May 1

9th India-Japan Energy Dialogue held in New Delhi
The 9th India Japan Energy Dialogue was held in New Delhi. Minister of State (IC) for Power and New &Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh, and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Mr. Hiroshige Sekosigned a Joint Statement at the conclusion of the meeting.
Both Japan and India, as the third and the seventh largest economies respectively, recognized that having access to reliable, clean and economical energy is critical for their economic growth and in achieving this, both Ministers agreed on further strengthening of bilateral energy cooperation for energy development of both countries, while also contributing to worldwide energy security, energy access and climate change issues.

May 2

India-South Africa Business Summit Concludes in Johannesburg
Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, attended the India- South Africa business summit.
He addressed the plenary session of the Summit. The main Plenary Session was followed by 7 Breakaway Sessions on Start Ups, Automobile industry, Health Care & Pharma, Mining, Agro Processing, Women Entrepreneurs in Business and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
At the Summit an MOU was signed between Invest SA and Invest India, to improve economic and trade partnership between India and South Africa.
A CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) sponsored white paper was released on the good work done by Indian businesses in South Africa.
The tag line of the India-South Africa Business Summit 2018 was “United by Legacy, Unified for Prosperity”.

May 4

MHA launches online security clearance for visas to attend conferences
Union home ministry took another step towards ease of getting visas by launching online "event clearance system" for grant of security clearance to foreigners wanting to visit India to attend conferences, seminars or workshops.
This will enable the Indian missions abroad to issue conference visa to foreign nationals or delegates intending to attend such events organized by central and state governments, public sector undertakings, central educational institutions, public funded universities, private institutions or NGOs.

4th Regional Conference on ‘Futuristic, Resilient and Digital Infrastructure’ concludes in Bengaluru
The 4th Regional Conference on ‘Futuristic, Resilient and Digital Infrastructure’ organized by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) concluded in Bengaluru.
The 2-day Conference is a lead-up event to the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) which is going to be hosted by the Government of India in Mumbai.
The Conference saw eminent delegates representing partner institutions, academia, civil society organizations and experts from various fields expressing their views on how to bring about institutional approaches for futuristic and digital infrastructure in India.

May 5

National Conference of 244 selected Districts under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) held in New Delhi
The Ministry of Women and Child Development organized National Conference with the Nodal Officers of 244 Districts, State Nodal Officers and Senior Officers. Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development inaugurated the event and interacted with 244 new districts with low Child Sex Ratio(CSR), from 25 States/ UTs.
Addressing the Conference, the WCD Minister highlighted the need to involve various stakeholders and join hands for achieving the goals of BBBP.
The Minister suggested several initiatives such as celebrating the birth of Girl Child, engaging Sarpanches and make them aware about various aspects of the scheme and issues of girl child.

Secretary, DEA meets president of ADB, Mr. Takehiko Nakao; attends 12th informal meeting of SAARC finance Ministers
Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance met President of ADB, Mr. Takehiko Nakao and requested him to support India’s endevour towards an inclusive, and sustainable growth accompanied by rapid economic transformation and job creation.
He requested President, ADB to expand ADB’s sovereign and non-sovereign operations in India by providing financial assistance worth $4 billion a year.
Government of India had approved the proposal of ADB to garner additional resources through INR bonds in the offshore markets. He has highlighted the need for increased private sector operations by ADB in India.

May 8

TOONZ Animation Masters Summit 2018 Begins
The 19th edition of TOONZ Animation Masters Summit began with top experts in the field participating.
The summit was inaugurated by Ashish Kulkarni, Chairman of FICCI for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics Forum.
V.G. Samant, a venerated pioneer of Indian animation, was honoured with the 'Legend of Animation' award for his contributions to the animation industry, on the occasion.

India to host 15th Asia Media Summit
India will host the 15th Asia Media Summit from May 10-12 in which representatives from nearly 40 countries will delve on issues related to the media sector.
With the theme, Telling Our Stories Asia and More', India is hosting the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) Kuala Lumpur for the first time.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani would be presiding as the chief guest over the inaugural ceremony of the summit.

