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Current Affairs Feb 2010

National Events noticeable In February : 

  •  India-Germany Decide to step Up Cooperation 
  • Cabinet Approves Bill For Improving Health Services 
  • Civilian Awards 2010
  • India,South Korea ink 4 crucial pacts
  • Another Milestone for ISRO
  • BASIC Ministerial Meeting Held In NewDelhi
  • Vulnerability Line Mapping of Coast to be conducting
  • New Adult Literacy Mission Gets Underway In 19 states
  • India-France Nuclear Deal come into force
  • Two Astraa Missiles Flight tested successfully
  • Prime-minister Launches " Solar India"
  • India-Shree Lanka Sign Commercial Agreement 
  • India Moves Up 35 places in quality of Life Index
  • India,Japan to Jointly Develop Solar City 
  • Eightth Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas. 
  • Government Clears Four Major Port Projects. 
  • India-Bangladesh sign five important pacts 

International Events noticeable In February :

  • US to Slash Tax Breaks for Outsourcing firms
  • Russia conducts First test of Fifth-Generation Sukhoi 
  • Environmental Performance Index 2010 Is released 
  • Rajapaksa Re-elected as Sri-Lankan President
  • Copenhagen Accord Not Legally Binding : UNFCCC
  • Mending Ozone Hole may added to global warming
  • Rightists win Chile's Presidential Election
  • China Set to be world's second Largest Economy
  • Hong Kong Approves Rail Link to china
  • Russia Rectifies Europian Rights commission
  • Catatrophic Earthquake Devastates Haiti 
  • China-India to Bridge Growing Trade Gap
  • New President of Croatia 
  • State of The World's Indigenous people reports 2010
  • Russia to Be first to build N-Powered Spacecraft
  • China Becomes The Third country To possess Missile Interceptor
  • Annual China-India Defense Dialogue


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