India gifts 30 ambulances, 6 buses to Nepal on Republic Day

  • India on Saturday donated 30 ambulances and six buses to Nepal and extended its support to the country in achieving prosperity.

  • India’s gesture came as it marked 70th Republic Day.

  • India’s Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri handed over keys of the ambulances and buses to the recipient organisations amidst celebrations in Indian Embassy premises, Katmandu.

Sultan Abdullah elected New Malaysian King

  • Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was elected as Malaysia’s new king by the members of the country’s royal families.

  • The 59-year-old was earlier appointed the Sultan of the Malaysian state of Pahang.

  • He replaced Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan, who stepped down recently, making it the first abdication in Malaysia’s history.

Burkina Faso President appoints Christophe Joseph Marie Dabire as new PM

  • West African country Burkina Faso President appointed Christophe Joseph Marie Dabire new Prime Minister as Paul Kaba Theiba and his cabinet resigned last week.

  • Christophe Joseph Marie Dabire is a politician and economist.

  • He takes the reins of government at the time when Burkina Faso is economic and security challenges.

Venezuela breaks off Diplomatic ties with the US

  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that he is breaking off diplomatic ties with the United States after his American counterpart Donald Trump recognized Opposition leader Juan Guaido as the South American country’s interim President.

Andry Rajoelina sworn in as President of Madagascar

  • Andry Rajoelina was sworn in as President of Madagascar.

  • The oath-taking ceremony was attended by delegation from 35 countries and international organizations.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven wins second term

  • Sweden’s parliament has elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to a second four-year term ending more than four months of political deadlock.

Asif Saeed Khosa sworn in as Chief Justice of Pakistan

  • Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, known for adding lyrical flair in his judgments, sworn in as the Chief Justice of Pakistan in a ceremony at Islamabad.

  • It was attended by foreign legal luminaries, including former Indian SC judge Madan Bhimarao Lokur.

  • He is the 26th Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Palestine Takes Reins at UN’s Group G77

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to protect the interests of all 134 countries in the UN’s Group of 77, as Palestine took the chairmanship of the group from Egypt for 2019.

British Parliament rejects Brexit deal

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a crushing defeat in Parliament over Brexit deal.

  • May’s bid to get the Withdrawal Agreement, struck between Britain and European Union, passed by House of Commons was defeated by a margin of 202 to 432 – a majority of 230 votes.

Taiwan President appoints new PM

  • Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen appointed a new Prime Minister following the resignation of the incumbent over the recent electoral setback suffered by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

  • The President announced the appointment of Su Tseng-chang to replace Lai Ching-te at a press conference in Taipei.

  • Lai announced his resignation and made it effective after a cabinet meeting.

Maduro Sworn in as Venezuela President for 2nd Term

  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro started a second term in office, amid the economic and humanitarian crisis faced by the Latin American country.

  • Maduro was re-elected last year amid allegation of vote buying and electoral fraud.

  • The US, EU and 13 other countries have said that they would not recognise Maduro’s Presidency.

Pakistan’s Provincial Government declares Panj Tirath Hindu religious site as national heritage

  • The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provincial government of Pakistan has declared the ancient Hindu religious site of Panj Tirath in Peshawar of North Western Pakistan as national heritage.

  • The Directorate of Archaeology and Museums of KP has issued a notification under the KP Antiquities Act 2016 declaring the land in the Panj Tirath Park as a heritage site.

Pakistan, India exchange list of nuclear installations

  • India and Pakistan exchanged the list of nuclear installations and facilities covered under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations between them.

  • This is the 28th consecutive exchange of such lists between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

  • The list was exchanged through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad.

Jair Bolsonaro takes oath as new President of Brazil

  • Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil’s President in a ceremony at Brazil’s National Congress Building.

  • Bolsonaro is a former Army captain and admirer of the country’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship.

Qatar Withdraws From OPEC

  • Qatar has withdrawn its membership from Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

  • The country had sent an official notification to the OPEC expressing its wish to pull out and to focus on its liquefied natural gas production.

  • Qatar has been in OPEC for 57 years.

  • The decision came amid the ongoing diplomatic and economic blockade imposed on the country by its Persian Gulf neighbours and several Arab states.

US, Israel Quit UNESCO Citing Bias

  • The United states of America (USA) and Israel officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias.

  • UNESCO was established in 1945 after the end of world war II to foster peace and it is best known for its World Heritage programs which designates cultural sites and aims to preserve traditions.

Sheikh Hasina wins third consecutive term as prime minister

  • Bangladesh’s Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina secured her third consecutive term and fourth overall with a landslide victory in the nation’s general elections.

  • The results were announced by the Election Commission.

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