international - 2016 September

September 1

Festival of India to be held across 6 cities in Australia.
A 10-week-long festival showcasing dance, music, theatre, sports and other visual arts from India and Australia is set to launch across six cities of the island nation, and aims to foster cultural ties between the two countries.
Culture is central to the Australia-India relationship and this impressive festival will provide a great opportunity for the people of the two nations to deepen their understanding of each other’s cultures.
The "Confluence-Festival of India'', which was announced by Prime Minister NarendraModi during his visit to Australia in 2014, will witness some of the finest elements from the rich tapestry of Indian culture and civilization.
The performances will be spread across iconic locations like Opera House, Federation Square, QPAC, Festival Centre, Old Parliament and Perth Concert Hall in the cities of Adelaide, Alice Springs Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

September 2

President of Egypt to arrive on three-day visit to India.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit and will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an aim to step up engagement in areas of security, counter-terrorism and trade.
He will hold wide-ranging talks with Modi and both sides are set to sign a number of MoUs thereafter.
India and Egypt have a strong economic relationship. India is the sixth largest trading partner of Egypt – the second largest export destination. India’s imports from Egypt were worth USD 1.74 billion during 2014-15.
Indian businessmen have invested nearly $3 billion in about 50 companies in Egypt and have given employment opportunities to around 35,000 Egyptians.

September 3

India and Vietnam agree to elevate bilateral relations to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
India offers a grant of $5 million to set up a software park in Vietnam and provide $500 million credit line for Vietnam for defense cooperation.
Agreement provides a new direction, momentum and substance to India and Vietnam bilateral cooperation and common efforts will also contribute to stability, security and prosperity regions.
The two countries signed 12 agreements in a wide range of areas covering IT, space, double taxation and sharing white shipping information.

India, Egypt sign agreement on maritime transport.
India and Egypt signed an agreement on maritime transport following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
Two countries are agreed to work together to fight drug trafficking, transitional crimes, money laundering and challenges of cyber security.

Sushma Swaraj leading a 12-member delegation to Rome to attend the canonisation ceremony of Mother Teresa.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is leading a 12-member delegation to attend the canonisation ceremony of Mother Teresa in Rome and met Indian diaspora and talked about various welfare efforts of the government for community members abroad.
Apart from the central government delegation, two state government-level delegations from Delhi and West Bengal led by Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee respectively were also in Rome to attend the ceremony that will take place.

September 4

US, China ratify Paris agreement ahead of G20 summit in Hangzhou, China.
China ratified the climate change agreement reached last year in Paris that aims to significantly reduce global emissions, giving a big boost to hopes to bring the accord into effect by the end of this year.
China's approval to the agreement came a day ahead of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, where the leader of the world's two biggest polluters - US and China responsible for around 40 per cent of the world's emissions so their ratification of the international legal document is viewed crucial.
The Paris Agreement is the third attempt to address the issue of climate change, after the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

Mother Teresa is being declared saint by Pope Francis in Vatican City.
Mother Teresa has been declared a saint by Pope Francis at a canonization ceremony held in Vatican City. The canonization on September comes on the eve of her 19th death anniversary. She will now be known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
Mother Teresa founded a sisterhood that runs 19 homes, and won the Nobel Peace Prize.

September 5

Ghost snake species discovered.
Researchers discovered a new snake species in Madagascar and named it ''ghost snake'' for its pale grey coloration and elusiveness. They found the ghost snake on a recently opened path within the well-traveled Ankarana National Park in northern Madagascar in February 2014.

September 6

Indian embassy sets up solar plant at Vietnam (Hanoi).
The Indian Embassy in Hanoi has set up a grid connected solar energy generation plant in its office building recently. The plant was set up to make Indian Missions abroad green.
The Indian embassy in Hanoi is the first to start this mission green, in abroad.
The energy not used would be automatically added in the power grid and the amount of this energy will deducted from the monthly bill. Now in the second phase all the bulbs and tube lights of the embassy would be replaced with the LED bulbs.

World’s largest LEGO ship sets Guinness record.
A new Guinness world record for the largest LEGO ship has been set in Denmark, where employees of a shipping company successfully constructed the incredible 2,860 kg boat using over one million interlocking plastic bricks.
The blue and white LEGO boat measures 12.035 metres in length
It took 900 person hours to build and thousands of DFDS employees from across the world got on board, assisted in the challenge by a few LEGO building professionals.

