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Teesta River Dispute

Bangladesh is discussing an almost $1 billion loan from China for a comprehensive management and restoration project on the Teesta river.

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The United Nations has outlined a set of 10 principles for implementation of its first-ever guidelines on access to social justice for people with disabilities.

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Sri Lankan Govt Abolish 19th Amendment To Constitution

Sri Lankan government has granted approval to abolish the 19th amendment to the constitution and replace it with the 20th amendment.

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Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG)

Five members of the Great Andamanese tribe, a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal group (PVTG), have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Kariye Museum

Turkey’s government has decided to convert another Byzantine monument in Istanbul, which has been a museum for over 70 years, into a working mosque. This is another ancient Orthodox church after Hagia Sophia that has become a mosque.

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India- Maldives

India unveiled a $500-million package to help the Maldives build a connectivity project linking its capital Male with three islands, and provided $250 million as budgetary support to help the Indian Ocean archipelago cope with the Covid-19 crisis.

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Pakistan - Gilgit Baltistan

The Pakistan government plans to make Gilgit-Baltistan the country’s fifth province, two years after powers of the Islamabad-controlled council for the region were transferred to a local assembly.

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US’ Trinity Test

On July 16, 1945 (exactly 75 years ago), the world’s first super bomb exploded in a desert in New Mexico, destroying everything in its vicinity and marking the dawn of the nuclear age.

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India And Bangladesh

India and Bhutan opened a new trade route between Jaigon in West Bengal and Pasakha in Bhutan.

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APT29

According to Britain, the United States and Canada, Russia is trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine.

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United Nations Economic And Social Council

UN Economic and Social Council held its high level dialogue virtually, in the context of COVID-19.

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Africa Declared Free Of Wild Polio

Africa has been declared free from wild polio by the independent body, the Africa Regional Certification Commission.

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The European Union on Friday urged Turkey to halt its drilling activities in contested waters in the Mediterranean and ordered EU officials to speed up work aimed at blacklisting some Turkish officials linked to the energy exploration.

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U.S. Relaxes Rules On Sales Of Armed Drones

The US relaxed norms to allow American defence companies to sell more drones to allies by changing the decades-old Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), an agreement involving 35 countries to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

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Istanbul Convention

Poland is set to withdraw from Istanbul Convention, a European treaty on violence against women, which the right-wing cabinet says violates parents' rights by requiring schools to teach children about gender.

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Rafale In Indian Air Force

The first five Indian Air Force (IAF) Rafale aircraft have arrived at Air Force Station, Ambala.

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Nagorno-Karabakh Region

For approximately four decades, territorial disputes and ethnic conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Central Asia have impacted the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the South Caucasus. Recently, tensions escalated at the border between the two countries.

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15th India-EU Summit

India & the European Union agreed to renew the Agreement on Scientific cooperation for the next five years, 2020-2025, at the 15th India-EU Summit.

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International Covenant On Civil And Political Rights (ICCPR)

UN committee reaffirmed that protesting peacefully, online or in person, is a fundamental human right.

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India And UK

India and Britain will deepen scientific research collaboration with five new projects to tackle anti-microbial resistance (AMR) that could lead to advances in the global fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria and genes.

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Chabahar Rail Project

Iran’s Railway Minister said Iran and India are “determined to continue” cooperation on the railway line. The remarks contradict Iranian officials who had previously said India was not a part of the project.

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Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)

A report on slavery was recently released by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and an international anti-slavery organisation Walk Free on the occasion of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

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China - US

China said it will impose tit-for-tat measures after the United States slapped sanctions on Chinese officials for their involvement in a crackdown on Muslim minorities, raising tensions between the superpowers.

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Sikkim- Tibet Convention Of 1890

The skirmishes and the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Naku La in Sikkim, in an area of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that is considered settled, may be Beijing’s way of attempting a new claim, highlighting the historic Sikkim-Tibet Convention of 1890 as proof of India’s ownership of the territory.

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International Religious Freedom (IRF) Report

The U.S. State Department has released its annual International Religious Freedom (IRF) Report, a survey of the state of religious freedom across the world, submitted to the U.S. Congress.

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Bhashan Char Island

Bangladesh will not move the Rohingyas settled on the Bhashan char island amid Corona pandemic in April 2020.

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Australia And Malabar Exercise

A key meeting of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) discussed the issue of inviting Australia for the trilateral Malabar naval exercise with Japan and the United States. However, a final decision has not been taken yet.

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U.S. Withdrawal From WHO

The U.S. officially notified the United Nations of its intention to withdraw membership from the World Health Organization. This comes after President Donald Trump decision to halt funding and pull out of the global health body.

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Pratihara Style Of Architecture

A rare late ninth century stone statue of Lord Shiva, which was stolen from a temple in Rajasthan and smuggled to the UK, will be returned to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

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Indo-Bhutan

The Bhutan government and the Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Limited signed the Concession Agreement for 600 MegaWatt (MW) Kholongchhu hydroelectric Projec (Joint Venture of India and Bhutan) in Thimphu, in virtual presence of Dr. S Jaishankar,Minister of External Affairs and his Bhutanese Counterpart Dr. Tandi Dorji.

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G20 Extraordinary Virtual Education Ministers’ Meeting

Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' virtually participated in G20 Extraordinary Virtual Education Ministers’ Meeting.

