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Myanmar joins International Solar Alliance

Myanmar joins International Solar Alliance
Myanmar joined the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA), becoming the 68th member of the group that is aiming at the optimum utilisation of solar energy. ISA was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then French President Francois Hollande at the Paris climate summit in 2015. ISA is open to all 121 member countries falling between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

PM to visit Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa

PM to visit Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa from July 23-27. Modi will attend the BRICS Summit in South Africa and will visit Rwanda for a two-day visit, the first by an Indian prime minister where he will sign defence cooperation agreement. During his BRICS summit in South Africa international peace and security will be his main agendas.

PM Modi begins his two-day visit to UP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his two-day visit to eastern Uttar Pradesh. He will lay the foundation stone of a 304km long Poorvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh that will connect Lucknow, to Barabanki, Amethi, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur districts. He will also lay the foundation stone of International Convention Centre in Varanasi and Namami Ganga Programme.

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.

Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in jail

7 : The former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption. The court ruled that Sharif and his family laundered money in the 1990s to pay for 4 luxury apartments in London. The court also sentenced Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, to seven years’ imprisonment, fined the family £10m and ordered the seizure of the Avenfield properties.

DNA Technology Regulation Bill, 2018

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2018. The bill aims to expand the application of DNA based forensic technologies to support and strengthen the justice delivery system of the country. Bill’s provisions will enable the cross-matching between persons who have been reported missing.

Israel enacted a new law

Israel government enacted a new law which will financially penalize the Palestinian Authority for paying stipends to the Palestinians killed or jailed by Israel. Out of 120 seats in the Parliament, 87-15 voted in favor of this legislation. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had repeatedly demanded to stop the Palestinians from paying stipends to the prisoners and their families.

National Centre at AIIMS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone for the National Centre for AIIMS in New Delhi. The Multi-Speciality healthcare will have 200 general ward beds. Mr Modi also inaugurated the 555 bed Super Speciality Block in Safdarjung Hospital. Mr Modi inaugurated the Connection Motorable Tunnel between AIIMS, Ansari Nagar and Trauma Centre.

India and Uzbekistan to boost ties

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Suhrob Rustamovich Kholmuradov in New Delhi. Both sides discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields including Agriculture, Pharmaceuticals, Textiles, Construction, Information and Communication Technology, innovation and tourism. The current President of Uzbekistan is Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

MP to be awarded for reducing MMR

Madhya Pradesh will be awarded for reducing maternal mortality under Prime Minister’s Safe Motherhood Campaign. An unprecedented 48-digit decline in maternal deaths in Madhya Pradesh has been registered. The maternal mortality rate was 221 in the year 2011-13, which has now dropped down further to just 173.

Research institute to come up at Maghar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally and lay the foundation stone of a research institute at Maghar in Uttar Pradesh. This will mark the 500th death anniversary of Kabir Das, the mystic poet and saint. PM will visit the Sant Kabir cave and unveil a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of the Kabir Academy.

British Queen approves Brexit law

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth granted royal assent to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit legislation on 26th June. The debate over the legislation will formally end the country’s European Union membership. The E.U. (Withdrawal) Bill would repeal the 1972 European Communities Act through which Britain had become a member of EU. The Brexit day in British law slated as March 29, 2019.

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.

Sindhu Darshan Festival begins in Ladakh

The 3-day annual 22nd Sindhu Darshan Festival will be celebrated on the bank of Indus River in Ladakh region of J&K. The Festival organised by Sindhu Darshan Yatra Samiti & will be inaugurated by RSS General Secretary Bhaiya Ji. The programme is focused on national integration, communal harmony, and national pride. It was started by the former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in 1997.

Panel to lay down standards for metro systems

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the proposal of setting up of a committee to lay down standards for metro rail systems in India. The committee will be headed by retired Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer E Sreedharan, also known as “Metro Man”. Sreedharan served as the managing director of Delhi Metro between 1995 and 2012.

Modi inaugurates Mundka-Bahadurgarh Metro link

24 : Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Mundka-Bahardurgarh metro network through a digital video link between PMO and Bahadurgarh. With the opening of the 11.2km Mundka-Bahadurgarh stretch of Green Line, Delhi Metro makes its third foray into Haryana, connecting Bahadurgarh to the heart of Delhi. With the opening of this section, Delhi Metro network will expand to 288 km with 208 stations.

