Current Affairs Feb 2018 - Places in NEWS


1 - New Delhi hosted first ever International Kala Mela

International Kala Mela

New Delhi hosted first ever International Kala Mela. The festival represents the hopes and aspirations of its people and it chronicles the saga of their lives. It springs from the depths of their hearts and touches the inner core of humanity and is truly the barometer of the quality of life. It involved folk dance presentation by Karunadasa Olaboduwa Dance Troupe, Srilanka and ‘Sargam’ Kathak Recital by Pandit Harish Gangani’s Team, India.

Lalit Kala Akademi fosters cultural contacts within the country and also with other countries, through art exhibition and such Art Festivals.

2 - 5th South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference Held in New Delhi


The 5th South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference was held in New Delhi, February 5-7, 2018. The objective of the Conference was to enable the Heads of Public Procurement and other key stakeholders in the eight South Asian countries to meet and learn from one another and from experts in the field of public procurement. The theme of the conference is “Public Procurement and Service Delivery”.

The conference was organized by South Asia Region Public Procurement Network (SARPPN), which is sponsored and facilitated by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank.

3 - International Conference on Unani Medicine held in New Delhi

International Conference

A two-day International Conference on Unani Medicine was organized by the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) in New Delhi. A MoU was signed between CCRUM and Hamdard University, Bangladesh to establish an “academic chair” in Unani System of medicine in Bangladesh.

The conference was inaugurated on 11th February which is celebrated as Unani Day on the occasion of birth anniversary of Hakim Ajmal Khan.

4 - 21st National Conference on e-Governance held in Hyderabad

National Conference on e-Governance

The 21st National Conference on e-Governance was organized in Hyderabad on February 26- 27, 2018. The theme of the Conference this year was, ‘Technology for accelerating Development’.

The National e-Governance Awards 2018 in 8 various categories were awarded. The National e-Governance Awards recognise and promote excellence in implementation of e-Governance initiatives taken by various government departments and also initiatives of public sector units and Non- Government Institutions.

5 - ‘Indian Power Stations 2018’ - International Conference on Operations and Maintenance

Indian Power Stations 2018

The ‘Indian Power Stations 2018’ - three-day International Conference on Operations and Maintenance was held in New Delhi. The theme of the conference was “Technological Challenges: Risks and Challenges in Power Generation”.

The conference was hosted by NTPC Ltd to commemorate synchronisation of its first thermal plant at Singrauli Super Thermal Power Station 36 years ago. More than 800 delegates participated in the conference.

6 - 12th International Conference on CSR held in Bengaluru

International Conference on CSR

The 12th International Conference on corporate social responsibility (CSR) was held in Bengaluru. It was organised by the Institute Of Directors. The theme of the conference was "Responsible CSR: a New Agenda Beyond Governance".

The Prestigious Golden Peacock Award 2017 were presented. The leadership award for philanthropy and social change was presented to Vineet Nayar, Former Chief Executive Officer, HCL Technologies. Distinguished Awards (2018) of IOD were presented to Justice Jayant M. Patel, former Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Gujarat.

7 - World's Tallest Hotel 'Gevora' opens in Dubai


The world's tallest hotel has officially opened its doors in Dubai. The Gevora Hotel tops out at an incredible 356 meters high (1,168 feet). The JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai was formerly the world's tallest hotel.

The Gevora opened to its first guests on 12th February. The hotel has 528 rooms and has 75 floors. It is 56 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower. Dubai is also home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa at 828 metres high.

8 - India’s biggest Annual Conference on Pharma held at Bengaluru

 Annual Conference on Pharma

The third edition of the India Pharma 2018 and India Medical Device 2018, International conference and exhibition was held in Bengaluru. The three-day event was organized by Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, in collaboration with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

The theme of the conference was ‘Affordable, Quality Healthcare'. Over 300 companies and 50 start-ups showcased their products.

9 - India's first Radio Festival held In Delhi

Radio Festival

India's first radio festival was held in New Delhi on 15th February. It was organised by the International of Women in Radio and Television, in collaboration with UNESCO. The festival traced the journey of creativity, music and social changes on the radio.

The festival was organized to mark the World Radio Day 2018 and it was based on the 2018's theme of World Radio Day - sports and radio.

10 - World Sustainable Development Summit 2018

World Sustainable Development

The World Sustainable Development Summit 2018 was held in New Delhi. The three-day summit was organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated it.

The theme of the Summit this year was ‘Partnerships for a Resilient Planet’. The Summit addressed a wide variety of issues, including combating land degradation, effective waste management mechanisms, combat air pollution effectively, facilitate transition to clean energy etc.

11 - World Congress on Information Technology held in Hyderabad

Information Technology

The three-day World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) was held in Hyderabad. The 22nd edition of the WCIT was hosted by Nasscom. The Government of Telangana was the state partner.

The theme of the conference was "Amplify Digital: Disrupt the Core." At least 20 CEOs from Fortune 500 companies and 100 other top executives besides over 5,000 delegates attended the conference. Nasscom India Leadership Forum (ILF) was also hosted by Nasscom concurrently in Hyderabad.

12 - India's First AI Research Institute Launched In Mumbai

AI Research Institute

India's first artificial research institute was inaugurated in Mumbai by PM Narendra Modi. The Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence will focus on research in artificial intelligence. The main aim of the centre is to integrate artificial intelligence in the field of social development.

The institute is promoted by Sunil and Romesh Wadhwani with an investment of Rs 200cr. The Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence is based in Mumbai and will be collaborating with the University of Mumbai.

13 - The 2 day ‘RAS BANARAS SANSKRITI MAHOTSAV’ held in Varanasi


‘Ras Banaras – Swachhagrah – Bapu ko Kaaryaanjali’, a diversified cultural festival organized by the Ministry of Culture at Maan Mandir and Assi Ghat of Varanasi held in Varanasi. The festival witnessed folk dance and songs, food & shopping delights and Swachhta drive through exhibitions, songs, puppetry, nukkad nataks and folk dances.

The 2-day event witnessed art forms from classical, folk music, dance and visual arts. The Mahotsav displayed a curtain raiser exhibition on Varanasi curated by the National Archives at Man Mandir Ghat. The 2-day event focused on music and dance performances on the theme of ‘Swachhagraha’.