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GS 2 SC sets January 2019 to fix a date for Ayodhya hearing A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, on Monday ordered the volatile Ayodhya dispute appeals to be listed in January 2019 before an appropriate Bench to fix a date for hearing. Modi, Abe back ‘free Indo-Pacific’ Japan’s formulation of a “free and open Indo-Pacific” received a central place in the vision statement issued at the end of the talks, with both sides stressing their “unwavering commitment to it.” The concept is usually seen as a response to China’s growing dominance in the region. Stop the war The Saudi-led attack in Yemen must cease, and with it the humanitarian crisis The great game in West Asia Turkey has used the Khashoggi murder to sharpen the battle lines with Saudi Arabia India, Japan sign $75 billion currency swap agreement The currency swap agreement, the government said, was an important measure in improving the confidence in the Indian market and that it would not only enable the agreed amount of capital being available to India, but it will also bring down the cost of capital for Indian entities while accessing the foreign capital market. GS 3 ICF rolls out Train 18, the NextGen Shatabdi The gleaming, blue-nosed train standing at Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has a cone-shaped frontage, similar to a bullet train. The new train comes fitted with amenities on a par with the best in the world — from on-board Wi-Fi to GPS-based passenger information system, ‘touch-free’ bio-vacuum toilets, LED lighting, mobile charging points, and a climate control system that would adjust the temperature according to occupancy and the weather. Children under 15 at serious risk from polluted air: WHO Every day about 93% of the world’s children under the age of 15 (1.8 billion children) breathe polluted air that puts their health and development at serious risk, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a new report that puts into numbers the devastating impact that air pollution is having on the global population’s health. Missionaries of Charity gives nod for adoption Three years after the Missionaries of Charity (MoC) decided to stop giving children in its homes up for adoption, it has agreed to join hands with the country’s nodal agency for adoption. Time to talk The Centre-RBI face-off is not healthy. They must resolve their differences in private ‘Divided’ board signals strained RBI-Centre ties Only 3 out of 20 items on agenda discussed in 8 hours, no consensus reached