Decision of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen to suspend diplomatic ties with Qatar (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)

What step has been taken? Suspension of diplomatic ties as well as air and sea travel to and from Qatar is unprecedented. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain asked Qatari diplomats to leave their countries within 48 hours and Qatari citizens within 14 days. Why the 5 nations have suspended to suspend diplomatic ties with

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India to get SCO full membership in Astana, say Russia and China (Relevant for GS prelims, GS Mains Paper II)

Both China and Russia said India will become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) when Prime minister Narendra Modi attends the summit-level meeting in Kazakhstan capital Astana on June 8 and 9. During the 2015 summit in Ufa, Russia, the SCO formally adopted a resolution starting the process to admit India and Pakistan as

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To counter OBOR, India and Japan propose Asia-Africa sea corridor (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)

Prime Minister NarendraModi made the pitch for developing an Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC), with support from Japan, while addressing the annual general meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Gujarat’s capital of Gandhinagar. The next day, both the Indian and Japanese governments presented a “vision document” for the project that is largely meant to propel growth

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