Joe Biden elected 46th US President

The Democratic candidate Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was elected as 46th President of the United States on November 7th ’20. He secured 306 Electoral College votes out of a total of 538 thereby beating the incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump. He became the first US Presidential candidate to win over 80 million votes. He won 80,011,000 votes as compared to outgoing President Donald Trump who secured 73,800,000 votes. His victory came after 3 days of commotion as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes. The development brings an end to the legal battle led by Donald Trump against the election, which he lost both in terms of popular vote and majority in the 538-member Electoral College. He banked his candidacy on provoking the voters around the notion that Trump posed an existential threat to American Democracy. His victory was supported by groups including women, African Americans, white voters with college degrees and city dwellers.This strategy resulted in remarkable victories in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. In the national popular vote count, he was 4 million votes ahead of Trump. Biden tried his luck twice for the Presidential post in 1988 and 2008.

In 2008 he was chosen by Barack Obama as his running mate and becoming Vice President, driving the administration from Capitol Hill to Iraq. The newly elected President will inherit a nation gripped by the historic pandemic and economic and social mayhem. After his narrow victory, now he is the most experienced new President in decades on foreign policy.

Indian-Origin Kamala Harris nominated as US Vice President

Kamala Harris, the Indianorigin Senator who becomes the first-ever American of Indian and African descent was nominated for Democratic Party’s candidate for the US Vice-President. 55 year old is the first Indian American to be selected for the secondhighest elected office of the US after that of the President. Moreover, she is the first-ever
Black and first-ever African American to be nominated as Vice-Presidential candidate by a major political party. If elected in the 3rd November elections, she would be the first-ever women Vice-President of the USA.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden has announced Indian-origin senator as his running mate, making history by selecting the first black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket. She becomes one of the party’s most prominent figures & became a top contender for the No. 2 spot after her own White House campaign ended. The daughter of an Indian mother & Jamaican father, she has many firsts in her credit.

Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali: The New President of Guyana

Former Guyanese Housing Minister and the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Progressive Party/ Civic Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali was sworn in as the Executive President of Guyana. He is the ninth President of the newly discovered oil-producing SouthAmerican country that was declared the winner after the disputed March 2, 2020, an election following a recount.

June’s preliminary recount data showed Ali had won the initial poll. The swearing-in brought to an end to a continued period of upheaval to the results of the 2nd Mar 2020 General & Regional elections. The electoral result declared moths after a consortium led by Exxon Mobil Corp began producing oil off the Guyana coast. Additionally, the 40-year-old politician Muslim with Indian descent President, there are four more Members of Cabinet who sworn in: Bharrat Jagdeo, as Vice President; Brigadier (retired) Mark Philips, as Prime Minister; Mohabir Anil Nandlall as Attorney General and Gail Teixeira as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs. As per to the report issued by Keith Lowenfield, the Chief Election Official of Election Commission of Guyana, the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic won 33 seats, and Association for National Unity / Alliance for the Cambio (APNU / AFC) won 31 seats. Moreover, as per the report of the International Monetary Fund, the newly elected President will govern the nation that has the highest economic growth rate in the world pegged at 86%. Keeping the data in mind, a BBC report stated Dr. Ali will lead a country that is expanding its economy 14 times more than the economy of China. The World Bank positioned the nation that will grow the most in economic terms despite the effects of corona virus.

16th ASEAN-India Summit 2019 held in Thailand

The 16th ASEAN-India Summit 2019 was held in Thailand in November 2019. The summit was chaired by H.E. General Prayut Chan-oCha, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Thailand. Along with 16th ASEAN-India Summit 2019, there are other summits that took place such as 35th ASEAN Summit, 14th East Asia Summit and 3rd meeting of RCEP.

The honorable Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended and co-chaired the summit along with the heads of member countries – Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei, and Laos. The summit brought up and discussed topics related to promotion on ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership and ways to increase maritime cooperation, trade, investments, connectivity and partnership in science, technology and innovation. At the summit, India extended USD $ 1 billion as line of credit for the improvement of physical and digital connectivity.

India-Germany Strengthen Bilateral Ties, Sign 17 MOUs & 5 Joint Declaration

In November 2019, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited India and met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and co-chaired the 5th InterGovernmental Consultations (IGC).

Both countries acceded to sign seventeen agreements in the fields of agriculture, ayurveda, maritime technology, migration, occupational diseases and yoga. Five Joint Declarations of Intent were also exchanged on strategic projects, partnership for green urban mobility, research and development on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cooperation in the field of prevention of marine litter.