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Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) 2020

The 2020 Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) from Startup Genome and the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) has launched at the Ecosystems Couch Conference, introduced by JF Gauthier of Startup Genome, Martina Larkin of the World Economic Forum, Jonathan Ortmans of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Rajesh Agrawal of London City Hall, and Eui-Seung Kim of the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Startup Genome

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36th ASEAN Summit

The ASEAN Leaders’ Special Session at the 36th ASEAN Summit on Women’s Empowerment in the Digital Age was held on 26 June 2020 via videoconferencing.

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Palestine Faces An Existential Threat

UN Secretary General António Guterres told a virtual meeting of the United Nations Security Council that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at a “watershed moment”.

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World Bank’s STARS Project

The World Bank announced the approval of project ‘Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS)’ for India.

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Coalition For Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)

It was launched by the Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi at the 2019 UN climate action Summit in September 2019.

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CAATSA

The US has urged all its allies and partners to forgo transactions with Russia that risk triggering sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

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World Drug Report

According to the latest World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) the fourth highest seizure of opium in 2018 was reported from India, after Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Indian Coast Guard & Indonesia Coast Guard

MoU has been signed between the Indian Coast Guard and Indonesia Coast Guard.

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Bhutan - China

Bhutan’s foreign ministry issued a demarche to the Chinese embassy in New Delhi for the claims made by Beijing over Sakteng Wildlife sanctuary, situated in eastern Bhutan.

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11th Edition Of The Global Real Estate Transparency Index 2020

According to the 11th edition of the ‘Global Real Estate Transparency Index 2020’, which covers 99 countries and territories and 163 cities, released by Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL), India has improved by one place to 34th with a total score of 2.69 under ‘semi-transparent’ zone. Regulatory reforms, better market data and sustainability initiatives led to a one-point improvement in the nation’s ranking.

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77.95% Russians Voted in Favour of Constitutional Amendment, Putin can lead Russia until 2036.

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India And Nepal

A new four-storey school building built with Indian assistance of Rs 1.94 crore for students pursuing both vedic and modern education was inaugurated in Nepal’s Ilam district.

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Italian Marines Case

An international arbitration court has ruled that India does not have jurisdiction to try the marines, who, it held, were entitled to immunity as they were acting on behalf of a state.

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SDG Index 2020

According to the “Sustainable Development Report 2020- The Sustainable Development Goals and Covid-19”, comprising of SDG index 2020 India that has ranked at 117th position with a score of 61.92 is also facing various obstacles in 10 of the 17 SDGs including zero hunger, good health, gender inequality among others. The index has been topped by Sweden.

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UNFPA Report

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), report, “State of World Population 2020: Against my will – Defying the practices that harm women and girls and undermine equality” India accounts for 45.8 million of the world’s 142.6 million missing females over the past 50 years & it has the highest number of missing women after China (72.3 million).

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India-Afghanistan

India and Afghanistan signed five memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were signed for developing educational infrastructure in four Afghan provinces, with the move seen as a reiteration of New Delhi’s support to Kabul at a time when the war-torn country’s peace process is confronting challenges.

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SAARC - China

As India-China border tensions continue to fester, China, is chipping away at India’s interests in South Asia.

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Alliance For Poverty Eradication

India became a founding member of the United Nation(UN)’s ‘Alliance for Poverty eradication’ launched by Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the 74th United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA).

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Zealandia

Scientists confirmed the existence of an eighth continent, called Zealandia, under New Zealand and the surrounding ocean in 2017.

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WMO Certifies Megaflash Lightning Extremes

A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) committee of experts has established two new world records for the longest reported distance and the longest reported duration for a single lightning flash in, respectively, Brazil and Argentina.

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Madhesis Oppose New Nepal Rule

Nepal’s chief Opposition party have opposed the planned changes in the existing citizenship rules that will most notably affect the families in Nepal’s plains also known as the Madhes region where cross-border kinship with India is common.

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Global Status Report On Preventing Violence Against Children 2020

According to Global Status Report on Preventing Violence Against Children 2020 upto 1 billion children are affected by physical, sexual or psychological violence due to the inability of the countries to protect them by following the established strategies.

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China To Join UN Arms Trade Treaty

China will join a global pact to regulate arms sales that has been rejected by the United States.

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India And UNSC

India will serve as the president of the powerful 15-nation UN body for the month of August, 2021.

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India And Denmark

The Memorandum of Understanding on Indo-Denmark Energy Cooperation between the Ministry of Power, Government of the Republic of India and the Ministry for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Government of the Kingdom of Denmark to develop a strong, deep and long-term co-operation between two countries in the power sector on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit.

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India-UNRWA

India announced that it will contribute USD 10 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) over the coming two years.

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India –Nepal

India has pledged to construct a Rs 2.33 crore sanitation facility at the iconic Pashupatinath Temple complex here to improve the infrastructure in the holy shrine for the pilgrims, according to an official statement.

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International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking 2020

The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, also known as ‘World Drug Day’.

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Japan To Rename Islands

Japan has begun the legal process of complete integration of an island chain over which it has a dispute with China.

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India And Bhutan

The Union Cabinet signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Government of Bhutan on Cooperation in the areas of the environment.

