With two 6 X 1,000 MW Pressurised Water Reactors (PWR), built with Russian technology, up and running, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited will commence construction of the third and the fourth reactors at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) site. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally lay the... Continued.
Issues Discussed in Interview1. Suspension of SAARC 2. Bangladesh view on Pakistan 3. State of democracy in Bangladesh 4. Bangladesh-China Relations 5. BIMSTEC – BRICS Meet Bangladesh was a founder of SAARC in the 1980s, but it has also been one of the first countries to pull out of the summit in Pakistan this year.... Continued.
The Maldives angrily quit the Commonwealth after a long complicated dispute over its human rights record since the overthrowing of its first democratically-elected leader four years ago. Reason behind Maldives's exit from the Commonwealth The island nation said it had been treated “unjustly and unfairly” by the bloc, a voluntary association of more than 50 countries, many... Continued.
China does not favor to designate Azhar as UN terroristIndia has already expressed annoyance with China for once again ensuring that Jaish chief Masood Azhar is not designated a terrorist by the United Nations. Beijing accused India of seeking “political gains in the name of counter-terrorism” with reference to the Azhar issue.China was quick to... Continued.
Over a few weeks in the summer of 2011, India and Pakistan staged two of the bloodiest cross-border surgical strikes in which at least 13 soldiers were killed, and six of them decapitated. Five of those heads were carried across the border as trophies — two to Pakistan and three to India. Pakistan raid on... Continued.
Sri Lanka to build 100,000 barrels per day refinery with India’s IOC (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)
Sri Lanka will build a second refinery in Trincomalee in Northern Sri Lanka with a capacity of at least 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) in a tie-up with Indian Oil Corp. Comparison with China India has been vying for major projects in the island nation where China has secured multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects including a... Continued.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will sign an enhanced bilateral economic partnership by the end of this year to allow the free flow of services, investments and technology. This will be in addition to the existing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two nations. Benefit expected to Southern States... Continued.
Importance of nuclear agreement with JapanIndia has completed agreements for civil nuclear cooperation with 11 countries so far, including the U.S., Russia, Australia, Canada and South Korea, but the upcoming agreement with Japan could be the most significant. Japan is the only country to have been the victim of a nuclear attack, and its decision to... Continued.
ITF has banned former World No. 1 tennis player Maria Sharapova of Russia for two years over doping charges. In January 2016 during the Australian Open she was tested positive for banned drug meldonium, a substance that has been added in the forbidden list by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 1 January 2016.... Continued.
Agreements regarding Chahbahar: The first agreement will provide India the right to develop and operate two terminals and five berths with multipurpose cargo handling capacities in the port of Chahbahar for 10 years. Following the bilateral agreement, Prime Minister Modi and Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani were joined by Dr. Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan,... Continued.