International Organizations in news 2

Reading International Organisations is important from the UPSC exam point of view. Daily International Organisations are in news due to various meetings, summits happening in India or around the world. UPSC has been asking several questions in prelims over structure and intro regarding International Organisations. In mains, many questions have been asked over the efficiency and importance of International Organisations in news for India.

International Organizations in news, 2020/21

  • Henley Passport Index 2021Henley Passport Index 2021
    News: Henley & Partners has released the Henley Passport Index 2021. Facts: Henley Passport Index(HPI): It is a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom for their citizens. When was it started? It was started in 2006 as Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index (HVRI) and was modified and renamed in January 2018. Based on: The ...
  • Importance of Reviving SAARCImportance of Reviving SAARC
    Synopsis- SAARC has become dysfunctional and not able to meet since las 6 years. Reviving SAARC is crucial for countering common challenges in the region, amid COVID pandemic.  Introduction  The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of nations in South Asia founded in 1985 with 7 member nations.  The group ...
  • India at the UN – challenges, significance and way forwardIndia at the UN – challenges, significance and way forward
    This article is based on the recent Indian Express article India at UN high table. Context Recently India has been elected as a non-permanent member to UN Security Council for the 8th time. The United Nations is the most powerful International Organisation that ever existed in the history of mankind. 193 members of ...
  • Way forward for India at UNSCWay forward for India at UNSC
    Synopsis: As India assumes UNSC membership for the 8th time as one of the 10 non-permanent members, it should integrate UNSC functions with national objectives while adjusting to changed realities.  Introduction   Dynamics at UNSC have changed completely since the cold war, while India’s attitude has changed from the reactive to the proactive.  India needs to align its goals of national objectives at UNSC with the present ...
  • India lost Retrospective taxation case to CairnIndia lost Retrospective taxation case to Cairn
    Synopsis: In a 2nd setback after Vodafone case, Indian government has lost an International arbitration case to energy giant Cairn, on the issue of retrospective taxation.   Introduction  The Indian government has lost an international arbitration case to energy giant Cairn Plc over the retrospective levy of taxes, and has been asked to pay damages worth ...
  • Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
    Indian government has lost an arbitration case in Permanent Court of Arbitration, to energy giant Cairn Plc over the retrospective taxation, India has to pay damages worth Rs 8,842 crore ($1.2 billion) to the UK firm. This was a Second such case in which India lost with respect to retrospective taxation ...
  • India looks at integrating more countries into coastal radar network
    Source: The Hindu  News: India is in talks with Maldives, Myanmar and Bangladesh to set up coastal radar stations as part of efforts to further expand the coastal radar chain network meant to enable real-time monitoring of the high seas for threats. Facts: Countries already integrated in the Coastal Radar Network: Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri ...
  • Asia-Pacific Broadcast Union(ABU)
    Source: Click here News: Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Sekhar Vempati has been elected as Vice President of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union(ABU). Facts: ABU: It was established in 1964 as a non-profit, non-governmental, non- political, professional association with a mandate to assist the development of broadcasting in the region. Objective: To promote the collective interests of television and radio ...
  • India and UK launches Virtual Vaccines Hub
    Source: Click here News: India and the UK Government has launched a Virtual Vaccines Hub.  Facts:  Objective: To distribute vaccines for Covid-19 and other deadly viruses by sharing knowledge on clinical trials and regulatory approvals and get vaccines to people who need them most in a safe, secure and energy-efficient way.  Previous such collaboration with the UK:  This ...
  • New technology coalitionsNew technology coalitions
    Context: India must actively participate in new technology coalitions to secure its geopolitical interests. Why India needs Tech-coalition? Reducing economic and digital dependence on China. China’s use of newly acquired technological muscle in support of its expansionist aims. To promote and regulate advanced technologies. India is also now a member of the Wassenaar Arrangement that ...
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