USAID To Provide USD 2.7 million For Clean Energy To India
Nisha Desai Biswal, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, on 4 March announced that the United States Agency for International Aid (USAID) will provide USD 2.7 million for increasing clean energy access to India. USAID awarded a USD 200,000 grant for SELCO Foundation to help establish six innovation labs that will develop and test sustainable energy solutions. The agency is also supporting a USD 2.5 million loan guarantee to Orb Energy, a clean energy service provider.

China And India Signed Agreement For Greater Cooperation In IT And Software
India and China have signed an agreement to work together in software, information technology and infrastructure.The agreement was signed during the Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing on 18 March.

India Abstains From Voting Against Sri Lanka at UNHRC
India on 27 March abstained from voting on the US-backed resolution seeking probe into Sri Lankan war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council. Even as India refrained from voting against its neighbour, the resolution was passed with the support of 23 nations.

India Officially Declared ‘ Polio Free ’
India was officially declared ‘Polio Free’ by the World Health Organisation (WHO). India is one of the 11 countries in the South East Asian region which have been certified as being free of the wild polio virus.The Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad received the official certificate at a function in New Delhi on 27 March.


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