- India and Bangladesh PM jointly inaugurates Chilahati-Haldibari rail link
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News: India and Bangladesh Prime Minister has jointly inaugurated a railway link between Haldibari in India and Chilahati in Bangladesh during the virtual bilateral summit.
Haldibari-Chilahati rail link: This rail link was part of the Broad Gauge main route from Kolkata to Siliguri.However, the war of 1965 effectively cut off all ...
- U.S. puts India on ‘currency manipulators’ monitoring list
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News: The United States has added India along with Taiwan and Thailand to the ‘monitoring list’ of currency manipulating countries that includes major trading partners like China and six others.
Currency Manipulator: The US Treasury department defines currency manipulation as when countries deliberately influence the exchange rate between their currency and ...
- What is CAATSA? Why U.S. imposes CAATSA sanctions on Turkey?
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News: The United States(US) has imposed Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) sanctions on Turkey for its purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defence system.
What is Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)?
CAATSA is a US federal law enacted in 2017 that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea and ...
- Challenges threatening India’s democracy
Context – With various issues arising, there is an opinion that democracy takes a hit and policymakers must take note of the drift.
What are the areas of concern for India?
Recession – The Indian economy is in recession and is among the worst-performing among major nations
Cybersecurity attack– India ranked second only to ...
- US designates Pak, China as countries of particular concern
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News: US State Department has designated Pakistan and China among eight other countries that are of particular concern for violation of religious freedom.
Countries of Particular Concern(CPC): It is a designation by the United States Secretary of State under the International Religious Freedom Act enacted by USA in 1998.
Why is it ...
- US, China dominated arms market in 2019: SIPRI
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News: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI) has released a report on the global arms market.
The total sales by the Top 25 arms manufacturers rose by 8.5% to $361 billion or 50 times the annual budget of the UN’s peacekeeping operations.
S and Chinese companies dominated the global arms market in ...
- A new roadmap for end of oil age
Context: The latest book The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations, provides some pointers on how should India navigate future energy transitions.
Explain the key pointers on navigating future energy transitions.
Future pathway: It pulls together the transformative occurrences and technologies that have shaped the energy world in recent ...
- India-Canada relationship
How India-Canada ties evolved? What are the challenges and opportunities exist in India-Canada ties?
This article is based on The Hindu Article “India summons Canadian High Commissioner; issues demarche over Trudeau’s remarks”
Recently Canadian Prime Minister expressed his views on Indian farm Bills and supported farmer’s protest. Similarly, Canadian PM’s coalition partner ...
- Behind China’s wolf warrior diplomacy
Context: Xi Jinping is deepening a ‘Chinese Communist Party-state’ brand of nationalism for a domestic and global audience.
What is Chinese brand of nationalism?
An abrasive brand of nationalism is associated with China.
Beijing’s recourse to nationalistic aggression as a foreign policy strategy has gained the euphemism of ‘wolf warrior diplomacy’.
It involves a ...
- Assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist
Context: Assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist threatens will have serious geopolitical implications in West Asia and beyond
Fakhrizadeh, who is widely regarded as a key figure in Iran’s nuclear weapons programme was recently killed in an ambush attack on a rural road outside Tehran.
Also, note that Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian general ...