international - 2018 NOVEMBER

November 1

India Signs $950 Million Contract With Russia To Buy Two Stealth Frigates
India has signed a $950 Million Contract with Russia for two upgraded Krivak III-class Stealth Frigates.
A Government-to-Government Contract was signed between India and United Shipbuilding Corporation of Russia for the supply of two Stealth Frigates.
The 4,000-ton Krivak III Vessels will also Accommodate two Multirole Helicopters and will be used for Anti-Submarine and airborne early WarningMissions.
Capital: Moscow, Currency: Russian Ruble
President: Vldimir Putin

November 2

Tourism Minister KJ Alphons Attends Program And Budget Committee Meeting of UNWTO in Manama, Bahrain.
During the opening day of the Executive Council meeting, Alphons chaired the ‘Programmeand Budget Committee’ meeting of UNWTO.
India will be the chair of Programme and Budget Committee of Executive Council till 2021.

The New Cabinet of Srilanka Expanded On 2nd November
A fresh group of Ministers was inducted into Sri Lanka’s “new Cabinet” late on Thursday, even as confusion persisted over the likely date for reconvening the Parliament to end the week-long impasse in the country.
Though the President’s office indicated on Thursday morning that Parliament will be reconvened on November 5.
About Srilanka:
President: Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa
Prime minister: DissanayakeMudiyanseageJayaratne
Currency: Rupee
Capital: Colombo

November 3

Sri Lanka Court Demanded to Arrest the Military Chief of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Court Ordered the Arrest the Country’s top Military Officer over the Abduction and Murder of 11 people during the Tamil CivilWar.
Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake Reprimanded Police investigators for failing to Act on a Previous Order to detain Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne.
“The Court Ordered that the admiral be Arrested before November 9,” a court official said. “If they fail, there should be action against the Police officer handling the case”.
Sri Lanka President:Mahinda Percy Rajapaksa, Prime Minister: Dissanayake Mudiyanselage
Currency: Rupee, Capital: Colombo

India Pavilion inaugurated at Videocittà 2018 In Rome Film Festival

Joint Secretary (Films), Ministry of I&B Mr.Ashok Kumar Parmar inaugurated the India Pavilion at Videocittà, 2018 in Rome Film Festival.
India was partner country at Videocittà 2018, an event focusing on Virtual Reality, Video gaming, Animation, Film Making, etc. was organized along with Rome Film Festival and the International Audio Visual Market.

November 4

North Korea Warned to Return the Nuclear Policy
North Korea has Warned the United States it will "seriously" consider returning to a State Policy aimed at building nuclear weapons if Washington does not end tough economic sanctions against the impoverished regime.
In April, citing a "Fresh Climate Of Detente and Peace" on the Peninsula, North Korean leader Kim Jong Undeclared the Nuclear Quest complete and said his country would Focus on "Socialist Economic Construction".
The North had pursued a "byungjin" policy of simultaneously developing its Nuclear capabilities alongside the Economy.

18th Indian Ocean Rim Association Council of Ministers Meeting Held in Durban
The 18th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers Meeting was held in Durban, South Africa.
This meeting took place during the on-going celebrations of the 150th year of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela.

India and Japan Signed a Loan Agreement Worth Rs. 1817 crore for the ‘Project for the Construction of Turga Pumped Storage (I)’ in the State of West Bengal

A Loan Agreement was signed between Shri C.S. Mohapatra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA, New Delhi on Japanese Official Development Assistance loan for the construction of Turga Pumped Storage (I) of Yen 29.442 Billion (Rs. 1817 crore approximately)
The objective of the Project is to strengthen the capability to respond to fluctuation in supply and demand of power and to improve stability of the power supply by constructing the pumped storage facilities, thereby contributing to the Industrial Development and Living Standard Improvement in the State of West Bengal.
India and Japan have had a long and fruitful history of bilateral development cooperation since 1958.In the last few years, the economic cooperation between India and Japan has steadily progressed. This further consolidates and strengthens the Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan.
Indo-French Conclave held in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Indian & French Firms sign 12 Pacts Worth 200 Million Euros
The 12 agreements signed inchude French multinational Thales Group signing pacts with 7 Indian firms: Godrej Precision Engineering, Bharat Forge, Amphenol Interconnect India, Larsen & Toubro, Solar Explosives, Mahindra Defence Systems and Coriolis.
The Indo-French Conclave was organized by Indo French Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IFCCI) and the Embassy of France in India.

