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Venezuela to eliminate three zeros off currency to counter economic crisis

Mar 23, 2018
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced that he would re-value the crisis-wracked country's bolivar currency, cutting three zeroes from current values to combat hyperinflation.

Cambridge Analytica controversy: Explained

Mar 22, 2018
Cambridge Analytica allegedly had a hand in assisting with Donald Trump’s victory in US Presidential Elections 2016, by using unethically gathered data to manipulate voter behaviour. The firm has also allegedly worked with the Leave EU camp during Britain’s exit from the European Union (Brexit).

Russia Elections 2018: Putin wins historic fourth term

Mar 19, 2018
Vladimir Putin cruised to a landslide win in Russia's Presidential elections on March 18 with a record vote. The thumping mandate gives Putin another six years of power. The leader, however, rejected the possibility of staying in power indefinitely.

Li Keqiang re-elected as Prime Minister of China for second term

Mar 19, 2018
The 13th National People’s Congress also approved the appointment of Yang Xiaodu as the Director of National Supervisory Commission.

Philippines formally withdraws from International Criminal Court

Mar 16, 2018
The withdrawal came a month after ICC announced an investigation into thousands of extrajudicial killings that occurred under President Duterte's campaign against illegal drugs.

Qatar donates $50 million to UN Relief agency for Palestinians

Mar 16, 2018
Qatar has announced a $50 million donation to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. The move comes after the announcement from the United States in January 2018 that it would be withholding aid worth $65m from the UN relief agency for Palestinians.

US challenges India's export subsidy programmes at WTO

Mar 15, 2018
As per US trade representative, export subsidy programmes harm American workers by creating an uneven playing field on which they must compete.

World Happiness Index 2018: Finland tops, India ranked 133rd

Mar 15, 2018
Land of skiing, saunas and Santa Claus, Finland emerged as the happiest place to live in, as per World Happiness Index 2018.

Oklahoma to become first US State to use Nitrogen Gas for executions

Mar 15, 2018
Oklahoma used to be one of the busiest death chambers in the United States. However, it has not carried out executions since 2015 following a series of mishaps.

WHO-SEARO Member Countries adopt 'Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action'

Mar 15, 2018
The TB free India Campaign will take the activities under the National Strategic Plan for TB elimination forward in a mission mode.

Divorced Saudi mothers can now retain custody of children

Mar 12, 2018
In a historic decision, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has allowed the divorced mothers in the country to retain the custody of their children without filing lawsuits, provided there are no disputes between the parents.

China makes historic move, allows Xi Jinping to remain President indefinitely

Mar 12, 2018
Indian observers believe that Xi Jinping's continuation as President will have a larger role in Indo-China relations, especially in the backdrop of 73-day-long Dokalam standoff of 2017 where Chinese troops tried to build a road to reach close to India’s north-eastern states.

International Solar Alliance: ISA-ADB, NDB, GCF, AfDB and AIIB joint declarations of Financial partnership

Mar 12, 2018
On the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to generate 175 gigawatts (GW) of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2022, including 100 GW from solar and 60 GW from wind.

WHO launches 'Tobacco Product Regulation: Building Laboratory Testing Capacity'

Mar 12, 2018
Tobacco use is a global health burden and its use leads to more than 7 million deaths every year.

India and France sign 14 MoUs during visit of French President Emmanuel Macron

Mar 12, 2018
Both the sides agreed for a vibrant educational cooperation amongst Universities and academic institutes and encouraged them to increase the number and quality of student exchanges with the aim of reaching 10000 students by 2020.

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of human rights award

Mar 9, 2018
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has revoked a prestigious human rights award it had given to the Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, due to her inability to take a proper stand against the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.

International Women's Day 2018 observed globally

Mar 8, 2018
The 2018 International Women's Day was observed in India by conferring the Nari Shakti Awards to various individuals and organisations.

India, Pakistan agree to release elderly, women and child prisoners

Mar 8, 2018
India and Pakistan have agreed to release elderly, women, children and mentally unsound prisoners held in each other's jails on humanitarian grounds. The proposal, which was extended by India, was approved by Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif after consultation with all the concerned stakeholders.

Myanmar defers signing MoU with India to streamline free movement of people along border

Mar 7, 2018
Citing 'domestic compulsions', Myanmar has asked more time before signing the agreement. This MoU has also been deferred twice in the past seven months.

France to set 15 years as legal age of sexual consent

Mar 7, 2018
France has decided to make 15 years as the legal age of sexual consent following a public outcry over two cases of sex involving 11-year-old girls. The issue was brought up after critics and lawmakers criticised the French law for allowing two men to escape rape charges after being accused of sex with underage girls.

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