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US Supreme Court allows full enforcement of President Trump's travel ban

Dec 5, 2017
However, the ban against travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen still faces legal challenges. The new ban also bars travellers from North Korea and Venezuela, but they were not affected by the injunctions.

India and Germany sign Government to Government Umbrella Agreement

Dec 5, 2017
The agreement was signed to formalize an amount up to 200 million Euros for the financial cooperation in form of loan for the project ‘Climate Friendly Urban Mobility III’ and 11 million Euros in form of grant for four projects.

Venezuela to launch ‘Petro’ cryptocurrency to combat US blockade

Dec 5, 2017
Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan President, has declared that Venezuela will be introducing a digital currency called the Petro in a desperate bid to evade strict US sanctions. He said that he intended to roll out Petro a cryptocurrency backed by Venezuela’s oil, mineral and gold reserves.

US pulls out of UN’s migrant and refugee pact

Dec 4, 2017
The United States has withdrawn itself from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations deeming it ‘inconsistent’ with its policies. The announcement was made by the US Mission to the United Nations in a statement, in which it informed the UN Secretary-General about US’s intention of ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurates first phase of Chabahar port

Dec 4, 2017
India and Iran on 23 May 2016 signed 12 memorandum of understandings and agreements, among which the most important one was the trilateral transit agreement between India, Iran and Afghanistan on Establishment of International Transport and Transit Corridor.

US, South Korea launch largest aerial drill amidst North Korean threat

Dec 4, 2017
The United States of America and South Korea have launched their largest-ever joint aerial drill called ‘Vigilant Ace’, which would see participation from around 12,000 US service members and more than 230 aircrafts.

USAID announces USD 1 million support for Ending Tuberculosis Epidemic in India

Dec 1, 2017
India has the world's highest incidence of Tuberculosis with 2.8 million cases annually, and accounts for more than a quarter of the global TB burden. India also has the largest burden of Multi-Drug-Resistant TB (MDR-TB) among all countries with almost 150000 cases every year.

India and Italy sign MoU for enhanced cooperation in health sector

Nov 30, 2017
The agreement was signed by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare J P Nadda and Health Minister of Italy Beatrice Lorenzin. The MoU is aimed at establishing comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between the two countries in the field of health.

US-India Business Council launches WISE Initiative in India

Nov 30, 2017
WISE will be led by Country Head of Intel India Nivruti Rai, CMD of Biocon Limited of Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman of IBM India of Vanitha Narayanan, MD of Kalaari Capital of Vani Kola, and Producer of Girl Rising Amita Vyas.

India, UK to sign MoU to transform Urban Transport Sector

Nov 29, 2017
India and United Kingdom will be signing a MoU in the urban transport sector for cooperation in policy planning, technology transfer and institutional organisation.

India, Russia sign anti-terror agreement

Nov 28, 2017
Indian and Russian representatives also signed a joint action plan for countering the threat posed by narcotics. This agreement will provide legal framework for bilateral cooperation in this field.

Beyonce named World's Highest-Paid Woman in Music in 2017 by Forbes

Nov 22, 2017
Beyonce Knowles earned a total wealth of USD 105 million from record sales and from her “Formation” concert tour. She also has her own Ivy Park fashion line and other business interests. Adele fetched the second spot with a total worth of USD 69 million, boosted by her first proper tour since 2011.

WHO launches global effort to end TB by 2030

Nov 18, 2017
The Moscow Declaration to End TB aims to increase multisectoral action as well as track progress, and build accountability. More than 1000 participants took part in the two-day conference which resulted in collective commitment to end TB.

Forbes list of Asia’s Richest Families 2017 released: Ambani family tops the list

Nov 16, 2017
For the third time, India enjoys the biggest presence on the list, with 18 richest families, followed by Hong Kong with nine richest families. Mukesh Ambani family is the biggest gainer in dollar and percentage terms. Their net worth rose by USD 19 billion as shares of Reliance Industries soared high due to better refining margins and the increasing demand produced by its telecom arm Reliance Jio.

