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Current Affairs 20 March 2019 Digest 3: Kazakhstan's President abruptly resigns after nearly 30 years; Germany initiates move to ban Masood Azhar

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Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev abruptly announced his resignation from the position on March 19, 2019 after nearly three decades in power. The 78-year-old leader has ruled the central Asian nation ever since it emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.

Current Affairs 15 March 2019 Digest 1: New Zealand Mosque Attacks; Who is Brenton Tarrant?; India, US to sign agreement for exchange of Country-by-Country Reports

Mar 16, 2019
In the worst attack in the Pacific country’s history, at least 49 people have been killed and over 20 injured in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The mosques attacked were - Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and another one was Linwood Islamic Centre in suburban Linwood.

Brexit Explained: UK Parliament votes to delay March 29 deadline

Mar 15, 2019
The UK Parliament has voted to seek an extension of the March 29 deadline for Britain's exit from the European Union, to negotiate a new withdrawal agreement. The motion was passed in the House of Commons with 412 votes in favour and 202 against.

Explained- Kartarpur Sahib Corridor: India, Pakistan held talks to finalise modalities for Kartarpur Corridor

Mar 14, 2019
The Indian side of Corridor starts from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district and extends upto International border between India and Pakistan. The corridor will be developed by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and will be funded by the Union Government.

India disappointed, China again blocks UNSC bid to ban JeM Chief Masood Azhar for 4th time: In detail

Mar 14, 2019
This proposal was the fourth such bid at the UNSC in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. China had in the past blocked India's bids thrice to get Azhar listed as a global terrorist.

India, US to set up six nuclear power plants in India

Mar 14, 2019
India and the United States have agreed to build six American nuclear power plants in India, in an effort to boost bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation.

Ethiopian Airlines crash: India latest to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet; Over 40 countries ground the fleet after crash

Mar 13, 2019
The decision to ground this Boeing fleet came in the wake of Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10, 2019 in Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board including 4 Indians. The plane belonged to Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet.

India is world’s second largest arms importer; Saudi Arabia tops the list: SIPRI Report

Mar 12, 2019
After maintaining its position of world’s largest arms importer for about 8 years, India dropped down to be the second largest importer of weapons during 2014-18. Saudi Arabia is now the world’s largest weapons importer.

Indo-Bangladesh ties: PM Modi, Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurate development projects

Mar 12, 2019
The National Knowledge Network will connect scholars and research institutes in Bangladesh to India and the world. This multi-gigabit National Research and Education Network (NREN) provides a unified high speed network backbone for educational institutions in India.

New visa agreement between India, Maldives comes into effect

Mar 11, 2019
The new visa agreement between India and Maldives, providing a liberal visa policy for Maldivian citizens seeking medical treatment as well as education and business opportunities in India, has come into force.

Mohammad Shtayyeh named as new Palestinian Prime Minister

Mar 11, 2019
Mohammad Shtayyeh has been named as the new Prime Minister of Palestine by the President of Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. Shtayyeh, a long time ally of the Abbas, is the member of the central committee of the President’s Fatah party.

France reiterates support for India's permanent seat in UN Security Council

Mar 5, 2019
France, which assumed the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of March, has reiterated its support for India as the permanent member of the powerful UN body. The nation also reiterated its support for Germany and Japan as permanent members of an expanded UNSC.

US to end India's preferential trade treatment under GSP programme

Mar 5, 2019
The United States has given India a 60-day withdrawal notice on the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits extended to $5.6 billion worth of Indian exports. As many as 1,900 Indian products from sectors such as chemicals and engineering get duty free access to the US market under the GSP programme.

India, Brunei sign pact on exchange of tax information

Mar 3, 2019
The Union Government and Brunei have signed an agreement for the Exchange of Information and Assistance in Collection with respect to Taxes in New Delhi on February 28. The agreement provides for mutual assistance in collection of tax revenue claims between both countries.

Geneva Convention: How will it help India bring back captured IAF Pilot?

Feb 28, 2019
During aerial combat with Pakistani fighter jets on February 27, India lost one of its MiG-21 aircraft. The fighter jet was shot down in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and its pilot, an Indian Air Force Wing Commander was taken into custody by Pakistan.

Trump-Kim Vietnam Summit: President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam

Feb 28, 2019
The first Trump-Kim Summit was held in Singapore on June 12, 2018. During the first historic delegation level talks, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un signed a historic agreement.

Afghanistan begins export to India through Chabahar port

Feb 26, 2019
Afghanistan has begun exporting goods to India for the first time through Iran’s Chabahar port, bypassing the Pakistan route. Twenty-three trucks carrying 570 tonnes of dried fruits, textiles, carpets and mineral products were dispatched from the western Afghan city of Zaranj to Chabahar in Iran.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s India visit: Key highlights; Joint Statement; List of MoUs signed

Feb 21, 2019
Both sides called on all states to reject the use of terrorism against other countries. They stressed for early adoption of the ‘UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism’ and underlined the importance of comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and their organisations by the United Nations.

India, Argentina sign MoU, release Joint Statement

Feb 19, 2019
India and Argentina have released a Joint Statement after extensive talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of the Argentine Republic, Mauricio Macri, who is on a state visit to India from February 17-19, 2019.

India, Morocco sign four MoUs to enhance cooperation

Feb 19, 2019
India and Morocco have signed four MoUs following the delegation-level talks between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita in Rabat. The agreements include setting up of joint working group on counter terrorism and cooperation in housing and human settlement.

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