Nelson Mandela International Day 2018

Nelson Mandela International Day is an annual international day in honor of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s 1st black president which is celebrated each year on 18 July. The day was 1st celebrated as UN Mandela Day on 18 July 2010 and 2018 marks the 100th birth anniversary. Mandela is remembered for his anti-apartheid activities and fight against poverty and promoting justice for all.

Assam’s anti-witch hunting bill

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2015, converting it to an Act. The bill has been converted into an Act after almost three years it was passed by Assam’s state assembly on August 13, 2015. It imposes imprisonment of up to seven years, along with a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh, for branding someone as witch.

Brij Bhushan to be Chef de Mission

Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Saran Singh is set to be named the Chef de Mission of the Asian Games-bound Indian contingent. The four deputy Chefs de Mission are set to be be appointed. The IOA has announced a 524-member contingent of athletes for the August 18-September 2 Asian Games in Indonesia.

President nominates 4 members to Rajya Sabha

The President of India has made 4 nominations to the Rajya Sabha rested by Article 80 of the Indian Constitution. The nominations are farmer leader Ram Shakal, Columnist Rakesh Sinha, Sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra & Classical Dancer Sonal Mansingh. The said article empowers President to nominate 12 persons having special knowledge of literature, science, art and social service to Rajya Sabha.

India and South Korea ink 11 MoUs

India and South Korea have signed 11 MoU’s during South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s visit to India. A MoU on trade remedies was signed for cooperation in the area of trade remedies like anti-dumping, subsidy, countervailing and safeguard measures through consultations. A MoU on future strategy group was also inked for cooperation in the development of cutting-edge technologies.

Modi third most followed world leader

According to a study conducted by Burson Cohn & Wolfe, PM Modi is the 3rd most followed world leader on Twitter with 42 million followers. Modi is just behind US President Donald Trump & Pope Francis. With over 11 million followers, India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is not only the most followed female world leader & but is also the most followed foreign minister in the world.

Modi inaugurated largest mobile factory

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Noida and inaugurated the New Mobile Manufacturing Plant of Samsung at Noida. Notably, it will be the world’s largest mobile factory. With the beginning of this New Plant, India’s Make In India and Skill India Will get a major Push in the country.

South Korean President to arrive in India

South Korean President, Moon Jae-in is on a four-day visit to India. During his visit, he will hold talks with PM Modi on several issues, including the situation on the Korean peninsula & ways to boost bilateral trade and defence cooperation. Moon’s visit to India comes nearly a month after the historic summit between US President Donald Trump & North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Turkey sacks 18,500 state employees

Turkish authorities have ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees over alleged links to terrorist organisations. The people have been sacked as part of a crackdown following a failed military coup two years ago. Turkey has been under a state of emergency since July 2016 following an attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

President to visit Goa

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, will visit Goa on July 7 and 8, 2018. This will be his first visit to Goa as the President of India. The President will visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Old Goa, and Shri Mangueshi Temple in Mardol, before returning to Delhi. The President will also address the 30th annual convocation of the Goa University.

Chinese military delegation arrived at Sukna

A high-level Chinese military delegation arrived at Sukna. Modi and the Chinese President Xi Jinping during Wuhan summit reaffirmed the need to strengthen bilateral ties. During their stay, the dignitaries will hold delegation level talks, besides interaction at various levels for a better understanding of each other and exchange of ideas.

Rajat Sharma becomes DDCA president

Renowned journalist Rajat Sharma has been elected as the President of Delhi & District Cricket Association. Sharma surpassed former World Cup winning Indian cricketer Madan Lal by 517 votes to register his win. Sharma is currently the Chairman and Editor in Chief of India TV and has been awarded Padma Bhushan by Government of India in 2015 in the field of Literature and Education.

