Italy’s apex court ordered Retrial for guilty held in AgustaWestland Corruption case:Italy’s top court has ordered the retrial of two top executives of defence group Finmeccanica in the bribery case. The top executives, former Finmeccanica CEO Giuseppe Orsi and former AgustaWestland chief Bruno Spagnolini — were sentenced in April by a Milan appeals court “for... Continued.
Sixth edition of Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
The sixth edition of ‘Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development’ was held at New Delhi. During the conference, ministers and senior officials from 68 countries in the region deliberated on challenges of urban planning and management. The conference sought to address issues ranging from crowded city centres to peripheral expansion, metropolitan based... Continued.
Future trade targets between India-ASEAN:India, ASEAN set target of $100 billion trade to be achieved by 2020. India is one of the most important power in the region and will be a significant dialogue partner. Current trade: Currently the trade between ASEAN and India is 57 billion dollars. ASEAN and India will celebrate its 25th anniversary... Continued.
A new constitution giving powers to Tamils in N-E is expected in Sri Lanka under Srisena’s Government. Modern Sri Lanka has witnessed three constitutions. Controversial provisions in present constitution: Unitary state Foremost place to Buddhism Sinhala as official language Supremacy of President over Legislature Considerable say of President in judicial appointments and thus, significant... Continued.
One China PolicyThe One-China policy refers to the policy or view that there is only one state called "China", despite the existence of two governments that claim to be "China". As a policy, this means that countries seeking diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China (PRC, Mainland China) must break official relations with the... Continued.
Indo- Indonesia common stand1. India and Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, on Monday decided to expand their defence and maritime security ties and resolved to deal with terrorism. 2. During the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the two countries, among the very few fast-growing large economies, also... Continued.
A deep water port built in Myanmar’s Sittwe on the Bay of Bengal by India is ready to be commissioned. An inauguration ceremony for this strategically important facility is expected to take place next month, according to Vikram Misri, the Indian envoy to Myanmar. About Sittwe Port Sittwe is the capital of Rakhine State (which... Continued.
India offers tsunami alert system to South China Sea countries (Relevant for GS prelims and GS mains paper II)
As part of a soft-diplomacy effort, India is looking to have South China Sea countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Philippines use the tsunami early warning-system developed by India. China, too has been approached, said a senior official in the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), but a deal is unlikely yet. ABOUT THE TSUNAMI ALERT... Continued.
In a further boost to its growing defence ties with Vietnam, India has agreed to train the southeast nation’s Sukhoi-30 fighter pilots. The agreement was reached during bilateral discussions between Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his Vietnamese counterpart, General Ngo Xuan Lich. China factor India and Vietnam have been steadily stepping up their cooperation, especially... Continued.
National Defence Authorisation Act of USThe National Defence Authorisation Act 2017 is scheduled to be passed by the U.S Congress seeks executive action to “recognise India’s status as a major defence partner of the United States and strong action by Pakistan on terrorism. Draft bill details 1. India –US future defence relationship The draft bill... Continued.