Assumption island project India and Seychelles will take mutually beneficial steps regarding stalled plans for a military base at the island of Assumption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after a bilateral meeting with the visiting Seychelles President Danny Faure. What is the obstacle in the project? Assembly of Seychelles last week refused to ratify the... Continued.
Decision taken at meet The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed to increase its daily output to address the problem of rising crude oil prices. Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid al Falih announced that the cartel’s output would be increased by about a million barrels a day beginning in July. Lack of commitment... Continued.
UN’s State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report for 2017 (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)
The UN’s State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report for 2017 has important pointers to achieve nutrition policy reform. What are the findings at the global level? At the global level, the five agencies that together produced the assessment found that the gains achieved on food security and better nutrition since the... Continued.
World’s hungry population on the rise again, says U.N. report (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)
What does the report concludes? According to the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2018 report, the number of hungry people in the world has risen for the first time in more than a decade, according to a United Nations report. There are now approximately 38 million more undernourished people in the world, rising... Continued.
Skopje (Capital of Republic of North Macedonia) has resolved a festering dispute with Athens over the name of the Balkan nation that emerged following the disintegration of Yugoslavia. What will be implication? The landmark agreement signed with Greece this month, to rechristen Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia, opens the doors for its admission,... Continued.
Why India is upset over the UN body’s report? What prompted this human rights report? The first ever report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Jammu and Kashmir, including Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, published last week, has been in production since 2016. A new wave of violence had then hit... Continued.
U.S. policy of separating children from undocumented migrant parents is cruel (Relevant for GS Mains Paper III; IOBR)
What has been the US Policy? As part of its “zero-tolerance” approach to dealing with undocumented migrants, the Donald Trump administration in the U.S. has been separating parents and children within migrating families, leading to outrage over the burgeoning number of minors lodged in foster care. What has been the impact? Reports suggest that between... Continued.
Mullah Fazlullah killed Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a U.S.-Afghan air strike in Afghanistan, a killing likely to ease tension between the United States and Pakistan. Who was Mullah Fazlullah? Fazlullah was Pakistan’s most-wanted militant, notorious for attacks including a 2014 school massacre that killed 132 children and the 2012 shooting... Continued.
Recent moves by Abdulla Yameen, President of the Maldives, have put Malé on a collision course with New Delhi. India’s demands from Maldives Even the presidential election, which India has been calling for, is a point of contention. India criticised the government for its incarceration of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Chief Justice Abdulla... Continued.
Need for Oil buyers’ club With oil producers’ cartel Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) playing havoc with prices, India discussed with China the possibility of forming an ‘oil buyers club’ that can negotiate better terms with sellers as well as getting more US crude oil to Asia to cut dominance of the oil... Continued.