The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi gave its approval for issuing a notification amending clause 3(xiii) of the notification dated 03.11.2015 issued by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural gas under Section 12 of the Oil Fields (Regulation and Development) Act, 1948 (ORD Act, 1948).
An Indian Consortium consisting of IOCL, BPCL and HPCL and Saudi Aramco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop and build an integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex, Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (RRPCL) in the State of Maharashtra. Saudi Aramco may also seek to include a strategic partner to co-invest in the project.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia concluded "Desert Tiger 5" joint military exercise in Dubai, aimed at sharing expertise and enhancing joint military actions. Deputy Commander of the UAE land forces Brigadier Saeed Rashid Al Shehi and Malaysian Army Chief General Dato' Sri Zulkiple bin Hj Kassim attended the conclusion ceremony of the joint military drill. The military exercise was implemented within the framework of the UAE leadership's continued desire "to support and create unique partnerships between both countries in all areas".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 April 2018 flagged off India's first all-electric high-speed locomotive in Bihar. The first big Make-in-India project completed by France's Alstom, the train has the country's most powerful engine with 12,000 horsepower and a maximum speed of 120 km per hour. The average cost of one high-speed locomotive is around 25 crore.The new bi-weekly train Humsafar Express will connect Katihar to New Delhi.
India lifted the Commonwealth Games 2018 badminton mixed team gold medal at Gold Coast when they defeated defending champions Malaysia 3-1 in the final on 9 April 2018. India were fired up by two fine wins in the first two matches, especially after Kidambi Srikanthtook care of the former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei effortlessly in the men's singles.
In yet another incident of discord, the Chinese military last month strongly protested against what it called the Indian Army's transgressions