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The country is set to get its first high-speed rail training centre at Gandhinagar. India’s first bullet train is proposed to hit the track in 2023, the training centre is supposed to start operating by 2020. The centre will provide for advanced training modules on cutting edge technologies.

Rajasthan becomes the first state in the country to fix minimum educational qualification for contesting cooperative body polls.  The new rules will benefit around 10,000 cooperative and agricultural credit societies. For contesting the election as members of governing boards of dairy societies, farming societies, consumer societies, weavers' societies, urban banks, housing construction societies, primary land development banks, credit societies and cooperative unions, the minimum educational qualifications will range from class 5 to class 8.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) passed a slew of directions, measures, fines, and strict deadlines to rejuvenate River Ganga. It declared ‘No-Development Zone’ along with an area of 100 metres from the edge of the river in the stretch between Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. The NGT banned dumping of waste of any kind within 500 metres from the edge of River Ganga Rs. 50,000 environment compensation will be imposed on anyone who dumps waste in the river. 

Scientists from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom have discovered the smallest star in the universe. It has been named as EBLM J0555-57Ab. The star was identified by SuperWASP, a planet-finding experiment run by several universities. EBLM J0555-57Ab located about 600 light years away. It is slightly larger than Saturn in size and may possibly have Earth-sized planets with liquid water in its orbit.

A Model United Nations (MUN) Regional Conference is held in Kathmandu. The basic aim of the MUN is to provide a platform to young minds to get full energy and resources to a more prosperous and peaceful world. The event is organised by the United States Embassy in partnership with the Youth Thinker’s Society. The conference simulates four UN committees–United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN), United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

BJP President Amit Shah and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat released a coffee table book on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s life in New Delhi. The book – Making of A Legend, composed by Sulabh International Founder Bindeshwar Pathak. The book fully explains about the Life History of Narendra Modi.

The Chhattisgarh Government has planned to merge all District Cooperative Central Banks (DCCBs) of the state into a single State Cooperative Bank. The farmers will get modernised bank facilities at the village level along with ATM and Micro ATM services. It will directly affect the State Government’s interest subsidy, where it will be saving Rs 40-50 crore annually.

India will host the 8th edition of Theatre Olympics in 2018, the biggest theatre celebration of the world. The eight edition of the greatest carnival will start from February 17-April 08, 2018. The Theatre Olympics will take place simultaneously in various cities across the country. There will be five hundred plays and seven hundred ambience performances from across the world.

The Union Government has empowered the Indian Army to procure critical weapons systems and military platforms to maintain readiness for short duration intense wars. The purpose of this new scheme is to maintain an optimum level to fight small wars. Under the new scheme, Vice Chief of Army was given full financial powers. Army has been empowered on a routine basis to review the optimum holding state and maintaining it in a recurring manner.

Renault-Nissan appointed Thomas Kuehl as President of its Indian operations. He replaces Guillaume Sicard. He joined Nissan from Volkswagen and he has more than 22 years of automotive experience in different countries.

YES BANK launches ‘YES GST’ program for MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) under its MSME CSR. It organises more than 3,000 events on GST over the next 6 months in partnership with National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) and Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA). The bank will help MSMEs to understand the impact of the changes in the tax system and prepare them to know the new GST tax system.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma launched the ambitious flagship programme titled “Livelihood Intervention and Facilitation of Entrepreneurship” (LIFE) at Songsak in East Garo Hills. The program for the year 2017 - 18 aims to launch the particular program at 2144 villages. The program will be implemented in the line with National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

Indian captain Mithali Raj created history by becoming the first player in the history of Women’s One-day International (ODI) cricket to score more than 6000 career runs. She broke the previous record of Charlotte Edwards (5992) in 164 innings. She achieved the record feat against Australia in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match at Bristol.

Union Cabinet approved establishment of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) set up a regional centre International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), a Global Rice Research Institute. It will be named as IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) and will be set up on the campus of National Seed Research and Training Centre (NSRTC) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. This Center will be the first International Center in the eastern India and it will play a major role in harnessing and sustaining rice production in the region. It is expected to be a boon for food production and skill development in the eastern India and similar ecologies in other South Asian and African countries.