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April 2019 - International News



  • World Liver Day: 19 April. The World Liver Day (WLD) is observed every year on April 19.

    The aim of the day is to build awareness and understanding the importance of liver in the human body and how liver ailments are treated. The liver, which measures about 1,00 grams in weight and 15 cm in length, is the second largest organ and is a key player in our body’s digestive system.


  • M3 Inc. acquired NHPL.
    Japan-based M3, Inc., has acquired a majority stake in Bengaluru-based Neuroglia Health Private Limited (NHPL).

    Neuroglia Health owns and operates 'Daily Rounds' mobile app, which enables case-based problem-solving for doctors. It also runs 'Marrow' which is a test-preparation platform aimed at post- graduate specialty courses in medical schools in India.


  • 1st Hindu temple to be built in UAE’.
    The foundation stone of the first Hindu temple in UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi was laid recently.

    Mahant Swami Maharaj, spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar- Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) presided over the four-hour ceremony. The temple embodies the timeless Vedic values of Vasudev Kutumbakam.


  • US to end sanction waivers to India.
    The United States announced that all buyers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or face sanctions.

    In November, the US reimposed sanctions on exports of Iranian oil after President Trump unilaterally pulled out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers.


  • Saudi Aramco to acquire Royal Dutch Shell.
    Saudi Aramco will acquire Royal Dutch Shell's 50% stake in their Saudi refining joint venture SASREF for $631 million.

    Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Co (SASREF), based in Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia, has a crude oil refining capacity of 305,000 barrels per day (bpd).

    Shell has sold over $30 billion of assets in recent years as it shifts its focus to lower carbon businesses.


  • Zelensky won Presidential elections in Ukraine.
    In Ukraine, comedian and political newcomer Volodymyr Zelensky secured a victory in the Presidential election. His victory will open a new chapter in the history of a country that has gone through two popular uprisings in the last 20 years.


  • Himalayan expedition flagged in Leh.
    The 14 days, 11 members Himalayan Heights Motorcycle Expedition from Leh to Karakoram Pass was flagged in at Leh by Lt Gen YK Joshi. The expedition began on 7 April 2019 and traversed over 1000 Km in the forbidding landscape of Eastern Ladakh. The expedition team comprised six motorcyclists from the Army Service Corps.


  • ISB inked pact with Moscow School.
    Indian School of Business (ISB) signed a MoU with Moscow School of Management, Skolkovo, on 22 April 2019. As per of the MoU signed, the two schools agreed to conduct joint educational modules, exchange faculty and research staff, organize joint events, academic research and other initiatives. Both schools have agreed to work on areas related to executive education and family business.


  • Iran, Pakistan declare joint border reaction.
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iran and Pakistan will create a joint ‘reaction force’ on the border between the two countries, for combating terrorism.

    The announcement came during a two-day visit to Iran by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, the first of his tenure. Iran and Pakistan share a 959 km land border.


  • World Book Day: 23 April. 
    World Book Day is celebrated by UNESCO and other related organizations every year on the 23rd of April. Also called the World Book and Copyright Day, it is an occasion to promote the joy of books and the art of reading.

    The theme for this year is Share A Story.


  • Indonesia releases special stamp on theme of Ramayana.
    Indonesia has released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of its diplomatic ties with India.

    The stamp, designed by renowned Indonesian sculptor Padmashri Bapak Nyoman Nuarta, featured a scene from Ramayana in which Jatayu valiantly fought to save Sita. A specially signed version of the stamp will be on display at the Philately Museum in Jakarta.


  • 29th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.
    India has been nominated as the “Guest of Honour” country at the 29th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF). That India's selection as the guest of Honour reflects the strong relations between the leadership and the people of the UAE and India. A three-member team from the Publications Division is also participating in the Fair.

    Books on the life and struggle of Mahatma Gandhi will be on display as part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations. A special presentation will be made by the Publications Division on the 100 volume series of the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi in a bid to reach out to the international audience.

