The 40th International Annual Desert Festival kicked-off in Jaisalmer with thousands of tourists participating in the colourful event. The three-day festival, which exhibits rich cultural heritage of the desert state, commenced with a colourful procession from Gadsisar lake fort. It will have interesting events like Mr Desert and Ms Moomal competitions, moustache competitions, turban tying, tug of war, musical and cultural performances, among others. The Border Security Force presented a camel tattoo show on the opening day of the festival.
Every year 20 February has been declared by the UN as “World Day of Social Justice”. The purpose of the day is to focus on the plight of social injustice throughout the world and to press for improvements and solutions. 2019 theme: If You Want Peace & Development, Work for Social Justice. The ILO estimates that currently about 2 billion people live in conflict-affected situations, of whom more than 400 million are aged 15 to 29.
India's first 'fulldome 3D Digital Theatre' at the Science City Kolkata was inaugurated by Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma. The 'fulldome 3D Digital Theatre' at the Science city is the first of its kind in India having a 23 metre titled dome to offer a fully immersive experience. It is the first in the Indian subcontinent where one can feel like touching the water waves or the leaves of a tree during screening. The Science City is operated by the National Council of Science Museums under the Ministry of Culture.
The 12th edition of Asia's premier Air show 'Aero India-2019' begins at Yelahanka air force station in Bengaluru. The five-day long biennial event, which will showcase India's air defence prowess, will also act as a platform for aviation companies. After the tragic death of a pilot from IAF's aerobatic team Surya Kiran during a rehearsal it will not participate in the show. The Sukhoi SU-30, Rafale, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Super Hornet and the mighty B-52 Stratofortress bomber will be part of the air show.
Scientists claim to have developed the first walking robot that can explore its environment and find its way home without GPS or mapping. It is equipped with an optical compass used to determine its heading by means of polarised light. With the help of an optical movement sensor directed to the Sun, it measure the distance covered. Researchers from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) took inspiration from desert ants to design the AntBot. Ants use polarised light and ultraviolet radiation to locate themselves in space.
7th National Photography Awards. These awards were presented to 13 persons in different categories at a function in New Delhi. The theme for the Professional category was Women led Development, while the theme for Amateur category was Fairs and Festivals of India. Renowned landscape photographer Ashok Dilwali was conferred with lifetime achievement award. Photojournalist S.L. Shanth Kumar was awarded in the professional category. Photographer Gurdeep Dhiman was awarded in Amateur category.
Nikhat Zareen and Meena Kumari Devi became the first Indian women boxers to win gold medals at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. Zareen claimed a 5-0 win in the 51kg category finals against Filipino Irish Magno. Devi defeated Filipino Aira Villegas 3-2, in the 54kg summit clash. However, Manju Rani (48kg) settled for a silver after a defeat from Filipine's Josie Gabuco in a split 2-3 verdict.