India-Bhutan Relations: Closeness and Challenges (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two day visit in August 2019 to Thimphu affirmed a long-standing tradition between India and Bhutan, where the leaders of both countries have given visiting each other a major priority early in their tenures. This visit included inauguration of the 720 MW Mangdechhu hydropower plant. Open borders, close alignment and consultation

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No-first-use may not be cast in stone: Rajnath Singh (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Known for his carefully calibrated choice of words, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh  created a flutter when he said that India remained “firmly committed” to the doctrine of “no first use” for nuclear weapons but indicated that this may not be etched in stone. The Defence minister’s tweets came after visiting Pokhran where India carried

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U.N. Security Council meeting on Kashmir (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

India’s stand Reiterating that issues around Article 370, i.e., special status to Jammu & Kashmir, were an internal matter, India played down the significance of  UN Security Council’s “closed consultation” meeting on Kashmir. Indian Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin accused Pakistan and China of attempting to impart greater significance to the meeting than was

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Donald Trump repeats threat to take U.S. out of WTO (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Referring to trade disputes, Mr. Trump said, “We were losing all our cases in the World Trade Organization”.  Mr. Trump argues that countries such as India and China have grown economies but still these countries call themselves developing economies to enjoy benefits under WTO. (Source:https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/india-china-no-longer-developing-nations-wont-let-them-use-wto-advantage-says-trump/article29092041.ece)

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Ratification by India of the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

India has ratified the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI), which was signed by the Finance Minister at Paris on 7th June, 2017 on behalf of India, alongwith representatives of more than 65 countries. Ratification and Application of the Convention On 25th June, 2019, India

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India-Sri Lanka joint millitary exercise- भारत – श्रीलंका संयुक्त अभ्यास मित्र शक्ति – 6 का पूर्वावलोकन (प्रारंभिक परीक्षा तथा मुख्य परीक्षा प्रश्नपत्र-II के लिए प्रासंगिक; अंतरराष्ट्रीय संबंध)

मित्र शक्ति अभ्यास को सैनिक कूटनीति और भारत और श्रीलंका की सेना के मध्य बातचीत के एक हिस्से के रूप में हर वर्ष आयोजित किया जाता है। वर्ष 2018-19 के लिये यह संयुक्त अभ्यास 26 मार्च से 8 अप्रैल 2019 तक श्रीलंका में आयोजित किया जायेगा। भारतीय सेना की पहली बटालियन बिहार रेजीमेंट की टुकड़ियां

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India not to participate in belt and road forum- बेल्ट एंड रोड फोरम का बहिष्कार करेगा भारत (प्रारंभिक परीक्षा तथा मुख्य परीक्षा प्रश्न पत्र-II के लिए प्रासंगिक; अंतरराष्ट्रीय संबंध)

भारत ने चीन के बेल्ट एंड रोड फोरम में हिस्सा नहीं लेने का संकेत दिया है। भारत का कहना है कि कोई भी देश ऐसी किसी पहल का हिस्सा नहीं बन सकता, जिसमें संप्रभुता और क्षेत्रीय अखंडता से जुड़ी उसकी चिंताओं की अनदेखी हो। विवादित चीन-पाकिस्तान आर्थिक गलियारे (सीपीईसी) के मुद्दे पर विरोध जताते हुए

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