November 5

Overview of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s 4-day visit to Qatar, Kuwait
She Visited the State of Qatar at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.
A Booklet titled ‘Welcome to Qatar’, prepared by the Embassy for Indians Coming to Qatar for Employment, was Released by EAM at the event.

November 6

India, Malawi sign MoUs in Extradition Treaty, Atomic Energy and VISA Waiver
India and Malawi have signed three MoUs on Extradition Treaty, cooperation in the field of Atomic Energy for peaceful purposes and VISA Waiver for diplomatic and official passports during Vice- President’s visit to Malawi.
India will also extend a new Line of credit of 215 million US dollars to Malawi for 18 water projects.
Earlier, Mr. Naidu had met with the President of Malawi Peter Arthur Mutharika.
India’s country pavilion at CIIE in Shanghai showcases India’s strength
On the invitation of China’s Ministry of Commerce, India has set up a Country Pavilion in the 1st China International Import Expo (CIIE) which was inaugurated at the National Exhibition & Convention Centre, Shanghai, China.
During the joint economic group meeting held in Delhi in March 2018, China’s Commerce Minister MrZhong Shan had extended an invitation to participate in this event.

November 8

Sculpture unveiled in U.K. to honour Indian soldiers
A sculpture in honour of Indian soldiers who fought during the First World War was unveiled in the town of Smethwick in the West Midlands region of England.
Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick had commissioned the Lions of the Great War monument, which depicts a turbaned Sikh soldier, to honour the sacrifices made by millions of South Asian service personnel of all faiths who fought for Britain in the world wars and other conflicts as part of the British Indian Army.
Uk Capital: London, Currency: Pound Sterling, PM: Therasa May

India, China among eight countries exempt from US sanctions on Iran oil
The US has allowed India and seven other countries to temporarily keep buying Iranian crude oil despite sanctions against Tehran, calming fears of a possible jump in fuel prices if supplies from the Opec country were completely choked.
Top buyers of Iranian crude India and China, along with South Korea, Japan, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Taiwan were exempted from sanctions.

Russia and Ukraine Halt Giant Antarctic Marine Sanctuary Plan
Russia and the Ukraine again scuttled plans to create the world's largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica, pristine waters rich in energy and species such as whales, penguins and vast stocks of fish.
The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources wound up a week-long meeting in Hobart, Australia, considering proposals for two "marine protected areas" aimed at conserving the ocean wilderness from fishing, drilling for oil and other industrial interests.

Twitter removed thousands of accounts discouraging U.S. vote participation
Twitter has deleted thousands of automated accounts, many posing as Democrats, that were posting tweets encouraging U.S. voters to sit out crucial midterm elections.
According to the reports cited a Twitter, the social media company had removed a series of accounts for engaging in attempts to share disinformation in an automated fashion - a violation of our policies.

November 9

The UK India Business Council Launches New Report - 'Beyond the Top 200'
A new UK India Business Council report, 'Beyond the Top 200', sets out how India's new higher education policy could accelerate India's rise to superpower status by enabling young Indians to receive the world's best higher education in India through greater availability of the top courses provided globally.
The report launched in the margins of the FICCI Higher Education Summit, advocates for effective international collaboration in Indian Higher Education.
On the path to becoming a 21st global superpower, India will need is rightly placing excellence, equal access, and employability at the heart of expanding its Higher Education system.

UN postal agency issues special Diwali stamp
India thanked the UN Postal Administration for issuing special postal stamps to commemorate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights.
The United Nations Postal Administration issued a special event sheet on October 19 to commemorate the festival of Diwali.
The struggle between Good & Evil happens everyday @UN. Thank you @UNStamps for portraying our common quest for the triumph of Good over Evil in your 1st set of Diwali stamps on the occasion of the auspicious Festival of Lights.
The sheet in the denomination of USD 1.15 contains ten stamps and tabs featuring festive lights and the symbolic lamps known as diyas.
The background of the sheet features the United Nations Headquarters building illuminated with the message of “Happy Diwali” to celebrate the spirit of the festival.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates first India-built war memorial in France
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the first India-bulit war memorial in northern France to pay tribute to thousands of Indian soldiers who fought selflessly and made supreme sacrifices during the World War I.
Naidu, who is on a three-day visit to Paris, also interacted with French armed forces veterans and children at the inauguration of the Indian War Memorial at Villers Guislain.

