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Forbes' 32nd World's Billionaires List released: Jeff Bezos tops list for first time

Mar 7, 2018
Indian jeweller Nirav Modi dropped out from the list this year. The other drop-offs from the list were Papa John’s pizza founder John Schnatter, Christoffel Wiese of South Africa, and Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud.

Sri Lankan Government declares nation-wide emergency over communal violence

Mar 6, 2018
The Sri Lankan government has decided to declare a nation-wide emergency for a period of 10 days to control the law and order situation following the outbreak of violence between majority Sinhalese Buddhists and minority Muslims in Kandy district.

North Korea seeks to ease military tensions with South in historic meeting

Mar 6, 2018
A 10-member South Korean delegation led by National Security Office head Chung Eui-Yong travelled to North Korea’s capital city, Pyongyang, for a two-day trip with the hopes of opening a communication channel between the North and the United States of America.

Ethnic cleansing of Rohingya continue: UN

Mar 6, 2018
The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour said that the nature of violence has changed in Rakhine from the frenzied blood-letting and mass rape of last year to a lower intensity campaign of terror and forced starvation, which seems to be designed to drive the remaining Rohingya from their homes and into Bangladesh.

Marshall Islands creates its own virtual currency

Mar 5, 2018
The tiny Marshall Islands is creating its own digital currency in order to raise some hard cash to pay bills and boost the economy.

Saudi Arabia allows women to enlist in military

Feb 27, 2018
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has for the first-ever time opened applications for women to enlist in the military. Though the roles do not appear to involve combat, they will give women the opportunity to work in security.

UN Security Council adopts Russian-drafted resolution on Yemen sanctions

Feb 27, 2018
Russia vetoed the British-drafted resolution on Yemen sanctions and proposed its own text in UN which was adopted unanimously with the support of 15 members of the UNSC.

China elected as Vice President of Financial Action Task Force

Feb 27, 2018
The Financial Action Task Force set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats.

China paves way for 3rd term of Xi Jinping, proposes removal of 2-term limit for President

Feb 26, 2018
China's ruling Communist Party has paved the way for Xi Jinping to remain in power indefinitely in an unprecedented move.

India, Canada sign six MoUs in various sectors

Feb 24, 2018
India and Canada have signed six memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in various fields including Information Technology, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Sports, Industrial Policy and Promotion, Cooperation in Higher Education, and Science, Technology and Innovation.

India, Germany sign MOU to promote sustainable urban development

Feb 23, 2018
India and Germany have signed an agreement for technical cooperation in the field sustainable urban development and the smart cities mission of India. It will seek to achieve the set target of promoting sustainable urban development under the national urban missions/programmes such as Smart Cities Mission, linking with the Sustainable Development Goal No. 11.

World Leaders failed to respond to Human Rights violation: Amnesty report

Feb 23, 2018
Amnesty stated in its report that the international community had failed to respond robustly to the crimes against humanity and war crimes from Myanmar to Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It described Trump’s move to ban people from several Muslim-majority countries in January last year as transparently hateful.

India to host 1st International Solar Alliance on 11th March

Feb 23, 2018
India and France jointly launched International Solar Alliance in Paris during the United Nations climate change conference (COP21).

India ranks 81st in global corruption perception index

Feb 22, 2018
India with a score of 40 was placed at the 81st position in the global Corruption Perception Index 2017, while New Zealand was ranked first with a score of 89. The index named India among the worst offenders in terms of graft and press freedom in the Asia Pacific region.

India 12th worst nation for newborns: UNICEF Report

Feb 20, 2018
With the highest newborn mortality rates in the world, Pakistan is the riskiest nation to be born in, according to a UNICEF report. Japan, on the other hand, is the safest with the lowest newborn mortality rates.

UK, India launch joint research projects on clean water and energy

Feb 20, 2018
The ‘Water Quality Research’ programme has eight projects and ‘Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment’ programme has four projects.

Saudi Arabia allows women to open business without male consent

Feb 19, 2018
In a significant move towards achieving an open and modern economy, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has allowed women to open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative.

India, Iran sign MoU to avoid Double Taxation

Feb 19, 2018
India and Iran have signed 9 agreements to strengthen their cultural ties, boost connectivity and trade and expand cooperation in various sectors including health, medicine, agriculture, traditional systems of medicine and postal cooperation.

Indian army to deploy 2,300 personnel to join UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan

Feb 14, 2018
Around 2300 Indian army personnel from the Infantry battalion of Garhwal Rifles regiment will be joining the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, to bring order and normalcy back to the war-torn nation.

India, Palestine sign six MoUs for cooperation in Infrastructure Sector

Feb 12, 2018
During the deliberations, both the sides reviewed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and discussed issues of mutual interest.

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