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India, Saudi Arabia sign bilateral annual Haj 2019 agreement

2 days ago
India and Saudi Arabia have signed the bilateral annual Haj 2019 agreement at Jeddah. The agreement is a part of strengthened bilateral relations of the two countries. The Indian Government also requested the Saudi Arabian Government to increase India’s annual Haj quota for Haj 2019.

Ukrainian to end two-decade-old friendship treaty with Russia

Dec 11, 2018
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill ending the two-decade-old treaty on friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and Russia. The friendship treaty between Ukraine and Russia was signed in 1997 and brought into effect on April 1, 1999.

UK court orders extradition of Vijay Mallya

Dec 10, 2018
The UK court has ordered the extradition of Indian businessman and liquor baron Vijay Mallya from Britain to India to face charges of fraud filed against him. The decision follows a nine-month-long trial on an extradition warrant, which began with Mallya’s arrest in April 2017 and ended in September.

UAE to double women’s representation in Federal National Council to 50 per cent

Dec 10, 2018
The United Arab Emirates has, in a landmark decision, decided to increase the representation of Emirati women in the Federal National Council to 50 per cent from the coming Parliamentary term. The move will enable the UAE women to achieve, what has been achieved by their counterparts globally in decades, in a record time.

UN launches new framework to combat international terrorism

Dec 7, 2018
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has launched a new framework titled ‘UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact’ to combat international terrorism and coordinate efforts across the peace and security, humanitarian, human rights and sustainable development sectors.

India, Peru sign agreement for co-operation and mutual assistance in Customs Matters

Dec 5, 2018
India established diplomatic relations with Peru in March 1963. India-Peru relations have since then been traditionally cordial and friendly. Since 1987, there has been an increasing economic cooperation between both sides

India, UAE sign agreement on currency swap

Dec 5, 2018
India and the UAE have signed two agreements, including one on currency swap during Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Abu Dhabi for the 12th India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting. The agreement on currency swap between the countries will allow trading in their own currency.

Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries: Qatar to withdraw from OPEC in January 2019

Dec 4, 2018
The move may intensify Qatar’s isolation in its crisis with its Arab neighbors. In June 2017, OPEC members Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and Egypt had cut trade and transport ties with Qatar, putting diplomatic blockade on Qatar and accusing the country of supporting terrorism.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sworn in as 58th President of Mexico

Dec 4, 2018
Veteran leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been sworn in as the 58th President of Mexico. Obrador won a landslide victory in the July 1 Presidential Elections, the biggest win for any president and the first for a leftist since Mexico transitioned to multi-party democracy in 2000.

G20 Summit 2018 concludes: G20 Leaders pledge to fight climate change; India to host G20 Summit in 2022

Dec 3, 2018
PM Modi presented a 9-point agenda to G20 Member Nations, calling for strong and active cooperation to deal with fugitive economic offenders. The agenda was presented during the second session of the G20 Summit 2018 on International Trade, International Financial and Tax Systems.

Asia Pacific Summit 2018 begins in Kathmandu

Dec 2, 2018
Around 1500 participants from 45 countries are attending the summit. They will discuss various global issues, including peace, development, good governance and role of parliamentarians, climate change and role of media.

India to Chair Kimberley Process from January 2019

Dec 1, 2018
India was handed the Chairmanship of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme by the European Union during the KPCS Plenary 2018, which was held in Brussels, Belgium, from November 12-16. India as a KPCS Chair will be committed to make the KPCS a stronger process in terms of inclusiveness, strengthened administration and implementation.

Donald Trump to hold trilateral meeting with PM Narendra Modi, Japan’s Shinzo Abe

Nov 28, 2018
US President Donald Trump will hold a trilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe this week on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Argentina. The trilateral meet would be an expansion of the bilateral meeting between Trump and Abe.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women observed

Nov 25, 2018
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was observed on November 25, 2018. The 2018 theme of the day is Orange the World: #HearMeToo and like previous editions, the date marks the launch of 16 days of activism that will conclude on 10 December 2018, International Human Rights Day.

India, Australia sign five agreements

Nov 23, 2018
India and Australia have signed five agreements to boost investments and enhance cooperation in areas including services to the disabled, bilateral investment, scientific collaboration and agricultural research and education.

WTO to set up panels to rule on US tariff disputes

Nov 22, 2018
The World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed to hear grievances from a number of countries over new US steel and aluminium tariffs, as well as complaints from Washington over retaliatory duties.

India, Vietnam issue joint statement

Nov 22, 2018
India and Vietnam released a Joint Statement on November 21, 2018 after extensive talks between Vietnam President Nguyen Phu Trong and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, during the latter’s state visit to Vietnam from November 18-20, 2018.

International Space Station completes 20 years

Nov 22, 2018
The International Space Station has turned 20 years old on November 20, 2018. The project was kicked by Russian space agency Roscosmos when it launched its Zarya module from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on November 20, 1998.

Australia refuses to sign UN migration pact

Nov 21, 2018
The Australian Government has announced that it would not sign the UN Global Compact for Migration saying that the agreement would undermine its existing immigration policies. According to the Australian government, the nation’s immigration policy already promotes safe, orderly and regular migration.

India asks WTO to set up panel against US for high import duty on steel, aluminium

Nov 21, 2018
India’s trade dispute with America has reached to a next level in the World Trade Organization (WTO), as India asked the WTO to form a panel against the USA for imposing high import duties on aluminium and certain steel products.

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