November 10

PM to attend swearing-in of Maldives president-elect
In his first visit as the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will travel to Male on November 17 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of new Maldivian president-elect, indicating an attempt to mend bilateral ties, which nosedived during the outgoing Abdulla Yameen government.
The prime minister has accepted president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih invitation to attend the ceremony.

Bangladesh to hold general elections, use EVMs for the first time
Bangladesh will hold the 11th general election on December 23rd and for the first time will use electronic voting machines on a limited scale, the electoral body announced, amid an impasse between the government and the main opposition alliance over the timing of the polls.

Scotland to embed LGBTI teaching across curriculum
Scotland will become the first country in the world to embed the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights in the school curriculum, in what campaigners have described as a historic moment.
State schools will be required to teach pupils about the history of LGBTI equalities and movements, as well as tackling homophobia and transphobia and exploring LGBTI identity, after ministers accepted in full the recommendations of a working group led by the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign.
There will be no exemptions or opt-outs to the policy, which will embed LGBTI inclusive education across the curriculum and across subjects and which the Scottish government believes is a world first.

November 11

CIMAP (Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants) signed agreement with US-based RIFM (Research Institute for Fragrant Materials) for improving the quality of fragrant oils

This MOU will help in standardizing the Fragrant Material produced in India and bringing it to an international level
It is Signed by
Anil Kumar Tripathi, Director CSIR-CIMAP Jim Romane, President of the RIFM at the conclusion of the two-day annual conference of the International Fragrance Association in Paris.

November 13

India and Morocco signed an agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.
Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home on behalf of the Government of Republic of India.
Mohamed Aujjar, Minister of Justice on behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco.
This MOU will strengthen bilateral Cooperation provide a broad legal framework for prevention, investigation and prosecution of crimes.
It will also help in tracing, restraint and confiscation of funds meant to finance terrorist acts.

November 14

PM Modi Addresses World’s Largest Financial Technology Festival Fintech In Singapore
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the world’s largest financial technology festival Fintech in Singapore.
Fintech is a celebration of belief in the spirit of innovation and power of technology.
Modi isthe first Head of Government to deliver his address at Singapore in the event. About 30 thousand people attended the keynote address of Modi at this Festival.

November 15

Overview of 3-day visit of Vice President of India to France
He also inaugurated the Indian Armed Forces Memorial at Villers-Guislain town to commemorate the contribution of the soldiers to the freedom of France in the World War I.
The centenary ceremony of Armistice Day was held at Arc de Triomphe. It was presided over by French President, Emmanuel Macron.

UNSC Lifts Sanctions Against Eritrea After 9 Years
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously agreed to lift sanctions against Eritrea after nine years.
An arms embargo, asset freeze, and travel ban were imposed in 2009 amid claims that Eritrea supported al-Shabab militants in Somalia.
Eritrea agreed on a peace deal with Ethiopia following two decades of animosity, while the leader of Eritrea and the UN-backed government in Somalia recently signed a joint cooperation agreement.

November 16

India-Taiwan SME Development Forum Begins in Taipei
The 5-Day long India- Taiwan SME Development Forum was held at Taipei, Taiwan. The Indian Delegation was led by Secretary MSME Dr. Arun Kumar Panda.
 Currently, there are over 63 million MSMEs across various industries that employ more than 111 million persons and produce more than 8,000 products, ranging from traditional to high-tech precision items. 

November 17

PM NarendraModi attended the 33rd edition of the ASEAN Summit held at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre, Singapore.
The theme of Singapore’s Chairmanship was Resilient and Innovative.
He attended the 33rd editionof the ASEAN Summit, 13th East Asia Summit, 16th ASEAN-India Summit and other related meetings.
He launched the ApplicationProgramming Interface Exchange (APIX) which is a platform through which the ASEAN financial institutions, innovators and users would connect with the Indian users.

Key Florida Senate race to See a Second Recount
Votes will be recounted by hand in the Florida race for the U.S. Senate, a bitterly fought contest between the Democratic candidate, the incumbent Bill Nelson and his opponent, the Republican Governor Rick Scott.
The first recount has been rife with problems, including from some of Florida’s largest counties - Palm Beach, Broward and Hillsborough - having to commit to their old tallies as they did not make the deadline.