Andres Manuel elected as Mexico’s President

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been elected as Mexico’s President with over 53% of the vote, according to the country’s electoral commission. Obrador, who has won the presidency at the third attempt, promised to tackle violence and wipe out corruption. The 64-year-old former Mexico City mayor will formally take power on December 1.

Stainless steel charkha unveiled at Sabarmati

BJP president Amit Shah unveiled a stainless steel Charkha at the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad. The charkha, which is 21 feet in length, 11 feet in height, and 6.5 feet in breadth, is made of chromium-nickel stainless steel and is installed on the Sabarmati Riverfront across the Sabarmati Ashram. The move is said to popularise Khadi amongst youth in the country.

Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki on July 16

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold their 1st summit on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland. The 2 leaders will discuss relations between US and Russia and a range of national security issues. It meeting would also entail high-level talks on US sanctions on Russia and Russia’s rejoining the Group of Seven industrialised countries to make it the G8 again.

US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley visits India

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley is on a 2-day visit to India. Haley will meet with senior Indian government officials, NGO leaders, and the interfaith community to underscore the United States’ shared values and a strong alliance with the people of India. She is the first Indian-American to serve in a Cabinet-level position in any US presidential administration.

President launched the Solar Charkha Mission

27 : President, Ram Nath Kovind launched the Solar Charkha Mission which will cover 50 clusters and employ 400 to 2000 artisans. A portal of the Ministry of MSME called “Sampark” was also unveiled by the President. “Udyam Sangam” is a step forward towards consolidating synergy of all the govt initiatives relating to MSME Sector.

MSME Day to be celebrated on 27th June 2018

The Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), will organize a National Conclave (UdyamSangam) on 27th June 2018 on the occasion of UN MSME Day. President Kovind will inaugurate the Conclave in Vigyan Bhawan. The MSME Ministry will disburse subsidy of Rs. 550 crores to artisans. The UN declared 27th June as MSME Day, recognizing the importance of MSME in the country’s economy.

President Tayyip Erdogan returns to power

President Tayyip Erdogan of Justice and Development Party has declared victory in Turkey’s Presidential election. He was earlier President and Prime Minister of Turkey for 15 years. He has now become first executive President of the country. He has secured a majority of 52.5% against Muharrem Ince, of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), received 30.8% of the votes.

National Awards for Prevention on Drug Abuse

President Kovind will present the 4th “National Awards for outstanding services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse” on the occasion of ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’ on 26th June. The function organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in New Delhi. The Awards were started in 2013 and conferred biennially.

US and South Korea suspend training exercises

The United States and South Korea have agreed to indefinitely suspend two exchange program training exercises. The announcement comes on the heels of the summit in Singapore between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Freedom Guardian along with two Korean Marine Exchange Program training exercises have been suspended.

Seychelles president on six-day trip to India

Seychelles president Danny Faure, who is on a 6-day visit to India will visit Gujarat, Goa and Uttarakhand. India will hand over a Dornier aircraft to Seychelles President even as project to jointly develop military infrastructure on Assumption Island was cancelled. The ministers would talk about cooperation between the 2 countries, in the fields of trade, defence and security.

President visits Monument of Unknown soldier

President Ram Nath Kovind paid respect at the “Monument of Unknown Soldier” at Athens, Greece during his visit. The cemetery is made as a tribute to 74 Indian soldiers who lost their lives during World War II in Greece. He met PM Alexis Tsipras of Greece and emphasised on strong relations between the 2 nations.

Ivan Duque became Colombia’s President

Colombia has chosen Ivan Duque to be its next president after a long and divisive campaign that often centred on a controversial peace process with leftist rebels the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Duque, who will turn 42 just before taking office will be Colombia’s youngest ever President. Bogota is the capital of Colombia.

