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.
The Minister of Industry and Commerce, Suresh Prabhu was the chief guest for the Shared Value Summit 2017. The summit was held in New Delhi.
The theme for this summit was “Equity and Empowerment”.
Mr Prabhu will unveil the Inclusive Business List and Emerging Social Enterprise List for the year 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi.
Former US President Barack Obama, Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Chattishgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh will also address different sessions during the two-day event.
The UNFCCC Climate Change Conference (COP23) was held in Bonn, Germany and was presided over by Government of Fiji.
It concluded with countries putting in place a roadmap for ‘Talanoa Dialogue’, a year-long process to assess countries’ progress on climate actions.
The conference provided countries around the world took the opportunity to showcase their actions taken to fulfill pledges under landmark 2015 Paris agreement.
Canada hosted the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference in Vancouver, Canada. This conference is the largest gathering of Defence ministers dedicated to UN Peacekeeping.
The goals of this conference are to measure the progress made since the 2016 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial;
The main aim is to encourage new pledges from the Member States, particularly in areas where the UN faces gaps, such as rapid deployment, helicopters, and francophone units.
A Curtain Raiser Event for the Founding Ceremony of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was held in Bonn, Germany.
Shri Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy was present at the event from the Indian side.
The ISA was jointly launched on 30 November 2015 by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and then-President of France, H.E. Francois Hollande, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties 21 (CoP21) at Paris, France.
To inspire, nurture and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in tribal youth, the NITI Aayog in partnership with the US government organized India’s first Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit at Dantewada.
The summit is inaugurated by MoS Science and Technology YS Chowdhary held at Dantewada in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
This event is an 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, being held in India which ensures yet another step towards tribal-centric sustainable and inclusive development.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting was held in Da Nang, Vietnam.
The theme of this meeting was ‘Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future’.
The Leaders of 21 Pacific Rim countries attended this meeting.
This was the first APEC meeting for several leaders including United States President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The APEC summit for 2018 will be held in Papua New Guinea.
A high-level delegation led by the Canadian International Trade Minister, Mr. Francois-Philippe Champagne is in India to attend the 4th Annual Ministerial Dialogue (AMD).
The Indian delegation was led by the Commerce and Industry Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu.
In the current round of the Ministerial Dialogue, India and Canada focused on some of the key commercial drivers to enhance the India-Canada partnership.
Odisha and its neighboring state West Bengal soon organize a joint security exercise named as ‘Sagar Kavach’ along the 630 km long coastline.
It is a real-time security exercise, conducted with an aim to check the efficacy of the security parameters and preparedness of various security forces namely Indian Navy, Marine police force, Indian Coast Guard (ICG), Forest Department, Fisheries and district administration.
During the course of this two-day exercise, a simulated terror attack named ‘red force’ will be organized at a random place along the coast of Odisha or West Bengal.
India holds Dubai’s first-ever AYUSH conference to spread awareness about the prevention and management of lifestyle diseases through Yoga and Ayurveda.
‘International AYUSH Conference and Exhibition 2017’ with the theme of ‘Lifestyle diseases: Prevention and management through AYUSH’ organised from November 9-11 by Science India Forum.
This conference is attended by 1200 delegates from AYUSH systems from more than 20 countries.
The India-US Ocean Dialogue, hosted by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, began at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) in Goa.
It is aimed at promoting sustainable development of the Blue Economy. Blue Economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health.
The 2nd World Congress on Marxism is scheduled to be held at Peking University in Beijing from 5th – 6th May 2018.
The theme of 2nd World Congress on Marxism will be “Marxism and the current world and China”.
The 2nd World Congress on Marxism coincides with the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth and the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up.
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the 3rd International Conference on Yoga in New Delhi.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Yoga for Wellness”.
About 500 delegates, including 69 from overseas countries attended the conference.
This conference has been organized with the technical and logistic support of Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy and Moraji Desai National Institute of Yoga.
In the United States, two influential Democratic lawmakers have introduced a legislation in the House of Representative to support India’s permanent membership to the UN Security Council.
It is Introduced by Congressman Ami Bera and Congressman Frank Pallone, the resolution would put the House officially on record in support of India’s bid. Ami Bera, Vice Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and longest serving Indian-American in Congress stated that securing a permanent spot for India on the UN Security Council would strengthen democracy around the world.
The First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ (BIMSTEC DMEx-2017) are conducted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as the lead agency from October 10-13, 2017 in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).
It is a platform for sharing Best Practices on all aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), strengthening regional response and coordination for Disaster Management among the BIMSTEC member countries.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development holds the first ever National Conference in New Delhi on Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition in the country.
This conference is being organized keeping in mind the goal of “Malnutrition Free India-2022”.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development is the first-ever National Conference in New Delhi on Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition in the country.
China opened a dual-use highway in Tibet to the Nepal border which could be used for civilian and defense purposes in China.
The highway is 40.4 km long and 25 m wide.
It has 4 double lanes. It is classified a first-tier highway.
It connects Xigaze airport and Xigaze city center in Tibet.
The road helps to ease the congestions and export economy of China.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to attend the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA) session.
She will hold a high-level meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.
She has five other meetings with Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and with foreign ministers Khemaies Jhinaoui of Tunisia, Anders Samuelsen of Denmark, Edgars Rinkevics of Latvia and Fernando Huanacuni Mamani of Bolivia.
India is among the 120 countries that have supported the reform efforts of the UN Secretary-General.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
The 12th edition of the India and Japan summit will be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
The two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted cooperation between India and Japan under the framework of their ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership.
They will also attend a function to mark the commencement of work of India’s first high-speed rail project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
India and Belarus are signed agreements on their bilateral cooperation, including in defence and security, as the Eastern European country's President Alexander Lukashenko is on a two-day visit to New Delhi.