‘Chief Minister of the Year’ award

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was conferred the ‘Chief Minister of the Year’ award for her remarkable work in e-governance. The award was given to her at the 52nd Skoch Summit held in New Delhi. Efforts of the chief minister and state government were appreciated in implementing the prime minister’s Digital India campaign for benefitting the common man.

Vishwas Mandalik & yoga institute to get award

Vishwas Mandalik from Nasik and the Yoga Institute in Mumbai have been selected as recipients of the Prime Minister’s award. They are being awarded for their outstanding contribution for promotion and development of yoga for the year 2018. The selection was done from among 186 nominations received under different categories.

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.

PM Modi to chair NITI Aayog meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The Governing Council will also review the work done during the previous year and deliberates upon the future developmental priorities. The Governing Council of NITI Aayog is the premier body tasked with evolving a shared vision of national development.

PM dedicated expanded Bhilai Plant to Nation

PM Modi inaugurated the Integrated Command and Control Centre at Naya Raipur Smart City, Chhattisgarh. Prime Minister dedicated the modernized and expanded Bhilai Steel Plant, to the nation. He laid the foundation stone for IIT Bhilai. He also unveiled a plaque to mark the commencement of phase-2 of BharatNet. The Prime Minister inaugurated air services between Jagdalpur and Raipur.

Georgia’s PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili Resigns

Giorgi Kvirikashvili, prime minister of Georgia, has announced his resignation amid a disagreement with Bidzina Ivanishvili, the leader of the ruling party. Kvirikashvili, 50, has been the country’s prime minister since 2015. The prime minister’s resignation comes amid growing popular discontent over his government’s handling of the economy and after mass protests in recent months.

Omar Al-Razzaz sworn in as Jordan PM

Former World Bank Economist Omar al-Razzaz was sworn in as Jordan’s Prime Minister after King Abdullah issued a decree approving the new government. The 58-year-old, who studied at Harvard University, was tasked with reviewing the country’s disputed tax system. Omar succeeded Hani al-Mulki who resigned following mass protests over price hikes and other government economic policies.

10th smart city centre in Naya Raipur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the country’s 10th Smart City Integrated Command and Control Centre at Naya Raipur. Naya Raipur is the upcoming capital city of Chhattisgarh and the country’s first smart greenfield city. Nine other cities under Integrated Command and Control Centre are in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Pune, Nagpur, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Bhopal and Kakinada.

EU pledges 20 mn euros to ease Jordan

European Union announced 20 million euros (USD 23.5 million) in aid for Jordan following a wave of anti-austerity protests that led to the prime minister’s resignation. Cash-strapped Jordan is struggling to rein in its debt after securing a USD 723-million loan from the International Monetary Fund in 2016. The World Bank says Jordan has “weak growth prospects” in 2018.

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.

CRPF jawan posthumously given PM’s medal

CRPF constable Harvinder Singh has been posthumously honoured with the PM’s police medal for saving the lives of Vaishno Devi pilgrims in 2016. Singh had been helping pilgrims reach the shrine when he saw some women and children trapped under a landslide. While saving them, he was hit by a huge rock, later succumbing to his injuries.

2.25 lakh shell firms to struck off

Centre said it has identified 2,25,910 companies whose names are to be struck off from the register of companies during the current financial year 2018-19. This comes on the top of the removal of 2,26,166 companies from the register during the previous financial year. Task Force on Shell Companies, which had, so far, met eight times, was set up in February 2017 by the Prime Minister’s Office

‘fund of funds’ to ensure startup funding: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government’s ` 10,000-crore ‘fund of funds’ will ensure that startups get fundings. He further said as of now the fund has provided an assistance of ?7,000 crore to startups. In the long term, the fund is expected to provide a funding of ?1 lakh crore for startups.

Govt forms 3 key panels for PM’s museum

6 : In a major push towards setting up a unique museum in Delhi on the ‘Prime Ministers of India’, the Culture Ministry has formed three high-powered panels that will work to implement the project. One committee will focus on project implementation. While the other two will concentrate on choice and development of content for museums.

Giuseppe Conte sworn in as Italian PM

Giuseppe Conte was sworn in as prime minister of Italy’s new populist government. Conte will head a government of ministers from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League Party. The first populist coalition in a founding EU member has raised concerns in some European quarters.

