Mexico gives its nod but China still in the way of Indian entry into elite NSG club (analysed from The Indian Express and The Hindu, relevant for Prelims, GS II & III, Topic: International Relations, International Organizations, NSG)

  Mexican President Pena Nieto, met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mexico City and assured India its support to NSG. Mexico said that as a country they are going to be positively and constructively supporting India’s request in recognition of the international agenda of disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Supporting nations: 1.

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Indian PM Modi expresses confidence US ties says can weather cycle of elections (analysed from The Wall Street Journal, relevant for Prelims, GS II, Topic: India-US Relations)

Highlighting shared policy goals that stretch from the Middle East to the South China Sea and cultural ties that include yoga, the spelling bee and democracy itself, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a joint session of Congress Wednesday that, “the embrace of our partnership extends to the totality of human endeavor.” Modi’s address to

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India clears final hurdle to join missile control group (analysed from The Hindu, relevant for Prelims, GS II & III, Topic: International Relations and Treaties, Security)

The members of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), a key anti-proliferation grouping, have agreed to admit India. Diplomats with direct knowledge of the matter said a deadline for members of the 34-nation group to object to India’s admission had expired on Monday without any of them raising objections. Advantage: Admission to the MTCR would

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Swiss back India for nuclear group membership (analysed from The Hindu , relevant for Prelims, GS II & III, Topic: International Relations and Organizations, NSG, Energy Security)

India got the backing of Switzerland in its bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) ahead of the group’s crucial meeting. The two countries also resolved to strengthen cooperation in combating tax evasion and black money. Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann announced his country’s support to India’s membership in the 48-member grouping

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India, Qatar sign seven agreements to boost bilateral ties (analysed from The Indian Express, relevant for Prelims and GS II, Topic: International Relations)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi  held talks with Qatar’s Emir, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha. Taking forward the bilateral ties, India and Qatar signed seven bilateral agreements. Some of the agreements include: 1.    MoU on cooperation in tourism. 2.    Agreement on cooperation and mutual assistance in custom matters. 3.    MoU on Finance Intelligence Unit-India

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Drawing Kabul into a closer embrace(Analysed from the Hindu Editorial, Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains Paper II, Topic : Indo- Afghanistan relations)

Herat Friendship damIndia’s policy of deepening its engagement in the post-Taliban Afghanistan through economic reconstruction will mark a milestone when Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates a dam built with Indian aid in Herat province. The 42 MW dam, with an investment of over $275 million, will boost the agricultural and industrial sectors of Heart.  Significance of

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India-Australia Civil Nuclear Cooperation deal

Background: Currently, India has nuclear energy agreements with 11 countries and imports uranium from France, Russia, Kazakhstan and Canada (since December 2015). Australia has about 40 per cent of the world’s uranium reserves and annually exports nearly 7,000 tonnes of nuclear fuel. It is third largest uranium producing country after Kazakhstan and Canada.   Nuclear

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Munich Agreement

It has been adopted by super power including US and Russia to bring peace and stability in Syria. It was difficult to come to common ground in Syria because Russia supports president Bashar–al–Assad (incumbent president in Syria) and US wants change of regime in Syria. However, both superpowers are anti-IS. On account of civil war

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India, U.S. to share data on terrorists

India has signed an agreement to join the global terror database maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) of the U.S. An arrangement between the Government of India and the Government of the United States of America for exchange of terrorist screening information was signed.   About the Agreement: The U.S. has already finalised such

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