The Constitutional Council of Nepal has selected Justice Sushila Karki (63) for the post of Chief Justice (CJ) (26th) of the Supreme Court of the country. She shall have tenure of 1 year and retire in June 2017 upon reaching the age limit. Appointment Process: As per Nepal’s new Constitution, the president of the... Continued.
Bhutan’s announcement that it is unable to proceed with the Motor Vehicles Agreement with Bangladesh, India and Nepal is a road block, and not a dead end, for the regional sub-grouping India had planned for ease of access among the four countries. About BBIN How it came into existence? The sub-grouping, BBIN as it is... Continued.
Visa rules posing challenge to Indian IT companies (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II and III)
A Stringent visa rules around the world pose the stiffest challenge for Indian IT companies. The visa rule changes for Indian tech personnel weren’t wholly unexpected, especially after Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. on the back of, among other things, promises to put the brakes on outsourcing. Which countries have made their... Continued.
Heart Dam PM inaugurated the Heart dam also called as Salma dam during his visit to Afghanistan. The dam, earlier known as Salma Dam, has been built by India at a cost of Rs. 1,700 crore on the Harirud river in Herat neighbouring Iran. It will irrigate 75,000 hectares of land and generate 42 MW... Continued.
India-Bangladesh Friendship Bridge to be soon operationalised (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II)
Land acquisition for construction of India-Bangladesh Friendship Bridge begins The Tripura government has commenced the land acquisition process for the construction of India-Bangladesh Friendship Bridge over river Feni that demarcates boundaries between the two countries in south Tripura. Government of India is bearing the entire burden of expenditure towards the construction of the 150-metre bridge... Continued.
In just about two days, India is expected to notify the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) with the U.S. About LEMOA The agreement, which comes after more than a decade of negotiations, puts easy process in place for the two militaries to share each other’s bases for various operations. These include port visits, joint exercises,... Continued.
The path is now clear for Turkey to be transformed from a parliamentary democracy to a presidential republic, after a referendum on constitutional reforms proposed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (or AKP) gave the nod for handing sweeping powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Narrow margin win The “Yes” campaign won by a... Continued.
Nepal and China will hold the first-ever joint military exercise from April 17 with a special focus on combating terror and disaster management. About Sagarmatha Friendship-2017 The military exercise has been named ‘Sagarmatha Friendship-2017’. Sagarmatha is the Nepali name of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, that is bordering between Nepal and China. Previous joint... Continued.
The U.S. dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan on a series of caves used by Islamic State militants. Details: 1. It was the first time the U.S. used a bomb of this size in a conflict. 2. The bombwas dropped from an MC-130... Continued.
India Bangladesh Relations: Analysis of Sheikh Hasina Visit (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II)
At the end of her four-day visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India, 22 treaties were signed between the two countries testify to the Bangladesh premier’s optimism. The pacts pertain to a wide range of bilateral issues, including defence cooperation, energy and infrastructure. Some highlights of the visit: 1. India extended lines of... Continued.