About MTCR The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) is a multilateral export control regime. It is an informal and voluntary partnership among 35 countries (including India) to prevent theproliferation of missile and unmanned aerial vehicle technology capable of carrying above 500 kg payload for more than 300 km. The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) established in April 1987 by the G7 countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain, and the United States of America.... Continued.
Chinese violate border in Arunachal Pradesh (analyzed from The Hindu , relevant for GS II, Topic: India-China relations, Boundary dispute)
A fresh transgression by Chinese troops into Indian territory has come to light. The incident happened on June 9 at Yangtse which is located 25-30 km east of Bum La pass in western Arunachal Pradesh. According to official sources, about 250 Chinese troops had crossed into the Indian side on the Line of Actual Control... Continued.
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.... Continued.
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... Continued.
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... Continued.
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... Continued.
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... Continued.
Indo-Afghan ties timeless: Prime Minister (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains paper II: Indo-Afghan Ties)
In an address after inaugurating the Afghan-India Friendship Dam along with President Ashraf Ghani, Mr. Modi regarded the ties between two countries “timeless”. Heart Dam The dam, earlier known as Salma Dam, has been built by India at a cost of Rs. 1,700 crore on the Harirud river in Chist-e-Sharif in western Herat neighbouring Iran.... Continued.
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... Continued.
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... Continued.