China agrees on steps to reduce steel exports.
China agreed to steps toward reducing its politically volatile steel exports but avoided binding commitments, as leaders of major economies ended a summit with a crowded agenda that also included trade, the Koreas and Syria.
In a joint statement, Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of Britain, Japan, Russia and other Group of 20 nations pledged to boost sluggish global growth by promoting innovation.

170 million-year-old marine reptile fossil uncovered.
A fossilised skeleton of a dolphin-like predator which inhabited the oceans around 170 million years ago, has been uncovered in a Scotland museum where it laid buried for 50 years.
A type of ichthyosaur, the marine reptile is estimated to be four metres long with hundreds of cone-shaped teeth. Scientists believe these 'sea dragons' became extinct shortly before the dinosaurs.

Driverless Bus Services Start In France.
Driverless minibuses will begin taking passengers in the eastern French city of Lyon at the weekend in a year-long experiment that officials are calling a "world first".
The two electric vehicles, fitted with high-tech equipment including laser sensors, stereo vision and GPS, can ferry around 15 passengers at a top speed of 20 kilometers an hour.
Manufactured by the French firm Navya and costing 200,000 Euros (USD 225,000) apiece, a prototype was tested in 2013.

Russia, Saudi pledge oil cooperation without freeze.
The world’s top two crude-oil producers pledged to cooperate to stabilize global markets, while failing to announce any specific measures to bolster prices.
Russia would be ready to join an agreement among major producers to freeze output.

September 7

China may allow imports of Indian non-basmati rice.
China may soon grant market access to India's non-basmati rice exports, acceding to a long-pending request from New Delhi.
The Centre had repeatedly taken up the issue of the country’s ballooning goods trade deficit with China bilaterally. India had demanded market access for products including non-basmati rice, pharmaceuticals and several fruits & vegetables among others.
India’s goods trade deficit with China has surged from $1.1 billion in 2003-04 to $52.7 billion in 2015-16.
Beijing has been ''denying'' market access to India's non-basmati rice claiming that the item had failed to meet Chinese norms on quality, health and safety. Its concerns included the likelihood of a pest called ‘Khapra beetle (or cabinet beetle)’ getting transported along with Indian non-basmati rice consignments to China.
China was the world’s largest rice importer in 2015-16 followed by Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

Sanskrit becomes part of United Nation’s charter.
United Nations, has included into it the most ancient and traditional language of India, Sanskrit into its charter. A charter binds the assembly of nations.
The charter being translated into the Sanskrit language is the first of its kind attempt to make it to such an important international document.
National Mission for Manuscripts in India promoted the translation work. The pioneer of this promotion was primarily Dr.Jitendra Kumar Tripathi.
The development which is of great importance for india as a whole, was appreciated by the United Nations Associates.

September 8

PM Narendra Modi arrives in Laos to attend ASEAN, East Asia Summits.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived to attend the 14th India-ASEAN Summit and the 11th East Asia Summit to strengthen India’s trade and security ties with the strategic Southeast Asian region.
The India-ASEAN Summit will be attended by leaders of 10 Southeast Asian nations - Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand.
The East Asia Summit will be attended by leaders of the 10 Asean nations and those of India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Russia.
India has been seeking to join the exclusive 21-member APEC. This is the third time that Modi is attending these two Summits.

September 9

India Kazakhstan Joint Exercise ''Prabal Dostyk -16''.
India, Kazakhstan joint bilateral military exercise PRABAL DOSTYK-16 began in Karaganda region of Kazakhstan.
The fourteen day will be a significant step towards fostering military as well as diplomatic ties between both countries. 'Prabal Dostyk' means 'Robust Friendship'.
The exercise will be conducted in two stages; first stage will be to familiarize with each other’s tactics, drills, weapons & equipment.
In the second stage, troops of both the armies will graduate to jointly execute a helicopter-borne operation in a simulated environment.

September 10

India-Nepal Home Secretary level talks conclude.
India and Nepal decided to further strengthen bilateral security cooperation during the Home Secretary level talks.
Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi led the Indian side during the talks with his Nepalese counterpart Lok Darshan Regmi.
During the talks, both sides reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral security cooperation between the two countries and agreed to strengthen it further.

