Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting in Geneva (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II)

In a major recognition of India’s efforts to benchmark global spices trade, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has adopted three Codex standards for black, white and green pepper, cumin and thyme, paving the way for universal agreement on identifying quality spices in various countries. The member-countries of CAC, the international food standards-setting body which met

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Why is Iran growing its presence in Iraq? (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II)

What is Iran doing in Iraq? After the U.S. withdrew its troops from Iraq in 2011, Baghdad became increasingly dependent on Tehran on various avenues, from trade to security, which raised Iran’s global profile. Iran established a Shia corridor stretching from Tehran through Baghdad and Damascus to southern Lebanon where Hezbollah operates. But Iran’s strategic

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Development of Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II, III)

Government of India gave its concurrence for engaging Asian Development Bank (ADB) for carrying out feasibility study and preparing the Conceptual Development Plan (CDP) for East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC) linking Kolkata in East through Chennai to Tuticorin in South in a phased manner in May, 2014. Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) is implementing the

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Expatriate Levy by Saudi Arabia (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II, III)

For the last several years, the Saudi Government has been implementing Saudization programme aimed at reducing unemployment among Saudi nationals and to encourage the private sector to employ greater number of Saudi nationals as well as to reducing reliance on expatriate workers. Further, against the backdrop of declining oil prices, the Saudi Government has introduced

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Agreements and protocols to protect Holy Shrines in India Pakistan (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II)

Pant -Mirza Agreement : Major General Mirza(Pakistan) and Pundit Pant (Indian freedom fighter and 1st  Chief Minister of United provinces) had discussions on protecting the holy shrines in both countries in the Pant -Mirza Agreement,1955. About ‘Bilateral Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines’ Visits by nationals of India and Pakistan to mutually agreed list of

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