International Current Affairs 2017

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15 October: International Day of Rural Women

The International Day of Rural Women is observed annually across the world on 15 October to recognize the critical role and contribution of rural women. Significance of the day: Highlights the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women in enhancing rural and agricultural development, eradicating rural poverty and improving food security. 2016… Read More »


Bangladesh, China agree to elevate their ties to strategic partnership

Bangladesh and China have agreed to elevate their bilateral relations to “strategic partnership”. It was announced during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit Bangladesh. This is the first official state visit by Chinese head of state to Bangladesh in three decades since President Li Xiannian’s visit in March 1986. Highlights of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit… Read More »


Bob Dylan wins 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature

American singer-songwriter, artist and writer Bob Dylan (75) has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is the first American to win the prize since novelist Toni Morrison in 1993. The Swedish Academy has selected Dylan for this prestigious award for creating new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition. About Bob Dylan… Read More »


Antonio Guterres elected as new Secretary-General of UN

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has formally elected Antonio Guterres (67) as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations. In this regard, 193 member states of UN adopted by acclamation a resolution for appointing Antonio Guterres. He will have five-year term beginning January 1, 2017. He will succeed retiring Ban Ki-moon who has completed… Read More »


October 13: International Day for Disaster Reduction

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) is observed annually on 13 October across the world encourage citizens and governments to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. Significance of the day: It seeks to spread awareness about reining the risks of disasters around the world and also reduce exposure of people… Read More »


First World Tsunami Awareness Day to be celebrated at AMCDRR 2016

The first World Tsunami Awareness Day will be celebrated on November 5, 2016 at the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016. The conference will organised from November 3 to 5, 2016 in New Delhi by the Union Government in collaboration with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). To commemorate the… Read More »