View of PM Modi and GhaniWith tough statements on terror pointed at Pakistan, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urged Islamabad to end its “selective” approach to fighting terror groups on its soil, and end “terror sanctuaries” for groups that target them at the Heart of Asia summit. Statement by Afghanistan President... Continued.
• In May 2015, you had said that if Pakistan continues to block transit trade with India, Afghanistan will block its access to Central Asia … is that still a threat?We actually went through with it. Trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been much reduced. Economically, Afghanistan has become part of Central Asia. The opening... Continued.
European Parliament Votes to Suspend Talks with Turkey on E.U. Membership (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, Topic: Direct Question can be asked)
Decision by European Parliament:The European Parliament voted to suspend talks with Turkey on European Union membership. The vote is not binding, since the decision ultimately rests with the governments of the European Union’s member countries. Background: Turkey first applied for membership in 1987, and formal negotiations began 11 years ago. But talks soon bogged down... Continued.
Delhi to scale up military aid to Kabul (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Indo-Afghanistan Relations)
Improvisation in defence engagement After supplying four attack helicopters to Afghanistan, India is quietly moving to qualitatively scale up military assistance in terms of long-term spares and support. This involves a trilateral framework with Russia, officials confirmed that it is likely to be discussed by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi when... Continued.
As India retaliates, Pakistan moves UN (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, topic: India-Pakistan Relations)
Pakistan approaches UN for border tensions:Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.N. met Deputy Secretary-General and Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General, and alleged that the situation posed a “grave threat to international peace and security. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.N alleged that escalating tension “was a deliberate attempt” by India to “divert the attention of the... Continued.
Britain tightens visa regulations (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, Topic: Visa Regulations)
The British government’s tightens its immigration regime that will impact the Indian workers, were announced earlier this year on the recommendation of the Migration Advisory Committee, an independent public body that advises the U.K. government. Changes impacting a number of areas includes: 1. Salary thresholds for those on a Tier 2 visa: In order to be... Continued.
China agrees to import rice from 17 mills in India (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Trade ties between India and China)
China to import rice from India:China has agreed to import rice, non-basmati and basmati varieties, from 17 registered mills in India, following efforts to ensure market access for Indian products in that country. India had repeatedly sought market access for items including non-basmati rice, pharmaceuticals and many fruits and vegetables among others, citing the country’s... Continued.
NSG membership for India seems unlikely this year (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, Topic: India’s NSG Status)
Vienna meet ends inconclusively:India’s hopes of a membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group this year were virtually dashed after the NSG meeting in Vienna on November 11 ended inconclusively, even as experts said the process would continue in 2017. Reasons for high hopes by India India’s hopes of a membership had been raised after the... Continued.
Centre to consider total ban on FDI in tobacco (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: FDI in Tobacco)
Centre planning to ban FDI in tobacco industry:The government is expected to shortly take up a proposal to totally prohibit Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the tobacco industry. Current status: Currently, FDI is not permitted in manufacturing of cigars, cigarettes of tobacco and tobacco substitutes. However, it is allowed in various forms of technology collaboration... Continued.
Status of CPEC and Benefits ExpectedA year and a half after China and Pakistan announced plans for an Economic Corridor, the CPEC, to connect “Kashgar to Gwadar”, the two countries operationalized the trade route this week, with the first shipment moving to Gwadar port and on to the Gulf and Africa. Many of the infrastructure... Continued.