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  • President Kovind to begin a 5 Day Tour of Myanmar from December 10

    5 December 2018
    During the visit, the President will visit Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon and will interact with his host, President U Win Myint and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  Several agreements are expected to be signed during the visit.

    India, UAE to ink MoU for projects in third countries

    4 December 2018
    India & UAE for the first time will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up projects in third countries beginning with Ethiopia during Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's ongoing visit to the Gulf country. This will be India's second third-country project in Africa after Delhi and Tokyo during their October annual summit decided to set up a hospital in Kenya. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also inaugurate a Gandhi-Zayed Digital Museum in Abu Dhabi to mark the celebrations of 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth and centenary celebrations of the birth of Shaikh Zayed, founder of the modern UAE.

    President Ram Nath Kovind addresses Vietnam India business forum

    20 November 2018
    Goods and Services Tax, GST made India, a country of 1.3 billion people, into One Nation, One Tax, and One Market for the first time in its history.  He was addressing the Vietnam India business forum and Indian Community at Hanoi in Vietnam on Monday. The President urged Vietnamese and Indian businesses to partner each other for trade and investment, and technology collaboration.

    President Ram Nath Kovind began 6day visit to Vietnam, Australia

    19 November 2018
    On the first leg of his two-nation tour, Kovind visit Vietnam from 18-20 November 2018 on the invitation of Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. In Hanoi, President will address the Indian community and the Vietnam-India Business Forum. India and Vietnam have robust trade and economic relations with bilateral trade of US$ 12.8 billion in 2017-18. The President's second leg of the visit will be in Australia from November 21 to 24. This is the first visit by an Indian President to Australia. He will unveil a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parramatta, a prominent suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate several projects in Varanasi on Nov 12

    11 November 2018
    The newly constructed Multi-Modal Terminal on River Ganga to the nation.   This is built as part of the Government’s Jal Marg Vikas project that aims at developing the stretch of River Ganga between Varanasi to Haldia for navigation of large vessels.  The Prime Minister will also receive India’s first container vessel that sailed from Kolkata on 30th of last month.

    India to extend $310 mn loan for Zimbabwe power plant

    5 November 2018
    India announced that it would extend a $310 million loan to Zimbabwe to finance a rehabilitation project for a thermal power plant that would entail upgrading the station and extending its lifespan. A fund of $2.9 million will also be extended to upgrade the Indo-Zim Technology Centre, which India had gifted to the African country.

    President Ram Nath Kovind to address first convocation of AIIMS in Uttarakhand

    3 November 2018
    President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Uttarakhand on Saturday and address the first convocation of the AIIMS, Rishikesh.  He will also inaugurate the first Gyan Kumbh.   

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu embarked on a 7 day visit to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Malawi

    1 November 2018
    He will inaugurate the 13th Annual Global Expo Botswana 2018. He will also inaugurate the Jaipur Foot Camp in Malawi to mark the 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. About Botswana: ♦ President: Mokgweetsi Masisi ♦ Capital: Gaborone ♦ Currency: Botswana pula About Zimbabwe: ♦ President: Emmerson Mnangagwa ♦ Capital: Harare About Malawi: ♦ President: Peter Mutharika ♦ Capital: Lilongwe ♦ Currency: Malawian kwacha

    President Of India Inaugurates International Arya Mahasammelan-2018

    26 October 2018
    President of India Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the International Arya Mahasammelan 2018 in Delhi.

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu confers Lal Bahadur Shastri award on Fali Nariman

    24 October 2018
    The award has been institutionalized in the name of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the 2nd Prime Minister of India and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress political party. About Vice President Venkaiah Naidu Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu is an Indian politician and the current Vice-President of India, in office since 11 August 2017. He served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting in the Modi Cabinet. A prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he also served as its national president from 2002 to 2004.  

