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World’s oldest warship sailing again!

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USS Constitution, the world’s oldest warship took off recently on its first sail since three years. The ship sailed from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island to celebrate US Navy’s 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel's maiden voyage.

India signs MoC with Japan on Technical Intern Training Programme

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India has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoU) with Japan on Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP).The MoC was signed by Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Katsunobu Kato, Japanese Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan.

US, Israel withdraw from UNESCO, accusing the cultural body of 'anti-Israel bias’

Oct 13, 2017
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The United States and its ally Israel announced that they were pulling out of the UN's culture and education body, UNESCO, accusing it of anti-Israel bias. The decision comes as the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation is voting to choose a new director, intense balloting overshadowed by the agency’s funding troubles and divisions over Palestinian membership.

Global Hunger Index 2017 released: India ranked 100th among 119

Oct 13, 2017
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The Global Hunger Index this year underlines that famine has cast a shadow over four countries in 2016 while conflict and climate change continue to hit the poorest the hardest. There have been long term obstacles to reduce hunger in several countries, which is in-turn threatening efforts to reach zero hunger.

WHO releases guidelines to address overweight and obesity in children

Oct 11, 2017
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In 2016, an estimated 41 million children under 5 were affected by overweight or obesity. Without effective treatment, they are likely to remain obese throughout their lives, which can further put them at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and premature death.

India-South Africa Twenty Years of Strategic Partnership

Oct 9, 2017
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India and South Africa are celebrating 20-years of strategic corporation this year. Dr. Harsh Vardhan- Union Minister for S&T and Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests & Climate Change, attended the celebrations of the collaboration in science and technology in Durban. So far, the collaboration has been concentrated on chosen areas like Astronomy & Astrophysics, Indigenous Knowledge System, Agriculture Sciences, Green Chemistry,  and Health Sciences where both nations have complementary strengths.

India, Ethiopia sign agreements on trade, communication

Oct 6, 2017
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India and Ethiopia have signed agreements on trade, communication and media to boost bilateral ties. The agreements were signed in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind and his Ethiopian counterpart Mulatu Teshome at the National Palace in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa following detailed discussions on economic relations.

Bangladesh signs USD 4.5 billion loan deal with India

Oct 5, 2017
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Bangladesh has signed a massive USD 4.5 billion third line of credit (LoC) agreement with India for its social sector development and infrastructure with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley vowing to back the country’s developmental initiatives.

India, Nepal to conduct first joint tiger count

Oct 3, 2017
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Nepal and India for the first time will commence a joint tiger census next month in their forests, national parks and protected areas neighbouring the two countries using a globally-recognised method.

Jagmeet Singh becomes first Sikh politician to lead Canada’s major New Democratic Party

Oct 3, 2017
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Jagmeet Singh, a Sikh lawyer was elected the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP), becoming the first non-white politician to lead a major political party in Canada. He won the crucial first-ballot victory over three other candidates by receiving 53.6 percent of the vote.

Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Afghanistan on cooperation on Police Training

Sep 29, 2017
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India and Afghanistan enjoy friendly relations and the police personnel of Afghanistan National Police visit India regularly for training purposes in different training institutes of India. India and Afghanistan already signed an agreement on strategic partnership in October 2011.

India and Norway sign Letter of Intent to extend cooperation in health sector

Sep 29, 2017
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India and Norway have signed a Letter of Intent to extend bilateral cooperation within health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting from 2018. The letter was signed in New Delhi between the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

India and the United States renew commitment for Joint Collaboration on Health

Sep 28, 2017
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India and the United States renewed their commitment to collaborate in the healthcare sector at the second India-US Health Dialogue that was held on 26-27 September 2017 in New Delhi. The two-day event saw several experts deliberate on issues of bilateral importance including communicable and non-communicable diseases, low-cost innovations, food and drug regulations, traditional medicine and access to medicines.

Saudi King issues decree allowing women to drive

Sep 27, 2017
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The royal decree now ends a conservative tradition seen by rights activists as an emblem of the Islamic kingdom's repression of women. The decree ordered the formation of a ministerial body to give advice within 30 days and then implement the order by 24 June 2018.

Joao Lourenco sworn in as President of Angola

Sep 27, 2017
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Born on 5 March 1954, Joao Manuel Goncalves Lourenco is an Angolan politician. Before being appointed as the President of Angola, he served as the Minister of Defense from 2014 to 2017. He has been Vice-President of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) since 2016.

World's largest aircraft successfully passes first engine tests

Sep 26, 2017
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The world’s largest airplane, which has been designed to serve as a launching platform for sending rockets into low-Earth orbit, has successfully completed its initial engine tests. The plane weighs about 227,000 kg and has the biggest wingspan ever built, measuring 118 m from one end to the other.