Leonardo Da Vinci's Christ painting sold for record USD 450 million

Nov 16, 2017
The painting is known by the name 'Salvator Mundi', an Italian phrase for 'Savior of the World'. The painting is one of 16 paintings by Leonardo known to exist and is the only one in private hands. This 26-inch-tall painting dates from around 1500 and shows Christ dressed in Renaissance-style robes, his right hand is raised in blessing and his left hand holds a crystal sphere.

China launches world's first fully electric cargo ship

Nov 15, 2017
This all-electric cargo vessel will help in reducing the shipping costs for electric power operators. The main cost of this ship depends on how much lithium battery it is equipped with.

Japan to relax visa rules for Indians from 1 January

Nov 15, 2017
Japan will relax its visa rules for Indians from 1 January 2018 and issue multiple- entry-visa for short-term stay. The relaxed visa regime will not only have simplification of visa application documents but also expansion of scope of eligible applicants.

India, Philippines sign four agreements to strengthen bilateral ties

Nov 14, 2017
The agreements were signed during PM Modi three-day visit to Manila, the Philippines to attend the 15th India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit. This is the second visit by Indian PM to the Philippines in 36 years after the visit of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1981.

India re-elected as member of UNESCO's executive board

Nov 10, 2017
India was re-elected as the member of UNESCO’s executive board at the 39th session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in Paris.

Facebook to introduce disaster response tools in India

Nov 9, 2017
Social media giant, Facebook has teamed up with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and an Indian non-profit body – SEEDS- to offer tools to these agencies in an attempt to help them respond more effectively to natural disasters.

India to contribute USD 100 million to UN partnership fund

Nov 7, 2017
India has pledged an additional amount of USD 100 million towards the UN partnership fund, scaling up its support to sustainable development projects across the developing world.

2017 set to be among top three hottest years with record breaking extreme weather: WMO

Nov 7, 2017
The year 2017 witnessed an extraordinary weather, including temperatures topping 50 degrees Celsius in Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in the Caribbean and Atlantic reaching as far as Ireland. Extreme events affect the food security of millions of people, especially the most vulnerable.

Guinea ratifies International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement

Nov 7, 2017
With this, Guinea became the 15th country to ratify the agreement. The other 14 countries are India, Bangladesh, Comoros, Fiji, France, Ghana, Mauritius, Nauru, Niger, Mali, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan and Tuvalu.

ICIJ releases Paradise Papers: 714 Indians named in the list

Nov 6, 2017
Among the 180 countries represented in the data, India ranks 19th in terms of the number of names. In all, there are 714 Indians in the list. Interestingly, Indian company Sun Group, founded by Nand Lal Khemka, figures as Appleby’s second-largest client internationally, with as many as 118 different offshore entities.

WEF releases Global Gender Gap Report 2017: India ranked 108th in its Global Gender Gap Index

Nov 3, 2017
According to the WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2017, India has closed 67 per cent of its gender gap, which is less in comparison with other countries and its neighbours such as Bangladesh, which is ranked 47th while China was placed at 100th position.

Union Cabinet approves India and Armenia agreement on cooperation in customs matters

Nov 1, 2017
The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing and ratifying an agreement between India and Armenia on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs matters.

India, Italy sign 6 MoUs to boost cooperation in railways, energy sectors

Nov 1, 2017
India and Italy have signed six Memorandums of Understanding to boost cooperation in various important sectors including energy and trade and railways. The pacts were signed after detailed high-level talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

India, Tunisia sign agreements to boost bilateral relations

Oct 31, 2017
India and Tunisia have jointly agreed to enhance cooperation in various sectors including in the fields of renewable energy, infrastructure, transport and automobiles, textiles, agriculture, drugs & pharmaceuticals, healthcare, ICT, SMEs and energy.

Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums from 2018

Oct 30, 2017
In this regard, the authority will start the repair works at three main stadiums in Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah to accommodate families starting in 2018. Restaurants, cafes and monitor screens will be set up inside the stadiums.

India to host UN wildlife summit CMS COP13 in 2020

Oct 29, 2017
CMS COP12 was held from 23 – 28 October 2017 and was attended by over 500 delegates from more than 120 countries. The theme of the Conference was ‘Their Future is Our Future - Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People’.

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