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EAG Plenary Meet

Indian officials, including representatives from enforcement agencies, attended the virtual 32nd special Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG) plenary meeting, under the aegis of the Financial Action Task Force.

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H-1B Visas

U.S. has issued a proclamation to suspend issuing of H-1B visas.

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Juneteenth

The United States marked the end of slavery by celebrating Juneteenth .

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Indian Ocean Commission

India is looking to post Navy Liaison Officers at the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre (RMIFC) in Madagascar and also at the European maritime surveillance initiative in the Strait of Hormuz for improved Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA).

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Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)

The government of Philippines has suspended plans to cancel the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), a deal that is important to Washington’s moves to counter Beijing’s rising regional power.

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Vaccine Nationalism

The United States has now twice indicated that it would like to secure priority access to doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

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World University Rankings By Subject 2021

QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) has released the World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

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World Accreditation Day (WAD)

The Quality Council of India (QCI) celebrates World Accreditation Day (WAD) every year Celebrated on 9th June every year to highlight the role of accreditation in trade and economy.

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International Albinism Awareness Day

International Albinism Awareness Day is observed on June 13 every year.

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Changpa Community

The Chinese Army’s intrusion in Chumur and Demchok has left Ladakh’s nomadic herding Changpa community cut off from large parts of summer pastures.

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Ramon Magsaysay Award

The Ramon Magsaysay awards, regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize, have been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the only third time the annual awards were disrupted in six decades.

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Russia-India-China Grouping

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will take part in the Russia-India-China trilateral .

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India And Australia

India and Australia have signed a historic agreement, called ‘Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA)’, to allow access to military bases for logistics support.

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Group Of Seven (G-7) Club

US President Donald Trump called the existing Group of Seven (G-7) club a very outdated group of countries, he wanted to include India, Russia, South Korea, and Australia in the group.

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International Criminal Court (ICC)

The International Criminal Court in The Hague prosecutes those accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

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Uighur Rights Bill

U.S. President Donald Trump signed legislation calling for sanctions over the repression of China's Uighur Muslims.

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GAFA Tax

The United States has reportedly pulled out of talks aimed at overhauling the global tax system for digital giants.

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THAAD Missile Defence System

China has issued a statement reiterating its long-standing objections to the presence of the US THAAD missile defence system in South Korea.

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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

The IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution calling on the Islamic Republic of Iran to fully cooperate with the IAEA in implementing its NPT Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol and satisfy the IAEA's requests without further delay

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UN Charter

A commemorative declaration marking the 75th anniversary of the signing of the U.N. Charter was delayed as member states could not reach an agreement on phraseology.

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Open Skies Treaty

The U.S. has given notice that it will exit the Open Skies Treaty (OST)

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China’s BRI

China has hinted at a shift in how it will pursue its signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) amid growing concerns about debt repayments from many partner countries because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Afghanistan’s Power Sharing Deal

According to the deal, Ghani will stay as the president while Abdullah will helm the High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR) with executive authority and his team will have a 50 per cent share in the cabinet.

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US lawmakers have written to over 60 nations to garner their support towards the inclusion of Taiwan in the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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The Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania started travel bubble to help put their economies back on track post-Covid lockdowns.

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Every year on 29 May, the United Nations commemorates the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers to pay tribute to all the women and men who have served as military, police or civilians in UN Peacekeeping operations.

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China-Hong Kong

China’s legislature has approved controversial national security laws for Hong Kong.

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A United Nations investigation into a recent exchange of gunfire between North Korea and South Korea has determined that both countries violated the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google and the pivotal internet law that provides them broad legal immunity over content posted by their users.

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Germany's top court has ruled that the European Central Bank's mass bond-buying to stabilise the eurozone partly violates the German constitution.

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Global Partnership On Artificial Intelligence

India joined the league of leading economies including USA, UK, EU, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore to launch the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI or Gee-Pay).

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India- Nepal Border Dispute

A road from Dharchula to Lipu Lekh (China border) was inaugurated by India's Defense Minister Rajnath Singh (a program on videoconferencing on 8 May) to which objection is now lodged by Nepal.

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International Health Regulations

Fifty-eight countries, including 27 members of the European Union, India, United Kingdom, Australia, Indonesia, Russia, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea and others have moved a draft resolution demanding evaluation of the World Health Organization (WHO)'s in the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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New Development Bank

Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman attended the Special Board of Governors meeting of the New Development Bank (NDB) through video-conference.

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Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced India’s decision to quit the grouping, which includes the 10 ASEAN nations, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea in November, citing lack of protection for India’s agricultural and other sectors.

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Gilgit Baltistan

The External Affairs Ministry issued a strong protest over an order by the Pakistan Supreme Court allowing the government to hold elections in the region of Gilgit-Baltistan of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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Non-Aligned Movement Summit

The online NAM Contact Group Summit on the theme of "United against COVID-19”.

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United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has recently published a report named “Lost at Home” report.

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World Press Freedom Day popularly known as World Press Day is one of the calendar events planned, organised and promoted by the United Nations, is observed annually on May 3.

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Germany has labelled Hezbollah as a terrorist Organisation and has banned all their activities.

