19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit: India signs deal with Russia to buy S-400 Triumf Missiles
India and Russia on October 5, 2018 signed a USD 5.43 billion deal for India to procure the S-400 Triumf missile system from Russia. The deal was signed following the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin and other delegates.
The procurement of the S-400 missile defence system deal could result in the US sanctions on India under the Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) instituted by the US Congress on arms purchases from Russia.
Rafale Combat Aircraft: Everything you need to know!
India in September 2016 signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with France to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets in fly-away condition for €7.8 billion.
As a part of the contract, India will also get the latest weapons like the Meteor and Scalp missiles, besides a five-year support package that assures high availability of the fighter. Under the deal, it was decided that India will pay 15 per cent in advance. The first Rafales are expected to be delivered by 2019, and India is set to have all 36 jets within six years.
PM Narendra Modi confers Swachh Survekshan Grameen Awards 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 4, 2018 conferred the Swachh Survekshan Grameen Awards 2018 to top ranked states and districts and to states with maximum citizen participation based on the National Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018 of the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Haryana was ranked as the best State, while Satara District of Maharashtra was ranked as the best district as per the ranking undertaken by Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018. Uttar Pradesh was rewarded for maximum citizens’ participation.
World Teachers' Day 2018 observed globally
The World Teachers' Day was observed across the world on October 5, 2018. The Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the ‘1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation’ concerning the Status of Teachers.
The 2018 theme of the Day was ‘The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher’.This theme was chosen to mark the 70th anniversary of the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ (1948), which recognises education as a key fundamental right, a right that cannot be fulfilled without qualified teachers.
21 IORA Countries adopt Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy
Post the second IORA Renewable Energy Ministerial Meeting, 21 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) on September 4, 2018 adopted the Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy in the Indian Ocean Region.
The Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy in the Indian Ocean Region calls for collaboration among IORA member states in meeting the growing demand for renewable energy in the Indian Ocean littorals. It calls for the development of a common renewable energy agenda for the Indian Ocean region and promote regional capacity building.
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