Findings of the Inquiry Committee The first is that the judgments of the severity of the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were “presented [to the British Parliament] with a certainty that was not justified”. Mr. Blair, in a misleading statement to Parliament in September 2002, had warned that the-then Iraqi President Saddam... Continued.
Kidnapped aid worker back home safe from Afghanistan (Adapted from The Hindu, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic : Threat to Indian workers in Afghanistan)
Judith D’Souza, the Indian aid worker who was kidnapped in Kabul last month, was rescued from her captors.Ms D’Souza, who was kidnapped on June 9, was accompanied by Indian Ambassador in Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra, as she arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport at around 6 p.m. She later called on External Affairs Minister Sushma... Continued.
India’s avoided voting at UN India avoided taking a position on the need to end discrimination based on sexual orientation at the Human Rights Council of the UN. Reason for India’s avoiding stand at UN The issue of LGBT rights in India is a matter being considered by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is... Continued.
Demand by India India has revived its two decade old proposal for the adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) at the UN General Assembly in September this year, given the recent spate of terror attacks across the globe. Opposition to draft India has been able to complete a draft which effectively counters... Continued.
PM Modi, Sheikh Hasina inaugurate Petrapole Integrated Check Post to boost bilateral trade (Analysed from The Economic Times, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Indo-Bangladesh Relations)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina on Thursday jointly inaugurated the Petrapole Integrated Check Post (ICP) through video-conferencing. Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee also participated from Kolkata in the video-conference. It is the second ICP on the Indo-Bangladesh border. The first one was set up at... Continued.
Stop inciting violence: India to Pakistan (Analysed from The Hindu, Relevant for GS Mains paper II: Topic: Indo-Pak Relations)
Response by Pakistan on death of Wani 1. Since July 8, when J&K security forces killed Burhan Wani and two others, Pakistan has issued at least 10 statements, increasing the pitch in each one. 2. The Nawaz Sharif government, which has held several special meetings to discuss the situation in Kashmir, has also sent representations to... Continued.
Pact to buy pluses Mr. Modi’s wide-ranging talks with Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi, the two countries signed three pacts, including a significant “long-term agreement” under which India will buy pulses from this African nation to meet its recurring shortfall and contain prices of this commodity. Both the leaders recognized terrorism as the biggest threst to... Continued.
The two leaders, Indian PM and Nigerian President agreed to work closely, bilaterally, regionally and globally to combat the twin threats of terrorism and climate change. 2. The two sides signed an agreement under which India would provide a Line of Credit of $ 92 million for rehabilitation and improvement of Zanzibar’s water supply system.... Continued.
Republican candidate for the presidential electionDonald J Trump is the Republican nomination for president. The Democrat candidate for the presidential election is Hillary Clinton. Date of presidential elections in US 8th November, 2016 Expected Date when new president will enter the White House: 20th January, 2017... Continued.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reached out to South Africa on the second leg of his Africa tour and recalled Mahatama Gandhi and Nelson Mandela saying the duo connected the two nations. Highlights of the visit 1. Defence and security co-operation was high on agenda as well as increased co-operation at international forums. South African... Continued.