1. ONGC-Led Consortium Acquires 10% Stake in UAE’s Offshore Oilfield
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)-led consortium of Indian state oil firms have acquired 10% stake in Abu Dhabi’s offshore Lower Zakum Concession for $600 million.
The acquisition is part of deal inked between company executives and UAE officials in presence of visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.
2. India, Oman Sign Eight MoUs including in the Defence, Health and Tourism Sectors
India and Oman have signed eight Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in different areas (like defense, health & tourism) during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Gulf nation.
The agreements were inked after Mr. Modi held delegation-level talks with Qaboos bin Said al Said (Sultan of Oman) in Muscat.
A MoU on legal and judicial co-operation in civil and commercial matters was also signed.
3. Mumbai 12th Richest City Globally , Home to 28 Billionaires : New World Wealth Report
India’s financial capital Mumbai, with a total wealth of US $950 billion was ranked 12th richest city globally in the report published by New World Wealth.
In the report, total wealth, refers to private wealth held by all individuals living in each city.
It includes all their assets (cash, equities, property, business interests etc.) less any liabilities.
Government funds are excluded from it.
4. The First Center for Spoken Sanskrit to Come Up in Ahmedabad
The union home minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the first center for spoken Sanskrit in Gujarat University, Ahmedabad.
The center will offer a six-month course for people on how to speak the Sanskrit language.
Earlier, around eight lakh students opted for Sanskrit as a language in class X but in the recent past, only 1.5 lakh students opt for Sanskrit language even in class X.
In Master of Arts (MA) with the Sanskrit language, there were only 33 students this year against nine last year.
5. Govt Committed to Provide Electricity to Un-Electrified Households by 2019: RK Singh
According to the Union Minister of State for Power and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh, the union government was committed to providing electricity to un-electrified households by 2019.
Out of the 18,450 villages without electricity, more than 16,800 has been given power supply till now.
‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana” (Saubhagya) launched in September last year, was a move towards this goal and that about 4 crore households would benefit from it.
6. Rajnath Singh Inaugurates 6th Hunar Haat
The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the sixth edition of “Hunar Haat”, a platform made available by the government to the artisans from the minority communities.
The ‘Haat’ will encourage, promote and provide a national and international market to master artisans and craftsmen belonging to minority communities.
Hundreds of artisans from 22 states and union territories were participating in the ongoing edition of the event.
Ghazal, qawwali and other musical programmes, featuring famous artists, would also be held daily.
As of now, five editions of the ‘Hunar Haat’ have been organized.
7. Investors Pull Out Rs. 110 Crores from Gold Exchange-Traded Funds in January
According to the Association of Mutual Funds in India, Investors have pulled out 110 crore rupees from gold exchange-traded funds in January.
The total outflow to 679 crore rupees in the first 10 months of the current fiscal.
The outflow meant assets under management of gold funds plunged over 15% in January to 4,906 crore rupees, from 5,670 crore rupees in the year-ago period.
The total pullout has reached to 679 crore rupees in April to January period of the ongoing fiscal.
8. Antony Dominic Sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala
Justice Antony Dominic (Acting Chief Justice) has been sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court.
Kerala Governor P. Sadasivam administered him the oath of office at Raj Bhavan in Kerala.
Justice Dominic has become the first Keralite to occupy the post of Chief Justice of Kerala in 17 years.
9. Icelandic Composer and Musician Johann Johannsson Passes Away
Acclaimed Icelandic musician and Oscar-nominated composer Johann Johannsson (48-year) passed away.
In 2014, he was nominated for BAFTA, Grammy, and Oscar awards for his score for ‘Theory of Everything’.
He won the Golden Globe award.
He has embarked on a successful career in film composition, including an ongoing collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve on films such as ‘Prisoner,’ ‘Sicario’ and ‘Arrival.’
10. Rear Admiral Inaugurates IAAMS at INS Garuda
Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, VSM, Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Southern Naval Command inaugurated the ‘Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS)’ at INS Garuda, Naval Air Station located in Kochi, Kerala.
It is overall fourth air station installed with this integrated system.
IAAMS is ambitious project of Indian Navy to modernise Meteorological infrastructure of 9 Naval Air Stations (NAS).
It is expected to bring accuracy in weather monitoring mechanism in the Indian Navy.
11. Railway Sports Promotion Board Lifts 8th Senior National Women’s Hockey Championship Title
The Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) has lifted the 8th Senior National Women’s Hockey Championship title.
In the final, they thrashed Madhya Pradesh 4-0 and finish the tournament without losing a game.
Haryana beat home team Jharkhand 2-0 and won the bronze medal.
12. Shikhar Dhawan : First Indian Batsman to Score Century in 100th ODI
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan became the first Indian batsman to score a century in his 100th One-day International on February 10, 2018.
Dhawan reached the historic mark during the fourth ODI of India’s six-match series against South Africa at the Wanderers.
This was the batsman’s first century in South Africa. His score total included two sixes and 10 fours.
13. Rohan More Becomes First Asian to Swim across Ocean Seven
Indian long-distance swimmer Rohan More has become the first Asian and the youngest to swim across the Cook Strait between North and South Islands of New Zealand.
He covered the distance in eight hours and 37 minutes.
With this feat, Rohan also became the ninth person in the world to swim across Cook Strait.
14. Kishan Gangolli Wins 13th Edition of National Chess Championship for Blind
Asian Championship winner, defending champion Kishan Gangolli (Karnataka)has won the 13th edition of the National ‘A’ Chess Championship for the blind in Mumbai.
At the end of the 13th round, Gangolli became the champion for the fifth consecutive time with 10.5 points.
Ashvin Makwana (Gujarat) stood second with 9.5 points and Soundarya Kumar Pradhan (Orissa) with 9 points came third.
The championship was organized by All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB).
15. National Productivity Day – 12th February
The National Productivity Day is observed every year on 12th February.
The main observance of the day is organized by National Productivity Council (NPC) for encouraging all stakeholders in the implementation of productivity tools and techniques with contemporary relevant themes.
‘Industry 4.0 Leapfrog Opportunity for India” has been selected as the theme for the National Productivity Week -2018.
Every year 12th to 18th of February is celebrated as the National Productivity Week.