ASEAN-India Connectivity Summit

Context: New Delhi hosted an Asean-India Connectivity Summit (AICS) on December 11-12 on the theme “Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century”. The event comes ahead of the visit of the leaders of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) here Read More …

Russia-India-China Tri-lateral Meet

Context: The Russia-India-China held the 15th foreign ministerial meeting, first trilateral meet post-Doklam in New Delhi. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held a bilateral meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi respectively to discuss all the issues of mutual interest. Fodder Points: The Read More …

India gets admission into Wassenaar Arrangement

The Ministry of External Affairs welcomed the decision of the Wassenaar Arrangement to admit India as the 42nd member of the organisation which aims to regulate trade and use of dual use technology. Officials said that following admission into the club, India will get access to high technology, which will Read More …

Back India’s entry into NSG, China told

Context: Russia is speaking to China at “all levels” for India’s membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and hopes that India will win membership to the Wassenaar Arrangement, another multilateral technology regime India has applied to. The political committee of the 41-member Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms Read More …

UN Global Compact on Migration

The United States has pulled out of UN Global Compact on Migration.  It has argued that Obama-era negotiated UN compact process deal contains numerous provisions that inconsistent with country’s immigration and refugee policies and Trump Administration’s immigration principles. US under Trump administration has pulled out of several global commitments including Read More …

India was re-elected to Council of the International Maritime Organisation

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), known as the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) until 1982 is a specialised agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating shipping. The IMO was established in Geneva in 1948 and came into force ten years later, meeting for the first time in 1959. Headquartered in London, United Kingdom, the IMO has 172 Member States Read More …

Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has entered into 2 Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) during the month of November, 2017. These Agreements are the first ever Bilateral APAs with The Netherlands. With the signing of these Agreements, the total number of APAs entered into by the CBDT has Read More …