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  • Vatican officially uses term LGBT for first time in its history

    'LGBT' is used to denote the terms Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. The use of the term appears to mark a significant change in the Vatican’s attitude towards gay Catholics, which it has previously described as people with “homosexual inclinations” and “homosexuals.”

    Wife of Israel PM charged with fraud over misuse of funds

    Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, was accused of misusing public funds to buy in food from restaurants. She had allegedly misused state funds worth $100,000 for personal dining and catering services at the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem.

    Algeria shuts down internet nationwide to prevent cheating during high school exams

    Algeria shut down all internet connections nationwide for two hours in order to prevent students from cheating during two high school diploma exams. This comes after widespread cheating in 2016, where questions were leaked on social media before the start of the exam.

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos became the Richest Person in the World

    Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has become the richest man in the world with a net wealth of USD 141.9 billion, as per the Forbes World's Billionaires list. Bill Gates, the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation, is the second-richest man in the world with USD 92.9 billion. Warren Buffet ranked third place with a total of wealth of USD 82.2 billion.

    Trump signs order to stop his policy of separating families at border

    President Trump signed an executive order that sought to end immigration policy that separated children from their parents at the U.S. border. In May, Sessions announced that the U.S. would take a stricter stance on illegal crossings at the Mexican border. From April 19 to May 31, some 1,995 children were separated from roughly as many adults at the U.S. border.

    US withdraws from United Nations Human Rights Council

    The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council, accusing it of a "chronic bias against Israel," a move that activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. The United Nations Human Rights Council consists of 47 member states, with a specific number of seats given to each region of the world. Members are elected by the U.N. General Assembly for three-year terms and cannot serve more than two terms in a row.

    World Bank approves 700 mn dollar to improve primary education in Bangladesh

    The World Bank has approved $700 million to improve the primary education sector in Bangladesh. It will also finance implementation of the government's Fourth Primary Education Development Program (PEDP4). This project will build about 95,000 classrooms, teachers' rooms, and multipurpose rooms. It will also build 80,000 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) blocks and 15,000 safe water sources. The projects will provide recruitment to about 100,000 teachers.

    U.S. and South Korea agree to suspend joint military exercise scheduled for August

    South Korea and the United States have agreed to suspend all planning activities regarding the "Freedom Guardian" military drill scheduled for August. Last year, 17,500 American and more than 50,000 South Korean troops participated in the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills, although the exercise is mostly focused on computerized simulations rather than live field exercises that use weapons, tanks or aircraft.

    India And Nepal To Have Four New Air Gateways

    India has agreed to open four new air entry points to Nepal in the eastern and western parts of the country. This aims at facilitating movement of international traffic. The four routes that India agreed to make two-way are 1) Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Dhaka, 2) Kathmandu-Janakpur-Kolkata 3) Kathmandu-Janakpur-Patna in the eastern part of Nepal and 4) Kathmandu-Mahendranagar-Delhi (L626) in the west.

    UAE to grant free 48 hour transit visa at Dubai, Abu Dhabi

    The UAE government has decided that to grant free transit visas for first 48 hours to transit passengers. This visa can be extended for up to 96 hours by paying 50 Dirham (about Rs 930).

    Nepal, China to sign pact on Tibet Kathmandu railway line during the visit of Nepal PM Oli

    Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli's will visit China from June 19 to 24. During this visit, Nepal will sign an MoU on constructing a railway line connecting Kerung of Tibet to Kathmandu. This will be the first visit to China by the Prime Minister since he assumed power in February.

    Strong earthquake of 6.1 magnitude hits Osaka, Japan

    A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Osaka, Japan's second-biggest metropolis. Prime Minister Shinze Abe and authorities were assessing damage.

    India proposes 241 mn dollar retaliatory tariffs on 30 products imported from the US

    India has proposed to introduce $240-million retaliatory tariffs on a list of 30 items imported from the US, including motor cycle, certain iron and steel goods, boric acid and lentils. India had asked the US to exempt it from its tariffs on steel and aluminium, but US rejected the request. India has notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about the list, including apples, almonds and motorcycles, on which it intends to impose tariffs.

