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World Bank cancels $100 million loan for Pakistan

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The main aim of the project was to enhance the supply of natural gas by reducing physical and commercial losses of gas in the pipeline system.

English most powerful language in the world: World Economic Forum

7 hrs ago
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As per the WEF, the British legacy has given English a global footprint. It is the world’s lingua franca.

US designates India as Major Defence Partner

11 hrs ago
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The designation is a status unique to India and institutionalizes the progress made to facilitate defence trade and technology sharing with India to a level at par with that of the United States’ closest allies and partners.

Trump named as Time magazine's person of the year

1 day ago
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Time cover that features a photograph of the President-elect sitting on a chair reads, “Donald Trump – President of the Divided States of America”.

Massive earthquake hits Aceh in Indonesia

2 days ago
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The district closest to the epicentre, Pidie Jaya has suffered the maximum loss. A total of over 200 homes and shops have collapsed. Several mosques have also been severely damaged along with one school and hospital.

European Union clears $26 billion Microsoft-LinkedIn deal

2 days ago
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The EU’s clearance was the final hurdle to closing the Microsoft-LinkedIn deal, following approvals in the U.S., Canada, Brazil and South Africa.

Bernard Cazeneuve named new French PM, as Valls resigns

2 days ago
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Cazeneuve’s role has been especially significant for the French government, as he oversaw all the operations of the French security forces following the Paris and Nice terror attacks.

Supreme Court of UK hears Government’s appeal over Brexit issue

3 days ago
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The hearing follows an appeal by the British Government after a High Court ruling in November stating that the Theresa May government has no right to invoke Article 50 without parliament's permission.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev wins Uzbekistan Presidential Election

3 days ago
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As per the Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan, Mirziyoyev won the election with an overwhelming vote. He garnered 88.61% of the votes, which is above the required over 50% of valid ballots to become a president.

South America’s Trade Bloc Mercosur removes Venezuela for failure to follow rules

Dec 5, 2016
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Mercosur’s member states, in a letter addressed to Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, stated that the “oil-rich country had been stripped of membership rights immediately and that it will be required to renegotiate its membership.”

New Zealand PM announces surprise resignation

Dec 5, 2016
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Citing family reasons, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced his surprise resignation. He will be leaving after being in power for almost eight years.

India, Qatar signed four agreements including visa and cyberspace

Dec 5, 2016
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Protocol on Technical Cooperation in cyber space and combating cyber crime between the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar.

Thailand officially named its new King

Dec 3, 2016
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The Prince became Rama X, the 10th king of the Thailand’s Chakri dynasty. His official title will be - King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

Vegans voice outrage against Britain’s new five pound note

Dec 2, 2016
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The new £5 note contains traces of Tallow, a substance derived from animal fat. It is mostly used in the manufacture of soaps and candles.

Ukraine launches missiles, Russia on high alert

Dec 2, 2016
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Russia has positioned its warships off Crimea’s western coastline and warned Ukraine that it will shoot down any missile that enters the Crimean airspace.

United Nations apologises to people of Haiti for cholera epidemic

Dec 2, 2016
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The Secretary-General expressed deep regret for the loss of life caused by the disease. He stated, “On behalf of the United Nations, I want to say very clearly: we apologise to the Haitian people.”

United Nations imposes new sanctions on North Korea

Dec 2, 2016
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The council unanimously approved the sanctions resolution following months of diplomatic arguments over how best to respond to North Korea’s latest nuclear test in September 2016.

India, US signed $750-million deal for 145 artillery guns

Dec 2, 2016
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Earlier in June 2016, the proposal of purchasing 145 M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer artillery guns from the US was cleared by the Defence Ministry.

Colombia's Congress approves revised deal with FARC

Dec 2, 2016
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The approval comes after Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, and Rodrigo Londono, the leader of the FARC signed a revised peace agreement on 24 November 2016.

Opposition wins near majority in Kuwait Parliamentary Elections

Nov 30, 2016
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The early election has wiped out almost 60% of the old assembly members. Safa Al Hashem will be the only female member in the Kuwait Parliament.

Parliament of Thailand invites Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to become king

Nov 30, 2016
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As per the established procedure, the Prince Vajiralongkorn will have to accept parliament's invitation in order for him to be proclaimed king.

Francois Fillon wins France's Conservative Presidential primary

Nov 28, 2016
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Fillon is a conservative Catholic who opposes abortion and gay marriage. His campaign proposal includes radical economic reforms such as capping on immigration and slashing of public jobs.

Lieutenant-General Qamar Javed Bajwa appointed Pakistan's 16th Army Chief

Nov 28, 2016
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Lieutenant-General Qamar Javed Bajwa is currently serving at the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army as Inspector General of Training and Evaluation.

Colombian Government and FARC rebels sign revised Peace Agreement

Nov 25, 2016
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The new accord introduces around 50 changes, which are intended to temper critics led by still-powerful former President Alvaro Uribe. The modifications range from a prohibition on foreign magistrates judging crimes by the FARC or government to a commitment from the insurgents to forfeit assets.

Turkey to chair 2017 Energy Club of Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Nov 24, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

With this, Turkey became the first non full member country to be the chairman of a club in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

South Korea approves deal on North Korea with Japan

Nov 23, 2016
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The deal will help the two countries to share their reports directly, as earlier they shared the same via the US, which was too cumbersome.

India and Switzerland signed Bank Information Sharing deal

Nov 23, 2016
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The Swiss Federal Department of Finance said India meets in particular the high demands in terms of adherence to the principle of speciality and the safeguarding of confidentiality for the data delivered, which are prerequisites for the introduction of the AEOI.

Ten Commandments tablet sold at an auction

Nov 18, 2016
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It was initially used by an Arab as a part of flooring in his private courtyard and then later it was acquired by Y Kaplan in 1943, who got in experts to study it. Antiquities dealer Robert Deutsch bought it in 1990s after which it was obtained by Rabbi Saul Deutsch for his Living Torah Museum in 2005.

Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court

Nov 18, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Russia signed Rome statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court in 2000 but its capital Moscow never made it officially valid, which means Russia was never its member and could not be subjected to its jurisdiction.

India, Israel inked two agreements on water resource management and agriculture

Nov 16, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The two nations also called for broadening defence ties through production and manufacturing partnerships. The 2000-year old Jewish community in India represents a thriving link to India-Israel past.

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