Why BIMSTEC summit matters?

Context:  4th BIMSTEC summit was recently held in Nepal. The member states have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of a Bimstec Gird Interconnection to enhance energy cooperation among the member states. THEME OF BIMSTEC SUMMIT 2018:  The theme of the fourth BIMSTEC summit is ‘Towards a Read More …

Pride and foreign aid

Context: India’s refusal to take help in times of natural disasters is self-defeating and against the federal spirit. The Central government’s decision to decline offers of humanitarian aid from the United Arab Emirates and other concerned countries for Kerala. New Delhi’s unwillingness to accept foreign aid reflects poor judgment. It is Read More …

India and Bhutan

Context: In the larger scheme of things, highway markers — the reflective stickers on railings that guide traffic on Bhutan’s steep mountain roads — should not be a big issue. Project Dantak: The Border Roads Organisation, which helps build Bhutanese roads under Project Dantak, decided in July to make highway markers in Read More …

Exercise SCO Peace Mission 2018

Context: As part of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) initiatives, SCO Peace Mission Exercise is conducted biennially for SCO member states. More about the Mission: The joint exercise for the year 2018 will be conducted by Central Military Commission of Russia from 22 August to 29 August 2018 at Chebarkul, Chelyabinsk, Read More …

Strategic Trade Authorisation

Context:  Recently the US has given India Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 status. About Strategic Trade Authorisation (STA) STA allows for license exception with regards to exports from the US. This type of US government authorisation allows a certain item to be exported under defined conditions without a transaction-specific license. Items eligible Read More …

Strategic Trade Authorization-1(STA-1)

Context: After South Korea & Japan, India becomes the third Asian Country being granted the Strategic Trade Authorization-1(STA-1) status. It is Conferred by United states. United States issued a federal notification for this. Boosting India and US Relation: This decision will boost India-US defense trade & will make it easy for India now to get high-technology Read More …

What is Russia’s S-400 Triumf system all about?

What is it? S-400 Triumf is one of the world’s most advanced air defence systems that can simultaneously track numerous incoming objects — all kinds of aircraft, missiles and UAVs — in a radius of a few hundred kilometres and launch appropriate missiles to neutralise them. It is now bang Read More …

Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement

Context: India has agreed to provide tariff concessions on 3,142 products to Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) members. These duty concessions will be more for least developed countries (LDCs) and less for developing nations. About APTA: The Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), previously named the Bangkok Agreement, was signed in 1975 as Read More …