    UK omits India from relaxed student visa rules

    UK announced a relaxation of the Tier 4 visa category for overseas students from 25 nations. However, India has been left out of this new expanded list, which means Indian students applying for similar courses will continue to face rigorous checks and documentary requirements. The changes, which come into effect on July 6, aim to make it easier for international students to come to study in the UK.

    China will impose further 25 percent tariffs on US imports in tit for tat move

    After the US imposed a 25% tariff on Chinese imports, China has announced its decision to impose further 25 percent tariffs on 659 American products worth $50 billion. China said it was "unwilling to have a trade war" with the US but was left with no choice due to the US' "myopic behaviour".

    Peggy Whitson most experienced space woman in the world retires as astronaut

    NASA's record-breaking astronaut, Peggy Whitson, retired on June 15 after a 22-year-long career. She has spent totally 665 days over three International Space Station missions. The 58-year-old is the oldest woman to go into space and also the most experienced female spacewalker, with 10 missions.

    McDonalds to ban plastic straws in all of its restaurants in UK and Ireland

    As both the UK government and the EU are considering restrictions on single-use plastic products, McDonald's plans to ban plastic straws at all of its UK and Ireland restaurants by next year. The company had found two suppliers to meet its needs for paper straws, the start-up Transcend Packaging based in Wales, and Huhtamaki, a global company which will produce the straws at its plant in Belfast. They will use paper coming from certified sustainable sources. Other companies making the move away from plastic versions include Burger King, JD Wetherspoon, Costa Coffee, Pizza Express and Wagamama.

    NASA's unmanned aircraft 'Ikhana' will make search and rescue operations efficient

    NASA for the first time successfully flown its large remote-piloted Ikhana aircraft in the public airspace without a safety chase aeroplanes, the US space agency. is a modified General Atomics Aeronautical Systems' Predator B unmanned aircraft system being used by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA, for a variety of environmental science and aeronautical research roles

    Raksha Mantri Inaugurates 1st BEL Representative Office In Vietnam

    Raksha Mantri, Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the first Representative Office of Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Smt Sitharaman handed over the symbolic key of the Representative Office of BEL at Vietnam (VIRO) to Chairman & Managing Director, BEL Mr Gowtama MV during the Vietnam-India Defence Industry Business Meeting. The Representative Office will aim to promote BEL’s exports in areas such as Weapon Systems, Radar Systems, Naval Systems, Military Communication Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Combat Management System and Coastal Surveillance System.

    India Gives 99 Million Nepalese Rupees For Final Phase Of Nepal-Bharat Maitri Irrigation Project

    India extended a financial aid of Rs 99 million to Nepal for the construction of 2,700 shallow tube well irrigation systems in 12 districts of the country's southern Terai region to boost agricultural productivity. The assistance has been extended as part of the final payment for the Nepal-Bharat Maitri Irrigation Project, which was launched in January 2017 to boost growth to the Himalayan nation's agricultural sector through enhanced facilities. With this aid, Indian has so far released a total of 227.6 million Nepalese rupees to Kathmandu for implementing the project.

    India and US Agree To Hold Comprehensive Talks To Address Trade & Economic Issues

    India and the US have agreed to hold comprehensive talks to address trade and economic issues. The decision in this regard was taken during a series of meetings, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu had with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Mr Suresh Prabhu was on a two-day visit to the US.  

    Global Environment Performance Index 2018: India Ranks 177 Switzerland Tops

    India stands 177th at the bottom of the Global Environment Performance Index (EPI) rankings. In 2016, the country had ranked 141 out of 180 countries. In 2018, according to the State of India’s Environment (SoE) 2018 in Figures, it has slipped to the 177th position. India scored 5.75 out of 100 in air quality. The Top 3 countries on the list are: 1. Switzerland,  2. France, and  3. Denmark.