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India, US to hold trade talks

India and the US have agreed to hold official-level comprehensive talks to address trade and economic issues. This development comes as crucial after President Donald Trump accused New Delhi of charging 100 per cent tariff on some of the US’ goods. The meeting was held in this regard between Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu had with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

Solar Charkha Mission to be launched

The Solar Charkha Mission of the Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), will be launched by the President, Ram Nath Kovind on June 27, 2018, in New Delhi. The Mission will cover 50 clusters and every cluster will employ 400 to 2000 artisans. The Mission has been approved by the Government of India and will disburse subsidy of Rs. 550 crore to the artisans.

Trump & Kim Sign Agreement On Denuclearization

US has decided to provide security guarantees to North Korea, in exchange of Pyongyang’s firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. This is according to the joint document which was signed by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Both nations commit to establishing new relations in accordance with the desire of the people.

President Kovind to embark on 3-nation visit

President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on a three-nation tour to Greece, Suriname and Cuba. On the first leg of the visit, the President will leave for Athens. President Kovind will leave for Suriname on the 2nd leg. A number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of health and medicine, elections, IT, Ayurveda are scheduled to be signed.

U.S. extradites Panama ex-President Martinelli

12 : Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli returned home to face political espionage and embezzlement charges after being extradited from the United States. He had been jailed in Miami since his arrest at his home in June 2017. The 66-year-old Martinelli, who was Panama’s president from 2009 to 2014, is accused of embezzlement and illegally monitoring phone calls and other communications

Blast Furnace-1 of Rourkela Plant inaugurated

The Union Minister of Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh dedicated the rebuilt Blast Furnace-1 ‘Parvati’ of SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) to the Nation. Parvati is the first Blast Furnace of SAIL that was dedicated to the nation on 3rd February 1959 by the first President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad. The Blast Furnace was put down on 6th August 2013 for total rebuilding.

India, Uzbekistan review bilateral ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 10 met Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the sidelines of the SCO Summit. The two leaders reviewed the full range of bilateral ties, especially ways to boost economic and cultural links. India and Uzbekistan are set to route their trade through the Iranian port of Chabahar.

Queen pineapple became Tripura’s ‘State Fruit’

President Ram Nath Kovind declared Tripura’s queen variety pineapple as state fruit. The state holds good potential in world trade. Export of the pineapple to foreign countries is a major step in connecting with world trade. Tripura exported its first consignment of one-tonne pineapples to Dubai earlier this month.

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Ordinance 2018

The President gave assent to promulgate the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018. The Ordinance provides significant relief to home buyers by recognizing their status as financial creditors. This would give them due representation in the Committee of Creditors and make them an integral part of the decision making process.

Egypt Prez sworn in for 2nd term in office

In Egypt, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in for a second four-year term in office. Sisi won 97% of valid votes in the March presidential election. Sisi ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president Mohamed Morsi and won his first term in 2014 with an overwhelming majority of the vote.

Conference of Governors, LGs

A two day Conference of Governors and Lieutenant Governors (LGs) will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan from 4th June. This will be the 49th such Conference which will be presided by President Ram Nath Kovind. The first Conference of Governors was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in 1949. It was presided over by C. Rajagopalachari, then the Governor General of India.

Ordinance for sports university approved

2 : President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to an ordinance to set up the country’s first national sports university in Manipur. The Union Cabinet had approved an ordinance on 23rd May in this regard. The University, first of its kind, will promote sports education in the areas of sports sciences, sports technology, sports management and sports coaching.

Ajit Doval is the National Security Adviser

R K Agrawal appointed NCDRC president. Justice R K Agrawal has been appointed as the next President of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. Justice Agrawal will take over from Justice DK Jain who retires on May 31, 2018. The NCDRC, which deals with consumer rights and addresses their disputes and grievances, is a quasi-judicial commission set up in 1988 under the Consumer Protection Act of 1986.

China invites Iran to attend SCO summit

China has invited the Iranian President to participate in the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit being organised in June 2018. The summit will be the first after the inclusion of India and Pakistan as members of the organisation in 2017. Iran, Mongolia, Afghanistan, and Belarus have been granted observer status.

