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India and US committed to work to fight radical Islamic terrorism:

PM Narendra Modi addressed Indian-Americans at the Howdy, Modi event along with Donald Trump in Houston on 22 September. This is the first time that Trump and Modi shared a stage together and addressed a record crowd of 50,000 Indian-Americans. US President Donald Trump announced that India and US are working together to fight radical Islamic terrorism. Both countries are committed to protecting innocent civilians from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.

US and India:

The US reassured its commitments with India. US is working with India to enhance space cooperation between the two countries. In the month of November, the US and India is to demonstrate tremendous progress of the defence relationship by holding the first-ever tri-service military exercise between the two nations called Tiger Triumph.

Howdy Modi event:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed close to 50,000 Indian-Americans at the Howdy, Modi event in Houston, Texas. It was held in NRG Football Stadium in Houston. This event addressed the largest gathering ever for an elected foreign leader visiting the United States. While addressing. PM Modi spoke about the relationship between the US and India and Article 370.

Nepal’s biggest hindu festival named BadaDashain begun:

The greatest and longest hindu festival of Nepal named as BadaDashain formally began. The first day of this Dashain marks the beginning of Navaratri festival too.

Key points:

  1. Seeds of maize, wheat, barley, etc are sowed in a “Ghada” (earthen pot) and kept in houses are temples as part of the vedic tradition. The sprouts are taken on 10th day which is observed as vijayadashami.
  2. This festival is also simply called as Dashain.

About Nepal:

Capital- Kathmandu.

Currency- Nepalese rupee.

Prime minister- Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli (KP Oli).

AIC to provide Rs.3.32 crore grant to promote stronger ties with India:

The Australia India Council (AIC), an Australian government body, has announced Rs.3.32 crore grant that aims to promote stronger ties with India. The announcement was made by Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne. The grant is provided to 11 new projects in India. AIC will allocate the grant to the Western Sydney University (WSU) and the Australian National University (ANU). These two Universities will be conducting the projects in collaboration with Indian organizations.


AIC aims to build awareness and understanding between the people and institutions of the countries. 


The 11 new projects will include workshops on woman social entrepreneurs and an innovative programme on school children. 

WSU`s project:

WSU will conduct a series of workshops for the Australian and Indian women social entrepreneurs on innovative and sustainable social business models. 

ANU`s project:

ANU will conduct the Young Persons` Plan for the Planet programme. The programme aims to educate, connect and empower school students to collaborate internationally to deliver the United Nations` Sustainable Development Goals.

Australia India Council (AIC):


AIC was established on 21 May 1992. It aims to advance Australia`s foreign and trade policy interests by building awareness and understanding between the people and institutions of Australia and India.





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