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13 January 2018

South Korea has proposed fielding a joint women’s ice hockey team with North Korea at next month’s Winter Olympics going to be held at Pyongyang. South Korea's unification ministry invited the North to further talks about the Olympics in the truce village of Panmunjom on 15 January. A joint march at the opening ceremony would be a stunning statement for the "Peace Olympics", which will open about 50 miles (80 kilometres) from the heavily fortified Korean border on 9 February.

13 January 2018

V J Mathew was appointed Maritime Board Chairman. The decision in this regard was taken by the Kerala cabinet. Mathew is the legal consultant of Vizhinjam International container terminal company and Indian Maritime Association Co-President.

13 January 2018

The Hong Kong and Beijing based China Telecom Global (CTG) - a company formed in 2012 - has teamed up with Nepal Telecom to provide alternate cyber-connectivity to Nepal. So far, Nepal had been linked to the global internet network through Indian telecom operators, using optical fiber connections in Biratnagar, Bhairahawa and Birgunj, among others. But a new terrestrial fiber cable launched in 2016 by CTG will now connect Nepal and China through the Jilong (Rasuwagadhi) border gateway.

13 January 2018

Considering the needs of its women commuters, Bhopal Junction has become the first railway station in India to install a sanitary napkin vending machine, which is christened as 'Happy Nari'. At a meagre price of Rs 5, any railway passenger can procure two sanitary napkins from the vending machine.

13 January 2018

Women aged 25 and above will now be allowed to visit Saudi Arabia alone, without being accompanied by a male companion. The move is a part of Saudi Arabia's broader plans to issue tourist visas.

13 January 2018

South African pacer Kagiso Rabada, who recently became the top-ranked bowler in Test cricket, is the youngest bowler ever to top the ICC Test rankings for bowlers. Rabada achieved the feat at the age of 8,261 days, surpassing the record of former England bowler George Lohmann, who became the highest-ranked Test bowler aged 8,288 days in February 1888.

13 January 2018

India has granted a financial assistance worth over ₹288 crore ($45.27 million) to develop Sri Lanka's Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbour into a commercial port. Sri Lanka’s ministry of finance and Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) signed an agreement in this regard. The KKS Harbour was destroyed by the LTTE during Sri Lanka's civil war.

13 January 2018

Saudi Arabia allowed women to attend a men's football match for the first time from a sports stadium. This comes after Saudi women were allowed in a stadium for National Day celebrations in a one-off event in September last year. A hashtag, translated as "the people welcome the entry of women into stadiums", was used tens of thousands of times in two hours as the match took place.

13 January 2018

Jet Airways has prohibited passengers from carrying smart luggage, which includes devices with non-removable batteries, on its aircraft from January 15. This comes after the International Air Transport Association (IATA) banned such baggage on a passenger aircraft worldwide. Smart luggage also includes devices with integrated lithium batteries, motors, power banks, Bluetooth, GPS or Wi-Fi technology.

13 January 2018

Hubballi-Dharwad Smart City in Karnataka will have 250 smart poles to charge electric vehicles. The poles, which are expected to cost Rs. 10 lakh each, will act as WiFi hotspots and will feature remote-controlled LED lights.  

13 January 2018

Gallup International Association (GIA) has ranked Indian PM Narendra Modi as the No. 3 world leader in its annual survey. This is the highest ever rank bagged by any Indian PM in the GIA global polls. The first rank went to French President Emmanuel Macron (net score 21), followed by German chancellor Angela Merkel (net score of 20). US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin were ranked at the eleventh and sixth position respectively in the survey.