    An annual fair is a major event in the publishing sector in the Middle East and North Africa. It will conclude on the 30th of this month.


  • International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace.
    April 24 is observed as the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace every year. It was officially approved on 12 December 2018 through resolution A/RES/73/127. The day is a reaffirmation of the UN Charter and its principles of resolving disputes among countries through peaceful means.


  • Yogi won assembly elections in Japan. 
    Indian-origin Japanese has been elected to Tokyo's Edogawa Ward assembly, becoming the first Indian to win an election in Japan.

    Puranik Yogendra, a naturalized Japanese, secured 6,477 votes, the fifth highest of the 226,561 valid ballots cast, in the April 21 poll. Over 34,000 Indians live in Japan.


  • Britain's youngest accountant: Ranveer Singh.
    A 15-year-old Indian-origin boy has been lauded as Britain's youngest accountant after setting up a successful accountancy firm while still at school. Ranveer Singh Sandhu, based in south London, has set himself a goal of becoming a millionaire by the time he turns 25 after he set up his first business when he was aged just 12 years. He charges between 12-15 pounds per hour for his services.


  • India will stop importing crude oil from Iran.
    India will stop importing crude oil from Iran following the US move to end sanction waivers and will use alternate supply sources such as Saudi Arabia.

    The Trump administration decided not to renew waiver that let countries like India buy Iranian oil without facing US sanctions.


  • Kim Jong-un & Vladimir Putin to hold first summit talks in Vladivostok.
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet for their first summit talks in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok.

    The two leaders will talk about the Korean peninsula's nuclear problem. Mr. Kim believed to be seeking support after failing to reach an agreement with US President Trump on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme at Hanoi earlier this year. Russia has previously been involved in talks to end North Korea's nuclear programme.


  • New community in Golan be named after Trump.
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a new community in the Golan Heights would be named after US President Donald Trump.

    Israel has also stated it intends to name a proposed train station near Jerusalem’s Western Wall after him. Israel captured the Golan from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed it, in a move not recognized internationally.


  • Malawi to undertake the RTS.
    Malawi, the African Nation, is to undertake large scale pilot tests for the world's most advanced experimental malaria vaccine in a bid to prevent the disease.

    The RTS, S vaccine, the first to give partial protection to children, trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite. RTS, S vaccine under the trade name Mosquirix has been developed by GlaxoSmithKline.


  • Arab League pledged $100 mn to Palestinian Authority.
    The Arab League has pledged $100 million per month to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to make up for funds withheld by Israel.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the Arab League in Cairo, as part of a diplomatic effort to rebuff the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan. Israel collects taxes on behalf of the PA but withheld $138m in transfers in February.


  • US envoy launched initiative.
    US envoy to India Kenneth I Juster launched a new initiative designed to help India's corporate sector in the fight against tuberculosis (TB).

    The initiative supports the Indian government's goal of eliminating TB by 2025, which would be 5 years ahead of the UN's Sustainable Development Goal. It creates a shared platform for corporations committed to ending TB in India.


  • UN, EU signed joint framework.
    The UN and the European Union (EU) have signed a joint framework aimed at strengthening partnership in counter-terrorism efforts.

    The framework was enacted on the occasion of the second EU-UN high-level political dialogue on Counter-Terrorism that was held in New York. The UN-EU initiative will focus on terrorism and violent extremism prevention in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.


  • ABU Media Summit underway in Nepal.
    5th Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Media Summit on Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness began in Kathmandu on 25 April 2019.

    The theme of the two-day summit is 'Media Solutions for Sustainable Future: Saving Lives, Building Resilient Communities'. Nepal’s Minister for Communication an Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota inaugurated the summit.


  • UAE to host world’s foremost Artificial Intelligence Summit.
    UAE is set to host the world’s foremost Artificial Intelligence, AI Summit to empower global dialogue on the future of government, business and society.

    The inaugural 'AI Everything', AIE will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, between 30th of this month and 1st of next month. The two-day event will bring together world leaders to define the underlying pillars of governance, business and society - augmenting the world’s happiness.