Pedro sworn in as Spain’s Prime Minister

Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez has been sworn in as Spain’s Prime Minister by King Felipe VI. Spain is the eurozone’s No. 4 economy and an influential member of the European Union (EU). Mr. Sanchez (46) is Spain’s seventh Prime Minister since the return to democracy following the death of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco in 1975.

Padma Shri award given to Tommy Koh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over the Padma Shri award, one of India’s highest civilian awards, to former Singaporean diplomat Tommy Koh in Singapore. Koh was among 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) receipts of the prestigious award. Koh has served as Singapore’s ambassador to the US and the UN.

PM Modi launched 3 Indian digital payment apps

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the International Rupay Card, Bhim app and UPI enabled remittance App by State Bank of India in Singapore. The RuPay digital payments system was linked up with Singapore’s 33-year-old Network for Electronic Transfers (NETS). Singapore branch of the SBI is the first to launch this new mode of remittance in collaboration with NPCI.

Pankaj Saran appointed Deputy NSA

India’s envoy to Russia Pankaj Saran has been appointed as the Deputy National Security Advisor. He served twice in the Prime Minister’s Office – First as Deputy Secretary during 1995 and 1999, and then as the Joint Secretary between 2007 and 2012. He had held various positions in India & abroad including country’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh.

‘Clean Air India Initiative’ launched

Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte launched the ‘Clean Air India Initiative’ in Delhi. The campaign aims to curb air pollution in Indian cities by promoting partnerships between Indian start-ups and Dutch companies. The Clean Air India Initiative is a project between Get In The Ring, a platform for start-ups, the Government of the Netherlands, Start-up India, and INDUS Forum

Nasir Ul Mulk to be the interim Prime Minister

28 : Pakistan has appointed former Chief Justice Nasir Ul Mulk as interim Prime Minister until general elections are held on July 25, 2018. Mulk has also served as the interim chief of the Election Commission of Pakistan. The interim administration usually does not make any major decisions until the new government is elected.

Patratu super thermal power project

Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone for the 1st phase of 2400MW Patratu super thermal power project in Jharkhand. The project is a 74: 26 joint venture between Government of Jharkhand and Patratu Vidyut Utpadan Nigam, a subsidiary company of NTPC. It will allocate 85% of the power to Jharkhand that will benefit the state in the long run & will help in economic growth of the region.

Modi to inaugurate India’s 1st 14-lane highway

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 1st phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway. The Delhi-Meerut Expressway would be India’s first 14-lane highway. The expressway will do away with 31 traffic signals on the Delhi-Meerut road, the busiest highway in the region, and make it “signal free”.The project is being built in four segments and is expected to be fully completed by March 2019.

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.

Netherlands PM to visit India

Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte will visit India on May 24 & 25 with an aim to boost the economic and political cooperation between the 2 countries. It will be Rutte’s second visit to India since June 2015 but the first after being re-elected as Prime Minister in 2017. Netherlands is the 5th largest investor in India with a cumulative investment of $23 billion from 2000 to Dec 2017.

PM Modi, Putin to hold informal summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Russia on May 21 for an informal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the city of Sochi. The two leaders will discuss their respective national developmental priorities and bilateral matters. This informal summit in Sochi is in keeping with the tradition of regular consultations between India and Russia at the highest levels.

Agreement in field of Renewable Energy

India and Peru have signed an agreement in the field of Renewable Energy at Lima, Peru. The pact was signed in the presence of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and the Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva Arevalo. Vice President’s visit comes at a time when India is celebrating the 55th anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations with Peru.

Mahathir Mohamad sworn in as Malaysia’s PM

Mahathir Mohamad has been sworn in as the Prime Minister of Malaysia again after a shock election victory. Mahathir’s coalition defeated the governing Barisan Nasional coalition, led by PM Najib Razak, which has been in power for more than 60 yrs. The victory capped a dramatic comeback for Mahathir, who ruled the country for 22 yrs. 92 year old, Mahathir becomes the oldest PM in the world.

NITI Aayog to rank states on SDG parameters

NITI Aayog will soon come out with the Sustainable Development Goals Index to rank states based on their performance in this field. SDGs comprise 17 goals, which include ending poverty and hunger, quality education, gender equality, clean water, sanitation & energy. Prime Minister’s Office in 2017 appointed NITI Aayog as the supervising agency for SDGs to improve India’s global performance.

