India has offered a new line of credit (LoC) for $5 billion, its biggest yet in the neighbourhood, to Bangladesh. The $5 billion is an open LoC; we can use it to enhance the level of trade, movement, connectivity. The projects are yet to be fully identified, and there is no time line. Bangladesh can... Continued.
The Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, will be conferred the honorary title of General of the Nepalese Army during his ongoing visit to the Himalayan country.General Rajendra Chettri, the Chief of the Nepalese Army, was conferred the title of “Honorary General of the Indian Army” in February during his first visit to... Continued.
To keep China in check, India seals cooking gas supply deal with Nepal New Delhi also announced forming a high-level official committee to look into Nepal’s demand for a LPG pipeline from Raxaul- Motihari (Bihar) to Amlekhganj (South-eastern Nepal) as well as extending the natural gas pipeline from Gorakhpur into Nepal. What is the reason... Continued.
India-U.S. civil nuclear pact likely to miss June deadline (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
Reasons1. Bankruptcy of reactor maker Westinghouse clouds operationalisation of the deal. 2. The completion of the India-Japan Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (NCA), as Toshiba and other suppliers for reactor parts are bound by Japanese laws and by the actual contract to be negotiated by the U.S.-based Westinghouse. 3. The absence of land acquisition procedures for the... Continued.
NIA was probing Shafi Sheikh’s role as mastermindShafi Sheikh, a suspected ISI agent who played key role in mobilising people in Nepal and India to plant explosives at a railway track in Bihar last year, is said to have fled to Pakistan from Dubai, where he had been staying. Other allegations 1. Before India and... Continued.
India and Pakistan agreed on redesigning the Miyar Hydroelectric project, at the end of two-day talks of Indus Water Commissioners in Islamabad. It was also agreed that the Lower Kalnai and the Pakal Dul projects would be inspected again. The talks between the two countries began after 22 months when Pakistan in 2015 skipped consultations... Continued.
Bilateral exercises give fresh push to India’s strategic ties (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II)
India is leveraging bilateral military exercises to further strategic cooperation. The Indian Army is currently engaged in or has just concluded four separate exercises with the armies of Nepal, Oman, Singapore and the U.S., with a focus on aspects like counter-insurgency, jungle warfare, etc meant to promote interoperability. The exercise with Nepal also comes at... Continued.
U.S. lawmakers back green cards for STEM graduates (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II, III)
Talent shortage is a big obstacle to economic growth in America U.S. Senator said that all international students who complete an advanced degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the country should be given permanent residency in America. What is the proposal for ‘staple green card’? The proposal for ‘staple green card’ for... Continued.
Turkey and the EU nations can’t afford to wait till the referendum to de-escalate tensions. Background Until Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan started a high-voltage campaign for next month’s referendum on constitutional reforms that give him more powers, relations between Ankara and the European Union were relatively stable. How did the problem start? Trouble started... Continued.
Malaysia will deport 50 North Koreans for overstaying their visas, in an apparent exception to a departure ban after the assassination of Kim Jong-nam. Malaysia- N. Korea relations In February 2017, Kim Jong-nam, Kim Jong-un's half-brother, was killed in Malaysia in a presumed assassination. This resulted in a rapid escalation of tensions among them. The... Continued.