    It will be hosted by the UAE National Programme for Artificial Intelligence, with the support of International Telecommunication Union, ITU, and the World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO, and in strategic partnership with Smart Dubai. AIE will unravel real-world use cases across industries, and forge collaborations and partnerships, hosting over 130 influential speakers.


  • IMO’s new rule on information exchange.
    A new global rule mandated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange between ships and ports took effect from 8 April 2019.

    The rule seeks to make cross-border trade simpler. The rule is mandatory under IMO’s Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention).


  • World Allergy Week 2019: 7-13 April.
    World Allergy Week 2019 was observed from 7 to 13 April 2019. The theme for World Allergy Week 2019 is “The Global Problem of Food Allergy”. World Allergy Week is a global campaign of the World Allergy Organization (WAO), which aims to raise awareness of the impact of allergy in our communities.


  • Lapin confirmed as Haiti’s new Prime Minister.
    Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise confirmed Jean-Michel Lapin as the country’s new Prime Minister.

    Lapin, the former culture and communications minister, was named acting prime minister on 21 March 2019. Lapin is the third head of government under president Moise, who has led the Caribbean island nation since February 2017.


  • Abdelkader: Interim President of Algeria.
    The Algerian Parliament on 9 April 2019 confirmed upper house Speaker Abdelkader Bensalah as the interim President of the country.

    The interim President has to conduct the elections within 90 days and cannot legally contest in the polls. On 2 April 2019, Bouteflika resigned as Algeria's president before his mandate was to end on April 28, after remaining in power for about 20 years.


  • Mohammed Ishteyah: New Palestine Prime Minister.
    Palestine’s new PM Mohammed Ishtayeh and his 22-member cabinet took the oath of office a second time, on April 14, 2019. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has sworn in a new government led by a long-time ally from his Fatah party on 13 April 2019.


  • 300% increase in measles globally.
    WHO raised alarm over a 300% increase in the case of measles globally in the first quarter of 2019 compared with last year.

    So far this year, 170 countries have reported 112,163 measles cases to. Africa has witnessed the most dramatic rise - up 700% which has weaker vaccination coverage than other regions.


  • Notre Dam(A Unesco World Heritage site) in Paris caught fire.
    A major fire engulfed the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, one of France's most famous landmarks.

    The 850-year-old Gothic building's spire and roof have collapsed but the main structure, including the two bell towers, has been saved. Notre-Dame has stood tall above Paris since the 1200s. A Unesco World Heritage site, it was built in the 12th and 13th Centuries.


  • Mujibnagar Day observed in Bangladesh.
    In Bangladesh, the historic Mujibnagar day is being observed on 17 April 2019.

    The day marks the oath-taking ceremony of Bangladesh's first government in 1971 at Baidyanathtala in Meherpur. The day is being observed by political parties and social and cultural organizations through various programs across Bangladesh.


  • Google opened AI lab in Ghana.
    Ghana and Google have cooperated to open Africa’s first AI research laboratory, which, experts hope, will take on some of the region’s struggles.

    Africa has many challenges where the use of AI could be beneficial, sometimes even more than in other places. The AI research lab will work to create solutions for healthcare, educations, and agriculture.


  • World Hemophilia Day: April 17.
    April 17 is observed as the World Haemophilia Day every year. It was started in 1989 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) which chose to bring the community together on April 17 in honour of WFH founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday.

    World Hemophilia Day theme for the year 2019 is ‘Outreach and Identification’.


  • Mt Everest to get an eco-friendly toilet.
    Mount Everest will get an eco-friendly toilet at a Chinese campsite 7,028 m above sea level in an ongoing campaign to deal with the peak’s waste problem.

    Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world’s highest rubbish dump. The toilet will make it easy to collect the human waste produced by the climbers.


  • World Heritage Day: 18 April. 
    April 18 is annually observed as the International Day for Monuments and Sites (IDMS), also known as World Heritage Day. This day is celebrated to remind the citizens about beautiful places or heritage sites in our country.

