1. 12 February as National Productivity Day
On 12 February, National Productivity Day is celebrated annually to increase the productivity culture in India by the National Productivity Council (NPC).
- National Productivity Council (NPC) is a premier institution for propagating productivity movement under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Government of India in India.
- NPC acts for providing solutions towards accelerating productivity, increasing productivity, enhancing competitiveness.
- The seven days period from 12th February to 18th February 2020 as “Productivity Week” throughout the country.
2. 11 February as World Unani Day
Every year on 11 February, World Unani Day is observed to mark the birth anniversary of great Unani scholar and social reformer Hakim Ajmal Khan.
About Hakim Ajmal Khan
He was an Unani medical educationist and founder of scientific research in Unani System of Medicine, an eminent Indian Unani physician who was a versatile genius, a great scholar, a social reformer, a noted freedom fighter and one of the founders of the Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi.
3. 11 February as International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Every year on 11 Feb, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is dedicated to promoting the participation of women and girls in science.
- According to the United Nations, Less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women.
- The purpose of the day is to promote full and equal access for women and girls to participate in science.
4. Solar Orbiter launched on a historic mission to study the sun’s poles
The European-built Solar Orbiter spacecraft has been launched to take a unique look at their blazing poles towards the sun.
- The 1,800 kilograms spacecraft lifted up atop a ULA Atlas V rocket, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA.
- Solar Orbiter (SO) is a collaboration between the ESA and NASA.
The mission is expected to return unprecedented data and images as well as our first views of the sun’s polar regions.
- NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- ESA: European Space Agency
- ULA: United Launch Alliance
5. Exercise AJEYA WARRIOR-2020 to be held in UK
The fifth edition of Joint Military Exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior-2020’ between India and the United Kingdom will be held from 13 to 26 February 2020 at Salisbury Plains, the United Kingdom.
- In this exercise, there will be involved 120 soldiers each from the Indian and United Kingdom Army.
- The objective of this exercise is to conduct company level joint training with the emphasis on operations of terrorists in urban and semi-urban areas.
- The exercise is administered alternatively in the UK and India.
6. World’s cheapest gunshot locator – ‘Parth’
Army’s College of Military Engineering jointly with a private firm developed ‘Parth’ gunshot locator device that costs much cheaper than the imported ones.
- The device costs around Rs 3 lakhs, and if inducted, would replace a similar imported item which costs around Rs 65 lakhs.
- The device can locate the exact location of a bullet from a distance of 400m and will help to locate and neutralize terrorists faster.
7. Kaamya Karthikeyan became youngest girl to climb Mt Aconcagua
Mumbai-based Kaamya Karthikeyan has grown up as the youngest girl in the world to summit Mount Aconcagua.
- Mount Aconcagua is the highest peak/tip at 6962-meter in South America.
- Kaamya who is studying in 7th standard at Navy Children School in Mumbai, had summited Ladakh’s 6,260 meters Mt. Mentok Kangri II, under extreme cold weather conditions on August 24, 2019.
8. Prakash Javadekar issues first look of APJ Abdul Kalam biopic
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has released the first look of APJ Abdul Kalam biopic.
- Javadekar revealed that the film, titled APJ Abdul Kalam: The Missile Man, is a joint venture between Hollywood and Telugu film industry and will be released by the end of 2020.
- The film is produced by Jagadeesh Daneti, Suvarna Pappu and Martini Films’ Johnny Martin. It stars popular south actor Ali in the title role.
9. National Water Conference hosted in Madhya Pradesh
National Water Conference held in Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh.
- The Conference was introduced by Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
- During the four sessions of the conference, the importance and revival of traditional water sources, right to water, river rejuvenation campaign in Madhya Pradesh and many other related topics are being discussed.