1.India’s Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman met with Russian Federation General Sergei Shoigu in New Delhi, marking the 18th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC).
2.The government has constituted a Group of Ministers headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to vet the recommendations of a high-level panel on stressed power projects.
3.Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, announced setting up of a National Medical Devices Promotion Council under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
4.Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) has partnered with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH) to become a member of the NIAID TB Portals program.
5.India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a $60 million loan agreement to reduce floods and the riverbank erosion in Assam.
6.The Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B Ministry) named Brijendra Pal Singh as the new president of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society and Chairman of Governing Council.
7.Yes Bank Ltd is likely to name independent director Brahm Dutt as the bank’s non-executive interim chairman after former finance secretary Ashok Chawla resigned from the position last month.
8.The International Monetary Fund said that global debt has reached an all-time high of 184 trillion US dollars with the United States, China and Japan accounting for more than half of it.
9.Jharkhand has been selected for “Krishi Karman” award in the rice category from the Union Ministry of Agriculture.
10.Mauritius Acting President Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory announced that his country would organise a Gita festival next February.
11.Iranian movie ‘Dark Room’ bagged the ‘Suvarna Chakoram’ (The Golden Crow Pheasant) award in the 23rd edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala.
12.The government has constituted a seven-member panel to select managing directors of public sector insurance companies, the panel would be headed by Banks Board Bureau (BBB) chairman B P Sharma.