Sh. Hardeep Puri to inaugurate the‘First Apex Conference for the CEOs of Smart Cities’ in Bhopal
Shri Hardeep Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairswill inaugurate the ‘First Apex Conference for the CEOs of Smart Cities ‘in Bhopal.
The Smart Cities Mission (SCM), has been one of the most transformational urban missions.
Key projects such as digitally integrated smart city centers, street re-design, installation of solar rooftop on buildings, etc., have thus initiated the process of urban transformation, enhancing the liveability of cities.
Through their leadership role in driving the implementation of smart city projects, the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the Smart City Special Purpose Vehicle (SPVs) have been instrumental in achieving transformational outcomes envisaged under the Mission.

Naval Commander’s conference to begin at New Delhi
The first edition of this year’s Bi-annual Naval Commander’s Conference is scheduled from 08 to 11 May 18.
During the conference, Navy will review its new Mission-Based Deployments philosophy aimed at ensuring peace and stability in the region.
The new deployment philosophy, in furtherance of the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR), aims at sustained, peaceful and yet responsive presence of Indian Naval ships in critical areas and choke points.
The Navy’s focus over the past year has been on Combat Efficiency and Materiel Readiness, and upkeep of its large fleet of 131 ships and submarines.

May 9

Beijing to hold World Robot Conference 2018
The 2018 World Robot Conference will be held in Beijing from August 15 to 19.
The event will see over 12,000 competing teams and 50,000 participants from more than 10 countries and regions.
A robot competition will be held during the conference where participants will compete in five categories.
The conference will greatly stimulate passion and innovation in the robot industry as well as help with research and development.

2019 Climate Summit to be held in New York
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced that a climate summit will be held in September 2019 in New York to review the Paris Agreement commitments.
Antonio Guterres made this announcement at the opening ceremony of the 37th session of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

May 10

Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu inaugurates 6th US-India Aviation Summit
6th US-India Aviation Summit was formally inaugurated by Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu in Mumbai. The Summit is jointly organised by Ministry of Civil Aviation and US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).
Besides a US and India bilateral meeting, the summit will include sessions on India’s projected aviation growth in next five years, aviation security, aviation and runway safety, technologies for worldwide airspace management, and regional connectivity using linking hubs for underserved and unserved airports.
The three-day Summit will promote high-level dialogue on bilateral aviation issues and will provide a forum to identify solutions that support the rapid growth of India’s aviation sector.

May 11

Tourism Minister attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Tourism Ministers’ conference in China
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Shri K.J. Alphons attended the Tourism Ministers’ conference by Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Wuhan, China.
India’s Tourism sector is fast growing and has got an emerging market for outbound travel and a tremendous potential for tourism co-operation with the SCO region.
At the sidelines of the event, the Minister also met the Chinese Tourism and Culture Vice Minister, Mr. Li Jinzao.
The visit of the team headed by Sh. K.J. Alphons was in continuation of the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China wherein it was agreed to increase the co-operation between India and China in Defence, External Affairs and Tourism.

May 12

Customs and Postal Department hold First ever Joint Conference to deliberate on streamlining imports and exports by post
Indian Customs and Department of India Posts held a First ever Joint Conference at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi to deliberate on streamlining of​ imports and exports by post.
Commissioners of Customs from all the States having Foreign Post Offices (FPOs) were present along with their counterpart Post Master Generals.
Imports and exports by post are the 6th highest cited citizen grievances under CPGRAMs. Customs and Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) have worked together since a year to liberalise, reform and align laws relating to imports by Post.

US-North Korea summit in Singapore
US President Donald Trump announced that he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
This will be the first ever meeting between a sitting US president and North Korean leader.
Key issue to be discussed during the meeting will be North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme and intercontinental ballistic missile launches which raised geopolitical tensions across the world.