Israel would name a new place in the Golan Heights after U.S. President Donald Trump. It will be named as an expression of gratitude for his recognition of its claim of sovereignty over the strategic plateau. Israel captured the Golan from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed it, in a move not recognized internationally. The United States broke with other world powers last month when Trump signed a decree recognizing Israeli sovereignty there.
The United Nations and the European Union (EU) have signed a joint framework aimed at strengthening partnership in counter-terrorism efforts. The framework was enacted on the occasion of the second EU-UN high-level political dialogue on Counter-Terrorism that was held in New York. The UN-EU initiative will focus on terrorism and violent extremism prevention in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, as well as support victims of terrorism offenders. Points to Remember European Union Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium Member states: 28 states
UAE's carrier Etihad Airways has become the first airline in the Gulf region to operate a flight without any single-use plastics on board., This was concluded in a bid to raise awareness about pollution on Earth Day (April 22). It is a part of Etihad's pledge to reduce single-use plastic usage by 80 per cent not just in-flight, but across the entire organisation by the end of 2022.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for their first summit talks in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok. The two leaders talked about the Korean peninsula's nuclear problem. Kim is believed to seek support after failing to reach an agreement with US President Trump on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme at Hanoi earlier this year.
The government extended the ban on import of milk and its products, including chocolates, from China. The ban was first imposed in September 2008 and extended subsequently from time to time. The ban was imposed on apprehensions of the presence of melamine in some milk consignments from China. Melamine is a toxic chemical used for making plastics and fertilisers. Although India does not import milk, milk products from China, it has imposed the ban as a preventive measure.
A new Coast Guard vessel C- 441 has been commissioned at Vizhinjam harbour in Kerala. Indian Coast Guard Ship C- 441 is capable to undertake multifarious tasks such as close coast surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and rendering assistance to boats in distress at sea. It will enhance the search and rescue capacity of Kerala seas. The ship is commanded by Assistant Commandant Amit K Choudhary and has 13 crew onboard with specialisation in various fields.
India’s original “Padman” Arunachalam Muruganantham has been featured on Fortune magazine's list of world’s 100 greatest leaders. He became famous for producing low-cost sanitary napkins. He ranks 45th in the list and is featured along with stalwarts from various walks of life such as Bill and Melinda Gates, Jacinda Ardern, and Robert Mueller. Bill Gates topped the chart due to the massive charity work they have done.
Based on the recommendation of the second Narasimham Committee, the Reserve Bank has divested its entire stake in National Housing Bank (NHB) and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). RBI has sold the entire stake worth twenty crore rupees in NABARD and 1,450 crore rupees in NHB in the last quarter of 2018-19. With this, the government now holds a 100 per cent stake in both these financial institutions.
India bagged four medals, including a Gold, on the final day of the Asian Athletics Championships at Doha. PU Chitra successfully defended her Women's 1,500 metres Gold she had won in 2017. India ended at the fourth spot in the medals tally with 3 Gold, 7 Silver and 7 Bronze. Bahrain topped the table with 11 Gold, 7 Silver and 4 Bronze. China was second with 10 Gold, 13 Silver and 7 Bronze. India had won 29 medals - 12 Gold, 5 Silver and 12 Bronze in the last edition in Bhubaneswar in 2017, topping the medal tally for the first time.