Making another pitch for talks, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan called for India to make a fresh start during his term to revive the dialogue process between the two countries. The talks have been stalled on the issue of terrorism for more than a decade. Imran khan bold statement on terrorism “It is not in... Continued.
Pakistan has devalued its currency ‘rupee’ for the 5th time since last December in a move seen in response to the IMF’s calls for a weaker exchange rate. Rupee’s value has plunged to 133.64 against the dollar. Huge Crisis The new Prime Minister Imran Khan, is under pressure to generate external funding as the country... Continued.
India sweeps election to wins seat to UN Human Rights Council (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)
India has won a seat to Human Rights Council at United Nations with highest votes among all candidates. While each candidate needed at least 97 votes to get elected, India (which contested in Asia-Pacific category) got 188 votes in the elections held at the 193-member UN General Assembly. Who else contested? Five countries including India... Continued.
Over the last several days, a number of women in India have called out influential men — actors, standup comics, senior journalists — for alleged sexual harassment. Some of these allegations relate to actions of then colleagues of the women. How does the law define sexual harassment at the workplace? A look at the guidelines... Continued.
Why Pakistan minister’s presence with Hafiz Saeed leaves Imran Khan with explaining to do (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)
On September 30, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Pakistan Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony, shared the stage with Laskhar-e-Taiba and Jamat-ud-dawa founder Hafiz Saeed. It has triggered a controversy that throws the spotlight yet again on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s dalliance with extremist elements. The minister Qadri is from Khyber agency, a Federally Administered Tribal Area.... Continued.
What’s new in the US, Canada and Mexico trade deal? (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)
The United States, Canada and Mexico came to a last minute agreement on a revised trade deal that could replace NAFTA. It’s called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). President Donald Trump and his Mexican and Canadian counterparts are expected to sign the deal by the end of November. It will then be up to Congress... Continued.
Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have won the 2018 Nobel peace prize. They were recognized for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon in war. The committee said Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege had been “the foremost, most unifying symbol both nationally and internationally of the struggle to end sexual violence... Continued.
What happened? President Donald Trump came to power partly on the promise that he will create more jobs and that other countries would not thrive at the expense of the U.S. In his dealings with the rest of the world, he has made it amply clear that if the U.S. buys more from another country... Continued.
Can 25th Amendment remove US President Donald Trump?(Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)
The now-famous Op-Ed article, ‘I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration’, published in The New York Times (and reproduced in The Indian Express Saturday), contained this sentence: “Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing... Continued.
Access to designated military facilities in specific areas The India-U.S. foundational agreement for mutual logistics support, the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), has been fully operationalised over the past few months, official sources said. Earlier this week, India concluded the third foundational agreement, Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), which is meant for secure... Continued.