SpaceX Launches First Saudi Arabian Astronauts to the International Space Station

SpaceX Launches First Saudi Arabian Astronauts to the International Space Station

In a historic milestone for Saudi Arabia’s space exploration program, SpaceX successfully sends the first Saudi Arabian astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). This significant achievement marks a major leap forward for Saudi Arabia’s ambitions in space and opens up new avenues for scientific research and international collaboration.

Israel Collaborates with IIT-Madras to Establish Water Technology Centre

Israel Collaborates with IIT-Madras to Establish Water Technology Centre

In a significant partnership, Israel has joined hands with the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M), to establish a state-of-the-art Water Technology Centre. This collaboration aims to leverage Israel’s expertise in water management and conservation, combined with IIT-M’s technical prowess, to address the pressing water challenges faced by India.

G7 Countries List: The Group of Seven Nations That Shape Global Economy and Policy

G7 Countries List: The Group of Seven Nations That Shape Global Economy and Policy

The G7, also known as the Group of Seven, is an influential and exclusive forum consisting of seven advanced economies that collectively shape global economic policies. Comprising Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the G7 plays a crucial role in addressing pressing global challenges, fostering economic cooperation, and promoting sustainable development.

Nepal Designates 2025 as a Special Tourism Year: Showcasing the Rich Cultural and Natural Heritage

Nepal Designates 2025 as a Special Tourism Year: Showcasing the Rich Cultural and Natural Heritage

Nepal has officially declared the year 2025 as a Special Tourism Year, aiming to promote its unique cultural and natural heritage to a global audience. This initiative seeks to attract tourists from around the world and boost the tourism sector’s contribution to the country’s economy. With a focus on sustainable tourism practices and the preservation of its rich heritage, Nepal aims to provide an unforgettable experience for visitors while creating opportunities for local communities and fostering economic growth.

WHO Declares an End to Global Health Emergency for MPOX

WHO Declares an End to Global Health Emergency for MPOX

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the end of the global health emergency for MPOX, a contagious disease that had posed a significant threat to public health worldwide. After extensive monitoring, containment efforts, and successful vaccination campaigns, the WHO has determined that the risk of a widespread outbreak has significantly decreased. This declaration marks a significant milestone in the global fight against MPOX and brings hope for a return to normalcy.

India Among Seven Countries to Benefit from Saudi Arabia's New E-Visa System

India Among Seven Countries to Benefit from Saudi Arabia’s New E-Visa System

Saudi Arabia has launched a new e-visa system, and India is one of the seven countries chosen to benefit from this initiative. The e-visa system simplifies the visa application process, allowing eligible Indian travelers to obtain their visas online, promoting tourism, business, and cultural exchanges between the two nations.

Syria Readmitted to Arab League as Relations with Assad Normalize

Syria Readmitted to Arab League as Relations with Assad Normalize

After years of exclusion, Syria’s reentry into the Arab League marks a significant milestone in the country’s diplomatic relations. With the normalization of ties with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, this decision has far-reaching implications for Syria and the wider Middle Eastern region.

Target Olympic Podium Scheme Tops in Supporting India's Top Athletes

Target Olympic Podium Scheme Tops in Supporting India’s Top Athletes

The Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) has taken the lead in bolstering India’s finest athletes on their journey to the Olympics. As the nation aims for sporting glory, TOPS has emerged as a comprehensive support system, focusing on the development and nurturing of India’s top talent. With its relentless efforts and strategic investments, TOPS is playing a crucial role in shaping the future of Indian sports.

Sri Lanka Supreme Court Clears Way to Decriminalize Homosexuality

Sri Lanka Supreme Court Clears Way to Decriminalize Homosexuality

In a landmark ruling, the Sri Lanka Supreme Court has paved the way for the decriminalization of homosexuality in the country. This decision marks a significant step forward for LGBTQ+ rights and is seen as a victory for equality and human rights advocates in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan Relinquishes Hajj Quota to Saudi Arabia Amid Economic Crisis

Pakistan Relinquishes Hajj Quota to Saudi Arabia Amid Economic Crisis

In the face of a severe economic crisis, Pakistan has made the decision to hand over its Hajj quota to Saudi Arabia. This move comes as a result of the financial challenges the country is currently experiencing, which have made it difficult to facilitate the pilgrimage for its citizens. By giving up its quota, Pakistan aims to alleviate the burden on its economy while ensuring that Pakistani Muslims still have the opportunity to perform Hajj through Saudi Arabia’s Hajj program.