Nasheed calls for audit of China-Funded Projects
Alluding to possible serious divergence of opinion on climate change issues, Mohamed Nasheed, former President of Maldives.
The island nation would be firm on not exceeding carbon emissions above 450 parts per million, even if India were to be unhappy with that approach.
Mr. Modi will be one of the senior-most foreign dignitaries attending the swearing-in ceremony of incoming President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who swept to power on September 23 with a surprise victory on the back of a unity coalition.

November 18

State Visit of President Ram Nath Kovind to Vietnam and Australia
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind was paid State Visit to Vietnam and Australia.
There was a ceremonial reception for Rashtrapatiji at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. He had also lay wreaths at the Monument of National Heroes and Martyrs and at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
The President’s visit is part of India’s continuing and growing engagement with countries in the Indo-Pacific region under its Act EastPolicy

Rohingya relocation plan pushed to 2019
Bangladesh’s plans to tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis have been stalled until the New Year with repatriation and relocation programmes only likely to be revisited following year-end general elections.
Abul Kalam, Bangladesh’s refugee relief and repatriation commissioner thata new course of action needed to be adopted that took into account refugees’ key demands.

November 19

Morocco Unveils Africa's First Ever High Speed Train Line 
French President Emmanuel Macron and Morocco's King Mohammed VI have inaugurated Morocco's first high-speed rail line, the first ever such line in Africa.
The $2 billion project was launched in September 2011 by the king and Nicolas Sarkozy, then president of France.
Known as the LGV, it will connect the economic hubs of Tangier and Casablanca in 2 hours 10 minutes at a speed of up to 320 kph (199 mph) instead of almost 5 hours on a regular train.

November 20

3 Educational institutions which are built with Indian assistance of 126.60 million Nepali rupees have been inaugurated in Kaski district of Nepal.
As per Development Partnership programme, India government is providing assistance to institutions of all level starting from primary school to universities of Nepal.
Rabindra Adhikari, Nepal’s Minister for culture, tourism and civil aviation inaugurated Shree Saraswati Tika Higher School, Lekhnath in Pokhra.
Dr. Ajay Kumar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Indian embassy inaugurated Shree Laxmi Adarsha Multiple campus, Lekhnath and Shree Gupteshwor Mahadev multiple campus, Pokhara.

Maldives Cabinet Approved To Rejoin Commonwealth
The Maldives cabinet has approved to rejoin the Commonwealth, two years after withdrawing from the 53-nation grouping. The announcement was made by New President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Now, the proposal will be sent to Parliament for ratification.
The country left the Commonwealth during former President Abdulla Yameen’s administration in October 2016, amid mounting pressure over corruption and deteriorating human rights.

Republicans Expand senate majority with their Florida victory, they now have 52 seats
Bill Nelson, incumbent Democrat Senator from Florida, conceded the Senate race to his Republican opponent, Governor Rick Scott.
A Statewide manual recount of votes left Mr. Nelson, a three-term Senator, lagging by 10,033 votes out of a total of 8.19 million votes cast. The elections for the senatorial race had to be electronically recounted across the State.

November 21

Saudi, UAE Announce USD 500 million in Aid to Yemen 
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which lead a military coalition against the Huthi rebels in Yemen, announced USD 500 million in aid to the country on the brink of famine.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE will each give USD 250 million in response to the food crisis to support more than 10 million people.

President Kovind arrives in Australia on maiden state visit 
President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Australia on a three-day visit, becoming the first-ever Indian head of State to visit the country.
Kovind, who landed in Sydney from Vietnam along with his wife Savita Kovind on their second leg of two nation visit, will hold talks with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and discuss bilateral issues. 
Prior to the Australia visit, President Kovind was on a four-day trip to Vietnam where he addressed the National Assembly and met with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Phu Trong.
He agreed to strengthen relations in defence, civil nuclear energy outer space, oil and gas, infrastructure, agriculture and innovation-based sectors.

4th edition of Intex South Asia was inaugurated by Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Intex South Asia is the largest international textile sourcing show in South Asia.
It was organized by Worldex India Exhibition and Promotion Pvt. Ltd in partnership with Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL), Retailers Association of India, Clothing Manufacturers Association of India, and Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) etc.
More than 200 suppliers from around 15 countries participated. They displayed a huge variety of innovative textiles products like yarns, apparels, denim clothing, accessories etc

About confederation of India Textile Industry:
Chairman – Mr. Sanjay K Jain
Corporate Office – New Delhi

China unveils the world’s first underground hotel
Shanghai unveiled the world's first underground hotel, the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, buried 90 metres deep in an old quarry.
Built in the Sheshan Mountain Range, on the hem of Shangai, the ritzy hotel costs $287.9 million.
The property was built by British firm Atkins, also behind the Burj Al Arab in Dubai and skyscraper Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City.

