India and Morocco

Context: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister has approved the Agreement between India and Morocco on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters. Salient features: Service of summons and other judicial documents or processes; taking of evidence in civil matters; production, identification or examination of documents, recordings; The Read More …

Quad countries to focus on maritime security

Context: The “Quad” countries, namely India, US, Japan and Australia, will hold their next meeting on the sidelines of the 13 th East Asia Summit at Singapore in mid-November, with the grouping keen to step-up maritime security and disaster relief initiatives as well as economic development projects in the critical Indo-Pacific region. Importance Read More …

Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade

Context: India and Bangladesh signed several milestone agreements today, for enhancing inland and coastal waterways connectivity between the two countries for trade and cruise movements. The two countries have signed an agreement to use Chattogram and Mongla Ports in Bangladesh for movement of goods to and from India. A Standard Read More …

The India-Russia dialogue

Context: The India-Russia dialogue should not get inextricably entangled in the India-U.S. dialogue. The shadow of America loomed over the India-Russia summit recently held in New Delhi The question that dominated the meet was whether or not the deal for the Russian air defence missile system, the S-400, would go Read More …

What S-400 air defence system deal with Russia means to India?

Context: The Russian government has confirmed that President Vladimir Putin will oversee the signing of the S-400 air defence system deal with India after his arrival Thursday. The over $5-billion deal, whose signing during the visit is “quite likely” according to India, was delayed after it qualified for sanctioning under a new Read More …

India and Tajikistan announce nine agreements

India and Tajikistan announced nine agreements. These are: An agreement on cooperation in the field of disaster management An agreement between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the Tajik Academy of Agriculture Sciences An agreement on peaceful use of space technology for developmental purposes An agreement between the Ministry Read More …

Chinese intrusions declined by 10% this year, says official

Context: There has been a 10% decline in the number of Chinese transgressions this year. Highlights The presence of Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has also reduced by around 30%.  The manpower has been substituted with powerful surveillance equipment. Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre Read More …

What is COMCASA?

India and the U.S. on September 6 signed the foundational or enabling agreement COMCASA on the side-lines of the inaugural 2+2 dialogue. COMCASA stands for Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement and is one of the four foundational agreements that the U.S. signs with allies and close partners to facilitate interoperability between Read More …

Raja Mandala: The world beyond Pakistan

Context: India may have decided against talking to Pakistan on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly that is convening this month for its annual session in New York. But Delhi’s messy relationship with Islamabad will continue to draw headlines in the Subcontinent at the expense of India’s other Read More …

Bangladesh to provide India access to key ports

Context: Bangladesh Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister has approved the draft agreement allowing India to use its Chittagong and Mongla ports to transport cargo to and from its northeastern states. The draft was prepared after both neighboring countries had signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the use of two ports during Read More …