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

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India approves $340 million loan to Nepal’s infrastructure development programmes (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

India has sanctioned a soft loan of $340 million to Nepal for various infrastructure development programmes.  Under these programmes, Mahalaki bridge and 15 roads will be constructed in various parts of Nepal. The completion of infrastructural projects will strengthen physical connectivity and also emotional bonding between the people of both the countries.

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India says Taiwan team is non-political (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II)

India moved to stabilise ties with China, saying there was nothing political in the ongoing visit of a delegation from Taiwan, which criticised Beijing’s One China policy. India’s statement came after China filed a diplomatic protest after the delegation argued that Taiwan’s independence is an international reality. What’s the issue in visit of Taiwan delegation

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India set to join Moscow meet on Afghanistan (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)

India is among six nations participating in a conference on Afghanistan’s future in Moscow, two months after Russia hosted a similar conference with only China and Pakistan. After India and particularly Afghanistan objected to being cut out of the discussion, Moscow agreed to expand its ambit, announcing a six-nation conference of Russia, India, Iran, Pakistan,

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Taiwan for upgrading diplomatic ties with India (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)

Taiwan is likely to urge India to upgrade diplomatic ties. Taiwanese sources said the request will be communicated to Indian interlocutors by a high-level Taiwanese parliamentary delegation. Enhancing ties with Taiwan Since the swearing-in of Donald Trump as the U.S. president, several countries including Japan have decided to upgrade ties with Taiwan. President Trump’s phone

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China expels South Korean missionaries amid tensions over deployment of THAAD System (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)

China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, amid diplomatic tension between the two countries over the planned deployment of a U.S. missile defence system in the South Korea. Possible reason for response of China China is widely believed to be retaliating against Seoul’s plan to host the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system

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