Petersberg Climate Dialogue 2023 Highlights the Need for Urgent Climate Action

Petersberg Climate Dialogue 2023 Highlights the Need for Urgent Climate Action

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue 2023, an annual high-level international meeting, emphasized the pressing need for immediate and decisive climate action. Held virtually, the conference brought together global leaders, policymakers, and climate experts to discuss key challenges, strategies, and collaborative efforts in combating climate change. The discussions underscored the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, accelerating the transition to renewable energy, and mobilizing financial resources to address the climate crisis.

Australian High Commission in India Announces Government Grant for Project in Kargil

Australian High Commission in India Announces Government Grant for Project in Kargil

The Australian High Commission in India has announced a government grant to support a development project in Kargil, a district in the Union Territory of Ladakh. This initiative aims to enhance community infrastructure and promote sustainable development in the region. The grant signifies the deepening bilateral ties between Australia and India and reflects Australia’s commitment to supporting local communities in India.

India, Israel sign MoU on Industrial Research and Development Cooperation

India and Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding focused on Industrial Research and Development Cooperation, with a focus on key technology areas such as aerospace, electronics instrumentation, civil infrastructure and engineering, environment, mining, chemicals, petrochemicals, and agriculture.

Australian announced Government Grant for Project in Kargil

During a special meeting chaired by Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell in Srinagar, it was announced that the Australian Government Grant for a project in Kargil will be the first of its kind in the history of Ladakh.

India is now Europe’s largest supplier of refined fuels

According to data from analytics firm Kpler, India has become Europe’s largest supplier of refined fuels this month, while also buying record amounts of Russian crude. Europe’s reliance on Indian crude oil products has grown since the ban on Russian oil, with Europe’s refined fuel imports from India set to surge above 360,000 barrels a … Read more

Chinese state-owned firm to build major Sri Lanka port complex

Chinese state-owned firm China Merchants Group has revealed plans to invest $2bn in Sri Lanka by constructing a major logistics hub. The move comes as Sri Lanka looks to recover from its economic crash after defaulting on its foreign debt last year. The logistics centre project will bring China Merchants Group’s accumulated investment in Sri … Read more

Uzbekistan President wins nationwide referendum to rewrite Constitution 

The preliminary results of Uzbekistan’s referendum show that 90.21% of voters supported the changes proposed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to rewrite the country’s Constitution. The reforms promise more freedoms to the people of the former Soviet republic and could also see the President extending his rule beyond his current two-term limit.

Poland seizes Russian high school building in Warsaw

Poland announced on Saturday that it had seized a high school building near Moscow’s embassy in Warsaw that was intended for the children of diplomats, a move that the Russian envoy deemed “illegal.” The dispute over the multi-storey building, which dates back to the 1970s and is known as the “spy nest” among Warsaw locals, … Read more

India, UK to jointly create India-UK ‘NET Zero’ Innovation Virtual Centre

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh, and his British counterpart, UK Minister George Freeman, have announced the creation of an India-UK “NET Zero” Innovation Virtual Centre. The centre will bring together stakeholders from both countries to work on decarbonization of manufacturing processes and transport systems and green hydrogen … Read more

US and South Korea agree key nuclear weapons deal

The US and South Korea have reached a landmark agreement to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. Under the Washington Declaration, the US has agreed to periodically deploy nuclear-armed submarines to South Korea and involve Seoul in its nuclear planning operations. In return, South Korea has agreed not to develop its own nuclear weapons.

US President Joe Biden announces his candidature for second term in 2024

On April 25, 2023, United States President Joe Biden announced his bid for a second term in the 2024 presidential election. In a video shared on Twitter with the caption “Let’s Finish The Job”, Biden emphasized the need to continue working towards the betterment of the country and not to be complacent in the face of challenges.

Mongolia refinery to be built by India by 2025

Mongolia’s first oil refinery, built and funded with Indian assistance, will be completed by 2025, said the country’s Ambassador Dambajav Ganbold. In an interview, Ganbold said the first stage of Mongol Oil Refinery, built with a $1.2 billion Indian soft loan, will be completed at the end of this year.

Japan’s Health Ministry approves country’s first abortion pill

In a significant boost to reproductive rights, Japan’s Health Ministry has approved the country’s first abortion pill. While abortion pills are widely available in many countries across the globe, the medication was not approved by Japan’s Health Ministry. The approval came from the Health Ministry’s Pharmaceutical Board after it approved the MeFeego Pack abortion pill manufactured by British pharmaceutical Linepharma.

The US emerges as India’s biggest trading partner in FY23, China at second position

The US has emerged as India’s biggest trading partner in 2022-23 on account of increasing economic ties between the two countries.
According to the provisional data of the commerce ministry, the bilateral trade between India and the US has increased by 7.65 per cent to USD 128.55 in 2022-23 as against USD 119.5 billion in 2021-22. It was USD 80.51 billion in 2020-21.