Russia confirms Dmitry Medvedev as its PM

The Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) has given its mandate to Dmitry Medvedev for a new term as the Prime Minister. Medvedev’s candidature for the Prime Minister’s seat was proposed by President Vladimir Putin after the inauguration of his fourth term as Russia’s President. Under Russia’s Constitution, the government is obliged to resign when a new presidential term begins.

Pradeep Kumar Sinha got one year extension

Cabinet secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha has got another one-year extension as the country’s top bureaucrat. Cabinet Secretary is the administrative head of the cabinet secretariat & is also the ex-officio chairman of the civil services board. The cabinet secretariat is under the direct charge of the Prime Minister. The cabinet secretariat assists in decision-making in the government.

Former PM launches economist Rao’s book

Former PM Manmohan Singh recently released a book by Economist C H. Hanumantha Rao.The book is titled ‘My Journey from Marxism-Leninism to Nehruvian Socialism’. C H Hanumantha Rao was the former Planning Commission and Finance Commission member.

Cabinet nod to BRICS pact on medical products

The government approved the pact with medicine regulatory agencies of BRICS nations on cooperation in the field of regulation of medical products.The MoU would facilitate better understanding about the regulatory aspects between the parties and could help in increasing India’s export of medical products to BRICS. The approval was given by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister.

Cabinet approves MSP for Raw Jute

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister has given its approval for the increase in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Raw Jute.The increased MSP is based on recommendations of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices. The Jute Corporation of India will be the Central Nodal Agency to undertake price support operations at MSP in the Jute growing states.

Panchayati Raj Day observed on 24th April

National Panchayati Raj Day (National Local Self-Government day) is celebrated by Ministry of Panchayati Raj on 24 April annually. Then Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh inaugurated the first National Panchayati Raj Day in 2010. The PM will launch Rashtriya Gramin Swaraj Abhiyan and address Panchayati Raj representatives across the country, from Mandla, Madhya Pradesh.

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.

New partnership announced between India-UK

The British government announced a new trade partnership between India-UK.India would be investing more than 1 billion pounds in UK which will aid in creating 5,750 British jobs. The new partnership was announced after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had talks with the British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Noted journalist S Nihal Singh passed away

17 : Noted journalist and former Chief Editor of The Statesman and The Indian Express, Surendra Nihal Singh passed away on 16th April.He was the founding editor of The Indian Post in 1987. He was awarded the prestigious International Editor of the Year Award in New York for opposing the Emergency imposed by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

SIDBI Ties Up With CSC To Promote MSEs

Small Industries and Development Bank of India (SIDBI) announced a plan to promote micro-enterprises in 115 aspirational districts across the country.It has tied up with Common Service Centre (CSC). The ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ program, which was launched by the prime minister in January, aims to bring about socio-developmental changes in these backward districts.

First India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet leaders of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark & Iceland for the first India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm on April 17.Narendra Modi will be the first Indian PM to visit Stockholm since 1988. The six leaders will exchange views on regional and global issues such as environment and climate, trade and investment and discuss areas of future cooperation.

Railway link between Kathmandu and Raxaul

India will build a strategic railway link between Raxaul in Bihar and Kathmandu in Nepal to facilitate people-to-people contact and bulk movement of goods.The 2 Prime Ministers agreed to construct the new electrified rail line, which will be financed by India. The 3 other railway projects in the pipeline are New Jalpaiguri-Kakarbhitta, Nautanwa-Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj Road-Nepalgunj.

India’s first electric locomotive

Prime Minister flagged off the country’s first high-powered electric locomotive assembled in Madhepura in Bihar.This first locomotive is part of a joint venture of the railways with Alstom, signed in 2015 and the first major FDI project in the rail sector. India will join countries like Russia, China, Germany and Sweden that have 12,000 horsepower & above capacity electric locomotives.

India-Nepal agree to develop inland waterways

10 : India and Nepal recognised the untapped potential of inland waterways, in order to contribute towards the overall economic development of the region.Prime Minister of India and Nepal took the landmark decision to develop the inland waterways for the movement of cargo. The new initiative would enable cost-effective and efficient movement of cargo.

