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Construction begins on world's largest telescope in Chile

13 hrs ago
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The telescope is also designed to be an adaptive telescope and has the ability to correct atmospheric turbulence.

Egypt blocks 21 media websites, including Al Jazeera

3 days ago
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Several media websites including the renowned Qatari channel, Al-Jazeera have been blocked by Egypt, as per reports by the country’s local news agencies.

Socialist Lenin Moreno sworn in as President of Ecuador

3 days ago
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With this, Moreno, a renowned disability rights activist, became the first disabled individual to take office as President of Ecuador.

Dubai police recruits world’s first Robocop

May 24, 2017
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The robot is capable of speaking six languages and people can use its built-in tablet device to access various police services.

World's smallest nation Nauru ratifies International Solar Alliance Pact

May 24, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Five more African nations including Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, Ghana and Djibouti have committed to sign the Solar Alliance pact.

US asks citizens to postpone non-essential travel to Pakistan

May 23, 2017
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The US Department of State has issued a travel advisory cautioning all its citizens to postpone all their non-essential travel to Pakistan.

PM Narendra Modi calls for creation of Asia-Africa growth corridor for development of Africa

May 23, 2017
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The meeting focuses on achieving high 5s–strategy that includes which include agriculture, energy, industrialisation, regional connectivity and improved quality of life.

UN releases the First draft of Nuclear Ban Treaty

May 23, 2017
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The United Nations has released the first draft of its nuclear ban treaty amidst opposition from all the known nuclear-armed states including the United States and India.

US, six Gulf countries sign MoU to curb financing terror organisations

May 23, 2017
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The MoU was signed during US President Donald Trump's historic visit to Saudi Arabia.

US President calls for complete isolation of Iran

May 22, 2017
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Donald Trump has called for a coalition of nations in the Middle East and a complete international isolation of Iran to root out terrorism from the region.

Hassan Rouhani re-elected as President of Iran

May 22, 2017
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Rouhani was first elected as Iran's President in 2013. He won 2013 elections by pledging to end Iran’s isolation and improve civil rights.

Number of migrant children travelling alone hits record high: UNICEF

May 20, 2017
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At least 300000 unaccompanied and separated children were recorded in around 80 countries in the combined years of 2015 and 2016.

China, ASEAN agreed on framework for South China Sea code of conduct

May 19, 2017
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After a meeting between Chinese and ASEAN officials in the southern city of Guiyang, China's foreign ministry said, “We are pleased to announce that the senior officials have completed the negotiations of the draft COC (code of conduct) framework, ahead of the mid-2017 timeline”.

Japanese Cabinet approved bill to allow Japan’s first abdication of emperor in 200 years

May 19, 2017
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The bill, which is a legal revision to allow emperor to retire, was prepared by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government after emperor Akihito in a televised address signaled his desire to step down.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller named Special Counsel for Russia Probe

May 18, 2017
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The appointment was announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein on 17 May 2017.

Australian state considers assisted suicide for terminally ill patients

May 18, 2017
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The decision of death should be approved by two independent doctors with specialist training and at least five years' experience.

Sri Lanka backs India's Stand on China-Pak Economic Corridor

May 17, 2017
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

India boycotted the meeting due to its sovereignty concerns over the US$ 50 billion CPEC, which goes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

One Belt, One Road Summit concludes: Key takeaways

May 17, 2017
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

China has assured the participating countries that it would not attempt to push a country’s political ideologies and systems onto another country during the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Dinosaur mummy discovered in Canada with all skin intact

May 17, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Canada has unveiled a Dinosaur Mummy that had been impeccably preserved with all the skin and gut contents intact.

Trump to address Muslim leaders on 'Peaceful Vision Of Islam’

May 17, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Donald Trump is going to undertake his maiden trip as the President of the United States of America to the world’s most spiritually and politically conflicted countries – Saudi Arabia, the Vatican and Jerusalem.

India, Palestine sign five agreements for cooperation in different sectors

May 16, 2017
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These five agreements were inked during the state visit of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to India.

Edouard Philippe named as Prime Minister of France

May 16, 2017
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Philippe is a member of the Les Républicains party and is close to Alain Juppé, the former Prime Minister who endorsed Macron after he won the first round of the presidential election.

Yemen declares state of emergency over cholera outbreak

May 16, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also stated that an estimated 7.6 million people live in areas at high risk of cholera transmission in Yemen.

India boycotts China's B&R meet; mounts diplomatic pressure against CPEC

May 15, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Boycott of the BRF by India as a mark of protest allowed Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif to say that CPEC was an economic project open to all the nations in the region and it "must not be politicised".

India-Chile expanded PTA to come into effect on 16 May

May 15, 2017
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The expanded PTA would immensely benefit both sides as a wide array of concessions has been offered by both sides on a number of tariff lines which will facilitate more two-way trade.

India and UK to sign MoU to increase efficiency of urban transport system

May 14, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Transport For London (TFL) is going to soon sign a MoU with Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

Brazil declares end to Zika emergency

May 12, 2017
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

In November 2016, the World Health Organisation lifted its own international health emergency status for Zika.

Larissa Waters became the first woman senator to breastfeed in Parliament

May 11, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Australian senator created a historic moment by breastfeeding her baby during a Parliamentary session.

India, US exchange views on maritime developments in Asia-Pacific & IOR

May 11, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The discussion to strengthen maritime security cooperation was made between the top Indian and American officials during the two-day India-US Maritime Security Dialogue in Rhode Island.

Meeting of the Co-Chairs of the India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission held in New Delhi

May 11, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

India and Russia agreed to closely work to take forward many of the collaborative ideas in diverse fields, like space, nuclear disaster management, trade and economy, science and technology and people to people linkages.

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