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India ranked 132nd out of 152 countries on the inaugural “Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index” released by international NGO Oxfam in association with Developmental Finance International. Sweden topped the list while Nigeria remained the last. The top 5 countries in the list are Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Germany.

The Women and Child Development ministry launched an online platform to enable women employees of the Central Government to file complaints related to sexual harassment at the workplace.  The SHe-box (Sexual Harassment Electronic box) is available for the Private Sector as well. We just need to make a few changes in our online interface. Once it is done, Employees from private companies would also be able to lodge complaints.

Iran and Iraq signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to step up military cooperation and the fight against terrorism and extremism. The MoU encourages the promotion of interaction and share of experiences in the fight against terrorism and extremism, border security, training and logistical, technical and military support between both countries. Iran and Iraq are hoping that the agreement would result in deeper and more serious military cooperation between the two countries. Moreover, Iran is going to continue to provide full support to establish sustainable security and stability.

Internationally-renowned space scientist and former chairman of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization), Udupi Ramachandra Rao passed away in Bengaluru.  Prof Rao is credited with having played an instrumental role in building up Indian satellite programmes right from nation’s first satellite Aryabhatta. He served as Chairman of ISRO from 1984 to 1994. He has published more than 350 scientific and technical papers in various journals covering topics like cosmic rays, high energy astronomy, interplanetary physics, space applications and satellite and rocket technology and also authored many books.

Ace Indian Shuttler H S Prannoy won the 2017 Yonex US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament title. It was third Grand Prix Gold title of badminton. The 2017 US Open Grand Prix Gold was the eleventh Grand Prix’s badminton tournament of the 2017 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Grand Prix and the tournament.

India and Bangladesh signed an agreement to connect both the countries by waterways. The waterways will facilitate movement of passengers and goods between India’s northeast and West Bengal with Bangladesh. The Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya informed that infrastructure for the services would be set up along the major rivers in Bangladesh, West Bengal and the Brahmaputra in Assam.

Raveesh Kumar, a 1995-batch IFS officer is currently posted in Frankfurt, Germany as Consul General of India, is to be the next spokesperson for the ministry of External Affairs. He will replace Gopal Baglay who was appointed the joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. The IFS officer started his career at the Indian Mission in Jakarta. It was followed by a stint in Thimphu and London.

India lost to England by nine runs in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's World Cup final at Lord's in London. The country England got its fourth Women's World Cup. Indian Team Opener Poonam Raut top scored with 86, while Harmanpreet Kaur scored 51 runs in the finals.

Uttar Pradesh Power Minister Srikant Sharma launched free power connection scheme for the Below Poverty Line (BPL) card holders. The people who do not have BPL cards will have to pay between Rs 80 to Rs 120 for getting the power connection. The scheme is launched at 624 places across the state.

India will host Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS), the world’s largest conference on cyber space and related issues in New Delhi in November 2017. The theme for the GCCS 2017 is 'Cyber4All: An Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Cyberspace'. This is for the first time GCCS is taking place outside Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations. It is a prestigious International Conference that aims at encouraging dialogue among stakeholders of cyberspace. It was incepted in 2011 in London.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma launched a statewide football grassroots development programme ‘Mission Football’at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Mission Football is a project for developing a sustainable infrastructure for the sport in all the 11 districts of the state.The Government is also seeking financial support from different sources including the North Eastern Council, Union ministry of sports and youth affairs, and funds under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR). A total of eight grounds will be developed and the development of football stadiums in seven districts with an investment of Rs 5 crores per stadium.

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Research Institution of World Ancient, Traditional, Culture & Heritage (RIWATCH) Museum at Roing in Arunachal Pradesh.  He inaugurated the 235-meter long Chimari Bridge serve as a life line between the National Highway 52 of Roing-Tezu. The bridge has been constructed by Border Roads Organisation(BRO).