Tuesday night’s suicide attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport that killed 41 people is yet another reminder of the dangerous times Turkey is living through. Its southern border has become a transit point for jihadists travelling to Syria. Western analysts say it is an act of the Islamic State. Result of Controversial strategies adopted by Turkey... Continued.
Kolkata-Ashuganj-Tripura transit facility under the revised Inland Water Transit and Trade Protocol between India and Bangladesh became operational. About Kolkata-Ashuganj-Tripura transit facility The facility running through a land and river route crossing Bangladesh territory cuts the Kolkata-Agartala distance via Siliguri’s ‘chicken neck’ from 1600 km to 800 km. It also has reduced the time of... Continued.
The Brexit referendum verdict continued to spread turmoil and confusion in the United Kingdom’s political and economic landscape. Scotland may leave UK The first is the real threat to the geographical integrity of the U.K. as a fallout of Brexit. Scotland may undertake vote on independence referendum, and is also undertaking discussions with Brussels (Headquarters... Continued.
India, Japan and United States (US) navies have kicked off 2016 MALABAR trilateral naval Exercise near South China Sea. This year it is the 20th edition of the naval exercise. Background Since 1992, Indian and US navies have regularly conducted the annual bilateral exercise. Since 2007, Malabar has been held alternatively off India and in... Continued.
NSG meet ends without any decision on India (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic : India not given NSG Membership)
The annual plenary session of the Nuclear Suppliers Group ended without taking any decision on India’s application for membership.While the 48-member grouping held two lengthy closed-door sessions on the subject of new memberships, several countries expressed concerns over the entry of members who are not signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), that India has refused... Continued.
The India-Bangladesh waterways transit, carrying goods from Kolkata, was inaugurated in Dhaka. In a first for New Delhi-Dhaka relations, the vessel carrying Indian goods consigned for Tripura marked the official transit to India’s north-east via the inland waterways of Bangladesh. Background The opening is part of the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade... Continued.
Issue discussed during President Pranab Mukherjee visit to Namibia What constrains Namibia from selling Uranium to India? Namibia, the world’s fourth largest uranium producer, signed an agreement with India in 2009 for uranium supply. However, as a member of the African Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (ANWFZT), it is barred from trading in uranium with India,... Continued.
Membership of India undecided at NSG (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Membership of NSG)
Heads of delegations of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) countries have reconvened in Seoul to carry forward their inconclusive consultations that went on late into Thursday night over India’s entry into the global body.The meeting of heads of the 48-member countries that began on Friday will be followed by a full plenary concluding session. NSG members... Continued.
The NSG did not take up India’s application for membership in its plenary meetings on June 24 in Seoul. Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is a group of nuclear supplier countries that seek to prevent nuclear proliferation by controlling the export of materials, equipment and technology that can be used to manufacture... Continued.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on the sidelines of the SCO summit. Indian PM is expected to convince Chinese President on India’s entry to NSG. Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar will go to Seoul for a last-mile push at the NSG plenary scheduled for Thursday, as India... Continued.