World's largest wind turbine installed off UK coast.
Denmark-based Dong Energy has installed the first of the world's largest wind turbines at its Burbo Bank windfarm off the coast of Britain.
The 8 MW turbines stand 195 metres tall from sea level and have a rotor diameter of 164 metres. The company plans to build 32 such turbines, which can generate enough electricity to power 2,30,000 homes.
The largest turbines currently installed, at Dong's Westermost Rough wind farm off the Yorkshire coast, in the North Sea, have a 6 MW capacity and are around 177 meters tall.
Dong has a target to drive down costs of offshore wind power to 100 euros ($112.48) per megawatt hour (MWh) by 2020.

September 11

WHO’s South-East Asian Regional Committee decided to set up health emergencies in the region.
India along with 10 other member countries of World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) South-East Asian Regional Committee has decided to set up a dedicated fund aimed at building preparedness for health emergencies in the region.
Decision in this regard was taken at the 69th session of WHO Regional Committee Meeting held at Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka.
The joint funding stream will be established under the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF).
The new funding stream will allow these countries to invest in infrastructure and human resources that will enhance preparedness.
It will help member countries better prepare for such events was seen by the countries as a key priority for the regional health agenda.

September 12

China, Russia hold naval drill in South China Sea.
China and Russia have begun a joint naval exercise in the South China Sea. The eight-day marine exercises come amid rising tensions over Chinese island-building activity in the region as well as an increasing presence of the US military.
The drills are bound to spark further fears over China's expansionist claims in the region, given that the official brief for the drill includes "island seizing missions".
The drills are taking place in the South China Sea, south of Guangdong Province. Called the 'Joint Sea 2016'. The drills, the fifth such exercise between the Chinese and Russian navies.
China claimed that the "routine" drills, which are expected to eight days, are only aimed at strengthening cooperation.
This comes amid tensions in the contested waters after a UN court ruled that China does not have "historic rights" over the region.

China has longest bullet train network.
China’s high-speed railway has completed over 20,000 kms of track network in the country, becoming the world’s longest bullet train network.
A high-speed railway linking Zhengzhou in China’s central Henan Province with Xuzhou in eastern Jiangsu Province. With the operation of the new line, China’s high-speed railway lines have exceeded 20,000 kms in total length, the world’s longest.
The 360 km line connects high-speed railway in the west with two major north-south lines, helping cut travel time between the west and east. The travel time between Xi’an and Shanghai is cut to six hours from nearly 11 hours. The line has nine stations and trains run at a speed of up to 300 kph in the initial period.

September 13

India takes US to WTO over renewable energy row.
India has draged the US to the WTO over America’s domestic content requirements and subsidies provided by eight states in the renewable energy sector.
India has requested consultations with the US under the dispute settlement system regarding alleged domestic content requirements and subsidies provided by eight US states in the renewable energy sector, The eight states are – Washington, California, Montana, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, Delaware and Minnesota.
The request for consultations is the first step in a dispute at the WTO under its Dispute Settlement System.
Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter and to find a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation.
After 60 days, if consultations fail to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request adjudication by a panel.

September 14

China has 'world's highest bridge'.
China has completed the construction of the highest bridge in the world, 565 meters above the Nizhu River Canyon in the south.
The bridge called Beipanjiang and located between the Chinese provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou.
The construction of Beipanjiang lasted for three years with the participation of at least 1,000 engineers and technicians.
With the opening of Beipanjiang, it will be officially the world's highest bridge overtaking China's Sidu River Bridge in the central province of Hubei, which opened in 2009.
The completion of Beipanjiang comes less than a month after the Asian country opened the world's longest and highest glass bridge(430 meters long and 300 meters high).

US designates India as major illicit drug producer.
India and 21 other countries have been designated as 'Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries' by US President Barack Obama. Other countries in the list include Pakistan, Bahamas, Afghanistan, and Mexico, among others.
In a notification, Obama further designated Bolivia, Myanmar and Venezuela as countries that have failed demonstrably during the previous 12 months to adhere to their obligations under international counter-narcotic agreements and take measures against them.
A countrys presence on the foregoing Major Drug Transit and Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries list is not a reflection of its government’s counter-narcotic efforts or level of cooperation with the US.
According to US law enforcement, most illicit fentanyl, precursors, and fentanyl analogues that have been identified in the US originate in China and enter the country via Mexico, Canada, or direct mail.

