Trump amd Kim met in Singapore The historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore is an affirmation of the power of diplomacy. Until a few months ago, the two countries had been trading nuclear threats, as the North raced along with its nuclear weapons programme. Now, as... Continued.
The CBI has moved Interpol for Red Corner Notices (RCNs) against fugitives Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, while the government has requested the UK to extradite Vijay Mallya. With the UK having confirmed Nirav Modi too is on its soil, a look at the procedures involved in extradition, and which countries have extradited individuals wanted... Continued.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping met for the 14th time in four years. Is that an unusual frequency in leadership level meetings between the two nations? The traditional bureaucratic equivalence between Indian Prime Ministers and Chinese Premiers has changed in recent years as the Indian Prime Minister has engaged with the Chinese... Continued.
Highlights of the summit Sharing data on Brahmaputra river In a significant move, China agreed to provide India hydrological data of the Brahmaputra river in flood season, months after Beijing stopped the practice, crucial to predict floods. China to Import non-Basmati rice The two countries also signed an agreement under which China has agreed to... Continued.
US pressuring India to boycott Russia The United States is trying to discourage India from buying large defence systems from Russia, an action that may attract sanctions, according to a senior official of the State Department. What is the US law? Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanction Act (CAATSA), a 2017 law, requires that countries that... Continued.
Indonesia became non-permanent member The Maldives failed to get elected to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member. Maldives and Indonesia had contested for a seat in the UNSC, but in the plenary session held at the UN headquarters in New York, Indonesia won the seat after securing 144 votes against 46 for the... Continued.
View of government The government is not yet ready to sign the Hague treaty on inter-country abduction of children by parents fleeing a bad marriage, said a senior official of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD). There has been immense pressure from the U.S. on the government to sign the treaty though the... Continued.
What is the Shangri-La Dialogue and why is it so important? (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)
What is the Shangri-La Dialogue? The IISS Asia Security Summit was launched in 2002 by British think tank the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Singaporean government. This annual dialogue brings together defence ministers and military chiefs from 28 Asia-Pacific countries to talk about security in the region. It gets its name from the... Continued.
Meeting with Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his newly-elected Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohammad and the two leaders had a productive exchange of views on strengthening the strategic partnership. Mr. Modi, who arrived on the second leg of his three-nation tour, met 92-year-old Mahathir in his office at Perdana Putra Complex, Putrajaya.... Continued.
EU’s new data privacy regulation, and how it will affect rest of the world (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)
A lot will change after the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force across Europe on May 25. While the regulation comes into effect across EU member states “to harmonise data privacy laws”, its impact will be felt across the world. What is the regulation? Enacted in 2016, GDPR ensures data protection and privacy... Continued.