The European Union (EU) warned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to avoid inflammatory rhetoric as a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the Netherlands deepened over the blocking of Turkish Ministers from holding rallies. Mr. Erdogan had twice accused Netherlands of acting like the Nazis. Background Why were turkish officials holding rallies in the netherlands? Turkey is... Continued.
“One Belt, One Road,” i.e., the New Silk Road Economic Belt, which links China with Europe through Central and Western Asia, and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which connects China with Southeast Asian countries, Africa and Europe. It is aimed at promoting orderly and free flow of economic factors, highly efficient allocation of resources... Continued.
Analysis of India-Sri Lanka fishing problem: Failure to establish JWG (Relevant for GS mains Paper II)
There is no certainty about the circumstances that led to the killing of a Tamil Nadu fisherman somewhere between the Indian and Sri Lankan coast on Monday night. Unmistakably though, this was a tragedy waiting to happen, the direct fallout of the long-standing dispute between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lankan Tamil fishermen over fishing rights... Continued.
BackgroundIn March 2016, the Ministry of Home Affairs had put Compassion International on a “prior permission” watchlist, effectively curtailing its ability to bring in funds for NGOs in India, some of which were allegedly used of carrying out religious conversions. What has happened now? After several appeals, Compassion International announced that it is shutting down... Continued.
Sikh shot at in US by man who shouted: Go back to your country About this incident A 39-year-old Sikh man was shot outside his home in Kent, Washington, in the US by a partially-masked gunman who reportedly shouted “go back to your own country”. The incident is the latest in a series of attacks... Continued.
U.S. cancelled India’s plea on reforms in medicine (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II, III)
A month after the 140th World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Executive Board meeting, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) response has revealed that the United States government had opposed including agenda items proposed by India, which aimed at reforming medical innovation that currently pump up drug prices to unaffordable levels. About the issue The Indian government... Continued.
The China-India border dispute came into sharp focus after the Chinese Foreign Ministry warned New Delhi not to allow the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh. Why does China object to Dalai Lama visit? China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of Tibet and routinely objects to any visits by top leaders, officials and diplomats to... Continued.
Status of border fencingHalf of the 4,096-km border India shares with Bangladesh has been fenced. Land acquisition is a major challenge to completing the work of fencing the border by the 2019 deadline. The border runs along West Bengal for 2,216.7 km, Assam 263 km, Meghalaya 443 km, Tripura 856 km and Mizoram 318 km.... Continued.
Possible change in India’s StandSignalling a major shift in its position on talks with Pakistan on the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), India has accepted an invitation to attend the next meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) to be held in Lahore in March. India had suspended the talks after the Uri attacks in September... Continued.
India takes lead in Trans-Asian Railway Southern Corridor from Dhaka to Istanbul (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains Paper II)
Codenamed the ITI-DKD-Y corridor, the container train’s route is scheduled as Dhaka-Kolkata-Delhi-Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul. Taking a leaf from China’s run to Europe, India is going to showcase its might in freight movement by running a trans-continental container train full of goods from Dhaka to Istanbul, covering a 6,000-km journey across five countries — Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Iran... Continued.