September 15

Strongest typhoon in 21 years hits Taiwan.
Taipei - Parts of Taiwan came to a standstill as super typhoon Meranti brought the strongest winds in 21 years, while China issued a red alert for waves as the storm bore down on the mainland.
Meranti brought violent winds and torrential rain to eastern and southern Taiwan as it skirted past the island's southern tip, with Hengchun's observation station recording the strongest winds in its 120-year history.
The typhoon, which was moving northwest into the Taiwan Strait, is expected to make landfall in Southern China in Fujian and Guangdong provinces.
At 1000 GMT, Meranti was 60 kilometres (37 miles) south-southwest of Taiwan's Penghu Island, packing gusts of up to 227 kilometres per hour.
The storm was forecast to have dumped as much as 800 millimetres (31.5 inches) of rain in mountainous areas, potentially triggering landslides.

September 17

Obama to establish first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean.
President Barack Obama will establish the first national marine monument in the Atlantic, a move that’s designed to permanently protect nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the coast of New England.
The announcement was made by the American president at the third annual Our Ocean Conference in Washington DC. The Conference is hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry. The Conference focuses on issues related to marine-protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean.
Obama had decided to expand the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii by 1.1 million square km, creating the world’s largest marine protected area.
More than 20 countries attending the annual ocean conservation meeting will announce the creation of 40 significant new marine protected areas, totalling nearly 1.2 million square km of ocean.
When combined with the Papahanaumokuakea expansion, the nations of the world have protected more than 900000 square miles of ocean in 2016, exceeding last year’s record of more than 1.9 million square km.

India to sign $8.8 billion Rafale jets deal with France.
India and France have finalised the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets. The multi-million deal saw protracted negotiations with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
India will buy French-made Rafale fighter jets for 8.8 billion dollars and it will take at least 18 months for India to get the first lot of aircraft.
The jets have been manufactured by Dassault Aviation. But, the significant part is that Government is likely to save Rs 3 billion dollars in the deal.
France initially sought nearly 12 billion dollars for the sale of 36 fighters complete with weapon systems. India has closed the deal nearly 3 billion dollars below France's asking price.
Early negotiations had stalled over disagreements concerning technology transfer agreements between Dassault and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., which was to manufacture the aircraft in India after an initial delivery from Dassault.

September 18

India extends $750 million credit line to Nepal for post-quake reconstruction.
India extended a fresh $750 million credit line to Nepal for post-earthquake reconstruction.
This was among three agreements signed following delegation-level talks chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart, Puhspa Kamal Dahal Prachanda.
Fresh impetus to Nepal's development Leaders witness signing of agreements on roads and reconstruction projects.
The $750 million credit line is over and above the $1 billion aid that India announced following the devastating earthquake in the Himalayan nation last April that claimed over 8,000 lives.
The two sides also signed a memorandum of agreement (MoU) for project management consultancy services for upgrading and improving the road infrastructure in Nepal's Terai area.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited gets membership of APAQG with voting right.
State owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has granted prestigious membership of Asia-Pacific Aerospace Quality Group (APAQG) under category 'Full Member with voting rights'.
With this India becomes seventh nation to join the APAQG under the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG). Other nations of APAQG are South Korea, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan.
With this HAL is now a part of Global Quality team dedicated to bring improvements in the Aerospace Quality.
The membership allows HAL to participate in international forums and contribute to the development and revision of current and new quality Standards.
It also enables HAL to have access to various Quality System Standards and other guidelines developed by IAQG.
For becoming part of IAQG, HAL has to be a member of APAQG and then graduate to IAQG as a voting member by virtue of being an OEM in India.