Belarus and India are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
Bilateral trade between India and Belarus stands at $200 million, with pharmaceutical products being India's main exports to the East European nation.
The 9th Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) summit was held in Xiamen, China.
The summit is hosted by China for the second time after the 2011 Summit.
The theme of the 2017 BRICS Summit is “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future”.
The four documents were signed in the presence of BRICS Leaders and they are
Strategic Framework of BRICS Customs Cooperation
BRICS Action Plan for Innovation Cooperation(2017-2020)
BRICS Action Agenda on Economic and Trade Co operation.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BRICS Business Council and New Development Bank on Strategic Cooperation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Xiamen, China.
The countries other than Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) nations participating in the dialogue are Egypt, Guinea, Mexico, Tajikistan, and Thailand.
The 9th BRICS Summit held in China made to get named terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad operating from Pakistani soil and a comprehensive approach against terrorism by BRICS leaders in the Xiamen declaration.
Five banks of Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) Interbank Cooperation Mechanism (ICM) agreed to establish local currency credit lines and develop cooperation on credit ratings.
These five banks are Brazilian Development Bank, Russia’s Vnesheconombank, Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM), China Development Bank and Development Bank of South Africa.
The agreement will allow these five banks to establish framework mechanism to extend credit lines in local currencies to BRICS ICM members and BRICS countries.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will hold an emergency meeting to discuss an international response to North Korea's latest nuclear test.
North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on a missile and is its biggest nuclear detonation.
The countries namely the United States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea requested the urgent meeting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for a two nation tour to China and Myanmar.
He will reach Xiamen to attend the 9th BRICS Summit.
He will hold discussions with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on matters of mutual interest and also call on President U Htin Kyaw.
The Fourth Session of the India-Tanzania Joint Trade Committee (JTC) meeting was held in New Delhi.
The Indian delegation was led by Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman and Tanzanian delegation was led by the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment Mr. Charles John Mwijage.
With an investment of US $ 2.2 billion, Tanzania is among the top 5 investment destinations for India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the 9th Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit, Xiamen in China’s Fujian province during 3rd to 5th of September.
He will pay a State visit to Myanmar from September 5th to 7th.
It is his first bilateral State visit to Myanmar.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will participate in the two-day Indian Ocean Conference to be held in Colombo, Srilanka.
The theme of the conference is peace, progress, and prosperity.
The conference will be held in Temple Trees, the official residence of the Lankan Prime Minister.
It is the second ICO conference, the first was held in Singapore in 2016.
The seventeenth Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) held in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister Arun Jaitley.
The meeting was attended by RBI Governor Dr. Urjit R. Patel, SEBI chairman, IRDA Chairman along with heads and other senior officers of the Government.
FSDC is a super regulatory body for regulating financial sector which is a vital for bringing healthy and efficient financial system in the economy.
Italy will host a summit of G-7 interior ministers centered on security issues.
According to Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti, the meeting is being organized at the request of Italy's G-7 partners namely Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States.
The summit is expected to be held in October.
The India-ASEAN Youth Summit began in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.
The five-day Summit will commemorative this year’s theme of “Shared Values, Common Destiny”.
Around 100 delegates from ASEAN countries Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam participating in the summit.
The 15th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) ministerial meeting was held in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The two-day meet was inaugurated by Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba and will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister.
The BIMSTEC is a sub-regional grouping comprising of seven countries of South Asia and South East Asia.
BIMSTEC mainly comprises of seven countries namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand lying in the littoral and adjacent countries.
The Union Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) countries for the establishment of the BRICS Agriculture Research Platform (BRICS-ARP).
During the 7th BRICS Summit held in July 2015 at Ufa in Russia Prime Minister Narendra Modi established a BRICS Agriculture Research Centre a gift to the entire world.
The Central Government will promote sustainable agricultural development and poverty alleviation through strategic cooperation.
The 2017 BRICS countries agreed to work together to ensure stable employment and better quality of life for their people.
The decision in this regard taken at the 2017 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting held in Chongqing, China.
BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The BRICS members are all developing or newly industrialised countries and all five are G-20 members.
The 2017 BRICS Youth Forum opened in Beijing, China to discuss the development of the youth in the countries.
The theme of the three-day forum is 'Enhance BRICS Partnership, Promote Youth Development'.
The five BRICS countries are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa first came up with the idea of establishing a dialogue mechanism for BRICS youth in 2014 during a meeting between BRICS leaders in South Africa.
India will host Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS), the world’s largest conference on cyber space and related issues in New Delhi in November 2017.
The theme for the GCCS 2017 is 'Cyber4All: An Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Cyberspace'.
This is for the first time GCCS is taking place outside Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations.
It is a prestigious International Conference that aims at encouraging dialogue among stakeholders of cyberspace. It was incepted in 2011 in London.
The United States House of Representatives passed an amendment to National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), 2018, a $621.5 billion defence expenditure bill to advance defence cooperation with India.
India related amendment in the bill was adopted by a voice vote in the House by 344-81.
The NDAA is a United States federal law specifying the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defence.
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan visited Istanbul in Turkey from 9 to represent India at the 22nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC) International Conference.
The theme for 22 World Petroleum Congress was ‘Bridges To Our Energy Future’.
He chaired a ministerial session on the subject ‘Current Economic Strategies in Indian Oil and Gas Sector’ and a plenary session on ‘Supply and Demand Challenges for Oil, Gas and Products’.
A Model United Nations (MUN) Regional Conference is held in Kathmandu.
The basic aim of the MUN is to provide a platform to young minds to get full energy and resources to a more prosperous and peaceful world.
The event is organised by the United States Embassy in partnership with the Youth Thinker’s Society.
The conference simulates four UN committees–United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN), United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).