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President presents Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards :- President Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the year 2016 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday.

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India working towards doubling farmer income by 2022: PM Modi :- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India is working towards doubling farmer incomes by 2022. For this, optimum utilisation of land resources, ensuring minimum wastage & understanding the needs of the market assume importance. PM Modi was speaking at the Centre of Excellence in Vegetables in Vadrad, Sabarkantha district of Gujarat.

HM reviews progress of newly created CIS Division in MHA  :- Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviews progress of newly created Cyber & Information Security (CIS) Division in Ministry of Home Affairs.

MoS RK Singh attends ISA Forum in Abu Dhabi :- Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Raj Kumar Singh delivered the keynote address at the ministerial plenary session of the International Solar Alliance at Abu Dhabi.

Delegation of students from J&K calls on HM Rajnath Singh :- A delegation of students from Jammu and Kashmir, on Wednesday called on Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. They are on a countrywide study tour.

Defence Minister takes historic sortie onboard fighter jet Sukhoi 30 MKI :- Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman takes a historic sortie onboard  fighter jet Sukhoi 30 MKI, Becomes the first woman Defence Minister to accomplish the feat.

PM Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu hold mega roadshow in Ahmedabad :- Grand welcome to Isreal Prime Minister Benzamin Netanyahu, PM Modi  welcomes him at the airport, both leaders take road show  to reach Sabarmati Ashram.

PM Modi, Israeli PM Netanyahu pledge to cooperate on Innovation :- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Isreal PM Bejamin Netanyahu ingurate start up hub ICreate Centre at Dholera, near Ahmedabad, Both leaders pledge to cooperate in the field of entrepreneurship development.

Newly constituted 5-judge constitution bench to hear range of crucial cases :- The cases that the bench will hear include challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act and the 2013 apex court judgement re-criminalising gay sex between consenting adults.

World must unite against Terror: EAM at Raisina Dialogue :- External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj lashes out at nations using terrorism as state policy, says it is high time world wakes up to this global menace.

26/11 survivor Moshe Holtzberg visits Nariman House in Mumbai :- This is his first visit to Mumbai since the attacks by Pakistani terrorists over nine years ago.

Organ donation should be a national movement: Vice President :- Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has called upon the people of the country to turn Organ Donation into a National Level Mass Movement. He also asked people leaving the country for better opportunities to come back and serve the motherland – Learn, Earn & Return.

Army captain injured as Pak troops fire at Indian posts in Poonch :- The latest violation of the ceasefire came a day after seven Pakistani Army men, including a Major, were killed and four others injured in retaliatory action by the Indian Army in Poonch.

DAC clears procurement of assault rifles & carbines to meet immediate requirement :- The procurement involves expenditure of more than three thousand crore rupees.

Centre withdraws subsidy to Haj pilgrims :- Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi the subsidy will now be utilized for educational empowerment of girls and women from the minority community.

Vyapam scam:CBI files chargesheet against 95 :- Besides former Minister and his OSD, the charge sheet, filed in a special court in Bhopal, also named Pankaj Trivedi, the then controller of examinations at Vyapam.

PM Modi launches work commencement of Rajasthan refinery :- The 43,000 crore rupees project is expected to generate thousands of direct and indirect jobs.

3-day Raisina dialogue begins :- The Israeli leader praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, and said India and Israel can emerge stronger militarily and economically through their shared values, based on democracy and innovation

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Nepal government announces Provincial Capitals and Chiefs :- The Nepal government has announced capitals and Chiefs of all seven provinces. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting held at Kathmandu on Wednesday evening.

US, Allies commit to ending North Korea sanctions busting :- The United States and its allies on Tuesday vowed tougher measures to halt North Korean sanctions busting, including naval security operations to prevent maritime smuggling.

At least seven dead in Colombia military helicopter crash :- In June 2016, another military helicopter crash killed 17 soldiers in an accident attributed to bad weather.

Sensex closes beyond record 35K mark :- Govt’s decision to cut additional market borrowing by 60% to 20,000 crore rupees makes the market rocket past the 35,000 mark for the first time; The benchmark Sensex closes at 35,081.82 up by 310.77 with the banking sector seeing a flourish of buying.

24th GST Council Meet to focus on Digital Payments :- The GST Council in its 24th meeting on January 18 will majorly hold discussions over inclusion of real estate, Handicrafts and stamp duty in regime.

Government to deregister 1.20 lakh more companies  :- Minister of State for Corporate Affairs P P Chaudhary has directed officials to expedite action against the companies that are to be struck off the records.

Four Nations Invitational Hockey: India stuns Japan 6-0 :- India began the Four Nations Hockey Invitational Tournament in emphatic fashion by hammering Japan 6-0 in the opening contest.

Blind Cricket World Cup: India to face Pakistan in final :- A dominant India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets on Wednesday to set up a title clash with arch-rivals Pakistan in the Blind Cricket World Cup.

North, South Korea to march together under one flag at Winter Olympics :- North and South Korean athletes will march together at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony under a unified flag; The two Koreas also agreed during rare talks on Wednesday to form a combined women’s ice hockey team.

Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan attend 101st birth anniversary celebrations of MGR :- Actors-turned-politicians, Rajinikanth, and Kamal Haasan on Wednesday took part in the 101st birth anniversary celebrations of  MG Ramachandran.

Kamal Haasan to reveal political party’s name on February 21 :- The veteran actor said he intends to challenge the status quo “that has been plaguing the politics of Tamil Nadu for some time now.

Modi Govt brought Space technology to every Indian household: Jitendra Singh :- Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh delivered the Keynote address at the International Space Conference of “Geospatial World Forum” in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Bird-like dinosaur with rainbow feathers discovered in China :- Scientists have discovered 161 million-year-old fossils of a tiny bird-like dinosaur from China that sported flashy rainbow feathers and a bony crest on its snout to attract mates.

Seasonal Influenza : Preventing the Flu :- Flu viruses mainly spread through droplets made when infected people cough, sneeze or talk and these droplets are inhaled by people around them and it cause spread of infection.

Khelo India Anthem crosses unprecedented 200m reach across digital platforms :- The Khelo India Anthem, which was unveiled on 15th January, has already struck a chord with India. The anthem has crossed an unprecedented reach of 200 m reach across digital platforms YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Foreign tourist arrivals in India crosses 10 million mark in 2017 :- India’s tourism sector got a major boost in 2017 with the number of foreign tourist arrivals crossing the 10 million mark.

Silk weaving gets new lease of life in Chhattisgarh :- In Chattisgarh women have joined the process of tussar weaving in a big way and are playing an invaluable part in continuing to weave its traditional beauty in the present hereby ensuring its continual presence in the days to come.

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