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The Pulitzer Prize 2020 were announced via video-conferencing instead of a ceremony at Columbia University in New York, United States (US) due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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India’s rank downgraded to “Country of Particular Concern (CPC)” in USA’s International Religious Freedom annual report 2020.

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Iran’s national currency will be changed from the Iranian rial to the ‘Toman’, which is equal to 10,000 rials, under the bill.

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The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has developed an Action Plan called “Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan 13” to ensure that a multinational enterprise would report its profit correctly where it is earned.

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The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has approved the signing and ratifying of the Extradition Treaty between the Republic of India and the Kingdom of Belgium.

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The third edition of WION’s global summit was held in Dubai recently.

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A US backed study has highlighted the impact of China’s dams on the Mekong river (known as Lancang river in China) and countries downstream.

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India has appointed diplomat T S Tirumurti, currently serving as Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, as its Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

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World Military Expenditure

According to a report by, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) the global military expenditure rose to $1917 billion in 2019 with India and China emerging among the top three spenders.

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The United States State Department has accused China and Russia on violating the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

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18th April is celebrated Worldwide as World Heritage Day to create awareness about Heritage among communities.

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The UN Women has urged member-states to include prevention of violence against women in their action plans on COVID-19 and consider shelters and helplines essential services, calling the rise in gender-based violence a shadow pandemic.

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The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to finance 500 million USD projects in India to help the country improve its health care systems.

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The coronavirus pandemic has revived the acrimonious debate between euro zone countries about jointly issuing debt through instruments called Coronabonds.

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The Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2020) has been released by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

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Union Finance Minister participated in the virtual session of the 2nd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting to discuss the global economic outlook amid evolving COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

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According to new analysis from UNCTAD the year 2020 will face world recession, mainly developing countries due to COVID-19 pandemic

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The “Extraordinary G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Virtual Meet” was held through video conferencing. The Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal represented India at the meet.

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World Bank in its April 2020 Economic Update for East Asia and Pacific (EAP) titled “East Asia and Pacific in the Time of COVID-19″has stated that if the economic situation become worsen further due to COVID-19 consequences then the poverty is estimated to increase by about 11 million people in the EAP region.

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India Admitted As Fifth Observer To Indian Ocean Commission

The five-member grouping is important given India’s plans to expand in The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) which is strategically connects the Indian Ocean to the Southeastern coast of Africa and beyond.

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Sri Lanka To Host 5th BIMSTEC Summit

Sri Lanka will host the next Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in early September this year.

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Wealth Report 2020: India’s UHNWI Population To Increase By 73% In 5 Years

India, according to Knight Frank, ranks 12th and had 5,986 such individuals in 2019, which is likely to reach 10,354 by 2024. The number of billionaires in India, on the other hand, is likely to reach 113 by 2024, up from 104 in 2019.

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Luxembourg Becomes The World’s 1st Nation To Make All Public Transport Free

The move focuses on alleviating constant traffic issues and finding a more suitable model for sustainability.

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Scotland May Become The First Country In The World To End Period Poverty

The Scottish Parliament passed the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill.

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China Assumes Presidency Of UN Security Council

China has taken over as president of the United Nations (UN) Security Council for the month of March 2020, to promote solidarity and cooperation.

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US and Taliban have signed a historic agreement- “Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan”- in Doha, Qatar.

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Sri Lanka Withdraws From UNHRC Resolution

Sri Lankan Government formally notified the United Nations that it will withdraw from the UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council) resolution.

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The goal is to acknowledge the resilience and strength of refugees.

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US President’s Visit To India

The United States of America’s (USA) President Donald Trump visited India on February 24 and 25, 2020.

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Hindi is the 3rd most spoken language of the world in 2019 with 615 million speakers.

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Vietnam’s Vice President Visited India

They agreed to strengthen the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership established in 2016 between the two countries.

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5th edition of Indo-UK (United Kingdom) bilateral air exercise “Indradhanush-V” 2020 between Indian Air Force (IAF) and British Royal Air Forces (RAF)

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Bhutan’s New Tourism Fee

The Government of Bhutan has decided to levy a daily RS.1,200 ($17) fee for regional tourists from India, the Maldives and Bangladesh, beginning July 2020.

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There are over 1.36 crore Indian nationals living abroad, according to data tabled by the Ministry of External Affairs in Lok Sabha.

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The two-day long BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) ‘Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking’, was held in New Delhi.

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India and Myanmar signed an MoU for regular passenger bus service between Imphal and Mandalay.

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The Maldives re-joined the Commonwealth.

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India and Sri Lanka have signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) for up-gradation of infrastructure in plantation schools for estate workers of Indian origin.

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3rd African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit 2020 under the theme “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development” was held in Ethiopia

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The “2nd BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise-2020 (BIMSTEC DMEx-2020)” was held at Bhubaneswar/Puri, Odisha from 11-13 February, 2020 .

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Britain’s Prince Charles has unveiled a new children’s protection fund for India as part of British Adian Trust.

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Iranian Revolution refers to the popular movement in Iran (1979) to overthrow a pro-western monarchy and establish an Islamic republic.

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The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and the Chairman of Rosneft (Russia’s largest oil producing company) signed the first ever term contract.

