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India foiled UK’s Pangaea Laboratories bid to patent use of turmeric, pine bark and tea

Published on: 03-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Earlier, CSIR-TKDL also foiled an attempt of Colgate-Palmolive Company to patent a mouthwash formula containing herb (Nutmeg- Jayaphal) extract used in Indian traditional systems.

Sri Lankan government decided to renovate temples destroyed in Nepal quake

Published on: 01-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

It will undertake the repair of Buddhist temple in Swayambhunath and Hindu temple of Rato Machindranath in Lalitpur.

1974 Land Border Agreement between India and Bangladesh came into effect

Published on: 01-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 44 people agreed

The transfer helped about 50000 people to get citizenship of either country, bringing them access to all legal rights and civic amenities.

Nepal banned animal Sacrifice at Gadhimai Festival

Published on: 30-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The temple authorities have announced the end of the centuries-old Hindu tradition of slaughter that attracts hundreds of thousands of worshippers.

India to become most populous nation by 2022: UN World Population Prospects

Published on: 30-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

The world population reached 7.3 billion as of mid- 2015, implying that the world has added approximately one billion people in the span of the last twelve years.

UNSC failed to adopt proposal to create tribunal on crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17

Published on: 30-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The resolution sought to establish an international tribunal to prosecute persons responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine.

India signed Loan Agreement of $300 Million with ADB for National Urban Health Mission

Published on: 29-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

The NUHM as a sub-mission of National Health Mission (NHM) was approved by the Union Cabinet on 1 May 2013 to improve the health status of the country’s urban population.

General Council approved Kazakhstan's membership terms to join WTO as 162nd member

Published on: 29-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

In order to formally become the member of WTO, Kazakhstan Parliament now has to ratify the deal by 31 October 2015. It will become a member 30 days after it notifies the ratification.

Nepal’s political parties agreed to remove word ‘Secularism’ from the Constitution

Published on: 28-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Nepal was declared a secular country in 2007 that had ended Nepal’s century-old identity as the world’s only Hindu kingdom.

WTO members sealed a deal to cut tariffs on $1 trillion worth IT products

Published on: 24-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

The deal was agreed as part of need to update the 18-year old Information Technology Agreement (ITA) as it has become redundant. The ITA was finalised in 1997.

Conakry named as World Book Capital for 2017 by UNESCO

Published on: 23-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 55 people agreed

With this, Conakry becomes the 17th city to be designated as World Book Capital.

India and Singapore signed agreement to enhance maritime cooperation

Published on: 22-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 33 people agreed

The agreement was signed during the visit of Navy chief Admiral R K Dhowan to Singapore.

Japanese Cabinet approved Defence White Paper 2015

Published on: 21-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

In the White Paper 2015, the cabinet described the security situation surrounding Japan as increasingly tough. The defence white paper for 2015 examines a range of global threats.

UNSC adopted resolution endorsing Iran nuclear deal

Published on: 21-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The agreement with Iran was reached in 14 July 2015 in Vienna, in which Iran reaffirmed that it will under no circumstances ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.

India, Myanmar issued joint statement on bilateral cooperation

Published on: 20-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The joint statement was issued after the conclusion of the first meeting of the India-Myanmar Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) in New Delhi.

Greek parliament passed a bill to implement EU mandated austerity measures

Published on: 17-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The approval paves the way for Greece to tap into EU bailout funds.

Cameroon banned Islamic veil after suicide bombings in Fotokol

Published on: 17-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The decision was taken in the backdrop of two suicide bomb attacks in which two women dressed in the religious garments blew themselves up in Fotokol, Cameron.

Lower House of Japan’s Parliament approved bills changing self-defence law

Published on: 16-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The change paves the way for the Japanese military to potentially fight abroad for the first time since World War II.

US Defense Department set up Working Group on allowing Transgender persons into Military Service

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

The working group will be headed by Brad Carson, Acting Under-Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and it will be composed of military and civilian personnel.

Iran, P5+1 countries reached agreement on Iran's nuclear programme at Vienna

Published on: 14-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 44 people agreed

The agreement called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) or Vienna agreement was reached after 17 days of almost uninterrupted negotiations in Vienna.

India and Georgia signed MoU for cooperation in field of Election Management

Published on: 14-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 32 people agreed

The MoU was signed by Chief Election Commissioner of India Nasim Zaidi and Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson, Central Election Commission, Georgia.

European Union gave in-principle approval for 86 billion euro bailout package to Greece

Published on: 14-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

A final MoU related to the bailout package will be reached between the creditors and Greece only after Greece undertakes reforms specified under the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) programme.

India, Tajikistan inked 2 agreements to strengthen bilateral relations

Published on: 13-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

The two nations agreed to promote International North South transport corridor, the ship, rail, and road route for moving freight between India, Russia, Iran, Europe and Central Asia.

QS University Rankings: BRICS 2015 released

Published on: 13-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 29 people agreed

This 2015 edition reflects the increasingly strong global presence of leading Chinese universities with the top three spots going to Tsinghua University, Peking University and Fudan University.

India, Kyrgyzstan inked 4 agreements to strengthen bilateral relations

Published on: 13-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

The two nations signed agreements on Defence Cooperation, cooperation in Culture, cooperation in the field of Elections and cooperation in the sphere of Standards.

USA designated Tunisia as 16th Major Non-NATO Ally

Published on: 13-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The MNAA status confers a variety of military and financial advantages to Tunisia that are otherwise are not obtainable by the non-NATO member.

India, Turkmenistan inked 8 agreements to increase regional cooperation & connectivity

Published on: 11-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 37 people agreed

MoU on supply of chemical products between Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited and the Turkmen State concern ‘Turkmenhimiya’ was inked.

India to be part of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) along with Pakistan by 2016

Published on: 11-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

India that has had on the observer status of the group for past 10 years will become a full member of SCO by 2016.

India-Pakistan joint statement released at Ufa, Russia

Published on: 11-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

The meeting between the two Prime Ministers took place on the sidelines of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Oorganisation summits.

Ufa Declaration released at 7th BRICS Summit in Ufa

Published on: 10-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 29 people agreed

7th BRICS Summit was held under the theme ‘BRICS Partnership – a Powerful Factor of Global Development’.

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