The UAE announced it has formed a new economic and partnership group with Saudi Arabia, separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a move that could undermine the council amid a diplomatic crisis with Qatar. The new “committee is assigned to cooperate and coordinate between the UAE and Saudi Arabia in all military, political, economic,... Continued.
Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)
The U.S. Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce its revised ban on people from eight nations from travelling to the country. Details: Six of the eight countries barred by the order are Muslim majority— Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad and Somalia. North Korea and Venezuela are the other two. The SC order,... Continued.
How was Saleh killed? Yemen’s ousted leader Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed by Houthi rebels near the capital, Sanaa, a development expected to have major implications for the war in Yemen. Saleh was killed by the rebels in a rocket-propelled grenade and shooting attack on his car at a checkpoint outside Sanaa. What was... Continued.
The first phase of a strategic Iranian port — which India is developing to open a trade route to Afghanistan and central Asia, bypassing Pakistan was inaugurated. The Chabahar port is crucial as Pakistan does not allow India to send goods to Iran and Afghanistan through its territory by land. It is also expected to... Continued.
What is the deal and who signed it? Bangladesh and Myanmar announced recently that they had signed a Memorandum of Agreement to begin the repatriation of more than 6,20,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh in the past few months. According to sources, a joint working group including officials from Bangladesh, Myanmar and the... Continued.
Maldives strikes a Free Trade Agreement with China. The text of the FTA between Maldives and China was concluded in September this year after two years of negotiations. Notable facts: 1. This is Maldives’s first FTA with any country, and China’s second FTA with any country in South Asia — after Pakistan. 2. Maldives transitioned... Continued.
Union Govt mulls over ratifying the United Nations Convention against torture (Relevant for GS Prelims, Mains Paper II)
The Union government has informed the Supreme Court that it is seriously considering the 273rd Report of the Law Commission, which has recommended that India ratify the United Nations Convention against Torture and pass a law to prevent torture and punish its perpetrators. Background: A few months ago, the court had sought the Centre’s response... Continued.
North Korea tested yet another ICBM, claiming U.S to be in its reach (Relevant for GS Prelims, Mains Paper II)
North Korea claimed that it successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in a “breakthrough” that puts the U.S. mainland within the range of its nuclear weapons whose warheads could withstand re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere. Possible instance that triggered the missile test: The missile test came a week after U.S. President Donald Trump... Continued.
Pakistan’s Law Minister, Zahid Hamid puts resign: The recent protests in Pakistan (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)
Zahid Hamid resigned after weeks of big protests staged by the protestors. Details of the protests held: Thousands of protesters massed in Pakistan’s major cities in response to the government efforts to disperse an Islamist rally in Islamabad, with the military hesitant. The Islamist group (Tehreek-e-Labbaik) was demanding the resignation of Pakistan’s Law Minister Zahid... Continued.
A horrific terrorist attack has killed more than 235 people and wounded as many as 130 during prayers at the Rawdah Mosque in Egypt. Islamic militants are to blame. The attack, which occurred November 24 in the North Sinai province, was the “deadliest ever attack on Egyptian civilians by Islamic extremists”. Here’s what you need... Continued.