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Forbes World's Most Powerful People list 2018: PM Modi ranked 9th, Xi Jinping tops

May 10, 2018
Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani is the only Indian businessman to feature in the list of 75 most powerful people.

India, Panama sign agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic passport holders

May 10, 2018
India and Panama have signed an agreement on the exemption of visas for the holders of diplomatic and official passports. The two nations also signed an agreement on strengthening cooperation in the field of agriculture.

Trump announces US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

May 9, 2018
The President of United States, Donald Trump has announced US withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Trump stated that the 2015 agreement, which included Germany, France and Britain, was a "horrible one-sided deal that should never ever have been made." He added that the United States "will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction."

NASA, Uber team up to make flying cars a reality

May 9, 2018
Under the agreement, Uber will share its plans with NASA for implementing the urban aviation rideshare network.

UN Chief Antonio Guterres announces to hold climate summit in September 2019

May 9, 2018
In March 2018, Guterres appointed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his Special Envoy for Climate Action who was tasked to support the United Nations (UN) in its climate strategy and in organising the 2019 summit.

India, Guatemala agree to support each other for non-permanent membership of UNSC

May 8, 2018
India and Guatemala have agreed to support each other’s candidature for Non-Permanent Membership in the United Nations Security Council. Guatemala will support India’s candidature for UNSC membership for 2021-22 while India will do so for Guatemala for 2031-32.

Vladimir Putin sworn in as Russian President for fourth time

May 7, 2018
Putin's fourth term comes after he won the presidential elections in March 2018 with 76 percent of the votes to his name.

US President Trump signs 'faith initiative' to promote religious freedom in US

May 4, 2018
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to create a faith-based initiative at the White House, which would promote policies that recognize the vital role of faith in American life. The faith initiative aims to help design new policies that recognize the vital role of faith in American families and communities.

World’s most polluted cities list of WHO: Indian Government claims pollution dipped in 2017

May 3, 2018
The WHO Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database ranked Kanpur as the most polluted city among 4300 world cities which were monitored for their air pollution levels in the year 2016.

India and Nepal agree to review bilateral trade treaty by July 2018

Apr 30, 2018
Both the sides also discussed amendments to the bilateral Treaty of Transit signed in 1999 to further facilitate movement of Nepal’s trade with third countries.

In a first, India and Pakistan will jointly take part in SCO war games

Apr 30, 2018
Wargame exercise Peace Mission-2018 will be conducted under the framework of the SCO's Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS), which is headquartered in Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

India-China Informal Summit: PM Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping highlight importance of maintaining peace along India-China border

Apr 30, 2018
The Indo-China informal summit was focused on terrorism, climate change and developing a mutually beneficial relationship between both countries.

Inter-Korean Summit: Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in agree on Korean Peninsula's complete denuclearisation

Apr 28, 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed a landmark peace agreement namely, ‘Panmunjeom Declaration’ for the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

PM Narendra Modi holds informal talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Apr 28, 2018
The first-ever informal meet between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping has begun at Hubei Provincial Museum, in the city of Wuhan in China. The two-day meet is expected to see the two leaders exchange a series of one-on-one conversations on various issues including bilateral, global and regional issues.

Inter-Korean Summit: Kim Jong Un crosses over to South Korea for first time

Apr 27, 2018
In a historic first, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed the border that separates the two Koreas at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) to enter South Korea, becoming the first North Korean leader to step into South Korean territory since 1953.

2018 World Press Freedom Index released: India falls to 138th rank

Apr 26, 2018
This year, the index has been topped by Norway again for the second year, followed by Sweden at second and the Netherlands at third. Although Nordic countries dominate the index, they too were affected by the overall decline.

French National Assembly passes controversial immigration law

Apr 23, 2018
The National Assembly of France has passed a controversial immigration law, after 61 hours of debate. The controversial law, which was approved with 228 votes in favour, 139 against and 24 abstentions, exposed unprecedented divisions in President Emmanuel Macron's young centrist party.

Commonwealth countries adopt Commonwealth Cyber Declaration

Apr 23, 2018
Following the adoption of the declaration, the United Kingdom Government pledged investment of 15 million pounds to help the Commonwealth nations strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities.

North Korea to halt its nuclear tests, ICBM launches

Apr 22, 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared that the nation would be halting its nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches and will shut down its atomic test site. President Trump welcomed the North's announcement, calling it ‘big progress’.

Deepika Padukone, Virat Kohli among TIME's 100 Most Influential People

Apr 21, 2018
The list also features the Heads of various countries such as Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and Bangladesh's Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina.

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