Trump restricts entry from 7 Muslim nations (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II, Topic: America for Americans)

U.S. President Donald Trump has banned people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the nation for 90 days and suspended admission of refugees for 120 days through an executive order. The order has also indefinitely barred refugees from Syria. U.S. immigration authorities have started detaining travellers from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia,

... Continued.

Bilateral trade hit by banks’ reluctance to transact with Iran (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, Topic: Issues in Indo-Iran Trade Relations)

India’s trade with Iran is yet to be fully normalised even a year after the lifting of international sanctions on Tehran. Indian exporters are complaining of difficulties faced by them due to some Indian nationalised banks refusing to deal with Iran-related transactions. This is despite the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in a notification in May 2016,

... Continued.

India rejects attempts by EU, Canada for global investment agreement (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II and III)

India, along with Brazil, Argentina and some other nations, has rejected an informal attempt by the European Union (EU) and Canada to work towards a global investment agreement at the World Trade Organisation (WTO)-level that would incorporate a contentious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism. Reasons for rejection of global investment agreement :Contentious mechanism 1. The ISDS

... Continued.

A deserved commutation (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper II)

Commutation of Chelsea Manning Commutation of Chelsea Manning, the American whistle-blower slapped with a 35-year sentence for leaking classified State Department documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, has had her sentence commuted by the outgoing President, Barack Obama.  Earlier known as Bradley, she has gender dysphoria, is undergoing hormone therapy for gender reassignment, and has twice

... Continued.