President 3-Nation Visit: Leaves For Greece
President Ram Nath Kovind left on a three-nation visit to Greece, Suriname and Cuba. The first halt of the nine-day tour will be at Athens, where he will meet Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. In Athens, the President will lay a wreath at the monument of unknown soldiers and visit other places of historical and archaeological importance.
President will leave for Suriname on the 2nd leg where he will hold discussions with President Desire Delano Bouterse.
Agreements and MoUs in the areas of health and medicine, elections, IT, Ayurveda are proposed to be signed.
In the last leg of his tour, the President will reach Cuba. He is scheduled to hold discussions with his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz – Canel Bermudez.
An Agreements and MoUs in the areas of Biotechnology, Homeopathy and traditional system of medicine and medical plants would be signed during the visit.
Maharashtra CM Meets World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva in Washington DC to seek assistance for a Multimodal Transport Corridor and the Rural Livelihood Project which aims to provide sustainable livelihood enhancements in 10,000 villages in the state.
World Bank has assured of positive consideration of both the projects. Fadnavis, who is on a three-nation tour, also attended a business discussion organised by US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was bestowed with the Outstanding Leadership in Development Award by Georgetown India Initiative and Centre for Strategic and International Studies.
World’s Most Experienced Spacewoman Peggy Whitson Retires As Astronaut
NASA’s record-breaking astronaut, Peggy Whitson, retired after a 22-year-long career. Whitson, who joined NASA as a researcher in 1986, has spent more time off Earth than any other American, totalling 665 days over three International Space Station missions.
The 58-year-old is the oldest woman to go into space and also the most experienced female spacewalker, with 10 missions.
Veteran Journalist Adiraju Venkateswara Rao Passes Away
Senior journalist and writer Adiraju Venkateswara Rao passed away. He was 79. Rao worked in different Telugu and English newspapers. He also authored several books.
He played an active role in the separate Telangana agitation in 1969 and the state government honoured him during the Telangana formation day celebrations recently.
Fitch Lowers Axis Bank’s Outlook To Negative, Cuts ICICI Bank’s Support Ratings
Both Axis Bank and ICICI Bank have inequalities in their risk control mechanisms and has revised down its outlook on the latter to negative on sour assets worries has been announced by the rating agency Fitch.
It downgraded ICICI Bank’s ‘support rating’ to ‘3’, from ‘2’, its support rating floor to ‘BB+’, from ‘BBB-’.
But Fitch has affirmed the issuer default ratings and viability ratings of ICICI Bank and Axis Bank at ‘BBB-’ and ‘BBB-’. Axis Bank’s rating degraded to negative from stable, pointing to the high proportion of NPAs.
The NABARD Publication On ‘Water Productivity Mapping Of Major Indian Crops’ is Released by Nitin Gadkari
The UM Gadkari for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shipping, Road Transport & Highways released a book ‘Water productivity mapping of major Indian crops’ published by NABARD in a function at New Delhi.It is based on a study of 10 important crops by a team under the leadership of leading agricultural economist Dr. Ashok Gulati.