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  • USAF and IAF calls for more joint air exercises

    22 hours ago
    Cope India 2018, the 12-day joint exercise between the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and Indian Air Force (IAF) is being held at the Kalaikunda air station in West Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur district. As the bilateral military exercise draws close to the climax, the officials of both the countries said that such joint exercises should be held more frequently. More than 100 personnel of the U.S. Air Force, along with 400 personnel of the Indian Air Force, are participating in the exercise that will conclude on December 14. The U.S. Air Force has sent a dozen F-15 whereas the IAF is participating with a fleet of 10 Sukhoi 30, six Jaguars and four Mirage 2000.

    Sameer Aggarwal is appointed as CBO of Walmart India

    22 hours ago
    Walmart India, the U.S. retail major, appointed Sameer Aggarwal as its Chief Business Officer. Mr.Sameer has been elevated from his position as EVP, chief strategy and administrative officer to the Chief Business Officer with immediate effect. Aggarwal will now lead strategy, merchandising, cost analytics, e-commerce, technology, marketing, and replenishment. Walmart India also appointed Anuj Singh as Head-Category Merchandising. The announcement followed after the resignation of Executive Vice-President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Devendra Chawla. Mr.Chawla had joined Walmart India in July last year from Future Consumer, a part of Kishore Biyani-led Future Group.

    Kazakhstan opened consulate, under Dilip Chandan, in Gujarat to push business ties

    24 hours ago
    Kazakhstan opened a consulate, under the leadership of the managing director of Chandan Steel Limited, Dilip Chandan, in Gujarat to further business partnership. The consulate was inaugurated on the eve of the 27th Anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of Kazakhstan. It would help in enhancing the development of mutually beneficial cooperation between  

    First International Conference on Sustainable Water Management Held in Mohali

    1 day ago
    The first International Conference on ‘Sustainable Water Management’ was held at Indian School of Business (ISB) in Mohali, Punjab.  The theme of the international conference is ‘Sustainable Water Management’. 

    Vanessa Ponce de Leon crowned as Miss World

    2 days ago
    Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, a Mexican model and volunteer, has been crowned Miss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan. She holds a degree in international business, volunteers for “Migrantes en el Camino” and is on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls. She was crowned as the 68th Miss World by last year’s winner, Manushi Chhillar of India, in the coastal city of Sanya.  First runner-up was Thailand’s Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan, a 20-year-old studying business administration. Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo were among the final five. It is the eighth time the Miss World final has been held in Sanya, which first hosted the pageant in 2003.

    Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer elected leader of Germany's ruling party, to succeed Angela Merkel

    2 days ago
    Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel as its new leader.  She likely will lead the CDU into the 2021 federal elections and could become the country's next Chancellor. She narrowly won the party contest over corporate lawyer Friedrich Merz with 51.75% of the vote. Merkel announced in October that she would step down as CDU leader but will serve as the Chancellor for the remaining three years of her term.

    India to retain top position in remittances with USD 80 billion:World Bank

    2 days ago
    The World Bank has said India will retain its position as the world’s top recipient of remittances this year with $80 billion. India is followed by China, Mexico, the Philippines and Egypt, according to World Bank's Migration and Development Brief. A foreign remittance is money transferred from a foreign worker to their family or other individuals in their home countries.

    Vanessa Ponce de Leon crowned as Miss World

    2 days ago
    Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, a Mexican model and volunteer, has been crowned Miss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan. She holds a degree in international business, volunteers for “Migrantes en el Camino” and is on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls. She was crowned as the 68th Miss World by last year’s winner, Manushi Chhillar of India, in the coastal city of Sanya.  First runner-up was Thailand’s Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan, a 20-year-old studying business administration. Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo were among the final five. It is the eighth time the Miss World final has been held in Sanya, which first hosted the pageant in 2003.

    Study says Bioplastics may not be a viable alternative to plastic

    2 days ago
    Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany found that Bioplastics, often promoted as a climate-friendly alternative to petroleum-based plastics, may lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. But shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected. An increased consumption of bioplastics in the following years is likely to generate increased greenhouse gas emissions from cropland expansion on a global scale. Plastics cause fossil fuel depletion and climate change. It is estimated that by 2050, plastics could already be responsible for 15% of the global CO2 emissions. On the other hand, bioplastics are in principle climate-neutral since they are based on renewable raw materials such as maize, wheat, and sugarcane. These plants get the CO2 that they need from the air through their leaves. The study found that it takes a lot of time for the switch to bioplastics to pay off.

    Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi to visit Afghanistan on 15th December

    2 days ago
    Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he is to visit Afghanistan on December 15. He said he intends to hold talks with top Afghan leaders on political reconciliation and durable peace. His announcement comes after U.S. President Donald Trump sent a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking Islamabad’s help with the peace talks. Pakistan: ♦ Capital: Islamabad ♦ President: Arif Alvi ♦ Prime Minister: Imran Khan ♦ Currency: Pakistani rupee ♦ National languages: Urdu ♦ Official languages: English, Urdu ♦ Dominion: 14 August 1947​​​​​​​

    Donald Trump Names Heather Nauert As US Ambassador To United Nation

    2 days ago
    US President Donald Trump nominated State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the US Ambassador to the United Nations.  The former Fox News presenter’s appointment to the UN role will have to be approved by the US Senate. Nauert will replace Nikki Haley, who will be leaving the post by the end of 2018.

    FAO Council Approves Indias Proposals

    2 days ago
    Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO Council approved India’s proposal to observe an International Year of Millets in 2023.  Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh stated that the 160th session of the FAO Council, in Rome approved the proposal.  

    United Nation Launches New Framework To Combat Terrorism

    2 days ago
    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched a new framework, the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact, to combat the scourge of international terrorism and coordinate efforts across the peace and security, humanitarian, human rights and sustainable development sectors.  

    Italy Wins Admirals Cup Sailing Regatta 2018

    9 December 2018
    The ninth edition of ‘Admirals Cup’ Sailing Regatta (2018) concluded with a glittering closing ceremony at Ettikulam Beach at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala. The host country team (Indian Naval Academy) finished fourth in the overall position of Admiral’s Cup 2018.

    COSEWIC warned that the polar bear are at the risk of disappearing

    9 December 2018
    Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) experts warned that the polar bear, Canada’s largest land predator, is at the risk of disappearing from its vast Arctic landscape. The reason has been cited as the melting Arctic sea ice makes hunting prey a challenge to the polar bear. However, the Inuit are cautiously optimistic the bears will adapt. In its latest assessment, COSEWIC incorporated both science and Inuit knowledge.

    Study says Cyberattacks cost big firms in India USD 10.3 mn on an average

    9 December 2018
    Frost and Sullivan study commissioned by Microsoft said that a large-sized organization in India incurs an average of $10.3 million in economic losses due to cyberattacks. It also said cyberattacks cost a mid-sized organisation an average of $11,000 in economic losses. Cybersecurity attacks have also resulted in job losses across different functions in more than three in five (64%) organisations that have experienced an incident during the survey period.

    Former India diplomat Preeti Saran elected to UNs socio-economic, cultural panel

    8 December 2018
    Former senior Indian diplomat Preeti Saran elected to the Asia Pacific seat on the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) of the UN for 4 years. This election was done by the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Saran appointed as a member to the 18-member committee of experts that monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR). The appointment would be effective from January 1, 2019 and she would replace 3 time elected former Indian diplomat, Chandrashekhar Dasgupta. Prior to this, she had retired as the External Affairs Ministry Secretary (East). During her 36-year diplomatic career, Ms Saran had also served as the ambassador to Vietnam and was a minister and a counsellor at India’s mission to the UN in Geneva.

    India opposes move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as fifth province

    8 December 2018
    India voiced strong opposition to Pakistan's reported move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth province.  The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir has been and shall remain part of India. India has called upon Pakistan to vacate all occupied territory.

    Scientists discovered over 100 new exoplanets using NASAs Kepler Space Telescope

    8 December 2018
    Using data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope and the ground-based observatories, the NASA scientists have discovered a cache over 100 new exoplanets. The diverse planets are expected to play a large role in developing the research field of exoplanets and life in the Universe. Exoplanets revolve around stars other than the sun. They have been actively researched in recent years. One of the reasons is the success of the Kepler Space Telescope, which launched in 2009 to search for exoplanets. If a planet crosses in front of its parent star, then the observed brightness of the star drops by a small amount. The Kepler Space Telescope detected many exoplanets using this method.

    Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free

    8 December 2018
    Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to make all public transport free, implementing the move in 2020. The move is aimed at addressing environmental issues and the problem of traffic congestion. Earlier this year, Luxembourg introduced free transport for all people under the age of 20.

    China seems optimistic on trade deal with U.S.

    7 December 2018
    China said that it is to immediately implement measures that were agreed under a trade truce with the U.S. China’s Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said that China is confident that it could reach a deal within 90 days. This move came days after the U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed to give negotiators 90 days to resolve their trade spat. The two sides will also discuss intellectual property protection, market access, and balanced trade, and work hard to reach a consensus.