Hariri wins third term as Prime Minister

Lebanon’s Saad Hariri has won a new term as Prime Minister after he won the backing of the majority of parliamentarians. It will be 3rd term for Hariri, who has held the position since December 2016 and was also Prime Minister between 2009 and 2011. Under Lebanon’s sectarian power-sharing system, Prime minister must be a Sunni Muslim, Speaker a Shia Muslim & President a Maronite Christian.

President appoints Odisha, Mizoram governors

26 : President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed new Governors of two states – Odisha and Mizoram. President Kovind appointed Professor Ganeshi Lal as the Governor of Odisha while Kummanam Rajasekharan has been appointed as the Governor of Mizoram. Rajasekharan will replace incumbent Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma.

NYSE to have its first female leader

The New York Stock Exchange has appointed Chief Operating Officer Stacey Cunningham as its first female president. Cunningham will replace Tom Farley as the head of NYSE. Cunningham became NYSE’s chief operating officer in June 2015. NYSE’s move means two of the top three US stock exchange operators are led by women.

Venezuela’s Maduro won presidential vote

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro won a new six-year term in what is being seen as a controversial vote. Country’s main opposition coalition, Democratic Unity Roundtable, had boycotted the election. The two most popular opposition leaders, Henrique Capriles and Leopoldo Lopez, were barred from running in the vote. Several democratic countries have rejected to recognize the vote.

Paraguay officially moves embassy to Jerusalem

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes has inaugurated his country’s Israel embassy in Jerusalem. Paraguay is now the third country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, following the United States and Guatemala. Israel considers the entire city of Jerusalem to be its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Paraguay officially moves embassy to Jerusalem

21 : Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes has inaugurated his country’s Israel embassy in Jerusalem. Paraguay is now the third country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, following the United States and Guatemala. Israel considers the entire city of Jerusalem to be its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Himanta elected Vice-President of BAC

The President of Badminton Association of India (BAI), Himanta Biswa Sarma was elected as the Vice-President of Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC). The election took place during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the continental body in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma became president of the Badminton Association of India in April 2018.

Ramalingam appointed as Chief Justice

Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar was sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur. The acting Governor of Manipur Jagdish Mukhi administered the oath of office to Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar. Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar was appointed as Chief Justice of Manipur High Court by the President of India.

Shashank Manohar to serve as ICC chairman

Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar will serve a second term as the independent chairman of the International Cricket Council. Manohar, who became the first independent ICC chairman in 2016, will continue for a second two-year term following his unopposed election. During the last two years, Manohar has led to significant reform in the sport.

4th Global Exhibition on Services Inagurated

President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 4th Global Exhibition on Services and launched a portal on 12 Champion Sectors in Services in Mumbai on 15th May 2018. Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Maharashtra Government, Confederation of Indian Industry & Services Export Promotion Council took this initiative.The President also launched a portal on 12 Champion Sectors in Services.

North Korea pledges to dismantle nuclear site

North Korea will commence dismantling its nuclear test site later this month in a bid to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests. The tunnel complex located in the northeastern part of the country which was used for nuclear testing will be destroyed completely. The announcement comes after US President Donald Trump announced that he will hold a meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

India’s first Lithium-Ion charger

President Ram Nath Kovind unveiled India’s first, indigenous lithium-ion battery charger, developed by Ampere Vehicles in New Delhi. The lithium-Ion charger project is supported by Technology Development Board of the Ministry of Science and Technology as part of the Make-in-India initiative. The unveiling event took place on the occasion of National Technology Day.

Pawan Kalyan unfurls ‘largest’ Indian flag

The largest Indian flag was unfurled at NTR Stadium in Hyderabad to pay tribute to martyrs of India’s First War of Independence of 1857. The flag, measuring 183 feet in length and 122 feet in breadth, was unfurled by Tollywood actor and Jana Sena party president Pawan Kalyan. The flag is prepared by an organisation called ‘Vibrants of Kalam’.

