Taliban militants have captured the strategic northern Afghan city of Kunduz. Setback: Kunduz is also the first provincial capital to be seized by the Taliban militants after they had lost their power after the US-led invasion in 2001. The fall of Kunduz marks a major setback for Afghan government forces who are struggling to combat... Continued.
New prohibition law enforced in Bihar after HC quashed the old law At a special Cabinet meeting, the State government notified the new Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016 which ensured complete ban on sale and consumption of liquor — both Indian Made Foreign Liquor and country-made — in the State with immediate effect. This... Continued.
China has blocked a tributary of the Brahmaputra as part of a major hydro-electric project, whose construction began in 2014.The state-run Xinhua news agency is reporting that the blockage of a tributary of the Yarlung Zangbo river is part of China's “most expensive” hydro project. About Brahmaputra river The Brahmaputra in its upper reaches is... Continued.
The Centre’s decision to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change on October 2 is a welcome affirmation of India’s commitment to join the global community in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As an emerging nation with a large number of people living without access to electricity, India’s predicament of having to generate more energy... Continued.
A infantry unit of the Russian military participated in the first-ever joint military drills dubbed ‘Friendship—2016’, reflecting growing military ties between the two former Cold War rivals. Significance of military drill The joint drill is seen as another step in growing military-to-military cooperation, indicating a steady growth in bilateral relationship between the two countries, whose... Continued.
There was a decade long deadlock between Iran and Western countries over the issue of Iran’s Nuclear Programme and safety concerns of uranium enrichment. Western Countries especially US, had alleged that Iran’s Nuclear Programme may be used by them to produce enriched uranium to develop nuclear warheads. However Iran had refused the allegations of western... Continued.
Incursion in Arunachal Pradesh by Chinese TroopsAfter the Ladakh sector, Chinese troops came 45 km inside Indian territory in a remote area of Arunachal Pradesh in Twang region earlier this month and built shelters to claim that the territory belonged to them, according to reports from the area. History of incursions The post has witnessed... Continued.
Suspension of talks under Indus Water treaty Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting of senior officials from the Water Resources and External Affairs Ministries and the PMO to discuss the government’s options on the India-Pakistan Indus Waters Treaty in the wake of the Uri attack. While the meeting decided to suspend further water talks and... Continued.
No Proposal to withdraw MSF tag despite curbing the trade ties with Pakistan The Centre is not considering any proposal to withdraw the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ (MFN) status accorded to Pakistan as even with MFN status the level of bilateral trade is “very low. Background The MFN status was accorded in 1996 as per India’s... Continued.
India, France ink $7.87 billion agreement for 36 Rafales (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)
Rafale Deal Sealed India and France concluded an Inter-Governmental Agreement for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of €7.87 billion, the first fighter aircraft deal since the purchase of Sukhois from Russia in the late 90’s. Aircraft delivery Dassault will begin aircraft deliveries after 36 months and complete in 67 months.... Continued.