The World Earth Day (WED) is celebrated on 22nd April not only to spread awareness of the need for conservation but also to take action to protect the environment. Earth Day is considered to be the largest secular world event.
This day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970 and has ever since been an annual event.
The theme for World Earth Day 2018 is 'End Plastic Pollution'.
Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally.
Britain’s Prince Charles will succeed his mother Queen Elizabeth II as the Head of the Commonwealth after the heads of government agreed on his succession.
The Commonwealth leaders have reached an agreement on the succession of the 69-year-old heir to the British throne at a closed-door Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting retreat in Windsor Castle.
India and Finland have reached an agreement on the tax dispute with Nokia under the Mutual Agreement Procedure System (MAP)
This involves payment of Rs 1,600 crores a sum.
With an aim to strengthen trade ties with India, Taipei World Trade Centre (TWTC) launched its office in Delhi, ahead of Taiwan’s first-ever expo that will showcase cutting-edge technology and smart city solutions in Delhi in May 2018.
The Presence of TWTC in Delhi will further help strengthen business ties with India. Bilateral trade between India and Taiwan has increased to $6.3 billion in December 2017.
SJVN Limited signed a MoU with Ministry of Power for the year 2018-19.
The MoU was signed by Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary (Power) and Shri Nand Lal Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, SJVN.
As per the targets set in the MOU, SJVN shall strive to achieve 9200 Million Units generation during the year under ‘Excellent’ category.
Further, SJVN will have Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) target of Rs. 900 crore and Turnover target of Rs. 2175 crore under the Excellent category.
Swaziland’s King Mswati III, Africa’s last absolute monarch, officially changed the name of his country to the ‘Kingdom of eSwatini’.
Accordingly, the country, a member of the Commonwealth, will now be known by its historic name of eSwatini.
The announcement was made during the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the King’s 50th birthday as well as the 50th anniversary of Swazi’s independence from British colonial rule.
The 2018 Chinese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race that took place at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo won the race ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen.
The race was the third round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship and marked the fifteenth time that the Chinese Grand Prix has been run as a round of the Formula One World Championship.
As per the 2018 Commonwealth Innovation Index, India fetched 10th position in the index topped by the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Canada.
The index was launched on the sidelines of the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) as part of a new Commonwealth Innovation Hub.
The Commonwealth Innovation Index has been created in partnership with the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and its annual Global Innovation Index (GII).
It is aimed at providing a tool that allows member states, organizations and citizens to benchmark themselves against 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
Son of Dreams' was unveiled as official Mascot of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.
The selection of Son of Dreams as China 2019's Official Mascot was the culmination of a unique process by FIBA.
The mascot finalists were Chinese dragon ('Son of Dream'), a Siberian tiger ('Speed Tiger') and a lion ('Qiu Qiu').
For the first time, there are 32-team in FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The tournament will take place in eight Chinese cities from August 31 until September 15.
India and the UK have signed 10 agreements in several sectors including cyber-relationship, rejuvenation of Ganga and skill development.
The Important agreements signed between the 2 countries are as follows:
1. The two countries have agreed to an overarching cyber-relationship framework that among others enables the development of a common and shared understanding of the international cyber activity.
2. A MoU on the rejuvenation of River Ganga, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and the UK-based Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC).
3. A MoU on Skill Development, Vocational education and Training and seek to promote greater collaboration in domains such as strengthening skill delivery in high demand sectors where the UK has technical and skilling expertise.
4. A Statement of Intent between NITI Aayog and UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has also been signed.
5. Inked the deal on cooperation in the field of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Sectors seeking to strengthen collaboration in livestock health and husbandry, breeding, dairying, and fisheries.
6. A MoU on Exchange of Information for the Purposes of Combating International Criminality and Tackling Serious Organised Crime has been signed.
The United Kingdom joined the India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s four-day visit to Britain.
At an event held at the London Stock Exchange as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM), Britain formally announced its membership of the alliance.
This alliance aims to raise $1 trillion of private and public finance to provide affordable and sustainable energy for all by 2030.
