In a historic first, Rajya Sabha signs MoU with a foreign counterpart, Rwanda
The MoU with 6 articles of cooperation seeks to promote Inter-Parliamentary dialogue, capacity building of parliamentary staff, organisation of conferences, forums, seminars, staff attachment programmes, workshops and exchanges.
World Population Day 2018 observed across the globe
The theme of the World Population Day 2018 was ‘Family Planning is a Human Right’. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights wherein for the first time, family planning was globally affirmed as a human right.
PM Modi third most followed world leader, Swaraj most followed female leader
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the third most followed leader on Twitter after US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, as per a study by a global communications agency Burson Cohn & Wolfe. On the other hand, India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is the most followed female world leader.
Andhra Pradesh tops Ease of Doing Business Rankings
Andhra Pradesh was followed by neighboring Telangana (98.33 percent score) and Haryana (98.07 percent score) at the second and third position, respectively. This year, Gujarat slipped to the fifth rank in the ease of doing business from last year’s third position.
Gujarat Government grants Religious Minority Status to Jews
Jews living in Gujarat had earlier in August 2017 represented before the state government that their population is very thin, in comparison to Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains. Hence, they deserved to be declared as Religious Minority Community.
India, South Korea sign 5 MoUs for cooperation in Science & Technology
The MoU on ‘Establishment of Future Strategy Group’ was signed by Indian Science & Technology and Commerce Ministers, while on the Korean side, it was signed by Science and ICT and Trade Ministers.
Indian Railways introduces first dwarf container service
The Indian Railways has introduced a cheaper commercial service by running double-stack dwarf containers on trains. The new delivery model is aimed at recapturing the lost traffic for domestic cargo.
China launches two remote sensing satellites for Pakistan
China has successfully launched two remote sensing satellites for Pakistan, marking the first international commercial launch for the Long March-2C rocket in about 19 years.
The satellites — PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A — were launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China at 11:56 am.
The PRSS-1 is China’s first optical remote sensing satellite sold to Pakistan. It is the 17th satellite developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for an overseas buyer, it said.