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The 16th Asia Media Summit was concluded on 13 June in Cambodia. The summit called for regulation-making to fight against fake news and cyber-crimes.The theme of the summit was Media Digitalisation - Focusing on Developing Markets.
16th Asia Media Summit:
The summit was organised by Cambodian Ministry of Information and the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD).
Participants: Around 600 media representatives from 42 countries and regions participated in the two-day summit.
The summit focused on the spread of disinformation or fake news and its impact on governments, media, private sector and society. The discussions included the concerns caused by digital media, which requires relevant authorities to make regulations to anti-cybercrimes, fake news, and training people to raise awareness and enhance media profession.
The summit encouraged the broadcasters and other media stakeholders to counter fake news by strengthening law enforcement, ethics and professionalism.
Angkor Fake News Initiative:
During the summit Angkor Fake News Initiative was launched. It is year-long research project to find out appropriate measures to counter fake news. It was urged that fake news and cyber-crimes pose severe risks to individual's right and security in the region as well as in the globe.
Asia Media Summit:
Asia Media Summit was established in 2004 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The summit was held subsequently in Malaysia until 2008.
The sixth round of the meeting was moved to Macau of China in 2009. It was then held in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, India and Cambodia in the following years.
It provides opportunity for media practitioners, industry leaders, broadcasters, researchers, academia, experts and media policy makers to meet and discuss the developing media’s quality and high technological revolution.
10 June 2019
In the G20 Summit, the Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from the Group of 20 economies issued a joint statement on trade and the digital economy. The meeting was held in Tsukuba, Japan on 8 and 9 June 2019.
The G20 Summit was focused on the ways to promote trade and cooperation among the G20 countries in order to harness the potential of the digital economy.
New tax rules:
The Finance Ministers discussed new tax rules on global IT giants as well as the impact of aging populations on the economy as the corporate sector make huge profits through cross-border data transfers.
Global growth is being stable and is expected to pick up moderately by late 2019 and into 2020. However, growth remains low and risks remain tilted to the downside as trade and geopolitical tensions have been intensified.
The Ministers confirmed their commitment to refraining from competitive currency devaluations in order to gain an unfair trade advantage.
They also agreed on guiding principles for using artificial intelligence which is created on the 36-member OECD and an additional six countries. They also planned to highlight divisions over trade issues such as reform of the World Trade Organization.
10 June 2019
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA).
The MoU will ensure that both the MCA and the SEBI have seamless linkage for regulatory purposes and in addition to regular exchange of data. It also aims to facilitate the continous sharing of data and information for carrying out scrutiny, inspection, investigation, and prosecution.
The MoU will facilitate the sharing of data and information between SEBI and the MCA on an automatic and regular basis. It will also enable sharing of specific information such as details of suspended companies, delisted firms, shareholding pattern from the SEBI and financial statements filed with the Registrar by corporates, returns of allotment of shares and audit reports relating to corporates.
The MCA has the database of all registered firms whereas the SEBI only regulates listed entities that may have unlisted subsidiaries. The MCA alone has access to all the data of such unlisted entities.
The data exchange status will be reviewed and analyzed by a Data Exchange Steering Group which will meet and review periodically.
The move comes after the view to increase the need for surveillance in the context of corporate frauds which affects important sectors of the economy. It is a known fact that the private sector plays an increasingly vital role in economic growth, the need for a robust corporate governance mechanism becomes the need of the hour.
Already there exists a protocol of sharing of data between SEBI and MCA, in many cases, the regulator has also sent its orders against various entities to the MCA for further action.
Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI):
Formed: April 12, 1988
Acquired Statutory Status on: January 30, 1992
Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman: Ajay Tyagi
Executive Director: Anand Rajeshwar Baiwar
SEBI is the regulator for the securities market in India
6 June 2019
The 2nd Global Disability Summit being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 'Disability Summit, Argentina 2019', the three-day summit will be held from 6 June to 8 June 2019. India will be represented by the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot.
The Global Disability Summit is organized by International Alliance Disability (IDA), an umbrella organization focused on improving awareness and rights for individuals with disabilities around the globe which was established in 1999, and Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS).
The summit will be focusing on deliberating issues across the world concerning empowerment and inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. The summit will also include a discussion to work out a mechanism for enabling them to live an independent and dignified life.
The Summit brings together governments, international organizations, organizations of people with disabilities, civil society organizations, international cooperation agencies, academia, and the private sector, with the hope of achieving real change for people with disabilities.
1st Global Disability Summit:
The 1st Global Disability Summit was held in London on 23-24 July 2018. The summit was hosted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), along with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Government of Kenya.