November 22

ConMac 2018 starts in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Embassy of India in Nepal and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized an exhibition of construction equipment and technology-ConMac 2018 in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal.
Nepal's Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth will inaugurate the event. Ambassador of India to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri will be the Guest of Honour. 
About Nepal:
President : Bidhya Devi Bhandari
Prime Minister: Kadhga Prasad Oli
Currency : Nepalese rupee
Capital: Kathmandu

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is on a 2-day visit to Laos
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is on a 2-day visit to Laos. During her visit, Ms Swaraj will co-chair the 9th Meeting of India-Laos Joint Commission on Bilateral Co-operation with her counterpart Saleumxay Kommasith.
 The two sides will review the entire gamut of bilateral relations covering areas of Defence, Agriculture, Trade and Investment, Science and IT, Energy and Mining among others. Ms Swaraj will also call on the Prime Minister of Laos, Mr Thongloun Sisoulith.

President Kovind 2day -Nation Visit to Vietnam and Australia, he Signed 4 MOUs with Vietnam
India and Vietnam released a joint statement after extensive talks between Vietnam President Nguyen Phu Trong and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind
Following the talks, 4 MoU’s were signed between the two nations.
The agreements are as follows:
 The MOU between Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications and the Indian Ministry of Communications on cooperation in the field of Communications.
 The MOU on cooperation between Vietnam’s Department of Foreign Affairs and the Indian Business Chamber in Vietnam (INCHAM).
 The MOU between the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, Ha Noi, Vietnam and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
 The Cooperation Agreement between Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).

November 23

Australia and Poland refused to sign a UN pact on migration
Australia and Poland refused to sign a UN pact on migration because the agreement would undermine their existing immigration policies.
A draft of the agreement, which is not legally binding, was finalized in 2017 after more than a year of work.
The United Nations decided to come up with a global compact on migration in 2016, Mediterranean, which has seen thousands of migrants die while attempting to cross into Europe.
The pact lays out 23 objectives to open up legal migration and better management of migratory flows as the number of people on the move worldwide has increased to 250 million (3% of the world’s population).

Beijing's Population falls for the first time in 2 decades
The population of China’s capital, Beijing, declined for the first time in two decades in 2017. The official Xinhua news agency reported, citing official data.
The number of permanent residents reached 21.707 million in 2017 which is 22,000 fewer than 2016. The number of people in the city’s six urban districts has also declined by 3 percent.
The authorities in Beijing have been making efforts to curb population growth as part of their efforts to ease traffic congestion, resource shortages and house price inflation.

November 24

Iran's Rouhani calls for Muslims to unite against United States
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on muslims worldwide to unite against the United States, instead of rolling out red carpets for criminals.
Washington in May reimposed sanctions on Tehran, after President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran under which they had been lifted.
Iran and Saudi Arabia are regional rivals and have supported opposing sides in conflicts in Syria and Yemen and different political factions in Iraq and Lebanon.

Spain threatens to reject Theresa May's Brexit deal over Gibraltar
Spain was standing between Theresa May and a Brexit deal as it threatened to derail an EU summit on if it does not get new assurances on having a say in the future of Gibraltar.
Spain can expect its European allies to swing more clearly behind its 300-year-old claims to sovereignty over The Rock, a British naval base on its southern coast that is home to some 30,000 people whose economy faces major questions after Brexit.

November 25

The ‘Oscars of sports’, the Laureus World Sports Awards 2019 will be held in Monaco on February 18 next year
Sport’s premier global awards ceremony will celebrate the best of 2018 across eight individual and team categories, with the winners collecting a prized Laureus Statuette.
Sports fans around the world will also get to play their part by voting for the Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year Award. Former India cricket captains Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar are members of the Laureus Academy.
Tennis Player Roger Federer won the Laureus Sportsman of the Year award for a record fifth time, while Serena Williams won the Sportswoman of the Year recognition for the fourth time.

