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- For the first time, the Pelican Bird Festival 2018 was held in the Atapaka Bird Sanctuary at the Kolleru Lake located in Andhra Pradesh.
- The Ministry of Science and Technology set up a mechanism in the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to interact with Small-Scale Industry for transfer of technology from the CSIR labs. They cover a wide spectrum of S&T – from radio and space physics, oceonography, nanotechnology, mining, aeronautics and information technology.
- The Government of India plans to ban cryptocurrencies from the payments’ system and appoint a regulator to oversee unregulated exchanges that trade in these crypto assets. A committee headed by Dinesh Sharma that is looking into issues relating to cryptocurrencies shall finalise its recommendations before the fiscal year ends in March 2018.
- The 5th edition of the South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference was held in Delhi. The theme for this year was “Public Procurement and Service Delivery”.
- Google launched the “#SecurityCheckKiya” campaign in India to create awareness around Internet safety on Safer Internet Day that is observed on 6th February.
- Agni-1, the indigenously developed short-range nuclear capable ballistic missile was successfully test-fired from mobile launcher located at Integrated Test Range of Dr. Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island) off Odisha. The missile is a surface-to-surface, single-stage missle and was developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory in collaboration with Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat.