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Saudi Arabia allows women to open business without male consent

18 mins ago
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

1 hour ago
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.

India and Saudi Arabia sign bilateral annual Haj 2018 Agreement

Jan 9, 2018
Now, after the signing of the agreement, officials from both the countries will discuss on all the necessary formalities and technicalities so that Haj pilgrimage through sea route can be started in the coming years.

WHO prequalifies breakthrough vaccine Typbar-TCV for typhoid

Jan 7, 2018
The Typbar-TCV met the acceptable standards of quality, safety and efficacy. With this, the vaccine becomes eligible for procurement by UN agencies such as UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The prequalification of the TCV by WHO will help to ensure that vaccines used in immunization programmes are safe, effective and appropriate for countries’ needs.

US suspends security aid to Pakistan

Jan 5, 2018
The United States of America has suspended over 1 billion US dollar security assistance to Pakistan, accusing the nation of harbouring terror groups like the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network within its border and showing the unwillingness to take ‘decisive actions’ against them.

Cabinet approves MoU between India, UK to improve public transport

Jan 4, 2018
The Union Cabinet chaired by Narendra Modi has approved the signing and implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and London’s transportation authority ‘Transport for London’ to improve public transport in the country.

Saudi Arabia, UAE become first Gulf nations to introduce VAT

Jan 2, 2018
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) introduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) for the very first time on 1 January 2018. The move is a first for the Gulf region, which has long boasted of a tax-free system.

India and Pakistan exchange 27th list of Nuclear Installations

Jan 2, 2018
As per the agreement, both the countries shall refrain from undertaking, encouraging or participating in, directly or indirectly, any action aimed at causing the damage to any nuclear installation or facility in the other country.

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