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World’s first self-driving taxis launched in Singapore

Published on: 26-AUG-2016
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With this, Singapore became the first country in the world to launch such service, beating Uber Technologies Inc by mere days to public road tests of a technology that could revolutionize the transport industry.

Forbes releases Sixth Annual List of The World's Most Innovative Companies 2016

Published on: 26-AUG-2016
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The list is topped by Tesla Motors for the second consecutive year. Moreover, five major Indian companies including Asian Paints, Hindustan Unilever, Tata Consultancy Services, Sun Pharma and Larsen & Toubro have been ranked in the list.

US Postal Service honors Diwali Festival with a Forever Stamp

Published on: 25-AUG-2016
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The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony of the Forever Stamp will take place at the Consulate General of India, New York on 5 October 2016.

Forbes releases list of The World's Highest-Paid Actresses 2016

Published on: 25-AUG-2016
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India’s Deepika Padukone is the only newcomer to the ranking and the only Indian in the list. She joined the list with Bollywood hits such as Bajirao Mastani.

Colombian government & rebel group FARC sign historic peace accord

Published on: 25-AUG-2016
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The peace accord that was reached after nearly four years of negotiations will be put to referendum for final approval by Colombians.

BRICS Disaster Risk Reduction meet adopts Udaipur Declaration

Published on: 25-AUG-2016
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The aim behind the adoption of the Udaipur Declaration is to  set up a Joint Task Force for disaster risk management for regular dialogue, exchange, mutual support and collaboration among BRICS Countries.

New World Wealth Report 2016 released: India stood at 7th position among 10 wealthiest countries

Published on: 24-AUG-2016
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As per the rankings in the report, India is the seventh richest country in the world with a total individual wealth of 5.6 trillion US dollars. The United States topped the list with total individual wealth held at 48900 billion US dollars.

India, Germany sign agreement on vocational training

Published on: 23-AUG-2016
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The agreement was signed between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and German International Cooperation (GIZ).

China launches World's first Quantum Communication Satellite

Published on: 16-AUG-2016
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It is nicknamed Micius, after a 5th century BC Chinese philosopher and scientist who has been credited as the first one in human history conducting optical experiments.

China launches Gaofen-3 Satellite to get accurate images of earth

Published on: 11-AUG-2016
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With 12 imaging modes, the high-definition observation satellite is capable of taking wide pictures of the Earth and photographing detailed scenarios of specific areas.

Russia, Turkey agrees to restore ties after diplomatic rift

Published on: 10-AUG-2016
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The two nations agreed to patch the restrained relations and pledged to restore close economic relations. Russian trade sanctions on Turkey would be phased out step by step.

SAARC Immigration Authorities meeting held in Islamabad

Published on: 04-AUG-2016
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Usman A. Bajwa, Pakistan’s Director General Immigration and Passports, chaired the meeting, which aimed at formulating recommendations to be presented in the meetings of Home Secretaries and Interior Ministers meetings.

Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' elected 39th Prime Minister of Nepal

Published on: 04-AUG-2016
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Dahal was elected Prime Minister with 363 votes in favour and 210 against him. Out of the total 595 members, 22 did not vote. He was backed by the largest party in the House, Nepali Congress, constituents of the United Democratic Madhesi Front and the Federal Alliance.

Malaysian security law comes into force

Published on: 02-AUG-2016
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Among those powers conferred to the council is the ability to take charge of security forces and declare security areas for up to six months within which authorities can arrest, search or seize without warrants.

Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as first female governor

Published on: 01-AUG-2016
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Yuriko Koike garnered more than 2.9 million votes in the election, defeating her opponents, Hiroya Masuda and Shuntaro Torigoe, by a wide margin.

European Commission appoints Michel Barnier as Chief Brexit Negotiator

Published on: 28-JUL-2016
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Barnier was appointed under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. He will be a prominent figure in the negotiations over Britain’s exit from the union.

World Health Organisation declares Brazil free of measles

Published on: 27-JUL-2016
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From 1985 to 2000, Brazil saw no domestic cases of measles, although it broke out in 2013 in the northeastern states of Pernambuco and Ceara.

India becomes first contributor to UN Trust Fund for sexual abuse victims

Published on: 26-JUL-2016
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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women awards grants to initiatives that demonstrate that violence against women and girls can be systematically addressed, reduced and eliminated.

Sustainable Development Goal Index released; India ranked 110th

Published on: 22-JUL-2016
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The index that measures performance against set 17 SDGs has been topped by Sweden and India is followed by Lesotho on 113th position, Pakistan (115), Myanmar (117), Bangladesh (118) and Afghanistan (139).

Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina inaugurate Petrapole Integrated Check Post

Published on: 22-JUL-2016
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Petrapole-Benapole is an important land border crossing for India-Bangladesh trade as more than 50% of the India-Bangladesh trade passes through Petrapole.

2016 Fortune Global 500 list released: India's India Oil Corporation ranked at 161st Place

Published on: 22-JUL-2016
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Seven Indian companies figure in the Fortune Global 500 list with state-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC) ranked highest at 161st with revenues of 54.7 billion US dollars.

Turkey declares three-month state of emergency after a failed military coup

Published on: 21-JUL-2016
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A coup was attempted by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces under a council calling itself the Peace at Home Council against the incumbent Justice and Development Party in Turkey.

Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as Australia’s PM for another term

Published on: 19-JUL-2016
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The Liberal/National Coalition won a one-seat majority of 76 seats, Labor Party won 69 seats, while on the crossbench the Australian Greens, Nick Xenophon Team, Katter's Australian Party, and independents Andrew Wilkie and Cathy McGowan won one seat each.

Quarter of a million children severely malnourished in Borno state, Nigeria: UNICEF

Published on: 19-JUL-2016
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Out of the 244000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Borno in 2016, an estimated 49000 children – almost one in five – will die if they are not reached with treatment.

11th Asia–Europe Meeting Summit issues Ulaanbaatar Declaration

Published on: 18-JUL-2016
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The Ulaanbaatar Declaration focuses on fight against terrorism and greater connectivity among the Asia and Europe. It has reaffirmed ASEM’s commitment for greater partnership through informal political dialogue and initiatives in economic and socio-cultural fields.

India, ADB sign 100 Million US dollar loan agreement for Cauvery Delta project in Tamil Nadu

Published on: 15-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The financing will be used to strengthen embankments of six major irrigation water channels in the Vennar system and rehabilitate 13 irrigation pumping schemes.

WHO declares India as Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus free

Published on: 15-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Previously in May 2016, WHO certified India yaws-free after a team of experts verified interruption of disease transmission in the country.

Peru declares Zika emergency in 11 states

Published on: 14-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The Zika emergency in Peru was declared after 102 people have been confirmed to be infected with the virus, 34 of which are pregnant women.

Theresa May appointed Prime Minister of United Kingdom

Published on: 14-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

With this appointment, she became the second women to assume the office of Prime Minister of the UK. The first women prime minister was Margaret Thatcher.

Forbes released the list of World's Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2016

Published on: 13-JUL-2016
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Forbes’ Celeb 100 list also included the name of two Bollywood actors. They are Shahrukh Khan and Akshay Kumar. Shahrukh Khan was ranked 86th in the list while Akshay Kumar was placed at the 94th position.

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