COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Programme

Context Recently the Government of India and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has signed a $750 million agreement for “COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Programme”. About AIIB a multilateral development bank with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia, began operations in January 2016. AIIB Read More …

Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG)

Context Recently, India has attended the virtual 32nd special Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG) plenary meeting, under the aegis of the Financial Action Task Force. About EAG It is a regional body comprising nine countries: India, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Belarus. It Read More …

[Reports and Indices] Global Trends Report by UNHCR

Context Recently the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released its annual Global Trends report before the World Refugee Day (20th June). Highlights of the report Nearly 80 million people were forcibly displaced by the end of 2019 — which is nearly 1% of the global population. Of the 80 million people, Read More …

India was elected as non-permanent member of UN Security Council

Context India was elected as non-permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council for a two-year term winning 184 votes in the 193-member General Assembly. Details about the Election India along with Ireland, Mexico and Norway won the UN Security Council elections. To be elected to the Council, candidate countries need Read More …

Pashupatinath Temple

Context Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India and Nepal for the construction of a sanitation facility at the Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu. The facility will be constructed under the Nepal-Bharat Maitri: Development Partnershipas a high impact community development scheme by India. Pashupatinath Temple Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is Read More …

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Context The UN nuclear watchdog IAEA’s governing body began meeting as a row brews over Iran’s refusal to allow access to two sites where nuclear activity may have occurred in the past. About IAEA An international organization that seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy and to inhibit Read More …

 Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs)

Context Recently, the United Nations (UN) warned in a statement that economic and social conditions in many landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) — often the poorest in their regions — are worsening rapidly due to COVID-19 lockdown measures and international restrictions on the movement of goods and people. The impacts of pandemic, global Read More …

Indian Ocean Commission

Context India is looking to post Navy Liaison Officers at the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre (RMIFC) of IOC in Madagascar and also at the European maritime surveillance initiative in the Strait of Hormuz. About Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) an intergovernmental organization that was created in 1982 composed of five Read More …

Hacktivist Group Anonymous

Context As racial tensions in the US continue to make headlines, the ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous is back in focus with social media handles believed to be associated with it promising retribution for the death of George Floyd. Who are the Anonymous? The group has been described as a decentralised online collective Read More …

Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie

Context The 255-km Darbuk–Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road joining Leh to the Karakoram Pass, which has become a thorn in China’s flesh, has been in the making for around two decades and is expected to be completed by this year. Details The road from Darbuk traverses at an altitude of Read More …