Tajikistan, India step up security ties (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, Topic: India-Tajikistan ties)

Highlights:1. Tajikistan and India signed an agreement against terror financing and money laundering. 2. Tajikistan extended support to  India’s candidature for Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and India’s bid for permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council. 3. Both sides also signed agreements on bilateral investment and avoidance of double taxation. The two sides indicated that

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Protests hit Venezuela following demonetisation (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)

Cash crunch sparked social unrest in Venezuela post demonetisation:Venezuela became a country mostly without cash, sparking scattered protests and looting around the country as people fumed at having their already limited purchasing power cut off almost entirely.   Background: President Nicolas Maduro had made a surprise announcement that the 100-bolivar note would go out of

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Italy’s top court orders re-trial in AgustaWestland case (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

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

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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

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Possibility of new constitution in Sri Lanka

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

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