    The theme for 2019 is Rural Landscapes. The day was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on 18 April 1982.


  • 7th China International Tech Fair kicked off.
    The 7th China International Technology Fair opened on 18 April 2019 in Shanghai, a national-level professional fair focused on international technology trade. With an exhibition space covering 35,000 square meters, the fair has five exhibition areas including professional technologies, technological innovation, and trade services.


  • India suspended LoC trade with Pakistan.
    India has suspended the trade across the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan from 19 April 2019.

    This was done after probe agencies found the route was being misused to smuggle illegal weapons, drugs, and fake currency. A stricter regulatory and enforcement mechanism is being worked and the issue of the reopening the trade routes will be revisited once they are implemented.


  • WHO issued guidelines on digital health technology.
    The WHO has released new recommendations on 10 ways countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services.

    The guidelines demonstrate that health systems need to respond to the increased visibility and availability of information.


  • Nepal launched its first satellite from USA.
    Nepal successfully launched its first satellite NepaliSat-1 into space from America on 18 April 2019.

    The satellite developed by the Nepalese scientists was launched from Virginia in the US, according to Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Nepali scientists, Aabhas Markey and Hariram Shrestha developed the satellite under the BIRDS project of their institute.


  • Indian Navy seek access to French base in Djibouti.
    After operationalizing the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) signed with France, the Indian Navy is looking for access to French naval base in Djibouti.

    Indian Navy Mig-29K fighters and French Navy Rafale-M fighters operating off their aircraft carriers will exercise together off Goa coast in May under the bilateral exercise Varuna.


  • Indian-American scientist in Hall of Fame.
    An Indian-American scientist and social activist has been inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of fame for his contribution in applications in systems biology, global issues and sustainable development.

    Prof Sree Sreenath was inducted into it, along with five other inductees Dr. Akram Boutros, Ingrida Bublys, Paul Burik, Richard Fleischman, and Marilyn Madigan.


  • Saudi increased India's Haj quota to 2 lakh.
    Saudi Arabia has issued a formal order increasing the Haj quota of India to 2 lakhs from 1, 75,000.

    The decision will ensure that all the Haj applicants from big states like Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, and Bihar can embark pilgrimage this year (2019). As many as 2,340 Indian Muslim women will go for the pilgrimage without a male companion or Mehram.


  • UN honored Indian peacekeepers.
    United Nations honored 150 Indian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) with medals of Honour for their dedicated service and sacrifice.

    UNMISS is working to deter violence against civilians by providing a safe and secure environment for South Sudanese people. UNMISS is committed to helping build durable peace in South Sudan.


  • Asian Tea Alliance launched in China.
    The Asian Tea Alliance, a union of 5 tea-growing and consuming countries, was launched in Guizhou, China on 19 April 2019. The members of the alliance are the Indian Tea Association, China Tea Marketing Association, Indonesian Tea Marketing Association, Sri Lanka Tea Board and Japan Tea Association. It plans to work towards enhancing tea trade, cultural exchanges and globally promoting tea.


  • Bolivia joins International Solar Alliance.
    Bolivia joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA). Bolivia's President Evo Morales signed the Solar Alliance Framework agreement during the visit of President Ram Nath Kovind to Bolivia.

    The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an initiative by India and France, whose major aim is to fight climate change and global warming. The International Solar Alliance is to provide a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource rich countries where the global community.

    It including bilateral and multilateral organizations, corporates, industry, and other stakeholders, can make a positive contribution to assist and help achieve the common goals of increasing the use of solar energy. In meeting energy needs of prospective ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner. 73 countries have signed the ISA Framework Agreement.


  • World Health Day: 7th April.
    World Health Day is observed every year on 7 April under the sponsorship of WHO.

    The theme for World Health Day 2019 is ‘Universal Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere’ to ensure that no human being will ever have to make a choice between the two. The day celebrates the establishment of the WHO and this year it marks the end of the World Health Organization’s 70th-anniversary celebrations.