Aim: The 1st summit was in line with the principle of ‘nothing about us, without us’. 40 countries participated in the summit.
All countries that participated in the summit signed the Charter for Change, the principal legacy document of the Global Disability Summit and committed to working in direction of economic empowerment of the persons with disabilities.
4 June 2019
The 14th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Mecca, Saudi Arabia was hosted by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The official agenda of the meeting was to address current issues in the Muslim world and recent developments in a number of OIC member states. Also, amid soaring tension between Iran and the US and its Gulf allies the OIC summit discussed the regional security issues. The Mecca summit supported Palestinians and backed Saudis in Iran standoff.
OIC holds an Islamic Summit once every three years at which heads of state discuss ways to achieve OIC's charter's objectives and make policy decisions that concern its member states. OIC has permanent delegations to the UN and the European Union (EU)
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC):
Headquarters: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Membership: 57 member states
Secretary-General: Yousef Al-Othaimeen
Official languages: Arabic, English, French
It works to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony.
29 May 2019
To create a new chapter in India-China cooperation in the new era of digital transition, 2019 Sino-India IT and DT Industry Cooperation Forum was held on 27th May in Guiyang, China.
The objective was to create a new chapter in India-China cooperation in the new era of the digital transition. To make progress and boost development, the big data, and artificial intelligence, the countries need to have in-depth exchanges.
NIIT Technology, Shanghai signed cooperation agreements with Guizhou University and Guiyang Education Bureau.
The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has also opened an Information Technology (IT) corridor for the purpose of better exchanges between two countries in the IT sector.
The idea is also to help Indian companies especially small and medium enterprises to connect with China businesses looking for partners in the IT sector.
This event was held on the sidelines of the International Big Data Industry Expo 2019. The 4-day event is being attended by 448 enterprises from 59 different countries.
President: Xi Jinping
Chairman: Keshav Murugesh
Headquarter: Noida, U.P
15 May 2019
India was unanimously chosen by member countries as next co-chair of Consultative Group (CG) of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) for the fiscal year 2020. This decision was taken during Consultative Group meeting of GFDRR 2019 held from 13 May- 17 May in Geneva, Switzerland. This is the first time that India has been given the opportunity of co-chairing CG meeting of GFDRR.
The Consultative Group meeting held in Geneva was the 6th Session of GPDRR 2019. The CG Meeting 2019 was co-chaired by the European Union (EU), Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, and World Bank.
GFDRR in cooperation with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and EU also organized the 4th edition of World Reconstruction Conference (WRC) on May 13-14, 2019 in Geneva.
The participants included experts, policymakers, leaders, and practitioners from various government, international organizations, academia, private sector and NGOs from both developing and developed countries.
India and GFDRR:
In 2015, India became a member of Consultative Group (CG) of GFDRR. At the 5th session of GFDRR held in October 2018, India expressed its interest to co-chair the meet.
India's candidature was backed by member countries because of India's consistent progress in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and also various initiatives it has undertaken to form a coalition on disaster resilient infrastructure.
14 May 2019
Around 180 governments agreed on a new United Nations (UN) accord to regulate the export of plastic waste, some eight million tonnes of which ends up in the oceans each year. It also undertook to eliminate two toxic chemical groups, Dicofol, and Perfluorooctanoic Acid, plus related compounds. The Geneva meeting amended the 1989 Basel Convention on the control of hazardous wastes to include plastic waste in a legally-binding framework.
About 1,400 representatives from almost every country in the world met for 12 days of discussions at a United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
Except for the United States, about 180 governments, agreed to the deal to include plastic waste in a legally-binding framework. Even though the U.S. and a few others have not signed the accord, they cannot ship plastic waste to countries that are on board with the deal.
This is a move to quickly reduce the amount of plastic being washed into the world's oceans.
As per the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), a global network of NGOs which seeks to eliminate hazardous and toxic chemicals and persistent organic pollutants, this new amendment to Basel Convention would empower developing countries to refuse to dump plastic waste by others.
Developed countries like the US and Canada have been exporting their mixed toxic plastic wastes to developing Asian countries claiming it would be recycled in the receiving country. Instead, much of this contaminated mixed waste cannot be recycled and is instead dumped or burned, or finds its way into the ocean. Plastic waste pollution has reached epidemic proportions with an estimated 100 million tonnes of plastic now found in the oceans.
About Basel convention:
In 1989, the Conference of Plenipotentiaries (COP) in Basel, Switzerland adopted The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. It was adopted in response to large public outcry after it was discovered that large deposits of toxic wastes were being imported from abroad into the developing world. The Basel Convention came into force in 1992.
