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India, Maldives released Joint Statement

Nov 19, 2018
India and Maldives have released a Joint Statement after talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Republic of Maldives. Modi was on a one day visit to the Maldives to participate in the presidential inauguration ceremony.

33rd ASEAN Summit, 13th East Asia Summit and 2nd RCEP Summit: Major Highlights

Nov 16, 2018
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will not be seen in attendance at the Summit. The Vice President Mike Pence will represent the US, while the Chinese side will be represented by Premier Li Keqiang.

UNSC lifts asset freeze, travel ban imposed on Eritrea after 9 years

Nov 15, 2018
The United Nations Security Council in a unanimous vote has agreed to lift the sanctions imposed against Eritrea, after nine years. The Security Council had imposed an arms embargo, asset freeze and a travel ban on Eritrea, amidst claims that the nation, supported al-Shabab militants in Somalia.

Department of Biotechnology, Cancer Research UK sign MoU for India-UK Cancer Research Initiative

Nov 15, 2018
The India-UK Cancer Research Initiative will focus on affordable approaches to cancer. Both CRUK and DBT will invest 5 million pounds each in this pilot project and will seek further investment from other potential funding partners.

India, Morocco sign agreement for assistance in legal and commercial matters

Nov 14, 2018
A joint declaration of Intent on cooperation was signed in the field of modernisation and use of Information Technology between National Informatics Center (NIC) of India and the Ministry of Justice of Morocco.

India’s Department of Biotechnology, Wellcome Trust of UK complete 10 year of partnership

Nov 13, 2018
The partnership was announced in 2008. The aim of setting up the fellowship jointly with Wellcome Trust was to create a system comparable to the best in the world, taking India on the path of becoming a leader in key areas of life sciences and biomedical research.

Amnesty International strips Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi of 'Ambassador of Conscience' Award

Nov 13, 2018
Suu Kyi, the Burmese State Counsellor, has been widely criticised for turning a blind eye to the violence and military crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state that forced more than 700000 Rohingya Muslims to seek refuge in Bangladesh, creating one of the world's biggest refugee crisis.

France unveils bronze statue commemorating role of Indian soldiers in World War I

Nov 12, 2018
A statue commemorating the role of Indian soldiers in World War I was unveiled on November 11, 2018 in the town of Laventie, France to mark the end of the First World War in 1918. The martyred Indian soldiers largely went undocumented as the forces sent from the subcontinent at the time were either British Empire soldiers or soldiers of Indian princely states.

World leaders mark 100 years since end of First World War

Nov 11, 2018
World leaders gathered in Paris on November 11, 2018 to lead the global commemorations to mark 100 years since the end of the first World War. The occasion saw around 70 leaders come together including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital.

India re-elected as member of ITU council till 2022

Nov 9, 2018
India has been elected as a member of the International Telecommunications Union Council for another 4-year term from 2019 to 2022. India has been a regular member of the ITU Council since 1952 and has played an important role in harmonising the contributions of member states from the region.

US exempts India, China from its sanctions for buying Iranian oil

Nov 6, 2018
The United States on November 5, 2018 temporarily exempted eight countries, including India from the US sanctions for buying Iranian oil. The other nations include China, Japan, Italy, Greece, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey.

India, South Korea sign MoUs for strengthening cooperation in field of Tourism and sports

Nov 6, 2018
The MoUs were signed during the visit of Kim Jung-sook, the First Lady of the Republic of Korea, to India. First Lady Kim was the Chief Guest at the Deepotsav event organised by Uttar Pradesh and at the ceremony of the new Memorial of Queen Suriratna (Heo Hwang-ok) in Ayodhya.

USITC rules against anti-dumping duty on PTFE resin from India, China

Nov 5, 2018
The US International Trade Commission has ruled against putting an anti-dumping duty on the import of a synthetic fluoropolymer from India and China. The fluoropolymer is a key ingredient in non-stick coating for pans and other cookware.

Seychelles launches world’s first sovereign Blue Bond

Oct 31, 2018
The Blue Bond is a part of an initiative that combines public and private investment to mobilise resources for empowering local communities and businesses. Proceeds from the bond will be utilised for the expansion of marine protected areas, improved governance of priority fisheries and the development of the Seychelles’ blue economy.

Over 100,000 missing people in the world, says Red Cross

Oct 31, 2018
The International Committee of the Red Cross has stated that over 100,000 people around the world are missing, which has created a global “crisis.” According to the International organisation's protection adviser, Agner Coutou, this is the highest number of missing people they have ever had.

Sri Lankan Political Crisis: Everything you need to know!

Oct 30, 2018
Sri Lanka, one of Asia’s oldest democracies is in the midst of a political turmoil, following the sudden dismissal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by President Maithripala Sirisena on October 26, 2018.

13th India-Japan Annual Summit: India, Japan sign various agreements, agree to start ‘2+2’ dialogue

Oct 30, 2018
Japan and India entered into a USD 75 billion currency swap agreement that will boost Indian economy as it encounters a steep drop in the rupee’s value. This swap arrangement would be 50 percent higher than the previous swap agreement. Japan had offered a USD 50 billion currency swap in 2013.

India, Qatar establish joint commission to strengthen bilateral relations

Oct 30, 2018
India and Qatar have established a joint commission to review all bilateral matters, as well as regional and global issues of mutual interest. The commission will be charged with facilitating the exchange of information and expertise and encouraging bilateral consultation in service of cooperation between the two countries.

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazil’s Presidential election

Oct 29, 2018
Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has been declared as the winner of Brazil’s 2018 Presidential Elections by a wide margin. Bolsonaro swept the election results with 55.1 per cent of the votes cast, as against 44.8 per cent votes of his opponent, Fernando Haddad from the left-wing Workers' Party (PT).

Asma Jahangir wins UN Human Rights Prize posthumously

Oct 27, 2018
Pakistan's late human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir was posthumously awarded the 2018 UN Human Rights Prize. She was the first woman to serve as the president of Pakistan's Supreme Court Bar Association.

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