India and Bhutan ink MoU for developing cooperation in the areas of Environment

India and Bhutan on June 18, 2021, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for developing cooperation between the two nations in the areas of the environment. The agreement was signed virtually from the Indian side by the Minister of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar and from the Bhutanese side by the Chairperson of […]

Election Commission of India releases Atlas on 2019 General Elections

The Election Commission of India on June 15, 2021, released ‘General Elections 2019: An Atlas’. Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra along with Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey released the Atlas. Chandra applauded the work of the officers of the Commission for putting together this innovative document and said further that […]

Switzerland tops ranking, India ranked 43rd

India maintained its 43rd rank on the World Competitiveness Index 2021, compiled by the Institute for Management Development (IMD). Switzerland topped the 2021 rankings, followed by Sweden at 2nd place. World Competitiveness Rankings List comprises a total of 64 nations. Innovation, digitalization, welfare benefits, and social cohesion were key to economic performance in the 2021 […]

Desertification and Drought Day 2021: Goal, Theme and History

Every year on June 17, Desertification and Drought Day is observed to raise public awareness around international efforts to combat desertification. As per the United Nations (UN), approximately three-quarters of the Earth’s ice-free land has been degraded by the human race to meet an ever-growing demand food, infrastructure, raw materials, etc. Slowing and avoiding the […]

India’s economy contracts 12 per cent in Q1: Report

The Swiss brokerage UBS Securities India on June 17, 2021, reported the lockdowns imposed during April and May 2021 in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic led to the country’s economy contracting 12 per cent in the first quarter of FY22. In 2020, the first quarter contracted 23.9 per cent. The economy […]

How did India’s forex reserves cross $600 billion mark? Know its impact here

India’s forex reserves crossed the $600 billion mark for the first time, as per the latest data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday, June 11, 2021. The country’s foreign exchange reserves rose by $6.842 billion taking it to $605 billion in the reporting week ended June 4, 2021. India now stands behind […]

India, Kuwait sign MoU for Cooperation on Recruitment of Indian Workers

India and Kuwait on June 10, 2021, signed an MoU that brings Indian domestic workers in the Gulf nation within a legal framework that provides them with the protection of the law and streamlines their recruitment. Indian Ambassador Sibi George and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kuwait Majdi Ahmad Al-Dhafiri signed the MoU in […]

WTO takes a step forward in COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver talks

The members of the World Trade Organisation, after months of debate, on June 9, 2021, took a first, small step towards a deal that aims at boosting the production of COVID-19 vaccines and the treatments through patent waivers or compulsory licensing deals. The WTO had earlier struggled to move forward on the hotly debated issue, […]

1st edition of Arab-India Energy Forum concludes, discussion held on ways to boost energy cooperation

As the first edition of the two-day Arab-India Energy Forum concluded on June 9, 2021, a range of issues on boosting two-way energy cooperation and intra-regional power trading dominated the forum. The Ministry of External Affairs informed that the event was held virtually under the co-chairship of the Kingdom of Morocco and India. The inaugural […]

Indian Navy to receive three MH-60 Romeo helicopters from the US in July

Indian Navy will receive the first set of three of the 24 MH-60 ‘Romeo’ multi-role helicopters from the US in July this year. India and the US had inked a deal worth $2.4 billion (Rs 16,516 crore) in February 2020 to buy 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters from Lockheed Martin. The first batch of Indian pilots […]

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