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Which of the following countries has recently announced 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit?
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Who: Pakistan
What: announced 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit
When: published on 30th September 2016

Pakistan has recently announced the postponement of the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit as India denied to attent the regional summit.

Apart from this, SAARC members countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka too conveyed to Nepal that they too will not be able to attend the summit. All four countries, in different ways, blamed Pakistan for the rise in cross-border terror attacks.

The summit was schedule to be held on 9th and 10th November 2016 in Islamabad, capital city of Pakistan. Besides, it was also announced that new set of dates for holding the summit at Islamabad will be announced soon by Nepal.

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http://tribune.com.pk/story/1191432/pakistan-announces-postponement-19th-saarc-summit/
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Which of the following countries has recently blocked one of tributaries of Xiabuqu River in Tibet?
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Who: China
What: has blocked a tributary of the Brahmaputra, the Xiabuqu Tiver
When: published on 2nd October 2016

China has blocked a tributary of the Brahmaputra, the Xiabuqu river to take forward the construction of its ‘most expensive hydropower project’, the work on which began in Tibet in June 2014.

As per the news, India has been concerned by the four dams China is building on the main river’s upper reaches. Both sides have been exchanging hydrological data and discussing the management of Transborder Rivers through a jointly working group mechanism.

The Lalho project on the Xiabuqu river, a tributary of the Yarlung Zangbo as the Brahmaputra is known in China, costs $740 million dollars and construction began in June 2014.

It is scheduled to be completed in 2019, and is aimed at irrigation, flood control and power generation.

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http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/most-expensive-dam-brahmaputra-tributary-china/1/778092.html
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Hurricane Matthew killed more than 800 people and left tens of thousands homeless in which of the following countries?
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Who: Hurricane Matthew
What: killed more than 800 people and left tens of thousands homeless
Where: in Haiti
When: published on 8th October 2016

Hurricane Matthew has recently killed more than 800 people and left tens of thousands homeless in Haiti before it skirted Florida’s Atlantic coast and plowed northward over waters just off Georgia.

The number of deaths in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, surged to at least 842 as information trickled in from remote areas previously cut off by the storm.

Matthew triggered mass evacuations along the U.S. coast from Florida through Georgia and into South Carolina and North Carolina.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/07/hurricane-matthew-florida-lashed-by-monster-storm/
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Which of the following countries is going to host Asian ministerial conference for disaster risk reduction?
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Who: India
What: is going to host Asian ministerial conference for disaster risk reduction
When: published on 6th October 2016

India is going host the Asian ministerial conference for disaster risk reduction in November 2016 which will focus on partnership with governments and stakeholders to imbibe the practices in the region’s development narrative.

This is the first AMCDRR after the advent of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRRR), adopted at the third UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan in March, 2015. It will set the direction of Sendai Framework implementation in the region.

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http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/india-to-host-asian-ministerial-conference-for-disaster-risk-reduction-3068268/
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US President Barack Obama has recently issued an executive order to lift economic sanctions on which of the following countries?
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Who: US President Barack Obama
What: issued an executive order to lift economic sanctions on Myanmar
When: published on 8th October 2016

US President Barack Obama has recently issued an executive order to lift economic sanctions on Myanmar.

The move came after Obama’s announcement that the US was ready to lift sanctions on the Asian country during Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Washington in September 2016.

Background:

The Government of Myanmar was under economic sanctions by the US Treasury Department (31 CFR Part 537, 16 August 2005) and by Executive orders 13047 (1997), 13310 (2003), 13448 (2007), 13464 (2008) and the most recent 13619 (2012).

From May 2012 to February 2013, the United States began to lift its economic sanctions on Myanmar in response to the historic reforms that have been taking place in that country.

However, sanctions remained in place for blocked banks and for any business entities that are more than 50% owned by persons on OFAC's Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list.

During her first official visit to Washington, D.C. in September 2016, Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi met with US President Barack Obama, who announced that long-standing trade sanctions against Myanmar are to be lifted.

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http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/us-lifts-economic-sanctions-on-myanmar-3071660/