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50 nations sign United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Sep 22, 2017
Brazil was the first country to sign onto the ban, followed by nations from Algeria to Venezuela. Fifty states as different as Indonesia and Ireland had put their names to the treaty; others can sign later if they like. Guyana, Thailand and the Vatican also have already ratified the treaty, which needs 50 ratifications to take effect among the nations that back it.

The world is running out of antibiotics: WHO Report

Sep 20, 2017
The Report identifies 12 classes of priority pathogens. Some of them cause common infections such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections that are resistant to existing antibiotics. The report also identifies 51 new antibiotics and biologicals in clinical development that can treat antibiotic-resistant pathogens, tuberculosis and diarrhoeal infection Clostridium difficile.

WHO releases Non-communicable Disease Progress Monitor 2017 report

Sep 19, 2017
As per Progress Monitor 2017, governments must step up efforts to control Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) to meet globally agreed targets such as preventing the premature deaths of millions of people from these conditions.

Raquel Dodge became first woman General Prosecutor of Brazil

Sep 19, 2017
Raquel Dodge was sworn in as the new prosecutor general in the presence of President Michel Temer and Supreme Court President Carmen Lucia. Born on 26 July 1961, she previously served as a sub-prosecutor general of the Republic and served on the 3rd Chamber of Coordination and Revision.

Fallout of North Korea’s Nuclear Test: List of countries which have expelled North Korean ambassadors

Sep 19, 2017
In response to the most powerful nuclear test on 3rd September by North Korea till date, some countries have announced they have expelled the North Korean ambassador from their capitals. North Korea has been on the radar of most countries, eversince its constantly violating the international norms and sanctions. It resulted into a complete isolation at world platform. However, it still enjoys the diplomatic relation with 160 countries, as per the S South Korea's Unification Ministry.

IDF and US Army inaugurate first permanent American base in Israel

Sep 19, 2017
The base represents the long-standing partnership, the strategic commitment between the armies and the militaries of the United States of America and Israel. Several dozen American soldiers will be stationed at the base in Israel’s south, which America and Israel have been working on for two years

Peruvian President appoints former Economy Minister, Mercedes Aráoz Fernández, as new PM

Sep 18, 2017
Mercedes Araoz, who was appointed as the new Prime Minister of Peru by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has earlier served the country as its economy minister between 2006 and 2011 under the administration of President Alan Garcia. The appointment came after two days of the no-confidence vote in which the entire cabinet was forced to resign.

India, Japan sign 15 agreements for enhancing bilateral cooperation

Sep 15, 2017
The agreements were signed during the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to India. Among various agreements, both the sides exchanged RoD (Record of Discussions) on civil aviation cooperation with respect to open sky. With this agreement, Indian and Japanese carriers can now undertake unlimited number of flights to the selected cities of each other's countries.

Union Government launches Operation Insaniyat to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Sep 15, 2017
Under Operation Insaniyat, India will distribute relief material consisting of items required urgently by the affected people. These materials are rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready to eat noodles, biscuits, mosquito nets etc. The relief material will be delivered in multiple consignments.

India and Pakistan begin high-level talks on Indus Waters Treaty

Sep 15, 2017
The two-day high-level talks on technical issues of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) began between India and Pakistan in Washington, United States. The talks are a continuation of a discussion on how to safeguard the treaty for the benefit of the people in both the countries.

India, Japan sign MoU for expansion of biotech laboratory

Sep 14, 2017
India and Japan have signed a MoU for the expansion of an international laboratory set up for a collaborative research in the area of biotechnology. The agreement was signed after the delegation-level talks between visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India to step up cooperation with Egypt in textiles sector

Sep 13, 2017
India has vowed to step up its collaboration with Egypt in the textiles sector and said that talks were on to increase textile machinery supplies to the Arab nation. The information was shared by India's Ambassador to Egypt, Sanjay Bhattacharyya just ahead of the Cairo’s Fashion and Tex Exhibition, which also hosts an India pavilion.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Armenia on Disaster Management

Sep 13, 2017
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the signing of a MoU between India and Armenia on cooperation in the field of disaster management.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Morocco in the field of health

Sep 12, 2017
The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between India and Morocco on cooperation in the field of health.

