019 was held in Pune
According to the Union Textile Minister Smt. Smriti Irani, Ahmedabad Textile Industry Research Association (ATIRA) recently manufactured composite carbon fabric which is lightweight, durable and high heat resistance and now replacing metal parts of satellites for bringing down weight significantly. This is helpful to reduced launch cost.
Second edition of World Count festival 2019 was held in Pune, Maharashtra, with an aim to bring together speakers from several socio-political spheres and share their insights on various issues.
The Festival was hosted by the award -winning screenwriter, author and columnist Advita Kala.
Pavan Kumar Verma, A career diplomat and famous writer was honored with first Word Smith Award 2019 for his contribution in Indian Literature.

February 7

Boeing 747-200-Air India’s first ever Flight Simulator was exhibited in Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai
Air India’s first ever Flight Simulator is ready for public viewing at Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai. Known as ‘Boeing 747-200’, it was extensively used by the pilots, until due to technological obsolescence, it paved the way for new flight simulators.
It was designed and manufactured by the CAE, Canada (earlier known as the Canadian Aviation Electronic Industries Limited) and acquired by Air India in 1980.
The purpose of the artifact is to create awareness about the significance of simulations in the field of aviation among the public in general and students in particular. This precious artefact provides a glimpse into the remarkable technologies that are associated with flight simulations.

February 9

Smriti Irani launches India Size project in Mumbai
A first-of-its-kind project in the history of the country, India Size aims to arrive at a standard Indian Size for the ready-to-wear clothing industry, on the lines of the standardized sizes available in countries such as the USA and the UK.
During this ceremony, Minister also launched a Study of Apparel Consumption in India.
The report of this study would released by July 2019.
According to the Textiles secretary Raghvendra Singh, MoUs were recently signed with industry players wherein government will facilitate sourcing of handloom products from handloom clusters, based on requirements of industry, so that cost of production comes down for weavers.
According to the Textiles secretary Raghvendra Singh, specific discussions were held with CMAI members, and it has been decided that government and industry will work together for enhancing income of weavers and generating employment.

February 11

Union Minister Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal lays Foundation Stone of Mega Food Park at Mathura District in Uttar Pradesh
Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal today laid foundation stone for M/s Nandvan Mega Food Park Private Limited located in Badawal, Chhata-Barsana road in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.
The Mega Food Park is being set up in 57.41 acre of land at a cost of Rs. 120.77 Crore.
Government of India has approved a financial assistance of Rs. 50.00 Crore to the project.

February 12

3-day Krishi Kumbh begins in Motihari, Bihar
In Bihar, Governor Lalji Tandon and Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh jointly inaugurated the three -day Krishi Kumbh in Motihari.
Over fifteen thousand farmers from different states and about two hundred agricultural scientists are participating in the Kumbh.
The objective of Krishi Kumbh is to promote modern techniques and diversification in agriculture that could help in doubling farmers income.

February 13

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurates Institute of Advanced Virology (IAV) in Thiruvananthapuram
A first of its kind research institute that is linked to the Global Virus Network (GVN), it will operate from the Bio 360 Life Sciences Park at Thonnakkal.
The establishment of the institute was proposed during the Nipah Virus outbreak that struck the state last year.
The institute can confirm the viruses causing infectious diseases and detect new ones without delay in order to plan preventive measures.

February 16

Union Science & Technology Minister to inaugurate North Karnataka Agromet Forecasting and Research Centre (NKAFC) at Dharwad
A Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) KSNDMC and University of Agriculture Sciences, Dharwad have decided to create synergies in the institutional efforts by establishing a new Center of IMD called “North Karnataka Agromet Forecasting and Research Centre (NKAFC)” at University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad.
This centre will act as a centre of excellence with multi functions from observations, forecast, research and capacity building in Agro-Meteorological services in Karnataka state to be rendered jointly with the state government machinery at the district level.
India Meteorological Department, Ministry of Earth Sciences in collaboration with Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) and State Agriculture Universities (SAUs) through its Agro-meteorological Advisory Service (AAS) network provides relevant meteorological information to help farmers make the most efficient use of natural resources, with the aim of improving agricultural production; both in quantity and quality; and reduce the input cost to enhance the farmer’s income.