September 19

First Indian music dance festival starts in Sydney.
A first-of-its-kind Indian music and dance festival aimed to showcase the country's rich and diverse culture was kicked off in iconic Sydney Opera House.
The 10-week festival "Confluence: Festival of India" was inaugurated by Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.
Almost 2000 people attended the two-hour long show which showcased the rich and diverse culture of Indian music and dance along with Australian performers.
The festival, an initiative of Indian government supported by the Australian side, will run across seven cities including Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.
The concert which marked the launch of the festival included the famous Manipuri drummers, Sufi singing artist Sonam Kalra, odissi, Kathak and Bharatnatyam dancers, Australian musicians and aboriginal dancers who received a standing ovation from the jam-packed audience.

September 20

World leaders adopt declaration on refugees at UN.
The leaders from 193 countries came together to adopt the 'New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants' at the United Nations to save the lives of over 65 million refugees and migrants and share responsibility.
The declaration adopted is not legally binding but calls on the member countries to protect refugees' human rights, boost humanitarian aid and work on their resettlement.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Member States on the 22-page 'New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants' adopted at the first-ever summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants at the UN General Assembly.

Thousands evacuated as typhoon Malakas makes landfall in Japan.
Thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate their homes in southern Japan as Typhoon Malakas pounds the island of Kyushu.
Flooding, high waves and swollen rivers in western and southern Japan as the season's 16th typhoon made landfall on Osumi Peninsula, bringing strong winds and torrential rain.
Record rainfall of more than 120 millimetres in an hour was recorded near Makurazaki City and the southern part of Kagoshima Prefecture.
Wind speeds of up to 44.5 metres per second were logged in Makurazaki City.
About 56,000 households in Kagoshima prefecture suffered power outages, while some flooding was reported in Takanabe Town after the area was hit by 109.5 millimetres of rain in an hour.

September 21

193 countries sign declaration to stamp out drug-resistant infections.
The 193 countries of the United Nations (UN) have signed a landmark declaration to rid the world of drug-resistant infections or Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) or superbugs.
It is the fourth time a UN declaration has been reached on a health issue, following HIV in 2001, non-communicable diseases in 2011 and Ebola in 2013.
The signatory countries now have two years to submit action plan. These submitted plans are expected to address the seriousness and scope of the situation. It will also agree on sustainable, multisectoral approaches to addressing antimicrobial resistance.
Antimicrobial resistance happens when microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites change when they are exposed to antimicrobial drugs.
These microorganisms are also termed as ''superbugs''. As a result, the medicines or drugs become ineffective and infections persist in the body futher increasing the risk of spread to others.

September 22

Magnitude-5.3 quake jolts Tibet: USGS.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a magnitude-5.3 earthquake has hit Tibet.
According to Chinese news agency Xinhua the temblor hit Litang County, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, in China's Sichuan Province. The agency cited the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).
The quake hit about 104 kilometers (65 miles) southwest of Rulong.
The quake's epicenter had a depth of about 25 kilometers (40 kilometers), according to the USGS.

September 23

Saudi Arabia celebrates its 86th National Day.
Saudi Arabia is celebrating its 86th National Day with a strategic vision to take the Kingdom to new heights of progress and prosperity under the leadership of King Salman.
On the 17th of Jomada Al-oula 1351, a royal decree was issued to declare the unification of all parts of the modern kingdom under the name of Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz. September 23rd 1932, the day of the proclamation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
United Arab Emirates also joins Saudi Arabia's National Day celebrations.

September 24

India, China join hands for sustainable tea production.
The United Planters Association of Southern India (UPASI) and China Tea Marketing Association (CTMA) signed a first-ever Memorandum of Understanding to promote sustainable tea production and consumption.
The aim of the agreement is to incrementally achieve relevant UN-mandated Sustainable Development Goals while building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for the tea industry.
Developing joint campaigns to increase consumption of high-quality green and black tea in global markets, and enhancing consumer satisfaction and benefits to producers.
Conducting joint research and development in tea matters, as well as disseminate and exchange economic, technical and scientific information, statistics and studies.

September 25

Obama opens new African American Museum.
President Barack Obama opened the National Museum of African American History and Culture, an institution dedicated to the many threads of black suffering and triumph.
The first black President of the United States cut the ribbon to inaugurate the striking 37,000-square-meter bronze-clad edifice before thousands of spectators gathered in the nation's capital Washington to witness the historic opening.
The Smithsonian's 19th addition to its sprawling museum and research complex is the first national museum tasked with documenting the uncomfortable truths of the country's systematic oppression of black people.

