What is Mission Shakti? On March 27, 2019 India conducted Mission Shakti, an anti-satellite missile test, from the Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Island launch complex. This was a technological mission carried out by DRDO. The satellite used in the mission was one of India’s existing satellites operating in lower orbit. The test was... Continued.
Gilgit-Baltistan, formerly known as the Northern Areas, is part of the greater Kashmir region. Pakistan has bifurcated occupied Kashmir into two administrative parts – Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Gilgit-Baltistan is bordered by Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the south, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the west, Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan in the north, Xinjiang region of China... Continued.
The Israel-Palestine conflict is the ongoing struggle between Zionist (now Israelis) and Arab Palestinians for homeland from the end of the nineteenth century. Although the two groups have different religions (Palestinians are mainly Muslims and Israelis are Jews), religious differences are not the cause of the strife. The conflict began as a struggle over land.... Continued.
The International Solar Alliance is an alliance of more than 120 countries, most of them being sunshine countries, which come either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The alliance is also called International Agency for Solar Policy and Application (IASPA). The alliance’s primary objective is to work for... Continued.
The IWT between India and Pakistan was sealed in 1960. The IWT, brokered by the World Bank, was signed between the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his Pakistani counterpart General Ayub Khan. Provisions of Treaty 1. Indus river system comprises of 3 western rivers namely Indus, Jhelum and Chenab and 3 eastern rivers Ravi,... Continued.
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World is an annual report jointly prepared by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The report shares information on... Continued.
At the 2+2 meet, India and the United States signed the Communications, Compatibility, and Security Agreement (COMCASA). It is called ‘2+2’ because two appointed ministers from each country meet to discuss issues of strategic and security interest. In the recent 2+2 meet, the American side was represented by US Secretary of State and Defence Secretary;... Continued.
The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (popularly called Berne Convention) is an international agreement on protection of copyrights. The convention was first accepted in Berne, Switzerland in the year 1886. The Berne Convention has influenced several aspects of modern copyright law. For instance, it introduced the concept that a copyright... Continued.
The Index of Economic Freedom is an annual index which measures the degree of economic freedom in various nations of the world. The index was created by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal in 1995. The index is based on the approach that the “greater liberty to individuals to pursue their own economic... Continued.
What is Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status? Country conferred most favored nation status is given specific trade advantages; for instance reduced tariffs on imported goods. WTO recommends that all the member nations should confer MFN status to each other. A country grants this status to another country if it is interested in increasing trade with... Continued.