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Rafael Nadal wins Mexican Open title after beating Taylor Fritz

In Tennis, World Number 2 Rafael Nadal captured his 1st title of the year, defeating Taylor Fritz in the final of the ATP Mexico Open. Nadal ceded the world No.1 ranking to Novak Djokovic after the Australian Open, where the Serb won a record 8th title.

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Heather Watson won the women’s Mexican Open title.

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ADB to provide $4 million to member countries to contain coronavirus outbreak

Asian Development Bank will provide a total of USD 4 million (about ₹29 crore) to help developing countries in Asia and Pacific to fight the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The funds will be available for all ADB developing member countries.

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ADB announced USD 4 million for this earlier in February.

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Remaining rounds of 2020 UAE World Tour Cycle race get cancelled due to COVID-19

Abu Dhabi Sports Council cancelled the remaining rounds of the 2020 UAE Tour after 2 Italian participants were tested positive for the CIVID-19. This is the only World Tour Cycle race held in West Asia. The competition had started on the 23rd of February.

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It has always been an event populated by sprinters.

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Month long Ekushey book fair ends in Dhaka

The month-long Ekushey book fair ended in Dhaka. This year a total of 4919 new titles were released. On the birth centenary year of country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, also known as Bangabandhu, this year’s fair was dedicated to him.

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PM Sheikh Hasina had inaugurated the book fair on February 2.

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GST collection crosses Rs one lakh crore mark in February

Government has collected over one lakh five thousand crore rupees as Goods and Services Tax in February this year which is eight percent more than the GST collected in the same month of last year. Out of the total revenue, CGST is over Rs 20,000 Crores.

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GST was launched all over India with effect from 1 July 2017.

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Prahlad Singh Patel to launch multilingual Incredible India website

Prahlad Singh Patel will launch the multilingual Incredible India website in New Delhi. The website which was hosted in English & Hindi is now being launched in Chinese, Arabic & Spanish to project India as a ‘must-visit’ destination across the globe.

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Prahlad Singh Patel is the Union Tourism Minister.

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CSR: SPMCIL contributes Rs 1 cr to National Sports Development Fund

Under the CSR initiatives, Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India contributed Rs 1 Crore towards National Sports Development Fund under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme for the top athletes of the Country selected for Tokyo Olympics & beyond.

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Chairman & Managing Director of SPMCIL- Tripti Patra Ghosh.

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Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurates the Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela-2020

Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela-2020 in New Delhi. Government assures Rs.6,000 annually to farmers covered under the PM-KISAN scheme.

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Govt also provides loan of Rs.1,60,000 under Kisan Credit Card.

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Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurates "Hunar Haat" in Ranchi, Jharkhand

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurated "Hunar Haat" in Ranchi, Jharkhand. This is for the first time that "Hunar Haat" is being organised in Jharkhand. This is the 21st "Hunar Haat" of the Union Minority Affairs Ministry.

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The next Hunar Haat will be organized in Chandigarh.

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Haryana's Rakhigarhi to soon emerge as a major tourist destination

Rakhigarhi, Haryana will soon emerge as a major tourist destination on the map of India. Rakhigarhi hit headlines after FM Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech placed it among 5 archaeological sites that the Centre proposes to develop as an iconic site.

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It is the largest sites of the Harappan civilisation.

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“Ekam Fest” to begin to promote craftsmanship & products of Divyang Artisans & Entrepreneurs

Social Justice & Empowerment minister Thaawarchand Gehlot will inaugurate the Exhibition-cum-Fair ‘EKAM Fest’ organised by National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation (NHFDC) to promote craftsmanship & products of Divyang Artisans & Entrepreneurs.

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Ekam-Entrepreneurship, Knowledge, Awareness, Marketing.

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‘Chintan Baithak’ - ports review meeting with Chairpersons of All Major Ports of India concludes

Minister of State for Shipping (I/C)-Mansukh Mandaviya chaired 3-day Ports Review Meeting Chintan Baithak in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu which concluded on 1 March 2020. He asked Ports to implement the best practices followed worldwide in the Maritime Sector.

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Government has “Vision-2030” for Maritime Sector.

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19th World Productivity Congress to be held in Bangalore

World Productivity Congress, the world’s largest convention for productivity development, is back in India after a gap of 45 years. The 19th edition of WPC will be held on May 6 to May 8, 2020 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bangalore.

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World Confederation of Productivity Science is the organiser.

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New explosive detection device, developed by DRDO & IISc Bangalore, unveiled in Pune

RaIDer-X, a new explosive detection device, developed by DRDO & IISc Bangalore was unveiled at the National Workshop organised by HEMRL Pune on Explosive Detection (NWED-2020). Bulk explosive in concealed condition can also be detected by the device.

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HEMRL Pune is a premier laboratory of DRDO.

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MoU signed between Indian Air Force and Savitribai Phule Pune University

As a unique initiative of Indian Air Force, the IAF and Savitribai Phule Pune University entered into an academic collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a 'Chair of Excellence' at Department of Defence & Strategic Studies.

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Name- Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh Chair of Excellence.

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Red pandas are actually two separate species, study finds

Scientists said that they found substantial divergences between the 2 species-Chinese red pandas & Himalayan red pandas-in 3 genetic markers in an analysis of DNA from 65 of the animals. There are a total population of roughly 10000 red pandas in the wild.

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Red pandas are mammals that dwell in Asia’s high forests.

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First Khelo India University Games concludes in Bhubaneswar

The Khelo India University Games concluded in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Panjab University, Chandigarh took home the champions trophy-winning 46 medals including 17 gold, 19 silver, and 10 bronze. Savitribai Phule Pune University claimed the second position.

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Punjabi University, Patiala declared as the second runners up.

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Dronacharya awardee athletics coach Joginder Singh Saini passes away

Veteran athletics coach & Dronacharya awardee Joginder Singh Saini, who groomed some of India's finest track & field stars, died at the age of 90 in Patiala due to age related issues. He remained the chief national athletics coach from the 1970s-90s.

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Saini became an athletics coach in 1954.

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Former India hockey star & Olympic bronze medallist Balbir Singh Kullar dies

Former India hockey player Balbir Singh Kullar, who was a part of the 1968 Olympics bronze-winning team, has died at the age of 77, after suffering a heart attack. He was also a member of the Indian team that won the Asian Games gold in 1966 at Bangkok.

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He also served as an Indian Hockey national team selector.

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Seventeen new planets, including one Earth-sized world discovered

Astronomers have discovered 17 new planets, including a potentially habitable Earth-sized world, by combing through data gathered by NASA's Kepler space telescope, which was launched in 2009. The smallest planet is only two- thirds the size of the Earth.

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One such rare planet is named as KIC-7340288 b.

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Star Rating Programme for Light Commercial Air Conditioners and Deep Freezers launched

To commemorate its 19th foundation day, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, GoI organized a Stakeholder Consultation to develop a vision towards building an energy efficient India. Bureau of Energy Efficiency was formed on 1st March 2002.

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Star Labelling Programme has been launched on a voluntary basis.