Children and Armed Conflict

Context: According to annual report of UN Secretary-General on children and armed conflict, over 21,000 cases of grave violations of children’s rights in armed conflict were verified in 2017. It is drastic increase from previous year (2016) with 15,500 violations. Among the violations in 2017, over 15,000 violations were perpetrated by non-state armed groups Read More …

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties

Context:  Cabinet approves accession to WIPO Copyright Treaty, 1996 and WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty, 1996. The treaties extend coverage of copyright to the internet and digital environment. Benefits: Meeting the demand of the copyright industries, these treaties will help India: To enable creative right-holders enjoy the fruit of their 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 …

India and SCO

Context: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, China was the first SCO summit attended by India as a full-fledged member. Significance for India SCO now has about half the world’s population and a quarter of its GDP. Its boundary extends southwards to the Indian Ocean. The SCO’s relevance for Read More …

2+2 dialogue

It is a diplomatic arrangement between India and U.S. It is going to be held in July in which Indian External Affairs and Defence Ministry will held meeting with their U.S counterparts. It is expected to further cement the India-U.S. engagements. It key focus areas will be concluding COMCASA and BECA Read More …

Maitri Irrigation Project

Context: India  extended a financial aid of Rs 99 million to Nepal for the construction of 2,700 shallow tube well irrigation systems in 12 districts of the country’s southern Terai region to boost agricultural productivity. The assistance has been extended as part of the final payment for the Nepal-Bharat Maitri Irrigation Project, which was launched in January last year Read More …