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 Nov. 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.
India President: Ramnad Khovindh, Prime minister: Narendra Modi
Capital: New Delhi, Currency: Rupee

November 4

North Korea Warned to Return the Nuclear Policy
North Koria 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 Un declared 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.
North Koria President: Kim Jong Un, Currency: North Korian Won
Prime Minister: Pak Pong ju, Capital: Pyongyang

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.
IORA Headquarters: Ebene, Mauritius.
South Africa President: Cyril Ramaphosa, Capital: Cape Town
Currency: Seventh Seres

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

Ministry of Finance announced loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the Construction of Turga Pumped Storage (I) to be done in West Bengal.

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.
Kuwait President: Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
Capital: Kuwait City
Currency: Kuwaiti dinar

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.
Capital: Lilongwe
Currency: Malawian Kwacha
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.
Capital: Beijing
Currency: Renminbi

November 8

Sculpture unveiled in 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 and
Jim Romane, President of the RIFM at the conclusion of the two-day annual conference of the International Fragrance Association in Paris.