1.India Joins Ashgabat Agreement


India has joined Ashgabat Agreement on the establishment of an International Transport and Transit Corridor between the Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. According to the External Affairs Ministry, the accession to the Agreement would diversify India’s connectivity options with Central Asia and have a positive influence on its trade and commercial ties with the region.

Iran Capital- Tehran, Currency- Iranian rial.

Oman Capital- Muscat, Currency- Omani rial.

Turkmenistan Capital- Ashgabat, Currency- Turkmenistan manat.

Uzbekistan Capital - Tashkent, Currency- Uzbekistani som.


2.Cochin Shipyard Limited Signs MoU with Russian Firm USC

Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) and Joint Stock Company United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Russia have signed an MoU to collaborate and engage in Design, Development and Execution of contemporary, State-of-Art vessels for Inland and Coastal Waterways. The MoU will give a push to the Government’s Make-in-India programme, as also its plans to develop eco-friendly and economic transportation along India’s inland waterways and coastal shipping routes under SAGARMALA.

Chairman & Managing Director, Cochin Shipyard Limited- Shri Madhu S Nair.

United Shipbuilding Corporation President- Alexey Rakhmanov.

Sagarmala Program aims to promote port-led development in the country.

The concept of Sagarmala was approved by the Union Cabinet on 25th March 2015.


3.Rwanda Becomes 1st Poor Country to Provide Eye Care For All


Rwanda has become the first low-income country to provide universal eye care for its 12 million population. The government has partnered with the organisation Vision for a Nation (VFAN) to train more than 3,000 eye care nurses based in 502 local health centres, prescribing glasses and referring those with serious eye problems to national clinics.

The country ranks 159th on the Human Development Index.

Rwanda Capital- Kigali, Currency- Rwandan franc, President- Paul Kagame.

Rwanda’s minister of Health- Diane Gashumba.


4.32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela Begins


The 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela has begun in Faridabad, Haryana. The Mela is organized by the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism. The 17-day cultural extravaganza will see a spectacular showcase of regional and international crafts, handlooms, traditions along with some mouth-watering multi-cuisine food for the visitors. This year Uttar Pradesh is the theme state and Kyrgyzstan is the Partner Nation.

Kyrgyzstan Capital: Bishkek, Currency: Kyrgyzstani som.


5.Neelam Kapur Appointed DG of Sports Authority of India


Senior-most Indian Information Service (IIS) officer Neelam Kapur was appointed Director-General of Sports Authority of India (SAI). She is at present the Principal Director General of the Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP). It is for the first time that an IIS officer has been appointed as SAI chief. The post is usually held by an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.

Till now, Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar was looking after the post of SAI DG.



1.India Open Boxing: Mary Kom Clinches Gold, India Bag 10 Medals


The five-time World Champion MC Mary Kom claimed the gold medal in the India Open International Boxing tournament at Thyagraj Indoor Stadium in New Delhi. She defeated Josie Gabuco from the Philippines in a split 4-1 decision to grab the gold in the women's 48kg weight category.



1.IOB Receives Rs173 cr Capital Infusion from Government


Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has received Rs173.06 crore capital infusion from the government in the current fiscal. In a regulatory filing, IOB has received as the contribution of the central government in the preferential allotment of equity shares of the bank as government’s investment during the 2017-18 fiscal.

IOB MD & CEO- R. Subramaniakumar, Headquarters- Chennai.