The theme of this year’s Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM)Summit is “Global Partners for Global Challenges”.
Women Foreign ministers from almost 20 countries have gathered in Montreal, Canada and discussed topics including security and gender-based violence.
The meeting was co-chaired by Canada's top diplomat, Chrystia Freeland, and the foreign affairs representative of the EU, Federica Mogherini.
On Pakistan's request, India agreed to a meeting between Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week.
India's Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj will be in New York from September 24 to 30.
Swaraj’s last significant meeting with a Pakistan leader was in December 2015.
The main aim is to issues including increasing protectionism challenges to promote global commerce and the new industrial revolution were discussed at the meeting.
The members of the G20 include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.
Over 4000 businesses, cities, states and civil society delegates attended the summit and showed their commitments to achieve the goals set by the Paris Agreement.
The co-chairs of the Summit, Governor of California Edmund G. Brown Jr. and UN’s Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael R Bloomberg unveiled a new report demonstrating how cities, states and businesses can help the US in achieving its 2025 emissions reduction target.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that corruption is linked to illicit trafficking of arms, drugs and people as well as terrorism.
As per the estimates by the World Economic Forum, the global cost of corruption is at least $2.6 trillion, or 5 per cent of the global gross domestic product (GDP).
According to the World Bank, businesses and individuals pay more than $1 trillion in bribes every year.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das was on a four-day visit to China at the invitation of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
He invited China to participate in food processing summit, which will be organised by Jharkhand Government in November.
Das visit Zhengzhou, the capital of China's agriculture province Henan.
The theme of the conference is ‘US and India connecting our future’ .
This is the first time that US India Business Council (USIBC) is holding its annual general body meeting in India.
The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) was formed in 1975.
USIBC currently has twelve Executive Committees, covering every major business sector, namely
Aerospace & Defense
Energy, Environment & Enterprise
Food & Agriculture
Media & Entertainment
The main focus of the two-day summit, being organized by the NITI Aayog, is to make Indian cities pollution free.
The summit will deliberate on 5 themes electrification & alternative fuels, reinventing public transport, goods transport & logistics, and data analytics and mobility.
'Practical measures' toward the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula is expected to be discussed on this summit.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Trump held a watershed summit in June in Singapore and pledged to work toward denuclearisation of the peninsula.
♦ South Korean President - Moon Jae-in.
The seminar has been jointly organized by the Airports Authority of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation and International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Vision 2035 plans to build 100 new airports across India in the next 10-15 years with an investment of USD 60 billion and address the major issues concerning aviation industry such as airport infrastructure, taxation and use of technology.
Commerce & Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu attended the 6th East Asia Summit- Economic Ministers Meeting (EAS-EMM) and 15th India-ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (AEM) in Singapore.
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the government Think Tank NITI Aayog organised two-day 'India Banking Conclave' (IBC) in New Delhi between August 23 and August 24, 2018.
Focus:- On reform in the banking sector.
About Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) :
♦ CEPR is network of over 1100 researchers who are based mainly in universities throughout Europe and collaborate in research and its dissemination.
♦ It aims to enhance quality of economic policy-making within Europe and beyond
One District One Product (ODOP) scheme will help each district of Uttar Pradesh to manufacture one product. Under this ODOP scheme, the state government has set a goal of providing employment to 25 lakh people in five years through the financial assistance of Rs. 25,000 crores.
During the summit, with a tagline of 'Nayi Udaan, Nayi Pehchan', the President distributed loan sanction papers amounting to Rs 1,006.94 crore to 4,085 artisans from 75 districts.
Uttar Pradesh is uniquely famous for product-specific traditional industrial hubs across 75 districts, including
♦ Varanasi (Banarasi silk sari),
♦ Bhadohi (carpet),
♦ Lucknow (chikan),
♦ Kanpur (leather goods),
♦ Agra (leather footwear),
♦ Aligarh (locks),
♦ Moradabad (brassware),
♦ Meerut (sports goods) and
♦ Saharanpur (wooden products).
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong chaired the 51st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers meeting in Singapore.
The main aim of the meeting is to meet the need for ASEAN countries and also trade union setup between United States and its long-time trading partners, including China, the EU and Canada.
