International Relations : News and Updates

  • India and Bangladesh PM jointly inaugurates Chilahati-Haldibari rail link
    Source: Click here 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. Facts: 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
    Source: Click here 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. Facts: 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?
    Source: Click here 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
    Source : Click here News: US State Department has designated Pakistan and China among eight other countries that are of particular concern for violation of religious freedom. Facts: 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
    Source: Click Here News: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI) has released a report on the global arms market. Facts: Key Takeaways: 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” Relevance: 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 Background 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 ...