    President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated three-day Vishwa Shanti Ahimsa Sammelan in Maharashtra

    23 October 2018
    The conference was organized by the Bhagwan Rishabhdev Murti Nirman Samiti.  The President presented the 1st international “Bhagwan Rishabhdev Award” to the Teerthanker Mahaveer University of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh. The award consisted of a cash prize of Rs. 11 lakh, a memento, and a citation.  It was received by the chancellor of Teerthanker Mahaveer University Suresh Jain.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Dedicated National Police Memorial To The Nation In New Delhi

    22 October 2018
    It has been built in recognition of the supreme sacrifice made by police personnel since independence.  Since Independence of the country, 34,844 police personnel have been martyred, with 424 losing their lives this year.  The memorial has been erected on 6.12 acres of land in Chanakyapuri, at the northern end of Shanti Path.  

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to visit to inaugurate newly built annex of High Court Building

    14 October 2018
    Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will visit Allahabad to inaugurate the newly built annex of the High Court Building. After this programme. He will inaugurate the Twenty Year celebrations of the Indian Institute of Information Technology popularly known as Triple IT Allahabad.  

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates Silver Jubilee Celebrations Of NHRC

    14 October 2018
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Human Rights Commission's (NHRC) 25th anniversary an important role to play in government’s efforts to achieve sustainable development goals.

    President of India Inaugurates 29th Accountants General Conference

    11 October 2018
    President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 29th Accountants General Conference at the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) building, at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, in New Delhi. The theme of this year’s conference is: “Auditing and Accounting in a Digital Era”.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates First Uttarakhand Investors Summit In Dehradun

    8 October 2018
    He participated in the two-day event to explore investment opportunities in the hill state in 12 major sectors, including tourism and hospitality.   About Dehradun Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand. Trivendra Singh Rawat is Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. Baby Rani Maurya is Governor of Uttarakhand.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates Modern Food Processing Facilities And Pipeline Projects In Gujarat

    1 October 2018
    Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the state-of-the-art chocolate plant of Amul dairy set up with an investment of about 190 crore rupees at Mogar village in Anand district of Gujarat.  He inaugurated a take-home ration plant of 600 tonnes per day and a ready-to-use therapeutic food plant with a monthly capacity of 600 tonnes along with the incubation centre cum centre of excellence in food processing for promoting entrepreneurs and startup.

    Government sets up Ayush Information Cell in Romania

    29 September 2018
    To encourage practice of ayurveda, India has set up an 'Ayush Information Cell' at its embassy premises in Romania to create awareness about the traditional Indian system of medicine. The cell was digitally inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu during his visit to Romania earlier this month.

    Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu Inaugurated Smart City Expo India-2018 in Jaipur

    27 September 2018
    The main of the expo is to have discussions among different experts and groups to utilize benefits of new technology, town planning, capacity management, challenges before socio-economic development and development of networking in the Smart City sector.  Near about 6000 delegates from MNC's of different countries, researchers, CEOs of different Smart cities, Mayors and corporates are participating in the expo.

    Centenary celebrations of Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha inaugurated by President

    25 September 2018
    The main aim is to verify India’s diversity and multiculturalism. About Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha: ♦ It is an organization whose main goal is to improve Hindi literacy among the non-Hindi speaking people of South India. ♦ Headquarters: Chennai. ♦ Founder: M. K. Gandhi and Annie Besant. ♦ Founded: 1918.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of world class convention centre in Dwarka

    21 September 2018
    The estimated cost of the project is: Rs 25,703 crore.  It will have an area of 221.37 acre and will be constructed in 2 phases. It will be used for offering setting for international and national events, meetings, conferences, exhibitions and trade shows.  

