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India, Iran and Afghanistan signed agreement on Trilateral Transit and Transport Corridor

Published on: 24-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The purpose of the agreement is to facilitate seamless transport of goods between India and Afghanistan via the Chabahar port that is strategically located in the South East of Iran.

Prime Minster Narendra Modi visited Iran

Published on: 24-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

During the visit, Modi met Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and gifted him the reproduction of the seventh-century manuscript of the Holy Quran attributed to Hazrat Ali, the fourth caliph.

UK grants asylum to Maldives' ex-president Mohamed Nasheed

Published on: 24-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Nasheed was granted permission in January 2016 to leave for the U.K. by the Maldivian Government to undergo a spinal surgery. He was supposed to return to Maldives after the treatment, but remained in London.

US lifts embargo on sales of lethal weapons to Vietnam

Published on: 24-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Obama is the third US President to visit Vietnam since the end of the decade-long Vietnam War in 1975, the other two were Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

World Bank Group launched Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility

Published on: 23-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

It is the first of its kind global finance mechanism launched to protect poorest countries from Ebola like outbreaks.

India and Iran sign 12 Bilateral Agreements in various areas including Chabahar Port Development

Published on: 23-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

India-Iran Cultural Exchange Programme to extend the CEP for the period 2016-2019 covering the areas of culture and art; radio, TV, mass media and cinema; and relevant general and financial terms.

India, Oman signed 4 MoUs/Agreements on defence cooperation

Published on: 23-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Bilateral relation between Indian and Oman were formally established with signing of a 1953 Indo-Oman Treaty of friendship, Navigation and Commerce, a first between India and an Arab country.

US House of Representatives gave nod to bolster defence ties with India on par with NATO

Published on: 21-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The legislation is primarily aimed at easing restrictions on sale of defence equipment and technology transfer to India.

India and Slovenia sign Protocol amending India-Slovenia Double Taxation Avoidance Convention

Published on: 21-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The protocol was signed by Indian ambassador to Slovenia Sarvajit Chakravarti, and Slovenian Finance Minister Dusan Mramor on behalf of Slovenia.

Tsai Ing-wen sworn-in as first women President of Taiwan

Published on: 20-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Earlier in January 2016, Tsai led the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to a landslide win in parliamentary and presidential elections.

Emergency Zika Funding worth $1.1 billion approved by US Senate

Published on: 19-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The fund would be designated for both international and domestic Zika control and prevention efforts.

UN-Habitat releases World Cities Report 2016, Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures

Published on: 19-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The report states that a New Urban Agenda is needed to unlock the transformative power of cities.

FAO Port State Measures Agreement on Illegal Fishing to enter into force on June 5

Published on: 17-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The agreement is world’s first-ever international agreement specifically targeting illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) championed by FAO.

New fund Education Cannot Wait to be launched at UN World Humanitarian Summit

Published on: 17-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The fund is designed to cater the needs of 30 million displaced girls and boys, of which 20 million have no choice at the moment and are unable to go to school.

UNICEF, EU launch #EmergencyLessons campaign on Education in Crisis Zones

Published on: 17-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

It draws on the real-life experiences of children living through emergencies in countries such as Guinea, Iraq, Nepal and Ukraine.

Tips to prepare for current affairs and general awareness questions

Published on: 17-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 39 people agreed

Aspirants should make it a habit of reading newspaper on a daily basis as it will keep them updated about the trending topics happening across the globe.

World Bank approved 625 Million US dollars support for Rooftop Solar Program in India

Published on: 17-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The Board also approved a co-financing loan of 120 million US dollars on concessional terms and a 5 million US dollars grant from Climate Investment Fund’s (CIF) Clean Technology Fund.

India, US held first Maritime Security Dialogue

Published on: 17-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Both the sides discussed various issues including Asia-Pacific maritime challenges, naval cooperation, and multilateral engagement.

US launched Phase 2 of EPAA missile defence system in Romania

Published on: 16-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The four phased European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) was announced by Barack Obama in 2009.

Renewable energy country attractiveness index 2016 released: India Placed at 3rd Position

Published on: 16-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Index was topped by the United States (US) and was followed by China at 2nd position and India at 3rd position.

Italian Parliament approves same-sex civil unions

Published on: 14-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The bill to this effect was approved by the Senate on 25 February 2016 and the Chamber of Deputies on 11 May 2016. However, the bill has yet to be signed into law by the Italian President.

Kenya to close Dadaab, world's biggest refugee camp

Published on: 13-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The government cited reasons of pressing national security for the decision. The government also stated that the camp has become safe haven for terrorist organizations like al-Shabaab, a Somali-based Islamist group.

India, China, four others sign agreement enabling automatic sharing of country-by-country reporting

Published on: 13-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The pact allows signatories to bilaterally & automatically exchange Country-by-Country Reports with each other, as contemplated by Action 13 of the BEPS Action Plan.

India and Mauritius signed Protocol to Amend Taxation Methods

Published on: 11-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The Protocol also provides for updation of Exchange of Information Article as per international standard, provision for assistance in collection of taxes, source-based taxation of other income, amongst other changes.

Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte wins the Philippines Presidential Election

Published on: 10-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

As the mayor of Davao Duterte gained popularity across the archipelago, where crime rates dropped drastically under his leadership.

Obama signs National Bison Legacy Act making Bison the First National Mammal

Published on: 10-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

With this, Bison, the animal that once roamed North America, joins the ranks of the Bald Eagle as the official symbol of the country.

Sadiq Khan becomes first Muslim mayor of London

Published on: 09-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Khan emerged victorious in the 2016 mayoral elections after defeating Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Zac Goldsmith by 1310143 votes to 994614.

UN launches Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Zika virus response

Published on: 09-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The Fund aims to provide a rapid, flexible and accountable platform to support a coordinated response from the UN system and partners.

Enda Kenny re-elected as Prime Minister of Ireland

Published on: 07-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

His Gael party won the most seats in the election but fell short of the quota needed to rule without support. This means that Kenny will lead a minority Fine Gael government.

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines to conduct joint water patrols to curb kidnappings

Published on: 07-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The countries’ foreign ministers and military officials reached an agreement in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta. The meeting was prompted by the recent kidnapping of 10 Indonesian sailors in the southwestern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf.

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