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Wassenaar Arrangement to admit India as its new Member

2 days ago
The participating states of Wassenaar Arrangement reviewed the progress of the membership applications and agreed to admit India. Countries like Russia, France, Germany and the United States supported India’s bid to the group.

UNESCO recognises India's Kumbh Mela as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

3 days ago
The inscription of ´Kumbh Mela´ was recommended by the expert committee that examines the nominations submitted by Member States. The Committee observed that ´Kumbh Mela´ is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth.

International Solar Alliance comes into force

3 days ago
Headquartered at Gurugram, ISA aims at large scale deployment of solar energy through better harmonization and aggregation of demand from solar rich countries lying between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Till date, 46 countries have signed and 19 countries have ratified the Framework Agreement of International Solar Alliance.

US President recognises Jerusalem as capital of Israel, promises to move US embassy

3 days ago
The President of United States on 6 December 2017 recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, keeping with his long overdue campaign promise. Trump has also announced the plan of relocating the US embassy, which is currently based in Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem, a move that is being opposed by many nations across the world including some of America’s closest allies.

Indian, Italy sign new MoU for cooperation in Agriculture and Phytosanitary issues

3 days ago
India and Italy signed a new MoU for cooperation in Agriculture and Phytosanitary issues on 6 December 2018. The agreement will replace the one signed in 2008. India and Italy enjoy traditionally friendly and cordial relations.

India, Cuba sign MoU for enhanced cooperation in health sector

Dec 7, 2017
India and Cuba on 6 December 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the health sector. One potential identified area of cooperation is pharmaceutical and biotechnology, as Cuba has made remarkable strides in the field of bio-technology and pharmaceuticals.

Narendra Modi is most tweeted about world leader after Trump

Dec 6, 2017
According to the figures released by Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the most tweeted about world leader after US President Donald Trump this year. The micro blogging site stated that Modi with 37.5 million followers is the second most tweeted about world leader, after Donald Trump.

UAE, Saudi Arabia to form new cooperation group

Dec 5, 2017
The United Arab Emirates has announced that it has formed a new economic and partnership group with Saudi Arabia. The new group would be separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council. The new ‘joint cooperation committee’ has received approval from UAE’s ruler and president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

US Supreme Court allows full enforcement of President Trump's travel ban

Dec 5, 2017
However, the ban against travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen still faces legal challenges. The new ban also bars travellers from North Korea and Venezuela, but they were not affected by the injunctions.

India and Germany sign Government to Government Umbrella Agreement

Dec 5, 2017
The agreement was signed to formalize an amount up to 200 million Euros for the financial cooperation in form of loan for the project ‘Climate Friendly Urban Mobility III’ and 11 million Euros in form of grant for four projects.

Venezuela to launch ‘Petro’ cryptocurrency to combat US blockade

Dec 5, 2017
Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan President, has declared that Venezuela will be introducing a digital currency called the Petro in a desperate bid to evade strict US sanctions. He said that he intended to roll out Petro a cryptocurrency backed by Venezuela’s oil, mineral and gold reserves.

US pulls out of UN’s migrant and refugee pact

Dec 4, 2017
The United States has withdrawn itself from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations deeming it ‘inconsistent’ with its policies. The announcement was made by the US Mission to the United Nations in a statement, in which it informed the UN Secretary-General about US’s intention of ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurates first phase of Chabahar port

Dec 4, 2017
India and Iran on 23 May 2016 signed 12 memorandum of understandings and agreements, among which the most important one was the trilateral transit agreement between India, Iran and Afghanistan on Establishment of International Transport and Transit Corridor.

US, South Korea launch largest aerial drill amidst North Korean threat

Dec 4, 2017
The United States of America and South Korea have launched their largest-ever joint aerial drill called ‘Vigilant Ace’, which would see participation from around 12,000 US service members and more than 230 aircrafts.

USAID announces USD 1 million support for Ending Tuberculosis Epidemic in India

Dec 1, 2017
India has the world's highest incidence of Tuberculosis with 2.8 million cases annually, and accounts for more than a quarter of the global TB burden. India also has the largest burden of Multi-Drug-Resistant TB (MDR-TB) among all countries with almost 150000 cases every year.