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu embarked on a three-nation tour to Central Europe

    15 September 2018
    Vice president Venkaiah Naidu embarked on a 7- day tour to three central European countries, Serbia, Malta and Romania from September 14 to 20. Serbia has an unconditional and open visa policy for India. Malta actively cooperated in evacuation of Indians from Libya in 2011 and 2014. About Serbia:- ♦ President - Aleksandar Vučić; ♦ Prime Minister - Ana Brnabić; ♦ Capital - Belgrade; ♦ Currency - Dinar. About Malta:- ♦ President - Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca; ♦ Prime Minister - Joseph Muscat; ♦ Capital - Valletta; ♦ Currency - Euro. About Romania:- ♦ President - Klaus Iohannis; ♦ Prime Minister - Viorica Dăncilă; ♦ Capital - Bucharest; ♦ Currency - Leu.  

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces Launch Of Swachhata Hi Seva Movement

    14 September 2018
    The mission, which also celebrates the fourth anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission will take place across the length and breadth of the country and will continue till Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary on October 2.  The initiative will see people from all walks of life taking part in various cleanliness drives across the length and breadth of the country.  

    Sushma Swaraj to visit Russia on September 13

    11 September 2018
    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will embark on a two-day visit to Russia. She will co-chair the 23rd India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Technical & Economic Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) with Yuri Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russia. She will also discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin's upcoming visit to India to attend the India-Russia Annual Summit later this year.

    Ayushman Bharat Call Centre inaugurated in Bengaluru

    10 September 2018
    The call center functioning 24×7 in collaboration with Medi assistant is sharing info in English and Hindi initially and 9 more regional languages to be added later.  The executives are working in 7 different shifts and one more such call center functioning in Hyderabad.

    President Ram Nath Kovind to meet Czech republic President Milos Zeman in Prague

    9 September 2018
    The 21st century is being called the Asian century and India will certainly have an important role in it. The Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis will call on President Ram Nath Kovind.  

    China will be Jharkhand's partner country at the Food processing summit

    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.

    President Ram Nath Kovind on a 3-nation tour

    4 September 2018
    On September 2, President Ram Nath Kovind embarked on a 8 day three-nation tour to Europe - Cyprus, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. Cyprus is the eighth largest investor in India with a cumulative investment of over $9.2 billion. ♦ Cyprus President - Nicos Anastasiades ♦ Bulgarian president - Radev and Prime Minister - Boyko Borissov. ♦ Czech President - Milos Zeman and Prime Minister - Andrej Babis

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches India Post Payments Bank

    2 September 2018
    The India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) like any other banks but its operations will be on a smaller scale without involving any credit risk.  It will carry out most banking operations like accepting deposits but won’t advance loans or issue credit cards. The payments bank will accept deposits of up to Rs 1 lakh, offer remittance services, mobile payments/transfers/purchases and other banking services like ATM/debit cards, net banking, and third-party fund transfers.   

    Sushma Swaraj inaugurated 'Jaipur Foot' camp in Vietnam capital Hanoi

    29 August 2018
    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who is on a four day two nation tour of South East Asia which includes Vietnam and Cambodia, presented free India-made prosthetic limbs for 500 Vietnamese beneficiaries. Last month, it was announced in Jaipur that about 1,000 differently-abled people in Myanmar and Vietnam would be provided ‘Jaipur Foot’. The Jaipur-based Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) has started an artificial limb fitment camp in association with the Central government at Myanmar’s Yangon city.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Various Projects In Junagadh, Gujarat

    24 August 2018
    The scheme includes the Government Civil Hospital, a milk processing plant and some buildings of the Junagadh Agriculture University. There are nine initiatives, worth over Rs 500 crore, which are either being dedicated today, or their foundation stones are being laid.   

    President Ram Nath Kovind to inaugurate International Buddhist Conclave in New Delhi

    23 August 2018
    The theme of the conclave is Buddha Path - The Living Heritage. The main aim is to showcase Buddhist Heritage in India and boost tourism to the Buddhist sites in the country.