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election, seeking stronger mandate

Sep 26, 2017
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for a snap election, a year earlier than the scheduled time. Abe said that he would dissolve parliament’s lower house on 28 September, seeking a stronger mandate and support for his tough stance towards the increasing threats from North Korea following its illegal ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programme.

India seeks zero tolerance against terrorist safe havens at UNSC meeting

Sep 26, 2017
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India sought for zero tolerance against terrorist safe havens anywhere and at any level during the recent UN Security Council meeting, which was held in Afghanistan. India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, urged the UN that there should not be any differentiation between good and bad terrorists and nor should one group be played against the other.

New US travel ban includes N Korea, Venezuela, Chad among 8 countries

Sep 25, 2017
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The President of United States, Donald Trump has issued a new travel ban that includes North Korea, Venezuela and Chad in the list of eight countries. Trump cited reasons such as poor security and lack of cooperation with US authorities for including the nations on the travel ban list.

India to collaborate with Russia for Bangladesh nuclear power plant

Sep 23, 2017
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India has announced a collaboration with Russia to build a nuclear plant in Bangladesh. The move is the first initiative under the Indo-Russia deal to undertake atomic energy projects in the third-world nations. It will also be India's first atomic energy venture abroad.

50 nations sign United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Sep 22, 2017
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Brazil was the first country to sign onto the ban, followed by nations from Algeria to Venezuela. Fifty states as different as Indonesia and Ireland had put their names to the treaty; others can sign later if they like. Guyana, Thailand and the Vatican also have already ratified the treaty, which needs 50 ratifications to take effect among the nations that back it.

The world is running out of antibiotics: WHO Report

Sep 20, 2017
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The Report identifies 12 classes of priority pathogens. Some of them cause common infections such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections that are resistant to existing antibiotics. The report also identifies 51 new antibiotics and biologicals in clinical development that can treat antibiotic-resistant pathogens, tuberculosis and diarrhoeal infection Clostridium difficile.

WHO releases Non-communicable Disease Progress Monitor 2017 report

Sep 19, 2017
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As per Progress Monitor 2017, governments must step up efforts to control Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) to meet globally agreed targets such as preventing the premature deaths of millions of people from these conditions.

Raquel Dodge became first woman General Prosecutor of Brazil

Sep 19, 2017
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Raquel Dodge was sworn in as the new prosecutor general in the presence of President Michel Temer and Supreme Court President Carmen Lucia. Born on 26 July 1961, she previously served as a sub-prosecutor general of the Republic and served on the 3rd Chamber of Coordination and Revision.

Fallout of North Korea’s Nuclear Test: List of countries which have expelled North Korean ambassadors

Sep 19, 2017
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In response to the most powerful nuclear test on 3rd September by North Korea till date, some countries have announced they have expelled the North Korean ambassador from their capitals. North Korea has been on the radar of most countries, eversince its constantly violating the international norms and sanctions. It resulted into a complete isolation at world platform. However, it still enjoys the diplomatic relation with 160 countries, as per the S South Korea's Unification Ministry.

IDF and US Army inaugurate first permanent American base in Israel

Sep 19, 2017
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The base represents the long-standing partnership, the strategic commitment between the armies and the militaries of the United States of America and Israel. Several dozen American soldiers will be stationed at the base in Israel’s south, which America and Israel have been working on for two years

Peruvian President appoints former Economy Minister, Mercedes Aráoz Fernández, as new PM

Sep 18, 2017
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Mercedes Araoz, who was appointed as the new Prime Minister of Peru by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has earlier served the country as its economy minister between 2006 and 2011 under the administration of President Alan Garcia. The appointment came after two days of the no-confidence vote in which the entire cabinet was forced to resign.

India, Japan sign 15 agreements for enhancing bilateral cooperation

Sep 15, 2017
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The agreements were signed during the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to India. Among various agreements, both the sides exchanged RoD (Record of Discussions) on civil aviation cooperation with respect to open sky. With this agreement, Indian and Japanese carriers can now undertake unlimited number of flights to the selected cities of each other's countries.

Union Government launches Operation Insaniyat to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Sep 15, 2017
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Under Operation Insaniyat, India will distribute relief material consisting of items required urgently by the affected people. These materials are rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready to eat noodles, biscuits, mosquito nets etc. The relief material will be delivered in multiple consignments.

India and Pakistan begin high-level talks on Indus Waters Treaty

Sep 15, 2017
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The two-day high-level talks on technical issues of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) began between India and Pakistan in Washington, United States. The talks are a continuation of a discussion on how to safeguard the treaty for the benefit of the people in both the countries.

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