September 26

India to Ratify Paris Climate Agreement.
The Union cabinet approved the country's move to formally join the Paris Agreement on climate change by giving its green signal for its ratification.
The country will submit its instrument of ratification to the United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
European Union (28 nations), which accounts for over 10 per cent of the total global emission of greenhouse gases, has decided to submit its instrument of ratification.
It is now certain that the Paris Agreement will come into force with India on board at the time of the next UN climate conference (Conference of Parties - COP22), scheduled to take place in Marrakech, Morocco.
As per the Paris Agreement clause, the agreement will come into force 30 days after 55 countries, representing 55 per cent of global emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance or accession with the UN secretary general.

September 27

India, China hold 1st high-level dialogue to combat terror.
India and China have hold the first High Level Dialogue on Counter-terrorism and Security held in Beijing, capital city of China.
The meeting was co-chaired by R.N. Ravi, Chairman of Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) and Wang Yongqing, Secretary General of Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of China.
In the high level dialogue both countries discussed on ways to enhance security and cooperation to combat terror.
They exchanged information on respective policies to deal with terrorism, and further enhance their understanding on issues of major concern.
They also exchanged views on the international and regional security situation. It also deliberated on measures to jointly deal with security threats and reached important consensus in this regard.
Switzerland Ratifies Tax Convention.
Paving the way for the automatic exchange of tax information with India and other nations, Switzerland has ratified the multilateral convention on administrative assistance in taxation matters.
In efforts to clamp down on the black money menace, India has been seeking tax information from various countries, including Switzerland.
The instruments of ratification for the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (Administrative Assistance Convention) were deposited with Paris-based OECD.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) sets the global tax standards and the convention has been prepared by it.

September 28

Typhoon Megi hits Taiwan, Four died & 268 injured.
Four people were killed and 268 others were injured in Taiwan as Typhoon Megi travelled across the island.
More than 14,000 people were evacuated due to the typhoon and more than 72,000 homes were cut off from water supplies.
The typhoon made landfall at Hualien City in the east part of the island with winds of up 198 km per hour, according to the island's meteorological agency, which issued land and sea warnings for the storm system.
Typhoon Megi was the third storm system to hit the island, following Typhoon Meranti, which left one person dead and more than 50 injured when it swept across the southern part of the island, and Typhoon Malakas.

Pakistan's parliament passed Hindu Marriage Bill.
Pakistan’s lower house of Parliament has passed a landmark bill giving its small Hindu minority the right to register marriages, the last major hurdle on the way to enacting a law aimed at protecting women’s rights.
Hindu women have been disproportionately targeted for abduction, forced conversions and rape because their marriages were never officially recognised and therefore not provable in court.
The National Assembly passed the bill after 10 months of deliberation. The Senate is expected to pass the law without any significant delay.
The new bill sets the minimum age for marriage for Hindus at 18. The minimum legal age for marriage for citizens of other religions is 18 for men and 16 for women.
The new law also legalises remarriage for a widow six months after her husband’s death.

September 29

US & Vietnam navies begin 7th annual NEA in Da Nang.
The U.S. Navy and the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) kicked off the seventh-annual Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) Vietnam with a welcome ceremony at Tien Sa Port in the central city of Da Nang.
The exercise will focus on non-combatant events and include seminars in military medicine and maritime law as well as subject matter expert exchanges in navigation, shipboard medicine and damage control.
The engagement has evolved from annual port visits to Da Nang by U.S. Navy ships, which began more than a decade ago, to a multi-day bilateral naval engagement ashore and at sea.

September 30

Vice President Hamid Ansari to address National Assembly of Mali.
Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari will address the National Assembly of Mali in capital Bamako.
The Vice President had held talks with Malian Prime Minister Modibo Keita and discussed a number of issues.
After the delegation-level talks, India and Mali signed two agreements on Standards and Cultural exchange.
This is the first high-level tour to the country by an Indian leader. The Vice President had visited Nigeria in the first part of the tour.
Ansari will hold talks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Osinbajo, president of the Senate, speaker of the House of Representatives and deliver an address at the National Defence College of Nigeria.


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