  • Battle of Kangla Tongbi: Platinum Jubilee. 
    The Battle of Kangla Tongbi, considered one of the fiercest battles of World War II, was fought by Ordnance personnel of 221 Advance Ordnance Depot (AOD) on the night of 6/7 April 1944.

    The Platinum Jubilee of the Battle of Kangla Tongbi War was commemorated on 7 April 2019 by Army Ordnance Corps at Kangla Tongbi War Memorial near Imphal.


  • Indo-Sri Lanka joint exercise Mitra Shakti VI concludes in Sri Lanka.
    The sixth edition of the joint military training exercise between the Indian Army and the Sri Lankan Army, Exercise Mitra Shakti concluded on 08 April 2019 in Sri Lanka. The two-week long training that commenced on 26th March, came to an end with a grand smart and scintillating joint parade by the two continents.

    During the past 14 days, both the contingents jointly planned and executed a series of tactical operations based on scenarios that are likely to be encountered in the rural & urban environment. Commanders at various levels from both sides exercised to work in close coordination to receive and collate information, jointly plan operations and issue orders to their respective components.

    The contingents also honed their tactical and technical skills in a wide spectrum of counter insurgency operations. The two army contingents also shared the best practices of each other to further enhance their learning experiences.

    Started in 2013, exercise Mitra Shakti is in continuation of a series of joint exercises that is conducted annually as part of military diplomacy to enhance cooperation between the armies of India & Sri Lanka.


  • US, Iran designate each other's organizations as supporters of terrorism.
    The United States has designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. The designation will potentially open hundreds of foreign companies and business executives to US travel bans and possible prosecution.

    Meanwhile, Iran has threatened to retaliate for the decision, and shortly after it was announced foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on President Hassan Rouhani to include Mideast-based US forces on Iran's own terrorist list.


  • Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu set to get fifth term.
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to win re-election after his main rival former Army chief Benny Gantz conceded defeat. This comes after a dramatic finish to a tightly-fought race Parliamentary elections in which Gantz accepted that Netanyahu had won.


  • UK introduced online safety regulations.
    The UK government introduced the world’s first framework designed to hold internet companies accountable for the safety of those using their services.

    The Online Harms whitepaper is a joint proposal from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Home Office. Various technology companies will be subject to the laws, including social media platforms.


  • Russia to confer its highest state decoration on PM Narendra Modi.
    Russia announced its decision to confer the Order of St Andrew the Apostle - the highest state decoration of the country on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    The decoration is being given to Mr. Modi for his exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between the Russian Federation and India and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian people.

    The 'Order of St Andrew the Apostle' is awarded to prominent statesmen, public figures and those working in the fields of science, culture and arts in recognition of their exceptional services in promoting prosperity and glory of Russia.

    The order can also be awarded to foreign heads of state for outstanding services. The foreign awardees included President of China Xi Jinping, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Geydar Aliev.


  • President Ram Nath Kovind visits Pablo Neruda Museum in Chile.
    President Ram Nath Kovind visited Pablo Neruda Museum at Santiago in Chile on 31 March 2019. The President will meet Indian business community and interact with Indian community later.

    During his three day visit to Chile, the President will hold talks with his Chile Counterpart and discuss issues of mutual interest. Mr. kovind will also interact with young scientist at University of Chile. Mr. Kovind is on a three-nation visit to Croatia, Bolivia and Chile from March 25th to April 4th.


  • US, South Korea defence chiefs meet on denuclearization.
    US Acting Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan met South Korean Minister of National Defence Jeong Kyeong-doo here over the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The two defence chiefs vowed to remain “an unwavering combined readiness posture,” They also pledged to enhance coordination and cooperation in various areas including information sharing on issues regarding North Korea.

    Mr. Jeong’s visit came one month after the second summit between top North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in late February in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi that ended without an agreement. Mr. Moon vowed to make efforts to help resume denuclearization negotiations between North Korea and the US.