Russia’s Gazprombank deepens ties with Indian banks for bilateral trade

Russia’s Gazprombank has expanded its ties with banks in India to expedite trade between the two countries in national currencies, as Russia this year has become the biggest supplier of oil to India. It is the third-largest lender of Russia by assets and a key conduit of the Russian energy trade.

India, Peru hold 2nd Joint Commission Meeting

India, Peru hold 2nd Joint Commission Meeting

The 2nd India-Peru Joint Commission Meeting was held in New Delhi in which both sides reviewed their traditionally friendly relations and discussed ways to take forward cooperation in areas of mutual interest including trade and investments.

Britain ready to provide extra 500 million of loan guarantees to Ukraine

Britain is ready to provide an extra $500 million of loan guarantees to Ukraine, British Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt said. British loan guarantees had been important to underwrite a broader $15.6 billion four-year package of support for Ukraine from the International Monetary Fund.

Bangladesh: Poverty declines to 18.7 %

The Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) 2022 conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) shows that the poverty rate in Bangladesh has declined sharply from 24.3 percent in 2016 to 18.7 percent in 2022.

Cyclone Ilsa hit Western Australia close to Port Hedland

A powerful cyclone Ilsa hit Western Australia close to Port Hedland as a category five storm today. The storm has been however downgraded to category three, but a red alert remains in place for some inland communities.

Mukesh Ambani regains Asia’s richest person spot: Forbes

According to the Forbes Billionaire 2023 list, Mukesh Ambani has regained his spot as Asia’s richest person after rival Gautam Adani (USD 47.2 billion) tumbled to No. 24. Ambani (65) was ranked at No. 9 on the world billionaire list with a net worth of USD 83.4 billion.

Russia stops sending information about missile tests to US

A senior Russian diplomat has said that Moscow will no longer inform the US about its missile tests. Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow has halted all information exchanges with Washington after previously suspending its participation in the last remaining nuclear arms pact with the US.

World's tallest hotel to be built in Dubai

World’s tallest hotel to be built in Dubai

The world’s tallest hotel is on track to open in Dubai in the first quarter of 2024, according to the UAE-based property developer First Group. At 365-meters, the 82-story hotel Ciel will be ready early next year, the company announced on Wednesday.

India invited for G7 Hiroshima Summit in Japan

India and Japan have signed two documents on the sidelines of the bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The agreements include the Renewal of the Memorandum of Cooperation in Japanese language, and Exchange of notes on JICA loan for 300 billion Yen on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed railway project. 

Bhutan’s graduation from the UN list of Least Developed Countries

Recently, at the United Nations Least Developed Countries (LDC) Summit that concluded on March 9 in Doha, Qatar, the landlocked Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will no longer be on the list of LDCs and will become only the seventh country to graduate from the list.

She Changes Climate campaign

She Changes Climate campaign: Climate entrepreneur Shreya Ghodawat has been appointed as India’s ambassador for She Changes Climate– a global campaign driving awareness of the crucial role of women in accelerating just climate action.

US Senate confirms Eric Garcetti as Ambassador to India

The United States of America (USA) Senate approved the appointment of Eric Garcetti as the next US Ambassador to India. With the development, 52-year-old Garcetti will now fill in the key diplomatic position that had been vacant for more than two years.

SIPRI report 2023

India is still the world’s largest importer of military equipment, despite an 11% decline in arms purchases between 2013–17 and 2018–22, according to a study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri).

Colombia opens military service to women

Colombia has opened military service to women for the first time in 25 years. A cohort of 1,296 women have been enlisted in Colombia’s Army in the month of February.

India, US to sign memorandum of understanding on semiconductors

The United States and India will sign a memorandum of understanding on semiconductors as both countries discuss coordination of investment and continue dialogue around policies to spur private investment, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

Xi Jinping gets endorsed as President of China for record third term

Chinese leader Xi Jinping was on 10th March endorsed by hand-picked Communist party elites for an unprecedented third term as president in a ceremonial vote at the Great Hall of the People. With this, 69-year-old Xi has emerged as China’s most dominant leader in decades, rivalling in stature the iconic Mao Zedong.

India host Quad Foreign Ministers meeting in New Delhi

India hosted the Quad Foreign Ministers in New Delhi on March 3, 2023. External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar chaired the meeting. The Foreign Ministers of Australia and Japan and the Secretary of State of the US participated in the meeting. It is an opportunity for the Ministers to continue their discussions held at their last meeting in New York in September 2022.