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India & Maldives signed 5 MoUs (memorandum of understanding) to establish Addu tourism Zone on 5 islands of Addu Atoll in Maldives

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Germany’s highest court has ruled that a 2015 law banning professional assisted suicide was unconstitutional.

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India-UK joint Military EX: Ajeya Warrior to be conducted in Salisbury plains, UK

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Indian Government has announced that the Agartala – Akhaura Rail Link will be ready by the end of 2021.

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The finance ministers from the G20 countries participated in the financial leaders meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ahead of the G20 summit in November, 2020.

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BBIN Nations Deliberated On MoU To Implement (MVA)

A meeting of the BBIN nations Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal held to deliberate on a proposed MoU for implementation of the Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA)

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UK’s Points-based Visa Policy

The United Kingdom’s (UK’s) has launched the new points-based immigration system which will become effective from January 1, 2021.

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INTERNATIONAL IP INDEX 2020

The International IP Index was released by Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) of the US Chambers of Commerce, a top American industry body.

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Pakistan Retained On ‘Grey List’ Of FATF

Pakistan has been retained on the “grey list” of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for another four months

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East Asia Summit

India is set to host an East Asia Summit conference this week in Chennai with a focus on maritime security cooperation and tackling challenges in the maritime domain.

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Brexit Deal

Britain has officially left the European Union (EU) and has become the first country to leave the 28-member bloc.

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WHO Declare A Disease Outbreak A Public Health Emergency

The World Health Organization(WHO) has declared coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern(PHEIC).

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Birth Tourism

The United States of America announced new visa restrictions for pregnant women travelling to the United States for “birth tourism”.

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India-EU Broad Based Trade And Investment Agreement (BTIA)

The European Union (EU) has expressed interest in exploring a bilateral investment protection agreement (BIPA) with India.

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ICJ Ruling On Rohingya Crisis

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has made a ruling on the military excesses on Rohingya in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims.

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Kalapani Territory

In the latest political map of India, India reiterated its claims on the region that Nepal considers its own territory in Darchula district.

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Nepal’s Seke Language

The “near-extinct” Nepalese language Seke has just 700 speakers around the world.

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Iran Withdraws From The JCPOA Deal Completely

Iran had completely withdrawn from JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) nuclear deal.

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Knight Frank’s Global Residential Cities Index Q3

In the Knight Frank’s Global Residential Cities Index Q3 (Quarter) 2019, Hyderabad has ranked 14th among 150 cities.

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Global Talent Competitive Index 2020

Global Talent Competitive Index (GTCI) 2020 has been released

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Guyana Took Over The G77 Chairmanship

Guyana under Ambassador Rudolph Ten-Pow took over the chairmanship of G77.

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Qassem Soleimani Killing

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander, was recently killed in a US strike at Baghdad International Airport.

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UAE Has Been Declared ‘reciprocating Territory’ By India

Ministry of Law and Justice declared the United Arab Emirates to be a “reciprocating territory”

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Mutual Recognition Of Certificates Of Competency Of Seafarers

Cabinet approves Model MoU with foreign countries for unilateral/bilateral recognition of Certificates of Competency of seafarers.

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NSA Ajit Doval Meets Sri Lankan President

India pledged a USD 50 million assistance to Sri Lanka.

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West Asia Peace Plan

It plans to revive the stalled two-state talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

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Hormuz Peace Initiative

India was a key participant at a special meeting in Tehran this week on Hormuz Peace Initiative.

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India-Norway Dialogue On Trade & Investment Held In New Delhi

The 1st ever session of the India-Norway dialogue on Trade & Investment (DTI) was held from January 15-16 in New Delhi.

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UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)

The government of Hanoi recently held a ceremony to formally announce that the Vietnamese capital city is joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

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Oslo Accords

Palestinian officials threatened to withdraw from key provisions of the Oslo Accords.

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Protecting Power

An American drone has killed Iranian military and intelligence commander Major General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad (capital of Iraq).

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India Bans Import Of Refined Palm Oil

India has cut import duty on crude palm oil (CPO) and refined, bleached and deodorised (RBD) palm oil, and also moved RBD oil from the “free” to the “restricted” list of imports.

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Sikhs As Separate Ethnic Group In US

Sikhs in the US will be counted as a separate ethnic group in the 2020 census for the first time

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WHO Releases Global Health Challenges For 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a list of 13 urgent global health challenges for 2020.

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Raisina Dialogue

Fifth edition of the Raisina Dialogue is being held in New Delhi.

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD)

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th January every year to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India.

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1st Time India To Host SCO Heads Meeting

Ndia has been selected to host the SCO’s annual meeting of council of heads of government for the 1st time.

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India Helps Maldives Tackle Measles

India has helped the Maldives in tackling measles outbreak by providing over 30,000 doses of Measles and Rubella (MR) vaccine.

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India And Bangladesh Signs MoU

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India and Bangladesh in the field of Information and Broadcasting at Information and Broadcasting Ministers meet 2020, in New Delhi.

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Tehran Dialogue Forum-23rd Gulf Conference

India participated in the Tehran Dialogue Forum, the 23rd Persian Gulf International Conference held in Tehran, Iran

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Henley Passport Index 2020

The Henley passport Index 2020 was released by Henley & Partners.

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India And Pakistan Exchanged List Of Nuclear Installations

The exchanges were shared through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad (Pakistan).