Hungarian PM Orban won election

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz-KDNP coalition won the general elections in Hungary on 8th April.Former radical Jobbik party came second with 20% of the vote, and MSZP-P (Socialist-Dialogue) third with 12.13%. The turnout was close to 69%, the second highest since 2002.

India-Nepal petroleum products pipeline

9 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli launched the Rs 3.24 billion India-Nepal petroleum products pipeline from Motihari, Bihar to Amlekhgunj, Nepal on 7th April.This is the first international cross-country pipeline project in India. The Motihari-Amlekhgunj Pipeline project was approved by Indian Oil in September 2015.

“Gram Swaraj Abhiyan” on Ambedkar Jayanti

The Prime Minister has announced that on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti a “Gram Swaraj Abhiyan” would be organised starting from 14th April to 5th May 2018.This Abhiyan will reach out to poor households, spreading awareness about government welfare schemes and other initiatives. Universal coverage under 7 welfare programmes in 21058 villages has been contemplated under this Abhiyan.

SC proposes roll out of BS VI fuel

The Supreme Court (SC) proposed a roll out of Bharat Stage-VI (BS-VI) fuel across 13 metros by April 1, 2019. The measure is expected to help tackle the problem of air pollution in Delhi by reducing vehicular emissions and improving fuel efficiency. The decision to go directly from BS-IV to BS-VI is in line with the Prime Minister‘s commitment at @COP21 to cut carbon emissions.

G.K. Reddy award for journalist Karan Thapar

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presented the G.K. Reddy Memorial National Award for journalism to senior journalist and television presenter Karan Thapar. He was associated with CNN-IBN and hosted ‘The Devil‘s Advocate‘ and ‘The Last Word‘. In December 2013, Karan Thapar received the International Press Institute-India Award for excellence in the field of journalism.

First National Workshop on POSHAN Abhiyaan

The first National workshop on POSHAN Abhiyan involving all the states and union territories was held at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, New Delhi. The Ministry of Women and Child Development is organising the day-long workshop with participation from all the states/UTs. POSHAN Abhiyaan was launched on 8th March 2018 by the Prime Minister in Jhunjhunu.

Li Keqiang re-elected as Prime Minister

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang was on March 18, 2018, re-elected for his second five-year term by the members of the 13th National People‘s Congress (NPC). Li Keqiang received 2964 votes in favour and two in against. Traditionally, the Chinese Prime Minister is regarded as the top economic official of the country.

Prime Minister inaugurates 105th ISC

Hon‘ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the 105th Indian Science Congress at Manipur University at Imphal. The theme of the Indian Science Congress is ?Reaching the Unreached Through Science and Technology?. This is the second time in over a century that the Indian Science Congress is being held in the North-East.

Slovenian PM Cerar resigns

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar tendered his resignation after a court annulled the result of a government referendum. The move comes less then three months ahead of general election which was expected in June. The constitutional court found that the government had not acted with due impartiality as it spent public money to back a yes vote for the scheme.

TDP ministers resigned from Union Cabinet

Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State for Science and Technology Y.S.Chowdary of the Telugu Desam Party submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP Ministers Kamineni Srinivas (Health) and Pydikondala Manikyala Rao (Endowments) resigned from the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor accepted the resignations.

India-Jordan Sign 12 Agreements

2 : India and Jordan has renewed their support to the Palestinian cause. The two sides signed 12 agreements, including one on defence cooperation, following a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and King of Jordan Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein. MoU for long term supply of Rock Phosphate and Fertilizer/NPK, Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement was signed.

Ranil takes over Law Ministry in reshuffle

In the cabinet reshuffle of Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took over the key Law and Order Ministry.He replaced his close aide and party colleague Sagala Ratnayaka. Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena is a Sri Lankan politician who is the 7th and current President of Sri Lanka, since 2015.

K P Sharma Oli becomes Nepal PM

The Communist Party of Nepal (UML) Chairman KP Sharma Oli has become new Prime Minister of Nepal.This is the second time Mr. Oli has become the prime minister. He had served as prime minister from October 2015 to August 2016. The formation of new government after historic elections is expected to begin a new era of political stability in the Himalayan nation.

Modi gets Grand Collar of State of Palestine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been conferred with the ‘Grand Collar of the State of Palestine’.The Grand Collar is Highest order given to foreign dignitaries, in the past it has been awarded to King Salman of Saudi Arabia & President Xi Jinping of China among others. Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to make an official visit to Palestine.

