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Nepal, China to hold first ever military exercise
Nepal and China will hold the first-ever joint military exercise from April 17 with a special focus on combating terror and disaster management, the Nepal Army announced.
The 10-day-long military drill that will last till April 26 is being organised by the two countries as part of their preparedness against terrorism that has posed as a serious security threat globally, it said.
The military exercise named ‘Sagarmatha Friendship-2017’ will also focus on common interests like disaster management.
Sagarmatha is the Nepali name of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, that is bordering between Nepal and China
BRICS envoys on Middle East meet in India
Special Envoys of five BRICS member states who specialises on West Asian Affairs held a quiet meeting in Vishakhapatnam.
This was first meeting of the BRICS special envoys on Middle East held in India and gained significance following growing instablity in West Asia and North Africa.
The five envoys also expressed resolve for renewed and committed efforts to find a political and diplomatic solution in Syria.
Points to Remember
- BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
- Originally the first four were grouped as “BRIC” (or “the BRICs”), before the induction of South Africa in 2010.
3. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Wins Time’s Reader Poll
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has won the Time magazine’s Reader Poll of the 100 most influential people in the world.
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, didn’t garner any ‘yes’ votes in the online survey.
- Mr Duterte was closely followed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
- Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had won the Reader Poll last year while Russian President Vladimir Putin had won in 2015.
4. 18 April: World Heritage Day
Every year on 18 April, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) celebrates the International Day for Monuments and Sites or World Heritage day, whose establishment was approved by the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983.
- In 2017, the theme is “Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism”, chosen in relation to the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
5. Australia abolishes visa programme popular with Indians
Australia has abolished a visa programme used by over 95,000 temporary foreign workers, majority of them Indians, to tackle the growing unemployment in the country.
The programme known as 457 visa allows business to employ foreign workers for a period up to four years in skilled jobs where there is a shortage of Australian workers.
The majority of the visa holders were from India followed by the UK and China.
6. India, Russia to upgrade military exercises
India and Russia have agreed to upgrade their annual Indra bilateral military exercise to a multilateral level involving the three services. This will be a first for India in bilateral military exercises with any other country.
“There will be no separate Army, Navy Air Force Indra exercises with Russia. It has been agreed to have them in a tri-service format,” a senior defence ministry source said.
This year’s edition of Indra exercises are scheduled to be held around October or November in Russia.
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