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NEW DELHI HOSTS INDIA AND AUSTRALIA 2+2 DIALOGUE

India and Australia held Secretary level 2+2 dialogue on 9th December 2019 in New Delhi.

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19TH IORA COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING

The 19th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers (COM) Meeting was held in Abu Dhabi (UAE) under the theme of “Promoting a Shared Destiny and Path to Prosperity in the Indian Ocean”.

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IMF QUOTAS

Members of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to maintain its funding at $ 1 trillion but postponed changes to its voting structure.

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PM MODI & MALDIVIAN PRESIDENT JOINTLY INAUGURATED DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Maldives jointly inaugurated several key development projects in the Maldives via video conference.

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2019 NATO SUMMIT HELD IN WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit was recently held in London which also marked its 70th anniversary.

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HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT (HDR) 2019

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released the 2019 Human Development Report (HDR), entitled “Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: inequalities in human development in the 21st Century”.

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BOUGAINVILLE: WORLD’S NEWEST NATION

The South Pacific Archipelago of Bougainville voted to become independent of Papua New Guinea.

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Poland Leaves European Union’s 2050 Climate Neutrality Agreement

Poland has left European Union’s (EU) 2050 Climate Neutrality Agreement as it demanded more funds for economic transition and support for nuclear power.

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17TH INDIA-EU SUMMIT 2020 TO BE HELD IN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

PM Narendra Modi will visit Brussels, Belgium in 2020 for the 17th India-EU Summit.

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MEA INCLUDES MADAGASCAR, COMOROS IN INDIAN OCEAN DIVISION

Ministry of External Affairs has included Madagascar and Comoros in the Indian Ocean Region Division, which looks after India's maritime neighbours such as Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles.

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GERMANWATCH’S 15TH CLIMATE RISK INDEX 2020

According to the 15th edition of “Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) 2020,India ranked 5th in the global list of most climate-affected country in 2018 with the CRI score of 18.17 .

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“COASTAL SHIPPING AGREEMENT” BETWEEN INDIA & BANGLADESH

The Ministry of Shipping (MoS)announced that Mongla and Chattogram (Both in Bangladesh) have been declared as Ports of Call under “Coastal Shipping Agreement” between India & Bangladesh.

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Parliament passed “The Recycling of Ships Bill 2019’’ for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships in India.

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NAVIC SATELLITES OF INDIA TO JOIN ALLIED SYSTEM OF USA

The US Congress has consented to designate India’s NAVIC as its allied navigational satellite system along with the Galileo of the European Union and QZSS of Japan.

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MAURITIUS PM PRAVIND JUGNAUTH VISIT TO INDIA

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met the Prime Minister of Mauritius H.E. Mr. Pravind Jugnauth in New Delhi.

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INDIA-MYANMAR FOREIGN OFFICE CONSULTATIONS

The 18th India-Myanmar Foreign Office Consultations were held in New Delhi on 6th December 2019.

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UNITED STATES SHUTS DOWN WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION APPEAL COURT

The Appeal Court of the World Trade Organization that acts as trade dispute settlement body for the members was shut down by the United States on Dec 9.

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7TH OPEC AND NON-OPEC MINISTERIAL MEETING WERE HELD IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA.

7th OPEC and NON-OPEC ministerial meeting were held in Vienna, Austria.

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INDIAN EMBASSY SIGNED PACT TO RECONSTRUCT NEPAL’S 11 HERITAGE SITES UNDER INTACH

INDIAN EMBASSY SIGNED PACT TO RECONSTRUCT NEPAL’S 11 HERITAGE SITES UNDER INTACH

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INDIA-JAPAN MARITIME AFFAIRS DIALOGUE

The 5th round of India-Japan Maritime Affairs Dialogue was held in Tokyo, Japan.

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INDIAN PHARMACOPOEIA (IP)

Afghanistan has become the first country to formally recognize Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP).

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PACS 2019 Held In Hawaii, US

Pacific Air Force Chiefs Conference (PACS-2019) was held at the American military base in Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, United States(US).

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INDIA, BANGLADESH, NEPAL CONTRIBUTES GLOBAL PROGRESS IN INFANT BIRTH REGISTRATION: UNICEF REPORT.

According to the new report, ‘Birth Registration for Every Child by 2030: Are we on track?’ released by UNICEF, the number of childbirth registrations has increased significantly in South Asian countries.

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CHINA-PAKISTAN; SECURE CPEC SEA ROUTE

In order to secure the CPEC sea route, China and Pakistan have signed a deal to build drones with maximum payload of 480 kg, with top speed of 370 km p er hour and can fly up to 20 hours.

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INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON CLIMATE SMART FARMING SYSTEMS

Three day “International Seminar on Climate Smart Farming Systems” for BIMSTEC countries begins in New Delhi.

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2ND FOLLOW-UP COMMITTEE MEET BY INDIA, AFGHAN & IRAN HELD IN NEW DELHI

The 2nd meeting of the Follow-up Committee for implementing trilateral Chabahar Agreement between India, Afghanistan and Iran was held in New Delhi

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19TH JOINT COMMISSION MEETING 2019 : INDIA & IRAN HELD IN TEHRAN

External Affairs Minister (EAM), Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who was on a 2-day (22-23 December 2019) visit to Iran, co-chaired the 19thJoint Commission Meeting 2019 with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif in Tehran, Iran.

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INTERNATIONAL GEOLOGICAL CONGRESS (IGC)

India is gearing up to host the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in the capital during the first week of March 2020.

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11th DELHI DIALOGUE & 6TH INDIAN OCEAN DIALOGUE HELD IN NEW DELHI

Union Ministry of External Affairs will be hosting 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue (IOD) and Delhi Dialogue XI at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi on 13 December 2019.

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India has increased the area covered by its Indo-Pacific policy.

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First Global Refugee Forum To Be Held In Geneva

The first Global Refugee Forum is being held in Geneva, Switzerland.

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WEF GENDER GAP INDEX 2019

World Economic Forum (WEF) has recently released Gender Gap Index-2019 that shows India has slipped to 112th position.

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Global Carbon Project

The Global Carbon Project, which puts out emission estimates for across the world every year, has said India’s emissions in 2019 was likely to be only 1.8 per cent higher than in 2018.

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NEW START (STRATEGIC ARMS REDUCTION TREATY)

Russia has observed that there was no longer enough time left for Moscow and Washington to negotiate a full-fledged replacement for the New START nuclear arms control treaty before it expires in February 2021.

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FENI RIVER AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE

The Union Cabinet approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Bangladesh on the withdrawal of 1.82 cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water from the Feni River by India

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14TH EAST ASIA SUMMIT

The 14th East Asia Summit (EAS) was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 4 November 2019.

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INTERNATIONAL TREATY ON PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

Union Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar attended the Eighth Session of Governing Body of Seed Treaty at FAO Headquarters in Rome.

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PRESIDENT OF SRI LANKA- ELECTION PROCESS

Sri Lanka’s former wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, part of the country’s most powerful political dynasty, has been elected president.

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INDIA & VIETNAM SIGNED MOU FOR COOPERATION IN EDUCATION, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

India and Vietnam signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) for cooperation in the field of education and scientific research.

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WEST BANK SETTLEMENTS

The United States has declared that it does not consider Israeli settlements on the West Bank a violation of international law.

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India maintained its status as a non-member of the Europe-led Budapest Convention and it voted in favour of a Russian-led UN resolution to set up a separate convention.

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First ever ‘BIMSTEC Ports’ Conclave will be held at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

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U.S. media report alleged that China had hatched a secret plan to build fighter jets and other military hardware in Pakistan as part of the CPEC project.

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EUROPEAN MPS’ KASHMIR VISIT

A delegation of Members of European Parliament (MEPs), consisting of more than 20 MPs, recently visited Kashmir to understand the ground situation after India revoked special status given to the state under Article 370.

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5TH ASEAN DEFENCE MINISTER’S MEETING (ADMM)-PLUS IN SINGAPORE

The latest ADMM-Plus meeting where Defence Ministers of ASEAN countries and eight other nations would gather and discuss the way forward for security cooperation, is being held in Bangkok.

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KALAPANI TERRITORY

In the recently released political map of India, after the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) into the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, the Kalapani territory became the bone of contention between India and Nepal.

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MAURITIUS CALLING UK AN ‘ILLEGAL COLONIAL OCCUPIER’

Mauritius called the UK an “illegal colonial occupier”, after it ignored a UN mandated deadline to return the Chagos Islands, a small archipelago in the Indian Ocean, to Mauritius.

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AGREEMENT ON RECIPROCAL LOGISTICS SUPPORT (ARLS)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, went to Russia for discussing few defence related matters on November 5 – 7, 2019 and expecting to sign mutual logistics agreement.

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7TH RCEP –REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP

The two-day RCEP Inter-Sessional Ministerial Meeting concluded in Singapore.

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Pakistan has stopped exchange of postal mails with India since August 27.

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Kurds are the world’s largest stateless ethnic group. The majority among the Kurdish people today are Sunni Muslim, but there are adherents of other faiths too, including Sufism and other mystical practices.

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India has joined the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance on Technology Governance that will focus on advancing the responsible and ethical use of smart city technologies.

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The Vice President of India attended the 18th NAM Summit which was held in Baku.

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Northern Ireland remains in the UK’s customs territory, but all EU rules will apply to goods arriving there in this complex system.

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Pakistan has been formally put on the grey list by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

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India and Sierra Leone seek to expand bilateral ties and push for UNSC reforms.

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South Korea has said that it will no longer seek special treatment reserved for developing countries by the World Trade Organization in future negotiations given its enhanced global economic status.

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India has approached ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) after Pakistan denied permission for PM Modi to use its air space.

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

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The second informal summit between leaders of India and China is scheduled to take place in October in the coastal town of Mamallapuram, south of Chennai.

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Minister of State of Civil Aviation delivered the Keynote Address at the Drone Innovators Network Summit-2019.

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United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its cinema ad campaign ‘Feed Our Future’ against hunger and malnutrition in India.

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India has announced 22mn USD to GFTAM for the 6th replenishment cycle (2020-22).

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A new U.S. law, called “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” or CAATSA was passed by the U.S. Congress, which transformed what should have been a straightforward bilateral deal into a complex trilateral balancing game for India.