President Kovind visits Siachen base camp

President Ram Nath Kovind has become the second president to visit the Siachen base camp of the Indian Army in Ladakh. Siachen is considered to be the highest battlefield in the world. In 2004 APJ Abdul Kalam became the first Indian President to visit the Siachen glacier. The Siachen Glacier, with all major passes, is under the administration of India since 1984.

Committee constituted to advise 15th FC

15th Finance Commission has constituted an advisory council to advise & assist them on any issue or subject related to Terms of Reference of the Commission. The council will assist in the preparation of any paper or research study and will be led by Arvind Virmani, President of the Forum for Strategic Initiatives. The chairman of 15th Finance commission is N. K. Singh.

Delhi government amended Minimum Wages Act

President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Delhi government’s Bill to amend the Minimum Wages Act. Under the amended act, employers violating labour rules in the city will now face fine ranging from Rupees 20,000-50,000 and jail term between one to three years. For an unskilled worker, the minimum wages is Rs 13,350 per month while for semi-skilled, it is Rs 14,698.

Trump pulls U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal

United States President Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Iran nuclear deal. The deal was agreed between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (US, UK, France, China, and Russia) and Germany. US terminated the JCPOA citing that the deal failed to protect America’s national security interest.

Alvarado sworn in as Costa Rican President

Journalist Carlos Alvarado has been sworn in as Costa Rica’s President, accepting the sash of office from his predecessor and ally, Luis Guillermo Solis. At 39, Alvarado is the country’s youngest president in modern history. Although Costa Rica is one of the region’s most stable economies, the Central American nation is struggling to get its deficit under control amidst a Fitch downgrade.

Modi among the top 10 most powerful people

PM Modi has been ranked 9th among the top 10 most powerful people in the world by Forbes. The list is topped for the first time ever by the Chinese President Xi Jinping, who dethroned Russian President Vladimir Putin as the most influential person on the planet. Forbes said that Modi has emerged as a key figure in the international effort to tackle climate change.

Putin to be sworn in as Russian President

Vladimir Putin is to be sworn in for a 4th term as president of Russia after winning the election in March. He has been in power for 18 yrs, whether as president or prime minister & opponents have likened his tenure to reign of a tsar, or emperor. The country’s best-known opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was barred from standing against Putin, on grounds of a conviction for embezzlement.

ADB projects India’s growth at 7.3% in 2018

Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao has noted that India’s growth in 2018 would pick up to 7.3%. The Bank has also projected that India will remain the fastest growing Asian nation with 7.6% growth in 2019-20. The size of India’s economy is about USD 2.5 trillion currently, making it the sixth largest in the world.

India seeks $4 bn assistance from ADB

India has requested Asian Development Bank to expand its sovereign and non-sovereign operations in the country by providing financial assistance worth $4 billion a year. India also requested ADB President Takehiko Nakao to support its endevour towards an inclusive & sustainable growth accompanied by rapid economic transformation. ADB aims to promote social and economic development in Asia.

US to reschedule the 1st two-plus-two dialogue

The US is looking to reschedule the first two-plus-two dialogue with India, following the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as President Donald Trump’s new Secretary of State. The dialogue involves defense and foreign ministers from the two countries. The dialogue is likely to take place sometime this summer, most probably after the historic summit meeting between Trump and Kim Jong un.

India, China militaries to set up hotline

Militaries of India & China have agreed to set up a hotline between their headquarters after the informal summit between PM Modi & President Xi in Wuhan.Hotline is regarded as a major confidence-building measure as it would enable the militaries of both countries to intensify communication to avert border tensions. India already has a hotline with Pakistan that was first used in 1991.

PM Modi most liked leader in world on Facebook

According to the study “World Leaders on Facebook” released by Burson Cohn & Wolfe PM Modi is the most ‘liked’ world leader on Facebook. With 43.2 million likes, Prime Minister Modi is almost double of USA President Donald Trump, who has 23.1 Million likes. Modi also has the second highest number of interactions and interaction rate behind Trump.

