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Sri Lanka becomes 163rd nation to accede to landmine ban treaty

3 days ago
Sri Lanka has become the 163rd nation to assent to the anti-personnel mine ban convention.The treaty Prohibits the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of anti-personnel mines. After Sri Lanka's assent, three other South Asian nations have yet to join the Mine Ban Treaty: India, Nepal and Pakistan.

Maldives signs Free Trade Agreement with China

3 days ago
India on 14 December 2017 gave a shielded response to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed between China and the Maldives as it has still not seen the full document and could not comment on its contents. India is concerned over the China's plan of Maritime Silk Road and does not endorse it due to China's increasing presence in the Indian Ocean.

India, Morocco sign MoU for cooperation in Water Resources, Road and Marine Sectors

3 days ago
India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Morocco for cooperation in Water Resources, Road and Marine sectors. The agreement was signed between Union Transport and Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari and his Moroccan counterpart, Abdelkader Amara.

Sri Lanka hands over Hambantota port to China on 99-year lease

3 days ago
Hambantota will now be converted to a major port in the Indian Ocean. There will be an economic zone and industrialisation in the area will lead to economic development and will promote tourism. The port is expected to play a key role in China’s One Belt and One Road initiative, which will link ports and roads between China and Europe.

'Feminism': Merriam-Webster’s Word of the year 2017

Dec 13, 2017
At present, Merriam-Webster defines feminism as the “theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes” and “organized activities on behalf of women’s rights and interests.”

UN releases World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 Report

Dec 13, 2017
As per the report, Indian economy is likely to grow by 7.2 per cent in 2018 and by 7.4 per cent in 2019 following its strong private consumption, public investment and the ongoing structural reforms. The report has projected India with a positive outlook despite the slowdown in 2017 and the lasting effects of demonetisation.

Make the digital world safer for children: UNICEF

Dec 12, 2017
In its report titled 'State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World', UNICEF stated that 1 in every 3 internet users worldwide is a child and optimum efforts should be made to ensure that children have access to safe online content.

India’s Lakshmi Puri among six diplomats felicitated with Diwali 'Power of One' award at UN

Dec 12, 2017
Six top diplomats including one Indian were felicitated with the inaugural Diwali ‘Power of One’ award at the UN headquarters in New York for their contribution to help form a more perfect, peaceful and secure world.

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on movie theatres after 35 years

Dec 12, 2017
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that a resolution was passed on 11 December 2017 that lifted the decades-old ban on providing licenses to commercial movie theatres. The decision will pave way for the opening of the country’s first public cinemas after more than 35 years.

Mt Hope new tallest mountain in British Antarctic Territory

Dec 11, 2017
As per new discovery from cartographers surveying Antarctica, Mt Hope is the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory (BAT). Its height is measured at 3,239 meters above sea level.Earlier, maps showed Mt Jackson with the height 3,184 meters as the tallest mountain in the territory according to researchers at British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Wassenaar Arrangement to admit India as its new Member

Dec 8, 2017
The participating states of Wassenaar Arrangement reviewed the progress of the membership applications and agreed to admit India. Countries like Russia, France, Germany and the United States supported India’s bid to the group.

UNESCO recognises India's Kumbh Mela as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Dec 8, 2017
The inscription of ´Kumbh Mela´ was recommended by the expert committee that examines the nominations submitted by Member States. The Committee observed that ´Kumbh Mela´ is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth.

International Solar Alliance comes into force

Dec 7, 2017
Headquartered at Gurugram, ISA aims at large scale deployment of solar energy through better harmonization and aggregation of demand from solar rich countries lying between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Till date, 46 countries have signed and 19 countries have ratified the Framework Agreement of International Solar Alliance.

US President recognises Jerusalem as capital of Israel, promises to move US embassy

Dec 7, 2017
The President of United States on 6 December 2017 recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, keeping with his long overdue campaign promise. Trump has also announced the plan of relocating the US embassy, which is currently based in Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem, a move that is being opposed by many nations across the world including some of America’s closest allies.

Indian, Italy sign new MoU for cooperation in Agriculture and Phytosanitary issues

Dec 7, 2017
India and Italy signed a new MoU for cooperation in Agriculture and Phytosanitary issues on 6 December 2018. The agreement will replace the one signed in 2008. India and Italy enjoy traditionally friendly and cordial relations.

India, Cuba sign MoU for enhanced cooperation in health sector

Dec 7, 2017
India and Cuba on 6 December 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the health sector. One potential identified area of cooperation is pharmaceutical and biotechnology, as Cuba has made remarkable strides in the field of bio-technology and pharmaceuticals.

Narendra Modi is most tweeted about world leader after Trump

Dec 6, 2017
According to the figures released by Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the most tweeted about world leader after US President Donald Trump this year. The micro blogging site stated that Modi with 37.5 million followers is the second most tweeted about world leader, after Donald Trump.

UAE, Saudi Arabia to form new cooperation group

Dec 5, 2017
The United Arab Emirates has announced that it has formed a new economic and partnership group with Saudi Arabia. The new group would be separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council. The new ‘joint cooperation committee’ has received approval from UAE’s ruler and president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

US Supreme Court allows full enforcement of President Trump's travel ban

Dec 5, 2017
However, the ban against travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen still faces legal challenges. The new ban also bars travellers from North Korea and Venezuela, but they were not affected by the injunctions.

India and Germany sign Government to Government Umbrella Agreement

Dec 5, 2017
The agreement was signed to formalize an amount up to 200 million Euros for the financial cooperation in form of loan for the project ‘Climate Friendly Urban Mobility III’ and 11 million Euros in form of grant for four projects.

Venezuela to launch ‘Petro’ cryptocurrency to combat US blockade

Dec 5, 2017
Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan President, has declared that Venezuela will be introducing a digital currency called the Petro in a desperate bid to evade strict US sanctions. He said that he intended to roll out Petro a cryptocurrency backed by Venezuela’s oil, mineral and gold reserves.

US pulls out of UN’s migrant and refugee pact

Dec 4, 2017
The United States has withdrawn itself from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations deeming it ‘inconsistent’ with its policies. The announcement was made by the US Mission to the United Nations in a statement, in which it informed the UN Secretary-General about US’s intention of ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurates first phase of Chabahar port

Dec 4, 2017
India and Iran on 23 May 2016 signed 12 memorandum of understandings and agreements, among which the most important one was the trilateral transit agreement between India, Iran and Afghanistan on Establishment of International Transport and Transit Corridor.

US, South Korea launch largest aerial drill amidst North Korean threat

Dec 4, 2017
The United States of America and South Korea have launched their largest-ever joint aerial drill called ‘Vigilant Ace’, which would see participation from around 12,000 US service members and more than 230 aircrafts.

USAID announces USD 1 million support for Ending Tuberculosis Epidemic in India

Dec 1, 2017
India has the world's highest incidence of Tuberculosis with 2.8 million cases annually, and accounts for more than a quarter of the global TB burden. India also has the largest burden of Multi-Drug-Resistant TB (MDR-TB) among all countries with almost 150000 cases every year.

India and Italy sign MoU for enhanced cooperation in health sector

Nov 30, 2017
The agreement was signed by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare J P Nadda and Health Minister of Italy Beatrice Lorenzin. The MoU is aimed at establishing comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between the two countries in the field of health.

US-India Business Council launches WISE Initiative in India

Nov 30, 2017
WISE will be led by Country Head of Intel India Nivruti Rai, CMD of Biocon Limited of Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman of IBM India of Vanitha Narayanan, MD of Kalaari Capital of Vani Kola, and Producer of Girl Rising Amita Vyas.

India, UK to sign MoU to transform Urban Transport Sector

Nov 29, 2017
India and United Kingdom will be signing a MoU in the urban transport sector for cooperation in policy planning, technology transfer and institutional organisation.

India, Russia sign anti-terror agreement

Nov 28, 2017
Indian and Russian representatives also signed a joint action plan for countering the threat posed by narcotics. This agreement will provide legal framework for bilateral cooperation in this field.

Beyonce named World's Highest-Paid Woman in Music in 2017 by Forbes

Nov 22, 2017
Beyonce Knowles earned a total wealth of USD 105 million from record sales and from her “Formation” concert tour. She also has her own Ivy Park fashion line and other business interests. Adele fetched the second spot with a total worth of USD 69 million, boosted by her first proper tour since 2011.

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