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India, JICA sign loan agreements on Japan’s Official Development Assistance Loan to India

4 hrs ago
The Program for Japan-India Cooperative Actions towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to contribute to promotion of SDGs in India especially in social development.

Brexit: UK Parliament rejects Brexit Deal, May wins no-confidence vote

2 days ago
British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a crushing defeat in the Parliament on January 15 when over 100 lawmakers of May's Conservative party - both Brexiteers and Remainers, voted against the Brexit deal. This is the biggest-ever defeat suffered by a British premier in modern history.

Global Aviation Summit 2019 begins in Mumbai

Jan 15, 2019
The two-day summit is being organised by the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airport Authority of India (AAI) in association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

India-Central Asia Dialogue: India, 5 Central Asian nations back inclusive peace process in Afghanistan

Jan 14, 2019
Sushma Swaraj reiterated India’s support and commitment to peace, security and stability of Afghanistan to promote inclusive Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled peace and reconciliation process.

India, Norway sign MoU, release Joint Statement

Jan 9, 2019
India and Norway released a Joint Statement after extensive talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Norwegian PM Erna Solberg, during the latter’s official state visit to India from January 7-9, 2019.

Chabahar Port in Iran: India takes over operations of Chabahar Port; sets up India Ports Global Chabahar Free Zone

Jan 8, 2019
India started interacting with Iran on Chabahar Port around the year 2003; however, the major push was received in the second half of 2014, leading to the signing of an MoU between Iran and India for the development of Chabahar Port in May 2015.

US Chief of Staff Kevin Sweeney resigns

Jan 7, 2019
Kevin Sweeney, the chief of staff of the US Department of Defence, has announced his resignation from the post. The move comes a month after the Defence Secretary James Mattis announced his departure in December 2018.

Belgium, Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia and SA assume charge as Non-Permanent Members of UN Security Council

Jan 3, 2019
These five countries will hold a two-year term in the Council with effect from January 1, 2019. This will be the Dominican Republic’s first time on the Security Council. The other four countries have previously served on the body.

US, Israel withdraw from UNESCO, accusing the cultural body of 'anti-Israel bias’

Jan 3, 2019
The United States and its ally Israel officially withdrew from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the close of the year 2018. The two nations had announced their intention to quit the international organisation in October 2017, accusing it of anti-Israel bias.

Bangladesh Elections 2018: Sheikh Hasina wins third consecutive term as prime minister

Dec 31, 2018
Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina secured her third consecutive term and fourth overall with a landslide victory in the nation’s general elections. This is an unprecedented feat in the country’s political history as no other leader in Bangladesh has been able to win a third consecutive term.

UAE reopens its embassy in Syria, after 6 years of suspension

Dec 28, 2018
The United Arab Emirates has resumed its diplomatic services at its embassy in Damascus in Syria after six years of suspension. The move signals a thaw in the relations between the two countries, as also with the Arab world.

Palestine to apply for full UN membership in January 2019

Dec 27, 2018
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki has declared that Palestine would initiate an application to gain full state membership at the United Nations in January 2019. To secure full state membership, the Palestinians would require the support from at least nine out of the UNSC's 15 member states.

Japan announces withdrawal from IWC to resume commercial whaling

Dec 26, 2018
Japan has announced its decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and said that it will resume commercial whaling from July 2019. The commercial whaling will be limited to Japan's territorial waters and exclusive economic zones.

Patrick Shanahan to replace James Mattis as US Defence Secretary

Dec 24, 2018
Patrick Shanahan will be taking over as the acting US Defence Secretary from January 1, 2019, replacing James Mattis, who announced his resignation recently. The announcement was made by US President Donald Trump through a tweet.

India, Japan sign Exchange of Notes and Loan Agreements on Japan’s assistance Loan to India

Dec 22, 2018
The Program for Japan-India Cooperative Actions towards Sustainable Development Goals in India aims to contribute to promotion of SDGs in India especially in social development by supporting the efforts by the Union Government to strengthen policy framework.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis resigns, cites differences with Trump

Dec 21, 2018
Jim Mattis, the Defence Secretary of the United States abruptly announced his resignation on December 20, 2018, citing policy differences with President Donald Trump as the main reason behind the move. Mattis would be retiring at the end of February 2019.

International Migrants Day observed with theme ‘Migration with Dignity’

Dec 19, 2018
The International Migrants Day was observed on December 18, 2018 with the theme ‘Migration with Dignity’. Treating every migrant with dignity is one of the fundamental requirements today. The total number of international migrants increased from an estimated 175 million in 2000 to 244 million persons in 2015.

WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report 2018: Iceland tops; India ranks 108th

Dec 19, 2018
Though India made no improvement in the overall gender gap ranking, it recorded improvement in wage equality and managed to fully close its tertiary education gender gap for the first time.

UN members adopt Global Compact on Refugees

Dec 18, 2018
A majority of UN member states have voted in favour of the Global Compact on Refugees. The agreement aims to guide the international community in supporting refugees and countries and communities hosting large numbers through the mobilisation of political will.

Sri Lankan President reinstates ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Dec 17, 2018
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister of the country, after suddenly dismissing him from the post nearly two months ago. The President clarified that his move to terminate the Prime Minister was done in "good faith" and the reinstatement was done to uphold parliamentary traditions and democracy.

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