The country’s longest bridge connecting Dhola on the Brahmaputra’s south bank to Sadiya on the north in Tinsukia district of Assam has started operations. Sadiya is bounded by rivers on three sides: Lohit, Brahmaputra and Dibang. The bridge is longer than the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (5.6 km) by nearly two-thirds. Benefits of the bridge The... Continued.
Proposal for Asia Africa Growth Corridor presented to AfDB’s board The Indian and Japanese governments unveiled a vision document for the Asia Africa Growth Corridor, proposed by the two countries’ Prime Ministers last November, and more details are likely to be firmed up by September in time for Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s visit to New... Continued.
The African Development Bank’s decision to hold its annual general meeting in India this month is a signal of the importance African countries attach to New Delhi’s growing role in its development. Beginning of India-Africa summit It was nearly a decade ago, in 2008, that India made a serious attempt for a strategic partnership... Continued.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas interview abstracts (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II and Prelims)
What are your hopes from this visit to India, your first since 2012? This is my fifth visit to India since 2005. The agenda of the visit is to gather international support for creation of Palestine nation and develop bilateral relations of India. Is there a role for India in the peace process? We have... Continued.
Three years after the plan for the Belt and Road Initiative (B&RI, formerly called the Silk Road Economic Belt or One Belt One Road) was announced, China has concluded the first Belt and Road Forum. While 130 countries participated, of which at least 68 are now part of the $900-billion infrastructure corridor project, India boycotted... Continued.
Initiatives undertaken for welfare of Tamils India, which is currently building 4,000 houses for estate workers, will construct an additional 10,000 homes, Mr. Modi announced. Many upcountry Tamils continue to live in cramped, British-era line rooms and an estimated 1,60,000 families await proper housing. India will also expand its ambulance service in the island to... Continued.
China’s Belt and Road initiative and its implications for China (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)
China will host the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) over two days starting May 14 in Beijing where high-level delegations, including 29 Heads of State, will gather to discuss President Xi Jingping’s ambitious strategy and accelerate the pace of its implementation. China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) strategy envisions an overland Silk Road Economic Belt... Continued.
Implications of Complaining to ICJ (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, International Relations and Organisations)
India is projecting as a diplomatic victory its success in getting the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to stay the execution of retired naval officer and alleged spy KulbhushanJadhav, in the custody of Pakistani authorities since last year. But the truth is a little more complex. First, the ICJ “stay” on the execution is... Continued.
Need for law against torture (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II, Polity & Governance and International Org. & Relations)
India’s position on UN Convention against Torture Two decades after signing the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, India is yet to ratify it. There can be little justification for such a prolonged delay in passing legislation to give effect to the convention. Why there is urgency for... Continued.
Setting the stage for intense diplomacy, Turkey has urged for multilateral dialogue to solve the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for an end to the casualties in the Valley and said Turkey is willing to be involved in finding a lasting solution to the question of Kashmir. The Ministry... Continued.