In a historic first, Saudi Arabia lifts ban on female drivers
In a first, women across Saudi Arabia were legally allowed to drive for the first time since 1957 on June 24, 2018, thus, putting an end to the world’s last ban on female drivers which was seen as a symbol of women’s repression in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.
Following the lifting of ban, women in Saudi Arabia fired up their engines and hit the roads, marking the moment they had waited for since the issuance of the royal decree by King Salman on September 26, 2017 to lift the driving ban on women.
Saudi ARAMCO, ADNOC sign MoU for participating in the Ratnagiri Refinery project in Maharashtra
Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) on June 25, 2018 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop and build an integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex at Ratnagiri,Maharashtra.
The project will be implemented by Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (RRPCL). RRPCL which is promoted by a consortium of India PSUs consisting of IOCL, BPCL and HPCL will now have Saudi Aramco & ADNOC as overseas strategic partners. The project will be set up as a 50:50 joint partnership (50:50) between the consortium from India and Saudi Aramco and ADNOC.
PM approves E Sreedharan panel to lay down standards for metro rail systems
Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a proposal to set up a committee which will lay down standards for India’s metro rail systems in the country. The decision aims at cutting the costs in the construction and operation of metro rail systems in the country and brings them under the Make in India umbrella.
Besides recommending standardisation norms for various components, the Sreedharan Panel will also propose ways to indigenise metro components that are currently imported. This will bring down costs and also give a boost to the government’s Make in India policy.
India, Bangladesh Navies agree to institute Coordinated Patrol
India and Bangladesh Navies on June 24, 2018 agreed to institute a Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) as an annual exercise between both the Navies.
The first edition of CORPAT will be inaugurated by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba during his visit to Bangladesh from June 24 to June 29, 2018. The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral defence relations between India and Bangladesh and exploring new avenues for naval cooperation.
Day of the Seafarer 2018 observed by IMO
Day of the Seafarer 2016 was observed across the world on 25 June, 2018 by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to thank the seafarers for their contribution to the economy and civil society of the world.
The theme of the 2018 Day of the Seafarer theme was ‘Seafarers' wellbeing’. The years 2017 and 2018 have seen strong momentum in the industry to address seafarer's wellbeing, particularly their mental health. The theme aimed to highlight specific strategies to tackle stress and other issues affecting seafarers' mental conditions.