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The UN member states have voted in favour of the Global Compact on Refugees, affirming international solidarity and cooperation for refugee protection and host community development. The agreement received 181 votes in favour in the 193-member assembly.

Dec 18, 2018 18:15 IST
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UN members adopt Global Compact on Refugees

The UN member states on December 17, 2018 voted in favour of the Global Compact on Refugees, affirming international solidarity and cooperation for refugee protection and host community development.

The Global Compact on refugees received 181 votes in favour in the 193-member assembly, days after a UN conference in Morocco adopted a similar compact on migration. The United States and Hungary were the only two nations that voted against the agreement, while 181 countries voted in favour and the Dominican Republic, Eritrea and Libya abstained.

India, Maldives sign four MoUs, release Joint Statement

India and Maldives released a Joint Statement on December 17, 2018 after warm and friendly talks between Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the former’s first official state visit to India from December 16-18, 2018.

During the talks, the two leaders reiterated their strong commitment to further strengthening and reinvigorating the traditionally strong and friendly relations between India and the Maldives, nurtured by geographical contiguity, ethnic, historical, socio-economic and cultural ties between the peoples of the two countries.

They also reiterated an abiding faith in and commitment to democracy, development and peaceful co-existence.

Sonam Kapoor named PETA India's Person of the Year for 2018

Sonam Kapoor, a vegan, has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's Person of the Year for 2018.

Sonam Kapoor has been known to be an advocate for animal rights. She is a vegan herself and keeps animal skin out of her handbag line for her fashion brand Rheson, apart from taking other action for the welfare of animals.

In 2016, the actress was named PETA India's Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity and she earned a Compassionate Business Award from the group a year later for her cruelty-free handbag line.

Farthest object in solar system 'Farout' discovered

Scientists have discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system, located over 100 times farther than Earth is from the Sun.

The new object, discovered by Scott S Sheppard from Carnegie Institution for Science, David Tholen from the University of Hawaii and Chad Trujillo from Northern Arizona University in the US, has been given the provisional designation 2018 VG18.

2018 VG18, nicknamed 'Farout' by the team for its extremely distant location, is at about 120 astronomical units (AU), where 1 AU is defined as the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

Cabinet approves establishment of two new AIIMS at Tamil Nadu, Telangana

The Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Madurai, Tamil Nadu at a cost of Rs 1,264 crore and Bibinagar, Telangana at a cost of Rs 1,028 crore.

Each new AIIMS will add 100 undergraduate (MBBS) seats and 60 B.Sc. (Nursing) seats and each would have 15-20 super specialty departments and around 750 hospital beds. As per data of the current functional AIIMS, it is expected that each new AIIMS would cater to around 1500 outdoor patients per day and around 1000 indoor patients per month.

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