A Memorandum of Cooperation has been signed between Governments of India and Japan to implement Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor with technical and financial assistance of Government of Japan. Details: 1. Government of Japan has agreed to provide 81% of the project cost at a very concessional interest rate of 0.1% with repayment period of... Continued.
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... Continued.
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... Continued.
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... Continued.
First leg from Guwahati to Bangkok: The second India-Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Motor Rally–IMT 2 is underway. The rally was flagged off from Guwahati on 25th November, 2017 with a total of 50 participants including five women. The rally is a boost to idea of India, Thailand, Myanmar Highway. Details: The IMT-2 motor rally has been organised... Continued.
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... Continued.
The new constitution passed in 2015 declared Nepal a federal state with three levels of government: federal, provincial and local. The elections are intended to decentralise power from Kathmandu to the newly-created seven provinces and local government units. Voters will elect 275 members to the House of Representatives (HoR) in a mixed system, with 60... Continued.
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... Continued.
What US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital means? (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)
President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. What is the big deal about Jerusalem? Jerusalem is in ways emblematic of the Israel-Palestine conflict itself. At its heart lies the tussle over who gets to control the ancient city that is sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians. After the end of the First... Continued.
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,... Continued.