Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang passed away on September 21, 2018 in a military hospital in Hanoi after a prolonged serious illness. He was 61.
According to reports, the Vietnamese leader had been suffering from a serious illness since the past few months and had travelled abroad several times for treatment. He was sworn in as the President of the communist country in 2016, following a stint as public security minister.
While the post of the President is one of the top four posts in Vietnam, the role is largely ceremonial. The other top posts include that of the Prime Minister, National Assembly chairman and communist party head.
India successfully test fires short-range Prahaar missile
India on September 20, 2018 successfully test-fired the indigenously developed surface-to-surface, short-range tactical ballistic missile 'Prahaar' from the Odisha coast. The test launch was successful, as the missile travelled a range of 200 km before zeroing in on the target, achieving all mission objectives.
The missile is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation, guidance and electromechanical actuation systems with an advanced onboard computer. It is fitted with an inertial navigation system and is capable of engaging multiple targets in different directions.
Global TB Report 2018: WHO calls for urgent action to end TB
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on September 18, 2018 released the 2018 Global TB Report in New York. The report calls for an exceptional mobilisation of national and international commitments enough to end Tuberculosis (TB) by 2030.
As per the report, although global efforts have prevented an estimated 54 million TB deaths since 2000, TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious disease. The United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on the fight against tuberculosis is about to take place on September 26, 2018 to deliberate on the same issue.
World Bank approves framework to support India’s transition to high-middle income country
The World Bank board has approved an ambitious five-year Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for India that is in line with India’s objectives of high, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The framework sets the strategic focus for the World Bank’s engagement with India for the period FY18-22, to support its transition to a high-middle income economy.
Through the CPF, the World Bank aims to support India's transition to a higher middle-income country by addressing some of its key development priorities such as resource efficient and inclusive growth, job creation and building its human capital.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on September 20, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for setting up the state-of-the-art Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response (ICR-ER) in Ministry of Home Affairs.
Under the MoU, the ISRO will render its technical expertise for setting up of proposed ICR-ER. The project will be executed under overall supervision of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The proposed Control Room is expected to be established in next one-and-a-half year. The ICR-ER will cater to the requirement of Disaster Management as well as Internal Security. It will address the requirement of receipt of information on near real-time basis.
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