GS 2 India’s pivot to Eurasia When you have complicated ties with neighbours, it makes sense to strengthen ties with your neighbours’ neighbours ‘India stands for a multi-polar order’ President Ram Nath Kovind, in a speech at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy in Athens, said, “India is committed to an international order marked by robust, rules-based multilateral institutions; by multi-polarity in international governance; and by investment and connectivity projects that are viable, sustainable.” Social media hub idea may not take off The Centre’s controversial proposal to set up a social media communication hub appears to be headed for a quiet burial. China accuses Trump of ‘blackmail’ after new U.S. threat of 10% tariff Beijing on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of “blackmail” and warned that it would retaliate in kind after the U.S. President threatened to impose fresh tariffs on Chinese goods. The imperative to offer refuge On World Refugee Day (June 20), there is a need to reassess India’s approach to refugee protection, particularly in light of the regional refugee crisis after the mass exodus of the Rohingya from Myanmar. GS 3 Air India privatisation plan shelved After it failed to get any buyers for the debt-ridden national carrier, the government has shelved its plan to privatise Air India exactly a year after the Union Cabinet gave its nod for the disinvestment process. Keralites face highest risk of cardiovascular disease, finds study The surveys carried out between 2012 and 2014, found wide variations in the average 10-year risk of a fatal or nonfatal cardiovascular disease event among States. The last to know The conduct of the board of ICICI Bank raises questions about corporate governance Less talk, more action While there has been an increase in education spending over the last five years, learning outcomes have been poor and have been declining. PSU bank deposits safe: Goyal ‘Government committed to ensuring viability and success of every PSU bank’ India to defend GSP benefits at USTR India is expected to challenge charges levelled against it by the U.S dairy and medical devices industries at a hearing before the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office scheduled for Tuesday and defend its eligibility for benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme.