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  • World AIDS Vaccine Day is celebrated on 18th May

    May 18, 2019
    May 18 is celebrated as World AIDS Vaccine Day, also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. On this day, HIV vaccine advocates promote the continued urgent need for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS. World AIDS Vaccine Day observance is headed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID).
    This day provides a chance to thank several volunteers, community members, health professionals and scientists those who are working and researching to find a safe and... Read More


    Taiwan legalises same sex marriage

    May 18, 2019
    Taiwan becomes the first of any Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage with the passage of legislation giving gay couples the right to marry. On 17th May, the Lawmakers of Taiwan passed part of a bill that would allow gay couples to enter into exclusive permanent unions and apply for marriage registration with government agencies. The 66-to-27 vote recognizes same-sex marriages and gives couples many of the tax, insurance and child-custody benefits available to male-female married... Read More
    Category: International


    India finds fault in OECD that ranks countries based on their services trade policies

    May 18, 2019
    India has found problems with the current method under which the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ranks countries based on their services trade policies, indicating the outcomes are biased and counter-intuitive. Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI): STRI was launched in 2014. STRI is computed by the OECD. It ranks countries based on their service trade policies. The ranking for 2018 for a total of 45 economies, among them 36 are OECD and the rest... Read More
    Category: Index / List

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    Indian Navy conducted missile tests to boost its anti air warfare capabilities

    May 18, 2019
    The Indian Navy conducted significant missile tests boosting its anti-air warfare capabilities. The first cooperative engagement firing of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) or Barak-8 was held on the Western Seaboard. The firing was undertaken on the western seaboard by the INS Kochi and the INS Chennai wherein the missiles of both ships were controlled by one ship to intercept different aerial targets at extended ranges. Interestingly, one of the ships controlled the... Read More
    Category: Defence


    CTBTO offered India an Observer status and an access to IMS data

    May 18, 2019
    CTBTO (The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation) offered India an ‘Observer‘ status and an access to International Monitoring System (IMS) data. CTBT is a global treaty that runs IMS which constantly monitors the Earth for nuclear explosions and shares evaluative findings with its member states. CTBTO’s headquarters is in Vienna, Austria. Currently, IMS has 337 facilities, located in 89 nations. In 1996, CTBT was opened for signature after being adopted by the... Read More


    International Museum Day is observed on 18th May

    May 18, 2019
    International Museum Day (IMD) is an international day that is celebrated on 18th May every year. It is coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). The objective of International Museum Day (IMD) is to raise awareness of the fact that, Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples. The theme for International Museum Day (IMD) 2019 is Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of... Read More
    Category: Important Days


    Twenty Sixth edition of Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise titled SIMBEX were held in Singapore

    May 18, 2019
    INS Kolkata Designed and built in India, it is an advanced stealth destroyer capable of engaging multiple threats from the air, sea and underwater and INS Shakti is a fleet support ship that provides fuel, provisions and munitions to warships at sea the 2 warships of the Indian Navy participated in a 3-day Asia Pacific naval and maritime event titled the International Maritime Defence Exhibition Asia (IMDEX Asia-2019) (it commenced on May 14, 2019) held in Changi Exhibition Centre,... Read More
    Category: Defence


    Union Ministry of Environment to undertake a project to create DNA Database for Indian Rhinos

    May 18, 2019
    Union Ministry of Environment announced a project to create DNA Database for Indian Rhinos. This is done in order to curb poaching and collect evidence for wildlife crimes including Rhinos. The deadline to meet this project is 2021. The database will be kept in the Wildlife Institute of India(WII) headquartered in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The proponents of this project include the World Wide Fund for Nature-India(WWF-India) and the Centre-funded Wildlife Institute of India. About... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Sourav Ganguly and Sanjay Manjrekar inducted in ICC commentary panel for World Cup 2019