    Women's hockey: Spain beat India by 3-0 in the opening game

    The Indian Women's Hockey team lost its opening game of the five-match bilateral series against Spain, 0-3 in Madrid last night.  The Indian eves put up a spirited performance but failed to recover from Carlota Petchame's early strike. Lola Riera, then, scored a brace to seal the game for the hosts and give them a 1-0 lead in the series. The second game will be played at 11 tonight Indian Time. The tournament is part of Rani Rampal-led Indian team's preparations for the World Cup which will be played in London from the 21st of next month.

    International Conference On ICT To Be Held In Kathmandu

    An International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be held in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal from June 17. The Theme of the two-day conference is “Sustainable Development Goals for Smart Society”. The conference is organized by the Federation of Computer Association Nepal (CAN). Around 500 delegates, including ICT users, trainers, professionals, experts, and researchers from Japan, China, Korea, India, and Nepal will attend the event. The conference aims to bring government and private sector together for developing a plan of action using sustainable ICT applications. It also seeks to unleash the prospects of SMART Nepal by 2030.

    USA Government clears sale of six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to India for $ 930M

    USA government approved a deal to sell the Indian military six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for 930 million dollars, State Department The agreement has been passed to the US Congress for approval and if no US lawmaker raises an objection, the contract will go ahead.  Boeing and Indian partner Tata have begun to produce Apache fuselages at a plant in India, but last night's approval concerns a direct sale of finished products from the US manufacturers. In addition to aircraft, the contract includes night vision sensors, GPS guidance and hundreds of Hellfire anti-armour and Stinger air-to-air missiles.

    Donald Trump And Kim Sign Agreement On Denuclearization After Historic Talks

    The United States decided to provide security guarantees to North Korea, in exchange of Pyongyang's firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.  This is according to the joint document which was signed by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following their historic maiden talks at Singapore's Sentosa island. Both nations commit to establishing new relations in accordance with the desire of the people of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

    Ronda Rousey To Be The First Female Hall Of Famer In UFC

    American fighter Ronda Rousey will become the first female MMA fighter to be inducted into the Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Fame, the UFC announced. There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey.  Rousey had a 12-2 win-loss record, winning 11 of them within the first round of the fight.

    Donald Trump meets Kim Jong Un at historic summit in Singapore

    The historic delegation-level talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is underway in Singapore. Before they met for delegation-level talks, the two leaders held a brief one-on-one meeting at the Capella Hotel in Sentosa Island. Talking to media persons after the one-on-one meeting, US president said that both the nations have a terrific relationship ahead and this historic summit would be successful. Sitting next to US president, North Korea leader said there were a number of obstacles to the meeting.  It was not easy to have reached where North Korea and the US reached. They have overcome old prejudices to arrive at this stage. The bilateral summit between both the countries is aimed at normalizing bilateral ties and complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. It was the first time a sitting US president met a North Korean leader in the last 60 years.

    Forty Four G7 Summit Was Held In Canada

    The 44th G7 summit was held on June 8–9, 2018, in Quebec, Canada. This was the sixth time since 1981 that Canada has hosted the meetings. The 44th G7 summit was the first summit for Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosted this summit. The 45th G7 summit or next G7 summit will be held in 2019 in France.

    India Is The Second Highest Sender Of Foreign Students In US

    With 1,86,000 Indian students currently studying in the United States, India is the second highest sender of foreign students to the US, next only to China. US consul general in Kolkata, Craig Hall, stated that the United States is the top destination for foreign students worldwide and the number of Indian students in the US has more than doubled in the last 10 years.

    French Open 2018: Rafael Nadal Beats Dominic Thiem To Win 11th Title

    World number one Rafael Nadal won an 11th French Open title by beating Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets. Nadal, 32, won 6-4 6-3 6-2 to earn his 17th Grand Slam, three adrift of Roger Federer's all-time men's record. The year 2005 holds great significance in French Open history. It was the year a muscular teenager by the name of Rafael Nadal first took to the clay courts of Paris and left it with a first Grand Slam title.

