February, 2016

88th Oscar Awards

88th Academy Awards, popularly called Oscar Awards, are conferred in Los Angeles. Film Mad Max Fury Road wins maximum awards. Best Picture award is bagged by Spotlight.

Iran Parliamentary Election results declared

Iran Parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections results are declared. Results show seats being shared three ways between Rouhani’s reformist and moderate allies, conservatives and independents.

Peru emergency declared

Peru declares an emergency after a major oil pipeline burst affecting two rivers, namely Chiriaco and Morona, in the country’s northwest region.

Finance Minister presents Union Budget 2016-17

Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley presents Union Budget 2016-17 in the Lok Sabha. This is the second full-year Budget of the NDA Government and third budget of Mr.Jaitley.

Palaeontologists discover nine crore-year-old rare coral fossil in

Palaeontologists discover nine crore-year-old rare coral fossil in Madhya Pradesh, similar to brain coral in Bagh beds of Narmada valley, suggesting presence of marine life in Central India during evolution.

Wawrinka wins Dubai ATP Tennis title

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland wins his ninth straight final to clinch the Dubai ATP tennis title, defeating Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in straight sets with a 6-4, 7-6 (13).

Rashtriya Vigyan Diwas day

National Science Day or Rashtriya Vigyan Diwas is celebrated throughout the nation, aiming to inculcate scientific temper in the minds of people of all age groups.

63rd Annual Golden Reel Awards

Famous sound designer Resul Pookutty becomes the first Asian to win the award for Best Sound for documentary India’s Daughter at the Motion Picture Sound Editors 63rd Annual Golden Reel Awards.

Japan released 2015 Census

The results of the 2015 census of Japan are released showing that the population shrank by 9,47,000 people in the last five years, the first decline since the count started in 1920.

India’s first co-perative society in IT

Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee dedicates India’s first co-operative society in Information Technology (IT) sector, UL Cyber Park in Kozhikode, Kerala.

Mumbai win Ranji Trophy

Mumbai win the Ranji Trophy with an innings and 21-run victory over Saurashtra. They win the trophy for the first time in three seasons.

Special support centres for migration routes in Europe

UNHCR, UNICEF launch 20 Child and Family Support Hubs which will act as special support centres for children and families along the most frequently used migration routes in Europe.

Data Processing Facility for ASEAN

ISRO announces establishment of a Satellite Tracking & Data Reception Station and Data Processing Facility for ASEAN member countries in Vietnam.

First-ever uterus transplant

The US surgeons perform the first-ever uterus transplant, using a uterus from a deceased organ donor. The operation takes nine hours.

India’s Aryabhata Award 2013

Former Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and ex-DRDO chief Dr. Avinash Chander receives the prestigious Astronautical Society of India’s Aryabhata Award 2013.

Lok Sabha passes Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Lok Sabha passes Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016, to grant voting rights to people who became citizens of the country following the exchange of enclaves between India and Bangladesh.

Railway Minister presents the Rail Budget 2016-17

Railway Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu presents the Rail Budget 2016-17 in Lok Sabha. This is the third rail budget of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government and second for Mr. Prabhu.

Same-sex -Italy’s Senata approve a bill

Italy’s, Senate approves a bill recognising civil unions for same-sex and heterosexual couples. The motion is approved by a 173-71 vote.

President Evo Morales disqualified

Bolivia’s people vote to reject an amendment to the Constitution. With this, the incumbent President Mr. Evo Morales stands disqualified for contesting the Presidential election for fourth term in 2019.

Greece refugees imposing their own response to the migrant crisis

Australia and nine Balkan states agree on several measures to choke off the flow of refugees from Greece, imposing their own response to the migrant crisis.

AIM and SETU in NITI Aayog with appropriate manpower

The Union Cabinet gives nod for a proposal to establish Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and Self Employment and Talent Utilisation (SETU) in NITI Aayog with appropriate manpower.

PM approves $150 million to Iran for development of Chabahar Port

The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Mr. Narendra Modi approves the proposal for loan of $150 million to Iran for the development of Chabahar Port.

US President historic visit to Cuba

US President Mr. Barack Obama concludes his three-day historic visit to Cuba, the first visit by a US president to Cuba in 88 years.

Parliament of Pakistan becomes the world’s first to run fully on solar power

Parliament of Pakistan becomes the world’s first to run fully on solar power, a venture supported by close ally China with a $55-million funding.

Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988

Supreme Court of India rules that the top officials and employees of private banks will be considered as public servants for the purpose of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

India’s Kumaravel Prem Kumar wins silver medal in long jump at 7th Asian Indoor Athletics

India’s Kumaravel Prem Kumar bags Silver in long jump at the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Zhang Yaoguang of China wins Gold in the long jump

US and Russia agreement on cessation of hostilities in Syria

The US and Russia announce to have reached the agreement on cessation of hostilities in Syria. The announcement is made by US Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Mr. Sergey Lavrov.

India is world’s largest arms importer

India is world’s largest arms importer, accounting for 14% of global arms imports in 2011-2015 timeframe, a report on international arms transfers by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reveals.

Seismic Microzonation reports release

Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan releases Seismic Microzonation reports for Delhi and Kolkata, highlighting vulnerability of specific areas in these megacities.

Ottal is named Best Children’s Film

Malayalam film Ottal is named Best Children’s Film at 2016 Berlin International Film Festival in Germany. It is honoured with the Crystal Bear Award in the ‘Generation K-Plus’ section.

Badminton Asia Team Championships

China and Indonesia win Badminton Asia Team Championships in women and men’s categories, respectively in Hyderabad. China defeat Japan 3-2 in women’s category and Indonesia beat Japan 3-2 in men’s category.

Punjab Warriors wins HIL title

Jaypee Punjab Warriors defeat Kalinga Lancers 6-1 to clinch Hockey India League (HIL) title in the fourth edition of the six-team tournament at Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day is observed across the world to signify the importance of mother language as the greatest weapon to express one’s feeling.

PM launches Shyama Prasad Mukherjee National Rurban Mission

Prime Minister Mr. Modi launches Shyama Prasad Mukherjee National Rurban Mission aiming to draw investment of over ` 5000 crore in three years to transform rural areas in Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh.

Newly discovered system in US, known as TYC 2505-672-1

A newly discovered system in US, known as TYC 2505-672-1, sets a new record eclipse (3.5 years) and longest period between eclipses (69 years) in a binary system.

WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship

Italy’s Sara Errani defeats Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova to clinch the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships women’s singles title by a 6-0, 6-2.

McCullum fastest test century in record 54 balls against Australia

New Zealand cricket team captain Brendon McCullum scores fastest test century in record 54 balls against Australia on the first day of the 2nd March played for Trans-Tasman Trophy in New Zealand.

India and Nepal ink seven agreements

India and Nepal ink seven agreements and MoUs to boost the bilateral cooperation during the state visit of Prime Minister of Nepal Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli to India.

ISRO successful test CE20 of GSLV Mark 3 rocket

ISRO successfully conducts hotbed test of indigenously developed high-thrust cryogenic engine (CE20) of the GSLV Mark 3 rocket at Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu.

Indian women cricket team sweeps ODI series against Sri Lanka

Indian women cricket team sweeps three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, 3-0. In the third and final match played in Ranchi, India defeat Sri Lanka by seven wickets.

US weapons battle against ISIS

The US decides to pullout B-1 bombers, one of the most dependable American weapons, from the battle against ISIS in Syria and Iraq for upgrades.

Five cities for the implementation of Smart City plans in MP, Rajasthan

Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Government set up Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) in five cities for the implementation of Smart City Plans.

NASA new Telescope with a view 100 times biggest

NASA stars work on a new telescope with a view 100 times bigger than that of Hubble Space Telescope that may help unravel the mysteries of dark matter and advance the search for alien life.

Nepal Govt. constitutes an 11 member political committee

Nepal Government constitutes an 11-member political committee to study the demarcation of federal states on the Constitution as part of government’s efforts to achieve reconciliation with Madhesis.

World Bank announces $150 million fund to combat Zika virus in Latin America

The World Bank announces $150 million in funding to combat Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean.

US President signs off a new law imposing new sanctions against North Korea

US President Mr. Barack Obama signs off a new law imposing new sanctions against North Korea, punishing the regime for its nuclear and missile tests as well as for suspected cyber-hacking incidents.

42 Central Universities to fly the Tricolour – HRD Minister

In a meet of Vice Chancellors in Surajkund, Haryana, HRD Minister Ms. Smriti Irani directs the Vice-Chancellors of all 42 Central Universities to fly the Tricolour on their buildings to instil a sense of nationalism into students and teachers.

PM launches PMFBY in Sherpur

PM Mr. Narendra Modi launches guidelines for operationalisation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), at a farmers’ convention in Sherpur village of Madhya Pradesh.

HUPA sanctions constructions of 82 thousand houses

Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Allevation sanctions construction of around eighty-two thousand houses for Economically Weaker Sections in urban areas of 163 cities.

Union Cabinet approval to the LIGO

Union Cabinet gives in-principle approval to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO)-India project to study gravitational waves.

