January Month International News 2018

International News/Events in January 2018:

Google has introduced a new app named “Bulletin” that allows anybody to submit stories for and about their communities. This is a free, lightweight app for telling a story by capturing photos, video clips and text right from your phone.

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has confirmed it lost about $524 million after suffering a hack which stole 500 million NEM tokens.

The Doomsday Clock close the planet is to an apocalypse was set at 2 minutes to midnight, the closest since 1953 during the Cold War.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) launched new Global Centre for Cybersecurity in a bid to safeguard the world from hackers and growing data breaches, especially from nation-states.

Valletta, the capital of Malta, was officially named European Capital of Culture 2018.

Apple is the most top in the Fortune magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” for 2018.

The US National Security Agency (NSA) been using secret speech recognition technology to identify people by their unique voiceprint for years The intelligence agency had used the technology in counterterrorism operations and overseas drug busts, the document added.

Google awarded nearly 72 lakh to researcher Guang Gong for finding bugs in its Pixel devices. The exploit chain consisted of two bugs which together could inject arbitrary code into system server by accessing a malicious URL in Chrome.

The Minister of State Independent Charge for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Raj Kumar Singh delivered the keynote address at the ministerial plenary session of the International Solar Alliance at Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated the 3rd edition of the geo-political conference, ‘Raisina Dialogue’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended the inaugural session.

China constructed a 330-foot tall air purifying tower dubbed the “World’s Biggest Air Purifier”. The tower which is being tested by researchers has produced more than 10 million cubic meters of clean air since it was launched.

Romania’s left-wing Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned after losing the backing of his party due to internal power struggles, barely seven months after his predecessor suffered the same fate.

Bangladesh, India, and Nepal agreed on the text of operating procedures for passenger vehicle movement (Passenger protocol) in sub-region under Bangladesh – Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA).

The public sector major aviation company given women travelers special thanks to the New Year (2018). Air India announced a reservation of seats for women in all its domestic flight services.

Saudi Arabia private company opened the first car showroom in Le Mall, Jeddah for women only.

South Australia is aiming to build the World’s Largest Thermal Solar Plant. The project is being developed by US company SolarReserve at a budgeted cost of A$650m (£380m).

American and Japanese military forces have launched joint exercise named Iron Fist. The 13th annual Iron Fist exercises kicked off in the U.S. western state of California.

Gallup International Association (GIA) has ranked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the No. 3 world leader in its annual survey. This is the highest ever rank bagged by any Indian Prime Minister in the GIA global polls.

China became Nepal’s second internet service provider, breaking India’s monopoly in providing internet access to Nepal. The Hong Kong and Beijing based China Telecom Global (CTG) has teamed up with Nepal Telecom to provide alternate cyber-connectivity to Nepal.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index the Jeff Bezos Founder and CEO of Amazon has become the richest man in the history overtaking the wealth Bill Gates.

The goal to cut the carbon emission by 2020 may be missed by Germany as the chancellor Angela Merkel and her party has denied achieving the goal in next two years.

World’s largest Ice Festival “International Ice and Snow Festival” was held in Harbin, China. This is one of China’s coldest cities in the winter. It is the 34th annual Ice Festival in Harbin

Iran has banned English from being taught in primary schools across the country after its Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said that teaching English will lead to Western cultural invasion.

Iceland has become the first country in the world to legalize equal pay between men and women.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who is visiting Indonesia as part of her three-nation tour, co-chaired the fifth meeting of the India-Indonesia Joint Commission with her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi.

Turkey expressed pleasure to make relationships with Germany rockier.

The United States of America placed Pakistan along with ten other nations in the list of countries designated as the worst offenders against religious liberty.

The Cabinet has approved the signing and implementation of the MoU between Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and “Transport for London” to improve public transport in the country.

Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands have joined the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

The unusual and very efficient whistle language commonly called “Bird language” used as a means of communication by villagers in remote northern Turkey entered the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) introduced value-added tax (VAT). These are the first two countries in the Gulf which have introduced the VAT system.

Israel has filed notice to withdraw from the UNESCO alongside the United States.

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