Sahitya Akademi Awards 2017 presented to 23 Indian language writers
Sahitya Akademi, India’s academy of letters, on February 12, 2018 conferred the annual Sahitya Akademi Awards for the year 2017 on litterateurs of 23 different regional languages.
The family of Tamil award winner Makkal Pavalar Inqulab, on whom the award was conferred posthumously, turned down the award. On the other hand, Malayalam writer KP Ramanunni gave away his Sahitya Akademi Award prize money (Rs 1 Lakh) to mother of Junaid Khan, who was killed in a train in June 2017 while returning home in Haryana after Eid shopping.
Union Government releases India’s first ever Highway Capacity Manual
The Union Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari on February 12, 2018 released India’s first ever Highway Capacity Manual in New Delhi.
The manual, known as Indo-HCM, has been developed by CSIR – CRRI after an extensive, country-wide study of the traffic characteristics of different types of road such as single lane, two-lane, multi-lane urban roads, inter-urban highways and expressways and their associated intersections.
'Darwin Week' observed in India
Scientists in Kolkata came together on February 12, 2018 to observe the ‘Darwin Week’ to effectively put an end to any confusion regarding his ‘Theory of Evolution’.
The week will be celebrated from February 12 to February 18. It is being organised by the India March for Science Organising Committee and the Breakthrough Science Society, West Bengal Chapter.
The main objective of observing the week is to remove any doubt that has been planted in the minds of the common people about Darwin's theory of evolution.
Parbati Ghose, first female filmmaker of Odisha passes away
Parbati Ghose, the first female filmmaker of Odisha passed away on February 11, 2018 following a prolonged illness in Bhubaneswar. She was 85.
Born in Cuttack district in 1933, Parbati started working as a child artist in All India Radio.Her first role on the silver screen was also as a child artist, playing the role of Nila Madhava in Shri Jagannath (1949).
After tasting huge success on the big screen, she turned to filmmaking.
World Radio Day 2018 observed across the world
The World Radio Day 2018 was observed across the world on February 13, 2018 with the theme 'Radio and Sports'. This year's theme celebrates both radio and sports as ways of helping people to achieve their full potential.
The Day aims to raise awareness among the public and the media about the importance of radio; to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio and to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.