Mr. Modi held talks with Mr. Abe after arriving in the capital of Laos (Vientiane) to attend the ASEAN-India and the East Asia summits. Highlights of meeting 1. The leaders discussed strengthening and diversification of trade and investment relations. 2. India and Japan pledged to strengthen ties in the key areas of counter-terrorism, civil nuclear... Continued.
SAARC Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November, no change in official stand on PM’s SAARC visit: Official (Relevant for GS Paper III, Topic: International Relations)
Response by Indian High commissioner India has not changed its position on the participation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the SAARC summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November this year in the last one month. Doubtful status of India’s participation was on account of: 1. Following the cold reception to Home Minister... Continued.
G20 Summit Mission of global cooperation to avoid a looming economic crisis brought together a bold group of nations, representing 85 per cent of the world’s GDP and two-thirds of its population, under the banner of the G20. National Concerns given prominence National Concerns were given prominence in the meet over the international issues. 1.... Continued.
1. In a clear reference to Pakistan but without naming it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday told G20 leaders that “one single nation” in South Asia was spreading terror in the region, and said that the international community should isolate those who sponsor and support terrorism instead of rewarding them. 2. Modi also raised... Continued.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. Mr. Modi raised several concerns 1. Terrorism emerging from the area covered by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. 2. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a $46 billion connectivity project between China and Pakistan. It passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir region... Continued.
India grants $500 mn to Vietnam for defence ties (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Indo-Vietnam Ties)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, held wide-ranging talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan. Comprehensive Strategic partnership Upgradation of Strategic Partnership between India and Vietnam to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.Vietnam earlier had Comprehensive Strategic Partnership only with Russia and China. Comprehensive Strategic partnership signifies wider areas of cooperation between the teo countries. Agreements signed 1. India... Continued.
The signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) during Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit to Washington is a significant step forward for India and the U.S. About LEMOA The agreement, which comes after more than a decade of negotiations, puts easy process in place for the two militaries to share each other’s bases... Continued.
Talks Between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State John Kerry Terrorism, especially that emanating from Pakistan, figured prominently in marathon talks between Mr. Kerry and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who briefed him on the “continuing problem of cross-border terrorism that India and the larger region face from Pakistan”. The U.S.... Continued.
Highlights of visit of Myanmarese President U. Htin Kyaw (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Indo-Myanmar Ties)
1. In a wide-ranging discussion with the Myanmarese President U. Htin Kyaw, who chose India as the first foreign destination after coming to power in March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India would stand with Myanmar at “every step” as it opened a new chapter. 2. Chief among the MOUs signed by the two sides... Continued.
Decision by highest courtFrance’s highest administrative court suspended a ban on the burkini by a French Riviera town after it was challenged by rights groups. The State Council ruled that local authorities could only restrict individual liberties if wearing the Islamic swimsuit was a “proven risk” to public order. In a judgement expected to lead... Continued.