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  • On 18 February 2016 the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation sanctioned construction of around 82,000 houses for Economically Weaker Sections in urban areas of 163 cities.

    Cost of construction will be over 4,000 crore Rupees. Out of this 1226 crore rupees will be provided under the Prime Minister's Awas Yojana (Urban).20th Feb, 2016Economics

    Houses for urban poors

  • To create a healthy competition among the Command Hospitals of the Army and its equivalent hospitals in the Navy and Air Force the Raksha Mantris Trophy was instituted in 1989.

    On 18 February 2016 The Command Hospital (Eastern Command) in Kolkata was awarded with the Best Service Hospital.

    The trophy was presented by Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar to the hospitals Commandant Major General TS Ahluwalia in the Armed Forces Medical Services in Kolkata.20th Feb, 2016Awards/Honors

    Raksha Mantris Trophy

  • Semiconductor is a material which is used in making transistors.

    Transistors are small devices that are used in all the electronic devices such as computer, mobile.

    With this discovery mobiles and computers can be developed which are 100 times faster.

    The discovery was made by a team of engineers led by Indian-Orgin Ashutosh Tiwari at University of Utah, the USA.

    It was published online on 15 February 2016 in the journal Advanced Electronic Materials.20th Feb, 2016Science and technology

    New kind of 2D semiconducting material discovered

  • Indian Navy and Myanmar Navy on 16 February 2016 signed Standard Operating Procedure for India-Myanmar Coordinated Patrol at the Tri-Service Headquarters in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    With this signing of SOP, Myanmar became the third country with which India has signed a formal agreement for maritime coordinated patrols. 20th Feb, 2016Defense

    India-Myanmar Coordinated Patrolling

  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) on 18 February 2016 commissioned a 270 MW generation unit at the Goindwal Sahib Thermal Power Project of private producer GVK Power & Infra in Punjab.20th Feb, 2016Economics

    BHEL commissioned 270 Mega Watt unit power plant in Punjab

  • Hindustani classical singer Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan died in Kolkata on 18 February 2016. He was 107.

    In 2013, he became the oldest recipient of Padma Bhushan.

    In 2013, he was given the life time achievement award by the Government of NCT of Delhi20th Feb, 2016Obituary

    Singer Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan passed away

  • North Central Railway in association with the Construction and open line Units of the Railway on 14 February 2016 commissioned an ultra-modern computer-based signaling system at the Khurja junction.

    With this commissioning, the Khurja Yard, which is a part of the Allahabad Railway Division, will have a 256 possible movements leading to immense flexibility and faster clearance of trains.20th Feb, 2016Science and technology

    Ultra-modern computer-based signaling system at Khurja Junction

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