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The second assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) is being hosted by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy from 30th-31st October 2019.

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INTERPOL GENERAL ASSEMBLY

India will host the 91st Interpol General Assembly in 2022 after a proposal received the support of member countries at this year's congregation at Santinago in Chile.

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Recently India has got the first set of Swiss bank account details of its nationals under a new automatic information exchange pact.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) released its first World Vision Report, proposing ways to address challenges such as integrating eye care into healthcare systems.

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In Global Hunger Index report, India has the highest percentage of children who suffer from acute undernutrition .

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The Bangladesh China India Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor aims to connect Kolkata with Kunming, capital of the Yunnan province of China.

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IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking measures the capacity and readiness of 63 economies

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Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), under Ministry of Finance is organising a meeting of Regional Heads of Customs Administration of Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO) in Kerala

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UN CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT

India’s commitment to the creation of 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022

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World Energy Council (WEC) is a global body for tangible engagement in the pursuit of sustainable supply and use of energy.

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UN PALESTINE REFUGEE AGENCY

India has pledged to contribute USD 5 million in 2019 to the UN Palestine refugee agency.

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INDIA CALLS FOR REFORMS IN UN PEACEKEEPING

India has asked the UN Security Council to reform the UN peacekeeping by adopting reforms

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ASEAN –INDIA TRADE IN GOODS AGREEMENT (AITIGA)

India and the 10-member ASEAN have agreed to initiate a review of the bilateral free trade agreement

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INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE

The International Solar Alliance was inaugurated by the Indian Prime Minister and French President in National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) in Gwalpahari, Gurgaon along with the interim Secretariat of the ISA.

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PACE SETTER FUND PROGRAMME

The PACE setter fund was constituted by India and the USA

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India skipped a meeting of the ‘Eurasian Economic Union’ (EAEU).

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Ourth Indian Ocean Conference 2019 was recently held in Male, capital of Maldives.

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The 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) projected that about 3 billion people live in multidimensional poverty globally.

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Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism is an intergovernmental convention to enhance prosecution and extradition of terrorists.

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The United States of America (USA) has with effect from 5 June 2019 withdrawn India’s GSP benefits.

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A maritime route between the ports of Chennai and Vladivostok to ensure connectivity between the two countries

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US President has announced that he will withdraw his country from the International Arms Trade Treaty.

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The Association of World Election Bodies(A-WEB) is the largest association of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) worldwide.

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Nternational Maritime Organisation (IMO) has launched new rules to introduce electronic information exchange between ships and ports for national governments.

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He Akademik Lomonosov is a first-of-its-kind floating nuclear power station built in St Petersburg.

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GENERALIZED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES (GSP)

The US terminated preferential tariffs to Indian exports after determining that it has not committed to provide “equitable and reasonable access to its markets” for the US.

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Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has announced that his government plans to build smart, green capital city on Borneo island

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Protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects of hazardous wastes

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Eastern Economic Forum was established by decree of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in 2015.

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Telangana is hosting the triennial International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Congress in Hyderabad.

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Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment will attend “2nd Global Disability Summit” to be held at Buenos Aires, Argentina from during June 6 to 8.

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Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) countries this month to discuss ideas to strengthen the proposed pact between the 16 partner countries.

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India’s is ranked 141 among 163 countries on the Global Peace Index 2019.

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Earlier Iran has announced that it would reduce its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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The Quad countries were resolute in their view of the centrality of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in South East Asia.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in the Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek, his first multilateral engagement post his re-election.

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India joined ranks with Russia and 42 other nations to abstain from voting on a General Assembly resolution.

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India has been elected to the Executive Board of the first UN-Habitat Assembly.

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UAE’s Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has issued the first Golden Residence Permit in Abu Dhabi to investor Yousuf Ali, the Abu Dhabi-based Keralite billionaire tycoon.

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At 80th rank, India moves up one position on the Global Talent Competitive Index (GTCI) 2019, according to a report released by INSEAD business school in partnership with Tata Communications and Adecco Group.

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India has contributed $1 million to the UN Special Purpose Trust Fund for the Resident Coordinator System.

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Protests in Hong Kong, now in its 13th consecutive week, have brought a decades-old policy of the People’s Republic of China back into focus — One Country Two Systems.

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BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) held their 28th Ministerial meeting on Climate Change recently in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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UNSC RESOLUTION 47 ON KASHMIR

Resolution 47 of the UNSC focuses on the complaint of the Government of India concerning the dispute over the State of Jammu and Kashmir

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SOUTH-SOUTH AND TRIANGULAR COOPERATION

An international dialogue on South-South and Triangular Cooperation was recently held in New Delhi.

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UNIDO AND NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SOLAR ENERGY

NISE and UNIDO will engage national and international experts to bring best practices by developing specialized training material.

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WORLD SKILLS KAZAN 2019

Indian team created history at the 45th World Skills competition.

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HENLEY PASSPORT INDEX

According to the Henley Passport Index, India jumped two positions from 81st in 2018 to 79th this year.

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Golden Leaf Award

Tobacco Board of India has been awarded the Golden Leaf Award

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Manghdechhu Hydro Electric Power Project

This hydroelectric project is a 720MW run-of-river power plant

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Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Congress 2019

Vice President of India highlighted the need to make sustainable solutions

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