Official languages: English, Malay, MandarinTamil
Recognised national languages: Malay
Singapore ranks 5th on the UN Human Development Index and the 3rd highest GDP per capita
Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment attended the Global Disability Summit held in London, UK.
The main motto of the Conference is to firm up the commitments of the country leaders towards the cause of persons with disabilities.
The Global leaders expressed their commitments towards elimination stigma and discrimination, promoting inclusive education, economic empowerment, technology and innovation in assistive devices, data desegregation.
Named "The International Congress of Parliamentary Women's Caucuses" will be held at Dublin Castle on September 9-10 and the event will be attended by an estimated 300 delegates from over 27 countries.
Thi conference is organised by the Irish Women's Parliamentary Caucus (IWPC), a cross-party forum for female parliamentarians within the Irish parliament.
The 10th edition of BRICS Summit began in Johannesburg, South Africa.
It is the 3-day long summit and will be attended by all the BRICS leaders.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-nation tour of Africa will culminate in South Africa.
The theme for this summit is ‘BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for inclusive growth and shared prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution'.
He is likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit.
♦ First BRIC Summit was held in June 2009 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
♦ BRICS stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, J P Nadda addressed at the '8th BRICS Health Ministers' Meeting, held at Durban, South Africa, and stated that India will strongly support for Ending Tuberculosis (TB) and is committed to eradicate the disease by 2025.
He also highlighted an ambitious programme called 'Ayushman Bharat' i.e. Long Live India, which was launched by PM Narendra Modi and will provide coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.
♦ BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu addressed 8th session of India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) along with Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy of Oman, Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy.
Suresh Prabhu invited Omani companies to make investments and to get benefit from ‘Make in India’ and ‘Invest India’ programmes which are aimed to encourage manufacturing.
Indian companies have invested in Oman in sectors like iron and steel, cement, fertilizers, textile, cables, chemicals and automotive, especially in Sohar and Salalah.
India-Oman Joint Investment Fund (OIJIF), a joint venture between State Bank of India and State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) of Oman, a special purpose vehicle to invest in India.
The Round Table Conference was inaugurated by D.V. Sadananda Gowda (Union Minister of Statistics & Programme) and was organised by Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI).
Objective:- To discover innovative ideas for improving the statistical system in India, taking cue from the best practices followed in advanced countries like Canada, UK and Australia.
This Meeting was chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and attended by Union Minister of Development of NER (North Eastern Region) and Governors and Chief Ministers of the north-eastern States.
It stressed on livelihood programmes, management of water resources, afforestation and doubling farmer’s income, by 2022, road connectivity, Implementation of Poshan Abhiyan and Ayushman Bharat etc.
♦ Capital: Shillong
♦ Governor: Ganga Prasad
♦ Chief Minister: Conrad Sangma
The 6th edition of biennial 'World Cities Summit' was held in Singapore from July 8 to 12, 2018, with the theme of "Liveable & Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration".
The summit will be held together with the Singapore International Water Week and the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.
India will hold another round of Delhi Dialogue with ASEAN leaders on 19th and 20th July 2018. The dialogue is an important platform for engagement with ASEAN on political, security and economic issues. Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj will chair the ministerial session on July 19.
This will be the 10th round of Delhi Dialogue which has been held annually since 2009. Economic ties between India and ASEAN will again be under focus as ASEAN is looking at India to conclude negotiations soon for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. The RCEP aims at liberalizing norms for trade in goods and services and boost investment among 16-member countries.
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the 17th World Sanskrit Conference held at Vancouver, Canada, from July 9-13, 2018.
There will be a special panel discussion on topics such as - History and Education of Women in Vedic Literature, Sanskrit Buddhist Manus, Mimamsa Beyond the Yagasala, the Yuktidipika forging a place for Sankhya, introducing Bhagavata Purana Commentaries and research on the Gargiyajyotisa.
The World Sanskrit Conference is being held in various countries across the globe once in every three years and so far it has been held thrice in India.
NITI Aayog is organising "MOVE: Global Mobility Summit" in New Delhi on 7th and 8th September, 2018.
This summit will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi.
