China, Myanmar Relations (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II)

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

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Nepal’s Constitution Amendment

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

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North Korea Hydrogen Bomb Test and Satellite Launch

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

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ED cracks down shell firms (Relevant for GS prelims and GS mains Paper II)

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

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