China insists on NPT for NSG entry (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, Topic: India’s NSG status)

China maintained the old stand on India’s NSG statusChina indirectly criticised the India-Japan agreement on nuclear energy, pointing out that all countries were entitled to peaceful use of atomic energy so long as they followed “the international nuclear non-proliferation regime. China maintains the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which India has not signed, is essential to

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Israeli President arrives on 6-day visit (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, Topic: India-Israel Relations)

Setting the stage for a prime ministerial visit from India in 2017, Israeli president Reuven Rivlin arrived here on a six-day visit on Monday. Cooperation likely in Agriculture Mr. Rivlin is likely to focus on agriculture cooperation between the two sides during the visit. He is accompanied by Michael Mirilashvili, chairman of Watergen, one of

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Nawaz Sharif inaugurates Gwadar port; CPEC becomes a reality (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, Topic: CPEC)

Gwadar port inauguratedThe Gwadar port, a strategic deep seaport in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, became operational in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan after a Chinese commercial ship laden with around 250 containers set off for West Asia and Africa. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the start of operational activities at the coastal town of Gwadar in southwestern

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India slams World Bank process on Indus Treaty (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Indus Water Treaty mediation procedure)

World Bank favours Pakistan in Indus Treaty DisputeIndia lashed out at the World Bank over its decision to favour Pakistan on the Indus Water Treaty dispute process over the Kishenganga and Ratle dam hydropower projects.  The dispute is over the Kishenganga (330 MW) and Ratle (850 MW) hydel plants India is constructing on the Kishenganga

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India signs landmark civil nuclear deal with Japan (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, Topic: India-Japan Relations)

India signed Nuclear Deal with JapanIndia signed a historic civilian nuclear deal with Japan during the annual bilateral summit held in Tokyo. However, the final seal on the text had to wait legislative clearance from Japan, which has 13 civil nuclear agreements with countries including France and the U.S. India is the first non-member of

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No change in stand on India’s NSG bid, says China (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Nuclear Supplies Group Membership)

China still disapproving of NSG status for India China stuck to its guns, saying there was “no change” in its stand on India’s membership bid which, it has indicated, would be considered only after rules for the entry of non-Nuclear Proliferation Treaty countries are finalised by the elite group. NSG group meet is scheduled for 11

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Highlights of British PM, Theresa May and Indian PM meet (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: India-UK Relations)

1. India seeks return of 57 fugitives from U.K.India has asked the United Kingdom to return 57 fugitives (a person who has escaped from captivity or is in hiding), including liquor baron Vijay Mallya, and members of some Sikh extremist groups. Details The list includes: 1. Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Agusta- Westland

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