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India and Spain signed seven agreements after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Spain. The agreements are: Agreement for Transfer of Sentence Persons Memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Organ Transplantation MoU on Cooperation in Cyber Security MoU on Cooperation in Renewable Energy MoU on Technical Cooperation in Civil Aviation Agreement on visa waiver for holders of diplomatic passports. MoU between Foreign Service Institute and Diplomatic Academy of Spain. Spain is India's seventh largest trading partner in the European Union.

United States of America for the first time successfully tested its defence system against an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). A ground-based interceptor was launched at a California air base and shot down a mock ballistic missile.  It was the first live-fire test against a simulated ICBM for the Ground-Based Missile Defense.

India captain Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, found places in this year's ESPN World Fame 100 list that made its debut last year. Kohli is placed in the 13th spot and Dhoni in the 15th, Yuvraj and Raina have been ranked 90th and 95th respectively. The list is ESPN ranking of the 100 most famous active athletes in the world.

Scientists at IIT Kharagpur has come up with a new technology known as ‘soil-to-soil’ manufacturing technology for manufacturing cheaper, quicker and pollution-free. The Project is funded by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Department of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Human Resource Development.   The scientists used corn, sugarcane plants, the waste part of paddy straw, bamboo, banana plant, pineapple and cotton plants to produce biofuel.

PM Narendra Modi and Japan's PM Shinzo Abe will together lay the foundation stone for the bullet train project in the month of September. Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will have the speed of 320 km per hour. The construction work would continue for another five years and mentioned that the government was committed to complete the project by the end of 2022.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda is set to get the World Health Organization’s (WHO) award for outstanding global leadership in tobacco control. Mr Abdullah Nazim Ibrahim, Minister of Health for Bhutan, Mr Tandin Wangchuk, A Member of Parliament from Bangladesh, Mr Saber Hossain Chowdhury, The Chief Executive Officer of Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Dr Supreda Adulyanon are among the others selected for the award.

Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for fodder acreage assessment using satellite observation and space technology. ISRO will help in identification between food crops and fodder crops at village level and also locate suitable areas of cultivable wastelands at village level for green fodder cultivation. Amul is currently procuring around 150 lakh litres of milk daily from around 35 lakh milk producer members from over 18,500 villages.

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi won the European Golden Shoe for a record-equaling fourth time scored 37 goals in the Spanish league. Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He drew level with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo with the fourth honour.  

Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha confirmed that Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS-UDAN) scheme will allow India to have 200 plus airports in the next 10-15 years. There are currently 496 aircraft in operation with domestic airlines, and another 654 planes are under purchase orders. The  Aerospace and Aviation Skill Sector Council has been formed to monitor the growth of scheme development.

Union Minister for Communications Manoj Sinha announced the Mobile Congress 2017 (IMC 2017) is scheduled as a three-day event from 27th to 29th September 2017 in New Delhi. This is the first time India is all set to host its own mobile mega show. The Indian telecom market is the second-largest in the world after China. India has a total subscriber base of over 1.18 billion subscribers.  

As per ‘India Development Report’ released by World Bank on May 29, 2017, India ranks 120th among 131 countries in terms of women participation in the workforce. In India, the women participation in the workforce is only 27%, which is much lower as compared to China and Brazil where it is in the range of 65 - 70%. Indian women’s workforce participation is closer to Pakistan (24.6 percent) and the Arab world (23.3 percent) while neighbouring Countries Nepal (79.9 percent) and China (63.9 percent) are leagues ahead.

Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli becomes the only cricketer to get featured in the top 10 of the ICC Players Rankings for One day International (ODI). The top three batsmen featured in the ICC ODI Rankings are South Africa’s De Villiers (874), Australia’s David Warner (871) and Kohli (852).

India and Germany signed twelve memoranda of understanding (MoU) after bilateral discussion talks presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The agreements inked included nine joint declarations of intent (JDIs) and three MoU. Agreement on collaboration between the Ministry of Skill Development and Germany’s BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research); JDI between Ministry of Science and Technology and the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) for the establishment of an Indo-German Centre for Sustainability; JDI between the Ministry of External Affairs and the German Foreign Office on cooperation on cyber policy; JDI between the Ministry of Finance and BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) on Indo-German Development Cooperation; JDI between the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and BMWi (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy); JDI between the Department of Heavy Industries and BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) on cooperation in vocational education and skill development for machine tools; Agreement between Ministry of Health and BMG (Federal Ministry of Health) on cooperation in the health sector; Agreement between the AYUSH and BMG (Federal Ministry of Health) over cooperation in alternative medicine; JDI between the Ministry of External Affairs and the German Foreign Office on collaboration between Foreign Service Institutes of both the country; JDI between the Ministry of Railways and German Ministry of Transport on cooperation in railway safety. JDI between the Ministry of Urban Development and German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on cooperation for sustainable urban development; JDI on the continuation of cooperation in the field of advanced training of corporate and junior executives from India between the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and BMWi (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy).

World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31 by the World Health Organization (WHO). The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017, is "Tobacco – a threat to development". The day commemorates about the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens.

The first ever women television channel “Zan TV (or Women’s TV)” started in Kabul, Afghanistan. Founder of Zan TV is Hamid Samar. The main purpose to launch the women TV channel is to highlight the rights of Afghan women and to improve their status and ensure their equity with men in the conservative society.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon introduce currency notes of one rupee denomination. The notes, which have already been printed by the Government of India, are legal tender under the Coinage Act, 2011. The new Re.1 rupee will be pink-green in colour. The note will also feature an image of the ‘Sagar Samrat’ oil exploration rig.

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