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The Bulletin - 04.10.2018 & 05.10.2018


1. Nobel Peace Prize -

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

The physician Denis Mukwege has spent large parts of his adult life helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since the Panzi Hospital was established in Bukavu in 1999, Dr. Mukwege and his staff have treated thousands of patients who have fallen victim to such assaults. Most of the abuses have been committed in the context of a long-lasting civil war that has cost the lives of more than six million Congolese.
Nadia Murad is a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq, where she lived with her family in the remote village of Kocho. In August 2014 the Islamic State (IS) launched a brutal, systematic attack on the villages of the Sinjar district, aimed at exterminating the Yazidi population. In Nadia Murad’s village, several hundred people were massacred. The younger women, including underage children, were abducted and held as sex slaves. While a captive of the IS, Nadia Murad was repeatedly subjected to rape and other abuses. Her assaulters threatened to execute her if she did not convert to their hateful, inhuman version of Islam.

2. Fourth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement, 2018-19 Resolution of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) Reserve Bank of India
  • The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) in its fourth bi-monthly statement, on the basis of an assessment of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation, decided to keep the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) unchanged at 6.5 per cent.
  • The GDP growth projection for 2018-19 is retained at 7.4 per cent as in the August resolution.

3. Civil aviation Ministry  Releases “Digi Yatra”
  • The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu released the policy on biometric based digital processing of passengers at airports called “Digi Yatra”.

4.  India and Kazakhstan agree to boost Defence and Military Technical Cooperation
  • Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman was on a three-day visit to Astana, Kazakhstan from October 02, 2018 at the invitation of Minister of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Nurlan Yermekbayev. 
  • India and Kazakhstan Defence Cooperation includes military-technical cooperation, military education and training, joint military exercises, bilateral exchange of visits and cadet youth exchange programs. 

5. Swachh Survekshan Grameen Awards 2018
  • Haryana was ranked as the best State while Satara District of Maharashtra was ranked as the best district as per the ranking undertaken by Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018.

Overall Ranking:

  • Top 3 States-1) Haryana, 2) Gujarat 3) Maharashtra
  • Top 3 Districts 1) Satara, Maharashtra 2) Rewari, Haryana 3) Pedapalli, Telangana
  • States with maximum citizen participation 1) Uttar Pradesh 2) Gujarat 3) Maharashtra
  • Districts with maximum citizens’ participation 1) Nashik, Maharashtra 2) Solapur, Maharashtra 3) Chittorgarh, Rajasthan

6. Plenary session of the 2nd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo, (REINVEST- 2018)
  • RE-Invest is a global platform to explore strategies for development and deployment of renewables. 
  • It showcases India’s clean energy market and the Government’s efforts to scale up capacity to meet the national energy demand in socially, economically and ecologically sustainable ways. 
  • The 2nd Global RE-Invest will build upon the success of RE-Invest 2015 and provide an international forum to established players as well as new segments of investors and entrepreneurs to engage, ideate and innovate.
  • Softbank group’s CEO Mr. Masayoshi Son offers free Electricity after 25 years at RE-Invest.
About ISA:
Vision and mission of the International Solar Alliance is to provide a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource rich countries where the global community, including bilateral and multilateral organizations, corporates, industry, and other stakeholders, can make a positive contribution to assist and help achieve the common goals of increasing the use of solar energy in meeting energy needs of prospective ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner.

7. 4th India International Science Festival-2018 (IISF-2018) to be held in Lucknow from 05th to 08th October.

8. GI Tag for Alphonso from Konkan
  • Alphonso from Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Palghar, Thane and Raigad districts of  Maharashtra, is registered as Geographical Indication (GI). 
  • A Geographical Indication or a GI is an indication used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.

9. India and ADB Signs $110 Million Loan to Improve Rural Connectivity in Madhya Pradesh
  • Government of India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed a $110 million loan to finance the upgrade of 2,800 kilometers all-weather rural roads in the State of Madhya Pradesh under the Prime Minister's Rural Roads Program (PMGSY).

10. Launch of Methanol Cooking Fuel Program of India
  • Assam Petro-chemicals, a state-owned company launched Asia's first cannisters based and India's first "Methanol Cooking Fuel Program".
  • 500 households inside the Assam Petro Complex will be the first pilot project, scaling it to 40,000 households in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Goa and Karnataka. 

11. First moon outside our solar system discovered
  • The newly discovered exomoon and the planet it orbits are both gaseous.

12. ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar quits
  • Chanda Kochhar, the managing director and chief executive officer of private sector lender ICICI Bank, has called it quits.
  • The development comes even as the Srikrishna committee, which is probing charges of conflict of interest against her, is yet to officially submit its findings to the bank’s board.
  • The lender has named Sandeep Bakhshi as the new MD & CEO and handed him a five-year term till October 3, 2023. The appointment is subject to regulatory approvals.

13. Several Indian companies debarred by World Bank in 2018
  • 78 companies and individuals have been debarred by the World Bank.
  • Several Indian companies and a few individuals from the country have been debarred by the World Bank from its various projects across the globe, the multilateral lending agency said in its first report on its efforts to fight corruption and safeguard donor resources.

14. List of Agreements/MoUs Exchanged between India and Russia during Visit of President of Russia Vladimir Putin


Sl. No.

Name of the MOU/Agreement/Treaty

Exchanged on the Russian Federation side by

Exchanged on the Indian side by


Protocol for Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and MEA for the period 2019-2023

H.E. Mr. Sergey Lavrov
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation

Smt. Sushma Swaraj
External Affairs Minister


Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog)

H.E. Mr Maxim Oreshkin,
Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Dr Rajiv Kumar
VC, NITI Aayog


Memorandum of Understanding between Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Federal Space Agency of Russia ‘ROSCOSMOS’ on Joint Activities in the field of Human Spaceflight Programme

Mr. Dmitriy Rogozin
Director of ROSCOMOS

Shri Vijay Gokhale
Foreign Secretary


Memorandum of Cooperation between the Indian and Russian Railways

Mr Oleg Belozerov,
CEO-Chairman of JSC Russian Railways

Shri Vijay Gokhale
Foreign Secretary


Action Plan for Prioritization and Implementation of Cooperation Areas in the Nuclear Field

Mr. Alexi Likhachev,
DG, Rosatom

Shri K N Vyas
Secretary, DAE


Memorandum of Understanding between the Russian Ministry of Transport and Indian Railways in the Development Cooperation in Transport Education

H.E. Mr. Nikolay Kudashev, Ambassador of the Russian
Federation to India

Shri D.B. Venkatesh Varma
Ambassador of India to Russia


Memorandum of Understanding between the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), of India and the Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation (RSMB), on Cooperation in the field of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Mr. Alexander Braverman,
Director General , Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation

Shri D.B. Venkatesh Varma
Ambassador of India to Russia


Cooperation Agreement in the Fertilizers Sector between the Russian Direct Investment Fund" ("RDIF”); PJSC Phosagro (PhosAgro) and Indian Potash Limited (IPL)

Mr Kirill Dmitriev, 
Director general of the Russian Direct Investment Fund
Andrey Guryev,
CEO for PhosAgro

Shri D.B. Venkatesh Varma
Ambassador of India to Russia




06 Oct, 2018

Very informative