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Pakistan to send first manned space mission in 2022

Oct 27, 2018
Pakistan's plan to send a human to space is aimed for the same year that India plans to launch its own manned human space mission. The major difference between the two missions is that while ISRO's mission will be their own, Pakistan will do so with China's help.

India, Bangladesh sign agreements for enhancing waterways connectivity; Bangladesh opens Chattogram and Mongla Ports

Oct 26, 2018
North-Eastern States of India to use Chattogram sea port and Mongla river ports in Bangladesh. This will restore pre-partition logistics arrangements, when the North-East region was served by the then East Bengal ports.

Ethiopia appoints Sahle-Work Zewde as first female president

Oct 25, 2018
Ethiopia has appointed diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde as its first-ever female President. The position of the President is largely ceremonial in the nation. She would be replacing Mulatu Teshome Wirtu who resigned on October 24.

US to pull out of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with Russia

Oct 22, 2018
The United States has decided to pull out of its three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which it had signed with Russia during the Cold War. Explaining the decision, Trump alleged that Russia has violated the agreement. He said that they have been violating it for many years.

12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit begins; Vice President Venkaiah Naidu leads Indian delegation

Oct 19, 2018
The 12th Asia-Europe Meeting brought together Heads of state of 30 European and 21 Asian countries, besides top representatives of the European Union and Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

WEF’s Global Competitiveness Index 2018: US tops; India ranked 58th

Oct 18, 2018
India was ranked as the 58th most competitive economy with a score of 62.0 on the Global Competitiveness Index 2018. India jumped five spots from 2017, the largest gain among G20 economies.

After Uruguay, Canada becomes second country to legalises use of cannabis

Oct 17, 2018
Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis.

International Day of Rural Women observed globally

Oct 15, 2018
The International Day of Rural Women was observed globally with the theme, “Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”.

India-Azerbaijan sign protocol on trade, economic cooperation

Oct 13, 2018
India and Azerbaijan have signed a protocol on trade and economic, science and technology cooperation. The trade turnover between India and Azerbaijan in January-August 2018 was USD 657.9 million.

India elected to UN Human Rights Council with highest votes

Oct 13, 2018
India has won the elections to the United Nations' Human Rights Council by securing 188 votes in the Asia-Pacific category, the highest number of votes among all candidates. India had been looking to win the seat at the UNHRC in the category.

Global Hunger Index 2018: India ranks 103rd out of 119 countries

Oct 12, 2018
South Asia’s child wasting rate constitutes a critical public health emergency. The child wasting rate for the region is amplified by India, which has the region’s largest population and highest level of child wasting at 21 percent.

Malaysian government decides to abolish capital punishment

Oct 12, 2018
The Malaysian Cabinet has decided to abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt all pending executions. Capital punishment is currently mandatory in Malaysia for a wide range of crimes including murder, drug trafficking, treason, kidnapping, possession of firearms and acts of terror.

Nikki Haley resigns as US Ambassador to United Nations

Oct 10, 2018
She was the one who announced the US withdrawal from the Human Rights Council of the UN. Haley attacked the council for a "disproportionate focus and unending hostility toward Israel".

19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit: India signs deal with Russia to buy S-400 Triumf Missiles

Oct 5, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on October 4-5 2018 for the 19th Annual Bilateral Summit in New Delhi. Following the Summit, both the sides jointly released the India-Russia Joint Statement.

21 IORA Countries adopt Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy

Oct 5, 2018
The declaration calls for promotion of technology development and transfer, strengthening of public private partnerships in renewable energy and collaboration among IORA member states and the member nations of the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

Aung San Suu Kyi becomes first person to lose honorary Canadian citizenship

Oct 4, 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.

US and Canada sign trade deal replacing NAFTA

Oct 1, 2018
Canada on September 30, 2018 agreed to sign a trade deal with the United States and Mexico, revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement after almost a year of negotiations. The new deal has been named the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

India, Morocco sign MoU to enhance cooperation in MSME Sector

Sep 27, 2018
The MoU was signed during the bilateral meeting between India and Morocco. Alka Arora, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of MSME, led the official delegation along with CMD NSIC to Morocco and held bilateral meetings with Othman El Ferdaous, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Trade and Digital Economy of Morocco

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins Maldives Presidential Election 2018: In Detail

Sep 26, 2018
Maldives, an island country, has been caught in a geopolitical struggle between China, India and the West. As soon as the results were declared, messages of congratulations from major countries including the United States and India among others began to pour in; however, China has not yet reacted to the outcome of the election.

Nepal to become world's first country to double its tiger population

Sep 24, 2018
Nepal is set to become the first country in the world to double its tiger population as part of the World Wildlife Foundation's (WWF) 'Tx2' programme which aims to double the number of tigers all over the world.

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