Astronomy satellite ASTRO-H

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launches astronomy satellite ASTRO-H, launched on-board the H-IIA rocket, from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture.

UN and Govt. of Colombia launch new multi-partner trust

UN and the Government of Colombia announces the launch of a new multi-partner trust fund in the country’s capital Bogota to respond to stabilisation and peace-building needs.

Union Cabinet approves TFA of the WTO

The Union Cabinet approves a proposal to notify the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Union Cabinet approves signing of a collaborative AYUSH

The Union Cabinet approves signing of a collaborative agreement between Ministry of Ayurveda. Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) and WHO.

first helium-filled balloon lands in Pupuressa area

Google’s Project Loon begins its operations in Sri Lanka after first helium-filled balloon lands in Pupuressa area in Gampola town.

Scientists discover 5 New Jupiter-like planets

Scientists discover five new Jupiter-like planets, similar in characteristics to Jupiter. The planets are designated as WASP-119b, WASP-124b, WASP-126b, WASP-129b and WASP-133b.

Ukraine government support 194 out of the 339 members of Parliament

Ukraine Prime Minister Mr. Arseniy Yatsenyuk-led government survives a no-confidence, after only 194 out of the 339 members of the parliament support it.

UN announces that the Syrian govt. has approved humanitarian access to seven areas

UN announces that the Syrian government has approved humanitarian access to seven besieged areas. According to UN, almost half a million people live in besieged areas.

Super-Earth exoplanet dubbed

Astrophysicists at NASA find a super-Earth exoplaner dubbed as 55 Cancrice with an atmosphere for the first time, using Hubble telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

58th Annual Grammy Awards

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles, California. Record of the Year Award is given to Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars for Album Uptown Funk.

First Train connecting between Iran and China

The first train connecting Iran and China packed with Chinese goods arrives in Tehran. The arrival revives the ancient Silk Road trade route.

Swachh Survekshan 2016 Survey – Mysuru is cleanest city in first place

Urban Development Minister Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu announces results of Swachh Survekshan 2016 Survey. Out of the 73 cities Mysuru in Karnataka is adjudged as the cleanest city.

National Capital Goods Policy 2016

The Union Government unveils National Capital Goods Policy 2016 to give an impetus to the capital goods sector and the Make in India initiative

Sweden ink an MoU on Technical cooperation in rail sector

Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation of the Kingdom of Sweden ink an MoU on technical cooperation in rail sector.

St.Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2016

Women’s singles : Italy’s Roberta Vinci defeats Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-3 to win the women’s singles title of 2016 St. Petersburg Ladies in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Women’s doubles : India-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis win women’s doubles final, defeating the Russian-Czech team of Vera Dushevina and Barbora Krejcikova by 6-3, 6-1 in 2016 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.

WI wins U-19 Cricket World Cup title

West Indies lift their maiden ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup title. In the final played at Mirpur, West Indies defeat three-time champions India by five wickets.

India win T-20 series against Sri Lanka

India win three-match T-20 series against Sri Lanka 2-1. In the third and final T-20 match played in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India defeat Sri Lanka by nine wickets.

Highest Civilians killed recorded Afghanistan in 2015

The number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan in 2015 was the highest recorded since 2009, the UN says in a new report, with children paying particularly heavy price.

China creates plasma at a temperature of 50 million Kelvins

A nuclear reactor in China creates plasma at a temperature of 50 million Kelvins (49,999) million degrees Celsius) for 102 seconds.

12th SAG 2016 – India top in highest medals

12th South Asian Games (SAG) 2016 conclude in Guwahati, Assam, India finishes at the top with 308 medals, Sri Lanka is second with 186 medals, while Pakistan is third with 106 medals.

69th BAFTAs Awards

69th British Academy Films Awards (BAFTAs) are announced at the Royal Opera House in London. Wilderness drama The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, wins the Best Film Award.

Smart chip for wireless transmission

Singapore scientists, including one of Indian origin, develop a smart chip that can be paired with neural implants for efficient wireless transmission of brain signals to help combat Parkinson’s disease.

Infosys Prize 2015

Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee confers Infosys Prize 2015 on six winners in New Delhi. The awards are given in six categories.

Pope Francis becomes the first pope to enter Mexico’s National Palace

Pope Francis becomes the first pope to enter Mexico’s National palace to meet the President, marking a new step in church-state reconciliation in a staunchly Catholic nation.

‘Make in India Week’

Prime Minister Mr. Modi inaugurates ‘Make in India Week’ in Mumbai, targeting investment commitments across the country.

