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Saudi Arabia's King orders border to be reopened for Qatari pilgrims

2 days ago
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman orders reopening of the border with Qatar to give Qatari pilgrims an easy pass to carry out their annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

United States designates Pakistan based terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen as Terrorist Organisation

2 days ago
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The US decision came nearly two months after adding the group's Pakistan-based chief Syed Salahuddin to its list of designated global terrorists.

Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Sweden on Intellectual Property Rights

2 days ago
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The MoU aims at establishing a wide ranging and flexible mechanism through which both the nations can exchange best practices and work together on training programs and technical exchanges to raise awareness on IPRs and better protect intellectual property rights.

Britain seeks invisible border for Northern Ireland in Brexit negotiations

3 days ago
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The British government seeks to have a seamless and frictionless border, without any physical border infrastructure and border posts between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland after Brexit.

India to host next steering committee meeting of TAPI gas pipeline

3 days ago
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The decision was taken during the sixth joint Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting on trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation.

Iran responds to US sanctions by voting to boost military defence

Aug 14, 2017
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Iran's parliament has voted in favour of boosting investment in its missile defence and foreign operations programmes by more than $500 million, in response latest US sanctions.

World Health Organisation declares Somalia free of polio

Aug 14, 2017
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan are the remaining countries where polio is still being recorded.

 

Venezuela’s new Constituent Assembly declares itself superior to all other government bodies

Aug 11, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

In addition, the order prohibits the opposition-held National Assembly and other government bodies from taking any action that would interfere with the constituent assembly's laws.

Chhaupadi, a Hindu custom linked to menstruating women, criminalized in Nepal

Aug 10, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

During Chhaupadi, women are banished from the home - barred from touching food, religious icons, cattle and men - and forced to sleep in basic huts known as Chhau Goth.

Citizens of 80 countries including India can now enter Qatar without visa

Aug 9, 2017
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Qatar has become the most open country by allowing citizens belonging to 80 countries including India, Canada, US and UK to enter the nation without the need of applying for a visa.

North Korea vows to retaliate against the US over UN sanctions

Aug 8, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The rebellious nuclear-armed state, North Korea has vowed to retaliate against the United States for drafting fresh UN sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons programme.

Venus: First environmental research satellite launched by Israel

Aug 6, 2017
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

Venus is considered the smallest satellite of its kind in the world. It is crafted to survey and monitor large areas to study soil, vegetation, forests, agriculture, water and air quality and other aspects of the environment.

Hassan Rouhani sworn in as Iran's President for second term

Aug 3, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

During his first term, Iran reached a landmark deal in 2015. Rouhani was a key architect of the 2015 nuclear deal with the world powers in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

UNSC adopts resolution to prevent terrorists' access to weapons

Aug 3, 2017
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It encouraged the Member States to prevent and disrupt procurement networks for weapons, systems and components between and among such groups and entities.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi succeeded Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister of Pakistan

Aug 2, 2017
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The party will have to propose a name for interim Prime Minister, to fill the 45 day vacuum until Shehbaz Sharif gets elected to the Parliament.

India and Somalia sign agreement on transfer of sentenced persons

Aug 2, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia Yusuf-Garaad Omar arrived in New Delhi on 31 July 2017 on a five-day visit at the invitation of Sushma Swaraj. This is his first visit to India since he assumed office earlier in 2017.

Switzerland breaks all record, launches world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge

Aug 1, 2017
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge has broken all the record with its length of 1621 feet and height of 279 feet that makes it the longest in the world.

New Trade and Transit agreement between India and Bhutan comes into force

Aug 1, 2017
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The new bilateral Agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit between India and Bhutan came into force on 29 July 2017.

US army medic conferred Medal of Honour by President Trump 48 years later

Aug 1, 2017
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US President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Honour to veteran army medic James McCloughan for risking his life to treat and save wounded soldiers during the Vietnam War.

China makes historic breakthrough, produces natural gas from flammable ice

Jul 31, 2017
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

China successfully produced natural gas from methane hydrate, also known as ‘flammable ice’, in an experimental project conducted in the South China Sea.

US tests missile-defence system after North Korea missile launch

Jul 31, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

THAAD is a ground-based missile defence system designed to shoot down short, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

India, Pakistan to hold talks on hydropower projects under Indus Waters Treaty

Jul 31, 2017
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The Indus system of rivers comprises three western rivers — the Indus, the Jhelum and Chenab — and three eastern rivers — the Sutlej, the Beas and the Ravi.

Four Arab States ready for dialogue with Qatar

Jul 31, 2017
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Four Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain announce their willingness to start a dialogue with Qatar if it agrees to show a willingness to stop funding terrorism.

Russia asks 755 US diplomats to leave country following American sanctions

Jul 31, 2017
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Putin's statement follows US Senate's approval of a bill to toughen sanctions on Russia for allegedly meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and for its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Trump administration urges NSG members to support India's application

Jul 28, 2017
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Donald Trump’s administration has re-affirmed support to India’s bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group and has urged other members of the elite grouping as well to support its claim.

Iran successfully launches rocket designed to carry satellites

Jul 28, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Iran has successfully launched its most advanced satellite-carrying rocket called ‘Simorgh’ into space. The development marks a significant step forward for the Islamic Republic's young space program.

BRICS nations sign memorandum to facilitate taxation cooperation

Jul 28, 2017
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Tax authorities of the five BRICS nations signed a landmark document, the BRICS Taxation Cooperation Memorandum to establish a mechanism for taxation cooperation.

Bolivian President declares ‘Total Independence’ from World Bank and IMF

Jul 28, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The socialist leader published his comments following a meeting with his peers at a gathering in Argentina of the Mercosur, a sub-regional economic bloc.

Trump bans Transgender individuals from serving in US Military

Jul 27, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Donald Trump has revoked former President Barack Obama’s policy on creating a more inclusive military by barring transgender people from serving in US military.

Zimbabwe's Parliament passes bill, giving sweeping powers to President

Jul 26, 2017
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Zimbabwe's Parliament has passed a bill amending the constitution to give the President sweeping powers to appoint the country's top judges without consulting any other institution.

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