Interview with Dharmendra Pradhan (Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas) (Relevant part of interview, Relevant for GS Paper II, Topic Bilateral relations, GS Paper III, Energy security)

Q. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is headed to Iran this month, what can we expect from the visit when it comes to the energy deals you had discussed during your visit in April?Ans. In the post-sanction era, Iran and India are seeing this kind of high profile engagement for the first time. Q. Specifically, two

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India should send Marine to Italy, U.N. arbitration court rules (analysed from the Hindu) (relevant for GS paper II, Topic: International Relations)

U.N. arbitration court ruled that the lone Italian marine, Salvatore Girone, facing a murder charge in India could return home soon in the wake of a decision of an international tribunal at The Hague. The verdict is the first big pronouncement of the PCA (Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague), after Italy approached it in

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‘Make in India’ not at cost of IPR: U.S. (analysed from The Hindu) (relevant for GS paper-III, IPR and GS paper-II, India – US trade relations)

The US Trade Representative in its annual Special report has identified trade barriers to U.S. companies and products due to a foreign government’s faulty intellectual property regime. The report has placed India on the Priority Watch List on account of piracy of intellectual property in India. The report analysis foreign govt. policies and laws which

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Stay in EU, Obama tells Britain (Analysed from The Hindu) (Relevant for GS paper II: Important international events; Prelims current affairs)

U.S. President Barack Obama has urged British citizens to vote to stay in the European Union in the referendum on June 23. He said a united Europe, which turned “centuries of war in Europe into decades of peace”, must preserve its “remarkable legacy.” About Brexit: Brexit, is popular term for Britains exit from the European

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