    Infosys opened its new hub at Hartford, Connecticut

    7 December 2018
    Infosys opened its new technology and innovation hub in Hartford, Connecticut. It has hired more than 7,000 American workers in the last 18 months. The Hartford hub will help Infosys work more closely with its clients in the region and serve as the global hub for Infosys’ InsurTech and HealthTech efforts. It is expected that labs at the Hartford hub will bring together expertise in business and technologies such as blockchain, extended reality and cognitive capabilities with techniques like design thinking, agile and DevOps.

    China plans to increase green coverage rate to 30 percent

    7 December 2018
    China is planning to increase its green cover by building 20,000 national forest villages by 2020 in the country. As the country has been facing the problem of severe pollution, it has spent over $100 billion on trees and its total forest cover area is almost 22%. Liu Dongsheng, Deputy Director of China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration said that the country will continue to enhance the ecological environment in villages across the country. It also plans to bring the green coverage rate in rural areas to 30%.  

    WHO reported air pollution kills 7 million every year

    6 December 2018
    The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) is being held in Katowice, Poland from 3rd to 14th December 2018. In that conference, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that the exposure to air pollution causes 7 million deaths worldwide every year and costs an estimated $5.11 trillion in welfare losses globally. It said that the same human activities that are destabilizing the Earth’s climate also contribute directly to poor health.

    US gives Russia 60 days to comply with nuclear arms treaty

    6 December 2018
    The US gave Russia 60 days to comply with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, failing which the US will withdraw from the pact. Russia has violated the pact by deploying a ground-based cruise missile. The INF treaty requires the elimination of both US' and Russia's land-based nuclear missiles from Europe.

    Cox & Kings Ltd. started a new business called Tour to Feast

    6 December 2018
    Cox & Kings Ltd. has started a new business called ‘Tour to Feast’ to promote food-related travel across India’s popular culinary destinations. Tour to Feast will offer journeys across the most popular culinary destinations in India like Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jaipur, Agra, and Goa. Travellers can choose from an array of customized culinary holidays. Each of these journeys has been designed to be accompanied by hand-picked experts who will take travellers through the evolution of the indigenous cuisines of each region.

    Panama 1st Latin American nation to join Belt and Road Initiative

    6 December 2018
    Panama has become the first Latin American country to join China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). China established diplomatic relations with Panama last year. Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Panamanian counterpart, Juan Carlos Varela signed 19 deals, including: An extradition treaty An arrangement where China will provide a non-specified amount of non-reimbursable aid to carry out various projects. Memoranda of understanding on commercial, tourist, educational matters.  Other deals on trade, infrastructure and banking.

    Researchers found that the CO2 levels has been increased

    6 December 2018
    Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project said that Global carbon emissions are set to hit an all-time high of 37.1 billion tonnes of CO2 in 2018. Among all the countries India is the third-highest contributor of CO2. India has projected to see emissions rise by 6.3% from 2017. Representatives from more than 190 countries have begun discussions at the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland. The discussion is to set ways to equitably cut carbon emissions. Limiting global warming to the 2015 Paris Agreement goal of keeping the global temperature increase this century to well below 2°C, would need carbon dioxide emissions to decline by 50% by 2030 and reach net zero by about 2050.

    Worlds first 3D-printed functional e-bike made in Germany by BigRep and NOWlab

    6 December 2018
    German firm BigRep and NOWlab produced the world’s first fully functioning e-motorbike NERA using a 3D printer. The bike was conceptualized and developed in 12 weeks and includes 15 parts excluding the electrical components.

    Mattis says India and U.S. will sort out sanctions waiver

    5 December 2018
    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is now on a visit to Washington. She was given an extended honor cordon (guard) at the Pentagon. Ms.Sitharaman and Mr. Mattis held talks about bilateral ties. Also, the U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said that India and the U.S. are planning to solve issues around a U.S. sanctions waiver related to India’s purchase of the S-400 Triumf missile defence system from Russia.

    Bahrain and Maharashtra Government Signs MoU on Fintech

    5 December 2018
    The Economic Development Board (EDB), the investment promotion arm of the Kingdom of Bahrain signed an MoU with the Maharashtra Government to provide a framework for Co-operation between the two authorities to promote FinTech in their respective markets.

    India, UAE to ink MoU for projects in third countries

    4 December 2018
    India & UAE for the first time will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up projects in third countries beginning with Ethiopia during Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's ongoing visit to the Gulf country. This will be India's second third-country project in Africa after Delhi and Tokyo during their October annual summit decided to set up a hospital in Kenya. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also inaugurate a Gandhi-Zayed Digital Museum in Abu Dhabi to mark the celebrations of 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth and centenary celebrations of the birth of Shaikh Zayed, founder of the modern UAE.

    First manned Soyuz mission to ISS was launched successfully

    4 December 2018
    After the October launch failure, a Soyuz rocket carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts took off from Kazakhstan and reached orbit on 3rd December in the first manned mission. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency were launched off for a six-and-a-half month mission on the International Space Station (ISS).  After the rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Russian space agency Roscomos announced that the capsule was successfully launched into orbit.

    UAE passport tops the Global Passport Power Rank 2018

    4 December 2018
    As per the ratings released by Passport Index, the United Arab Emirates has topped the Global Passport Power Rank 2018, emerging as the country with the most powerful passport in world. UAE passport holders can now fly to 113 countries without a visa, and 54 others with a visa-on-arrival. Singapore and Germany ranks second with 166 countries. India ranked 66th in Global Passport Power Rank 2018.

    Qatar to pull out from OPEC

    4 December 2018
    Qatar is to leave the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in January 2019 in order to focus on gas production. Qatar has been a member of OPEC since 1961, and the decision to pull out after all these decades comes at a turbulent time in Gulf politics, with Doha under a boycott by former neighboring allies, including Saudi Arabia, for 18 months. Qatar is the world's biggest supplier of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), producing almost 30 percent of the world total. The decision to increase the supply of natural gas is to develop a future strategy based on growth and expansion, both in its activities at home and abroad.

    Venezuela hikes monthly minimum wage by 150% to 660

    3 December 2018
    Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has ordered a 150% increase in the monthly minimum wage to 4,500 sovereign bolivars, worth about ₹660 at the black market rate. Maduro has now raised the minimum wage 25 times since he took office in 2013. The OPEC nation is in the midst of its worst-ever economic crisis, with acute shortages of food and medicine.

    China, U.S. declare 90-day halt to new tariffs

    3 December 2018
    China and the United States have agreed to halt new tariffs as both nations engage in trade talks with the goal of reaching an agreement within 90 days, the White House announced after US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping held high-stakes talks in Argentina G20 summit. Mr Trump agreed not to boost tariffs on US$200 billion (S$274 billion) of Chinese goods to 25 per cent on Jan 1 as previously announced. US has imposed tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods, and China has responded by imposing duties on $110 billion in US goods.

    IOC sets up human rights advisory committee starting in 2024

    3 December 2018
    The International Olympic Committee IOC has set up an advisory committee on human rights chaired by Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the former United Nations commissioner for human rights starting in 2024. President Thomas Bach said Saturday at meetings in the Japanese capital that “human rights standards” will be included in Olympic host-city contracts beginning with the 2024 Olympic in Paris. Bach suggested the committee would focus on issues like the rights of transgender athletes. Bach was asked if the committee would look at human rights in China, where the ruling Communist Party has been criticized for the internment of hundreds of thousands of Muslims in western China. Beijing is the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics and spent USD 40 billion.

    NASA to launch VISIONS 2 to image Earths leaky atmosphere

    3 December 2018
    NASA is set to launch VISIONS-2 rocket to get a closer look at the how the earth’s atmosphere is leaking into space. The VISIONS-2 mission, Visualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral Atom Sensing-2, is scheduled to be launched on December 4. Understanding atmospheric escape on earth has applications all over the Universe, from predicting which planets might be habitable, to piecing together how Mars became a desolate landscape.  A sounding rocket makes brief, targeted flights into space before falling back to Earth just a few minutes later. Sounding rockets are unique among scientific spacecraft for their superior dexterity. They can be carted to remote locations, where they are aimed and shot into short-lived events, like the sudden formation of the aurora borealis, at a moment’s notice. The aurora borealis is of keen interest to the VISIONS-2 team, but not just for its otherworldly glow. The aurora play are fundamental drivers in the process of atmospheric escape, whereby planets, including Earth, gradually leak their atmosphere into space.

    India to host G20 summit in 2022

    3 December 2018
    India is to host the annual G20 summit in 2022 as it will be celebrating its 75th anniversary of Independence. This will be India’s first time to host the G20 summit. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the closing ceremony of the 13th G20 summit in the Argentinian capital on 1st December 2018. The Prime Minister thanked Italy for allowing India to play the host as it was to host the summit in 2022.

