India and Sri Lanka to conduct joint military exercise Mitra Shakti VI

India and Sri Lanka to conduct joint military exercise Mitra Shakti VI India and Sri Lanka is to conduct joint military exercise Mitra Shakti VI from 26 March to 8 April at Sri Lanka.  At the Military Exercise Mitra Shakti VI India would be represented by the Bihar Regiment. Gemunu Watch Battalion of Sri Lankan Army will be representing the Sri […]

Former hockey captain Sardar Singh appointed in Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Standing committee

Former hockey captain Sardar Singh appointed in Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Standing committee A total of 13 Indian Olympic Association members, including former India hockey captain Sardar Singh, have been named in various Standing Committees of the Olympic Council of Asia at its 38th General Assembly in Bangkok. Singh has been elected in the athletes standing committee, while IOA secretary general Rajeev […]

India signals to boycott China’s Belt and Road Forum for second time

India signals to boycott China’s Belt and Road Forum for second time China’s second Belt and Road Forum for a second time, saying no country can participate in an initiative that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity. India boycotted the first Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in 2017 after protesting to Beijing […]

Lok Sabha passed the Indian Forest Amendment Bill, 2017

Lok Sabha passed the Indian Forest Amendment Bill, 2017 The Lok Sabha passed the Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The bill replaces Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 promulgated by President Ram Nath Kovind in November 2017 and amends Indian Forest Act, 1927.   Though bamboo was taxonomically a grass, it was earlier defined as a tree under the Indian Forest Act, […]

FAO expressed its concerns over armyworms

FAO expressed its concerns over armyworms The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has expressed concerns over the increasing menace of Crop-damaging armyworms in Asia. Farming in several Asian countries is under threat from Armyworms, a type of crop-damaging insects that have munched their way from America and across Africa.  These flying insects arrived in India in July and have since spread to Sri […]

Mumbai social worker Gauri Sawant designated as first transgender election ambassador

Mumbai social worker Gauri Sawant designated as first transgender election ambassador A 38-year-old transgender activist Shree Gauri Sawant from Mumbai appointed as first transgender election ambassador by The Election Commission of India. There was no separate classification of transgenders as voters till 2014 but after that transgenders were first enrolled as voters along with males and […]

Italy to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Italy to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte pledged to make Italy the first Group of Seven nation to join China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative (BRI). This move will help rebalance Italy’s trade with the Asian nation. Four Italian ports could reportedly be opened to Chinese investments for BRI. The US has warned Italy […]

India ranked 140th in the happiest country in the world 2019 list

India ranked 140th in the happiest country in the world 2019 list Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world 2019 for the second year in succession. The report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Networkfor the United Nations on March 20. India secured 140th place, seven spots down from last year, on UN World Happiness Report- […]

Indian-Omani group signs USD 3.8 billion deal to build Sri Lanka refinery

Indian-Omani group signs USD 3.8 billion deal to build Sri Lanka refinery India’s Accord Group and Oman’s oil ministry have signed a $3.85 billion deal to build an oil refinery in Sri Lanka. This is the biggest single pledge of FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) ever made in the country. The project will be located near the southern Sri Lankan port of Hambantota, […]

SpiceJet becomes first Indian low-cost airline to join IATA as a member

SpiceJet becomes first Indian low-cost airline to join IATA as a member Budget carrier SpiceJet has joined global airlines’ grouping International Air Transport Association (IATA), becoming the first Indian low-cost carrier to get the membership. The membership would help SpiceJet, which has ambitious expansion plans, to have codeshares and agreements with other carriers. IATA has over 290 airlines as […]