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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Government approves 8 Toy Manufacturing Clusters worth Rs 2,300 croreGovernment approves eight toy manufacturing clustersi.On February 22, 2021, the Central Government has approved 8 toy manufacturing clusters at a cost of Rs 2,300 crore viz. three clusters in Madhya Pradesh, two in Rajasthan, and one each in Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
ii.This decision has been taken on the lines of “National Action Plan for Indian Toy Story” that seeks to reduce import dependence of toys which was around $1.5 billion in FY2020 of which 90% of imports was from China and Taiwan.
iii.In this regard, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) will develop toy clusters under existing schemes such as the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (Sfurti) which is currently being implemented in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
iv.The plan is to have 35 toy clusters under the scheme.
About Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT):
Parent Ministry– Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Secretary – Guruprasad Mohapatra
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India’s first Digital University set up in Thiruvananthapuram, KeralaIndia’s first Digital Varsity comes up in Keralai.On February 20, 2021, the state government of Kerala, on the line of its Digital Transformation Initiatives announced in Budget 2021, has launched India’s first Digital University, Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology (KUDSIT) in Technocity at Mangalapuram in Thiruvananthapuram by upgrading its two-decade old Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala (IIITM-K), a center of excellence in information technologies.
ii.The Governor of Kerala, Arif Mohammed Khan inaugurated the KUDSIT through videoconferencing.
iii.The 10-acre University was launched during a function which was virtually presided over by Chief Minister (CM) Pinarayi Vijayan. The Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, who is also the Chancellor of the Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology (KUDSIT) virtually unveiled the university plaque during the function.
iv.The university is aimed at utilizing the developments in digital technology for social progress and for all individuals.
About Kerala:
Tiger Reserve– Periyar Tiger Reserve, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
Bird Sanctuary– Thattekkad bird Sanctuary, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
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Dr Harsh Vardhan launches Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0Dr Harsh Vardhan launches Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3-0i.On February 23, 2021, Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) virtually launched Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0.  He also also launched the IMI 3.0 portal & released the Operational Guidelines for IMI 3.0 and the awareness material/IEC package developed as part of the campaign.
ii.The video conference was also attended by Minister of State (MoS) Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoH&FW.
iii.The focus of the IMI 3.0 is to reach children and pregnant women with the 12 Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) under Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) who have missed these vaccine doses during the COVID-19.
iv.It should be noted that the IMI 3.0 is the 8th phase of Mission Indradhanush.
About Ministry Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW):
Union Minister Harsh Vardhan Constituency– Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Headquarter– New Delhi
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Thaawarchand Gehlot Virtually Releases ‘3rd Edition of Indian Sign Language Dictionary with 10,000 Terms’

On February 17, 2021 Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot virtually released the ‘3rd edition of the Indian Sign Language (ISL) Dictionary with 10,000 terms (including 6,000 earlier terms)in a virtual programme. The Dictionary has been published by the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), an autonomous Institute under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

  • Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar graced the occasion as Guest of Honour.

Note – The ISL Dictionary is a crucial resource for promoting awareness about ISL, facilitating communication and providing better accessibility services to persons with hearing disabilities, and thus is a necessary step in realizing the goals of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016.
i.The 3rd edition is the culmination of an innovative 4 year project that was initiated in November 2016 by ISLRTC)
ii.The terms include, terms of everyday use, academic terms, legal & administrative terms, medical terms, technical terms and agricultural terms
ii.The Dictionary also contains regional signs used in different parts of India.
Note:

  • The 1st edition of the ISL Dictionary was launched on 23rd March 2018 with 3000 terms
  • The 2nd edition with 6000 terms (including earlier 3000 terms) was launched on 27th February 2019.

