US House of Representatives begins impeachment inquiry on Trump (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Democrats in the US House of Representatives launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, accusing him of seeking foreign help to damage the reputation of Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of next year’s election. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the inquiry after a closed-door meeting with Democratic lawmakers, saying Trump’s actions undermined national

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Implications of Britain top court’s ruling on PM Boris Johnson prorogation of Parliament (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

What is the ruling of the court? Eleven judges of the highest court in the United Kingdom have delivered an extraordinary unanimous judgment, striking down as unlawful a recommendation by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Queen Elizabeth to suspend Parliament for five weeks ahead of Britain’s scheduled October 31 exit from the European Union. The

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Article 35, UN Charter — How India took up Pakistan invasion of J&K (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Union Home Minister Amit Shah held India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru responsible for the existence of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as he had “declared an untimely ceasefire” to the hostilities after Pakistan had invaded Kashmir in October 1947. He said that had Nehru taken the matter to the United Nations under Article 51 of the UN

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Failed Rohingya repatriation from Bangladesh to Myanmar (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh refused to board buses that would have taken them to Mynamar. This resulted in Myanmar missing the August 2019 target for repatriation.This resulted in Myanmar missing the August 2019 target for repatriation. An earlier deadline was missed in January 2018, when Bangladesh delayed repatraition plans. Repatriation targets According to United Nations

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Indo-Thailand Joint Military Exercise Maitree – 2019 (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Joint Military Exercise MAITREE-2019 between India and Thailand will be conducted at Foreign Training Node, Umroi (Meghalaya) from 16-29 Sep 2019. Indian and Royal Thailand Army (RTA) comprising 50 soldiers each will participate in the exercise with an aim to share experience gained during various counter terrorism operations in their respective countries. About MAITREE Exercise

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An erratic President Trump changes his mind over talks with the Taliban (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

 In a dramatic set of posts on Twitter, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the cessation of peace negotiations with the Taliban. His tweets abruptly seem to have indicated the end, at least for now, to the negotiations conducted by the chief U.S. negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, with the Taliban. State of negotiations Mr. Khalilzad had disclosed

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