International News Affairs

  • Today (4th May 2017) is International Firefighters’ Day.
    • It was instituted after proposal emailed out across the world on January 4, 1999 due to the deaths of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a wildfire in Australia.
    • May 4 used to be a traditional Firefighters’ Day in many European countries, because it is the day of Saint Florian, patron saint of firefighters.
  • Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II shall retire from his public duties this autumn, the Buckingham Palace announced today.
    • However, the 91-year-old Queen shall continue to carry out her full programme of engagements.
  • India will discuss and take a decision on the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status given to Pakistan, MoS for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman announced today.
  • China is going to launch its own online encyclopaedia next year rivalling Wikipedia and Britain’s Encyclopaedia Britannica.
    • This project will be executed under the guidance of the state-owned China Publishing Group.

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