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.
Pakistan raises India’s ‘violation’ of Indus Waters Treaty with World Bank (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; International Organisations and Bilateral Relations)
What is the allegation by Pakistan? Pakistan has raised with the World Bank the alleged violation of the Indus Waters Treaty by India, which inaugurated the Kishanganga hydro project in Kashmir, as the multilateral lender sought opportunities within the treaty to find an amicable resolution of the issue. The four-member Pakistani delegation, led by Attorney... Continued.
US Embassy in Jerusalem (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; International Organizations and Bilateral Relations)
What it means? The embassy inauguration followed Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. International consensus has been that the city’s status must be negotiated between the two sides, but Trump broke with that to global outrage. He has argued that it helps make peace possible by taking Jerusalem “off the table”, but... Continued.
Hezbollah’s grip — On Lebanon’s parliamentary election (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; International Organizations and Bilateral Relations)
Poor performance of PM Hariri Results of Lebanon’s May 6 parliamentary election point to the mounting frustration among voters with the government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. In recent years, Lebanon has had a host of administrative and regional challenges while the government remained largely ineffective in tackling them. There were protests in Beirut and... Continued.
Wang Yi appointed as China’s Special Representative (SR) in the border talks (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains Paper II; International Organizations and Bilateral Relations)
Foreign Minister Wang Yi is a rising star in the Chinese establishment. His predecessor, was Yang Jiechi. What is the India connect? It has now been confirmed that Mr. Wang will succeed Mr. Yang as China’s Special Representative (SR) in the border talks with India. Mr. Wang is an Asia specialist, with a deep knowledge... Continued.
What Is Harimau Shakti? All You Need to Know About India (Relevant for GS Prelims; Bilateral Relations)
Indian and Malaysian armies conducted a joint military exercise, and this was the second phase of the exercise. Here are the major facts about the exercise. 1: The exercise was conducted in forests in Malaysia under tough and humid environment. 2: During the field training exercise, Indian army’s combat engineers defused the Improvised Explosive Device... Continued.
Changes to reflect current realities The final report of a bilateral committee — appointed to advise governments in Delhi and Kathmandu — is likely to suggest that the 1950 India-Nepal Peace and Friendship Treaty should be revised. The committee, a member of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG), was appointed in 2016 to suggest measures for... Continued.
Why do H-1B visa woes continue? (Relevant for GS prelims, GS Mains Paper II; International Relations)
What is the problem? Whether U.S. President Donald Trump is determined to dismantle or at least undermine the H-1B visa programme remains an open question, but the debate on the issue has remained intense since the 2016 presidential election campaign. On the campaign trail, Mr. Trump made some appearances with American IT workers who lost... Continued.
Informal Sino-Indian summit at Wuhan: In separate statements, meeting points and a few varying accents (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; International Relations)
At the end of the two-day informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping, India and China issued separate statements. At 903 words, the Indian statement was the longer of the two; the Chinese statement was 714 words long. This is what they said — the common themes they addressed, where they... Continued.