India and Spain have signed seven agreements following talks between Prime Minister Narender Modi and his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy at the Moncloa Palace in the Spanish capital. Madrid Mr. Modi welcomed Spain’s infrastructure, tourism, energy and defence companies to invest in priority sectors in India. Spain is India’s 7th largest trading partner in the European Union.
Indian and Russia have inked 5 pacts after wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narender Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Russia. Both countries have also decided to hold the first tri-Services exercises, named ‘Indra-2017’, this year. Of all the agreements, the agreement on setting up of Units 5 to 6 of the Kudankulam Nucleaar Power Plant in Tamil Nadu with the Russian help was a much-awaited agreement. Mr. Modi also met and interacted with sixteen Governers of various provinces of Russia to envisage a nurturing bilateral relationship.
India and Mauritius inked four agreements after delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narender Modi and Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth in New Delhi.
In, Ireland, a 38 year old Indian origin Leo Varadkar has been elected as the new Prime Minister. He will also be the youngest person ever and the first from an ethic minority background to become the Prime Minister of Ireland.
India has been ranked 137th in the Global Peace Index 2017, which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. India was ranked 141st in Last year’s index.
World No-Tobacco Day was observed on 31st May. This day highlights the health risks associated with consumption all forms of tobacco and advocates for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. World No Tobacco Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the WHO. The theme for the day this year was “Tobacco – a threat to development.”
Union Health Minister J P Nadda has said, ensuring quality of healthcare in public and private sector hospitals is Government’s key priority. Launching the 10th Common Review Mission report of the National Health Mission Mr. Nadda emphasized the need for developing strong healthcare systems for eliminating diseases like leprosy, malaria and kala-azar. He said, innovative strategies and new ideas are needed to take on new challenges in healthcare sector.
India has successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile from the test range in Odisha as part of a user trial by the Army. The trial of the surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, was carried out from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea in Odisha.
Shashi Shekar Vempati has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati. He will have a tenure of five years from the date of assumption of office. According to an official release, he was appointed on the recommendation of the three-member committee headed by Vice President M. Hamid Ansari.
India’s fencer C.A. Bhavani Devi has become first Indian to win a Gold Medal in an international fencing tournament.
Market regulator SEBI has formed a Committee on corporate Governance to improve the standards of corporate governance of listed companies. The committee will be headed by Uday Kotak, the executive vice chairman and managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank.