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India, Germany sign MOU to promote sustainable urban development

1 hour ago
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

2 hrs ago
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

8 hrs ago
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

1 day ago
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

3 days ago
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

3 days ago
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.

India and the UAE sign five key agreements

Feb 12, 2018
The agreements, signed during PM Narendra Modi's visit to Abu Dhabi, were related to energy sector, railways, manpower and financial services.

India, Oman sign 8 MoUs to expand cooperation in health, tourism and military sectors

Feb 12, 2018
India and the Gulf state of Oman have signed 8 MoUs to strengthen cooperation in areas such as health, tourism, outer space and defence. The agreements were inked during Indian PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the nation.

Violence has taken a devastating toll on children: UNICEF

Feb 6, 2018
According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), violence has taken a devastating toll on children across the world, as they are either being killed in ongoing conflicts or suicide attacks or getting frozen to death while fleeing from active war zones.

India contributes $1 mn to UN Development Partnership Fund

Feb 5, 2018
India has contributed an additional $1 million to the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, earmarked for South-South cooperation. The contribution aims to intensify India’s partnerships with other developing countries.

India joins Ashgabat agreement

Feb 2, 2018
India has joined the Ashgabat agreement which envisages the establishment of an international transport and transit corridor linking Central Asia with the Persian Gulf to significantly ramp up trade and investment.

US lifts ban on refugees from 11 ‘high risk’ nations

Jan 30, 2018
The United States has announced that it is lifting the ban that it had imposed on refugees from 11 nations, which it termed as high-risk countries. Despite resuming the process of accepting the refugees, the US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stated that those seeking to enter the US would have to come under much tougher scrutiny than in the past.

India, Cambodia sign MoUs for cooperation in prevention of crimes, human trafficking

Jan 29, 2018
India signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Cambodia on January 27, during the state visit of Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia Hun Sen to India.

India, ASEAN member states release joint statement ‘Delhi Declaration’

Jan 27, 2018
India hosted the leaders of the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for two-day ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit that began on January 25, 2018 in New Delhi, under the theme of ‘Shared Values, Common Destiny’.

India, Vietnam sign MoU for cooperation in I&B sector and space

Jan 25, 2018
India and Vietnam on January 24, 2018 exchanged Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) for cooperation in the field of Information and Broadcasting and space. The agreements were exchanged in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Vietnam counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

WEF launches Global Centre for Cybersecurity

Jan 24, 2018
Initially, the centre will reach out key industry players and G-20 countries to make this platform a success for dialogue and real-time action on cyber threats. The global centre will be an excellent opportunity to safeguard verticals like automotive and health care where wireless connectivity is the key.

US Senate confirms Jerome H Powell as Chairman of Federal Reserve

Jan 24, 2018
Powell will replace Janet Yellen, whose term will end in February 2018. Powell has been serving on the Federal Reserve's board since 2012. Before joining Fed in 2012, he served as a visiting scholar at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank.

China invites Latin America to take part in 'One Belt, One Road'

Jan 23, 2018
China has invited Latin American and Caribbean countries to join its ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, as part of an agreement to deepen economic and political cooperation in a region where US influence is historically strong.

India becomes member of Australia Group

Jan 19, 2018
India has joined the Australia Group export control regime, an informal forum that seeks to ensure that exports do not contribute to the development of chemical or biological weapons. India is the first South Asian nation to become its full-time member.

China to fight pollution with world's largest air purifier

Jan 18, 2018
China has constructed an experimental air purifying tower called the Xian smog tower, which is touted to be the ‘world’s biggest air purifier’, to combat its severe smog and air pollution.

UK appoints 'Minister for loneliness'

Jan 18, 2018
The United Kingdom has appointed Sports minister Tracey Crouch as the country’s first ‘Minister for loneliness’. The additional role would require the Minister to develop a strategy to address the issue of loneliness in the nation.

India, Sri Lanka sign four agreements for collaboration in ICT sector

Jan 16, 2018
India and Sri Lanka have signed four agreements for collaboration in the Information and communication technology (ICT) sector, setting up of an e-office system and connecting of National Knowledge Network (NKN) for collaboration among universities and academics.

India, Israel sign 9 MoUs for cooperation in cyber security, space, oil & gas sector

Jan 15, 2018
India signed 9 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Israel during the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India. Netanyahu is the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit India in the span of the last 15 years and the second one overall. The only other Israeli Prime Minister to visit India was Ariel Sharon in 2003.

Nepal to get internet connection from China ending India’s monopoly

Jan 15, 2018
The Nepal Telecom teamed up with the China Telecom Global (CTG) to provide alternate cyber-connectivity to Nepal. China Telecom Global (CTG) is a Hong Kong and Beijing based company formed in 2012. Nepal was fully dependent on Indian telecom companies like Tata Communications and Bharati Airtel for internet services using optical fiber connections through Biratnagar, Bhairahawa and Birgunj.

India, UK sign MoU on illegal migrants' return

Jan 15, 2018
India signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the United Kingdom on 11 January 2018 for the return of Indians, who have been residing in Britain as illegal migrants, and sharing of criminal records and intelligence.

China launches two navigation satellites into space

Jan 13, 2018
China successfully launched two BeiDou-3 satellites to provide navigation and positioning services to countries along the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) by the end of 2018. The BDS is being built as rival to US Global Positioning System (GPS). It consists of two separate satellite constellations; a limited test system that has been operating since 2000, and a full-scale global navigation system that is currently under construction. The March-3B carrier rocket took off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the south western province of Sichuan.

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