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Swaziland King changes his country's name to 'Kingdom of eSwatini'

Apr 20, 2018
Now that the ‘Swaziland’ has been renamed to ‘eSwatini’, this may lead to the redrafting of the country's constitution.

Qatar approves draft law on property ownership by non-Qataris

Apr 20, 2018
Qatar has announced the approval of a draft law on regulating the ownership and use of properties by foreigners. The draft law rules that non-Qataris might own and use properties under specific conditions. The law applies to land space including buildings and residential units, in addition to the detachment units in residential complexes.

China proposes construction of India-Nepal-China Economic Corridor through Himalayas

Apr 19, 2018
With this move, China seeks to expand its authority over the new Nepalese government headed by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, which is widely regarded as pro-Beijing.

Commonwealth Innovation Index 2018 released: India ranked 10th

Apr 19, 2018
The Commonwealth Innovation Index has been created in partnership with the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and its annual Global Innovation Index (GII).

Saudi Arabia opens first movie theatre after 35 years

Apr 19, 2018
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has opened its first public movie theatre, after over 35 years of prohibition for religious reasons. A special screening of Marvel superhero film ‘Black Panther’ was held in Riyadh, which was attended by Saudi Culture and Information Minister Awwad Alawwad along with Saudi royalty.

India, Britain sign various agreements in areas of technology, trade and investment

Apr 19, 2018
India and Britain launched the Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF) to offer City finance to invest in India's growth.

US Supreme Court restricts deportation of convicted immigrants

Apr 18, 2018
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the US law calling for the deportation of immigrants convicted of certain violent crimes is unconstitutionally vague. The ruling came on a plea filed by convicted California burglar James Garcia Dimaya, a legal immigrant from the Philippines.

PM Modi’s visit to Sweden: India-Sweden Joint Action Plan and List of MoUs signed

Apr 18, 2018
During the visit, India and Sweden signed a ‘Joint Declaration on India-Sweden Innovation Partnership for a Sustainable Future’ and adopted a Joint Action Plan to promote bilateral cooperation.

India wins crucial election to UN’s NGO committee

Apr 17, 2018
India has won the elections conducted by UN’s Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations in the Asia Pacific States category. India received the highest number of votes at 46, followed by Pakistan (43), Bahrain (40) and China 39.

FAO designates 14 new sites as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Apr 17, 2018
These 14 new sites range from oasis to rice terraces, wasabi cultivation to raisin production. These sites have shaped landscapes, works of art and protected sustainable ways of living and producing food.

UN launches Road Safety Trust Fund to improve road safety worldwide

Apr 16, 2018
A contribution of USD 1500 to the fund could help save one life and prevent 10 serious injuries. These contributions, once compiled, will help in leveraging aid of USD 51000 towards investments in road safety.

US, Britain and France launch air strikes against Syria

Apr 15, 2018
The United States along with Britain and France launched a combined military operation against Syria on April 14. The military operation is in response to an alleged chemical attack in Douma, a Syrian town near Damascus.

Pakistan SC disqualifies Nawaz Sharif from public office for life

Apr 14, 2018
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ruled that disqualification of a lawmaker under Article 62 of the Constitution would be for lifetime. The ruling has dashed the hopes of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of ever returning to power.

US approves artificial-intelligence device to detect diabetic eye problems

Apr 13, 2018
IDx-DR is the first such device, approved by the FDA for marketing, which provides screening decision without the need for a clinician.

India top recipient of Commonwealth FDI: Report

Apr 12, 2018
India remained the top recipient of Greenfield FDI Between the period 2005 and 2016 from the Commonwealth; more than doubling the amount it received over 10 years.

India, Timor Leste sign MoU to expand cooperation in healthcare

Apr 12, 2018
India and Timor Leste have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of public health to extend affordable healthcare to the people of the Southeast Asian nation. The pact was in the discussion for more than five years. Its signing is expected to open more avenues of cooperation between the two countries.

UAE approves law on equal wages for men, women

Apr 12, 2018
The Cabinet of United Arab Emirates (UAE) has approved the issuance of law on Equal Wages and Salaries for men and women. The new law will ensure equal pay for men and women working in the country. It will provide women with equal opportunities as partners in the UAE's development.

Qatar to allow women to volunteer for national service

Apr 6, 2018
Qatar would be introducing national service for women for the first time with immediate effect, under a new law issued by the Gulf nation’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The nation has also extended the time served in the military by recruited men from three months to one year.

Russia’s call to join spy poisoning probe rejected

Apr 5, 2018
The international chemical weapons watchdog has rejected Russia's call for a joint investigation with Britain of the nerve-agent poisonings of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England. Russia's proposal for a joint investigation in the case received only six votes at a special session of the executive council of OPCW, while 17 abstained.

Russia, Turkey, Iran vow to secure peace in Syria

Apr 5, 2018
The Presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran together vowed to secure the territorial integrity of Syria during the trilateral summit in Ankara. In a joint statement post the summit, the three Presidents called for a lasting ceasefire between the conflicting parties in the talks on the Syrian crisis.

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