The United Kingdom has been ranked at the top in the 2018 ‘Soft Power 30’ index, which was published last week by the UK-based strategic communications consultancy firm Portland and the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy.The index, which comprises a ranking list of 30 countries, does not feature India.
According to the Pakistan Elections results 2018 announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan on July 29, 2018, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after the Pakistan Elections 2018. The PTI has bagged a total of 116 seats.
India has become the Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of two years, from July 2018 to June 2020.
The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is organising an event on July 16, 2018 in New Delhi, to mark the assumption of the new leadership role.
India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on July 28, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost their respective artificial intelligence economies.
In this regard, the UAE Minister for Artificial Intelligence Omar bin Sultan Al Olama and Invest India’s Managing Director and CEO Deepak Bagla signed an MoU to create a bilateral ‘Artificial Intelligence Bridge’ with an aim to generate USD 20 billion in economic benefits during the next decade.
On the night of July 27-28, 2018, stargazers across the world witnessed a spectacular celestial phenomenon ‘Blood Moon 2018’.
Blood Moon or Total Lunar Eclipse, a rare celestial event, is considered to be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century which lasted beyond 100 minutes.
The heads of state and government of all five BRICS nations including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa convened for the 10th BRICS Summit from July 25-27, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.Theme: ‘BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for inclusive growth and shared prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution’
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee on July 22, 2018 officially launched its Olympic mascots Miraitowa and Someity at a ceremony attended by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and Committee’s President Yoshiro Mori.
The name of the blue-checked Olympic mascot ‘Miraitowa’ is derived from a combination of the Japanese words for future and eternity and seeks to “promote a future full of eternal hope in the hearts of people all over the world”.
Myanmar on July 19, 2018 joined the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA), thus, becoming the 68th signatory to the Framework Agreement of the ISA that aims for optimum utilisation of solar energy.
Myanmar Minister for International Cooperation, Kyaw Tin handed over the ISA Framework Agreement to External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj during a bilateral meeting on this year’s Delhi Dialogue.
Israel on July 19, 2018 passed a law declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country.
The controversial bill defines the country as an exclusively Jewish state. It is being called racist and on the verge of being apartheid by the members of the Arab minority in the nation.
The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on July 12, 2018 constituted a High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation.
The panel will be co-chaired by Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group. The Panel has a total of 20 members, representing a cross-section of expertise from Government, private industry, civil society, academia and the technical community.