Thailand elected as a member of the World Heritage Committee
Representatives of 193 countries cast their votes during the 22nd session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention in Paris on Wednesday, to fill nine vacant seats on the 21-member World Heritage Committee. Thailand has been elected to membership of the World Heritage Committee that will reconsider Bangkok's proposed listing of the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex and also Phu Phrabat Historical Park next year.
Raweewan Bhuridej, secretary-general of the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, said the World Heritage Committee woud meet in France next year and in June would consider the listing of World Heritage sites.
BrahMos cruise missile test-fired from INS Kochi
BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired from a naval warship on Thursday. The supersonic missile, with a strike-range of over 290 km, was test-fired from the Navy’s stealth destroyer INS Kochi, hitting a decommissioned target ship in the Arabian Sea. "The missile was successfully test-fired at 10.20 am from Chandipur in Odisha during the launch jointly conducted by DRDO and BrahMos Aerospace," an official statement from Defence Ministery.
World AIDS Day is observed on 1 December
World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK over 4,300 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.
World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
Mukesh Ambani becomes 9th richest in world with net worth of $60.6 bn after RIL's m-cap crosses Rs 10 lakh cr
Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani now ranks as the 9th richest person across the globe, with a net worth of $60.6 billion, according to 'The Real-Time Billionaires List' of Forbes. His rankings leapfrogged from 13th position with $50 billion wealth in March 2019 to current 9th position, marking a gain of over $10 billion in just eight months.
As per the Forbes India Rich List 2019, the 62-year-old RIL Chairman is the richest Indian with a net worth of $51.4 billion.
India announced Rs.4,900 crore to support Butans 5 year plan
India announces the assistance of Rs.4500 Crore for the implementation of development projects and Rs. 400 Crore for transitional Trade Support Facility Under the ongoing 12th 5 year plan, 51 large and intermediate projects and 359 Small Development Projects (SDPs) and High Impact Community Development Projects (HICPDs) are being implemented. The Indian delegation was led by T.S. Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), The Bhutan delegation was led by Kinga Singye, Foreign Secretary of Bhutan.
India signed MoU with Qatar to set up University campus
Ambassador of Qatar to India Muhammad Khater al-Khater , Dr. Ibrahim saleh Al nuaimi, Secretary Ministry of Higher Education in the State of Qatar, Ali Bin Abdul Latif Almuhandi Member, Qatar Parliament and Qatar Chamber, Professor Nitin R Karmalkar, Vice Chancelor, Savitribi Phule Pune University along with registrar of the University, Ashraf Akhlaque, Advisor of the Ambassador of Qatar, senior officials of Qatar's Ministry of Higher Education were present when the MoU was signed on Nov 28.
Memorandum will open new avenues and opportunities for Indians community in Qatar as they will not be compelled to send back their children to India for higher education due to the absence of the campus of any Indian University in Qatar.