1. India sets up its first wetland conservation centre in Chennai

  • India, on the occasion of Wetland Conservation Day on Tuesday, set up its first dedicated centre for conservation of wetlands, which occupy around 4.6 per cent of the country’s landmass
  • India has 42 Wetlands of International Importance or Ramsar sites.
  • The CWCM is a part of Chennai-based National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM).
  • The centre would act as a knowledge hub for wetland researchers, policymakers, managers and users.

2. Dalai Lama pens new book ‘The Little Book of Encouragement’

  • Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has come out with his new book titled 'The Little Book of Encouragement', in which he has shared quotes and words of wisdom to promote human happiness. The book has been edited by Renuka Singh and published by Penguin Random House
  • The Dalai Lama says as one among the more than seven billion human beings alive today, he has made a commitment to promoting human happiness

3. Indo-US joint military exercise 'Yudh Abhyas' to begin in Rajasthan on Feb 8

  • The exercise near the India-Pakistan border aims at enhancing cooperation and interoperability between the two armies and will focus on counter-terrorism operations under the United Nations mandate

4. PGIMER Chandigarh launches India's 1st amputee clinic

  • The clinic has been set up to improve amputation patient care by providing collection of services under one roof and with significant coordination
  •  Its basic intent is to unify all diverse sections in the hospital with some upgradations where needed, to provide appropriate management to amputees to guide them in their path to rehabilitation in society

5. Oxford Names "Aatmanirbharta" As Word Of The Year For Hindi In 2020

  • The word was chosen by an advisory panel of language experts Kritika Agrawal, Poonam Nigam Sahay and Imogen Foxell.

  • 'Aatmanirbharta' implying self-reliance has been named by Oxford Languages as its Hindi word of the year 2020 as it "validated the day-to-day achievements of the countless Indians who dealt with and survived the perils of a pandemic".
  • The Oxford Hindi word of the year is a word or expression that is chosen to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and have lasting potential as a term of cultural significance

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