May Month International News 2018

International News/Events in May 2018:

1. Colombia would be formally joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It is the first Latin American nation to be a part of the NATO.

2. India launched its second IT corridor in China to cash in on the burgeoning Chinese software market. The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has established one more Sino-Indian Digital Collaborative Opportunities Plaza (SIDCOP) platform in China.

3. NASSCOM established its first SIDCOP platform in the Chinese port city of Dalian in 2017.

4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte discussed on bilateral and international issues at the Hyderabad House.

5. The Netherlands has become the 64th signatory member of the International Solar Alliance.

6. Union Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated Smart Grid Workshop at Copenhagen.

7. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Nepal as free from Trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness.

8. Indian Air Force Chief Marshal Birendra Singh Dhanoa on a four-day tour to Israel. In Israel, the Chief of the Air Staff will be attending a conference on “Air Superiority as a Bridge to Regional Stability”. The conference is part of the Israel Air Force’s 70th-anniversary celebrations.

9. Russia has built the world’s first floating nuclear power station at a ceremony in the port of the far northern city of Murmansk.

10. Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, will be on a two-day official visit to India with an aim to boost the economic and political cooperation between the two countries.

11. Guatemala has opened an embassy in Jerusalem two days after the U.S. moved its embassy to the contested capital city.

12. President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales inaugurated Guatemalan embassy in Jerusalem

13. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published its first ‘essential diagnostics list’, a catalog of tests needed to diagnose the most common conditions as well as a number of global priority diseases.

14. The World Health Organization (WHO) launched a comprehensive plan to eliminate industrially-produced artificial trans fats from the global food supply by 2023. WHO calls on governments to use the ‘REPLACE’ action package to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the food supply.

15. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow discussing issues as a part of regular contacts between the two countries’ security councils.

16. China’s first domestically developed aircraft carrier began sea trials. It is a 50,000-metric tonne vessel. It started off from a shipyard of Dalian Shipbuilding Industry in Liaoning province.

17. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) released a report titled “Breastfeeding: A Mother’s Gift, for Every Child”, claiming that over 7.6 million babies are not breastfed each year.

18. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba had purchased leading Pakistani online retailer ‘Daraz’, continuing it’s overseas expansion by gaining a foothold in the growing South Asian consumer market.

19. Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Prime Minister of Malaysia. 92 years old, Mahathir becomes the oldest Prime Minister in the world.

20. The leaders of China, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo against the backdrop of historic diplomatic moves by North Korea and a push for the isolated country to give up its nuclear weapons.

21. Facebook has announced that the company’s Vice President of Product Chris Daniels will be taking over Whatsapp after Co-founder Jan Koum announced his departure.

22. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced to hold a climate summit in September 2019 in New York to review the commitments of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

23. President Donald Trump announced US withdrawal from the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with Iran.

24. Vladimir Putin was sworn-in as the President of Russia for the fourth time.

25. Israel to withdraw its candidacy for the non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council in 2019-2020, by refusing to participate in the election which will take place in June at a UN General Assembly session.

26. According to new Federal Data, California become the World’s fifth largest economy.

Top 5 World’s Largest Economy Countries:

1. USA
2. China
3. Japan
4. Germany
5. California
6. UK
7. India.

27. The Swedish Academy has decided to postpone the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, with the intention of awarding it in 2019. The decision has been taken in the wake of a sexual and financial scandal that has engulfed the Swedish Academy, the cultural institution responsible for awarding the prestigious prize.

28. IT firm Cognizant has acquired privately-held Belgium based Hedera Consulting, a move that will strengthen the former’s consulting and digital transformation capabilities for clients in Belgium and the Netherlands.

29. UK marketing analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which has been at the heart of the Facebook data scandal, has announced to cease all its operations immediately and filing for insolvency in Britain and the United States.

30. The bilateral trade between India and China through Nathu La border has resumed. This was announced by the General Secretary of the Indo-China Border Trader’s Welfare Association, Tenzing Tsepel.

31. The Dominican Republic and China had established diplomatic relations as the Caribbean country becomes the latest nation to dump Taiwan in the face of Beijing’s growing influence.

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