Source: The Hindu The agreement on the Kartarpur Corridor project, which will open the famed pilgrimage centre to Indians, could not be signed after Pakistan declared that it would charge fees from the visitors. A statement from government sources said the two sides, which met in Attari, were in agreement on most points, but the... Continued.
Highlights of Modi- Putin meet ahead of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)
Source: The Hindu and Wikipedia Mr. Modi, who arrived in Russia on a two-day visit, during which he will also attend the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit to the Russian Far East region. Major Highlights 1. PM Modi and President Putin made joint statement that India and Russia... Continued.
China agrees to withdraw law protested by people of Hong Kong. Will this end ongoing protests in Hong Kong? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)
Source: The Indian Express After three months of mass protests triggered the worst crisis in Hong Kong since it returned to Chinese control in 1997, the city’s Beijing-backed Chief Executive announced the withdrawal of the proposed Extradition law, which was at the heart of the people’s anger. It is not immediately clear whether this alone... Continued.
Analysis of Afghan deal between United States and Taliban on withdrawal of US Troops (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)
Source: The Indian Express Drafted last week, the agreement sets out a timeline for withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. It is not a peace deal, the onus for which lies with the Afghan government. What are the challenges it faces? The United States and Taliban have reached a deal for American troops to withdraw... Continued.
Source: The Hindu Consular access More than three and a half years after Pakistan announced it had arrested Kulbhushan Jadhav on charges of espionage and terrorism, India finally received consular access to him. The path to receiving the access, which should technically have been provided shortly after the arrest, had to be bitterly fought for... Continued.
Source: The Hindu British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to “prorogue” or suspend Parliament for over five weeks beginning September second week has triggered furious responses from opposition leaders, who call the decision a threat to democracy. The decision comes at a time when Britain is inching closer towards the October 31 deadline for Brexit.... Continued.
Source: The Hindu About G-7 The 45th G7 summit was held on 24–26 August 2019, in Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. The Group of Eight (G8) refers to the group of eight highly industrialized nations—France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, Canada and Russia—that hold an annual meeting to foster consensus on various global... Continued.
Since conducting its second nuclear tests, Pokhran-II, in 1998, India has adhered to a self-imposed commitment to ‘No First Use’ (NFU) of nuclear weapons on another country. However, last week, on August 16, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dropped a hint that in the future, India’s NFU promise “depends on circumstances.” When did India’s N-weapons journey... Continued.
India, Zambia sign 6 pacts; strengthen cooperation in defence, mineral resources (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)
India and Zambia signed six agreements in key sectors such as mineral resources and defence after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu held wide-ranging talks to strengthen ties. Lungu arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday on a three-day visit to India. The two leaders also deliberated upon enhancing trade and investment,... Continued.
Islamic State claims Afghan wedding suicide blast that killed 63 (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)
ISIS involvement The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underling the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agree a pact with the United States. The Taliban had earlier denied responsibility for the Kabul attack and condemned it. Taliban and... Continued.