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India 6th wealthiest country with $8,230 billion :New World Wealth - 01 Feb 18

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Indian Railways to set up Coach Factory in Marathwada, Maharashtra - 01 Feb 18

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India Joins the Ashgabat Agreement - 01 Feb 18

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Light Combat Helicopter Flies With Home-Made Controls For The First Time - 01 Feb 18

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Highlights of Budget 2018-19 - 02 Feb 18

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Army Dental Corps celebrates its 77th raising day on 1st Feb - 02 Feb 18

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India Signs with New Development Bank (NDB)for USD 100 Million - 02 Feb 18

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International Conference on 'Demetrios Galanos and His Legacy’begins in New Delhi - 02 Feb 18

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CRISIL, SIDBI Launch India’s First MSE Sentiment Index - 03 Feb 18

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32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela held in Haryana - 03 Feb 18

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Centre Sanctions New Project to Control Pollution of River Sal at Navelin, Goa - 03 Feb 18

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Govt to launch KUSUM scheme to promote solar farming among farmers - 03 Feb 18

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ICC U-19 World Cup-2018: India defeated Australia - 04 Feb 18

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N. Chandrasekaran heading the 17-member task force constituted by the Department of Defence Production - 04 Feb 18

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Exam Warriors: Book written by Narendra Modi released - 04 Feb 18

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Maratha Light Infantry celebrated 250 years of its formation - 04 Feb 18

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India’s Largest Floating Treatment Island is Reviving This Hyderabad Lake - 05 Feb 18

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Shri A.K Prasad Assumes Charge as the New Financial Commissioner, Railway Board - 05 Feb 18

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Global Democracy Index 2018: India’s ranked at 42nd place - 05 Feb 18

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Amitabh Kant,Niti Aayog CEO gets extension till June 30, 2019 - 05 Feb 18

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#SecurityCheckKiya campaign started by search engine giant Google in India - 05 Feb 18

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“Rabindra Setu” completed 75 years of its opening celebrates platinum jubilee - 06 Feb 18

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Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day state of emergency - 06 Feb 18


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Permanent Representatives to the UN from 11 countries visit Election Commission of India - 06 Feb 18

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India's fiscal deficit to come in at 3.5 % of GDP in FY-2019 - 06 Feb 18

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South Korean automobile company Kia Motor made its debut in India - 07 Feb 18

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Falcon Heavy,world’s most powerful rocket was launched into space by the private rocket company SpaceX - 07 Feb 18

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Cape Town is poised to become the world’s first major city to run out of drinking water - 07 Feb 18

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Jhulan Goswami became the first-ever female cricketer to take 200 ODI wickets - 07 Feb 18

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India Government raises sugar import duty to 100% - 08 Feb 18

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India’s tea exports touch record 240.7 ml. kgs in 2017 - 08 Feb 18

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India successfully test-fires nuclear capable Prithvi-II - 08 Feb 18

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Central govt's Ujjwala Yojana to benefit eight crore women - 08 Feb 18

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RBI lowers GDP growth forecast to 6.6% for FY-2018 -19 - 08 Feb 18

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India’s crude steel production grows by 6% in 2017 - 09 Feb 18

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  • India’s crude steel production crossed the 100 million tonnes(mt) with a growth of 6.18 percent during last year. 
  • The government has taken various remedial measures to promote domestic steel sector which amongst others include trade measures such as anti dumping duties, safeguard duties and temporary introduction of Minimum Import Price; notified Quality Control Order thereby making BIS standards mandatory for all steel products and imports; notified the policy on Domestically Manufactured Iron and Steel Products in Government procurement which facilitates domestic value addition; and notified National Steel Policy, 2017 with a view to encourage long term growth of domestic steel sector. 
  • The National Steel Policy, 2017 envisages a crude steel capacity of 300 MT by 2030-31.
  • The salient features of the National Steel Policy, 2017 are:
  • The National Steel Policy, 2017 aspires to achieve 300 MT of steelmaking capacity by 2030.  
  • This would translate into additional investment of Rs.10 lakh Crore and 1.1 million additional workforce getting employed in the steel sector by 2030-31.
  • The policy seeks to increase consumption of steel and major segments are infrastructure, automobiles and housing.
  • National Steel Policy, 2017 seeks to increase per capita steel consumption to the level of 160 Kg by 2030-31 from the level of around 61 KG.
  • Adoption of energy efficient technologies by small steel producers will be encouraged to improve the overall productivity & reduce energy intensity.

