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February 13: World Radio Day 

The World Radio Day is observed every year across the world on 13th February to celebrate radio as medium for entertainment, information and mode for communication. To mark this day, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organizes different activities with broadcasters, organizations and communities around the world.

Significance of Day

It marks global celebration of radio as a forum for information and entertainment that helps to bridge communication gap for remote communities and empowering people. It also provides an opportunity to honour radio’s importance to bring communities together and promote positive dialogue for change.

2018 Theme

“Radio and Sports”. It seeks to promote the inseparable relationship between sports and gender, as well as how improved gender equality in sports broadcasting can lead to greater freedom of expression for all.

World Radio Day

The UNESCO at its 36th General Assembly in 2011 had proclaimed 13th February as World Radio Day. It was subsequently adopted as an International Day by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). On this day in 1946, United Nations Radio had transmitted (broadcasted) its first call sign. The first WRD was officially celebrated in 2012.

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India, Ethiopia sign agreements on trade, communication

India and Ethiopia have signed agreements on trade, communication and media to boost bilateral ties. The agreements were signed after wide ranging talks between President Ram Nath Kovind and his Ethiopian counterpart Mulatu Teshome at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

The agreement was signed during President Ram Nath Kovind’s second leg of his maiden visit abroad to Djibouti and Ethiopia

Singed Agreements

  • Trade Agreement
  • Agreement in field of Information, Communication and Media.

India-Ethiopia Relations

Bilateral partnership between India and Ethiopia rests on civilizational ties and cultural bonds. Historical linkages between both countries go back about 2,000 years of recorded history. India is amongst top trade, investment and development partner of Ethiopia.

India’s is third most important trading partner for Ethiopia. India’s exports to Ethiopia in 2012 amounted to US $ 890 million i.e. 11% of all of Ethiopia’s imports. It mainly comprised primary and semifinished iron and steel products, drugs and pharmaceuticals, machinery and instruments, metal, plastic chemicals, transport equipments, electrical materials etc. India’s annual imports from Ethiopia have stagnated in range of US $ 30million. These mainly consist of cotton, pulses and spices.

Ethiopia continues to be largest recipient of India’s concessional Lines of Credit in Africa, with commitment of over one billion dollar. India is second largest foreign investor in Ethiopia with approved investment of US $ 4.78 billion. About 40% of Indian investment is in field of commercial agriculture. India is actively playing important role of capacity building in Ethiopia in field of ITEC, education, Science and Technology and Defence etc

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