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22 Jun, 17

Kenneth Juster to be new US ambassador to India.

  • Kenneth I Juster, a top aide of US President Donald Trump, is set to be America’s new ambassador to India.
  • Juster, 62, who is the deputy assistant to the US president for International Economic Affairs and deputy director of his National Economic Council, would replace Richard Verma if nominated and confirmed by the Senate.
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21 Jun, 17

India and Portugal Sign A Historical agreement to promote Cooperation in The Field of Archives which will be named known as ‘Moncoes do Reino’ (Monsoon correspondence).

  • A Protocol of Cooperation was signed between the National Archives of India and the Minister of Culture of the Portuguese Republic in the field of archives.
  • As a first step under this agreement, the Torre do Tombo (National Archives of Portugal) handed over to the National Archives of India digital copies of 62 volumes of the collection known as ‘Moncoes do Reino’ (Monsoon correspondence).
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20 Jun, 17

Australia Announces Online Visa Application Facility For Indians starting from July 1.

  • The Australian government today announced that Indian nationals can apply for a visitor visa online starting July 1.
  • The online application option would make applying for the country’s visitor visas easier and enhance the experience for Indians.
  • There has been a significant increase in demand for Australian visas in India with the rising popularity of Australia as a holiday destination.
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India ratifies United Nations TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers) Convention

  • India became the 71st country to ratify the United Nations TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers) Convention, a move that will help boost trade through smoother movement of goods across territories.
  • The ratification is a part of India’s multi-modal transport strategy that aims to integrate the economy with global and regional production networks through better connectivity.
  • The TIR Convention will also facilitate India’s current national and multilateral connectivity-related initiatives to improve cross border road transport, facilitating overland trade integration with both eastern and western neighbours.
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19 Jun, 17

India-Afghan air freight corridor to start soon

  • Undeterred by Pakistan’s concerted attempt to block road access to Afghanistan, New Delhi and Kabul will operationalise their first air-freight corridor.
  • The flight to be operated by Ariana Afghan Airlines — Afghanistan’s national carrier — will carry commodities from Kabul to Delhi and then return with Indian goods to Kabul.
  • Initially, the plane will operate once or twice in a month, depending on the demand and supply needs.
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17 Jun, 17

India re-elected to UN body on economic, social issues (ECOSOC).

  • India has been re-elected to the UN’s principal organ on economic, social and environmental issues for another three-year term.
  • India was among 18 nations to win election to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). India obtained 183 votes, the second highest after Japan in the Asia Pacific category.
  • Pakistan, whose term on the Council is expiring this year, was seeking re-election to the UN body but lost as it got only one vote.
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16 Jun, 17

India, South Korea agreed for more investments, and to fight protectionism

  • India and Korea on Wednesday decided to stimulate investments to push infrastructure development and bilateral trade as they sought to ward off threats of rising protectionism.
  • The two countries also signed agreements to establish $9 billion in concessional credit and $1 billion in Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding for infrastructure development projects in India.
  • As the world’s fastest growing major economy, India offers Korea important opportunities to deploy its capital and technologies in India, the Finance Ministry said in a statement.
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15 Jun, 17

Govt announces Indian envoys to European Union, Italy, Denmark

  • India has announced a number of new diplomatic appointments in its missions abroad, including envoys to the European Union, Italy and Denmark.
  • Gaitri Issar Kumar, joint secretary in the President’s Secretariat and a 1986 batch IFS officer, was named as India’s Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union which has its headquarters in the Belgian capital of Brussels.
  • Reenat Sandhu was named as India’s new Ambassador to Italy.
  • Ajit Vinayak Gupte, joint secretary in the external affairs ministry, has been named India’s Ambassador to Denmark.
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Government imposes anti-dumping duty on Chinese ceramic items

  • India has imposed anti-dumping duty on import of ceramic table and kitchenware items from China to protect domestic industry against goods being sold at below normal value.
  • The anti-dumping duty of $1.04 per kg will be imposed on import of ceramic tableware and kitchenware, excluding knives and toilet items from China.
  • The anti-dumping duty imposed shall be levied for a period not exceeding six months.
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AUSINDEX-17: India, Australia to Participate in Joint Maritime Exercise

  • Navies of India and Australia will participate in bilateral maritime exercise AUSINDEX-17 this week with an aim to enhancing interoperability and cooperation between the two forces.
  • Indian naval ships Jyoti, Shivalik and Kamorta are on a port visit to Freemantle, Australia from June 13 to 17 and will join the exercise.
  • INS Shivalik, a muIti-role stealth frigate, INS Kamorta, an anti-submarine warfare corvette, and INS Jyoti, the fleet replenishment tanker, are a part of this venture.
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12 Jun, 17

EU, France grant 3.5m euros to curb emissions in India

  • Aiming to reduce emissions and promote sustainability to help India’s smart city programme, France and the European Union on Friday extended a grant of 3.5 million euros under the ‘Moblise Your City’ (MYC) initiative.
  • Three Indian cities — Nagpur, Kochi and Ahmedabad — will get the grant as part of the EU’s commitment under the Paris Climate agreement, French Development Agency (AFD) officials said.
  • More funds would be provided to India as loan to take forward the smart city and sustainable transport initiatives in the three cities on pilot basis.
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10 Jun, 17

UK election: 2 Sikh MPs “Preet Kaur Gill” & “Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi” add to record Indian set in House of Commons

  • There is much delight in Britain’s Sikh community over the election of Preet Kaur Gill – the first Sikh woman MP – and Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi – the first turban-wearing Sikh MP – whose presence in the House of Commons increases the Indian-origin group from 10 to a record 12.
  • All 10 Indian-origin lawmakers in the previous Parliament expectedly retained their seats, with Dhesi (Slough) and Gill (Birmingham Edbaston) – both Labour – taking forward the “Indian” participation in British politics that began with Dadabhai Naoroji being elected in Finsbury Central in 1892.
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8 Jun, 17

US, China, India to be top prospective destinations for FDI: UNCTAD

  • The US, China and India are considered to be the most prospective destinations for foreign direct investment (FDI), predicted the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in its annual report on investment.
  • According to the report, with a surge of outflows, China also becomes last year the second largest investing country.
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2 Jun, 17

India, Pakistan to become full SCO members at Astana summit: China

  • India and Pakistan’s admission as full members to the Beijing-backed Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will be formalised at the political and security grouping’s summit in Kazakhstan next week.
  • The political and security grouping — headquartered in Beijing — was founded in 2001 and comprises Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, besides China as full members.
  • It is mainly aimed at military cooperation between the members and involves intelligence-sharing, counter-terrorism operations in Central Asia.
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India, Russia ink key pact for two nuclear power units in Kudankulam

  • In a big boost for the country’s clean energy requirements, India and Russia signed an agreement for setting up of Units 5 and 6 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu.
  • The reactors will be built by India’s Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and Russia’s Atomstroyexport company, a subsidiary of Rosatom, the regulatory body of the Russian nuclear complex.
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1 Jun, 17

India and Spain sign seven MoUs: Cybersecurity and renewable energy prime areas of cooperation

  • India and Spain on Wednesday signed seven agreements, including on cooperation in cyber security and renewable energy, following talks in Madrid between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy.
  • A second MoU was signed on cooperation in renewable energy.
  • Three other MoUs were signed on;
    1. cooperation in organ transplantation,
    2. technical cooperation in civil aviation, and 3. between the Foreign Service Institute of India and the Diplomatic Academy of Spain.
  • Two agreements were also signed on :
    1. transfer of sentenced persons and
    2. waiving of visas for diplomatic passport holders.
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31 May, 17

5th India Morocco Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) was held in Rabat.

  • The JCM was anchored by Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce and Industry Minister.
  • The visit of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce and Industry, Government of India to Morocco and the proceedings of the 5th India Morocco JCM have intensified the strong bilateral relations between India and Morocco.
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Inauguration of India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference by Fiji PM Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

  • The ‘India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference’ hosted by Ministry of External Affairs, India, was inaugurated by the Acting Prime Minister of Fiji, Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
  • Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen. (Dr.) V K Singh (Retd.), host of the conference, announced that India will contribute US$ 1 million to Fiji’s Trust Fund for their Presidency of COP-23 to be held in November 2017.
  • During the two days of the programme, the conference focused on issues such as ;
    1. the blue economy,
    2. adaptation-mitigation practices for climate change,
    3. disaster preparedness,
    4. health,
    5. the International Solar Alliance as well as finding practical solutions to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) implementation.
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29 May, 17

Indo-Thailand Siam Bharat 17: Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise 2017 will be held at Chiang Mai.

