What is the aim of the talks? The purpose of the Geneva talks is to end the partition of the island between the predominantly Turkish north and Greek south, so that the whole island has a unified – if federated – political structure and can be recognised by the European Union. At present only the... Continued.
No Modi-Xi meeting at G-20 as ‘atmosphere is not right’ (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
Beijing reiterates demand for “withdrawal of Indian troops” in the Doklam as a pre-condition for talks. With India and China asserting that no bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping had been scheduled on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in Germany, there was no immediate prospect of an end to... Continued.
India and Israel announced a strategic partnership between the two countries after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, and signed seven agreements in the fields of water, agriculture, space, including a $40 million joint fund for research and development in innovation. The fund of Research and Development will... Continued.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in a welcome at par with that given to US Presidents. This is the first-ever visit to Israel by an Indian Prime Minister and Mr Netanyahu has announced that he will “accompany the Indian Prime Minister at... Continued.
Outcome of 5th Meeting of BRICS Education Ministers held in Beijing, China (Relevant for GS prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Education was held on 5th July, 2017 at Beijing, China. The Indian delegation was led by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development, India. BRICS Network University and BRICS Think Tank Council He appreciated the creation of institutional mechanism in the form of BRICS Network University (BRICS-NU) and BRICS Think... Continued.
Victory in Mosul: Iraqi forces take back al-Nuri mosque from IS (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
The city has been taken from the IS. The Iraqi government now needs to win over its people The capture by Iraqi forces of the Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, from where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared himself ‘caliph’ in July 2014, marks the end of the ‘caliphate’ in Iraq. For three years,... Continued.
Minister to visit Israel. However, unlike President Mukherjee, and three External Affairs Ministers Jaswant Singh (2000), S.M. Krishna (2012) and Sushma Swaraj (2016), Mr. Modi will not pay a visit to the Palestinian side. Implication on India’s relations with Israel and Palestine In recent years, it is alleged that India has been emphasizing on its... Continued.
What runs the hills’ economy? Tea and tourism are the twin pillars of the economy of the Darjeeling region. It also has some horticulture, floriculture, spice and cinchona cultivation, but the main income and employment generators are tea and tourism. These two are now under attack as the hills are caught in a fresh spiral... Continued.
Colombia’s leftist FARC rebel force declared its disarmament complete after half a century of war against the state, bringing Latin America’s oldest civil conflict close to an end. The move is a key part of efforts to end the long territorial and ideological conflict under a 2016 peace accord. The accord was at first narrowly... Continued.
The Doklam Plateau, north of the tri-junction of Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet, by India’s claim, is not just a disputed area, but has huge strategic significance for both India and China. The Doklam is witnessing a stand-off between detachments of the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) for the past few days. There... Continued.