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 …

How many Rohingya are in India, what is their status?

Under what circumstances were seven Rohingya repatriated from India to Myanmar? The Rohingya, Muslims from Rakhine province on Myanmar’s western coast, started arriving in sizeable numbers in India’s Northeast in late 2011 following stepped-up persecution by the Myanmar armed forces. The seven men were arrested in 2012 for having entered Read More …

ESIC wins ‘ISSA GOOD Practice Award, Asia & the Pacific 2018’

Context: The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has won the ‘ISSA Good Practice Award’ for Administrative Solution for Coverage Extension at the “Regional Social Security Forum for Asia and the Pacific” held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently. The award recognizes the measures taken by ESIC for extension of coverage-SPREE (Scheme 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 …

Is newly traversed passage through the Arctic about to revolutionise shipping?

Context: The melting of Arctic sea ice sooner due to climate change has been widely noted, including the fact that the Northern Sea Route (along Russia’s northern extremity) could potentially cut the travel distance between East Asia and Western Europe (currently via the Malacca Strait, Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden 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 …