World Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
2018 Theme: 'End Plastic Pollution'
It is First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network
Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni said that Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru had decided to temporarily leave the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR, given differences over choosing the secretary general of the group.
A South American bloc created a decade ago to counter US influence in the region has temporarily lost half its members after six countries suspended their memberships amid differences over who should lead the group.
UNASUR was promoted by late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela remain in the bloc.
Swedish DJ Avicii has died in Oman at the age of 28. He has collaborated with the likes of Madonna and Coldplay.
Avicii's club anthems include Wake Me Up, Hey Brother, and recently, Lonely Together with Rita Ora.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) may soon emerge as the country’s first $100 billion-dollar company.
The rise in the company’s scrip helped it cross Rs 6.5 lakh crore ($98.5 billion) in market value.
In terms of market capitalisation, TCS has the largest m-cap and is ahead of companies like Reliance, HDFC Bank, ITC, Hindustan Unilever, HDFC, Maruti Suzuki and Infosys.
The third edition of the Annual 5G India Congress 2018 held on April 20 at Le Meridian Hotel, Delhi.
It is organized by Nexgen Conferences, one of India's leading conferences and B2B event organizers.
It is Supported by well-known organisations, including Huawei, Nokia, Juniper Networks, Tata Communications, Aricent, Analysys Mason, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), 5G India Forum, 3G PP, ETSI, TSDSI, Broadband Forum, TAIPA, Broadband India Forum, ITU-APT Foundation of India, NGN Forum, and Emreach.
5G Indian Congress 2018 focussed more on understanding and analysing current Network infrastructure and its developments, 5G market condition and requirements, the role of operators and service providers in bringing a huge amount of data capacity, challenges and their respective solutions in terms of 5G deployment scenarios. 5G promises to bring massively increased data speeds with incredibly low latency.
The Malaria Summit was held in London, United Kingdom.
The Malaria Summit saw 14 heads of state and government, scientists and private sector and international organisations making significant commitments to catalyse progress towards beating malaria at a time when efforts to end the preventable disease have stalled.
The summit featured collective commitments worth over 4.1 billion dollars from governments, private sector, philanthropists and international organisations.
It was organized by non-profit organisation Malaria No More in conjunction with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and supported by British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Syria has returned to France the prestigious Légion d'honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad.
They returned the award saying he would not wear the award of a country that was a "slave" to America.
The award was returned to France via the Romanian embassy in Damascus.
Private sector lender ICICI Bank has introduced a 'digital form' which will help open current accounts in a few hours.
Through this Bank officials can now capture information about the customer and the business digitally and verify KYC documents in real-time, at the premise of the customer.
Vodafone announced the launch of VoLTE network in Chennai.
It has already launched the same in Maharashtra and Goa, Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Karnataka, UP West and UP East. The operator says it will launch the same in a phased manner across the country.
VoLTE services work on the 4G networks speed, which provides HD quality of voice calls and faster call setup to customers. In case of non-availability of 4G network coverage, VoLTE calls will automatically fall back on the 3G/2G network, so that the customers continue to stay connected.
The National Assembly announced that Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez had been approved as the sole candidate for president of Cuba.
Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez 57-year-old bureaucrat replaced Raul Castro. The 86-year-old Castro will remain head of the Communist Party.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched a campaign called "Devbhoomi dialogue", a unique initiative to establish direct contact with the youth.
The idea to initiate a programme like this was inspired by the success of a similar feedback oriented programme called 'Apki Rai, Apka Budget' conducted prior to introducing the state's annual budget in the Assembly last month.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) amended its ‘know your customer’ (KYC) guidelines, making Aadhaar key to conducting customer due diligence by banks and finance companies.
All RBI regulated entities must obtain “from an individual who is eligible for enrolment of Aadhaar”, the Aadhaar number, PAN or Form No. 60 as defined in income tax rules. Since every citizen is eligible for Aadhaar, the rule will apply to all Indians.
This means that Aadhaar would be the only proof of identity for KYC purpose.
The Aadhaar requirement though is relaxed for residents of Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya.
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