Every April 17 World Haemophilia Day is recognized worldwide to increase awareness of hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders.
The theme of WHD 2018 is 'Sharing Knowledge Makes Us Stronger'.
World Haemophilia Day was started in 1989 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) which chose to bring the community together on April 17 in honor of WFH founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday.
A Loan Agreement for IBRD loan of USD 48 million for the “Meghalaya Community - Led Landscapes Management Project (MCLLMP)” was signed with the World Bank.
The main Objective of the Project is to strengthen community-led landscapes management in selected landscapes in the State of Meghalaya.
The Project consists of three components: (i) Strengthening Knowledge and Capacity for Natural Resource Management; (ii) Community-led landscape planning and implementation and (iii) Project Management and Governance.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2018) begun in London, the UK. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in the event on 19th and 20th of April.
The theme of the summit is 'Towards a Common Future'.
The biennial event has brought together delegates from 53 Commonwealth nations.
The summit will focus on addressing common challenges across the Commonwealth for a more prosperous, secure and sustainable future.
In line with the efforts to indigenize the defense sector under the 'Make in India' initiative, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed a MoU to cater to the needs of evolving domestic and export markets for defense products and systems.
The MoU seeks to leverage the capabilities of both the firms for meeting the growing requirements of the Indian Armed Forces.
The MoU also intends to leverage the well-developed supply chain, vast experience and expertise of BEL and L&T to synergize and enhance exports in the defense sector.
The countries around the South China Sea had made a number of attempts to form an intergovernmental platform where countries around the region could come together on principles of Pan-Asianinsm addressing common goals of security, economy and strategic interests.One predominant driving force behind this longing was the fear of communism and a antagonist china, there had been various instances in the past when China had border disputes with a number of current ASEAN member countries.
It was this fear that saw the formation of SEATO or Southeast Asia Treaty Organization in early September 1954 through the Manila pact, where the motive was to form a strong anti-communist alliance to contain communist powers like China.
Though SEATO had successfully established itself as a formal institution by 1955 yet it failed at various instances to deliver its purpose and was ultimately dissolved in the late 70’s.
Apart from SEATO, another significant attempt of uniting under the principles of Pan-Asianism can be seen in the formation of Association of Southeast Asia (ASA) during the early 60’s and is termed as a predecessor of ASEAN. Successively ASEAN was formally conceived on 8th August 1967 with five countries from the region signing a pact in Bangkok namely Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.
The Situations between the UK and European Union are always on the verge of slip. Brexit minister David Davis warned on Thursday that parliament could veto any final deal negotiated with the European Union unless it has a “substantive” idea of what the future trading relationship.
India plans to construct 12 expressways with an investment of over Rs 1 Lakh Crores which would stage a number of opportunities for Korean businesses.
He earlier met the leading members of the Korean Financial Sector to explore ways of greater Republic of Korea (RoK) involvement in financing interlinking of rivers, highway construction, developing logistics parks and shipbuilding activity in India.
An important part of the cooperation would be to enhance training and discussion among experts from both sides. Indian highway engineers and shipbuilding engineers can be trained at specialized training institutions of Republic of Korea to expose them to the systems in place.
Mainly Korean companies expressed keenness to work on the Nagpur Mumbai expressway project.
India inked a pact with Morocco under which focus would be laid on the evaluation of potential mineral resources and promoting exploration and mining through the participation of both public and private sector.
The MoU was signed in New Delhi after the bilateral discussions between Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and his counterpart Aziz Rabbah of Morocco.
The Union Cabinet approved the signing of Host country (Headquarters) Agreement between India and International Solar Alliance (ISA).
The agreement was signed between Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and ISA in March 2018.
India and World Expo 2020 signed participants contract for India’s pavilion in the prestigious World Expo 2020 held once in 5 years.
The contract provides for the setting up of India pavilion at Expo 2020 on an extra large plot (about one acre) in the ‘Opportunity’ segment.
President Ram Nath Kovind asked Indian Diaspora in Zambia to become the partner in India’s growth and asked them to take advantage of Overseas Citizen of India, OCI programme.
Four MOUs were signed between the two countries which include, the establishment of Entrepreneurship Development Institute in Zambia, taxation, visa exemption on diplomatic passports and judicial cooperation.
The President also addressed India-Zambia business forum.
This is the first time in three decades that a President of India is undertaking a state visit to Zambia.
Singapore and China signed a MoU in Beijing, China to promote greater collaboration between Singapore and Chinese companies in third-party markets along the Belt and Road.
Under the MOU, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), NDRC (China's lead agency for BRI) and Enterprise Singapore will form a working group to identify sectors and markets of mutual interest, and organise business matching activities and forums to facilitate third-party market cooperation between Singapore and Chinese companies along the Belt and Road.
Deutsche Bank AG named Christian Sewing as the Chief Executive officer of the Bank.
He has replaced John Cryan.
The Sewing will take over with immediate effect.
Garth Ritchie was promoted to sole head of the securities unit and will become a deputy CEO, along with chief administrative officer Karl von Rohr.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won his second Grand Prix in as many races, at the Bahrain Grand Prix, while Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas finished second by just 0.699 seconds.
Meanwhile, reigning world champion Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton finished third.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia concluded joint military exercise “Desert Tiger 5” aimed at sharing expertise and enhancing joint military actions in Dubai, UAE.
The military exercise was aimed at raising the level of performance and combat efficiency and working together between both countries based on the strategy to improve the overall ability and combat readiness of ground forces.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari is on a four-day official visit to South Korea.
During the visit, Mr. Gadkari will focus on taking forward the bilateral cooperation between India and South Korea in areas, such as shipping, ports, inland waterways, and river interlinking.
His main aim is to strengthen ties between the two nations and further cementing cooperation in areas, including sharing of technology, experience in port development and joint participation in port-related construction.
India and Equatorial Guinea sign four agreements in the field of agriculture, mining, health, telecommunications and IT after delegation-level talks between Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
The two countries agreed to work together at UN, where Equatorial Guinea has just begun a two-year term on the Security Council.
Both countries reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral ties between the two countries. President Kovind is on the first leg of his 3-nation visit to Equatorial Guinea.
India bagged three more Gold, one Silver and two bronze medals at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on the fourth day.
Indian women’s Table Tennis team won they're first ever Gold Medal defeating Singapore.
India now stands on the fourth position in the medals tally, having claimed seven gold, two silver, and three bronze medals so far. Manika Batra led Table tennis team’s victory was historic as Singapore had never lost since 2002. Australia tops the medal tally with 67 medals, including 23 Gold, 20 Silver and 24 Bronze so far.
India and Nepal have agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations in key areas of border security, connectivity, trade and agriculture.
The two countries agreed to develop inland waterways for overall economic development of the region.
Aiming to expand cross-border rail linkages, the two sides have also decided to construct a new electrified rail line, with India’s financial support.
The rail line will connect the border city of Raxaul in India to Kathmandu in Nepal.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is going to conduct its biggest ever combat exercise named Gagan Shakti, 2018 along Pakistan and China borders.
Depending upon the order of the Air Force Chief, the Air Force will mobilize its assets in the war scenario within 48 hours of the orders.
For the first time, the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas will be taking part in the exercise and will perform both the offensive and defensive roles.
Pakistan's largest television network Geo News says it has been forced off the air by cable operators in most parts of the country.
The network's channel assignment on the cable distribution network has also been lowered.
According to The New York Times, Mir Ibrahim Rahman, the chief executive of the network, Geo, said in an interview that they are off the air in 80 percent of the country, in a move widely seen as being forced by the military as it flexes its authority over civilian institutions.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has insisted that it was not behind the move and put out a notice for cable operators not to disrupt Geo's transmissions.
In the first week of March, Geo News was shut down in cantonment areas across the country and residential neighborhoods that are administered by the military.