Following are some significant India-Germany MoUs: An Implementing Arrangement on Exchange of Personnel between ISRO and German Aerospace Centre – Joint Declarations of Intent and MoUs on:

  1. Cooperation in the Field of Civil Aviation
  2. Cooperation within the International Smart Cities Network
  3. Cooperation between the Field of Skills Development and Vocational Education and Training
  4. Strengthening Economic Cooperation in the field of Start-ups
  5. Establishment of Bilateral Cooperation Project regarding Agricultural Market Development
  6. Exchanged between Siemens Limited, India and MSDE and German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on Skills for Sustainable Growth
  7. Occupational Diseases, Rehabilitation and vocational training of Insured Persons & workers with disabilities

Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva appointed new IMF Chief

The International Monetary Fund has appointed Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva as its new Managing Director for a term of five years.

With her appointment, she became the first person from an emerging economy to head the global lender. Additionally, she is also the second woman ever to lead the 189-member institution.

As a center-right politician who witnessed communism, she built a reputation during her stint at the World Bank as CEO.The selection had been all but guaranteed after the IMF said earlier that she is the sole candidate.

She was selected by 24-member Executive Board representing the IMF’s 189 member countries. She was backed by French President Emmanuel Macron and won support last month from the rest of the European Union as well as the tacit backing of the United States.

She took her position as Managing Director in October 2019, replacing Christine Lagarde who would take over European Central Bank later this year. As a Managing Director, she is the Chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. She will be assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in the operation of the fund, which serves its membership through about 2,700 staff.

India- Germany strengthen bilateral ties, Sign 17 MoUs & 5 Joint Declarations

In November 2019, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited India and met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and co-chaired the 5th Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC).

Both countries acceded to sign seventeen agreements in the fields of agriculture, ayurveda, maritime technology, migration, occupational diseases and yoga. Five Joint Declarations of Intent were also exchanged on strategic projects, partnership for green urban mobility, research and development on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cooperation in the field of prevention of marine litter.

Following are some significant India-Germany MoUs: An Implementing Arrangement on Exchange of Personnel between ISRO and German Aerospace Centre – Joint Declarations of Intent and MoUs on:

 

 

  • Cooperation in the Field of Civil Aviation
  • Cooperation within the International Smart Cities Network
  • Cooperation between the Field of Skills Development and Vocational Education and Training
  • Strengthening Economic Cooperation in the field of Start-ups
  • Establishment of Bilateral Cooperation Project regarding Agricultural Market Development
  • Exchanged between Siemens Limited, India and MSDE and German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on Skills for Sustainable Growth
  • Occupational Diseases, Rehabilitation and vocational training of Insured Persons & workers with disabilities

16th ASEAN-India Summit 2019 held in Thailand

The 16th ASEAN-India Summit 2019 was held in Thailand in November 2019. The summit was chaired by H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-Cha, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Thailand. Along with 16th ASEAN-India Summit 2019, there are other summits that took place such as 35th ASEAN Summit, 14th East Asia Summit and 3rd meeting of RCEP.

The honorable Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended and co-chaired the summit along with the heads of member countries – Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei, and Laos.
The summit brought up and discussed topics related to promotion on ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership and ways to increase maritime cooperation, trade, investments, connectivity and partnership in science, technology and innovation.

At the summit, India extended USD $ 1 billion as line of credit for the improvement of physical and digital connectivity.

18th NAM Summit 2019 held in Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan hosted the XVIII (18th) Summit of Heads of state and government of the Non-Aligned Movement in October 2019. The theme of the summit was “Upholding the Bandung Principles to ensure concerted and adequate response to the challenges of the contemporary world”.

The Summit was preceded by Preparatory Senior Officials Meeting and the Preparatory Ministerial Meeting. The 120-member group representing 55% of the world population attended the 18th Forum. The focus of the summit was on issues related to terrorism, threats to peace and security, UN reforms, climate change, sustainable development, economic governance, and south-south cooperation.

Representatives of about 160 countries and international organizations attended the event.

Current chair of the NAM, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro opened the Summit.

Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, led the Indian delegation and interacted with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani; President of Vietnam, Ms. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh; President of Cuba, Mr. Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros.

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo sworn in for 2nd term

In October 2019, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo was sworn in for a second and final term amid tight security. As thousands celebrated with song and dance, helicopters flew overhead and troops kept a vigil in the capital Jakarta.

More than 30,000 security personnel were deployed in the capital. The city police even locked down some parts of the city over security concerns. With a sacrosanct Quran over his head, the 58-year-old Widodo along with Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, recited the oath of office before lawmakers and regional senators, which make up the People’s Consultative Assembly (Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat) at the Parliament building. Outside the Parliament, his supporters with red and white Indonesian flags dotted parts of the city. Citizens, many wearing T-shirts bearing the leader’s image, witnessed the swearing-in ceremony on a big screen near Jakarta’s national monument.