Pope Francis has approved the sainthood for Mother Teresa, the missionary Albanian nun who was a global symbol of compassion for her care of sick and destitute. She will be canonised on Sept. 4, 2016 in Rome (Vatican Church). Mother Teresa was also awarded with Nobel Peace Prize and she died at an age... Continued.
Achievements mentioned by PM in Independence Day Speech Quicker delivery of government services, wider coverage of Aadhaar, curbing of inflation, more toilets in villages and rural electrification, among other things. In his first year Mr. Modi spoke about taking a series of small steps to bring about concrete change; in his second speech from the... Continued.
On eve of I-Day, India trades barbs with Pakistan (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Indo-Pakistan Relations)
India and Pakistan exchanged salvos instead of the usual Independence Day greetings, with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit calling for Kashmir’s freedom and India terming Islamabad’s policies on Kashmir “illegal” and “absurd”. Pakistan High Commissioner remarks Addressing a gathering at the Pakistan High Commission to mark the Independence Day of Pakistan, Mr. Basit said: “We... Continued.
Chinese Foreign minister visit to India (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Indo-China Relations)
Important issues discussed 1.China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Ms. Swaraj conveyed India’s concerns on the CPEC which runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and is fast emerging as a strategic lifeline between Islamabad and Beijing. 2.End to China’s opposition to blacklisting Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed under UN. Hafiz Saeed is believed to be behind mumbai terror... Continued.
U.S. Law FATCA under implementation (Analysed from the Various sources, Relevant for GS Mains Paper III, Topic: FATCA)
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)About Signed into law in the U.S. in 2010, FATCA affects not just financial institutions in the U.S. and ‘U.S. persons’, i.e., citizens and residents of the U.S. and companies, trusts and other entities controlled by them, but also what the U.S. defines as ‘Foreign Financial Institutions’ or FFIs (‘foreign’... Continued.
The launch of Akashvani Maitree, AIR’s cross-border Bangla service will begin from August 23. The service will be broadcast in India and Bangladesh on 596 KHz. Joint-collaborations are also being planned for future telecast. Wartime history The Bangla radio service, launched in 1971 during the Bangladesh Liberation Movement and discontinued in 2010, was to go on... Continued.
India looks to counter U.S. move on trade sanctions (Adapted from Hindu Business Line, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Indo-US Trade Relations)
The Centre is weighing “all” options including retaliatory measures to counter a U.S. move to seek imposition of more than $450 million in trade sanctions against India on the grounds that New Delhi failed to comply with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) order in the poultry import ban case. Background The WTO Appellate Body had... Continued.
Govt comes to aid of workers in Jeddah ( Adapted from The Hindu, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic : Rescue missions abroad)
Indian workers in distress The government has moved to help hundreds of Indian workers laid off by Saudi infrastructure company, Saudi Oger Ltd in Jeddah, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj organising food and monitoring their welfare “on an hourly basis”. Even as officials warned that the numbers of Indians in distress could rise dramatically, Ms... Continued.
The International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) is a multi-modal trade transport network that includes rail, road, and water transport from Mumbai in India via Bandar Abbas in Iran to Moscow in Russia. It addresses the need for greater economic and energy cooperation between South, Central and the West Asian region. The INSTC envisages... Continued.
Chinese troops are active on Uttarakhand border: Rawat (Analysed from The Hindu, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic : Indo- China border dispute)
Presence of Chinese troopsStating that Chinese troops were “active” in the Bara Hoti area of Chamoli district, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Wednesday confirmed that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had transgressed the area earlier this month. Response by Chinese troops PLA troops told the Indian officials to go back as the area belonged... Continued.