UAE: World’s first free zone for digital and virtual asset companies

The government of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates, has announced plans to establish RAK Digital Assets Oasis, the world’s first free zone dedicated to digital and virtual asset companies. The announcement was made at the Blockchain Life 2023 conference.

Bangladesh will receive electricity from power plant in Jharkhand

Bangladesh will start receiving electricity from the Godda power plant in Jharkhand from the first week of March, says state minister for power Nasrul Hamid. Talking to media in Dhaka on Sunday, Nasrul Hamid said 750 megawatt power will come from the first unit of Adani power plant in Godda in March. Another 750 megawatt of power will come from the second unit of the Godda power plant in April.

Chile extends state of emergency as devastating forest fires kill 23 people

In Chile, at least 23 people were killed in devastating forest fires which occurred following a blistering heat wave in the central part of the country.  A senior official said, Chile has extended the state of emergency. The orders allow for the deployment of soldiers and additional resources to deal with the natural disaster.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina inaugurates ‘Ekushey Boi Mela’

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the biggest book fair of Bangladesh ‘Ekushey Boi Mela’ in Dhaka. Theme 2023: Poro Boi, Goro Desh: Bangbandhur Bangladesh” (Read books, build the country, a country of Bangabandhu’s dream)

UK to be the country partner for BioAsia 2023

The global business firm, BioAsia has selected the United Kingdom (UK) as its country partner for the 20th edition of the largest event in the biotechnological industry of Asia.

Indian Embassy in Kathmandu organised 5 km marathon ‘Run for Life’

With the theme of ‘lifestyle for Environment’, 5 km marathon ‘Run for Life’ was organised by Indian Embassy in Kathmandu today. Hundreds of college-going students, rescued human trafficking victims, sports persons, health enthusiasts, medics, and children ran the marathon promoting running as a healthy lifestyle.

India announces 100 million Maldivian Rufiyaa for development projects

India has handed over two sea ambulances to help the MALDIVES NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE (MNDF). India has completed 23 out of 45 impactful community development projects.

Dr. Jaishankar announced an additional grant of 100 Million Maldivian rupiyas for more such community development projects.

EU inaugurated first mainland satellite launch port

European officials and Carl XVI Gustaf (Swedish King) have inaugurated the first mainland orbital launch complex of the European Union at Esrange Space Centre near the city of Kiruna, Sweden.

India to take charge of APPU in Bangkok, Thailand

India will take over the leadership of the Asian Pacific Postal Union (APPU) having its Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand from this month.

The Communications Ministry said, the APPU is an intergovernmental organization of 32-member countries of the Asian-Pacific region.

G20 Foreign ministers to meet in Delhi in March 2023

The G20 foreign minister meet is scheduled to take place in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi in March 2023.
The government has issued an expected guest list that includes Joe Biden (US President), Vladimir Putin (Russia President), Rishi Sunak (UK Prime Minister), Xi Jinping (China Presidet), among others.

LOTUS Indo-European project

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati and Bombay in collaboration with European universities are working towards building a low-cost technology to check the quality of potable and other water in India.

IISc, Bengaluru to be G20 science working group’s secretariat

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru has been named the Secretariat for Science 20 (S20), the G20 summit’s science working group.
S20 2023 theme is ‘Disruptive Science for Innovative and Sustainable Development.’

FIFA World Cup 2022 Kylien Mbappe wins Golden Boot

The Golden Boot, is awarded to the World Cup’s top goal scorer, is presently tied for first place with five goals each between Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, who will compete in the FIFA World Cup 2022 final game.

FIFA World Cup Winners List from 1930-2022, Complete List and Hosts

The men’s FIFA World Cup, the most important event in international football, features the top national teams in action. Football is widely perceived as the most popular sport in the world, and the FIFA World Cup, which is held every four years, spectacularly draws massive crowds.

Hawaii’s Last Princess, Abigail Kawānanakoa passes away

Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa, a Hawaiian princess whose lineage included the royal family that once ruled the islands and an Irish businessman who became one of Hawaii’s largest landowners, passed away at the age of 96 in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

India, Germany sign Migration and Mobility Agreement

India has inked an agreement on a Comprehensive Migration and Mobility Partnership with Germany, to help the citizens of both the nations to study, do research and work in each other’s country.

India assumes the Presidency of UN Security Council for the month of December

India has assumed the Presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of December. It is the second time in its two-year tenure as an elected member of the UN Security Council that India has assumed the Presidency of the Council. India had earlier assumed the Presidency of the UNSC in August 2021.