UK grants refugee status to Maldives ex-President Mohamad Nasheed (Analysed from the Hindu, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Important events in neighbouring countries)

Former Maldives President Mohamad Nasheed who was allowed to travel to London, to seek medical treatment for spinal injuries suffered during detention, by the government of President Abdulla Yameen in January this year, has been granted refugee status by the United Kingdom. The former President – the first democratically elected head of state of the

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India, Thailand, Myanmar to be connected with a 1400-km road (analysed from The Indian Express relevant for GS II & III, Topic: Infrastructure, Bilateral and multi-lateral ties)

India , Thailand and Myanmar are working on a 1,400-km long highway that will link India with Southeast Asia by land for the first time giving a boost to trade and cultural exchanges between the three countries.  The planned highway starts in the eastern region of India from Moreh (Manipur) to Myanmar's Tamu city . 

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India to develop Irans Chahbahar port (analysed from The Hindu relevant for GS II & III, Topic: Infrastructure, Bilateral and multi-lateral ties)

India and Iran signed a series of agreements on Monday that will allow New Delhi to use and develop the port of Chahbahar to access Central Asia and Afghanistan. Agreements regarding Chahbahar: 1.    The first agreement will provide India the right to develop and operate two terminals and five berths with multipurpose cargo handling capacities

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Immense opportunities after lifting of sanctions says Narendra Modi (analysed form The Hindu, relevant for Prelims, GS II, Topic: International Relations) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to Iran said that the lifting of international sanc

Immense opportunities after lifting of sanctions, says Narendra Modi (analysed form The Hindu, relevant for Prelims, GS II, Topic: International Relations) Prime Minister Narendra Modi  on his visit to Iran said that the lifting of international sanctions on Iran has opened up immense opportunities, and India is looking forward to expanding cooperation with the Persian

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China instigated Naga outfit: Centre(analysed form The Hindu, relevant for GS II & III, Topic: Terrorism, Non state actors, International Relations)

For the first time, the Centre has admitted officially that the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang), named after its Myanmar-based leader S.S. Khaplang, intensified violence in the Northeast in 2015 at the behest of the Chinese. The admission was made by the Centre and other States before a tribunal set up early this year

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Immense opportunities after lifting of sanctions says Narendra Modi (analysed form The Hindu, relevant for Prelims, GS II, Topic: International Relations) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to Iran said that the lifting of international sanc

Immense opportunities after lifting of sanctions, says Narendra Modi (analysed form The Hindu, relevant for Prelims, GS II, Topic: International Relations) Prime Minister Narendra Modi  on his visit to Iran said that the lifting of international sanctions on Iran has opened up immense opportunities, and India is looking forward to expanding cooperation with the Persian

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PM Modi lands in Tehran today: India bid to warm up to Iran as it steps out of cold (Analysed from The Hindu, Relevant for GS Prelims, GS paper II, Topic : India’s relations with Iran)

During visit to Iran, PM Modi will meet Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The visit is expected to include discussion on the following issues: Chabahar Port : The Port of Chabahar (or Chah Bahar) is a seaport in Chah Bahar in southeastern Iran. It is the Iranian port with direct access

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The message from West Bengal (Hindu editorial, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic : Election trends in States)

Reasons for victory of Mamta Banerjee’ Party, Trinamool Congress in West Bengal Elections1.    The decision of the State unit of the party to forge a seat-sharing agreement with the Congress was unacceptable to voters who regarded the alliance as a measure to secure electoral dividends only. 2.     Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went back to

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66 feared killed as aircraft crashes into Mediterranean (analysed from The Hindu, relevant for GS II and III, Topic: International Events, Terrorism)

An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean on Thursday with 66 people on board, prompting an investigation into whether it was a mechanical failure or a bomb. There were no immediate reports of the discovery of any debris in the area of the sea between the Greek islands and the Egyptian

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Rebooting ties with Iran (analysed from The Hindu editorial, relevant for GS II, Topic: International Relations and Bilateral ties)

India is keen on taking ties with Iran, our “extended neighbour” to a higher level.  The removal of sanctions on Iran following the nuclear deal has ended its isolation, and enabled its return to the economic and diplomatic mainstream. Over the last few months, Iran hosted several high-profile visitors, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and

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