10 May 2019
The Fifth United Nations (UN) Global Road Safety Week is being held from 6 May to 12 May 2019. The theme for the weekly event in 2019 is Leadership for road safety.
The UN Global Road Safety Weeks and its' campaigns are coordinated by United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, chaired by the World Health Organization (WHO). During the on-going global road safety week WHO released the Global Status Report on Road Safety.
As it is acknowledged that with a stronger leadership for road safety Global Goals could be achieved, so it launched action through ongoing campaign Save Lives - #SpeakUp.
World Health Organization:
Formed on: April 1948
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
Director-General: Tedros Adhanom
WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group
It is concerned with international public health
10 May 2019
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), under the Ministry of Finance, is organizing the World Customs Organisation (WCO) for Asia-Pacific region in Kochi, Kerala from 8th to 10th May 2019.
As India currently holds a seat of Vice Chairperson of Asia Pacific region, it is hosting this meeting in this capacity. Pranab Kumar Das, Chairman of CBIC will chair the meeting.
It will discuss the progress being made in carrying forward various initiatives and programmes of WCO, in promoting, securing and facilitating cross-border trade in the Asia Pacific region.
Participants include customs delegations from over 20 countries of Asia Pacific region and senior officials of WCO and its regional bodies namely Regional Intelligence Liaoning Office (RILO) and Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB).
The meeting will focus on areas of the meeting includes implementation of trade facilitation measures, building the capacity of small island economies (in Asia pacific region), cross-border e-commerce transactions, performance measurement, trusted trader programmes, and on-going review of Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC).
World Customs Organisation (WCO):
Established in: 1952
Established as: Customs Co-operation Council (CCC)
Renamed as WCO in 1994
Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
It seeks to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations
8 May 2019
India was re-elected as an observer to intergovernmental forum Arctic Council at the 11th Arctic Council ministerial meeting held at Rovaniemi in Finland. India promised its commitment towards contributing more to the Arctic Council. The Council also appointed the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as a new Observer.
India’s Observer status:
India successfully got the Observer status in 2013 during the Kiruna Ministerial meeting held in Sweden.
India has its Arctic research station ‘Himadri’ in Svalbard, Norway since 2008. Located at the International Arctic Research base, the research station was set up by India's National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, an institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Formed on: September 19, 1996
Headquarters: Tromso, Norway (since 2012)
Current Chairmanship lies with Iceland (2019–2021)
The Arctic Council promotes cooperation, coordination, and interaction among Arctic states, the region's indigenous communities and other inhabitants on common issues, particularly on sustainable development and environmental protection.
Member States: Canada, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, and the USA.
Besides India, 12 other nations including China, France, Germany, Japan, UK, Switzerland, and the Netherlands have observer status.
The discussion in the council meeting included:
growing tensions world wealth of minerals
concerns over renewed climate policies of US President Donald Trump
China's Polar Silk Road plan
Russia's Northern Fleet modernization and reopened Cold War military bases.
7 May 2019
India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Sherpas meeting was held in Cochin, Kerala from May 3 to May 5, 2019.
Before IBSA Sherpas meeting, the 9th IBSA trilateral Ministerial Meeting was also concluded at the same venue.
Indian delegation was led by T.S. Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations) in Ministry of External Affairs and Amb. Norberto Moretti, Sherpa of Brazil and Prof. Anil Sooklal, Sherpa of South Africa led their respective delegation at the meeting.
The Sherpas of all three countries conveyed their happiness that the first Gandhi Mandela Memorial Freedom Lecture was delivered by Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa on 25th January, 2019 in New Delhi.
The Sherpas welcomed 6th India-Brazil-South Africa Maritime (IBSAMAR) exercise conducted off the Coast of South Africa in September, 2018.
The Sherpas also appreciated the work done by the IBSA Fund on Poverty and Hunger Alleviation which funded 31 projects spread over in 20 countries.
About South Africa
♦ Capital: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
♦ Currency: South African rand
♦ Capital: Brasilia
♦ Currency: Brazilian Real
6 May 2019
The Group of 7 (G7) industrialised nations meet is to organized by France in Biarritz in August 2019. As India has been invited by France, India will be attending the meet along with Australia, Chile, and South Africa, in a sign of the recognition of India’s growing economic heft in the international arena. The invitation by France clearly reflects the strong strategic connect between India and France.
The G-7 groups constitute of the US, Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Japan, and Germany.
The French invite to India is not the first time India will be at this G-7 global high table. Then prime minister Manmohan Singh had attended the G-8 +5 meet in Gleneagles in Scotland in 2005 at the invitation of then British prime minister Tony Blair.
