Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump jointly declared that bilateral ties between India and the U.S. would continue to grow, seeking to dispel notions that the latter’s election to the White House on a nationalist agenda might have a negative impact on the relationship. As part of nationalist agenda, Mr. Trump?s is... Continued.
China confirmed that it had suspended the entry of Indian pilgrims undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and lodged a formal protest with New Delhi, following an alleged crossborder incursion by Indian troops. Chinese President and Indian PM meet this year The Chinese protest comes after a warm personal meeting earlier this month between Prime Minister... Continued.
Marawai capture by IS The city of Marawi in the south of the Philippines has been engulfed by a deadly, ongoing siege since late May, when government forces began to take on heavily armed militants linked to the Islamic State. Local media estimate the death toll to be above 300. Over 200,000 residents have fled... Continued.
Record fine of €2.4 billion on Google by EU: Everything you need to know (Relevant for GS prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
The European Union’s Anti-trust Commission has just fined Google a record amount of €2.42 billion over anti-trust practices. EU’s main charge is that Google abused its dominant position in the market to give its shopping service an advantage over other results. For Google, which is now under the parent company Alphabet, this can’t come as... Continued.
NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite called NISAR at stake (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II and III)
Collaboration between NASA and ISRO The collaboration between NASA and ISRO began in 2005 with the Chandrayaan-I mission where an eight-kilogram Moon Mineralogy mapper from NASA accompanied the mission, resulting in “joint-discovery” of water on moon. What is NISAR? NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite called NISAR is the satellite which aims to study global environmental... Continued.
When Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani decided to abdicate the throne for his 33-year-old son Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in 2013, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were quick to congratulate the young Emir. “We are confident that you will continue the journey of your father…,” the late Saudi King Abdullah... Continued.
The sanctions imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and others two weeks ago had failed to produce the result they wanted. Qatar has remained defiant, rejecting their accusations and pulling in help from Iran and Turkey. The list of demands now being made are humiliating for Qatar – closing its flagship TV channel Al Jazeera,... Continued.
Death of American student The tragic death of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old American student who was imprisoned and later released while in a state of coma by North Korea, is a huge setback to reducing tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. He was arrested in Pyongyang in January 2016 while visiting as part of a tour... Continued.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ousted his nephew as crown prince and installed his son Mohammad bin Salman, a fast rise for the 31-year-old that puts him one step from the throne. Contrubution of young prince The young Prince already wielded huge power before he was named heir, spearheading a sweeping economic and social reform programme... Continued.
Islamic State leader Baghdadi ‘may have been killed by Russia'(Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
The ministry said an air strike may have killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and up to 330 other fighters.It said the raid had targeted a meeting of the IS military council in the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa, in northern Syria. There have been a number of previous reports of Baghdadi’s death.This is the first... Continued.