February 20

Shri K.J. Alphons to inaugurate ‘Eco Circuit: Pathanamthitta – Gavi – Vagamon – Thekkady’ project in Kerala
This Eco Circuit project was sanctioned in December 2015 for Rs. 76.55 crores.
Major works carried out under the project includes Eco Adventure Tourism Park at Vagamon, Cultural Centre at Kadamanitta, Eco Log Huts at Peerumedu, Idukki, Approach Roads, Walking trails, Rain Shelters at Pine Valley Forest, Thekkady, Kumily, Moozhiyar Dam, Penstock and Kakki Dam.
Swadesh Darshan scheme is one of the flagship schemes of Ministry of Tourism for development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritised manner.
Under this scheme the Government is focusing on development of quality infrastructure in the country with objective of providing better experience and facilities to the visitors on one hand and on other hand fostering the economic growth.

February 21

Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram to host Attukal Pongala, world's largest religious congregation of women
In Kerala, the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram is all prepared to host the Attaukal Ponkala festival which is considered as one of the world's largest religious gathering of women on a single day.
On this day lakhs of women will prepare 'Pongala'- the offering in makeshift brick stoves to worship the presiding deity of Attukal Bhagavathy temple.
Attukal temple is also called 'women's Sabarimala' as only women perform the ritual.

February 23

Union Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti inaugurates Sikaria Mega Food Park, the 1st Mega Food Park of Tripura
Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti inaugurated Sikaria Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd at Village Tulakona in Agartala.
This is the first Mega Food Park in the state of Tripura.
The Mega Food Park has been set up in 50 acre of land at the cost of Rs. 87.45 crore.
Government of India has accorded approval of a financial assistance of Rs. 50.00 Crore to the project.
The Mega Food Park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs. 250 crores in 25-30 food processing units in the park and generate a turnover of about Rs. 450-500 Crore annually.
The Park will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5000 people and benefit about 25000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas.

February 24

Union Home Minister inaugurates “Waste to Wonder” Park in South Delhi
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated ‘Waste to Wonder Park’ which houses the replicas of Seven Wonders of the World made from scrap material at Sarai Kale Khan, Delhi.
It was built by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and is the first-of-its-kind tourist attraction in the world, with the replicas of the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramid of Giza, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, Rome’s Colosseum, and the Statute of Liberty.
On the occasion, the Union Home Minister paid tributes to the martyrs of Pulwama where CRPF Jawans made supreme sacrifice.

February 25

Uttarakhand CM launches helpline for quick redressal of public complaints
A Helpline for quick redressal of public complaints was launched by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat at the IT Park in Dehradun.
People can call on the helpline number 1905 to lodge their complaints.
The call centre set up for the purpose will be open from 8 am to 10 pm daily to receive people's complaints.

February 26

Skill Development Minister inaugurates Skill Saathi Youth Conclave in Odisha
According to the Union Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Odisha has the potential to soon emerge as skill capital of the country and the Skill Saathi model was created to impart information on vocational education and available market opportunities to the youth.
Currently, 10 Counseling Implementing Organisations (CIO) are empanelled under the 'Skill Saathi' initiative in Odisha, who mobilise candidates and provide career counseling to them.
All blocks and urban local bodies in Odisha have been divided among these empanelled CIOs.

February 27

Civil Aviation Ministry organizing ‘Aviation Conclave 2019’ with theme of “Flying for All” in New Delhi
The Ministry of Civil Aviation, in association with Airports Authority of India, AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services Company Limited (AAICLAS) and Confederation of Indian Industry, is organizing the Aviation Conclave 2019 with an overarching theme of “Flying for All” in New Delhi.
According to the Suresh Prabhu, realizing Government’s vision of making “Flying for All” a reality underpins the government’s commitment to bring about a veritable revolution in the Indian aviation sector.
Over 200 delegates are taking part in the discussions.
Indian civil aviation industry is undergoing an unprecedented era of expansion, driven by factors such as low-cost carriers (LCCs), modern airports, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in domestic airlines, advanced information technology (IT) interventions and strong focus on regional connectivity.


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