Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 28, 2018 highlighted the importance of maintaining peace along the India-China border. Both the sides pledged to issue strategic guidance to their militaries to strengthen communications and to build trust and understanding.
Keeping the Doklam Standoff in mind, both the leaders also decided to issue guidance to their militaries to implement various confidence building measures to strengthen the existing institutional mechanisms, thus, preventing and managing the situations in the border areas.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) concluded in London, United Kingdom on April 20, 2018.
The two-day summit, formally inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II, saw in attendance 53 heads of Government including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The event will be held in London and Windsor.
The Hubble Space Telescope of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has discovered the most distant star ever seen named ‘Icarus’. This huge blue star is located over halfway across the universe. It took nine billion years for the Icarus’ light to reach the Earth. Icarus’ official name is MACS J1149+2223 Lensed Star 1.
The team including Jose Diego of the Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria in Spain, and Steven Rodney of the University of South Carolina in the US named the star as ‘Icarus’ after the Greek mythological character who flew too near the Sun on wings of feathers and wax that melted.
Nepal has launched its first accessible trekking trail in Pokhara city for the disabled and the elderly. The trail was inaugurated by the country’s Culture and Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari, as a part of the three-day international conference on Accessible Tourism, which was held for the first time in Nepal from March 29 to March 31.
The trail was inaugurated by the country’s Culture and Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari, as a part of the three-day international conference on Accessible Tourism, which was held for the first time in Nepal from March 29 to March 31.
India and Britain on April 18, 2018 signed nine agreements in the areas of technology, trade and investment. The agreements were signed during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Kingdom, at the invitation of British PM Theresa May.
PM Modi will also participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on April 19-20, 2018.
The Commonwealth Countries on April 21, 2018 unanimously adopted the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration. The leaders of 53 countries agreed to work closely to strengthen their cybersecurity frameworks and response mechanisms by 2020.
The declaration was adopted on the last day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.
The Supreme Court of the United States on April 17, 2018 restricted deportation of immigrant felons by ruling that the US Immigration and Nationality Act requiring the deportation of immigrants convicted of certain crimes of violence is unconstitutionally vague.
The court invalidated the provision in a 5-4 ruling.
The ruling came on a plea filed by convicted California burglar James Garcia Dimaya, a legal immigrant from the Philippines.
India has emerged as the top recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) from within the Commonwealth and is the second-most lucrative source of investment within the 53-member organisation after the UK, according to a new trade review.
The trade review released in the lead up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) next week.
As per the State of Global Air Report 2018, over seven billion people that account for more than 95 percent of the world’s population are breathing unhealthy air and live in areas of unsafe air.
The report was released by the Health Effects Institute (HEI) on April 17, 2018.
The Cabinet of United Arab Emirates (UAE) has approved the issuance of law on Equal Wages and Salaries for men and women.
The new law will ensure equal pay for men and women working in the country. It will provide women with equal opportunities as partners in the UAE’s development.