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India-Russia Bilateral Summit

India signed a USD 5.43 billion deal with Russia for procurement of the air defence missile system, S-400 on October 5, 2018. It was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other delegates after the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit.

Indian Ambassador to Spain Appointed

Sanjay Verma of the 1990 batch of Indian Foreign Service (IFS) was appointed the next Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Spain on October 4, 2018. He is, at present, the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy Adopted by IORA Countries

21 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) adopted the Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy on October 4, 2018. This was after the 2nd IORA Renewable Energy Ministerial Meeting held in Greater Noida at the 2nd Global Re-invest India-ISA Partnership Renewable Energy Investors Meet & Expo.

Aung San Suu Kyi Loses Honorary Canadian Citizenship

The Myanmar leader became the first person to be stripped of an honorary Canadian citizenship on October 3, 2018. A human rights activist, Suu Kyi had been honoured with this citizenship in 2007. The honour was taken back due to the human rights violations against the Rohingyas in Myanmar.

Assembly of International Solar Alliance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first Assembly of International Solar Alliance at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on October 2, 2018. This was in the presence of António Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations.

Appointment of India's Ambassador to UN Conference on Disarmament

Replacing Amandeep Gill, Pankaj Sharma was appointed as ambassador and India's permanent representative to the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. At present, he is the Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security Division) in the Ministry of External Affairs.


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