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Top 5 Current Affairs: 12 February 2018

Feb 12, 2018 17:32 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 12 February 2018

Union Minister JP Nadda launches National Deworming initiative

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda on February 10, 2018 launched the National Deworming Initiative on the occasion of the National Deworming Day.

Under the National Deworming Initiative, Union Government will work to ensure that high quality healthcare is accessible to every child and up to the last mile. The initiative is expected to benefit more than 32 crore children.

This year, the National Deworming Day will mobilize health personnel, state governments and other stakeholders to prioritize investment in control of Soil Transmitted Helminth (STH) infections.

It will create mass awareness about the most effective and low-cost STH treatment by administering Albendazole tablets. The tablet has no side effects. In case, if the dose gets missed, the Ministry will carry out mop-up sessions to ensure that no child is left out.

India, Palestine sign six MoUs for cooperation in Infrastructure Sector

India and Palestine on February 10, 2018 signed six Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) for cooperation in the field of infrastructural development in Palestine.

All the agreements signed between the two countries were handed over to the Palestinian side by the Foreign Secretary Vijay K Gokhale.

The MoUs were signed during PM Narendra Modi's 3-hour visit to Palestine. This was the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister in 30 years.

Palestine was the first leg of PM Modi's three-nation tour of West Asia and the Gulf that will also see him travelling to United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.

National Productivity Council observes National Productivity Day 2018


The National Productivity Council on February 12, 2018 observed the National Productivity Day 2018. The council is also observing the National Productivity Week till  February 18, 2018 with the theme 'Industry 4.0 Leapfrog Opportunity for India'.

Industry 4.0 or the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' is seen emerging globally as a powerful force and is being called as the next industrial revolution. It is characterized by the increasing digitization and interconnection of products, value chains and business models.

Industry 4.0 is expected to result in the "Smart Factory", which is characterized by versatility, resource efficiency, ergonomic design and direct integration with business partners.

Shikhar Dhawan becomes first Indian batsman to score century in 100th ODI

In a landmark moment, 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.

The only other Indian batsman to have come close to scoring a century in his 100th ODI was former Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly, who fell for 97 during the 1999 World Cup game against South Africa.

India, Oman sign 8 MoUs to expand cooperation in health, tourism and military sectors

India and Oman signed eight Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) on February 11, 2018 to expand cooperation in different sectors including defence and tourism.

The agreements were signed during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the Gulf nation. During the visit, Modi held delegation-level talks with the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al Said on measures to strengthen cooperation between the two nations in trade and investment, energy, defence, security, food security and regional issues.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had embarked on a three-nation tour on February 9, 2018 with Oman being his last destination. He had arrived in Muscat, capital of Oman on February 11, 2018.

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