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ADB increases its COVID-19 Response Package to $20 Billion

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has increased the size of its COVID-19 Response Package to $20 Billion. The amount in the COVID-19 Response Package was initially $6.5 billion as per announcement in March 2020 as ADB’s response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. ADB has also approved ways and means to streamline its actions […]

Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has named Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Indigenous Peoples. Yalitza Aparicio is committed to the fight against racism and for the rights of women and indigenous peoples. She was chosen to play in Alfonso Cuarón’s film Roma while studying to be a teacher. She […]

Israel Becomes Permanent Member of Financial Action Task Force

Israel became a full member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international body set up to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other threats to the international financial system. The Jewish state has now taken its place alongside 37 other members including most of the G20, the world’s 20 leading industrialized and emerging […]

Angela Merkel To Step Down As German Chancellor In 2021

Germany’s Angela Merkel has announced that she will step down as Chancellor in 2021, following recent election setbacks. She would not seek re-election as leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union( CDU). She has held the post since 2000. The CDU was severely weakened in yesterday’s poll in the state of Hesse, the latest in a series […]

India Donated 3 lakh Dollars For Peacekeeping Initiative At UN

India has donated three lakh Dollars for a peacekeeping initiative at the UN.  The UN Department of Field Support announced that the Indian government donated the amount for the ‘Pipeline to Peacekeeping Command Programme’ with a specific focus on issues of conduct and discipline over a period of three years.  Source-Air World Service Static/Current Takeaways […]

PM Modi Embarked on 3-day Visit to Japan To attend Annual Bilateral Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a three-day visit to Japan. During his stay, Mr Modi will attend the 13th India-Japan Annual summit with his counterpart Mr Shinzo Abe. This will be the fifth Annual Summit meeting between Mr Modi and Mr Abe and their 12th meeting overall.  Under the framework of the Special Strategic and […]

20th Edition Of WETEX 2018 Held In Dubai

The 20th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) 2018 was held at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. WETEX is organized by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) every year. WETEX 2018 is the largest edition in the 20 year-history of WETEX. Source- Aljazeera   Static/Current Takeaways Important For […]

Russia Successfully Launched 1st Soyuz Rocket Since Failed Space Launch

Russia has successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1B rocket for the first time since the failure of a similar rocket aborted a manned take-off to the International Space Station (ISS). According to Russia’s space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin, this was the first launch of a rocket from the Soyuz family since the October 11 accident. Source- AIR World Service […]

NATO’s Biggest Military Maneuvers Begins in Norway

North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) biggest military manoeuvres since the Cold War began in Norway. Russia, which shares a border with Norway, was briefed by NATO on the Trident Juncture 2018 drill and invited to monitor it, but Moscow is still angered by the exercise. The wargames bring together around 50,000 personnel from all 29 NATO […]

World’s Longest Sea-Crossing Bridge Opened in China

China has opened the longest sea-crossing bridge ever built, nine years after construction began. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge connects Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai.  The $20-billion bridge spans 55 kilometers.  The bridge, designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons, has been built using 400,000 tonnes of steel, enough to build […]