BHU founded 100 years

Banaras Hindu University (BHU) founded by Freedom fighter Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya turns 100 years. It was founded as an important seat of higher education in 1916.

India’s first indigenously developed lightest revolver gun ‘Nidar’

India’s first indigenously developed lightest revolver gun ‘Nidar’ weighing merely 250 grams is successfully launched. It is designed and manufactured by state-run Rifle Factory Ishapore in West Bengal.

BCCI bans Pakistan Umpire Asad Rauf

The Disciplinary Committee of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) bans Pakistan Umpire Asad Rauf for 5 years on charges of corruption and misconduct.

Energy Ministers meeting in Canada

Energy ministers from Canada, Mexico and the US sign an MoU on Climate Change and Energy Collaboration during North American Energy Ministers Meeting in Winnipeg, Canada.

The first Mega Food Park of MP

The first Mega Food Park of Madhya Pradesh is inaugurated by Ms. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries in Khargone district.

First time scientists working at two LIGO facilities in US discover Gravitational Waves

For the first time scientists working at two LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) facilities in US discover Gravitational Waves that were hypothesised by Albert Einstein in 1916.

First women ministers appointed in UAE

The United Arab Emirates appoints women ministers to the newly created portfolios for happiness and tolerance, and youth affairs.

India and UAE sign agreements

India and UAE sign nine agreements covering a wide range of sectors like the sphere of cyber security, infrastructure, renewable energy and finance.

International Scientists discover over 800 galaxies

A team of International Scientists discover over 800 galaxies hidden from view until now by our own galaxy, the Milky Way, some 250 million light years away from the Earth.

ADNOC agrees to store crude oil in India

The UAE’s national oil company Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) agrees to store crude oil in India’s maiden strategic petroleum storage facility in Mangaluru.

NATO

NATO and EU sign a Technical Arrangement between NATO Computer Incident Response Capability and Computer Emergency Response Team-EU, to improve cooperation in cyber defence.

IPI released by USCC – India 38th rank

As per Intellectual Property Index (IPI) released by United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC), India is ranked 37th among the surveyed 38 countries.

Nepal Former Prime Minister passes away

Former Nepal Prime Minister Mr. Sushil Koirala passes away at the age of 76. He was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and succumbed to it.

Madhesi parties protest against new constitution

Madhesi parties in Nepal officially call off their four and a half month-long blockade of key border points with India as part of their protest against the new constitution.

Union Government launches 24×7 Toll-Free Tourist

Union Government launches the 24×7 Toll-Free Tourist Infoline in 12 international languages, including Hindi and English in New Delhi.

Terrorist deposing before the Indian Court

Deposing before the Indian court from the US via video conferencing, Pak-American terrorist David Coleman Headley illustrates how LeT carried out 26/11 attacks and speaks about role of ISI officials in the attacks.

12th South Asian Games

Indian wrestlers end their 12th South Asian Games campaign with a whopping 14 Gold and 2 Silver medals. Women win Gold in all eight categories, while their male counterparts win six Gold and two Silver.

First time convert paper waste into green nontoxic cellulose

For the first time, scientists from National University of Singapore (NUS) successfully convert paper waste into green nontoxic cellulose aerogels.

Joshna clinches women individual squash

Indian Star player Joshna Chinnappa clinches Gold in women’s individual squash after beating Maria Toorpaki Wazir of Pakistan at 12th South AsianGames in Guwahati.

Australian women cricket team win ODI series against India

Australian women cricket team win three-match ODI sereis against Indain women team, 2-1. In the third and final match played at Hobart, India defeat Australia by five wickets.

Most influential woman

Former Britsh Prime Minister Ms. Margaret Thatcher is the most influential woman of the past 200 years, according to a survey of Britons.

Permanent campus of NISER in Jatani

Prime Minister Mr. Modi inaugurates the permanent campus of National Insitute of Science Education and Research (NISER) in Jatani near Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

IOC new state-of-the-art refinery at Paradip

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi dedicates Indian Oil Corporation’s new state-of-the-art refinery at Paradip in Odisha to the nation. It is IOC’s 11th refinery to be set up.

Cisco Systems picks Visakhapatnam as first ‘smart city’

Visakhapatnam will be the first city to be taken up for development as a ‘smart city’ by Cisco Systems, the global IT networking major and the implementing company. Cisco would focus on setting up a skill development centre and providing training through its global talent tracker. The company is also keen on working with the state government to digitise education and healthcare.

Twitter blocks linked is ISIS

Twitter blocks over 1,25,000 accounts, most of them linked to ISIS, “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts” even as handles of India-centric terrorist organisations and invididuals remain untouched.