BANKING & FINANCE

Kotak Standard Multicap Fund Renamed as Kotak Flexicap FundKotak Standard Multicap equity mutual fund renamed as Kotak Flexicap FundOn February 17, 2021 Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company Limited (KMAMC) announced that Kotak Standard Multicap Fund is being renamed as Kotak Flexicap Fund.
This is in line with the  Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)’s Modification in  Multi-Cap Mutual Funds Category, where multicap funds are required to invest at least 25% of their corpus in large, mid and small cap stocks each.
65% of assets in equity and equity-related investments
Recently SEBI introduced  ‘Flexi Cap Fund’ as a New Category under Equity Schemes, where Flexicap funds must hold at least 65% of assets in equity and equity-related investments, with no cap on how much to be invested in large, medium or small caps.
What  is Flexi Cap Fund?
It is an open-ended dynamic equity scheme that invests in large, mid or small cap company stocks, i.e., there is no restriction in terms of allocation to any market cap.
Kotak Flexicap Fund
i.The fund will  continue to follow the top-down sector approach in addition to bottom-up stock options.
ii.It will also continue to take diversified concentrated sector allocation at a stock level.
iii.It is to be noted that the current portfolio has a mixture of cyclical and defensive stocks, and the large-cap allocation is approximately 3/4th of the total corpus (as on 29th January 2021).
About Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company Limited (KMAMC):
KMAMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited (Kotak) and is the Asset Manager for Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund (KMF).
It started its operations in December 1998
Group President & Managing Director (MD)– Nilesh Shah
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra

RBI has Brought State Bank of Sikkim Under its Regulatory PurviewState Bank of Sikkim under RBI regulatory purviewi.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has brought the State Bank of Sikkim under its regulatory purview.
ii.
The bank only operates within Sikkim and is wholly-owned by the state government.
iii.With this regulatory purview, the ownership structure of the bank will not be changed and will be regulated by the RBI on a par with other banks.
About State Bank of Sikkim:
Head Office– Gangtok,Sikkim
MD– Phurba Wangdi Bhutia
Chairman– Dal Bahadur Gurung
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LIC of India launches Individual Savings Plan, ‘Bima Jyoti’ PlanLife Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India launches Bima JyotiLife Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India launched a new Individual Savings Plan,Bima Jyoti’ Plan (Plan No. 860) which will be effective from February 22, 2021. Bima Jyoti is a Non-linked, Non-Participating, Individual, Limited Premium Payment, Life Insurance Savings Plan.

  • The Plan offers a Guaranteed addition at a rate of 5% (i.e at a rate of INR 50 per thousand or INR 5 per 100) Basic Sum Assured at the end of each policy year throughout the policy term.

Gist of the Plan

 Minimum Basic Sum  INR 1, 00, 000
Maximum  Basic Sum No Limit
 Policy Term 15-20 years
Premium Paying Term policy term minus 5 years
Minimum Entry Age 90 days
Maximum Entry Age 60 years
Minimum Age at Maturity 18 years
Maximum Age at Maturity 75 years
Guaranteed Additions at the end of each policy year Rate of INR 50 per Thousand basic sum assured (5%)

About Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India:
Chairman – M R Kumar
Central Office – Mumbai, Maharashtra
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS         

RBI Ropes in Punjabi Singer-Rapper Viruss to Drive its Public Awareness Campaigns on Cyber FraudsRBI Ropes in Punjabi singer-rapper Viruss to Drive its Public Awareness Campaignsi.Reserve Bank of India(RBI) has roped in Punjabi Singer-Rapper Viruss to drive its public awareness campaigns on cyber frauds. On February 19, 2021 RBI in its official twitter handle, launched the campaign, featuring Viruss.
ii.This is part of its awareness campaign ‘RBI Kehta Hai’: Jaankar Baniye, Satark Rahiye!(RBI Says: Be knowledgeable, Be cautious) that was launched in 2016 and has been running in social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube .
iii.The latest campaign was different from others as it used peppy rap music to provide information to people.
About Reserve Bank of India(RBI):
Formation– 1 April 1935
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, and M Rajeswar Rao)
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Centre reconstituted NITI Aayog governing council with PM as ChairpersonCentre reconstitutes NITI Aayog governing council with PM as headi.The Central Government has reconstituted the governing council of the NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as its chairperson.
ii.He also chaired the 6th meeting of NITI Aayog which saw the entry of Ladakh for the first time, along with participation of Jammu and Kashmir as a UT.
About NITI Aayog:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Amitabh Kant
Headquarters – New Delhi
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

NASA Launched Space Station Supply Ship to ISS Named After S.S. Katherine Johnson

On 20th February 2021, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched the Space Station Supply Ship, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus capsule named after S.S. Katherine Johnson, to the International Space Station (ISS). 
The numbers of S.S. Katherine Johnson, a Black NASA mathematician, featured in the 2016 movie “Hidden Figures”, contributed to the flight of John Glenn on 20th February 1962, who became the first American to orbit the world.

