India’s Act East Policy

Context Prime Minister mentioned India will consider whether its concerns and interests in trade in goods, services, and investments are being fully accommodated when he attends the meeting of the RCEP in Bangkok.  Act East policy The focus of the Act East policy, which began as a “Look East policy” — that Read More …

US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative

Context Recently New Delhi is going to host the ninth India-US Defence Technologies and Trade Initiative (DTTI) group meeting. Defence Technologies and Trade Initiative (DTTI):  The DTTI initiative is led by Undersecretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment from the United States and Secretary for Defence Protection from India. DTTI is Read More …

Strategic Partnership Council

Context Recently India and Saudi Arabia have agreed to establish a Strategic Partnership Council, resolved to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorist operations and signed 12 MoUs in various areas of mutual interests, taking the bilateral relationship to the next level.  Details: Strategic Partnership Council will be an all-encompassing bilateral mechanism which Read More …

Non – Aligned Movement

Context : Recently Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu will represent India at the 19th Non Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Baku, Azerbaijan on October 25 and 26, marking the second time in a row that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give the summit a miss. About Non-Aligned Movement The Non-Aligned Movement was Read More …

New Brexit Deal

Context : Recently Britain secured a Brexit deal with the European Union on Thursday, more than three years after Britons voted to leave the bloc, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson must still win a knife-edge vote in Parliament to get the agreement approved. About Brexit A blend of “Britain” and “exit”, Read More …

Kurds the world’s largest stateless ethnic group

Context The Kurds are the world’s largest stateless ethnic group. There are an estimated 25 million to 35 million of them They live in the highlands of southern and eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, the northeastern Syria, northwestern Iran, and parts of south Armenia, and are a minority in each of Read More …

Indus Water Treaty

What is Indus Water Treaty? In the year 1960, India and Pakistan signed a water distribution agreement — came to be known as Indus Water Treaty which was orchestrated by the World Bank. This agreement took nine years of negotiations and divides the control of six rivers between the two Read More …

South Asia Economic Focus

Context : After a broad-based deceleration in the initial quarters of this fiscal year, India’s growth rate is projected to fall to 6% About the Report South Asia Economic focus is World Bank’s twice-a-year regional economic update. Details of the Report In 2018-19, the growth rate of the country stood at Read More …

Explained: Who are the Kurds, and why is Turkey attacking them in Syria

Context Kurdish forces who had until recently been America’s allies against both the Islamic State and President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, announced an agreement with the Damascus regime, which is backed by Moscow and Tehran, the United States’ two great rivals in the region. This happened after President Donald Trump abruptly Read More …

RCEP e-commerce Chapter

Context : India’s hopes for retaining the right to implement data localisation laws remain alive as Indian negotiators on Thursday declined to agree to the e-commerce chapter of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. About the Issue The e-commerce chapter contains clauses that, if India had agreed to them, would Read More …