Then, this month, all Geo channels including news, entertainment, and sports channels started being blocked across the country by cable operators.
Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli who's on a three-day visit to India has today been accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Earlier, the Nepal PM met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in New Delhi.
Both the leaders will jointly inaugurate the Birgunj Integrated Check Post through remote control from New Delhi.
This checkpoint of Birgunj based in Nepal's Parsa district will be equipped with modern equipment.
On this check post, customs, cold storage and banking services will be available in one place.
No other countries in the world have the bonds of friendship and cooperation that exist between India and Nepal. Regular exchanges of visits at the highest political level demonstrate the priority that we attach to our special partnership.
The Indian women's hockey team registered a comprehensive victory over Malaysia by 4-1 in their second match of Pool A.
This was the first win of the Indian team at the Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games campaign.
Two goals from Gurjit Kaur and a goal each from skipper Rani and Lalremsiami led Indians to secure its first victory in the championship.
India started the first quarter with electric pace and made chances inside the first minute itself.
The team looked to press their opposition high up the pitch, which saw them regain possession quickly and make circle entries inside Malaysia’s striking circle.
India won three Penalty Corners in the first quarter, the last of which was converted successfully by drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur to give India a crucial lead in the 6th minute.
India’s defense made sure that the team maintained their lead at the end of the quarter.
Qatar took a huge step of introducing women to join national service and also extended the time served in the military by conscripted men.
The Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani signed a legislation Women aged over 18 will be able to volunteer for national service while men will now serve a year instead of three months.”
The new law came into effect on the immediate basis.
The state-run News Agency of Qatar said, “National service for females is voluntary,” adding that every Qatari male between 18 and 35 is required to perform a compulsory military service.
However, it is the first time in Qatar that women had been allowed to undertake national service, although some women already serve in the military in administrative roles.
The World Health Day is a global health awareness day organized globally on 6th April.
World Health Day is one of the eight official health campaigns which are marked by the World Health Organization.
With an aim to spread awareness about health and well being, the first-ever World Health Day was observed in 1948 by the WHO.
The theme of World Health Day is Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.
The slogan is “Health for All”.
The presidents of Iran, Turkey, and Russia met for their second tripartite summit in under six months, aiming to speed the peace process for Syria and bolster their influence in the country.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted his Russian and Iranian counterparts Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani in Ankara for a meeting that could have a critical bearing on developments in Syria.
The meeting will be the second such tripartite summit after the first was hosted by Putin in November in the Black Sea city of Sochi.
Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli began his three-day visit to India.
According to the External Affairs Ministry, the visit will provide an opportunity to review wide-ranging cooperative partnership and to progress it further.
PM Oli will also visit G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand.
He will also engage with the business community as well as the Nepalese diaspora in India.
The 9th India-Japan-US trilateral meeting was held in New Delhi and was represented by senior diplomats from three countries.
It held consultations on regional and global issues of mutual interest and focussed on connectivity, counter-terrorism and other regional and global issues of common concern.
The trilateral emphasized the importance of keeping the sea lanes open, over India’s concern about maintaining freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
Homegrown e-commerce giant Flipkart forged a strategic partnership with online travel company MakeMyTrip to offer travel services on its platform.
Additionally, the services of MakeMyTrip's other brands, Goibibo and redBus, will be available to Flipkart consumers as part of the deal.
India and Azerbaijan have inked two documents for the visa waiver for diplomatic, official and service passports holders and cooperation between diplomatic training institutes.
The agreements were signed during the ongoing visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to that country.
Ms. Swaraj is there to be part of 18th NAM Ministerial Conference in Baku.
Subrata Bhattacharjee appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Serbia.
He is an IFS officer of 1989 batch. He is currently Joint Secretary in Ministry of External Affairs.
The Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) was awarded a construction license for Akkuyu NPP, Turkey's first nuclear power plant, which is being built in Mersin province, in southern Turkey. JSC Akkuyu Nuclear is the Russian-owned company which is responsible for the project.
