A 3-nation Indo-Pacific compact (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains paper II)

India, Japan and Australia agree to greater collaboration on maritime security The three sides stressed the need for greater collaboration on maritime security. They also renewed their resolve to fight the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stressed the need for enhanced cooperation on counter-terrorism. Need for collaboration The collaboration is

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OIC notified East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)

OIC meet held in Turkey: Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan convened in Istanbul an emergency summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic body, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), seeking a coordinated response to the recognition by U.S. President Donald Trump of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The final statement declared “East Jerusalem as the capital of

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Pakistan rejects India’s plea for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)

Pakistan rejected India’s plea for consular access to Kulbushan Jadhav, claiming provisions for the same only applied to “legitimate visitors”, not “spies”.  Background: Jadhav, an Indian national who was arrested by Pakistan in the restive Balochistan province last year, has been sentenced to death for alleged involvement in espionage and terrorism. India moved the International

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India, Australia call for ‘open’ Asia-Pacific zone (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)

Strategic bilateral discussion between Australia and India: Australia and India discussed the need to maintain the Asia-Pacific region as a “free” and “open” zone under the “2+2” dialogue model which includes the foreign and defense secretaries of both sides. Both sides agreed that a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests

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Border Protection Grid to be set up in Border States, says Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting with the Chief Ministers of the Indo-Bangladesh Border (IBB) States. Need for check on borders with Bangladesh India has friendly relations with Bangladesh and all these measures will facilitate genuine trade and legitimate cross-border movement of people while curbing radicalization, illegal migration, and smuggling of

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Implications of Assassination of Yemen’s former President (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)

Who was Ali Abdullah Saleh? Ali Abdullah Saleh was President of Yemen for over three decades. As a young armyman, he participated in Yemen’s Nasserite-inspired 1962 coup that removed King Muhammad al-Badr and established the Arab Republic. In 1978, after his patron, President Ahmed bin Hussein al-Ghashmi, was assassinated, Saleh, then-commander-in-chief of the armed forces,

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