    The Korean Peninsula’s peace process would become a journey, taken jointly by the two Koreas and the US that would not be easy. No one should expect the Korean Peninsula issue to be resolved in just one day, and the key is to take into account the legitimate concerns of all parties in a balanced way and consolidate mutual trust and gradually gather consensus.


  • US approves sale of 24 MH 60 Romeo Seahawk helicopters to India.
    The Trump administration has approved the sale of 24 multi-role MH-60 Romeo Seahawk helicopters to India at an estimated cost of 2.4 billion US dollars, the State Department has said.

    It is considered the world's most advanced maritime helicopter. The choppers will provide the Indian defence forces with the capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions.

    The US government notified the Congress that it has approved the sale of the helicopters. The State Department told the Congress that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy of the US by helping to strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship.

    The proposed sale of the helicopters will not alter the basic military balance in the region, the statement added.


  • Sri Lankan government rejects concerns raised over proposed oil refinery project in Hambantota.
    Sri Lankan government on 02 April 2019 rejected concerns raised over the proposed oil refinery project in Hambantota.

    Minister of Development strategies and International trade Malik Samarawickrema told Parliament that the Oman Company is going ahead with the project and the lease agreement for the land will be signed on 04 April 2019. He urged the opposition to be patient without making misleading comments.

    Sri Lankan prime minister had laid the foundation stone for the investment project worth 3.85 billion dollars last month (March 2019) in which a company owned by Tamil Nadu politician and former Indian Union Minister Dr. S. Jagathrakshakan is the leading investor.

    However, contradictory reports have surfaced in media about the company’s worth with Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) saying the deal could have a negative impact on Sri Lanka’s efforts to remove itself from the grey list of countries vulnerable to money laundering. Opposition parties have also questioned the viability of the project and company’s experience.


  • More than 113 million people suffer acute hunger: UN.
    More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced acute hunger last year because of wars and climate disasters.

    United Nations body, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in its 2019 global report, said Africa was the worst-hit region. It said Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Syria were among the eight nations accounting for two-thirds of the total number of people worldwide exposed to the risk of famine.

    Launched three years ago, the annual study takes stock of the countries facing the greatest difficulties. FAO's emergencies director Dominique Bourgeon said African states were disproportionally affected as close to 72 million people on the continent suffered acute hunger.

    Conflict and insecurity remained key factors, along with economic turbulence and climate-related shocks like drought and floods, the report found. Bourgeon said up to 80 per cent of the population depend on agriculture in the affected regions.


  • South Korea to launch world’s first national 5G networks.
    South Korea will launch the world's first fully-fledged 5G mobile networks on 05 April 2019.

    The transformational leap already has superpowers sparring for control of innovation that could potentially change the day-to-day lives of billions of people. Hyper-wired South Korea has a reputation for technical prowess, and Seoul has made the 5G rollout a priority as it seeks to stimulate stuttering economic growth.

    The superfast communications heralded by fifth-generation wireless technology will bring smartphones near-instantaneous connectivity - 20 times faster than the existing 4G. It is crucial for the future development of devices ranging from self-driving vehicles that send data traffic to one another in real time, industrial robots, drones and other elements of the Internet of Things. 5G's hyper speed can connect one million devices within a one square kilometer zone simultaneously.

    Until now, no mobile networks have offered nationwide 5G access. Japan is expected to roll out a limited deployment in 2019 before full services start in time for next year's Tokyo Olympics.


  • NuGen Mobility Summit 2019.
    The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) is organizing a NuGen Mobility Summit, 2019, at Manesar, NCR, from 27th to 29th November 2019.

    The objective of the Summit is to share new ideas, learnings, global experiences, innovations and future technology trends for faster adoption, assimilation and development of advanced automotive technologies for a smarter and greener future.

    This event will help in building a platform for bringing together all stakeholders in the automotive industry to understand global advancements in technologies. The Summit is being organized in association with SAENIS, SAE INDIA, SAE International, NATRiP, DIMTS, Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, SIAM and ACMA.

