India, Portugal sign defence agreement (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains paper II)

In a bid to boost joint production and development of niche weapons systems, India and Portugal entered into a defence agreement — one of the seven sealed during the Delhi visit of Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa. Background: The agreement came following Portugal’s support to India’s multilateral plans in various technology regimes including Missile

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India lacks plan for global rescue: Study (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II and III)

The government’s plans for conducting emergency large-scale international evacuation is “ad hoc” and depends on “quick-fix solutions”, a major think tank paper has stated. The paper authored for Carnegie India has revealed that despite conducting nearly 30 international evacuations, South Block does not have a standard operating procedure (SOP) for such missions and continues to

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U.S. First Lady picks Indian-American in education crusade (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper III)

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama has selected 16-year-old Indian-American Swetha Prabakaran to serve in the inaugural Student Advisory Board of an education campaign, which seeks to provide educational opportunities for teenagers in America.Swetha, whose parents immigrated from Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli in 1998, was chosen for ‘Better Make Room’ campaign’s Student Advisory Board in recognition of

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With gifts and goodwill, 218 fishermen return from Pakistan (Relevant for GS prelims and GS mains paper II)

Pakistan released 218 Indian fishermen detained over the past twelve months. Relevance of the release This was a goodwill gesture aimed at confidence-building. This is the second batch of Indian fishermen to be released by Pakistan in less than two weeks. It earlier released 220 fishermen on December 25 Release Amid the Worsening ties Pakistan

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China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan (Relevant for GS Prelims, Mains Paper II)

China’s State Grid Corporation is set to build a $1.5-billion power line across Pakistan to enable the transmission of 4,000 megawatts of electricity from the country’s north to south, the government said on Friday.Pakistani and Chinese officials signed an investment agreement in Beijing build the country’s first high-voltage, direct current line, according to a government

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Akhilesh, uncle Ramgopal expelled from SP for 6 years (Relevant for GS Mians Paper II, Topic: Intra-party differences)

Expelled Akhilesh Yadav from party for 6 yearsSamajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh expelled his defiant son, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, from the party for six years for “gross indiscipline” a day after the junior Yadav issued a parallel list of candidates for the upcoming State polls. Action against Ramgopal Yadav SP national general

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