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No more aid to Pakistan: Trump

Jan 1, 2018
Showing zero tolerance towards terrorism, the US President issued a tough warning to Pakistan and said that United States will no longer give any fund to Pakistan. The statement came soon after the recent talks that the Trump administration was considering cutting off aid to Pakistan.

UN Security Council denies international port access to four North Korean ships

Dec 29, 2017
The United Nations Security Council has denied international port access to four North Korean ships suspected of carrying or having transported goods banned by international sanctions targeting Pyongyang.

China successfully tests country's first photovoltaic highway

Dec 29, 2017
China has successfully tested the roads with solar panels with the presence of built-in wireless charging systems for electric vehicles and other sensors for drones. China achieved this feat of having first photovoltaic highway based on home-grown technology, in the country's eastern Shandong province.

Nepal rejects India’s offer to jointly re-measure Mt Everest

Dec 29, 2017
Nepal has rejected India’s offer to jointly re-measure the height of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, following the massive earthquake in 2015 and will carry out the measurement exercise on its own. However, the Nepal will seek help from China and India for receiving crucial data and information for this exercise.

Israel passes controversial law limiting police powers

Dec 28, 2017
The Parliament of Israel has passed a controversial law, limiting the police's ability to recommend charges following their investigations after criticism that lawmakers were seeking to protect Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

Dec 27, 2017
Guatemala has said that it is going to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, following US President Donald Trump’s decision in the holy city. It said that its decision to follow the US in shifting its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was a "sovereign" matter that should not affect ties with other countries.

Russia to build nuclear power plant in Sudan

Dec 24, 2017
Russia has signed an agreement with Sudan to build a nuclear power plant in the nation. The agreement follows up on the high-level meeting that took place between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir in November 2017.

UN General Assembly rejects US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Dec 22, 2017
The United Nations General Assembly resolution, declaring US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as ‘null and void’, was passed with an overwhelming majority on 21 December 2017. The resolution moved by Turkey and Yemen was passed despite US President Donald Trump’s threats to cut funding to US aid recipients who voted in favor.

India, Myanmar sign MoU to develop Rakhine state for Rohingya community’s safe return

Dec 21, 2017
India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Myanmar to develop Rakhine state, the region from where thousands of Rohingya Muslims had fled to Bangladesh following a military crackdown, resulting in one of the world’s biggest refugee crisis.

India, Sri Lanka complete 2nd phase of joint oceanographic survey

Dec 20, 2017
The Indian Navy in collaboration with the Sri Lankan navy successfully completed the second phase of the joint oceanographic survey conducted off the South Western Coast of Sri Lanka. The survey was initiated on 26 October 2017 with the arrival of the Indian Naval Ship Sutlej in Sri Lanka.

International Migration Report 2017: India tops world in number of migrants abroad

Dec 19, 2017
India has largest Diaspora in the world with more than 16.6 million people from India living overseas. The number of Indian-born persons residing abroad was 15.9 million in 2015.

US regulators repeal net neutrality rules

Dec 19, 2017
The United States Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order which protects net neutrality in the United States. The proposal put forth by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was approved in a 3-2 vote.

Sri Lanka becomes 163rd nation to accede to landmine ban treaty

Dec 15, 2017
Sri Lanka has become the 163rd nation to assent to the anti-personnel mine ban convention.The treaty Prohibits the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of anti-personnel mines. After Sri Lanka's assent, three other South Asian nations have yet to join the Mine Ban Treaty: India, Nepal and Pakistan.

Maldives signs Free Trade Agreement with China

Dec 15, 2017
India on 14 December 2017 gave a shielded response to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed between China and the Maldives as it has still not seen the full document and could not comment on its contents. India is concerned over the China's plan of Maritime Silk Road and does not endorse it due to China's increasing presence in the Indian Ocean.

India, Morocco sign MoU for cooperation in Water Resources, Road and Marine Sectors

Dec 15, 2017
India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Morocco for cooperation in Water Resources, Road and Marine sectors. The agreement was signed between Union Transport and Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari and his Moroccan counterpart, Abdelkader Amara.

Sri Lanka hands over Hambantota port to China on 99-year lease

Dec 14, 2017
Hambantota will now be converted to a major port in the Indian Ocean. There will be an economic zone and industrialisation in the area will lead to economic development and will promote tourism. The port is expected to play a key role in China’s One Belt and One Road initiative, which will link ports and roads between China and Europe.

'Feminism': Merriam-Webster’s Word of the year 2017

Dec 13, 2017
At present, Merriam-Webster defines feminism as the “theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes” and “organized activities on behalf of women’s rights and interests.”

UN releases World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 Report

Dec 13, 2017
As per the report, Indian economy is likely to grow by 7.2 per cent in 2018 and by 7.4 per cent in 2019 following its strong private consumption, public investment and the ongoing structural reforms. The report has projected India with a positive outlook despite the slowdown in 2017 and the lasting effects of demonetisation.

Make the digital world safer for children: UNICEF

Dec 12, 2017
In its report titled 'State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World', UNICEF stated that 1 in every 3 internet users worldwide is a child and optimum efforts should be made to ensure that children have access to safe online content.

India’s Lakshmi Puri among six diplomats felicitated with Diwali 'Power of One' award at UN

Dec 12, 2017
Six top diplomats including one Indian were felicitated with the inaugural Diwali ‘Power of One’ award at the UN headquarters in New York for their contribution to help form a more perfect, peaceful and secure world.

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on movie theatres after 35 years

Dec 12, 2017
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that a resolution was passed on 11 December 2017 that lifted the decades-old ban on providing licenses to commercial movie theatres. The decision will pave way for the opening of the country’s first public cinemas after more than 35 years.

Mt Hope new tallest mountain in British Antarctic Territory

Dec 11, 2017
As per new discovery from cartographers surveying Antarctica, Mt Hope is the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory (BAT). Its height is measured at 3,239 meters above sea level.Earlier, maps showed Mt Jackson with the height 3,184 meters as the tallest mountain in the territory according to researchers at British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Wassenaar Arrangement to admit India as its new Member

Dec 8, 2017
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

Dec 8, 2017
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

Dec 7, 2017
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

Dec 7, 2017
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

Dec 7, 2017
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.

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