World Affairs

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UNGA Declares 2023 as International Year of Millets

The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare 2023 as the International Year of Millets. The resolution was sponsored by India and supported by over 70 nations. Key Points The resolution titled ‘International Year of Millets 2023’ was initiated by India with Nepal, Bangladesh, Kenya, Russia, Nigeria, and Senegal and was co-sponsored by over 70 nations. The resolution was unanimously adopted by the 193-member General Assembly, declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets. The resolution is aimed at raising awareness about the health benefits of the grain and its suitability for cultivation under changing climatic conditions. India’s Permanent Representative to the U.N. Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti pointed out that although millet cultivation has been historicallyRead More...
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MoUs Approved by Cabinet

Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved two MoUs in different sectors. One MoU is with France and the other is with Fiji. The agreement with France has been approved for Renewable Energy Cooperation while that with Fiji has been approved for cooperation in the field of Agriculture and Allied Sectors. India-France MoU Union Cabinet has approved the India-France agreement in the field of renewable energy cooperation. The MoU was signed in January 2021. The MoU includes exchange and training of scientific and technical personnel; exchange of scientific and technological information and data; organization of workshops and seminars; transfer of equipment, know-how and technology; development of joint research and technological projects. This agreement will be helpfulRead More...
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India-Norway to Conduct Marine Spatial Planning in Lakshadweep and Puducherry

The Ministry of Earth Sciences informed that India and Norway will work jointly in the area of marine spatial planning for the next five years. Key Points India and Norway recently virtually conducted the first project steering committee meeting with representatives from both countries. Both countries have devised a plan to ensure that human activities at sea take place in a safe, efficient, and sustainable manner in areas like transportation, energy, fisheries, tourism, and aquaculture across multiple sectors. Lakshadweep and Puducherry have been identified as pilot sites for the project. This is a part of the Indo-Norway Integrated Ocean Initiative under the MoU signed between the two countries in the year 2019. Both countries have decided to extend their support for sustainableRead More...
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Arktika-M- Russia Launches Satellite to Monitor Climate in the Arctic

Russia has launched its space satellite Arktika-M on February 28 on a mission to monitor the climate and environment in the Arctic. This launch is an effort to expand the country’s activities in the region. Key Points The Arctic has warmed more than twice as fast as the global average over the last three decades and Moscow is seeking to develop the energy-rich region, investing in the Northern Sea Route for shipping across its long northern flank as ice melts. The satellite was launched from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome by a Soyuz rocket and it successfully reached its intended orbit. As per Roscosmos, Russia now plans to launch a second satellite in the year 2023. After the second launch, the two satellites will offer round-the-clock, all-weather monitoring of the ArcticRead More...
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Traditional ‘Lantern Festival’ Celebrated in China

China celebrates the ‘Lantern Festival’ on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar. The festival normally falls in February last and in early March every year. Key Points In 2021, the traditional Lantern Festival was celebrated on February 26. The festival marks the end of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. During Lantern Festival, everyone come out in streets and light lanterns. Some people also regard the festival as the “true” Chinese Valentine’s Day, rather than the traditional day of Qixi. There are many beliefs regarding the origin of the festival. The roots of the festival can be found over 2,000 years ago and it is popularly linked to the reign of Emperor Ming of the Han dynasty. It is believed that EmperorRead More...
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FATF Keeps Pakistan on its Grey List till June

Global anti-terrorism watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has announced to keep Pakistan on its “grey list” till June 2021. This has been done after the failure of Pakistan to fully comply with a 27-point action plan to combat terrorism. Key Points This decision was taken after a 3-day plenary session that was held virtually. FATF President Marcus Pleyer has pointed out that there was a serious deficiency on Pakistan’s part to counter terror financing. “Pakistan will remain under increased monitoring as serious deficiencies remain related to terror financing. As per FATF, Pakistan has taken many steps, but there are three important points from 27 action points remaining to be acted upon. Three Action Points on which Pakistan needs to act as per FATF DemonstratingRead More...
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Australia Passed “News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code”

Australia has passed a new law for the news and content of local media outlets. The newly passed law requires digital platforms like Google and Facebook to pay local media outlets and publishers for linking their content on news feeds or in search results. Key Points The law was expected and comes after the government introduced some last-minute amendments to the proposed bill, officially known as the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code. The Code will ensure that fair remuneration is given to the local news media for the content they generate. The statement regarding the law was jointly released by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher. The Australian government is also happy to see the progress by Facebook and Google in reachingRead More...
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Australia’s Oldest Aboriginal Rock Art Identified

A kangaroo painting created over 17,000 years ago by Aboriginal artists has been identified as the oldest intact rock art of Australia. Key Points As per research, the six-feet-long (2 metre) artwork on the sloped ceiling of a rock shelter in Western Australia's Kimberley region was painted in an early naturalistic style. This style often features life-sized renderings of animals. In to establish the age of original rock artworks, scientists worked with the local Aboriginal community, who can trace their heritage in the region back tens of thousands of years. The main challenge, globally, in dating ancient paintings, is that they very rarely employed a pigment that can be dated with any of the current, quantitative dating techniques. To get around this, the scientists identifiedRead More...
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UN lists 4 priority Areas to Address Climate Crisis Risks

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has listed four priority areas for the international community to address the risks posed by the climate crisis to peace and security, along with putting a greater focus on prevention through strong, ambitious climate action. Key Points UN Chief listed the four priority areas while addressing the Security Council high-level video conference open debate on climate and security. First, a greater focus on prevention through ambitious and strong climate action is required. The world must get on track to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid climate catastrophe. A truly global coalition must be created to commit to net-zero emissions by the middle of the century. On the second priority, immediate actions to protectRead More...
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Japan Appoints ‘Minister of Loneliness’ to Check Suicide Rates

Japan has appointed a Minister of Loneliness in its cabinet with an aim to deal with the increasing suicide rate in the country amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Key Points For the first time in 11 years, the suicide rate in Japan has increased due to the coronavirus pandemic. In order to tackle this situation, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga appointed a minister of loneliness to his Cabinet. Tetsushi Sakamoto has been appointed as the minister of loneliness. He is also in charge of alleviating the country's falling birth rate and revitalizing regional economies. In his inaugural press conference, Sakamoto said that he has been appointed to deal with national issues including increasing suicide rates among women. Japanese prime minister has instructed to examine the issue and putRead More...
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