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United States of America (USA) is set to declare China as one among the World’s Worst offenders on human trafficking in its annual Trafficking in Persons Report. The move will be Donald Trump administration’s first major public rebuke of China’s human rights record. The declaration would place China in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe, and Syria.

SpiceJet Limited forced to ground its entire fleet on its inability to pay $2.2 million in fuel bills, the budget airline becomes the world’s best-performing airline stock with $26 billion. SpiceJet shares the best performers on a Bloomberg Intelligence index of airline stocks this year. The stock has gained over 800% since SpiceJet was forced to ground its entire fleet over the inability to pay $2.2 million in fuel bills in 2014.  

Mihai Tudose named as the Prime Minister of Romania. According to the President of Romania, the decision has been taken keeping in mind the political crisis that risked damaging the country’s record economic recovery. Romania is the second poorest country of the European Union. It is the largest of the Balkan countries and has a coastline on the Black Sea.  Social Democrat Party (PSD) was ousted from the power following an internal power struggle. PSD filed a no-confidence motion against ex-Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu for causing delays in implementing reforms.

Union Government has cleared the proposal for setting up a New Airport in Jewar in Greater Noida. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju approved to cater to the growing flying requirements of National Capital Region. The Noida International Airport have capacity up to 30 to 50 million passengers per year over the next 10 to 15 years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for the Netherland for the three-nation visit after completing his two-day United States tour. Both countries are celebrating 70 years of the establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relations this year. Two Memoranda of Understandings (MOUs), one each on water management and cultural exchange, will also be exchanged in the presence of both Prime Ministers.

SpaceX successfully launched and landed the second Falcon 9 rocket in roughly 48 hours. The technology, which requires aircraft to be equipped with certain equipment, is undergoing testing involving eight of the initial batch of Iridium NEXT satellites.  The new satellites carry payloads for joint-venture Aerion’s space-based, real-time tracking and surveillance of aircraft around the globe, which has implications for efficiency, economy, and safety especially in remote airspace over the oceans. 

Indian Army is actively now considering the recruiting civilian staff in peace stations with the colonial-era Sahayak system. Sahayaks are soldiers and their duties include protecting the officers, maintaining their weapons and equipment and also helping them in carrying out their responsibilities. They will employ in main areas and keys stations in Sahayaks.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N Vohra appointed as the President of the India International Centre (IIC) one of the premier cultural institutions in the country. He is succeeded by Soli Sorabjee, former President of IIC. The India International Centre (IIC) is a well known non-official organization located in New Delhi, India.

The World Bank cleared a USD 250-million loan, referred to as Skill India Mission Operation (SIMO) for making Indian youth more employable through reskilling. SIMO will be implemented through the National Skill Development Mission and will specifically target labor market entrants. World Bank’s SIMO is a six- year program in support of the Indian Government’s National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (2017-23). As per the Bank’s estimate, skill development capacity of the system would increase by the end of the program so that at least 8.8 million youth with relevant training with improved employment opportunity to raise their earnings.

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the three-day MODI (Making of Developed India Festival) Fest at Kala Academy in Panaji. The MODI Fest showcases the progress of various policies and programs of the Central Government and its developments in lasts three stages. The main focus depends on economic and infrastructure development, budget reforms, women empowerment, skill development for youth, Digital India, financial inclusion and incentives for the farming sector.

Arunachal Pradesh Government decided to increase the retirement age of regular State Government employees to 60 years. The matter was under consideration of the state government for past many months and was discussed in the cabinet on two separate occasions.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Mars rover Opportunity found rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater that might have been a lake of liquid water. The pattern of striations running east-west outside the crest of the rim and the features are observed just outside the crater rim’s crest above “Perseverance Valley”. NASA’s Opportunity, also known as MER-B is a robotic rover investigating the Martian surface since 2004.

Nashik’s army doctor Srinivas Gokulnath and Nagpur’s doctor Amit Samarth created history by becoming the first Indians to complete the 4,900-km Race Across America (RAAM) in the solo 18-59 age category. Srinivas Gokulnath is an aerospace medicine specialist and had participated in the 2016 edition of RAAM. RAAM is considered as the toughest cycle race in the world. It is about 30 percent longer than the Tour de France and the riders have to pedal over 400 km a day to finish the race in 12 days.