Former Bangladesh PM sentenced for 5 years

Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was jailed for five years.She was found guilty in a corruption case by a Special Judge’s Court in Dhaka.She was charged with misappropriating Tk 21 million in foreign donations received by the ‘Zia Orphanage Trust’.

Rajesh will be next Ambassador to Niger

Shri Rajesh Agarwal, presently Counsellor, High Commission of India, Port Moresby has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Niger.He is expected to take up his assignment shortly. Niger is a landlocked country in Western Africa named after the Niger River. The capital city is Niamey. President – Mahamadou Issoufou, Prime Minister – Brigi Rafini.

Modi to lead largest-ever delegation

Prime Minister Modi will lead the largest-ever Indian delegation to the 48th annual meeting of World Economic Forum when he leaves for Davos, Switzerland. Delegation will comprise of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Commerce & Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu among others. The annual meet of the World Economic Forum takes place every year in Jan with an aim to improve the state of the world.

Israel PM Netanyahu’s visit – Part 1

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on a six-day official visit to India starting from January 14, 2018.Mr. Netanyahu is the second Israeli Prime Minister after Ariel Sharon to visit India in the last 25 years of India-Israel diplomatic relationship. PM Modi, Netanyahu renamed Teen Murti Chowk in Central Delhi as Teen Murti Haifa Chowk.

Magazine to mark Israel PM’s visit

A monthly magazine titled ‘Namaste Shalom’ will be launched to mark Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Mumbai visit.The magazine, on bilateral relations between the two friendly nations, will be launched at the Magen David Synagogue at Byculla in south Mumbai. The magazine is planned to carry forward the great initiative of Modi & Netanyahu to strengthen India-Israel relations.

Raghunath Jha passes away

Former Union minister Raghunath Jha passed away in Delhi.Jha was Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise during former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s government. He was a member of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and represented Bihar’s Bettiah constituency. He was also a member of the 14th Lok Sabha.

Teen Murti renamed ‘Teen Murti Haifa’

As a symbolic gesture of friendship with Israel, India will rename the iconic Teen Murti Chowk, a war memorial.The new name of the memorial which was the official residence of the first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru will be, Teen Murti Haifa Chowk. The formal ceremony to rename the landmark will take place after Prime Minister Netanyahu lands in Delhi.

Assamese Version of Modi’s Website

The Assamese and Manipuri language versions of Prime Minister’s Official website- were launched.Now the PM INDIA website is available in 11 regional languages namely Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu in addition to English and Hindi.

Guatemala to move its embassy

The president of Guatemala says the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Guatemala was one of 9 nations that voted earlier this week with the US when the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a non-binding resolution denouncing President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Benjamin Netanyahu, is Israeli’s Prime Minister.

Kisan Diwas – 23rd December

Kisan Diwas (Farmer’s Day) is observed every year on 23 December to celebrate the birth anniversary of the fifth prime minister, Chaudhary Charan Singh.A kisan leader, Late Chaudhary Charan Singh belonged to a peasant family.He also served as the Deputy PM during the reign of Morarji Desai. He introduced Budget 1979 which was designed to accomplish the needs of the farmers in all respects.

Japan approves Akihito’s abdication

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet has formally approved April 30, 2019, as the abdication date for Japanese Emperor Akihito, which will end the current Heisei era in its 31st year.After the abdication, Akihito’s elder son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne on May 1, 2019.Japan’s parliament enacted a law in June to enable him to pass the throne onto the crown prince.

Russia’s Deputy PM Dmitry Visits India

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin arrived in New Delhi.He will co-chair the meeting of India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC).The meeting will enable the two sides to review the progress achieved by various working groups and sub-groups under the IRIGC-TEC.

Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi died

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of veteran Congress leader and former Union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi. Dasmunsi was a popular leader with rich political and administrative experience. 72 year old Dasmunsi, who was in coma since 2008, passed away at a hospital.

Manmohan Singh to get Indira Peace Prize

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh will receive the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development this year for his leadership of the country between 2004 and 2014 and for enhancing India’s stature globally. The award, comprising a cash prize of Rs.25 lakh and a citation. It was instituted by the Indira Gandhi Memorial trust in 1986.

