Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives on a two-day visit to China on 26th April
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during an informal summit on 27, 28th April in Wuhan city. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said that it will be an important occasion for Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping to exchange views on bilateral and international matters with the objective of enhancing mutual communication at the level of leaders. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping will be a milestone in India-China relations. This will be Prime Minister Modi’s fourth visit to China after he came to power in 2014. Prime Minister is again due to visit China to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit to be held in Qingdao city on June 9 and 10.
India’s ranking in press freedom falls to 138
India’s ranking in the Press Freedom Index has fallen two places to 138 out of 180 countries, a watchdog said on 25th April in an annual report, blaming “physical violence” against journalists like Gauri Lankesh as the key reason behind the country’s low ranking. Norway topped the list of having the world’s freest press for the second year in a row, the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said while North Korea remained the most repressive country followed by Eritrea, Turkmenistan, Syria and then China.
ITC ties up with NITI to train 2 lakh farmers to increase income
FMCG major ITC on 26th April said it has joined hands with NITI Aayog to train 2 lakh farmers to increase their income and raise the productivity of major crops in 25 “aspirational districts” across seven states in the country by 2022. These 25 aspirational districts are in Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and partnership is for a period of four years, i.e. up to April 2022, ITC said in a statement.
Vistara becomes the member of IATA
Vistara has become the 3rd Indian carrier to be a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association of more than 280 airlines, which will help it provide a seamless travel experience through an extended global network to travelers to and from India. Vistara, the full-service carrier promoted by Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA), recently became eligible to start international operations. Air India and Jet Airways are the two other airlines in India that are IATA members.
Shri Rajnath Singh chairs the 23rd meeting of Western Zonal Council at Gandhinagar
The 23rd meeting of the Western Zonal Council was held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat under the Chairmanship of the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. The meeting was attended by the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Gujarat, Ministers of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, and Administrator of the Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and senior officers from Central and State Governments. The Union Home Minister stated that the Zonal Councils were established under the States Reorganisation Act, 1956 with the objective to develop the habit of cooperative working among the States and between the Centre and the States. The Zonal Councils are mandated to discuss and make recommendations on any matter of common interest in the field of economic and social planning.
India-Nepal Inter-Governmental Committee meeting begins in Kathmandu
India-Nepal Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting on trade, transit, and cooperation to Control Unauthorised Trade begins in Kathmandu on 26th April. The Indian side is led by Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia. The main focus of 2-day meeting will be on further strengthening trade and investment ties between both the countries. The IGC meeting provides a regular platform to review the implementation of past trade and transit agreements besides discussing new measures to facilitate bilateral trade and investment.
Bhaker, Mitharval finish 4th after shooting qualification world record
The Indian duo of Manu Bhaker and Om Prakash Mitharwal missed out on a medal and finished fourth in the 10m mixed team air pistol event after shooting a qualification world record in the ongoing ISSF World Cup in South Korea on 27th April. This was India’s fourth fourth-place finish in the World Cup stage 2. Eight Indians have so far reached seven finals at the Changwon International Shooting center, including in two team events, but so far only Shahzar Rizvi has won a medal – in the men’s 10m air pistol.
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