Meeting to plan Gandhi’s birth anniversary

President Kovind will preside over the first meeting of the national committee set up for the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi next year. The 114-member committee will discuss the policies, plans and preparatory activities for the commemoration of the birth anniversary. The birth anniversary will be commemorated from 2nd October 2019 to 2nd October 2020.

Pompeo sworn in as new US secretary of state

Former CIA Director Mike Pompeo has been sworn in as the 70th US secretary of state after the Senate voted to confirm him, 57-42.Mike Pompeo replaces President Donald Trump’s first Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.His confirmation creates a vacancy atop the CIA that will be filled, at least for now, by Gina Haspel, the intelligence agency’s No. 2 official.

Rahul Bhatia as interim CEO of Indigo

InterGlobe Aviation Ltd.’s director Rahul Bhatia has taken over as the interim chief executive officer after its president and director Aditya Ghosh unexpectedly resigned.Indigo is jointly owned by Rahul Bhatia and Rakesh Gangwal. Indigo is the biggest airline in India and the biggest budget airline in Asia by market valuation.

A historic event: North-South Korea meet

In a historic turn of events, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 27, 2018 stepped into South Korean border for a day of talks with the Southern President Moon Jae-in.Kim and Moon signed “Panmunjom Declaration,” named after the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas.Both leaders also agreed to work jointly for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Dalmia Bharat Adopts Red Fort, Delhi

Dalmia Bharat Limited has signed a MoU with Ministry of Tourism for adoption of Red Fort monument under the “Adopt a Heritage” project.The adoption will enable to construct, landscape, illuminate and maintain activities related to provision and development of tourist amenities. The Adopt a Heritage Scheme was launched by President Ram Nath Kovind on World Tourism Day on 27th September 2017

Mario Benitez elected as Paraguay’s president

Conservative former senator Mario Abdo Benítez has been elected as the president of Paraguay.Benitez garnered 46.44% of the vote, compared with 42.74% for his main rival Efrain Alegre. He is the son of the late private secretary of dictator Alfredo Stroessner, who ruled Paraguay for 35 years.

Ex-foreign secretary Jaishankar to join Tata

23 : Tata Sons has announced appointment of S Jaishankar as the Tata Group’s President, Global Corporate Affairs. Jaishankar joined the IFS in 1977 holding key roles during his career including stints as High Commissioner to Singapore, Ambassador to China and US. Jaishankar will work with Tata Companies to help them strengthen their business presence in their respective geographies globally.

Ambani in World’s Greatest Leaders’ list

Richest Indian Mukesh Ambani has been named by Fortune magazine as the World’s Greatest Leaders of 2018.Ambani was ranked No.24 behind likes of South Korean President Mon Jae-in, Chinese vice premier Liu He and French President Emmanuel Macron. Ambani’s ‘Jio-fication’ in less than two years has brought mobile data to the masses and has completely upended the country’s telecom market.

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament names new PM

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliament has named Mukhammedkaliy Abylgaziyev as the new Prime Minister.Abylgaziyev, previously chief of staff in President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s office, replaced Sapar Isakov whose cabinet lost a no-confidence vote. The govt reshuffle completes a series of moves taken by Jeenbekov since he came to power to remove the appointees of his predecessor, Almazbek Atambayev.

Romania to move Israeli embassy to Jerusalem

The Romanian government has approved a memorandum to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.If approved by President Klaus Iohannis, Romania will become the third nation after the US and Guatemala to open an embassy in Jerusalem.Israel has reportedly offered preferential treatment to the first 10 countries to make the move.

Jim Bridenstine to be the new NASA chief

US Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump-nominated Representative Jim Bridenstine to serve as NASA’s 13th administrator.His confirmation following a vote in the Senate ends the longest span of time that NASA has operated without a permanent leader. Bridenstine, a pilot in US Navy Reserve currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee & Science, Space & Technology Committee.

