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  1. A Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of genetic/taxonomic studies, research and training, conservation in India, including species and habitat conservation assessments, etc. has been signed by Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and Natural History Museum (NHM), UK
  • NHM will help BSI in capacity building in areas of systematic botany and long-term conservation of plant genetic resources in India.
  1. Dr Jitendra Singh, The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, said that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch Chandrayan-2 Mission around April this year.
  • He added, Chandrayaan-2 is the country’s second mission to the moon.
  • On the achievements of Department of Space and Department of Atomic Energy, he was addressing a press conference.
  • Chandraayan-2 is a challenging mission as for the first time we will carry an orbiter, a lander and a rover to the moon.
  1. A National Conference under the title of “Agriculture 2022 – Doubling Farmers’ Income”, is organized by The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) at National Agriculture Science Complex (NASC), Pusa, New Delhi.
  • Scheduled on 19th and 20th February, 2018, it is a two days conference. It is organized on the advice of the Hon’ble Prime Minister with a view to identify various critical issues relating to agriculture and farmers’ welfare and finding appropriate solutions.
  • The main aim of the conference is to build a consensus around appropriate recommendations that will help in shaping and sharpening the vision of the Government on Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022 into actionable points.
  1. Maharashtra government will be setting up an institute for artificial intelligence (AI) in Mumbai, in a first in the country.
  • The plan for the institute will unveiled by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The Magnetic Maharashtra Summit will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 18.
  1. Global NRI Centre (GNC) has launched by the State Bank of India, which has a strong NRI customer base of over 33 lakh,in Kochi.
  • For all Non-Resident Indian (NRI) banking related services, the GNC will be a one-stop customer service centre.
  • The bank also launched other services such as Wealth Management, SBI Intelligent Assist, Free Post Box Service, SBI Mingle for NRIs and Remittance facility for US-based customers, to enhance the service experience of
  1. India’s first and largest micro-delivery platform, Milkbasket, has been recognised as ‘Startup of the Year’ 2017 at the 7th Small Business Awards.
  • This award is dedicated to young SMEs, aged 7 years or less, with great potential to become big in local/international markets.
  • Milkbasket is India’s first and largest daily micro-delivery service, launched in early 2015.
  1. At recently concluded World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai, India’s Aadhaar and Umang App have won awards.
  • Aadhaar won in the Best Government Emerging Technologies Award and Umang App won in Best m-Government Service Award for Accessible Government Category.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of UAE Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan presented the awards.
  1. The Earnest Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 has won by Sanjiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Finserv.
  • E Sreedharan was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for transforming the face of public transportation in India.
  1. Yet another record is added by Roger Federer to his vast collection when he became the oldest ATP world number one by beating Dutchman Robin Haase 4-6 6-1 6-1 to reach the semi-finals in Rotterdam.
  • Into the ABN AMRO World Tennis event Federer took a wildcard with his eyes fixed on a return to number one for the first time since November 2012.