    WHO Commends India For Reducing Maternal Mortality Ratio By 77%

    The WHO commended India's progress in reducing the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) by 77 percent, from 556 per one lac live births in 1990 to 130 per one lac live births in 2016. This progress puts the country on track towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal target of an MMR below 70 by 2030. India's present MMR is below the Millennium Development Goal target. According to WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, Poonam Khetrapal, India has made a concerted push to increase access to quality maternal health services with the coverage of essential maternal health services has doubled since 2005.

    French Open 2018: Halep Beats Stephens To Win Maiden Grand Slam Title

    World number one Simona Halep won her first Grand Slam title with a gutsy comeback victory over American 10th seed Sloane Stephens in the French Open final. Halep, who had lost her three previous major finals, went a set and a breakdown at Roland Garros. But the 26-year-old Romanian battled back to take a see-saw second set against the US Open champion. She then raced away with the third to win 3-6 6-4 6-1.

    India and China Sign 2 Agreements On Brahmaputra Water Data Sharing & Non-Basmati Rice Export

    India and China signed two bilateral agreements following the meeting between the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit. The agreements include continuing to share Brahmaputra water data during flood season and exporting non-Basmati rice to China. The two countries have set a trade target of 100 billion dollars by 2020. During the hour-long meeting between Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi, both countries agreed on several initiatives to take forward the spirit of Wuhan Informal Summit. Chinese President accepted Prime Minister Modi’s invitation for a Wuhan type informal summit in India next year.

    India and Denmark sign MoU in the field of sustainable and smart urban development

    Indian and Denmark signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of Sustainable and Smart Urban Development. The MoU will create employment in the areas of integrated solid waste management including waste to energy, sustainable transport systems, water and sanitation management, energy efficiency, resource mobilization. The objective of this MoU is to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of sustainable and smart urban development on the basis of reciprocity and mutual benefit through the exchange of knowledge, institutional cooperation, research and development and commercial relations on related issues. Areas of cooperation include smart urban solutions, liveability, sustainable and integrated urban planning, re-development and land use, integrated solid waste management including waste to energy, sustainable transport systems, water and sanitation management, energy efficiency, resource mobilization and other related areas mutually agreed upon.

    EAM Sushma Swaraj marks 125 years of Mahatma Gandhis Satyagraha and 25 years diplomatic relations

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj lauded the two countries for their immense support to solidify the relations. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also undertook a train journey from Pentrich to Pietermaritzburg, a railway station in South Africa where the young Mahatma Gandhi was thrown out of a “whites-only” compartment 125 years ago, an incident that acted as a catalyst for him to practice Satyagraha. To practice, this belief of ‘Vasudeva kudumbakam’ (the world is one family) we need to keep reminding us that truth and non-violence is the way, Swaraj in her address at the event. Swaraj also inaugurated The Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museum consisting of interactive screens, videos, audio commentary on the infamous incident. To mark the 125th anniversary of the incident, she released a coffee table book titled The Birth of Satyagraha.

    Nepal's Chief Of Army Staff On Six-Day Visit To India

    Nepal's Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Rajendra Chhetri is on a six-day visit to India. He is visiting India at the invitation of COAS General Bipin Rawat. General Chhetri will attend the Officer Cadet's 'Passing Out Parade' as Chief Reviewing officer at Indian Military Academy in Dehradun. During his visit, General Chhetri will call on Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and meet National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Air Force and Navy chiefs and other senior officers.

    Highway Tunnel Dedicates To Nation In North Sikkim

    Minister of State for Defence, Dr, Subhash Bhamre dedicated a highway tunnel at Theng near Chungthang in north Sikkim to the nation. The tunnel will benefit the tourism and rapidly propel the growth of the state.  The double-lane tunnel stretching about 600 meters has been constructed by the Border Roads Organisation at cost of over 42 crore rupees.