November 26

Admiral Sunil Lanba on a Visit to Russia
Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Indian Navy is on a visit to Russia. The visit aims to consolidate bilateral defence relations with Russia, as also to explore new avenues for defence cooperation.
 The CNS will be commencing his official visit from St. Petersburg, where he is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with his counterpart, Admiral Vladimir Korolev, Commander-in-Chief, Russian Federation Navy.

November 27

Mexico to deport up to 500 migrants who tried to cross US border
Mexico plans to deport up to 500 people who tried to ‘violently’ and ‘illegally’ cross the border into the US.
Dozens of people ran towards the border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego, where US border officers used teargas to repel them.
Amid heated rhetoric from Donald Trump and confusion over a reported deal to keep asylum seekers in Mexico, all traffic was halted for several hours at the busy border crossing.

November 28

Ukraine Declared Martial Law After Russian Naval Attack
Ukraine's parliament has imposed martial law in the country to fight what its president called ‘growing aggression’ from Moscow after a weekend naval confrontation off the disputed Crimean Peninsula.
Russia and Ukraine blamed each other in the dispute that further ratcheted up tensions ever since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014.
 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked lawmakers in Kiev to institute martial law.

Nepal government has launched a Social Security Scheme for formal sector workers
According to PM of Nepal KP Sharma Oli , it was very necessary to strengthen the system in which the government is accountable to its people. People of all ages and categories would be included in the scheme.
 The new social security scheme is contribution based and it will cover health and medical facilities, safe motherhood, accident, and physical incapacity security, security to dependent family members and security at old age.

FB know about malicious Russian activity in 2014
A British MP claimed that Facebook knew about potentially malicious Russian activity in 2014, long before such activity becomes public, during a parliamentary hearing where international lawmakers grilled the company.
Damian Collins, head of a parliamentary inquiry into fake news and disinformation, quoted from internal Facebook emails seized from U.S.

November 29

India, China ink protocol on hygiene & inspection requirements for exports
According to the Commerce Ministry Protocol on hygiene and inspection requirements for the exports was signed in New Delhi during the visit of Chinese vice Minister, General Administration of Customs of China Hu Wei who is leading a six-member delegation to India.
The move would enable India to commence export of fish meal and fish oil to China. The neighboring country has so far not allowed these exports by India.
China imports fish oil to the tune of USD 143.29 million per year and fish meal worth USD 263.43 million.

EU-India to be partners for the next decade and a half
India welcomed the release of Joint Communication by the European Commission on India-EU partnership with theme of ‘A Partnership for Sustainable Modernisation and Rules-based Global Order’.
This partnership enables greater India-EU political, security and defence cooperation.
With a bilateral goods and services turnover in excess of US $100 billion, the EU is India’s largest trading partner.
About EU (European union):
Head: Jean-Claude Juncker
Headquarters: City of Brussels, Belgium

November 30

3rd Inclusive Wealth Report 2018 released by the UN Environment in Paris, France
UN Environment released the 3rd edition of ‘Inclusive Wealth Report 2018’ and an Inclusive Wealth Index on margins of UN Environment Finance Initiative Global Roundtable in Paris, France.
According to the preliminary finding, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Malta topped the chart of biennial survey of growth in the wealth of nations.
44 of the 140 countries – more than a third – ranked in the report’s Inclusive Wealth Index have declined in inclusive wealth per head since 1998.
The report also revealed that carbon damage is relatively larger in high-income countries.
About UN Environment programme:
Headquarters: Nairobi, Kenya

Piece of Eiffel Tower staircase fetches $190K in Paris auction
A section of stairs from the Eiffel Tower in Paris sold for almost 170,000 euros, auctioneers announced, around three times the pre-sale estimate.
More than two dozen wrought-iron steps from the original spiral structure, from between the second and third floors of the Paris landmark, were sold to a Middle East collector for 169,000 euros ($190,000) after a bidding-war in the French capital.
Auction house Artcurial originally estimated the sale price to be between 40,000 and 60,000 euros.

Maldives Parliament passes motion to repeal age limit of presidential candidacy
Maldives Parliament has passed a motion with the required three-fourths majority to repeal the age limit of the presidential candidacy.
The motion, which proposed to repeal the constitutional amendment banning those above 65 years of age from contesting the presidential elections, was passed 72 members voting in its favor in 85-member Majlis.
The motion states that only those aged 35 and above will be allowed to contest for Presidency.