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India, US annual combat exerciseYudh Abhyas 2018to be held at Uttarakhand

The 2-Week long Yudh Abhyas 2018 exercise will be condcuted at Chaubatia in Uttarakhand from 16 to 29 September, 2018. It will be fourteenth edition of exercise in Yudh Abhyas series which was started in 2004 under US Army Pacific Partnership Program. Last year, Yudh Abhyas was held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the US.

Nepal to join military drill with China after snubbing India

Nepal will take part in a 12-day-long ‘Sagarmatha Friendship-2’ military exercise with China. The exercise will be held from September 17 to 28 in China’s Chengdu city. This comes after Nepal withdrew from the first-ever Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) military drill in India.

Scientists have developed drug to treat TB in future

Scientists from the University of Manchester, England, have developed a non-antibiotic drug that can one day treat tuberculosis (TB) in humans effectively. The drug targets Mycobacterium tuberculosis’ defences rather than the bacteria itself. In the study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, animals with acute and chronic TB infection were treated with the compound. The results revealed that the compound does not kill the bacteria directly, but results in a significant reduction in the bacterial burden. It can also take out its increasingly commonly antibiotic-resistant strains. The scientists hope for clinical trials in humans up in four years.

China and Russia to work together to link the Russian far east

China and Russia intend to work together to link the Russian far east with the Asia-Pacific as part of a larger Eurasian integration plan. Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, a coastal city in Russia’s resource-rich far east, to discuss plans for developing the region. Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF) announced that a group of Russian and Chinese businesses are planning for 73 joint investment projects. The project costs more than $100 billion. RCIF is a joint undertaking of the state-owned China Investment Corporation and Russian sovereign wealth fund

Anil Agarwal called to resume mining in Goa against the slide of Rupee

Anil Agarwal, the Executive Chairman of Vedanta Group, expressed his concern for the resumption of iron ore mining in Goa over heavy imports of natural resources leading to the rupee’s decline. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court had cancelled all iron ore mining permits in Goa. This majorly affected Vedanta Ltd. as it is the biggest iron ore miner in the State. Vedanta Limited is planning to spend around $8 billion in the next 3 years for the expansion of its oil and metals business in India.

UN alarms the rise of global hunger due to climate change

The United Nations said that the number of hungry people in the world is growing again. In much of the developing world, it is due to climate change that causes havoc on crop production. South America and Africa face acute food insecurity and malnutrition. UN agencies said in an annual report that the number of hungry people facing chronic food deprivation increased to 821 million in 2017 from 804 million in 2016. The analysis in the report found that climate variability, extreme drought and floods are the reasons that affect the production of wheat, rice and maize in tropical and temperate regions. UN is to target groups that are most vulnerable to malnutrition, including infants, children, adolescent girls and women. It called for greater efforts to promote policies that help communities build resilienc

Justice Om Prakash Mishra sworn in as New Chief Justice Of Nepal

President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to Justice Mishra in Kathmandu. About Nepal Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli: Prime Minister of Nepal. Bidya Devi Bhandari: President of Nepal and commander in chief of Nepalese Army. Currency: Nepalese Rupee Capital: Kathmandu

India Joined Elite Group Of Countries Capable Of Air-To-Air Fuel Transfer

The first ever mid-air refuelling of the indigenously developed light combat aircraft Tejas was successfully carried out placing India among a group of companies having air-to-air refuelling capacity for military planes. It is a force multiplier for the Indian Air Force giving the aircraft the potential to stay airborne for much longer periods of time.

First Ever Bus Services Between Bihar And Nepal Flagged Off

The bus service was flagged off from Patna by the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The agreement commissioned following between India and Nepal. The Kathmandu bound bus will go via Patna, Raxaul and Birgunj. About Bihar Governor: Lal Ji Tandon • Chief Minister:Nitish Kumar • Deputy Chief Minister: Sushil Kumar Modi

NITI Aayog, Intel And TIFR To Set Up Model International Center For ICTAI

The main aim is to bring together fundamental and applied research, innovation and technology development to solve important problems. About NITI NITI- National Institution for Transforming India. Vice-Chairman- Rajiv Kumar, CEO- Amitabh Kant.

India, Afghanistan, Iran hold first-ever trilateral meeting

The main focus on consolidating economic cooperation, including Chabahar, as well as enhancing cooperation on counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, and continuing support to the peace and reconciliation process that is led and owned by Afghanistan. The meeting was chaired by Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hekmat Khalil Karzai.

BFI nominated Amit Panghal for Arjuna award 2018

Boxer Amit Panghal, Asian Games 2018 gold medallist, was nominated for this year’s Arjuna award by the Boxing Federation of India. He joined Sonia Lather and Gaurav Bidhuri in the list of boxing nominees. Despite his one year ban due to the positive dope test back in 2012, the BFI decided to send his name to the Ministry. Boxer Sub. Laishram Debendro Singh was awarded the Arjuna award 2017

India to supply 160 railway coaches to Sri Lanka

The agreement to supply the railway passenger coaches custom-made in India, valued at around $82.64 million, was signed between RITES Limited of India and Sri Lankan government in Colombo. India has already completed projects close to 1 billion US dollars under concessional financing in the railway sector in Sri Lanka including railway lines to Jaffna and Thalai Mannar.

Kolkata tops in 4G Coverage in India, Jammu and Kashmir ranked last

Kolkata has topped OpenSignal’s list of 4G availability with over 90.7% coverage, across all of India’s 22 telecom circles for the May-July period this year. It is followed by Punjab (89.8%), Bihar (89.2%), Madhya Pradesh (89.1%) and Odisha (89%). The Jammu and Kashmir circle comes at the last spot with 80.23 percent 4G availability.

Pakistan could become World’s 5th largest nuclear weapons state

According to the recent report, Pakistan could become world’s 5th largest nuclear weapons state after Russia, United States, France and China in terms of possession of total nuclear warheads. Pakistan currently has 140 to 150 nuclear warheads and the stockpile is expected to increase to 220 to 250 by 2025

 

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