Drones on a mission to restore Myanmar’s mangrove cover (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper III)

Fast-dwindling mangroves in Myanmar’s low-lying Ayeyarwady Delta, ravaged by decades of deforestation and conversion of land for agriculture and aquaculture, could find an unlikely saviour — drones. State of mangroves in Myanmar  Myanmar has lost more than 1 million hectares (about 2.5 million acres) of mangroves since 1980, said Worldview International Foundation (WIF), which has

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Foreign Companies in Indian Nuclear Sector (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper III)

Several foreign companies from various countries including Westinghouse Electric Company (WEC) and GE-Hitachi, United States of America (USA), Electricite de France (EDF), France and Rosatom, Russia have shown interest in participating in the country’s nuclear power projects in various capacities as technology partners, suppliers, contractors, service providers, etc. Can foreign companies invest in nuclear power

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Russia’s expulsion of the U.S. staff (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II- International Relations)

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to cut the U.S. diplomatic presence in the country by 755 officials signals a serious escalation in tensions between the two superpowers. His move came three days after the U.S. Senate passed a sanctions Bill targeting Moscow and allies. The scale of the cut is unprecedented and is comparable to

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24×7 operationalization of Petrapole-Benapole Integrated Check Post (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II- Bilateral Relations)

The Petrapole-Benapole Integrated Check Post is a major route for India-Bangladesh bilateral trade. In order to facilitate movement of cargo across the border, India and Bangladesh have agreed to operate Petrapole-Benapole ICP 24×7, with effect from 01st August 2017. Implications of 24×7 operationalization of Petrapole-Benapole ICP The 24×7 operationalization of Petrapole-Benapole ICP is expected to

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The new Agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit between India and Bhutan (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II- Bilateral Relations)

The bilateral trade relations between India and Bhutan are governed by the Agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit between the Government of India and Bhutan. The Agreement provides for a free trade regime between the territories of India and Bhutan. The Agreement also provides for duty free transit of Bhutanese merchandise for trade with third

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US pressurizes India to reduce relations with North Korea (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II- Topic: Bilateral Relations)

India is facing increased pressure to reduce North Korea’s diplomatic presence in the country as Pyongyang flexes its military muscles. During talks with Indian officials, a U.S. State Department delegation took up the presence of a large number of North Korean diplomats in India, and urged New Delhi to “shrink” North Korea’s diplomatic footprint in

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