  • The launch of this 4-ton shipment for NASA from Wallops Island, Virginia marks the 59th anniversary of John Glenn’s historic launch.
  • This is the 15th Supply run of Northrop Grumman for NASA.

India Launches ‘Sandes’ a Made in India alternative of WhatsApp

India launched a instant messaging app just like WhatsApp for government employees called Sandes which will be a Made in India alternative of WhatsApp.Developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology the app was initially open to use only to government officers, now it has been released for common public on Apple’s App Store. It is an upgrade of Government Instant Messaging System (GIMS) app.The Government is also working on another Instant Messaging app called ‘Samvad’, it is being developed by Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT).

SPORTS

Karnataka to host 2nd Edition of Khelo India University Games in 2021Karnataka to host second Khelo India University Games this yearKarnataka is set to host the 2nd Edition of Khelo India University Games (KIUG) in 2021. The games will be hosted in Jain University, Bengaluru and other venues in Karnataka in collaboration with Association of Indian Universities (AIU). KIUG is the largest University level sports competition in India.

  • The KIUG 2021 will see the addition of 2 new native sports namely ‘Yogasana’ & ‘Mallakhamb’ in the medal events. The total number of medal events/sports will be 19.
  • The games will be conducted in the U-25 age category in accordance with the World University Games norms.
  • The Main Objective of KIUG is to identify & train athletes in the age group of 18-25 years for Olympics & Asian Games.
  • KIUG is organised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) & Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports along with Association of Indian Universities, Indian Olympic Association & National Sports Federation.
  • The 1st Edition of KIUG was held at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar, Odisha in February, 2020.

Khelo India program:

  • It was introduced to revive sports culture in India by merging Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ahiyan (erstwhile Yuva Krida and Khel Abhiyan), ‘Urban Sports Infrastructure scheme’ and National Sports Talent Search System Program as a central sector scheme.
  • Through this program, talented players will be identified in priority sports disciplines and will be provided annual financial assistance of 5 lakhs per annum for a period of 8 years.

About Sports Authority of India (SAI):
Director General – Sandip Pradhan
Head Office – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi

Tennis: Overview of 2021 Australian Open  109th edition of the Australian Open in MelbourneThe 109th Edition of Australian Open (53rd in Open Era) took place from February 8-21, 2021 at the Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia.
Chronologically, it is the First Grand Slam event (out of 4) of each Year in both the Men’s & Women’s Tour.  It takes place on a Hard surface (called as Hard Courts).

  • The Tournament is organized by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Winners of 2021 Australian Open

Category Winner Runner-up
Men’s Singles Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Daniil Medvedev (Russia)
Women’s Singles Naomi Osaka (Japan) Jennifer Brady (USA)
Men’s Doubles Ivan Dodig (Croatia)  & Filip Polasek (Slovakia) Rajeev Ram (USA) & Joe Salisbury (Great Britain)
Women’s Doubles Elise Mertens (Belgium) & Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)  Barbora Krejcikova & Katerina Siniakova

(Czech Republic pair)

Mixed Doubles Rajeev Ram (USA) & Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic)  Matthew Ebden & Samantha Stosur

(Australian pair)

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BOOKS & AUTHORS

Book ‘Agriculture Acts 2020’ written by former Madras HC judge A.K. Rajan Released‘Agriculture Acts 2020’ is written by former MadraOn February 20, 2021, Dravidar Kazhagam president K. Veeramani released a book “Agriculture Acts 2020” written by Justice A.K. Rajan, former judge of the Madras High Court.

  • The book is about the three controversial Central farm laws, which resulted in a months-long massive protest by farmers in New Delhi.
  • It has shown how the laws hit at the federal structure of India.

New Book Authored by Srikanth Ram titled “Leadership Lessons from 22 Yards” A book ''Leadership Lessons from 22 Yards'' by Srikanth RamCorporate leader Srikanth Ram has authored a new book titled “Leadership Lessons from 22 Yards: An interesting comparison of cricket and corporate stories for entrepreneurs and leaders to create high performance teams and winning culture”. The foreword of the book is written by Dilip Vengsarkar. 
The book was published by Becomeshakespeare.com of One Point Six Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
About the Book:
i.The book features the ideas to refine the mindset and skills to become exceptional leaders.
ii.The book is about the journey of two brothers Sanju and Sandeep who aspire to become entrepreneurs.
iii.The book features the stories from cricket infused with the management lessons.

Dr Darlie O Koshy Authored a New Book Titled ‘Runway to Skilled India’ 'Runway to Skilled India' unveiledAt the India Craft Week 2021(February 18-21) Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President Indian Council for Cultural Relations has unveiled a new book titled,  ‘Runway to Skilled India’ at  Bikaner House, New Delhi. The book is authored by Dr Darlie O Koshy, noted educationist and Director General and CEO at Apparel Training & Design Centre(ATDC), under the aegis of Apparel Export Promotion Council(AEPC). The book is published by DFU Publications.
i.The book  is a sequel to his earlier work “Indian Design Edge”.
ii.The Preface of the book is given by T. V. Mohandas Pai Padma Shri Awardee and current Chairman of Manipal Global Education (Manipal University)
Essence of the Book:
i.In this book, the author has given his idea to combine India’s inherent creativity with acquired skills to depart from ‘supply-driven’ skilling to ‘demand-driven’ and then ‘innovation-driven’ skill development to encourage value creation.
ii.Towards this, he brings into picture a ‘RUN’ (Re-skilling, Up-skilling, New-skilling) strategy especially for the 356 million youth and the 450 million work-labour force across sectors.
iii.This is brought with special focus on the largest employment generating sectors that include Textile-Apparel-Fashion-Lifestyle-Retail (TAFLR) especially adopting a ‘T’ shaped skilling approach.
About Dr Darlie O Koshy:
i.He plays a key role in the success of Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS), Ministry of Textile, Government of India by setting up on Pan-India basis 200 ATDC-SMART Centres for training over 2,50,000 candidates in  under 5 years
ii.By which he emerged as the ‘largest skill provider’ for the Apparel Sector.
iii.He has won many awards including, ‘Outstanding Contribution to Education Award 2015’ for ‘Knowledge, Skill Development and Leadership for the Upliftment of the Society” at the ‘World Education Congress (WEC) at Taj Lands’ End, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Book Titled ‘They Found What/They Made What’ to release on National Science Dayauthor Shweta TanejaA Book Titled ‘They Found What/They Made What’ authored by Shweta Taneja is set to release on National Science Day (i.e February 28). The book will educate children about discoveries and inventions of India’s Brightest Scientists.

  • The book will be published by Hachette.
  • The book will feature stories of India’s renowned scientist like Sonam Wangchuk (owner of over 400 patents); Anil Bhardwaj, winner of ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ from ISRO; Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry; Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath, Head of the Centre for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
  • It will also offer activities, quizzes, experiments & tips to rekindle the interest of children in Science in an entertaining & exciting way.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Mother Language Day 2021 – February 21International Motheri.The United Nations(UN)’s International Mother Language Day is annually observed across the globe on 21st February to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
ii.The 2021 marks the 22nd edition of the International Mother Language Day.
iii.The day recognises the importance of the languages and multilingualism towards advance inclusion and Sustainable Development Goals(SDG).
iv.The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) observed the first International Mother Language day on 21st February 2000. 
v.The theme of the 2021 International Mother Language Day is “Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society”. 
vi.As a part of the celebration, a four-day virtual event has been organised by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts(IGNCA).
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World Thinking Day 2021 – February 22World Thinking Day 2021-February 22i.22nd February of every year is observed as World Thinking Day by the girl scouts and girl guides in 150 countries across the globe. The day offers an opportunity for the girl scouting and girl guiding communities to think about others and focus on a wider issue that impacts the others within the guiding and scouting movements.
ii.The day aims to bring together the young people across the world to celebrate in international fun and friendship and raise funds and focus on the global theme of the year.
iii.The theme of the world Thinking Day 2021 is “Peacebuilding”.
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STATE NEWS