Syria returned prestigious Legion d’honneur

Syria has returned to France the prestigious Legion d’honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad.President Assad was decorated with the highest class of the award, the Grand Croix, in 2001 after he took power following the death of his father. France recently joined the US and Britain in bombing Syrian targets over an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush died

Barbara Bush, the former US first lady and literacy campaigner, died at the age of 92.She was the matriarchal figure of a political dynasty that included two presidents – her husband George HW Bush and son George W Bush. As the first lady, from 1989 to 1993, she embraced the cause of universal literacy and founded a foundation for family literacy.

K-Pop Group BTS won TIME 100 Reader Poll

South Korean pop group BTS has won the online reader’s poll for TIME ‘Person of the Year 2018’.South Korean President Moon Jae-in finished second with 5% votes, followed by former US President Barack Obama with 3% votes. The group won the Top Social Artist title at last year’s Billboard Music Awards and earned a spot on TIME’s list of the Most Influential People on the Internet in 2017.

India, Swaziland signed 2 agreements

India and Swaziland have signed two agreements in the field of Health and Medicine and Visa department on 9th April.One agreement deals with granting of the visa waiver for the diplomats and officials holding relevant passports. The other agreement is to ensure cooperation in the field of health and medicine. The agreements were signed in the presence of Indian President Ram Nath Kovind.

Highest civilian honour to Indian President

President Ram Nath Kovind was conferred with the “Condecoracion”, the highest honour accorded to a non-citizen by the government of Equatorial Guinea.President Kovind was bestowed with the medal of the ‘Gran Colar de la Independencia’ by the President of Equatorial Guinea. The award was given for his contribution to the cause of development, security and world peace.

Kovind to hold talks with Guinean Prez

President Ram Nath Kovind will hold delegation-level talks with his Equatorial Guinean counterpart Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in capital Malabo.This is the first ever visit by an Indian President to Equatorial Guinea. Mr Kovind will also travel to Swaziland and Zambia, as part of his visit, which aims to further deepen India’s relations with the African nations.

Govt clears India-Iran MoU for expert group

The government gave an ex-post facto approval to an agreement with Iran to set up an expert group on trade remedy measures.The MoU will establish a framework of cooperation in the area of trade remedial measures like anti-dumping and countervailing duty. The pact was signed on February 17 this year during the visit of the President of Iran.

Himanta Sarma elected as President of BAI

Himanta Biswa Sarma has been elected as the President of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for the next 4 years.He is a Cabinet ranked Minister and convener of the North East Democratic Alliance. He had taken over as the interim President of BAI last year after the demise of former president Akhilesh Das Gupta.

Protem Chairman of LKA appointed

On the recommendation of the Minister of Culture, the President has appointed M L Srivastava, Joint Secretary (Akademies), Ministry of Culture as Protem Chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA).He will continue to hold the office till a regular chairman is appointed. He will replace CS Krishna Setty whose term has come to an end.

Sisi won second term as Egypt President

Incumbent Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been re-elected to the post for the second time. Sisi won the elections with a brute majority, amassing a massive 92 percent vote share. Sisi took over as Egypt‘s president for the first time in 2012, replacing the democratically elected Mohamed Morsi.

President conferred Gallantry Awards

President Ram Nath Kovind presented Gallantry Awards and distinguished service decorations at the Defence Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President presented three Kirti Chakra, India‘s second highest military decoration and 17 Shaurya Chakra in the grand ceremony. President Kovind honoured Kirti Chakra to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Commandant Chetan Cheetah.

Venezuela to eliminate 3 zeros from currency

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has decided to eliminate three zeros off the country‘s inflation-ridden currency, the bolivar. This new monetary denomination, which replaces the one he established in January 2017, will help the government fight the ?economic war of financial persecution?. 500 bolivars, the new maximum denomination of the country‘s bills will amount to only $0.01.

