- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will on his first official overseas tour to India next week.
- His Three day tour will begin on 14th September and will end on 16th September 2015.
- The main official engagements will be held on 15th.
- During this visit, he will hold extensive talks with the Indian leadership including on the sensitive fishermen issue and a comprehensive economic pact.
- During the three-day visit from September 14 to 16, he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, besides meeting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and calling on President Pranab Mukherjee.
- Important Points to Note :
- The visit assumes significance as President Maithripala Sirisena also chose India to be his first overseas destination after being elected to office in January.
- Mr Wickremesinghe was elected Prime Minister after his party United National Party won the parliamentary elections last month.
- This will be Mr Wikremesinghe's maiden foreign trip since January, when he had assumed premiership for the third time.
- World's 20 largest economies, including India, today launched W20, an engagement grouping of women leaders, to push for gender inclusive global economic growth.
- The W20 group -- having 20 women leaders from G20 nations -- would host its first summit next month in Istanbul after all member countries appoint their nominees.
- President of W20 (Newly Appointed) : Gulden Turktan
- Important Details about G20 :
- The G20 members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.
- The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for global economic and financial cooperation that brings together the world's major advanced and emerging economies, representing around 85 per cent of global GDP.
- The G20 started in 1999 as a meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis.
- In 2008, the first G20 Leaders' Summit was held, and the group played a key role in responding to the global financial crisis.
- G20 leaders have met nine times since 2008, continuing to focus on achieving strong, sustainable and balanced growth, promoting job creation and financial regulations that reduce risks and prevent future financial crises and modernising international financial architecture.
- Delhi government has decided to reduce the Syllabus upto class 8th by 25 percent from next month.
- Delhi High Court directs Centre and Medical Council of India (MCI) to introduce a B.Sc. course in medicine for preparing health workers for rural areas in six months.
- This decision will foster medical healthcare workers to provide primary healthcare in rural areas with no doctors.
Science & Technology
- India's latest communication satellite GSAT-6 has been successfully positioned in its orbital slot.
- GSAT-6 is the 25th geostationary communication satellite of India built by ISRO and 12th in the GSAT series.
- It provides communication through five spot beams in S-band and a national beam in C-band for strategic users.
- One of the advanced features of the satellite is its S-Band Unfurlable Antenna of 6m diameter. This is the largest satellite antenna realized by ISRO.
- The mission life of the satellite is nine years.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the much-awaited Badarpur-Faridabad Metro which is to run on Solar Power.
Business & Economy
- Indian Railways is going to tie up with with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to get online satellite images for improving safety and enhancing efficiency.
- Indian Boxer Vikas Krishan gets Silver Medal in Asian Championships in Bangkok.
- With Vikas' silver, India finished their campaign with one silver and three bronze medals - L Devendro Singh (49kg), Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Satish Kumar (+ 91kg) being the third-place finishers.
- Besides, six Indians also made the cut for next month's World Championships - the first qualifying event for the Olympics next year.
- Australia's veteran all-rounder Shane Watson announced his retirement from Test cricket .
- Watson played 59 Tests for Australia, scoring 3,731 runs and taking 75 wickets.
- Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela wins silver in Women's 10m Air Rifle event at ISSF World Cup in Munich.
- Note : She already qualified for Rio Olympic by claiming the 10m air rifle bronze at the ISSF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) in Changwon, Korea, in April
- Ahmadi Elaheh of Iran, who won the gold medal.
- Andrea Arsovic of Serbia bagged the bronze.
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