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1. NASA Astronaut Edgar Mitchell died
1. NASA Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon, died in West Palm Beach, Florida. The lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 died at the age of 85.
2. His death occurred on the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing, which took place on 5 February 1971.
3. Mitchell, Alan Shepard and Stuart Roosa were the crew of Apollo 14 mission, which launched on the lunar surface on 5 February 1971. As part of the Apollo 14 mission, he spent more than nine hours on the Moon's surface collecting rocks, taking measurements and other things. Mitchell helped collect 94 pounds of lunar rock and soil samples that were distributed across 187 scientific teams in the United States and 14 other countries for analysis.
2. Vice President Hamid Ansari concluded his two-nation tour to Thailand and Brunei
1. Vice-President Hamid Ansari concluded his two-nation tour to Thailand and Brunei.
2. During the 5-day visit that started on 1 February 2016, the Vice President held talks with the head of governments, political leaders and Indian diaspora to enhance bilateral relations.
3. Highlights of the visit to Brunei
• He visited the country for three days starting from 1 February 2016 on the invitation of Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah.
• With this tour, Hamid Ansari became the first Vice President to visit Brunei since the establishment of diplomatic relations.
• He met the Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah.
• Both the leaders discussed a number of issues of bilateral, regional and multilateral significance, and also hold discussions on cooperation in ASEAN and East Asia Summit (EAS).
• During his visit, India and Brunei signed 3 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) in the field of health, defence and youth affairs and sports.
4. Highlights of the visit to Thailand
• He visited the country on official invitation of the Prime Minister of Thailand. This was also the first Vice Presidential visit from India after a gap of 50 years.
• During the visit, he held talks with Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.
• He delivered a speech at the prestigious Chulalongkorn University on the topic India, Thailand and ASEAN: Contours of a Rejuvenated Relationship.
• He visited Wat Phra Kew (Emerald Buddha) and Reclining Buddha temple in the capital Bangkok.
• He addressed the Indian community and met Indologists from Thailand.
• During the visit, India confirmed its participation in the Cobra Gold 2016 amphibious military exercise that will be held in Thailand.
5. PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited
1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) at Lepetkata, Assam and dedicated the facility to the nation. It is the first ever petro-chemical plant located in the entire North-Eastern region of Indian. It has been built at cost of 10000-crore rupees and shall be producing raw material for manufacturing plastic.
2. Prime Minister also dedicated wax producing unit in Numaligarh Refinery Limited to the nation. It is India’s highest wax producing unit and shall be using indigenous technology.
6. 12th South Asian Games begins in Guwahati
1. The 12th edition of South Asian Games (SAG) has begun in Guwahati, Assam after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium. The 11-day event is being jointly hosted by Guwahati and Meghalaya capital, Shillong. Over 2,500 athletes from 8 SAARC nations viz. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives are participating in it. Total of 228 events in 23 sports disciplines will be played during the games, which India is hosting for the third time.
2. Slogan of games: ‘Play for Peace, Progress and Prosperity’. 3. Official mascot: Tikhor, a one-horned rhino that represents endangered fauna of Assam found in Kaziranga National Park.
7. Sarangi maestro Ram Narayan chosen for Bhimsen Joshi Award
1. Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan (88) has been chosen for the prestigious Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Award for 2015-2016.
2. Pandit Ram Narayan is first internationally successful sarangi player and has popularised bowed musical instrument as a solo concert instrument in Hindustani classical music.
8. Corporation Bank inks pact with Universal Sompo for accident death coverage
1. Corporation Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Universal Sompo General Insurance Co Ltd for providing accident death coverage to its savings bank account holders under Corp Signature, Corp Super and Corp Saral category.
2. A press release by the bank said here on Saturday that the bank provides free personal accident death cover of ₹10 lakh to its Corp Signature and ₹5 lakh to its Corp Super account holders.
3. The MoU was signed in the presence of Jai Kumar Garg, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Corporation Bank, and VV Vendhen, Head (Bancassurance), Universal Sompo General Insurance Co Ltd.
9. Cartoonist Sudhir Tailang passes away
1. Cartoonist Sudhir Tailang, who was suffering from a brain tumour, passed away on Saturday, at a private city hospital according to his family members. The artist was 55 and had been under treatment for over two years.
2. His family said that the cartoonist breathed his last at 12.30 p.m. and is to be cremated at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Lodhi Road crematorium.
3. Born in Bikaner, Mr. Tailang came out with his first cartoon in 1970. He started his career with the Illustrated Weekly of India in Mumbai, in 1982. A year later, he joined the Navbharat Times in New Delhi. He had worked with all major English newspapers including the Hindustan Times, the Times of India and the Indian Express. His last assignment was with the Asian Age.