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DAYS AND EVENTS - February 2020

Feb 2020

Feb 29, 2020

11th National Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Conference 2020 Organised in New Delhi

  • The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the 11th National Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Conference 2020 in New Delhi on 28 February 2020.
  • The theme of the three day national conference is 'Empowering Youth for Technology Led Farming'.
  • The conference has been organized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) from 28th Feb to 1st March 2020.
  • The KVK national conference will mainly highlight technology-led farming and youth entrepreneurship through agriculture which will be attended by all the KVKs across India.

Rare Disease Day

  • Rare Disease Day is an observance held on the last day of February to raise awareness for rare diseases and improve access to treatment and medical representation for individuals with rare diseases and their families. European Organisation for Rare Diseases established this day in 2008 to raise awareness for unknown or overlooked illnesses. According to (EURORDIS), treatment for many rare diseases is insufficient, as are the social networks to support individuals with rare diseases and their families;[7] furthermore, while there were already numerous days dedicated to sufferers of individual diseases (such as AIDS, cancer, etc.), there had previously not been a day for representing sufferers of rare diseases. The Rare Disease Day Slogan for 2020 is "Rare is Many. Rare is Strong. Rare is Proud".

Feb 28, 2020

National Science Day

  • In India, the National Science Day (NSD) is celebrated on 28th February. The day is observed every year to commemorate the discovery of the 'Raman Effect' by Sir C. V. Raman on 28th February 1928. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 for the same. Science Week is also observed along with the National Science Day.
  • The National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) had asked the Government of India to designate 28th February as National Science Day in 1986. Followed by which the Government declared 28th February as NSD. The first National Science Day was celebrated on February 28, 1987.
  • On the occasion of the first NSD (28 February 1987), NCSTC announced the institution of the National Science Popularisation awards for recognising outstanding efforts in the area of science communication and popularisation.
  • The theme for National Science Day 2020 is "Women in Science."

Feb 27, 2020

India's First Protein Day

  • A national-level public health initiative has launched India's first 'Protein Day' on 27th February. The aim of the day is to draw public attention, raise awareness, and educate India on the health benefits of protein.
  • The theme of India Protein Day 2020 is set to act as a reminder for all Indians to daily ask themselves and others "ProteinMeinKyaHai". The key objective through the day's activities and beyond was be to spread more knowledge about protein and bring about a behavioural change by persuading Indians to eat adequate protein in every meal – at least a quarter of a plate.
  • Globally many countries recognize February 27 as Protein Day and from this year India also joined this movement. A nationally celebrated Protein Day will encourage Indian citizens at large to learn and know more about different types of available sources of plant and animal protein and their importance in daily meals for better nutrition and health.

Government to Hold Global Summit on AI in April

  • The government will hold a global summit on artificial intelligence on 11-12 April to exchange ideas with the industry and academia on use of AI for social transformation, greater inclusion and citizen empowerment.
  • The summit, RAISE (Responsible AI for Social Empowerment), will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The national AI portal -- ai.gov.in -- that the government planned since 2018 has gone live from 27th February. It will be regularly updated with information on future initiatives, breakthroughs and developments in India in the field of AI.
  • A startup expo -- Startup Pitchfest -- will be held from 10 April on the sidelines of the summit where AI startups from India can showcase their work and pitch for investment.

Feb 26, 2020

Losar Festival in Himachal Pradesh

  • Losar festival was celebrated at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. The festival is celebrated on the 1st day of the lunisolar Tibetan calendar also called Tibetan New Year.
  • Losar is a festival in Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Hundreds of people from the Buddhist community gathered at different temples in the state to celebrate Losar festival & prayers were offered at Dorje Drak Monastery in Shimla.
  • Cultural events were held in different parts of the state as the Tibetan community celebrated the festival.

Feb 25, 2020

BRICS CCI's 2nd Edition of Annual Direct Tax Summit & Awards 2020

  • BRICS Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI) organised the 2nd edition of Annual Direct Tax Summit & Awards 2020 in New Delhi in union with Achromic Point an international consulting firm. The Award aimed to resolve the issues related to direct tax and its implications. Dharampal Satyapal Limited won the award for Best In-house Direct Tax Team of the year.
  • The key topics discussed includes key amendments vide Budget 2020, India's tax litigation scenario and way forward, penalty and prosecution provisions under Income tax law, India's take on taxation of digital economy, cross border investments, structuring and transactions (key provisions), Black Money Act, Benami Law and Money Laundering laws – Government tightening the rope.
  • The knowledge partner of the event is Aourakii Legal, Litigation partner is Chilana & Chilana Law Offices and Corporate partners were The Corporate Partners.
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