World Toilet Day observed globally

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The World Toilet Day was observed across the world on November 19, 2018. The day’s main focus is to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030. This is part of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: sanitation and water, which aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030.

UNICEF appoints Indian athlete Hima Das as India’s first ever Youth Ambassador

Image result for UNICEF appoints Indian athlete Hima Das as India’s first ever Youth AmbassadorThe United Nations Children’s Fund-India (UNICEF) on November 14, 2018 appointed Asian Games gold-medalist sprinter Hima Das as India’s first ever Youth Ambassador.

UNICEF India works along with the Central Government to ensure that children born in India get the best start in life, thrive and develop to his or her full potential

UNSC lifts asset freeze, travel ban imposed on Eritrea after 9 years

The United Nations Security Council in a unanimous vote on November 14, 2018 agreed to lift the sanctions imposed against Eritrea, after nine years.

The Security Council had imposed an arms embargo, asset freeze and a travel ban on Eritrea, amidst claims that the northeast African nation, supported al-Shabab militants in Somalia. However, Eritrea has always denied the accusations.

India, Morocco sign agreement for assistance in legal and commercial matters

India and Morroco on November 13, 2018 signed an agreement to further mutual legal assistance in Civil and Commercial Courts. The agreement will enhance co-operation in the service of summons, judicial documents, letters of request and the execution of judgments decrees and arbitral awards.

The agreement was signed in the presence of Union Minister of Law and Justice and Electronics & IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad and his Moroccan Counterpart Mohammed Auajjar.

Amnesty International strips Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi of ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ Award

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Amnesty International on November 12, 2018 stripped Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour, the ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ award, over her indifference to atrocities committed by the Myanmar military against  and increasing intolerance of freedom of expression.

The Amnesty International, an international human rights group, named Suu Kyi as its 2009 Ambassador of Conscience Award recipient when she was still under house arrest for her opposition to Myanmar’s oppressive military.

33rd ASEAN Summit, 13th East Asia Summit and 2nd RCEP Summit: Major Highlights

The 33rd edition of the ASEAN Summit concluded on November 15, 2018 at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre, Singapore. The Summit began on November 13, 2018.

The Summit began on November 13, 2018. The opening ceremony of the summit was addressed by Lee HsienLoong, Prime Minister of Singapore, Chairman of this year’s Summit. In his speech, Lee HsienLoong called on ASEAN members and partners to uphold multilateralism and international cooperation and tackle common challenges including terrorism and climate change.

France unveils bronze statue commemorating role of Indian soldiers in World War I

A statue commemorating the role of Indian soldiers in World War I was unveiled on November 11, 2018 in the town of Laventie, France to mark the end of the First World War in 1918.

Another memorial was inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at VillersGuislain in France on November 10, 2018. The main motif of the Indian War Memorial at VillersGuislain is the Indian national emblem that has four Ashoka lions.

India re-elected as member of ITU council till 2022

India has been elected as a member of the International Telecommunications Union Council (ITU) for another 4-year term from 2019 to 2022.

The announcement was made by the Union Government on November 6, 2018. Speaking on the same, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said, “We are delighted to see India as a member of the ITU Council once again. This is a recognition of the role our country plays in the area of Telecom and ICT on the global stage.”

US exempts India, China from its sanctions for buying Iranian oil

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The United States on November 5, 2018 temporarily exempted eight countries, including India from the US sanctions for buying Iranian oil.

Addressing a press conference in Washington, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the list of the countries temporarily exempted from the sanctions. The countries include India, China, Japan, Italy, Greece, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. Pompeo said that these countries showed a significant reduction in oil purchase from the Persian Gulf country after the Trump administration reimposed sanctions on Tehran.