    NASAs imaginative mission: To study Venus from a Floating Research Colony

    Venus is not a hospitable place for humans. The planet is covered in thick, billowing sulfuric acid clouds, underneath which temperatures reach nearly a thousand degrees Fahrenheit.  If you were unfortunate enough to stand on Venus’ volcano-spotted surface, you would feel 100 times more pressure than you would be standing on the surface of our own planet, in large part due to its atmosphere. Naturally, NASA scientists have a lot of questions. A team of them recently announced Project HAVOC, which stands for “High Altitude Venus Operational Concept.” The project details how a 30-day, manned mission to Venus might go down. And while the operation is purely speculative much of the necessary technology doesn’t exist yet it marks the first serious plan for how people might explore our nearest planetary neighbor. Even though this announcement arrived alongside news that NASA’s goals don’t match what the American public wants NASA to be doing (the White House scrapped climate research for more moon missions, the public wants the opposite), no one around here is complaining about this proposal. Because it’s an undeniably-cool sci-fi vision come to (theoretical) life.

    India and Belgium gears up to celebrate International Yoga Day

    India, Belgium, and the European Union are jointly organizing events in the Belgian capital and across the country to celebrate the 4th International Day of Yoga. In this regard, the Embassy of India, Brussels, on 21 June 2018 in partnership with the European Parliament and the Art of Living Foundation, and on 24 June 2018 in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing, Environment, and Energy of the Brussels Capital Region Government, the City of Brussels and Vidonne Asbl will organize events on yoga, wellness and harmony of body and mind. At the European Parliament, a special yoga session will be held on 21 June 2018 from 1200-1330 hrs at the Yehudi Menuhin Space. The event will be graced by Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, and Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister of India. The yoga and meditation session will be led by renowned Indian spiritual leader and Yoga Guru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Members of European Parliament, officials from the European Commission and European External Action Service and other dignitaries are expected to participate in the event. The Embassy of India in Brussels, in association with local authorities and yoga foundations, is organizing "Brussels Yoga Day" events at the city's Bois de la Cambre Park on June 24.

    Air India seeks Rs 1,000 cr bank loan to meet its urgent working capital requirement

    National Carrier Air India sought proposals for short-term loans worth one thousand crore rupees to meet its urgent working capital requirements.  According to the bid document, one thousand crore loan will be drawn in June in one or more tranches. The airline has requested banks to submit their financial bids by 13th of this month.  The tenure of the loan will be one year (renewable) from the date of availing short-term loans. Amid fund crunch, during which Air India also had to defer its staff salaries, the airline borrowed 6,250 crore rupees from various banks between September last year and January this year for working capital requirements and other needs. The debt-ridden Air India is not paid salaries of the staff for the month of May. The government had attempted to sell 76 percent stake in of national carrier which came to a cropper last month after it did not get even a single bidder.

    IMF welcomes RBI decision to hike repo rate, terms it as appropriate step in times of rising inflation

    The International Monetary Fund welcomed the decision of the Reserve Bank of India to increase the repo rate by 25 basis point to 6(point)25 percent.  IMF Spokesman Gerry Rice told this to reporters during his bi-weekly news conference in Washington. The IMF thinks that this was an appropriate step by the RBI in the present context of rising inflation and additional upside risks to the forecasts due to higher oil prices, exchange rate depreciation and other domestic factors.  He was responding to a question on the decision of the RBI to increase the interest rate for the first time in the last four years. It was in January 2014 that the RBI had increased the repo rate to eight percent to keep the inflation under check.

    World Oceans Day 2018 observed across the world

    The World Oceans Day was observed across the world on June 8, 2018, to highlight the major role of the oceans in everyday life. The action focus for the 2018 World Oceans Day was ‘preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean’. The agenda also coincided with the theme of 2018 World Environment Day –‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. Plastic pollution is causing tremendous harm to the marine resources: Around 80 percent of all pollution in the ocean comes from people on land. There are 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year, causing damage to wildlife, fisheries, and tourism. The Plastic pollution costs the lives of 1 million seabirds and 100000 marine mammals per year. The ‘Fishes eat plastic, and we eat the fish’.

    Islamic State attacks kill 22 pro-regime fighters in Syria

    Islamic State terror outfit killed 22 pro-regime fighters including 11 soldiers in surprise attacks in Syria. As many as twelve IS terrorists were also killed in the desert of the southern province of Sweida, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.  Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said 22 pro-regime combatants killed also included nine Iranians and fighters belonging to pro-Iran Shiite militias. IS has ramped up its attacks against pro-government forces since its fighters in May left their last stronghold near Damascus under an evacuation deal with the regime.

