Glance News- 17th Feb 2018

International

MoU between Botanical Survey of India and Natural History Museum, UK

Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and Natural History Museum (NHM), UK signed 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.

  • NHM will help BSI in capacity building in areas of systematic botany and long-term conservation of plant genetic resources in India.

National

ISRO planning to launch Chandrayaan-2 mission around April this year

 

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, Dr Jitendra Singh said that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch Chandrayan-2 Mission around April this year.

  • Chandrayaan-2 is the country’s second mission to the moon, he added.
  • He was addressing a press conference on the achievements of Department of Space and Department of Atomic Energy.
  • Chandraayan-2 is a challenging mission as for the first time we will carry an orbiter, a lander and a rover to the moon.

National Conference “Agriculture 2022- Doubling Farmers’ Income”

 

The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) is organizing a National Conference under the title of “Agriculture 2022 – Doubling Farmers’ Income” at National Agriculture Science Complex (NASC), Pusa, New Delhi.

  • It is a two days conference scheduled on 19th and 20th February, 2018.
  • The Conference is being 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.

Mumbai to have India’s first artificial intelligence centre

 

In a first in the country, Maharashtra government will be setting up an institute for artificial intelligence (AI) in Mumbai.

  • Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will unveil the plan for the institute during the Magnetic Maharashtra Summit.
  • The Magnetic Maharashtra Summit will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 18.

Sports

Federer becomes oldest ATP World No.1

 

Roger Federer added yet another record to his vast collection when he become the oldest ATP world number one by beating Dutchman Robin Haase 4-6 6-1 6-1 to reach the semi-finals in Rotterdam.

  • Federer took a wildcard into the ABN AMRO World Tennis event with his eyes fixed on a return to number one for the first time since November 2012.

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