India and Italy sign MoU for enhanced cooperation in health sector

Nov 30, 2017
The agreement was signed by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare J P Nadda and Health Minister of Italy Beatrice Lorenzin. The MoU is aimed at establishing comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between the two countries in the field of health.

US-India Business Council launches WISE Initiative in India

Nov 30, 2017
WISE will be led by Country Head of Intel India Nivruti Rai, CMD of Biocon Limited of Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman of IBM India of Vanitha Narayanan, MD of Kalaari Capital of Vani Kola, and Producer of Girl Rising Amita Vyas.

India, UK to sign MoU to transform Urban Transport Sector

Nov 29, 2017
India and United Kingdom will be signing a MoU in the urban transport sector for cooperation in policy planning, technology transfer and institutional organisation.

India, Russia sign anti-terror agreement

Nov 28, 2017
Indian and Russian representatives also signed a joint action plan for countering the threat posed by narcotics. This agreement will provide legal framework for bilateral cooperation in this field.

Beyonce named World's Highest-Paid Woman in Music in 2017 by Forbes

Nov 22, 2017
Beyonce Knowles earned a total wealth of USD 105 million from record sales and from her “Formation” concert tour. She also has her own Ivy Park fashion line and other business interests. Adele fetched the second spot with a total worth of USD 69 million, boosted by her first proper tour since 2011.

WHO launches global effort to end TB by 2030

Nov 18, 2017
The Moscow Declaration to End TB aims to increase multisectoral action as well as track progress, and build accountability. More than 1000 participants took part in the two-day conference which resulted in collective commitment to end TB.

Forbes list of Asia’s Richest Families 2017 released: Ambani family tops the list

Nov 16, 2017
For the third time, India enjoys the biggest presence on the list, with 18 richest families, followed by Hong Kong with nine richest families. Mukesh Ambani family is the biggest gainer in dollar and percentage terms. Their net worth rose by USD 19 billion as shares of Reliance Industries soared high due to better refining margins and the increasing demand produced by its telecom arm Reliance Jio.

Leonardo Da Vinci's Christ painting sold for record USD 450 million

Nov 16, 2017
The painting is known by the name 'Salvator Mundi', an Italian phrase for 'Savior of the World'. The painting is one of 16 paintings by Leonardo known to exist and is the only one in private hands. This 26-inch-tall painting dates from around 1500 and shows Christ dressed in Renaissance-style robes, his right hand is raised in blessing and his left hand holds a crystal sphere.

China launches world's first fully electric cargo ship

Nov 15, 2017
This all-electric cargo vessel will help in reducing the shipping costs for electric power operators. The main cost of this ship depends on how much lithium battery it is equipped with.

Japan to relax visa rules for Indians from 1 January

Nov 15, 2017
Japan will relax its visa rules for Indians from 1 January 2018 and issue multiple- entry-visa for short-term stay. The relaxed visa regime will not only have simplification of visa application documents but also expansion of scope of eligible applicants.

India, Philippines sign four agreements to strengthen bilateral ties

Nov 14, 2017
The agreements were signed during PM Modi three-day visit to Manila, the Philippines to attend the 15th India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit. This is the second visit by Indian PM to the Philippines in 36 years after the visit of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1981.

India re-elected as member of UNESCO's executive board

Nov 10, 2017
India was re-elected as the member of UNESCO’s executive board at the 39th session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in Paris.

Facebook to introduce disaster response tools in India

Nov 9, 2017
Social media giant, Facebook has teamed up with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and an Indian non-profit body – SEEDS- to offer tools to these agencies in an attempt to help them respond more effectively to natural disasters.

India to contribute USD 100 million to UN partnership fund

Nov 7, 2017
India has pledged an additional amount of USD 100 million towards the UN partnership fund, scaling up its support to sustainable development projects across the developing world.

2017 set to be among top three hottest years with record breaking extreme weather: WMO

Nov 7, 2017
The year 2017 witnessed an extraordinary weather, including temperatures topping 50 degrees Celsius in Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in the Caribbean and Atlantic reaching as far as Ireland. Extreme events affect the food security of millions of people, especially the most vulnerable.

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