1. The Arbor Day Foundation and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have recognised Hyderabad as the 2020 Tree City of the World. Hyderabad has been chosen for this recognition for its commitment to maintaining and growing the urban forest.
2. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Perseverance rover landed successfully at Mars’ Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021 after surviving a blazing seven-minute plunge through the Martian atmosphere, nearly seven months after its takeoff.
3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be chairing the sixth Governing Council meeting of the NITI Aayog on February 20, 2021 through video conferencing. The key agenda of the meeting includes deliberations on infrastructure, agriculture, human resource development, manufacturing, service delivery at the grassroots level and health and nutrition.
4. Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has become the first cricketer in the 143-year history of Test cricket to take 200 wickets of left-handed batsmen. He achieved the feat during the second day of India’s second Test against England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
5. Puducherry Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on February 18, 2021 ordered a floor test in assembly on February 22, 2021 amid a political crisis in the Union Territory.
6. Dr. Swati Mohan is the Indian American woman who led NASA’s operation Perseverance rover landing on Mars. Dr. Mohan spearheaded the development of attitude control and the landing system for the rover.
7. Scientists have just pulled DNA that’s more than 1 million years old from teeth and tusks left behind by mammoths that traversed an ice-covered Siberia. The teeth and tusks were preserved in the region’s permanently frozen ground.
8. The World Day of Social Justice is observed on February 20th. The 2021 theme of the day is, “A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy.” The digital economy has been transforming the world of work.
9. Amazon is setting up its first device manufacturing line in India to make Fire TV sticks locally and has partnered with Cloud Network Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn, to begin producing the device at its Chennai plant later this year.
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