US bans transgenders serving in military

President Donald Trump released an order banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under ?limited circumstances?. He declared he would reverse an Obama-era plan to allow transgender individuals to serve openly. However, a US court had ordered the military to allow transgender members from January 1, 2018.

Bolton appointed as US Security Adviser

President Donald Trump has appointed Bush-era defence hawk and former United Nations ambassador, John Bolton as US National Security Adviser. He became Mr Trump‘s third National Security Chief in 14 months. Bolton will replace present US National Security Adviser, HR McMaster.

German President arrived in New Delhi

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in New Delhi on 22nd March for a five-day visit to India. This is his first visit to India as the President of Germany. Germany is India‘s largest trading partner in Europe and the sixth largest trading partner in the world. India was ranked 24th in Germany‘s global trade. Germany is the 7th largest foreign direct investor in India.

President Kovind gave away Padma awards 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind gave away prestigious Padma awards to 89 winners at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Ilaiyaraja got Padma Vibhushan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is among the nine Padma Bhushan recipients. Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan are the second and third highest civilian awards of the country respectively.

Gotsurve as next ambassador to Korea

Shri Atul M. Gotsurve (IFS: 2004), currently Director in the Ministry of External Affairs, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly. Moon Jae-in is the president of South Korea.

106th ISC to be held in Bhopal

General President-elect Manoj Kumar Chakrabarti announced that the 106th edition of the Indian Science Congress will be held in January 2019 at Barkatullah University Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The theme for 2019 ISC will be ‘Future India: Science & Technology’. 105th Indian Science Congress concluded at Imphal.

Myanmar President, Htin Kyaw Resigns

Myanmar‘s President Htin Kyaw resigned due to ill health. Htin Kyaw, 71, was sworn in as Myanmar‘s official president in 2016 after Suu Kyi‘s National League for Democracy party won landmark elections. He acted as a proxy for Suu Kyi, who is constitutionally barred from holding the presidency because her children are foreign nationals.

Yi Gang is Governor of People?s Bank of China

China appointed American-trained economist Yi Gang as Governor of People‘s Bank of China. Yi is currently serving as Deputy to incumbent central bank Governor Zhou Xiaochuan. China‘s central bank does not operate independently of the government, and so Mr Yi will report to President Xi Jinping.

President releases commemorative coins

President Ram Nath Kovind released Rs 1,000 and Rs 10 commemorative coins on the occasion of Nabakalebar festival. The government had announced the release of the coins marking the festival which is a symbolic recreation of sibling deities — Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra. The commemorative coins were released at a function of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan at Puri in Odisha.

Vladimir Putin wins 4th term as President

Vladimir Putin will lead Russia for another six years, after securing victory in the presidential elections held on 18th March. Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost two decades, won more than 75% of the vote. He was well ahead of his nearest rival Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin.

Sony India appoints Sunil Nayyar as MD

Sony India on 19th March announced the appointment of Sunil Nayyar as its Managing Director (MD) in place of Kenichiro Hibi. Hibi, who was MD of Sony India from 2012 till 2018, has now been appointed as President of Sony Brazil. Nayyar is the first Indian to be appointed as Managing Director for Sony India.

Mauritius president Ameenah Fakim resigned

The president of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, resigned from her position amid accusations of financial impropriety. It has been alleged that Gurib-Fakim made personal purchases worth thousands of dollars with a credit card provided by an NGO. Gurib-Fakim took the honorary position of president in 2015, becoming the first woman to do so in Mauritian history.

Philippines withdrew from ICC

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has announced immediate withdrawal of Philippines from the International Criminal Court. This comes after ICC started an investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity committed by Duterte in his war against drugs. He has accused U.N. special rapporteurs & ICC investigators of painting him as a ‘ruthless and heartless violator of human rights’.