Syrian Army and popular defence forces have regained control of the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group. The liberation of the historic city of Palmyra from the ISIS terror group was undertaken by joint efforts of Syrian Army with support of national aviation and Russian Aerospace Forces.... Continued.
Despite differences on a number of issues, including over the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), U.N. designation of Masood Azhar as a terrorist, and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, India and China have begun to look for a “common ground” on Afghanistan during Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar’s visit to Beijing last week. NSG Membership of India India... Continued.
The WTO dispute that India lost over solar power and the one that it has now filed against the U.S. are similar. India and the U.S. have been filing a number of disputes against each other, challenging the other’s domestic content requirement in the renewable energy sector. The allegations by India India in the present... Continued.
Iran’s Navy began an annual drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Importance of strait of Hormuz The Strait of Hormuz connects the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea and represents one of the world's most important oil... Continued.
The time is ripe for India and Bangladesh to consolidate gains on key issues (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II)
Evaluation of recent Indian action to allow use of border roads by BangladeshIndia’s decision to allow its border roads in Mizoram and Tripura to be used by Bangladeshi forces as they construct border outposts in the inhospitable terrain of the Chittagong Hill Tracts shows just how far the two countries have come to bridging their... Continued.
India has approved a deal to jointly develop a medium range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) system for the Army. This is the latest in a series of other variants of SAM systems for the Navy and the Air Force. What is medium range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) MR-SAM is the land based configuration of the missile. It... Continued.
The Cabinet also approved a Rs.5723.72 crore investment for the Arun-3 900 MW hydroelectric plant in Nepal. The project, located on the Arun River, is expected to provide any surplus power not used by Nepal to India.... Continued.
ED sends notice to Angelique International for suspected FEMA violation (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II, III)
The Enforcement Directorate has served a show-cause notice to Angelique International Limited for the transfer of funds to certain African countries allegedly in violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). The allegation on Angelique International Limited The alleged violation of FEMA involved “improper” payments to the tune of 1.06 crore dollars (70.90 crore) in... Continued.
Amnesty’s concerns over human rights violation in India (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, III)
Amnesty International’s annual report, the State of the World’s Human Rights Report 2016-17, has expressed concerns over a range of human rights violations in India. Major Findings in the report: 1. The report, being released worldwide, slammed the use of legislation such as the Foreign Currency (Regulation) Act (FCRA) and the sedition law to silence... Continued.
India tops charts as world’s largest defense importer (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II, III)
Global arms sales over the last five years reached their highest level since 1990, with India continuing to top the charts as the world’s largest defense importer, a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has found (SIPRI). India’s share in defence imports Between 2012 and 2016, India accounted for 13 percent of global... Continued.