    President Ram Nath Kovind appoints 7 New Governors

    22 August 2018
    President Ram Nath Kovind appointed governors for seven states — Bihar, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Meghalaya, and Tripura. Here is the list of new governors Satya Pal Malik - Jammu & Kashmir (Replaced NN Vohra) Tathagata Roy - Meghalaya (Replaced Ganga Prasad)  Lalji Tandon - Bihar (Replaced Satya Pal Malik) Ganga Prasad - Sikkim (Replaced Shriniwas Patil) Kaptan Singh Solanki -Tripura (Replaced Tathagata Roy) Satyadev Narayan Arya - Haryana (Replaced Kaptan Singh Solanki)  Baby Rani Maurya - Uttarakhand (Replaced K K Paul)

    Rifleman Aurangzeb, Major Aditya Kumar conferred to Shaurya Chakra

    16 August 2018
    President Ram Nath Kovind approved these names on the eve of Independence Day along with three Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 93 Sena Medals (Gallantry) and, 11 Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry). He also conferred Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Group Captain Abhishek Sharma, Squadron Leader Vernon Desmond Keane and Sergeant Shashidhar P Prasad.

    Ivan Duque Sworn In As Colombias Next President

    11 August 2018
    He was sworn in as the country's 60th president. About Colombia Capital: Bogota  Currency: Colombian peso.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address World Biofuel Day conference

    10 August 2018
    World Biofuel Day is observed every year on August 10 to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a diverse gathering consisting of farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, students, government officials and legislators in New Delhi today to mark the World Biofuel Day 2018.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch 650 branches of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) on the 21st of this month

    9 August 2018
    The event will take place at the capital's Talkatora stadium. The government is planning to utilize 650 branches as controlling offices for servicing and monitoring post offices.  These branches will be linked to IPPB by the end of this year. There are 370 million different types of accounts at post offices, which will be linked to IPPB gradually.  

    President Ram Nath Kovind to inaugurate centenary celebrations of St Thomas College Thrissur

    7 August 2018
    President Ram Nath Kovind meet Chief Justice and other Judges of Kerala High Court at Kochi before proceeding to Thrissur. President will return to New Delhi this evening after a 3-day visit to Kerala.

    Assam, Nagaland and Uttar Pradesh drools under heavy rainfall, relief camps run for rescue

    3 August 2018
    Incessant rainfall in the north has disrupted the normal life of people in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and Nagaland.  The heavy rainfall has resulted in causing floods, landslides and immense damage to property and livestock. Overall more than 1 lakh people are reeling under the fury of the flood in 8 districts.

    Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu pitches for diversifying agriculture to improve nutrition level of food crops

    30 July 2018
    Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu pitched for diversifying food production by moving away from mono-cropping of major cereals, to a system that integrates a variety of food items including small millets, pulses, fruits, and vegetables.  He was inaugurating the National Consultation on Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition at the MS Swaminathan foundation in Chennai yesterday.  The pulses cultivation will not only help in improving nutrient-rich food production but also in restoring nutrient value to the soil.  He will also reduce the import burden of nearly six million tonnes of pulses.

    PM Modi says Africa will be India's top priority

    26 July 2018
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on the visit to 3 African Nations, described Uganda as the ‘pearl of Africa’ and said that India will strengthen its cooperation and mutual capabilities with Africa to combat terrorism and extremism. India intends to open 18 embassies in Africa. Modi government would lend Uganda up to $205 million to expand its electricity grid and boost commercial farming. India would build a Gandhi Heritage Centre at the sacred site in Uganda’s Jinja, where a statue of Mahatma Gandhi now stands.

