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

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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

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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

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Turkey and the EU nations’ diplomatic crisis (Relevant for GS Prelims GS Mains Paper II)

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

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