India, Belarus sign 10 pacts to expand cooperation

Sep 12, 2017
India and Belarus have signed 10 Memorandums of Understanding to expand cooperation in a range of areas including oil and gas, youth affairs and sports, skill development, scientific and technical cooperation and education and culture.

Harry Potter's Hogwarts letter auctioned off, sold for 7000 pounds

Sep 12, 2017
The Harry Potters Hogwarts letter is made from marble-effect paper. It features a real red wax Hogwarts seal and this seal sets this particular letter apart from the others used on the movie sets. The envelope remains sealed with letters seemingly contained within.

United Nations Security Council adopts new North Korea sanctions

Sep 12, 2017
The fresh resolution curtails the country's oil supply by almost 30 per cent and bans all its textile exports worth USD 800 million. It also takes steps to stop North Koreans working abroad from sending their earnings back to the country and provides new tools for combating smuggling of prohibited products by sea.

India, Afghanistan exchange four pacts in areas including health, transport

Sep 12, 2017
After attending the meet, the External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said, 116 new High Impact Development Projects would be jointly implemented to bring socio-economic and infrastructure development in Afghanistan. She said, India's focus will continue on building governance and democratic institutions, human resource capacity and skill development. Besides, the two leaders also discussed easing of visa regimes to promote trade and people to people contacts.

Jordan launches Sahara Forest Project

Sep 11, 2017
King Abdullah II and Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon attended the ceremony to mark the official opening of the project near the southern port city of Aqaba.

Second Indian Workers’ Resource Centre inaugurated in UAE

Sep 11, 2017
Indian Ambassador has said that the IWRC is being opened to cater to the needs of relatively underserved and the largely blue-collar community in the emirate.

India refuses to sign Bali Declaration over Rohingya issue

Sep 8, 2017
India reiterated its stance that the purpose of convening the Parliamentary forum was to arrive at mutual consensus for implementation of sustainable development goal, which requires inclusive and broad-based development processes.

India, Myanmar sign 11 Agreements

Sep 6, 2017
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Election Commission of India and Union Election of Myanmar.

Donald Trump revokes Obama’s amnesty programme, 7000 Indian Americans to be affected

Sep 6, 2017
US President Donald Trump has scrapped an amnesty programme introduced during Obama’s term that granted work permits to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children.

Hurricane Harvey to be costliest natural disaster in US history: Report

Sep 6, 2017
The total losses from Harvey, which has created havoc in Texas and Louisiana in southeast US, would reach USD 190 billion or one per cent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), countering the expected growth in the economy for the remaining months of the year 2017.

BRICS Summit adopts documents on cooperation in areas of Economy and Trade, Innovation and Customs

Sep 5, 2017
The documents signed are aimed at improving and broadening cooperation mechanism and promoting industrial and technical upgradation to enhance economic complementarities.

BRICS Summit 2017: Xiamen Declaration condemns Pak-based terror groups

Sep 5, 2017
The leaders of all five BRICS nations including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa convened for the 9th BRICS Summit on 4 September 2017 in Xiamen, China.

UNESCO announces winners of International Literacy Prizes 2017

Sep 4, 2017
The UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are divided into two categories namely the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy that is sponsored by China and the King Sejong Literacy Prize that is sponsored by South Korea.

North Korea claims successful test of hydrogen bomb

Sep 4, 2017
As per the analysts, previous North Korean nuclear tests have resulted in earthquakes; however, a 6.3 magnitude tremor indicates that the size of the nuclear test was larger than previous ones.

Five banks of BRICS nations sign agreement to establish credit lines

Sep 4, 2017
Five banks of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Bank Cooperation Mechanism have agreed to establish credit lines in the national currencies and cooperate on credit ratings.

New Development Bank approves USD 1.4 billion loan for projects in India, China and Russia

Sep 4, 2017
The loans were approved ahead of the BRICS Summit to be held in Xiamen city of China from 3 September to 5 September 2017.

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