India and Cuba Sign MoU for Enhanced Cooperation in
Health Sector

India and Cuba signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for

enhanced cooperation in the health sector. The objective of this MoU is to
establish comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional
cooperation between the two countries in the field of health by pooling
technical, scientific, financial and human resources in both countries.

Lifter Gurdeep creates three national records in IWF

Gurdeep Singh created three new senior national records in +105 kg
weight category in the just concluded IWF World Weightlifting
Championships at Anaheim in USA. Singh finished 13th overall with a
total lift of 388 kg (172 + 216) but created national records in snatch,
clean and jerk, and the total lift. In the total lift, Gurdeep bettered the
earlier national record of 384 kg which was in the name of Sarabjit.
Wassenaar Arrangement decides to admit India as its new

Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) decided to admit India as its new member.


India’s entry into the export control regime would enhance its credentials
in the field of non-proliferation despite not being a signatory to the
Non-Proliferation Treaty. The decision was taken at the two-day plenary
meeting of the grouping in Vienna. The grouping statement that the
Wassenaar Arrangement participating states reviewed the progress of a
number of current membership applications and agreed at the plenary
meeting to admit India. India will become the Arrangement’s 42nd
participating state as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for
joining the WA are completed. The WA membership is also expected to
build up a strong case for India’s entry into the 48-member Nuclear
Suppliers Group (NSG).

2nd best UNESCO world heritage site

The Taj Mahal in Agra, is the second best UNESCO world heritage site
in the world, according to a new survey. With over 8 million visitors per
year, the monument of love built by mughal emperor Shah Jahan is rated
after Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. Conducted by online travel portal
TripAdvisor, the survey lists the UNESCO Cultural & Natural heritage
sites best rated by travellers around the globe.

Indian and Italy Sign MoU for Cooperation in Agriculture
and Phytosanitary Issues

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan
Singh with H.E Maurizio Martina, Italian Minister for Agriculture Food
and Forestry Policies have signed a new MoU for cooperation in
Agriculture and Phytosanitary issues that will replace the one signed in
2008. The MOU provides a good framework for cooperation in this field.
India has contributed 37 million USD in the 10th replenishment of IFAD
for the period 2016-2018. Mr. Singh with the Italian Minister participated
in the AGRIMACH India, 2017 along with a large business delegation.
London Mayor Names Deepak Parekh as First International
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has named noted Indian businessman,
Deepak Parekh, as ‘International Ambassador’ who will be tasked with
championing the UK capital across the globe. Parekh, is one of the first of
a network of international ambassadors, that would include high-level
business and cultural figures based in London or overseas. Parekh is the
chairman of India’s premier housing finance company HDFC Ltd.
Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Ballon d’Or, Equals Lionel Messi’s
Cristiano Ronaldo (from Portugal) has won the Ballon d’Or for a fifth
time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was
named the winner of France Football’s prestigious award at a ceremony
in Paris, France. The award caps a year in which Ronaldo has won
LaLiga, the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup with Real
Madrid, as well as helping Portugal qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Messi, the only other player to have won the award since 2008, finished
Time Person of the Year for 2017
Time magazine has named “The Silence Breakers” of the MeToo anti
harassment movement as its Person of the Year. “The Silence Breakers”
are referred to those individuals, mostly women, who came forward this
year to publicly expose patterns of sexual harassment and assault by
powerful public figures in America.The 2 runners-up were Chinese
President Xi Jinping & US President Donald Trump.
First International Conference on Sports Medicine & Sports
Sciences SAICON 2017 Inaugurated in Delhi
The First International Conference on Sports Medicine and Sports
Sciences SAICON 2017 was inaugurated in New Delhi by the Minister of
State (I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore. The
SAICON 2017 will promote scientific temperament in the country and
inspire students, researchers and educationists alike to take up sports
science and research to the next level. Organized by Sports Authority of
India, the 3-day conference is being attended by about 1000 national and
international delegates.
Kerala’s Alappuzha in Top 5 UN Clean City List
The waste management system being implemented in Kerala’s coastal
town of Alappuzha recognized by the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) as one of the five models across the world for
fighting the pollution menace. Alappuzha, often called “the Venice of
East”, has been listed in the UNEP environment report entitled, ‘Solid
approach to waste: how five cities are beating pollution’ alongside cities
like Osaka in Japan, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Penang in Malaysia and
Cajica in Colombia.
Azar A.H.Khan Appointed Next Ambassador of India to
Shri Azar A.H.Khan, presently Consul General in the Consulate General
of India, Istanbul has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to
Turkmenistan. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.

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