The USD20 billion project to build the four-unit, 4800 MWe plant is part of Erdogan's '2023 Vision' marking 100 years since the founding of modern Turkey and is intended to reduce the country's dependence on energy imports. The plant is expected to meet about 10% of Turkey's electricity needs.
The trial run of the first container train between India and Bangladesh was flagged off from Kolkata city.
The train left for Bangladesh with 60 containers loaded with almost 1,200 tonnes of de-oiled cake, used as a raw material for animal feed.
Currently, the trade between India and Bangladesh is largely road-based.
It takes almost a month for an Indian truck to reach Bangladesh through the congested Petrapole-Benapole border, with customs clearance alone taking nearly 25 days.
The train is also likely to resolve the capacity constraints of sea and land routes.
The 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games will begin in Gold Coast, Australia, with a colorful opening ceremony.
This will be a momentous day for the city as the biggest event in its history begins.
Carrara Stadium has been chosen as the venue to host the opening ceremony.
These Games will mark the 5th time that Australia has hosted the games. India will be represented at the opening ceremony by a contingent of over 200 athletes who will be led by flag-bearer P V Sindhu.
SoftBank signed a $930-million deal with China's energy conglomerate Golden Concord (GCL) to produce and sell solar equipment in India.
GCL will invest for a 40% stake in the joint venture, with SoftBank taking the rest.
The project will have a 4 gigawatt-capacity and will produce solar ingots, silicon wafers, batteries, and components.
Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani have been ranked 19th on Bloomberg Billionaires Top 100 Index as he becomes the third richest Asian on the list.
With a net worth of approximately $38.3 billion, Ambani’s wealth is pegged at about over 1.5 percent of India’s GDP.
While Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has added $21.8 billion to his fortunes this year and takes the top spot, Microsoft founder Bill Gates was ranked 2nd.
From Asia, Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma (ranked 13th) is the richest with a net worth of $47.2 billion and is followed by Tencent co-founder and CEO Pony Ma (17) with a $41.1 billion net worth.
Long-serving American diplomat Rosemary DiCarlo appointed to become the first woman to head UN political affairs, one of the most high-profile positions at the world body.
DiCarlo will replace Jeffrey Feltman, another American who held the post of under-secretary-general for political affairs since 2012.
DiCarlo also served as deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs and director for United Nations affairs at the national security council in Washington.
India and Pakistan have mutually agreed to resolve matters related to the treatment of diplomats and diplomatic premises.
In statements issued last evening by both foreign ministries, India and Pakistan have mutually agreed to resolve matters related to the treatment of diplomats and diplomatic premises, in line with the 1992 'Code of Conduct' for treatment of Diplomatic or Consular personnel in India and Pakistan.
The Code provides for "smooth and unhindered functioning" of the diplomatic and consular officials of the two countries in conformity with the international laws without violating their privileges and immunities.
The Code also says that the two countries should not resort to intrusive and aggressive surveillance and actions such as verbal and physical harassment, disconnection of phone lines and et cetera.
Asian Development Bank, ADB, and Government of India today signed 80 million dollar loan to help modernize Technical and Vocational Education and Training, TVET institutions and improve the skills ecosystem in Himachal Pradesh.
Joint Secretary in Department of Economic Affairs Sameer Kumar Khare signed the loan agreement from Indian side and Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission, Kenichi Yokoyama signed on behalf of ADB.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Khare said, the project will support the skill initiatives of Himachal Pradesh and help the state step-up the reform and scale-up its skill development efforts.
The fund short-term and long-term training programs in growth areas including automobiles, electronics, pharmaceutical, tourism and hospitality and banking and financial services and healthcare to help enhance the skills set of the youth and increase their employability. The state will need more than five lakh skilled workers by 2022 across various trades.
The Project will help seize this opportunity by providing support in developing relevant and good quality TVET programs thereby improving employment prospects of nearly 65 thousand youths by 2022.
The project will establish a polytechnic for women, six city Livelihood Centers, and seven Rural Livelihood Centers, and upgrade 11 employment exchanges into model career Centers.