CBDT enters into seven advance pricing pacts in January - 09 Feb 18

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Intellectual Property Index (IPI) : India ranks 44 out of 50 nations - 09 Feb 18

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Union Government approved construction of 1,86,777 affordable houses - 09 Feb 18

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India and UAE sign five agreements - 10 Feb 18

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Latin American countries keen on launching satellites through ISRO - 10 Feb 18

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Abhilasha Kumari sworn-in as Manipur HC Chief Justice - 10 Feb 18

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Indra Nooyi appointed as the first-ever independent female director of the ICC - 10 Feb 18

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RBI link base rate for loans with the marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) - 10 Feb 18

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Kerala topped in the NITI Aayog’s national health index report - 11 Feb 18

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  • The state Kerala topped the NITI Aayog’s national health index report titled ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’ that was released on 9 February 2018. 
  • Kerala continues to top the health index among large states in terms of overall health performance while Uttar Pradesh stays at the bottom. 
  • This was disclosed in the report titled ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’ released by the NITI Aayog on 9 February 2018.
  • Kerala was followed by Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. Apart from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Odisha were among those that performed poorly on the index.
  • According to the report, “in the reference year (2015-16), among the larger states, the index scope for overall performances ranged widely between 33.69 in Uttar Pradesh to 76.55 in Kerala”.
  • In terms of annual incremental performance, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh are the top three states. 
  • These three states showed the maximum gains in indicators such as Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR), Under-five Mortality Rate (U5MR), full immunization coverage, and institutional deliveries.

Winter Olympics started in South Korean city PyeongChang - 11 Feb 18

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Human rights activist Asma Jahangir passed away - 11 Feb 18

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Narendra Modi launched a project for the construction of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi - 11 Feb 18

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Narendra Modi conferred ‘Grand Collar of the State of Palestine’ honour - 12 Feb 18

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ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) and its partners signed an agreement in Abu Dhabi for USD 600 million oilfield - 12 Feb 18

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Mumbai listed in top 15 wealthiest cities globally - 12 Feb 18

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India has 35% chief ministers with criminal cases: ADR - 12 Feb 18

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Chandrashekar Kambar elected as the new president of the Sahitya Akademi - 13 Feb 18

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Vikas Sathaye bagged the scientific and engineering award at the Oscars 2018 Scientific and Technical Awards - 13 Feb 18

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RBI tightened time-line norms for bad loan resolution to 180 days - 13 Feb 18

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India’s forest and tree cover in percentage as disclosed at 24%: ISFR - 13 Feb 18

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Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam : Found fraudulent transactions totalling over $1.77 billion (Rs. 11,500 crore) in Mumbai - 14 Feb 18

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Krishna Kumari first woman Hindu community from Pakistan nominated PPP - 14 Feb 18

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Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South Africa’s new president by ruling party legislators - 14 Feb 18

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China welcomed the Chinese New Year on 16 February 2018 - 14 Feb 18

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West Bengal would not participate in the National Health Protection Scheme - 15 Feb 18

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World Government Summit 2018 : India’s Aadhaar and Umang App win the awards - 15 Feb 18

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  • India’s Aadhaar and Umang App have won awards at recently concluded 6th World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai.
  • Umang App won in Best m-Government Service Award for Accessible Government Category and Aadhaar won in the Best Government Emerging Technologies Award.
  • The awards were presented by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of UAE Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
  • The award for it recognized India’s efforts of invention and innovation in field of technology and making the country completely digitalized. 
  • It was recognised as the world’s largest biometric enabled identification programme, which provides access to service, bank accounts, social services benefits, income tax, passport services by providing 1.2 billion citizens unique identification card with fingerprint, eye-print and other vital data.
  • The award acknowledged India’s efforts to provide convenient services to its citizens. 
  • Umang stands for Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governace.
  • World Government Summit acknowledged technology pioneers for providing global solutions to global challenges. 
  • India was ‘Guest of Honour’ country 2018 summit in which more than 140 countries participated.

Yes Bank lists $600 mn bond on India INX - 15 Feb 18

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NDB cleared 1st tranche of $100 mn loan for Rajasthan water project - 15 Feb 18

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Pakistan Army troops being sent to Saudi Arabia - 16 Feb 18

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Cauvery water Dispute: Sc reduced the allocation of Cauvery water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu to 177.25 tmc - 16 Feb 18

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Meghalaya Governor Inaugurates India, Bangladesh 'Friendship Gate' - 16 Feb 18

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FDI in food processing to touch $1 bn in F.Y-2018 - 16 Feb 18

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Senior journalist Muzaffar Hussain dies at 78 - 16 Feb 18

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India Among Top 5 Defence Spenders, China's Is Thrice Its Budget - 17 Feb 18

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KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Nepal’s Prime Minister - 17 Feb 18

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New Base Year: Year 2017-18 for GDP and IIP and Year 2018 for CPI - 17 Feb 18

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India is allowing its businesses to invest in Indian rupees in Iran - 17 Feb 18

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PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate India’s largest container terminal in Mumbai - 18 Feb 18

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Maharashtra honours Ratan Tata with top industrial award - 18 Feb 18

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Roger Federer returned to world No. 1 spot for the first time since 2012 - 18 Feb 18

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Vijay Rupani launched the inaugural flight of Bhubaneswar-based airline Air Odisha in Ahmedabad - 18 Feb 18

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BJP inaugurated its new party headquarters in Delhi’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg - 19 Feb 18

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Gandhinagar,railway station become India’s only non-suburban railway station to be entirely run by women - 19 Feb 18

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Virgin Hyperloop One proposed to build a super-fast hyperloop transportation system in India - 19 Feb 18

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India to host the World Environment Day for 2018 : UN - 19 Feb 18

