China and Myanmar agreed a deal on a crude oil pipeline between the neighbouring countries. The countries signed an agreement on a partially-completed crude oil pipeline between western Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port and southern China’s Kunming city. Myitsone dam The two leaders also discussed the development of the controversial Myitsone dam, a $3.6 billion Beijing-backed project... Continued.
Nepal promulgated its new Constitution in 2015 but the Madhesis immigrants, the Janajatis and the Tharus, who are considered as the marginalised groups felt they were being left out in the new constitution. These groups then blockaded the border points. The amendments supported by 461 of the 601 members of the Nepali Parliament covered: Article... Continued.
The American air strikes on Syria raise questions of legality and purpose The U.S. missile attack on a Syrian airbase, which President Donald Trump ordered after civilians in the rebel-held Idlib province were hit with chemical weapons causing the deaths of at least 80 people, marks a departure in American policy towards the war-ravaged country.... Continued.
After Bashar al-Assad killed over 80 Syrian civilians in a nerve-gas attack on April 4th, on April 6th America fired 59 cruise Tomahawk missiles at the airbase in central Syria from which it claimed Mr Assad’s atrocity was launched. Mr Trump described the attack, which was reported to have damaged or destroyed over a dozen... Continued.
While the diplomatic world was fixated on the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, not very far from there a small elite contingent of Indian and Mongolian troops began a two-week joint military exercise away from media glare. About Nomadic Elephant joint military exercise It said the exercise was aimed at training... Continued.
Foreign Ministry says that the Dalai Lama’s Arunachal Pradesh visit will escalate border dispute The row between India and China on the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh spiralled with the Chinese Foreign Ministry asserting that the Tibetan leader’s visit to the State “will escalate the dispute in border areas.” China also lodged... Continued.
Recently North Korea undertook hydrogen bomb test and thereafter also launched a satellite. The satellite launching technology corresponds to missile technology. Thus North Korea claims of both a nuclear weapon warhead and missile technology to deliver that warhead. Reasons for threat over nuclear program of North Korea: North Korea is under rule of monarch... Continued.
WTO sets up panel to resolve India-Japan steel dispute (Relevant for GS prelims and GS mains Paper II, III)
The WTO has set up a panel to resolve the dispute between Japan and India over imposition of safeguard import duty on iron and steel products. As both the sides failed to resolve the issue in the bilateral consultation process, Japan had sought formation of dispute resolution panel. Background Japan in December dragged India to... Continued.
A Myanmar government-appointed commission is to soon make a recommendation on the fate of the $3.6 billion, China-financed Myitsone Dam in Myanmar. Possible implications of the decision for the Suu kyi government The decision is a daunting test for Aung San Suu Kyi, who risks angering China, the region’s economic powerhouse, if she cancels the... Continued.
In a major crackdown, the Enforcement Directorate conducted searches on 300 shell companies across 16 States on suspicion of large-scale money laundering and foreign exchange violations. Reason behind the searches Some of the companies searched were allegedly involved in major money-laundering cases related to the former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, the Andhra Pradesh... Continued.