1.India announced a $1.4 billion financial assistance package for the Maldives, a move seen as aimed at drawing the atoll nation closer into New Delhi’s sphere of influence after a period of estrangement that saw the former leadership of the Maldives leaning closer to China.
2.A 220 Megawatt (Mw) unit of India’s indigenously-developed Kaiga atomic power station in Karnataka has created a world record for continuous operation.The unit registered 941 days of continuous operation, surpassing the earlier world record of 940 days held by Heysham-Unit 2 of the United Kingdom.
3.Renowned Indian producer in Hollywood, Hyde Park Entertainment Founder, Ashok Amritraj, was conferred with the French distinction of Order National du Merite awarded by the President of the French Republic. Amritraj was presented with the Knight of the Order of Arts and of Letters (Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) medal.
4.Senior Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel was appointed the new chief minister of Chhattisgarh.
5.Geographical Indications Registry at Chennai has granted GI tag to Silao Khaja, the traditional delicacy of Nalanda district of Bihar.
6.Indian-American Shree Saini has been crowned Miss India Worldwide 2018 at a pageant held in the Fords City of New Jersey.
7.Miss Philippines Catriona Gray was crowned the winner of the 2018 Miss Universe pageant.
8.Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s prime minister, making a remarkable comeback weeks after being ousted by President Maithripala Sirisena under controversial circumstances.
9.Belgium, Olympic silver medallists, defeated Netherlands 3-2 via a penalty shoot-out to win the FIH Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
10.PV Sindhu become the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals tournament.
11.Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep have been named ITF world champions for 2018. World No 1 Djokovic received the honour from the International Tennis Federation for the sixth time, while it is the first year that Romania’s top-ranked Halep has been recognised.
12.A volcano in central Indonesia ‘Mount Soputan’ has erupted, ejecting columns of thick ash as high as 7,500 metres (24,606 feet) into the sky.
13.Renowned classical singer Pandit Arun Bhaduri has passed away.