    India signed 4 MoUs with Uganda, agreed 2 LOC worth nearly $200 million

    25 July 2018
    As part of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Uganda, India and Uganda signed four agreements on ♦ defence cooperation, ♦ visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders, ♦ cultural exchange programme, and ♦ material testing laboratory. The Indian government has also decided to gift a cancer therapy machine to the Uganda cancer institute in Kampala. The Prime Minister Modi was accorded a ceremonial reception in Uganda's Entebbe town. He is on a three-nation tour to the African countries including Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa. Important Points About Uganda: ♦ President - Yoweri Museveni ♦ Prime Minister - Ruhakana Rugunda ♦ Currency - Ugandan shilling ♦ Capital - Kampala  

    India extended Rs. 1,378 crore Lines of Credit to Rwanda

    24 July 2018
    PM Narendra Modi and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame signed agreements on industrial and agricultural development. PM Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Rwanda and also announced that India will soon open its mission in Rwanda. India extended two lines of credit - one of $100 million for development of industrial parks and Kigali special economic zone (SEZ) in Rwanda and another one for $100 million for agriculture.

    PM Modi to gift 200 cows to a village in Rwanda

    23 July 2018
    Modi will travel to Rweru model village in Rwanda's eastern province and gift the cows to mark India's contribution to Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s flagship programme named 'Girinka'. Girinka is the Rwandan government’s “one cow for one poor family” programme, launched in 2006. PM Modi will also visit Uganda and then South Africa, which is organising the 10th BRICS leaders' Summit under the theme "BRICS in Africa: Collaboration with Developing Countries for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution".

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa

    21 July 2018
    From July 23 - 27, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Rwanda, Uganda and then South Africa where he will attend the 10th edition of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg. India is expected to sign a defence cooperation agreement during the visit. In  BRICS Summit, global issues, including those related to international peace and security will be discussed. Important Points About Rwanda: ♦ President - Paul Kagame ♦ Prime Minister - Anastase Murekezi ♦ Currency - Rwandan franc ♦ Capital - Kigali Important Points About Uganda: ♦ President - Yoweri Museveni ♦ Prime Minister - Ruhakana Rugunda ♦ Currency - Ugandan shilling ♦ Capital - Kampala Important Points About South Africa: ♦ President - Cyril Ramaphosa ♦ Currency - Rand ♦ South Africa capitals - Cape Town (Legislative capital), Pretoria (Administrative capital), Bloemfontein (Judicial capital).

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in visits India

    9 July 2018
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Delhi, India for his four-day visit. He will visit the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold a discussion on key issues such as the situation on the Korean peninsula, and ways to boost trade and defence cooperation.  The discussion would also include India’s expectation to open new avenues for expanding the bilateral partnership, particularly in the economic domain. The two leaders will address an India-Republic of Korea CEO's roundtable.

    Bhutan Prime Minister, Dasho Tshering Tobgay arrived on 3 day visit to India

    6 July 2018
    His visit will further boost defence, security and strategic cooperation between India and Bhutan. This year, both India and Bhutan are commemorating the golden jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations. About Bhutan:- Capital - Thimphu Religion - Buddhism, Hinduism Official language - Dzongkha Currency - Ngultrum

    US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley visited India to Boost India US Ties

    28 June 2018
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, discussed ways to enhance India-US cooperation in various fields, including counter-terrorism. "Freedom of religion is as important as freedom of rights and freedom of people", the US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on the first day of her India visit. Nikki Haley visited India in late 2014 when she was the South Carolina Governor. Ms Haley, the daughter of Sikh immigrants from Punjab, is the first Indian-American to serve in a Cabinet level position in any US presidential administration.

    Prince William becomes first British royal to visit Israel and Palestine

    27 June 2018
    UK’s Prince William became the first member of the royal family to visit Israel on an official visit. Prince William met Holocaust survivors, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and PM Benjamin Netanyahu as part of his three-day visit. Prince William will also meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas which will mark the first royal visit to the West Bank.

    China unveils 4 point vision for future cooperation with India

    19 June 2018
    On June 18, 2018, Chinese envoy to India Luo Zhaohui unveiled a four-point vision for future cooperation with India. This is followed by the informal summit between PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The four-point vision are: 1) Sign a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation 2) Negotiate a bilateral Free Trade Agreement 3) Enhance connectivity 4) Work for early harvest on boundary issues.

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