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9th Session of the India-South Africa Joint Ministerial Commission held in Durban

Published on: 21-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The two ministers Swaraj and Mashabane agreed to work under the framework of a five year strategic programme of cooperation and decided to establish a new Joint Working Group on Trade & Economic matters on it.

Six Major Banks fined 5.7 billion US dollars on Forex Benchmark Rates manipulation charges

Published on: 21-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The fines were imposed as part of the settlements reached between the banks and the governmental agencies probing the charges.

EU approved plan to use Naval Force to combat Smugglers and tackle Migration crisis

Published on: 20-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The policy for an unprecedented naval operation against the smuggling of refugees from North Africa to Europe was approved by EU foreign ministers during a meet held in Brussels.

US President Obama banned certain military-style equipment provided to US police

Published on: 19-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The ban was announced by during President’s visit to Camden, one of the poorest cities of New Jersey. The city dissolved its police force and replaced it with a new county-run department.

India, South Korea signed 7 agreements to upgrade relations to special strategic partnership level

Published on: 18-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

India-Korea Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (signed 1985) has been revised with a view to avoiding the burden of double taxation on taxpayers in the two countries.

Former Army Brigadier David Granger sworn-in as eighth President of Guyana

Published on: 18-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

He was sworn-in as the President after his A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) party-led coalition won the national elections.

India and Mongolia signed 13 agreements to enhance bilateral relations

Published on: 18-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

To help convicted nationals of Mangolia and India in the process of their social rehabilitation Treaty on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons was inked.

Palestinians observed 67th Nakba Day

Published on: 16-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

On 15 May every year, Palestinians mark Nakba Day, the day when the state of Israel was founded, so as to reaffirm their right to return to their ancestral homeland from which they were expelled in 1948.

DD, CCTV signed agreement for exchange of art, culture programmes

Published on: 16-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The exchange of programmes will begin by the end 2015 and both networks will also take up co-production works for this initiative.

PM Narendra Modi announced e-Visa facility for Chinese Tourists

Published on: 16-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The decision is aimed at development of Indian tourism sector and increasing people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

India and China Signed 24 Agreements To Enhance Bilateral Co-operation

Published on: 15-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The details of agreements covering the fields of Education, Railways, People-to-People exchanges, skill development, Security among others were outlined in the Joint Statement issued by the two leaders after the conclusion of bilateral talks.

Vatican recognised Palestine as State in the Holy See-Palestine Joint Statement

Published on: 14-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The Joint Statement titled Bilateral Commission of the Holy See and the State of Palestine was released after the Plenary Session between Holy See and Palestine held in Vatican.

North Korea successfully test-fired Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

Published on: 09-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The underwater ballistic missile was test-fired after Leader Kim Jong-Un gave the order to test-fire the missile.

India, Russia signed 11 MoIs for Higher Academic Cooperation

Published on: 09-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 26 people agreed

President Pranab Mukherjee is on a four day visit to Russia to witness the Victory Day parade on 9 May 2015 marking the 70th anniversary of Allied forces victory in the Second World War.

UK General election 2015: Conservative Party won majority by securing 331 seats

Published on: 09-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 33 people agreed

The elections for the British Parliament made up of 650 seats with 326 required for a majority were held on 7 May 2015.

Nepal Rastra Bank to provide interest-free loans for rebuilding houses

Published on: 08-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The bank will provide interest-free loans of up to 25 lakh nepali rupees in the Kathmandu Valley.

Philippines and Japan coast guards held anti-piracy drills in Manila Bay

Published on: 07-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

This is the first drill held by Japan and the Philippines after signing a strategic partnership pact in 2012.

India, Iran signed inter-Governmental MoU for development of Chabahar Port

Published on: 07-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

This MoU will facilitate availability of functional container and cargo terminal to India at the port which will provide Afghanistan’s garland road network system alternate access to a sea port.

Forbes released Global 2000 Companies list

Published on: 07-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The Forbes Global 2000 is a comprehensive list of the world’s largest, most powerful public companies, as measured by revenues, profits, assets and market value.

Canadian House of Commons approved Anti-Terror Act, 2015

Published on: 07-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Anti-Terror Act, 2015 would give Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) the ability to operate overseas and make preventative arrests. It also makes it easier for police to arrest and detain individuals without charge.

French Parliament approved Surveillance Law to prevent terrorist attack

Published on: 06-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The law on intelligence-gathering adopted by 438 votes to 86, was drafted after three days of Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris in January 2015, in which 17 people were killed.

France signed 7.02 billion US dollar agreement with Qatar to supply 24 Rafale fighter jets

Published on: 05-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

Agreement was signed by the French President Francois Hollande and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha, Qatar.

Australia announced new punishments for foreigner investors breaking rules on buying property

Published on: 04-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The new penalties include up to three years in prison and fine of 100,000 dollars. The Government has also announced foreign buyers who are forced to sell a property will be prevented from profiting from the sale.

Third India-Tunisia Foreign Office Consultations held in Tunis

Published on: 04-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

During the FOC several bilateral and multilateral issues related to regional and international issues of mutual interest were discussed. The two sides also signed an Agreement on Exemption of Visas for Diplomatic and Official Passports.

WHO released a report on Economic cost of the health impact of air pollution in European Region

Published on: 02-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The report estimated that the WHO European region in 2010 lost 1.6 US trillion dollars due to premature deaths and diseases caused by air pollution.

Pakistan court sentenced 10 men to 25 years in jail for attacking Malala Yousafzai

Published on: 01-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

All the 10 men belonged to the Pakistan Taliban but the chief suspect did not figure among those sentenced.

Argentine Parliament passed a law to compensate victims of Jewish centre attack

Published on: 01-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

As per the law, relatives of those who died will receive a one-off payment similar to that awarded to victims of Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship, and a 1992 attack on the Israeli embassy.

Rubella eradicated from North and South America region

Published on: 01-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

These regions were declared free of endemic transmission of rubella, a contagious viral disease after no home grown cases were reported in five years.

China’s NDRC released new action plan One Belt, One Road initiative

Published on: 01-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

The initiative will establish new routes linking Asia, Europe and Africa.

India, Afghanistan released Joint Statement

Published on: 01-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The two nations agreed to patiently and systematically work towards strengthening of the India Afghanistan Strategic Partnership, with a clear focus on the long term relationship between the two countries.

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