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42 languages or dialects in India considered to be endangered: Census Directorate - 20 Feb 18

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RBI directed payments banks to get their customers’ information verified by third parties - 20 Feb 18

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Avani Chaturvedi become the first-ever Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo - 20 Feb 18

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Cabinet approves Silkyara Bend-Barkot Tunnel in Uttarkhand - 20 Feb 18

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International Mother Language Day observed on February 21 - 21 Feb 18

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NITI Aayog to launch women entrepreneurs' cell next month' - 21 Feb 18

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Y.H. Malegam heading the newly constituted expert committee - 21 Feb 18

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Kamal Haasan launched new political party ‘Makkal Neethi Meyam’ (MNM) - 21 Feb 18

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N. Gopalaswami heading the Empowered Expert Committee for selecting 20 institutes of higher education - 22 Feb 18

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EPFO recommended interest rate for 2017-18 at 8.55% - 22 Feb 18

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Cabinet approves tribunal to settle Mahanadi water dispute - 22 Feb 18

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Rotomac owner's 'wilful loan default' pegged at Rs.3,695 crore - 22 Feb 18

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Government approves six rail projects in 4 states - 23 Feb 18

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Centre to launch UPaAI app to track progress of developmental work in states - 23 Feb 18

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Indian carriers' share in international traffic up by 2.6% - 23 Feb 18

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Cabinet okays Rs 60,000 crore fund for urban housing plan - 23 Feb 18

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PM Modi announces Rs 20K crore defence corridor for Bundelkhand - 24 Feb 18

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Corruption Perception Index: India's ranking falls from 79 to 81 - 24 Feb 18

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Federal Bank acquire 26% stake in Equirus Capital Pvt. Ltd - 24 Feb 18

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Global sales of smartphones to end users stood at 408 million units: Gartner - 24 Feb 18

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Aruna Budda Reddy become the first Indian gymnast to clinch an individual medal in Gymnastics World Cup - 25 Feb 18

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Indo- Canada Relation: Both countries ink six pacts - 25 Feb 18

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  • India and Canada have signed six agreements in different fields including nuclear science, energy cooperation, sports, education, science and technology .
  • These agreements were signed after delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in in New Delhi.
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  • MoU on Cooperation in Sport. 
  • MoU for Cooperation in Higher Education. 
  • MoU for Cooperation on Intellectual Property Rights. 
  • Terms of Reference for the India-Canada Ministerial Energy Dialogue.
  •  MoU for cooperation in the Fields of Science, Technology and Innovation.
  •  Joint Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the Field of Information Communications Technology and Electronics..
  • presently,Canada is home to over 1.2 million Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) who comprise more than 3% of its population.
  • The cumulative Indian FDI was US$ 2093.53 million as against Canadian FDI of US$ 901.1693 million in India. Indian companies have invested especially in the IT, software, steel and natural resources sectors etc.

RBI directs banks to link SWIFT with CBS by 30 April - 25 Feb 18

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2018 Winter Olympics: Norway topped at medal tally - 25 Feb 18

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Rustom-2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) successfully test-flown by the DRDO - 26 Feb 18

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Former cabinet secretary T.S.R. Subramanian passed away - 26 Feb 18

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Airtel, Huawei successfully conduct 5G network trial in India - 26 Feb 18

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Punjab Regiment bagged the best marching award - 27 Feb 18

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Australian Open(Men)-2018: Roger Federer defeated Marin Cilic - 27 Feb 18

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Vijay Hazare Trophy for 2017-18: Karnataka beat Saurashtra in the final - 27 Feb 18

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PM Modi Launches Subsidised 'Amma' Two-Wheeler Scheme In Tamil Nadu - 27 Feb 18

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China was elected as vice chair of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) - 27 Feb 18

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21st National Conference on e-Governance begin in Hyderabad - 27 Feb 18

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National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways and Coasts set up at IIT Chennai - 27 Feb 18

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GOBAR-DHAN scheme to be set up by govt. of India - 28 Feb 18

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Roger Federer becomes most decorated Laureus winner - 28 Feb 18

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India ranks 47th Inclusive in Internet Index 2018 - 28 Feb 18

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  • India was ranked 47th out of 86 countries in Inclusive Internet Index (III) 2018 report. 
  • India has slipped by 11 positions compared to 36th rank in 2017 III report due to low internet usage and poor quality.
  • The report was commissioned by Facebook in 2017 and is conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). 
  • It provides rigorous benchmark of national-level Internet inclusion across four categories: Availability, Affordability, Relevance and Readiness. 
  • 2018 edition of report has covered 91% of the world’s population and expanded data set of 86 countries, up from 75 countries in 2017.
  • India was ranked 62nd in Availability, 39th in Affordability, 37th in Relevance and 23rd in Readiness categories. 
  • Singapore, Canada, Poland and Malaysia have topped in respective categories. 
  • Internet connectivity: It has grown by 8.3% over past year and has shown 65.1% increase in low-income countries with largest year-on-year increases in Rwanda (490.8%), Nepal (138.1%) and Tanzania (87.8%).

28th February: National Science Day in India - 28 Feb 18

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