    Experts working with leading international scientific and research organizations and testing laboratories from various countries like USA, Europe, Japan and other Asian countries will also participate in the event and share their experiences and knowledge on development of smart and green technologies and the challenges that the industry needs to overcome.

    The event aims to bring together the automotive OEMs, professionals, researchers, academic experts, vehicle system suppliers, test equipment supplier, quality managers, product planners, component developers, SAE members and students from all over the world.


  • UAE confers prestigious Zayed Medal on PM Narendra Modi.
    The United Arab Emirates has conferred the prestigious Zayed Medal on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the highest decoration awarded to kings, presidents and heads of states.

    The award comes in appreciation of Prime Minister Modi’s role in consolidating the long-standing friendship and joint strategic cooperation between the two countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thanked the UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for conferring the prestigious Zayed Medal on him.

    Mr. Narendra Modi said he accepts the Honour with utmost humility. He said, under his visionary leadership, India-UAE strategic ties have reached new heights. The Prime Minister said, this friendship is contributing to the peace and prosperity of our people and the Planet.


  • Brunei introduces sharia laws; makes adultery & homosexuality punishable.
    Brunei introduced harsh new sharia laws that make adultery and homosexuality punishable by stoning to death. The new measures also cover a range of other crimes, including punishment for theft by amputation, making Brunei the first place in Southeast Asia to have a sharia penal code at the national level.

    The new law mostly applies to Muslims, though some aspects will also apply to non-Muslims. It stipulates the death penalty for a number of offences, including rape, adultery, sodomy, robbery and insulting or defaming the Prophet Muhammad. It also introduces public flogging as punishment for abortion and criminalizes exposing Muslim children to the beliefs and practices of any religion other than Islam.

    Brunei's gay community has expressed shock and fear at the 'medieval punishments'. The decision to push ahead with the punishments has sparked alarm around the world too, with the United Nations labelling them cruel and inhumane.

    The European Union has also condemned the new laws, saying that some of the punishments now permitted under a sharia penal code amount to torture and breach international human rights agreements.


  • Philippines’ Duterte warns China to back off disputed island.
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Beijing to back off from a disputed island in the South China Sea, warning of possible military action if China "touches" it amid rising tensions over the key waterway.

    Mr. Duterte, aiming to attract trade and investment from the Asian superpower, has mostly withheld his early criticism of Beijing's expansive claims to the sea -- a point of regional contention because trillions of dollars of goods pass through it. But as the Philippine military warned this week that hundreds of Chinese coast guard and fishing vessels had "swarmed" the Manila-held Pag-asa Island.

    Department of Foreign Affairs issued a statement calling the Chinese ships' presence an “illegal” violation of Philippine sovereignty. China, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam have all staked claims to various islands and reefs as well as waterways in the sea, with rich petroleum reserves thought to sit deep beneath the waters.


  • US, China close to striking a monumental trade deal.
    US and China are close to striking a monumental trade deal in the next four weeks. The progress has been made on the China-US economic agreement. Negotiators from both the countries had met in Beijing last week to resolve the nine-month-long trade war.


  • China deployed new missile destroyer.
    China deployed its latest guided missile destroyer and frigate in the fleet of naval ships participating in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and Somalian coast in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.

    China's 32nd convoy fleet to the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters set sail from a military port in Zhoushan, East China's Zhejiang Province on 4 April 2019.


  • Saudi Arabia to host G20 leaders' summit.
    Saudi Arabia will host the annual G20 leaders' summit on 21-22 November 2020 in Riyadh.
    The G20 is made up of 19 of the world's biggest economies, as well as the European Union. It was formed in 1999 to discuss policy matters and financial stability.
    Japan will host the 2019 G20 summit in Osaka.


  • Gagandeep Kang elected to Royal Society Fellowship.
    The Royal Society of London has announced a list of 51 eminent scientists elected to its fellowship in the year 2019.

    Gagandeep Kang is the first Indian woman to be elected to the Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS). She works with the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad. Princeton professors Manjul Bhargava and Akshay Venkatesh have also been elected to the FRS.


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