Indira Gandhi’s 100th Birth Anniversary

19 : Today is Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 100th birth anniversary. A commemorative programme to mark the anniversary of Gandhi held at Shakti Sthal, New Delhi. Indira Gandhi was the only female Prime Minister of the country. She served as Prime Minister from 1966 to 1977 and from 1980 until her assassination in 1984.

UP tops in mobilising Jan Dhan Account

Uttar Pradesh has topped in opening new Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) accounts after demonetisation (post-November 8, 2017). One-fifth of the more than five crore new PMJDY accounts, from November 9, 2016 to November 8, 2017 were opened in Uttar Pradesh. PMJDY is a scheme for comprehensive financial inclusion launched by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on August 28, 2014.

Former Nepal PM Kirti Bista Passes Away

Former Prime Minister of Nepal Kirti Nidhi Bista passed away in Kathmandu, Nepal. He was 90 and suffering from cancer. Bista was born in Kathmandu on 15th January 1927. He first became Prime Minister of Nepal in 1969. Bista served three times as Prime Minister from 1969 to 1970, 1971 to 1973 and 1977 to 1979.

Shamika to be member of PM eco. panel

Shamika Ravi, a senior fellow at Brookings India, would be appointed as part-time member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. Headed by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy, the EAC-PM includes NITI Aayog’s Principal Advisor Ratan Watal as its member and economists Surjit Bhalla. She is also a visiting professor of economics at the Indian School of Business.

Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri resigns

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned unexpectedly. Saad al-Hariri has said after his resignation that, he sensed a plot to target his life and feared the same fate as his assassinated father if he remained as leader. Saad al-Hariri became Lebanon’s Prime Minister in 2016 and headed a 30-member national unity cabinet.

SK Sinha appointed Secretary (security)

Senior police officer SK Sinha was appointed as the Secretary (security) in the Cabinet Secretariat. He is a 1983 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre. He is at present special director in the Intelligence Bureau. He has been appointed in place of ARK Kini. Secretary (security) is the administrative head of the SPG, who is responsible for monitoring the security arrangements for Prime Minister

List of MoUs signed during Paolo’s visit

During the visit of Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni various MoUs were signed. They are as follows. A Joint Declaration of Intent of Cooperation for Safety in the Railway sector was signed. MoU on 70 years of diplomatic relations between ICCR and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy. MoU for promoting mutual investments between Italian Trade Agency and Invest India

Italy PM Paolo arrives in New Delhi

Prime Minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni arrived in New Delhi on a two day visit to India. The visit coming after a gap of more than a decade, is aimed at strengthening the bilateral political and economic relations between the two countries. The last visit of the Italian Prime Minister to India was in February 2007.

Jacinda became PM of New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern was officially sworn in as the Prime Minister of New Zealand. At the age of 37, Ardern is the youngest New Zealand PM in 150 years. She is also the country’s third woman leader and says she will lead a government that is active, focused, empathetic and strong.This was the first time New Zealand adopted proportional voting since 1996.

Nepal’s ambassador to India resigns

Deep Kumar Upadhyay, Nepal’s ambassador to India has resigned from his position to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections. He handed over his resignation to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara on 6th October 2017. Upadhyay has filed his nomination for the upcoming parliamentary election from Kapilastu district in western Nepal.

India’s gift to Bangladesh

On 22nd October 2017, India gifted a memorabilia of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 to the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. During the war, about 10 million Bangladesh people took refuge in India. India and Bangladesh fought together to drive out the Pakistani occupation army. The memorabilia includes military equipment utilised during the war, artefacts, documents etc.

Shinzo Abe reelected as PM of Japan

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party secured over two-thirds majority in the lower house of Parliament. The win gives Abe’s ruling coalition, which already holds majority in the upper house, free reign to pass legislation in the country. Abe is likely to acquire the title of Japan’s longest serving Prime Minister. His four-year term was to otherwise end in December 2018.

Purushottam Lal Kaushik Passes Away

Former Union minister and socialist leader Purushottam Lal Kaushik died due to age-related ailments. He was 87. He had served as tourism and civil aviation minister in the then Prime Minister Morarji Desai’s cabinet during 1977- 1979. He headed the Information and Broadcasting Ministry in the then Prime Minister Charan Singh’s cabinet during July 1979-January 1980.