  • Indo-Thailand Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Table Top Exercise 2017 was held at Chiang Mai, Thailand from 22 May to 26 May 17 between the Indian Air Force and Royal Thailand Air Force (RTAF).
  • The aim of the bilateral exercise is to evolve SOPs for planning and executing relief missions during unforeseen natural calamities like Tsunami, earthquakes, cyclones, floods etc.
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28 May, 17

Shah Rukh Khan becomes first Indian actor to speak at TED Talks in Canada

  • Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan addressed the audience in a conference at TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment and Design talks) in Canada.
  • The actor has become the first Bollywood actor to grace the stage delivering TED talks to a large audience base.
  • The 50-year old, who is known for his articulate speech, attended ‘Ted 2017 – The Future You’ Conference.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which bollywood actor addressed the audience in a conference at TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment and Design talks) in Canada? 
 – Shah Rukh Khan. 
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India inks 4 pacts with Mauritius during Jugnauth’s visit

  • India has extended a 500 million dollar line of credit to Mauritius. The Line of Credit has been signed between SBM Mauritius Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd and Export-Import Bank of India.
  • Four Agreements:
    1. Oceanography Institute in marine sciences and technology.
    2. Memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up of a civil services college in Mauritius.
    3. MoU was signed between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Mauritius .
    4. Submission of instrument of ratification of International Solar Alliance (ISA) by Mauritius.
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27 May, 17

25 May, 17

Japan to build war museum in Manipur,India.

  • Japan is going to build a war museum at the hillock at Maiba Lokpa in Bishnupur district, Manipur, where a Japanese camp was located during World War II.
  • The Japanese ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, said about 70,000 Japanese soldiers had died in battles from March to June 1944 in Imphal and Kohima.
  • Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh welcomed the plan to build a museum and promised all assistances to the Japanese government.
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22 May, 17

Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off in London

  • The Jaipur Literature Festival was today inaugurated in London to present a sumptuous showcase of South Asias literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas, dialogue and debate.
  • The British Library, the second largest library in the world by number of items catalogued, played host to the annual festival as part of the wider UK-India Year of Culture celebrations and included a wide array of authors and artists from India, the UK and beyond.
  • The year 2017 marks the fourth London edition of the festival, which has its roots in the Pink City of Jaipur where it marked its 10th anniversary in January this year.
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19 May, 17

Bilateral Exercise Between Indian & Republic Of Singapore Navy Simbex-17 Commences

  • As part of “SIMBEX-17, the ongoing Bilateral Naval Exercise between Navies of the Republic of Singapore and India, lndian Naval Ships;
    1. Shivalik,
    2. Sahyadri,
    3. Jyoti and
    4. Kamorta,
    5. one P8-I Maritime Patrol and
    6. Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft
    are participating.
  • SIMBEX is an acronym for Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises”.
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10 May, 17

29th India- Indonesia Co-Ordinated Patrol (Corpat) Commences

  • The 29th series of IndiaIndonesia CORPAT is scheduled from 09 to 25 May 17 with the opening ceremony being conducted at Port Blair under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command.
  • The Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sutedi Senoputra has arrived at Haddo Wharf, Port Blair to mark the commencement of the 29th series of INDINDO CORPAT.
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9 May, 17

Sohail Mahmood Pakistan’s next high commissioner to India.

  • During the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan, the government has approved the appointment of Sohail Mahmood as Pakistan’s next high commissioner to India
    Mahmood is a top diplomat of Pakistan and will replace Abdul Basit this month.
  • Mahmood joined Pakistan’s foreign service in 1985.
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8 May, 17

India is redesigning the BBIN (Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal) transport plan as Bhutan withdraws

  • India is back at the drawing board on BBIN (Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal) Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA), an ambitious sub-regional transport project, even as Bhutan has shelved it for the time being.
  • The BBIN, which is promoted by India and aimed at creating seamless connectivity between the four countries for enhanced sub-regional trade and movement of people, suffered a body blow on April 29.
  • With Bhutan announcing that it will not be able to ratify the plan before it addresses some of concerns raised domestically over the project.
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