Who is Khaleda Zia and what are the charges against her? Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader and three-time Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was jailed for five years after being found guilty in a corruption case by a Special Judge’s Court in Dhaka. The court also awarded 10-year-sentences to Tarique Rahman — Ms. Zia’s son and the... Continued.
What has happened recently? President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day state of Emergency in the country, suspending many citizen’s rights, and giving the security forces sweeping powers to arrest and detain protesters and dissidents. The announcement capped a dramatic stand off between the government of Yameen and the Maldivian Supreme Court, which last week ordered... Continued.
India-Cambodia relations: Cambodia backs anti-terror efforts (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
Terrorism Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Cambodian counterpart, Samdech Hun Sen, held talks to boost ties in key areas of defence, security and counter-terrorism. The two leaders called for concerted global efforts to eliminate terrorism, including blocking sources of terror financing and dismantling terrorist bases. Line of credit After the talks, the two countries... Continued.
The oil risk — on the rise in international prices (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II and III)
Why India should worry about international oil prices? As international oil prices head higher, India will have to brace itself for the economic risks of expensive energy. Brent crude oil futures are trading at about $70 a barrel, marking a four-year high and a price increase of close to 6% since the start of the... Continued.
RCEP With an aim to further trade ties, India and ASEAN agreed to target a swift conclusion to the comprehensive and mutually beneficial Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in 2018. With trade with ASEAN at $76 billion, India ranks lower than not just the U.S. and China, but also South Korea, Japan and Australia. Highway... Continued.
‘India-ASEAN ties to focus on freedom of navigation’ (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II)
2018 India-ASEAN meet at Delhi Security and freedom of navigation will be in the heart of India-ASEAN cooperation in the twenty-first century, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the leaders of the ASEAN countries at the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit. The leaders also agreed on establishing a joint mechanism to ensure safety and freedom of navigation... Continued.
Japan’s Official Development Loan Assistance to India for an amount of Yen 45 billion (=Rs.2587 crore approx.) for Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Project (Phase 3) (I). (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
The Government of Japan has committed JICA Official Development Assistance loan for an amount of Yen 45 billion (=Rs.2587 crore approx.) for the project. India and Japan have had a long and fruitful history of bilateral development cooperation since 1958. In the last few years, the economic cooperation between India and Japan has steadily progressed.... Continued.
BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement Regains Momentum: Bangladesh, India and Nepal agree on operating procedures for movement of Passenger vehicles (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
Bangladesh, India and Nepal have agreed on the text of the operating procedures for passenger vehicle movement in the sub-region under the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) signed in June 2015, and will soon complete the internal approval processes for signing of the passenger protocol. The progress on agreement was halted after withdrawal of... Continued.
Aanchal Thakur won India’s first international medal in skiing at FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey (Relevant for GS Prelims)
Aanchal Thakur won India’s first international medal in skiing at FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. About FIS International Skiing Competition The Fédération Internationale de Ski is the world’s highest governing body for international winter sports. Founded in 1924, it is responsible for the Olympic disciplines of Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, freestyle skiing and snowboarding. The FIS is also responsible for setting the international... Continued.
OVERSEAS CITIZENS OF INDIA Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) is defined as a person who is of Indian origin and a citizen of some other country except Pakistan or Bangladesh. Government of India has merged PIO with OCI with effect from 9th January 2015 by means of amendment in the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955. OCI... Continued.