The six tracks or themes for the Summit will focus on:
(i) Asset Utilization and Services;
(ii) Comprehensive Electrification ;
(iii) Alternative Energy;
(iv) Reinventing Public Transit;
(v) Logistics and Goods Transport;
(vi) Data Analytics and Mobility.
♦ Full form of NITI- National Institution for Transforming India
The 5th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) intersessional ministerial meeting was held in Tokyo, Japan, in which Ministers from the 16 RCEP Participating Countries (RPCs) attended.
This meeting was co-chaired by Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing and his Japanese counterpart Hiroshige Seko.
► RCEP is the world's largest economic bloc, covering nearly half of the global economy.
► Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) namely, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the six states namely Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.
► RCEP negotiations were formally launched in November 2012 at the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia.
► The first RCEP summit was held on 14 November 2017 in Manila, Philippines.
India will host the "International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) 2018" in Navi Mumbai from October 23-27, 2018.
The focal theme for this 19th edition of the prestigious congress is 25 Billion Meals a Day by 2025 with Healthy, Nutritious, Safe and Diverse Foods.
IAS, Secretary to Govt. of India & CEO of FSSAI - Pawan Agarwal.
Union Minister of Food Processing Industries - Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Haryana will host 33rd World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) Conference in Gurugram from October 10-13 this year.
Heads of 200 mandis from across the world will participate in this Conference.
Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board will organise this conference.
Countries from Asia, North and South America, Africa and Europe will also participate in the conference.
Information related to reforms all over the world will be shared so that India could move towards a single unified world market.
A summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will be held on July 16 in Helsinki.
The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues.
The summit meeting is expected to deal with an broad array of issues, including Syria, the role of Russia-backed forces in Eastern Ukraine and arms control.
The US and Russia have reached an agreement to hold the summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a "third country", at a date to be announced.
Recently, India hosted the World Environment Day on June 5, 2018. The theme was ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.
On that occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a high-profile pledge that India would do away with all the single-use plastics by 2022.
The ban on plastics Maharashtra, after 3 months of notice, is an extreme measure as it supports the goal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Delhi End TB Summit in New Delhi.
The summit is being co-hosted by the Health Ministry, WHO South East Asia Regional Office and Stop TB Partnership.
He will also launch Tuberculosis Free India Campaign. The campaign will take the activities of National Strategic Plan (NSP) for TB elimination forward in a mission mode.
The NSP is backed by a funding of over 12,000 crore rupees over the next three years to ensure that every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support.
The new NSP adopts a multi-pronged approach which aims to Detect all TB patients, with an emphasis on reaching TB patients seeking care from private providers and undiagnosed TB in high-risk populations.
PM Narendra Modi addressed the 2nd India-Korea Business Summit in New Delhi.
The theme of the Summit this year is “India-Korea: Scaling up the Special Strategic Relationship through Trade and Investments”.
The Summit aims to create the framework for an open and action-oriented dialogue between top business leaders and Government officials from both countries.
India and Korea are the third and fourth largest economies in Asia. The two way trade between India and South Korea currently stands at nearly 17 billion dollars.
India is going to host first International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit in March 2018 in New Delhi.
It will be hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attended by leaders from over 50 member countries.
It will include French President Emmanuel Macron, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid. During the summit, two new programmes — on scaling solar e-mobility.
India’s Aadhaar and Umang App have won awards at recently concluded 6th World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai. Umang App won in Best m-Government Service.
Umang App won in Best m-Government Service Award for Accessible Government Category and Aadhaar won in the Best Government Emerging Technologies Award.
The award for it recognized India’s efforts of invention and innovation in the field of technology and making the country completely digitalized.
The Institute Of Directors organized it’s 12th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
In the conference, the Prestigious Golden Peacock Award 2017 were presented.
The leadership award for philanthropy and social change was presented to Mr. Vineet Nayar, Founder Chairman, Sampark Foundation.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched the first tests of the world’s first autonomous pods at the World Government Summit.
The autonomous pods are launched in cooperation with Next Future Transportation (US-Based) and are designed to travel short and medium distances in dedicated lanes.
They can be coupled together in as little 15 seconds or detached depending on the riders’ destination in five seconds.
Each pod is fitted with cameras and electromechanical technologies to carry out the coupling and detaching, which can be activated while the pod is in motion.
In order to boost the rapidly developing sector of Urban development, Andhra Pradesh government will be organizing a three-day innovation summit on the theme of ‘Urban transformation to Global Living’.
Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu announced that Happy Cities Summit will be held between April 10 and 12 in Bhavani Island on Krishna River where experts and various industry players will attend that grand event to brainstorm on various dimensions of building smart and sustainable cities.
Addressing the meeting of CRDA officials, the Chief Minister suggested that subject like citizen-centricity urban innovation, next-generation technology, urban planners, urban transportation, architecture, and designing should be included during Happy Cities Summit.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who is visiting Indonesia as part of her three-nation tour, co-chaired the fifth meeting of the India-Indonesia Joint Commission with her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi.
Both the countries agreed to work together for a balanced and sustainable trade by providing greater market access, both in goods and services.
India excluded Pakistan from the list of SAARC member countries with which it will be connecting its state-of-the-art National Knowledge Network (NKN) for sharing scientific databases and remote access to advanced research facilities.
The government has kicked off the process of appointing a telecom company that will connect and extend the NKN to research and education networks in six South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation member states — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
In a move aimed at combating black money stashed abroad, India signed an agreement with Switzerland that would allow automatic sharing of tax-related information from January 1, 2017.
The agreement was signed by CBDT chairman Sushil Chandra and Swiss Ambassador to India Andreas Baum at the North Block.
Foreign Ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC) are holding a trilateral meeting in New Delhi.
The meeting is expected to review global and regional issues of mutual interest as well as discuss trilateral exchanges and activities.
The External Affairs Minister will have separate bilateral meetings with her Russian and Chinese counterparts. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Wang Yi have arrived in New Delhi.
The First International Conference on Sports Medicine and Sports Sciences SAICON 2017 was inaugurated in New Delhi by the Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore.
The SAICON 2017 will promote scientific temperament in the country and inspire students, researchers and educationists alike to take up sports science and research to the next level. Organized by Sports Authority of India, the 3-day conference is being attended by about 1000 national and international delegates.
The 3rd edition of the Dialogue between the NITI Aayog and the Development Research Council of China, the DRC- NITI Aayog Dialogue was held in Beijing.
The meeting was co-chaired by Vice Chairman NITI Aayog, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, and Mr Li Wei, President (Minister), DRC.
The two sides agreed that the 4th NITI Aayog - DRC Dialogue will be convened in India in 2018.
The dialogue took place under the MOU between NITI Aayog and the Development Research Centre (DRC), State Council of the China.
UAE Armed Forces along with the UK, US and French armies are participating in joint exercises in Abu Dhabi.
The drill code is named as “Flag4”.
The two-week long joint exercise aims to increase combat efficiency, gain more field expertise, and work to unify military concepts among participating parties.
The first International Exhibition and Conference on AYUSH and Wellness sector- AROGYA 2017 has begun in New Delhi.
The four-day event was inaugurated by Ayush Minister Shripad Yesso Naik.
The theme of the conference is 'Enhancing the global potential of Ayush'.
The main objective of the event is to showcase the strength and scientific validation of Indian System of Medicine in the global context. The fair will give a boost to AYUSH Products in International Market.
Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari inaugurated an international conference to draw attention towards the adverse effects of global warming in the Hindu Kush mountain range.
The conference 'Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia' is being organized by Nepal's Ministry for Environment in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
The four-day conference is attended by more than 300 experts from different countries of Asia including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar. V K Saraswat, member of India's Neeti foundation is leading the Indian delegation in the conference.
One of the most prominent faces among empowered women of India, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj again marked a powerful presence on a global platform.
She represented the Government of India at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Heads of Government Summit in Sochi.
During her speech, she has strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Along with that, she has touched several other important issues.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit at Sochi in Russia.
In June 2017, India and Pakistan had become full-fledged members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
The meeting is the first major gathering of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit since the bloc was expanded for the first time to add India and Pakistan as full members in June's Astana summit in Kazakhstan.