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First petro-chemical project in the North-East


On 5 February 2016 Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) at Lepetkata, Assam.

The cost of this plant will be rupees 10,000 crore. It is the first petro-chemical project in the North-East India and it will make raw material for manufacturing plastic.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated India's highest wax producing unit using indigenous technology in Numaligarh Refinery Limited.

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12th South Asian Games inaugurated in Guwahati


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 February 2016 declared the 12th South Asian Games 2016 open at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Guwahati, Assam.

Modi in his speech said that the South Asian Games demonstrate Team Work, Togetherness and Talent referred as 3-T's

Over 2500 athletes from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives will be part of the games that will be co-hosted by Meghalaya Capital, Shillong.

Games slogan is ‘Play for Peace, Progress and Prosperity’.

Tikhor, a one-horned rhino that represents endangered species found in Kaziranga National Park, Assam is the official mascot of the event.

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Sixth man to walk on the Moon, passed away


NASA Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon, died on 4 February 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 died at the age of 85.

His death occurred on the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing, which took place on 5 February 1971.

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Union Government to set up National Organic Farming Research Institute in Sikkim


On 5th February 2016 the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare declared to set up the National Organic Farming Research Institute in Sikkim.

The institute will be established by upgrading the existing Regional Centre of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in Gangtok.

Sikkim was declared as the first organic farming State in the country in January 2016 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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State of disaster declared in Zimbabwe


Rural pat of the Zimbabwe has been hit by a drought. Due to this on 5 February 2016 Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe declared a state of disaster in rural parts of the country.
This declaration of disaster will allow international donors to raise money quickly to provide food aid to the nation.
It is the worst drought in past 25 years. South Africa, Namibia and Botswana have also been badly hit.

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Inauguration of The Rise of Digital India exhibition in Sri-Lanka


On 6 February 2016 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the Rise of Digital India Exhibition in Colombo, capital of Sri-Lanka.
The exhibition was a part of Sangam -The Festival of India in Sri Lanka 2015-16. This festival is celebrated for six months in Sri Lanka.
The Rise of Digital India exhibition showcases the initiative of Indian government to take the benefits of Information Technology to the common man.
Sushma Swaraj was on a two day visit to Sri Lanka to attend the 9th session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting.

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MGNREGA completed its 10 years


The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), 2005 completed ten years of implementation on 2nd February 2016.

Under the Act, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme was launched with the objective of providing at least 100 days of employment in rural areas across the country.

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She-Taxi initiative received Chief Minister's Award for Innovation


She-Taxi is the India's first 24x7 taxi network by women for women. It was launched by the Gender Park which was an autonomous institution under the state Social Justice Department in 2014.

On 3 February 2016 received the prestigious Chief Minister's Award for Innovation in Public Policy 2014 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It was selected for the recognition in the developmental interventions category.

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De-radicalization Programme for the minority community launched in Maharashtra


The Programme was launched to face the challenges of both home-grown extremism and global Islamic State (IS) threat.

As per this Programme:

- Vyayam shalas will be opened in minority areas.

- National Cadet Corps (NCC), Bharat Scouts and Guides (BS&G) will be made compulsory in the minority schools

- The State Education Department will launch a mid-day meal scheme in Urdu schools

- Provide textbooks at subsidized rates, and teach Urdu as optional subject in 300 Marathi schools

- Plans to teach religious texts from all sects in minority schools

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Pandit Ram Narayan selected for Bhimsen Joshi Award


On 3rd February 2016  Sarangi player Pandit Ram Narayan was selected for the prestigious Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Award for 2015-2016.

The Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Award is an annual award. It is instituted by the Maharashtra Government. It is given to individuals who have excelled in classical vocal or instrumental music.

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Manipuri documentary Phum-Shang won Golden Conch Award


The award was given at the 14th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Animation and Short Films (MIFF 2016). The film is directed by Haobam Paban Kumar.

The 52-minute film critically examines the serious environmental problems faced by the Loktak lake, the largest freshwater lake in northeast India. The lake is characterised by its unique floating biomass, known as Phumdi, which is the primary source of livelihood for fishermen who live on huts built on the Phumdis.

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