    FDI Inflows To India Fall By $4 Billion Last Year: UN Report

    Foreign Direct Investment to India decreased to 40 billion dollars last year from 44 billion dollars in 2016 while outflows from India, the main source of investment in South Asia, more than doubled, according to a new trade report by the UN. According to the World Investment Report, 2018 by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) global foreign direct investment flows fell by 23 percent in 2017, to USD 1.43 trillion from USD 1.87 trillion in 2016. 

    White House defends tariffs on steel and aluminum imports

    The White House defended Trump administration's move to increase tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, saying these are defensive measures and are not aimed at any individual country. US President Donald Trump brought in tariffs of 25 percent on EU steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum on June 1, citing "national security" interests.  White House Director of National Trade Council Peter Navarro told in an interview to a private channel, these tariffs are not aimed at any individual country, whether it is a strategic rival like China or an ally and friend like Canada.

    Rejecting the existing insurance scheme, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar pitches new insurance scheme entitled to the farmers

    As a game changer, the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar rejected the insurance scheme pitched by the center for the farmers by chalking out his own scheme, which entitles farmers to compensation without having to pay any premium. The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Under the scheme, farmers would be paid a compensation of seven thousand five hundred rupees per hectare if less than 20% of the standing crop is damaged and ten thousand in case damage is more than 20%. Farmers do not have to pay any premium as per the scheme. The Bihar government also suggested that the new scheme 'Bihar Rajya Fasal Sahayata Yojna' will have a wider coverage than the 'Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana' that covers farmers who have taken loans from national and cooperative banks or financial institutions. According to the central scheme, both the state and the center bear 49 percent of the cost of the premium. The Target beneficiaries have to pay the remaining 2%. The center fixes the amount which a state has to pay to insurance companies under this scheme.

    World Bank approves Rs 6000 crores for Atal Bhujal Yojana aims to improve groundwater management in country

    The World Bank approved a whopping amount of Rs.6000 crore to Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY). Notably, Atal Bhujal Yojana is a Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation aim to improve groundwater management in priority areas in the country through community participation. Notably, the scheme is to be implemented over a period of five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23, with the Rs.6000 crore assistance of World Bank. The priority areas identified under the scheme fall in the states of Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. These States represent about 25% of the total number of over-exploited, critical and semi-critical blocks in terms of groundwater in India. They also cover two major types of groundwater systems found in India - alluvial and hard rock aquifers- and have varying degrees of institutional readiness and experience in groundwater management.

    India hosted 11th edition of Geo Intelligence Asia

    The eleventh edition of Geo-Intelligence Asia 2018 was held at Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi on June 4-5, 2018. The annual event was organized by GeoSpatial Media and Communication in collaboration with Directorate General of Information System as Knowledge Partners and Military Survey as co-organisers. The seminar brought together military, security officials including BSF and police forces, government and industry together to assess the latest technology solutions and discuss and deliberate on the critical role of geospatial technology for safety and security. The seminar included an exhibition comprising stalls of various technological firms dealing with geospatial technologies. The sessions during the seminar covered crucial subjects including enhanced situational awareness for combat, smart cantonments, GIS and logistics, cyber security and LIDAR. The seminar also witnessed thought-provoking sessions, which saw learned speakers put forth their unique perspective and insights on the geospatial intelligence community’s role in defeating threats.

    Global Economy Is Healthy But Growth Will Slow: World Bank

    The steadily expanding global economy should remain resilient, at least for a couple of years, the World Bank stated. The anti-poverty agency predicts global growth will decelerate slightly from a solid 3.1 percent this year to 3 percent next year and 2.9 percent in 2020.  The World Bank predicts that US growth will register 2.7 percent in 2018, aided by tax cuts, before slowing to 2.5 percent next year and 2 percent in 2020. China's growth is projected at 6.5 percent this year, 6.3 percent in 2019 and 6.2 percent in 2020.

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