The King of Jordan Abdullah-II bin Al-Hussein arrived in New Delhi on a 3-day visit to India. The King is accompanied by a business delegation. During his visit, he will also participate in a CEO Round-table followed by India-Jordan Business Forum.
The two sides are expected to sign MoUs and agreements in diverse areas of bilateral cooperation.
Jordan Capital- Amman, Currency- Jordanian dinar.
2. I&B Minister Smriti Irani Releases 'India-2018' Book
Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani released 'India 2018' (English Version) and 'Bharat 2018' (Hindi Version). The books are published by the Publications Division. The book available in both print and online versions.
It is an exhaustive publication dealing with all aspects of the country's development. With its latest edition, the book has entered into its 62nd year of publication.
National Science Day (NSD) is celebrated every year on 28 February. The theme of NSD-2018 is “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future”.
NSD is celebrated to commemorate the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’, which led to Sir C.V.Raman winning the Noble Prize. The theme has been chosen for the purpose of raising public appreciation of the scientific issues involved.
Department of Science and Technology instituted National Awards in 1987.
Dr Harsh Vardhan is the Minister of Science & Technology.
4. Chilika Lake Largest Habitat of Irrawaddy Dolphins Globally
The Chilika lake in Odisha has emerged as the single largest habitat of Irrawaddy dolphins in the world with the spotting of 155 such animals, according to the Chilika Development Authority (CDA).
The first ever ‘Annual Monitoring’ was conducted by the CDA to count the number of the marine mammals and to study the hydrological impacts of removal of pen culture (locally known as gherries).
Chilika Lake is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest coastal lagoon in the world.
Chief Executive of Chilika Development Authority is Susanta Nanda.
5. Govt Announces Reduction in Haj Airfare
The government has announced a significant reduction in airfares for devotees travelling to Saudi Arabia, with the prices of round tickets being slashed by Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 97,000.
The announcement was made by the Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
6. Kanchi Seer Jayendra Saraswathi Passes Away
Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal, the senior seer of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt situated in TamilNadu, passed away. He was 82-years-old. He passed away due to breathing problems.
The junior pontiff, Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi will be the 70th Jagadguru of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.
Eminent Odia writer Kanakalata Mohanty passed away. She was 82. Mohanty was suffering from old age-related problems.
Mohanty was the author of 12 novels and more than a 100 short stories. Her novels Ete Andhara, Kete Jwala and Anuradha shot her into the limelight in the 1960s.
1.India Clinched 11 Medals At Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament
India have come up with best ever performance at the 69th Strandja Memorial BoxingTournament in Bulgaria. At Sofia, the country ended with a whopping 11 medals – five from men and six from women boxers.
Overall, the contingent clinched two gold, three silver and six bronze medals. Vikas Krishan, who claimed a gold medal in 75 kg category, was also adjudged the best boxer of the event, a first for an Indian. Another Gold medal was clinched by Amit Panghal.
Bulgaria Capital- Sofia, Currency- Bulgarian lev.
2. Roger Federer Becomes Most Decorated Laureus Award Winner
Tennis legend Roger Federer became the most decorated winner in the history of LaureusWorld Sports Awards after he won twin honours at the 18th edition of the awards ceremony in Monaco. It was his sixth award. The awards include the Sportsman and Comeback titles.
American tennis great Serena Williams won the Sportswoman of the Year Award following her Australian Open success, her 23rd Grand Slam title. Serena is now the most decorated female Laureus Award winner with five Laureus statuettes.