India to pitch global services accord to WTO chief Azevedo (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains Paper II and III)

India will make a presentation to World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevedo and India Inc. on New Delhi’s proposal for a global pact to boost services trade. About Trade Facilitation in Services (TFS) Agreement  The proposed Trade Facilitation in Services (TFS) Agreement at the WTO-level aims to ease norms including those relating to

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China’s new ballistic missile has India in range (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, III)

China’s newly-formed Rocket Force has conducted an exercise with advanced Dongfeng (DF)-16 medium-range ballistic missile that has a range of over 1,000 km. The Rocket Force is a special contingent to handle range of missiles in its military’s arsenal. Targets in range of missile The missile could target a number of countries in the neighbourhood,

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I was forced into a deal with India, Jayewardene told U.S. envoy in context of 1986 Indo- SL accord (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

Views of ex-Sri Lankan PresidentSri Lanka was forced into making a deal with India as its own armed forces had twice refused to “take Jaffna”, then President J.R. Jayewardene has been quoted as saying in a declassified document, nearly 30 years after the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was deployed in the island nation. Jayewardene

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Comparison between US bill to restrict entry of foreigners and amendment in Indian Citizenship bill (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains paper II)

Amid a debate comparing U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on “extreme vetting” of visitors from seven countries to the United States and India’s own Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, chairman of a joint committee of Parliament on the Bill, Satyapal Singh has denied that an equivalence can be drawn between the two. The U.S.

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American Court stops Trump’s travel ban order (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, Topic: Should America be for Americans only?)

A judicial order stayed the deportation of people from seven Muslim-majority countries who arrived in the U.S. after President Donald Trump barred their entry through an executive order.  Rationale behind judicial order The judicial order argued that the order to ban entry of muslims could be deemed unconstitutional as it effectively sanctions religious discrimination. Status

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Stealth frigate deal inconclusive with Russia (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains Paper II, Topic: Issues in Defence cooperation with Russia)

The multi-billion dollar deal between India and Russia for four stealth frigates has run into trouble over pricing and local construction with Transfer of Technology (ToT). Details of deal India and Russia had signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for four additional Krivak or Talwar class stealth frigates. As per the agreement, two ships are to

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