Turkey-Netherlands crisis deepens (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II)

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

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One Belt, One Road

“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

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Compassion International to wind up India operations (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)

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

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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

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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

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