PLACES IN NEWS - 2017 February

February 1

Basant Panchami bathing ceremony to take place at sangam.
In Allahabad, Basant Panchami bathing, one of the important occasion of Magh mela, will take place at sangam and other Ghats of holy rivers.
Large number of devotees who are staying in magh mela area and kalpwasis will take holy dip at the confluence of the three great rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.

All India Radio launched special FM radio station at Sainagar Shirdi, Maharastra.
Residents of Shirdi and neighbouring villages, as well as thousands of Saibaba devotees visiting Shirdi throughout the year, will get to hear "aartis", "bhajans" and other musical events held at the temple daily on their cellphones through FM radio from February.
Prasar Bharati will launch a special FM radio station Sainagar Shirdi for Shirdi and it will cover an area of around 25 km from the temple.

February 2

Mughal Gardens to open for public from February.
The iconic Mughal Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan will open for the public from the coming after President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated.
The beautiful lawns, comprising the spiritual garden, herbal garden, bonsai garden and musical garden, will remain open from February.
President will inaugurate the gardens, as part of the 'Udyanotsav'.

Amitabh Kant Inaugurates India Innovation Index in New Delhi.
The Indian Policy Think Tank, NITI Aayog together with Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)/ has launched a first of its kind online portal, India Innovation Index in India to rank the states on the basis of innovation.
The Index has been developed by the Indian sides in consultation with the World Economic Forum, the World Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell University, OECD, UNIDO, ILO, UNESCO, ITU and others.
The portal was inaugurated by Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog in 2017 in New Delhi.

31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela being held in Faridabad.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurates the 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Faridabad, Haryana in, 2017.
2017 Surajkund International Crafts Mela is known as 'Cashless Mela' because all stakeholders have been provided option to opt for cashless transactions
A team of volunteers called 'Mela Mitra' are appointed to help and guide visitors for Mela.
The freedom fighter Jharkhand Birsa Munda’s statue has been constructed and people from 21 countries are expecting to participate at the mela.

February 3

India Art Fair starts in Delhi.
The ninth edition of the India Art Fair that began in New Delhi exhibits a rare mix of colours, grandeur and, with its continued focus in nurturing global interest in South Asian arts, showcases works of emerging as well as established artists from the region.
The three-day fair is joined by participating South Asian galleries like Britto Arts Trust from Dhaka, Nepal Art Council from Kathmandu, Theertha International Artists’ Collective from Colombo and Blueprint 12 from New Delhi.
An extensive array of art programmes, ranging from the exhibitions on the works of renowned artists like M.F. Hussain to the subtle narratives that emerge from the sketches of the 20th century political artist Chittaprosad Bhattacharya, find display spanning the outdoor and indoor fair space.

In Punjab Restaurant opens in retired Air India plane.
A restaurant built in a retired Air India Airbus A320 has recently opened in Ludhiana, Punjab.
The first of its kind in India, the 72-seater restaurant is named Hawai Adda. It serves vegetarian food and features a cafe, a bakery and a hall that can hold as many as 40 customers.

19th Edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav Begins in New Delhi.
The 19th edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav or International Drama Festival kicked off in, 2017 in New Delhi.
The 21 days annual theatre festival will conclude in, 2017 and would take Bharat Rang Mahotsavplace at five different cities including New Delhi, Kurukshetra, Pune, Agartala, Hyderabad and Patna during the course of time.
The festival would see 94 performances from 12 Countries & 16 Indian States.

Centre of Integrative Oncology inaugurated in New Delhi.
The Centre of Integrative Oncology (CIO) was inaugurated by Dr. Saumya Swaminathan, Secretary, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare & Director General, Indian Council for Medical Research and Shri Ajit M. Sharan, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH at the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (NICPR) at Noida in, 2017.
Sharan also launched the fellowship programme, under this Senior Research Fellowships and 5 Post-doctoral fellowships will be released every year (in both modern medicine and Ayurveda) to facilitate quality research in the country in the area of cancer research.

February 4

10th Edition Sula Festival start in Maharashtra.
The 10th edition of Sula Fest has begun on 3rd February 2017 at the Sula Vineyards in Nashik, Maharashtra.
The line-up for the three-day festival, which will also feature professional wine tastings and grape stomping, includes artists Infected Mushroom and Nucleya. Tickets for Sula Fest, which is offering a camping stay facility, range from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 4900.

February 6

Dalhousie Road in Central Delhi got renamed as Dara Shikoh Road.
The New Delhi Municipal Council passed a proposal to change the name of Dalhousie Road to Dara Shikoh Road, making it the third Lutyens’ Delhi road to be renamed in about a year-and-a-half.
At a special meeting, members of the NDMC, including New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi, NDMC chairperson Naresh Kumar and vice-chairperson Karan Singh Tanwar, unanimously passed the renaming proposal. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is also a member of the NDMC, was not present.

February 7

India's first social innovation centre Launched in Nizamabad by Telanagana Government.
The Telangana government launched India's first social innovation centre the ‘Kakatiya Hub for Social Innovation’ in Nizamabad in, 2017.
The launch was announced at the one-day Development Dialogue, an international social entrepreneurship ecosystem conference hosted by Kakatiya Sandbox.
The social hub has been funded by the Telangana government and will be implemented through Kakatiya Sandbox which is a centre that encourages entrepreneurship and innovation modelled after Deshpande Foundation’s Hubli Sandbox.

February 8

Elahiganj the first village in West Bengal’s to ban alcohol.
Elahiganj in Murshidabad district has become the first village in Bengal to ban sale and consumption of alcohol and narcotics within its limits and impose a stiff fine for those flouting the rule.
About 6,000 residents of Elahiganj, about 215 km north of Kolkata, decided to crack down on the sale and consumption of alcohol after six people died after consumed hooch in Galsi of neighbouring Burdwan district.
The villagers formed a committee of 80 people that took the decision to implement the ban.The decision was announced from the mosques over loudspeakers and no one raised any objection.

February 9

Delhi to observe Dry Day in till Saturday for UP election.
With neighbouring Uttar Pradesh voting in the first phase of Assembly elections, the Delhi government ordered that 'Dry Day' be observed in the national capital till February 11 in a 100 metre radius of the border points.
As per the order issued by the Delhi Excise Department, all liquor shops will be closed from 5pm on February 9 to 5pm on February 11.
In pursuance of the provision of Rule 52 of the Delhi Excise Rules, 2010, it is ordered that 'Dry Days' shall be observed from February 9 to 11 till account of Vidhan Sabha elections, 2017, in Uttar Pradesh by licencees the order stated.