    Ex Cope India 18, the bilateral military exercise between IAF and the U.S., began

    3 December 2018
    The Air Forces of India (IAF) and the U.S. began the ‘Ex Cope India-18’, a 12-day military exercise, in the Kalaikunda and Panagarh air bases in West Bengal. The aim is to enhance operational coordination and to provide operational exposure and undertake the mutual exchange of best practices towards enhancing operational capability. This exercise is the fourth edition in the series of bilateral drills between the Indian Air Force and the U.S. Air Force. This is for the first time, the exercise is being held at two Air Force bases. The U.S. has sent a fleet of F15 C/D and C-130 military aircraft. The IAF is participating with the Su-30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000, C-130J and AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) aircraft.

    Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador became first leftist president of Mexico

    3 December 2018
    He became as President and signed an agreement with three Central American counterparts to create a plan to stem the flow of migrants seeking asylum in the USA. About Mexico:- ♦ Capital   –  Mexico City ♦ National language  –  Spanish ♦ Currency  –   Peso (MXN)

    Australia Become first Country To Recognise Orphanage Trafficking As Slavery

    3 December 2018
    Australia becomes the first country in the world to recognize ‘orphanage trafficking’ as a form of modern slavery.  Children from smaller countries are recruited in orphanages in the West for the purpose of profit through foreign aid.

    Four Indian-Origin Women In Forbes US Top 50 Females In Tech

    2 December 2018
    Four Indian-origin technology executives have made it to the Forbes’ list of America’s 50 women in technology space in 2018. The list includes Neha Narkhede, chief technology officer and co-founder of streaming platform Confluent; Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, CEO, and founder of identity-management company Drawbridge; Padmasree Warrior, former chief technology officer (CTO) of Cisco, and Komal Mangtani, senior director at Uber.

    First global conference on Blue Economy held in Nairobi

    2 December 2018
    Kenya, Japan and Canada co-hosted the first global conference on the sustainable blue economy in Nairobi from 26 to 28 November 2018, in an event which brought together over 4,000 participants from around the world. It builds on the momentum of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris and the UN Ocean Conference 2017 “Call to Action”.

    UNESCO accepted Korean wrestling as one of the worlds most treasured cultural practices

    2 December 2018
    UNESCO accepted a joint bid for Korean wrestling to be recognized as one of the world’s most treasured cultural practices. This bids a new step in their reconciliation efforts of North and South Korea. The two Koreas had originally filed separate applications for their traditional form of wrestling to be recognized on the UN agency’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The announcement is the latest in a string of symbolic gestures between Seoul and its nuclear-armed neighbor in recent months. In North Korea, it is known as Ssirum and in South Korea, it is known as Sssireum. The wrestling has been practiced at village festivals for centuries.

    PM Modi to be invited to Pakistan for SAARC summit

    2 December 2018
    Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammad Faisal said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to be invited to Pakistan for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit. SAARC Summits are usually held biennially hosted by a member state in alphabetical order. The member state hosting the summit assumes the Chair of the Association. The summit 2018 was called off after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also declined to participate in the Islamabad meet. The Maldives and Sri Lanka are the seventh and eighth members of the initiative.  

    EU sets goal to be climate neutral by 2050

    1 December 2018
    The European Union urged government, businesses, citizens, and regions to join it in an ambitious plan to cut emissions and make the bloc carbon neutral by 2050.  the block is kicking off a process to determine how Europe's energy and climate policy will evolve between now and 2050.  The member states will submit their draft national climate and energy plans to the EU by the end of 2018. Delegations from more than 200 countries are due in Poland next week for the latest COP24 climate summit, aimed at renewing and building on the Paris deal and limiting global warming.

    Chidaoba wrestling, Jamaican reggae, Irish hurling got UNESCO heritage tag

    1 December 2018
    The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, meeting in Mauritius until 1 December, inscribed six elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The newly inscribed elements are: ♦ Chidaoba, wrestling in Georgia, ♦ Ireland - Hurling—Hurling is a field game played by two teams using a wooden stick (hurley) to strike a small ball (sliotar) between the opposing team’s goalposts, ♦ Reggae music of Jamaica, ♦ Japan - Raiho-shin, ritual visits of deities in masks and costumes, ♦ As-Samer in Jordan, ♦ Traditional spring festive rites of the Kazakh horse breeders.

    Modi meets Trump, Putin and May ahead of G20 summit

    1 December 2018
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and British Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires. The brief exchange of views took place before the first trilateral meeting between Mr. Modi, Mr. Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe scheduled for later in the day. Mr. Modi had held separate bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Mr.Modi and Mr.Xi discussed joint efforts to further enhance mutual trust and friendship. Asserting that the Wuhan meeting was a milestone in India-China ties, Mr. Modi told Mr. Xi that he was looking forward to host him for an informal summit next year.

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