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China plans bullet train from Kolkata to its Kunming City

Sep 13, 2018
The service is also expected to give a thrust to trade and commerce in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor. The BCIM project, initiated by China, is projected to run through Mandalay in Myanmar, Chittagong and Dhaka in Bangladesh, terminating in Kolkata.

United States announces closure of Palestinian mission in Washington

Sep 11, 2018
The United States has announced the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) mission in Washington DC. Explaining the move, the US state department said that the PLO leaders had failed to engage with US efforts to bring about peace with Israel.

Global Mobility Summit: PM Modi pitches for investments in e-vehicles manufacturing

Sep 8, 2018
The Prime Minister pitched for investment in the manufacturing of electric vehicles and the required charging infrastructure. He stated that the common public transport must be the cornerstone of mobility.

India, France sign implementation agreement on ‘Mobilise Your City’

Sep 7, 2018
India and France have signed an implementation agreement on ‘Mobilise Your City’ (MYC) in New Delhi to support three Indian cities in their efforts to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions related to urban transport. The initiative is a part of an international initiative and was launched at 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) meeting in December 2015.

What is COMCASA Agreement?

Sep 7, 2018
COMCASA becomes particularly important as India is set to buy the combat version of Sea Guardian drones from the United States. The US would not have provided India with the weapon systems on the drone without COMCASA.

2+2 Dialogue: India-US sign historic COMCASA agreement

Sep 6, 2018
India and the United States signed the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) during their first-ever ‘two plus two’ dialogue, which was held in New Delhi. The key agreement will open up the way for the sale of more sensitive US military equipment to India.

India agrees to end PISA boycott; will participate in PISA 2021

Sep 6, 2018
India made its debut in PISA in 2009 with 16000 students from 400 schools across Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. However, students performed miserably in the 2009 test, placing India at 72nd among the 74 participating countries.

PTI's Arif Alvi wins Pakistan Presidential Election 2018

Sep 5, 2018
Alvi secured 212 votes in the joint session of the two houses of the parliament; 45 votes from Balochistan province; 41 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province; 33 votes from Punjab province; and 22 votes from Sindh province.

Tsunami mock drill ‘IOWave18’ begins: India along with 23 countries participates in exercise

Sep 4, 2018
This tsunami warning exercise is being organised by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. It was the IOC that coordinated the setting up of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS) in the aftermath of December 2004 tsunami.

President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Cyprus: Key Highlights

Sep 4, 2018
One of MoUs was signed between Financial Intelligence Unit of India and Unit for Combating Money Laundering of Cyprus on combating money laundering. This agreement would further strengthen the institutional framework to facilitate investment cross-flows.

Indus Waters Treaty: India, Pakistan agree to undertake Treaty mandated tours on both sides

Sep 3, 2018
During the meeting, technical discussions were held on implementation of various hydroelectric projects under the provisions of Indus Waters Treaty 1960 including Pakal Dul (1000 MW) and Lower Kalnai (48 MW) projects in Jammu and Kashmir.

4th BIMSTEC Summit: Kathmandu Declaration adopted by Member States

Aug 31, 2018
The Theme of 4th BIMSTEC Summit was 'Towards a Peaceful, Prosperous and Sustainable Bay of Bengal Region'. The theme will help shape a collective response to the common aspirations and challenges by the member countries.

India, Singapore sign Second Protocol amending Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement

Aug 25, 2018
Singapore is the second largest trading partner of India within ASEAN. Singapore’s trade with India constitutes about 21.8 percent of the total trade with ASEAN and 2.3 percent of country's global trade.

Sweden launches 'feminist foreign policy' manual

Aug 24, 2018
Sweden launched a 'feminist foreign policy' manual in response to the discrimination and systematic subordination that still mark the daily lives of countless women and girls around the world. The policy’s main goals include the promotion of economic emancipation, fighting sexual violence and improving women's political participation.

India, China agree to deepen defence cooperation to avoid Doklam-like standoffs

Aug 24, 2018
A 24-member delegation of the Chinese Defence Ministry led by State Councillor and Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe is on a four-day visit to India. The visit comes exactly a year after the 73-day military stand-off at Doklam.

War-torn Korean families to reunite briefly after 65 years

Aug 20, 2018
Around 180 families, who were torn apart by the 1950-53 Korean War, will be temporarily reunited in North Korea starting from August 20, 2018. The reunions, the first in three years, will take place in the North’s tourist resort on Mount Kumgang.

Imran Khan sworn in as 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan

Aug 18, 2018
Former cricketer-turned-politician, Imran Khan has been sworn in as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 18, 2018. The oath-taking ceremony was administered by President Mamnoon Hussain at the President House in Islamabad.

US forms ‘Iran Action Group’ for post-nuclear deal policy

Aug 17, 2018
US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo has announced the formation of the Iran Action Group (IAG) to coordinate and run the country's policy towards Iran. The IAG will lead the way in growing efforts with nations that share the same understanding of the Iranian threat as the United States.

EIU releases Global Liveability Index 2018: Vienna tops; Delhi ranks at 112th

Aug 16, 2018
Delhi and Mumbai were the only two Indian cities that featured in the EIU’s annual index. Delhi was ranked at 112th position and Mumbai fetched 117th spot.

Mario Abdo Benitez sworn in as new President of Paraguay

Aug 16, 2018
Colorado Party’s Mario Abdo Benitez has been sworn in as the new President of Paraguay for a five-year term. Benitez clinched the top spot after defeating his closest rival, Efrain Alegre from the liberal opposition alliance, by four percentage points in the nation’s elections, which were held in April 2018.

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