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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Evaluation of fishermen issue between India and Sri Lanka (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Indo-Sri Lankan Relations)

Joint Working Group on fisheriesThe agreement between India and Sri Lanka on establishing a Joint Working Group on fisheries is a small step forward in resolving the dispute between fishermen of both countries. The points agreed on are important: a hotline between the Coast Guards of both countries, a meeting of the JWG once in

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Pak. Supreme court orders probe against Sharif (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Political Unrest in Pakistan)

Pakistan Supreme Court ordered probe against ShariffThe Pakistan Supreme Court ordered the formation of a judicial commission to probe the Panama Papers scandal involving corruption allegations against the family of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is under pressure from the Opposition to step down.According to the Panama Papers, three of Mr. Sharif’s four children were

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RCEP members worry over market access to China (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II, Topic: Impact of RCEP)

Access to Chinese Market in RCEP has become cause of concern for Asia Pacific NationsThe concerns of 15 Asia-Pacific nations including India, over agreeing to give greater market access to Chinese goods may take centre-stage in the forthcoming ministerial meeting on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Trade ministers of these countries are slated to

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No Russian representation in UN Human Rights Council (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Sidelining of Russia in international politics)

No Russian representation in UNHRCRussia has been voted off the United Nations Human Rights Council amid mounting allegations of being responsible for war crimes in relation to its actions in Syria.  The 193-member General Assembly on Friday elected 14 members to the 47-nation council, the UN’s main body charged with promoting and protecting human rights. Russia

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Pakistan High Commission staffer expelled for espionage (Relevant for GS Prelims, Mains Paper II, Topic: Indo-Pak Relations)

Action by IndiaA day after a Pakistan High Commission (PHC) staffer, Mehmood Akhtar, was allegedly caught receiving defence-related information from two Indian “spies”, he was declared persona non grata and asked to leave India. Mr. Akhtar has been accused of working as an ISI agent. The police said they believed more PHC staffers were involved

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Reason for unrest against government of Venezuela (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Falling oil prices and problems for oil exporting nations)

The continued fall in global petroleum prices under Mr. Maduro’s watch has put the country’s social welfare model under severe strain. In the past, the government leveraged the country’s immense petroleum reserves to fuel a welfare economy and spend heavily on subsidies.  This model resulted in several structural flaws in the economy — corruption in

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