    May 18, 2019
    Former Indian cricketers Sourav Ganguly and Sanjay Manjrekar are inducted into the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) commentary panel for World Cup 2019. World Cup 2019 will begin from May 30, 2019 in England and Wales. The debut commentary will be made by Michael Clarke, former Australian batsman, who was the captain of the 2015 World Cup winning team and Nasser Hussain, Ian Bishop, Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Atherton, Brendon McCullum, Graeme Smith and Wasim Akram are also the part... Read More
    Category: Sports


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    India-Botswana Foreign Office Consultations held in New Delhi

    May 18, 2019
    The 3rd round of Foreign Office Consultations between India and Botswana was held in New Delhi on 15th May, 2019. Indian delegation was led by Neena Malhotra, Joint Secretary (East and Southern Africa) and the Botswana delegation led by Tapiwa Mongwa, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation. The purpose of the Foreign Office Consultation is to review bilateral relation which includes political, economic, commercial, defence, consular and... Read More


    Kerala State to go paperless under E Vidhan initiative

    May 18, 2019
    The Kerala State Assembly is undertaking E-Vidhan, an initiative to digitize all records.
    The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 14 months.
    The project is expected to cost around Rs.40 crore. Once the project is completed, all the Assembly proceedings like submission of notice by a member, question and answers, and all the other correspondence and business concerning the Assembly will go paperless. Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society: The state has... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Kami Rita sets record by scaling Mount Everest for the 23rd time

    May 18, 2019
    A Nepalese Sherpa climber Kami Rita has scaled Mount Everest for a 23rd time, breaking his own record for the Most successful ascents of the world's highest peak. Rita reached the 8,850-metre (29,035-feet) summit with other climbers via the Southeast Ridge route. His latest ascent took him two summits clear of two fellow Sherpas, who have successfully climbed the peak 21 times.
    About Kami Rita Sherpa:  Rita belongs to Thame village of Solukhumbu district in Nepal.
    Rita first... Read More
    Category: International


    Ujjivan Small Finance Bank appointed Nitin Chugh as MD and CEO

    May 18, 2019
    Ujjivan Small Finance Bank appointed Nitin Chugh as its Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for a period of 3 years from December 1, 2019. The present MD and CEO Samit Ghosh’s tenure will end on November 30, 2019. Currently, Nitin Chugh is Group Head of Digital Banking of HDFC Bank. About Ujjivan Small Finance Bank ♦ Headquarter: Bengaluru, Karnataka ♦ Tagline: We belive in your belief
    Category: Banking & Finance


    Maharashtra Cabinet provides approval for the promulgation of ordinance on Maratha quota

    May 18, 2019
    Maharashtra Cabinet approved to circulate an ordinance to amend the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Reservation Act, 2018, and also approved to recompense the fees to the general category-students, who will be affected after the promulgation of the ordinance. Previously the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court did not grant 16% reservation to the Maratha community students for admissions to post-graduate (PG) medical courses and dental courses because the admission process... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Eleventh India Iran Joint Consular Committee Meeting (JCCM) in New Delhi

    May 18, 2019
    India Iran Joint Consular Committee Meeting (JCCM) held in New Delhi on May 14, 2019. The Indian delegation was led by Amit Narang, Joint Secretary in Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) division and the Iran delegation was led by Ali Asghar Mohammadi, Director General of Consular Affairs.
    The purpose of this meeting is to review the status of ongoing cooperation in consular and visa related issues and also to discuss the strategy to further expand people to people contacts and to promote... Read More


    CBIC Government launches Project SPARROW for CBIC officers for over 400 formations of CBIC across India

    May 18, 2019
    Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) notified that for better human resource management, it will conduct annual performance appraisal report (APARs) of over 46,000 Group B and C officers (IRS– Indian Revenue Service officers in Customs and Central Excise in 2016-17) online in SPARROW (Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Window). This project is being implemented around 400 formations of CBIC across India. The DGHRM (Directorate General of Human Resource... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs




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