India becomes the Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of two years, from July, 2018 to June, 2020 (Relevant for GS Prelims, IOBR)

India has become the Vice-Chair (Regional Head) of the Asia Pacific Region of  World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of two years, from July, 2018 to June, 2020. The WCO has divided its Membership into six Regions. Each of the six Regions is represented by a regionally elected Vice-Chairperson to the WCO Council. Being

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Influence of judiciary and military in the run-up to the elections: Pakistan (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Democracy has always been fragile in Pakistan. It was only in 2013 that a transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another was realised for the first time. As the country heads for the second such transfer, with a general election scheduled for July 25, the celebration is muted, overshadowed by a series

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Who is Nawaz Sharif? Ex-Pakistan Prime Minister who’s been jailed for ten years for corruption (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Who is Nawaz Sharif? Nawaz Sharif is a Pakistani businessman and ex-politician who served as Prime Minister for three non-consecutive terms. He was born into a wealthy industrialist family in Lahore and is currently one of the richest men in the country with a net worth of around £1billion. Sharif served his first term as

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What’s in a name: Why China insists on Chinese Taipei rather than Taiwan (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

When government-owned Air-India recognised Taiwan by the name Chinese Taipei, it was following pressure from the Civil Aviation Authority of China, which had also pushed other international airlines such as Delta Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines and Air Canada, to do the same. According to the “One China” policy, Beijing considers Taiwan a province

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