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  May 2016
  April 2016
  • Burma announces a mass pardon for political prisoners, including student leader Min Ko Naing.  Myanmar has freed several prominent political prisoners, signalling a step towards national reconciliation, which is a major condition imposed by Western nations for easing sanctions on the country.
  • Iran's Revolutionary Court sentenced a 28-year-old American and former Marine, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death on charges of spying for the Central Intelligence Agency, adding another point of conflict to heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran.
  • Norway has decided to lift trade and investment sanctions imposed on Myanmar.
  • Indian Government has made it mandatory for telecom companies in the country to disclose carbon emissions and usage of renewables. The government accepted the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) recommendations on "Approach towards Green Telecommunications".
  • North Korea called on its people to rally behind new leader Kim Jong-un and protect him as "human shields" while working to solve the "burning issue" of food shortages by upholding the policies of his late father, Kim Jong-il.
  • Promising a new dimension to the future of robotic surgery in the country, India will soon be getting its first training centre for the technique, a robotic surger. Vattikuti Foundation will open the first such training centre in Chennai by the end of this year for doctors from all over India.
  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, already on trial over corruption accusations, was indicted on new bribery charges over the construction of a hulking luxury apartment complex that dominates a Jerusalem hilltop.
  • The U.N. Human Rights Council decried a wide range of human rights violations in Syria and called for U.N. bodies to consider a recent report detailing the abuses and take appropriate action.
  • New Zealand is perceived as the least corrupt nation on the earth, and Somalia and North Korea are seen as the most corrupt, a German watchdog organization said in a report. The United States ranked 24th least corrupt on a "corruption perceptions index", the fourth-best in the Western Hemisphere. Canada ranked 10th, the Bahamas is 21st and Chile is 22nd while India is 95th and Japan 12th.
  • Russia has finally joined the World Trade Organization (WTO), after 18 years of negotiating its membership. The Swiss brokered a deal between Russia and Georgia in 2011 that removed the last obstacle to Russia's accession. Georgia had tried to block Russia's WTO entry since the two countries fought a short war in 2008. Russia was by far the biggest economy yet to join the global trade body. It is also the last member of the Group of 20 major economies to join, after China gained membership in 2001.
  • The Union Cabinet decided to give 4.5% sub-quota to minorities to be carved out from the existing quota of 27% for the OBC.
  • A new report has identified cyber attacks on governments and businesses as one of the top five risks in the world. The World Economic Forum (WEF) report ranked cyber attacks fourth on the list of top five global risks in terms of likelihood.
  • The Pakistan Supreme Court is all set to hear Islamabad's response on re-opening graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, even as Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz is slated to testify on the Memogate scandal.
  • For the first time, Indian prosecutors are taking Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other networking sites to court for refusing to remove material considered insulting to Indian leaders and majr religious figures.
  • Homai Vyarawalla, India's first woman photojournalist, passed away on January 15, 2012 due to respiratory failure. She was 98.

Anil Shukla

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