Punjab Cabinet Approves Mission ‘Lal Lakir’ in all villagesPunjab Cabinet approves missioni.On February 19, 2021, the Cabinet of Punjab chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has approved the implementation of mission ‘Lal Lakir’ to enable villagers living within the ‘Lal Lakir’ to monetise their property rights and for availing benefits provided by the government departments, institutions and banks.
ii.Lal Lakir refers to land that is a part of the village habitation and is used for non-agriculture purposes only.
iii.Earlier, these properties can be sold through power of attorney (POA) and the sale deeds could not be registered.
About Punjab:
Capital– Chandigarh
Governor– Vijayender Pal Singh Badnore
RAMSAR Site – Beas Conservation Reserve, Keshopur-Miani community reserve, Harike Lake, Kanjli Wetland, Ropar wetlands, and Nangal wildlife sanctuary
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Jammu Municipal Corporation signs 2 MoUs with IPCA, UNDPJammu Municipal Corporation signs MoUs with IPCA, UNDPJammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) has signed 2 Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with 2 recyclers namely United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) & Indian Pollution Control Association (IPCA) to make Jammu Plastic-free.

  • Both entities have the fundamental basis of door-to-door garbage collection in Jammu.
  • JMC is also aiming to achieve 100 % door-to-door garbage collection within the JMC.
  • This will ensure proper segregation of garbages & and then the recyclable waste (majorly plastic) will be sent to factories for reuse.
  • 2 New Waste Management plants are to be set up in Jammu for recycling of plastics.
  • JMC is organising programmes to raise awareness about disposal of waste material among the public.

In September 2020, JMC had assigned 150 GPS fitted autos for special door-to-door garbage collection in Jammu.
About Jammu & Kashmir (UT):
RAMSAR Sites – Hokersar Wetlands, Wular Lake
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E-Kuber Payments System of RBI Launched in Jammu and Kashmire-Kuber payments system launched in J&Ki.On February 18, 2021 Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, IAS, Financial Commissioner, Finance Department, Govt of Jammu and Kashmir(J&K) formally launched e-Kuber payments system of Reserve Bank of India(RBI) in J&K.
ii.J&K is the 1st Union Territory to implement version 2.9 of e-Kuber payments system
iii.The system will be initially e implemented in the Civil Secretariat treasury on pilot basis and shortly will be launched in for other treasuries.
About Jammu & Kashmir:
Bird sanctuary– Hokersar   bird sanctuary
Forts–  Bahu Fort, Hari Parbat Fort, Akhnoor Fort, Ramnagar Fort
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S.no  Current Affairs 23 February 2021
1 Government approves 8 Toy Manufacturing Clusters worth Rs 2,300 crore
2 India’s first Digital University set up in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
3 Dr Harsh Vardhan launches Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0
4 Thaawarchand Gehlot Virtually Releases ‘3rd Edition of Indian Sign Language Dictionary with 10,000 Terms’
5 Kotak Standard Multicap Fund Renamed as Kotak Flexicap Fund
6 RBI has Brought State Bank of Sikkim Under its Regulatory Purview
7 LIC of India launches ‘Bima Jyoti’ Plan
8 RBI Ropes in Punjabi Singer-Rapper Viruss to Drive its Public Awareness Campaigns on Cyber Frauds
9 Centre reconstituted NITI Aayog governing council with PM as Chairperson
10 NASA Launched Space Station Supply Ship to ISS Named After S.S. Katherine Johnson
11 India Launches ‘Sandes’ an Made in India alternative of  WhatsApp
12 Karnataka to host 2nd Edition of Khelo India University Games in 2021
13 Tennis: Overview of 2020 Australian Open
14 Book ‘Agriculture Acts 2020’ written by former Madras HC judge A.K. Rajan Released
15 New Book Authored by Srikanth Ram titled “Leadership Lessons from 22 Yards”
16 Dr Darlie O Koshy Authored a New Book Titled ‘Runway to Skilled India’
17 Book Titled ‘They Found What/They Made What’ to release on National Science Day
18 International Mother Language Day 2021 – February 21
19 World Thinking Day 2021 – February 22
20 Punjab Cabinet Approves Mission ‘Lal Lakir’ in all villages
21 Jammu Municipal Corporation signs 2 MoUs with IPCA, UNDP
22 E-Kuber Payments System of RBI Launched in Jammu and Kashmir