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Indian Prime Minister in his visit to Rwanda for the first-ever Prime Minister-level visit, will gift 200 cows. He will travel to Rweru model village in Rwanda’s eastern province and gift the cows as India’s contribution to Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s flagship “Girinka” programme. Girinka is the Rwandan government’s “one cow for one poor family” programme, launched in 2006. The government claims the scheme has benefitted nearly 3.5 lakh families so far.

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South Sudan


The United Nations Security Council has imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan. The civil war in South Sudan started in 2013, two years after it gained independence from Sudan, when President Salva Kiir accused his then-deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup. Several ceasefires have previously been violated by the warring parties.

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The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has found a water tank within the precincts of the Virupaksha Temple at Hampi, the erstwhile seat of the Vijayanagar empire. The tank’s top layer of stones has beautiful embossed carvings of the Vijayanagar period, depicting dancers, musicians, yogis, animals, birds, and a bullock. In the second layer, which is still being cleared, there are carvings of aquatic life. It is also the first place and time in Hampi that a depiction of two swans and a long-necked crane has been found. Hampi, also referred to as the Group of Monuments at Hampi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Nagpur, the second capital of Maharashtra, hosted the Monsoon session of the state Legislature after a gap of 47 years. This was the fourth time that the monsoon session of the state Legislature, normally held in Mumbai, took place in Nagpur, which has been hosting the winter session. As per the Nagpur Pact-1953, one session of the state Legislature to be held in Nagpur every year.

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After 27 years of talks, Greece has reached a deal on the name of its northern neighbour, which called itself Macedonia at the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. Now, they have settled on the name Republic of North Macedonia.

Greece had objected to the name Macedonia, as it already belongs to a northern region of Greece that includes the country's second city Thessaloniki. By adopting the same identity in 1991, the new Slavic nation infuriated many Greeks, who suspected their northern neighbour of territorial ambitions.

The new name will now need to be approved by the Macedonian people and Greek parliament.

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Mount Deotibba


Mt Deotibba is the second highest peak (6001M) in the Pir-Panjal range; Indarasan Peak 6221m being highest of the Himalayas in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. An all women Naval mountaineering team led by Lt Cdr Kokila Sajwan summited Mount Deotibba recently.

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The Bastar district of Chhattisgarh got a place in country’s aviation map as the first flight from Jagdalpur (a city in that district) to Raipur was flagged off by the Prime Minister recently.

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Deocha-Pachami Coal Block


It is a Coal Block in Birbhum district of West Bengal. With an estimated reserve of 2,102 million tonnes, it is the “second largest coal mine” in the world. The West Bengal government is exploring the option of underground mining as the conventional opencast would be a challenge due to a stone block above the coal seams. The Centre has recently allocated the Deocha-Pachami coal mines to the West Bengal government.

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South Africa marked the 125th anniversary of the day, when on 7th June, 1893, Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off a train compartment reserved for whites only in Pietermaritzburg, SA. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was a key speaker to the event.

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Haryana Government has decided to give 15 days paternity leave to all male government employees to take care of new-born child.
The state government has also decided to raise the strength of women in police force from existing 11 percent to 20 percent.

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