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ECB decided to end production and issuance of 500 euro banknote

Published on: 05-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The issuance of the 500 euro note will be stopped around the end of 2018, when the 100 euro and 200 euro banknotes of the Europa series are planned to be introduced.

US jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay 55 million dollar for causing cancer

Published on: 05-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Ristesund, in her suit claimed that she used J&J's talc-based powder products which include the Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder on her genitals for decades. And, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had to undergo a hysterectomy and related surgeries.

US Navy tested world's largest unmanned surface vessel, Sea Hunter

Published on: 04-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

It is a self-driving 132-foot ship able to travel up to 10000 nautical miles on its own to hunt for stealthy submarines and underwater mines.

Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright claimed to be creator of Bitcoin

Published on: 04-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Wright claimed to be the currency’s progenitor in interviews with the BBC, The Economist and GQ. He was first identified as Bitcoin’s founder in December 2015 by Wired magazine and the technology website Gizmodo, but he remained silent then.

India, New Zealand signed Air Services Agreement

Published on: 02-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The agreement was signed under the Convention of International Civil Aviation opened for signature at Chicago on 7 December 1944.

India, Papua New Guinea signed four agreements to deepen bilateral relations

Published on: 02-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The two nations signed MoU for a 100-million dollar credit line for development of infrastructure in the island-nation.

India extended 1-billion dollar Line of Credit to Mongolia

Published on: 29-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

During this visit, Purevsuren conferred Mongolia's highest civilian award, the Order of North Star, on Lokesh Chandra and Mansura Haider.

China successfully launched Kunpeng-1B Sounding Rocket

Published on: 28-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

The rocket reached a maximum height of 316 kilometres (196 miles), with the total flight time coming to 10 minutes.

Union Cabinet approved MoU between India and Papua New Guinea on cooperation in health and medical science

Published on: 28-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

It will strengthen bilateral ties between India and Papua New Guinea.

Lobsang Sangay re-elected PM of Tibetan Government-in-Exile

Published on: 28-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

48-year-old Sangay has been premier since 2011, when the Dalai Lama, Tibetans’ spiritual leader, officially relinquished political leadership.

Bangladesh Cabinet approved draft of Supreme Court Judge (Investigation Act) 2016

Published on: 26-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

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It will empower the Parliament to impeach a judge in the Supreme Court, if allegation of misconduct or incapacity is proved.

Saudi Arabia unveiled Vision 2030 cutting reliance on oil

Published on: 26-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Vision 2030 envisages forming public investment fund, boosting affordable housing and giving expats long-term residence among others.

Former Finance Minister Clement Mouamba appointed as Prime Minister of Congo

Published on: 25-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Clement will be responsible for forming a government in consultation with the president in accordance with the 25 October 2015 constitution.

Japan successfully tested its first stealth fighter X-2 jet

Published on: 24-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

With this, the country joins a select group of world military powers wielding the radar-dodging technology.

India ratified Trade Facilitation Agreement of WTO

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

The ratification of the TFA will help India further boost economic growth by reducing trade costs and supporting its integration into the global economy.

Time Magazine released list of 100 most influential people in the world

Published on: 23-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 35 people agreed

The TIME 100 is not a ranking, but a combination of public figures from various different fields. The list includes the public figures who have had some kind of significant impact on the world.

Idriss Deby elected as Chadian President for the fifth time

Published on: 22-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

In the 2016 election, Idriss Deby of Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS) party secured the 61.56 percent of the vote in the first-round runoff.

Anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman to become first African-American to appear on US paper currency

Published on: 22-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

With this, Tubman will become the first African-American and the first woman in more than a century to appear on U.S. paper currency.

Pakistan, China signed agreement to launch a special satellite to monitor CPEC

Published on: 22-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

CPEC is a 46 billion US dollar project launched with the help of China to connect western China to southern Pakistans port city of Gawadar. It would give access to Beijing into the Arabian Sea.

Europe became world’s first region to end malaria: WHO

Published on: 22-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

WHO announced that the European Region hit its 2015 target to wipe out malaria, thus contributing to the global goal to End malaria for good.

19th Round of Talks held between India and China on Boundary Issue held in Beijing

Published on: 21-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

They agreed to abide for peaceful negotiations to settle the problematic border issue and reach a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution.

UN, IMF, World Bank and OECD formed Platform for Collaboration on Tax

Published on: 21-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

It will deliver a number of ‘toolkits’ designed to help developing countries implement the measures developed under the G20/OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project and on other international tax issues.

Union Cabinet approved MoU on Technical Cooperation between India and Bhutan

Published on: 21-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The MoU is in furtherance of Article 2, 7 and 8 of the India-Bhutan friendship treaty that was inked in New Delhi in February 2007.

Iran unveiled S-300 Missile System parts at Army Parade

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

The S-300 system was on order since 2007 but Russia postponed the sale three years later after the UN Security Council (UNSC) passed a resolution relating to Iran's nuclear programme.

World Development Indicators 2016 released

Published on: 20-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The 2016 edition includes indicators to help measure the 169 targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

World Bank Group to Invest 2.5 Billion US Dollars in Education Projects benefiting Adolescent Girls

Published on: 19-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

About 75 percent of these investments are expected to be from International Development Association (IDA), the Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries.

India and Mauritius signed MoU to cooperate in Traditional Medicine and Homoeopathy

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

It envisages exchange of experts, supply of traditional medicinal substances, joint research and development and recognition of the traditional systems of health and medicine in both countries.

World Bank, UNICEF established alliance to promote Early Childhood Development programme

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

Since 2000, the WBG has invested 6 billion dollars in early childhood development (ECD) programs, including 3 billion dollars over the last two years alone.

First-ever Investment Framework for Nutrition and Call for Immediate Action launched by global leaders

Published on: 19-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The Investing in Nutrition: The Foundation for Development event hosted by the World Bank, the Results for Development Institute, and 1000 Days is part of a global effort to increase investment in nutrition.

BRICS New Development Bank approved first set of loans for renewable energy

Published on: 18-APR-2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The loan will be used by four BRICS countries namely Brazil, India, China and South Africa to create 2370 MW of renewable energy capacity.

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