19 April 2019
Saudi Arabia will host the annual G20 leaders' summit on November 21-22, 2020, in its capital Riyadh.
This will be the first G20 Summit to be hosted in the Arab world.
Japan will host this year's G20 summit in Osaka, which will be held June 28-29, as well as ministerial meetings in eight cities.
In 2018, the conference was held in Buenos Aries, Argentina and focused on the global economy, the future of labour markets and gender equality.
Group of Twenty (G20) is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union.
Chairperson: Shinzō Abe
Founder: Group of Seven
Founded: 26 September 1999
G20 economies account for around 90% of the gross world product (GWP), two-thirds of the world population.
G20 world leaders met for the first time in 2008 with focus on rescuing the global economy from the worst financial crisis in more than 70 years.
The 19 member Countries are:
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Republic of South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America.
8 April 2019
The Global Cooling Coalition was launched at the first Global Conference on Synergies between the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement held at Copenhagen, Denmark. The Global Cooling Coalition is supported by the UN, Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).
The coalition includes environment ministers from Chile and Rwanda and foreign affairs from Denmark as well as heads of Danish engineering firms ENGIE and Danfoss and leaders from civil society, research and intergovernmental institutions. The Coalition aims to: Inspire ambition, identify solutions and mobilize action to accelerate progress towards clean and efficient cooling. Provide all with sustainable cooling at a scale that would ensure safe food, safe vaccine, and comfort at work.
As the incidence of heat waves is increasing with the regular and alarming frequency it is affecting the health and well being of people. Hence there is a growing demand for cooling which keeps individuals healthy, vaccines stable, food nutritious and economies productive.
8 April 2019
Christian organizations including Isai Rashtriya Manch, Rashtriya Massihi Mitra Manch, National United Christian Front, Hallelujah Worship Team India, and Rashtriya Isai Maha Sangh at National YMCA auditorium in New Delhi
Dr Denzil Godin, Anglo-Indian nominated MLA of Uttar Pradesh Assembly, Dr Ajay Mall, Bishop of Agra, Roma Joseph of Lucknow, Thomas Sebastian,, Dr Maria Fernandez, Mumbai, and other Christian leaders were prominently present at the meeting.
Addressing the gathering Indresh Kumar further said that every religion teaches all to be good human beings.
All preached their followers to be good human beings. Therefore there is no problem with the prophets.
7 April 2019
The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) is to organize a NuGen Mobility Summit, 2019, at Manesar, NCR, from 27th to 29th November 2019.
The summit will help in building a platform for bringing together all stakeholders in the automotive industry to understand global advancements in technologies. The summit aims to bring together the automotive OEMs, professionals, researchers, academic experts, vehicle system suppliers, test equipment supplier, quality managers, product planners, component developers, SAE members and students from all over the world.
Track demonstrations, drive-touch-feel activity and lab demonstrations on upcoming vehicle technologies like connected mobility, autonomous vehicles, electric mobility, alternate fuels, intelligent transportation system, hydrogen fuel cell, hydrogen IC engine, vehicle dynamics, advanced materials and lightweight, end of life vehicles and recycling are the uniqueness of this event.
30 March 2019
The 16th meeting of the Canada-India Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism and its Expert Sub-group was held in Ottawa to provide detailed briefings on their respective nation’s counter-terrorism priorities, strategies, and legislative frameworks.
The meeting has reviewed the threats posed by terrorist groups worldwide and in their respective countries and regions.
♦ Capital – Ottawa
♦ Currency- Canadian Dollar
♦ PM- Justin Trudeau
1 March 2019
The 4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit being held at New Delhi was inaugurated by the Union Health Minister J P Nadda in the presence of Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Union Minister of Information Technology. The summit provides an opportunity to support governments and health system reformers in improving the health and well-being of their citizens through digital technologies.
The Global Digital Health Partnership Summit is being hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP).
Global Digital Health Partnership
♦ It is a collaboration of governments and territories, government agencies and the World Health Organization
♦ It aimed at supporting the effective implementation of digital health services
♦ The GDHP was established in February 2018
28 February 2019
US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un have begun their high-profile second summit in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi.
The main focus of the summit is to discuss denuclearisation amid claims from Michael Cohen ahead of public hearing.
US may announce a formal end to the Korean War during the summit.
17 February 2019
World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) 2019, the flagship event of ‘The Energy and Resources Institute’ (TERI), was inaugurated by Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
The theme of WSDS 2019 was ‘Attaining the 2030 Agenda: delivering on our promise’.
Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji was honoured with the Sustainable Development Leadership Award 2019 for his outstanding contributions towards sustainable development in Fiji
8 February 2019
Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for petroleum and natural gas, inaugurated the 2019 Asia LPG summit in New Delhi.
The summit organized jointly by the major Indian oil marketing companies (OMCs) Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum together with the World LPG Association (WLPGA) at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi.
This is the second edition of the Asia LPG Summit, with the first one having been held in 2017.
This two-day event will focus on ‘LPG – Energy for Life.’
25 January 2019
The second edition of Global Investors Meet (GIM) 2019 was held at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The T.N. government signed 304 Memoranda of Understanding and agreements entailing investments to the tune of over Rs.3,00,431 crore at GIM-2.
About Global Investors Meet (GIM):
♦ The first edition happened on 2015 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu
♦ The Second edition was held at Chennai
♦ This summit is to showcase the competitive strengths and opportunities in Tamil Nadu
♦ GIM 2019 provides an ideal platform for understanding Tamil Nadu as a preferred Investors’ Choice
17 January 2019
Ministry of Water resources and River development has organized 9th International Micro irrigation conference in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
The conference focused on the theme of “Micro Irrigation and Modern Agriculture”.
9 December 2018
The annual ‘startup India Venture Capital Summit’, a joint initiative by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Department of Industrial Policy Promotion (DIPP) and the government of Goa is set to begin in Goa on Friday, Dec 7, 2018.
Startup India Venture Capital Summit 2018 promising to attract global capital in the Indian Setup Ecosystem, Goa is aiming to make it to the list of top 25 Startup destination in Asia.
The theme of the year 2018 is ‘Mobilizing Global Capital for Innovation in India’.
This year’s event aimed to ‘start-up opportunities to attract global capital to the Indian market’.
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.
6 December 2018
The first India-ASEAN InnoTech Summit was held in New Delhi.
It was organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in association with the Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Ministry of External Affairs.
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”.
1 December 2018
Supported by ICAO, IATA, ACI and CANSO, the 1st Global Aviation Summit will be held on January 15 and 16, 2019 at The Grand Hyatt in Mumbai.
It aims to focus on the celebration of 'Flying for All' and to provide a platform to the aviation fraternity to highlight the challenges of the sector in the newly-developing growth spots.
29 November 2018
The 2018 G20 Summit began on November 28, 2018 in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is the 13th meeting of Group of Twenty (G20) and the first G20 summit to be hosted in South America.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be representing India at the Summit and is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Argentina President Mauricio Macri, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on the sidelines of the summit.
The members of the G20 consist of 19 individual countries plus the European Union (EU).
The 19 member countries of the forum are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.
17 November 2018
The 26th Conference of Central and States Statistical Organizations was held at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.
The theme of this year’s Conference is “Quality Assurance in Official Statistics”.
13 November 2018
Officials from 4 countries (Quad) - Australia, India, Japan and the United States will hold the third "Quadrilateral" or Quad meeting in Singapore on November 14th.
The meeting will be held on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend this meeting, and is expected to focus on infrastructure projects, maritime security cooperation and discuss regional challenges including development.
9 November 2018
"Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018" (GITC) is being organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment here during 9-11 November, 2018.
This year, India is hosting the event in collaboration with Government of Korea and Rehabilitation International (RI).
It propagates implementation of United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) - Article 21 relates to access to information.
18 countries namely, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Korea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, UAE, India and UK - participate in this event.
4 November 2018
Theme of the conference was: "Improving Air Quality, Combating Climate Change- Saving Lives".
Air pollution exceeding recommended WHO (World Health Organisation) Air Quality levels, causing 7 million deaths annually.
According to WHO, household air pollution is a leading killer in poor rural and urban homes.
26 October 2018
The theme of the conclave is ‘Nuclear Power- Towards a Clean & Base Load Energy’.
25 October 2018
The conference was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
The theme for the conference was: “Reef for Life”.
Nearly 150 delegates from India and other countries participated.
23 October 2018
It is organized by IAEA. It is hosted by the Department of Atomic Energy and Gandhinagar-based Institute of Plasma Research.
It aims to provide a platform for discussion of major physics and technology issues and innovative concepts related to the use of nuclear fusion as a source of energy.
International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Organisation, European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), research institutes involved in developing smaller plasma devices are participating in the conference.
18 October 2018
The theme of this year’s Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM)Summit is “Global Partners for Global Challenges”.
25 September 2018
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.
23 September 2018
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.
15 September 2018
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.
15 September 2018
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.
12 September 2018
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.
9 September 2018
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.
7 September 2018
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
7 September 2018
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.
6 September 2018
'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.
5 September 2018
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.
2 September 2018
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.
24 August 2018
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