International Relations : News and Updates

  • One State Solution for Palestine
    Synopsis: The whole premise of the two-state solution is wrong. The only alternative is that settlers (Jews) and natives (Palestinians) should together build a new state. And that state is democratic and not against the Arab world. Background Many world countries through the United Nations insist on a two-state solution to end ...
  • India’s Act East Policy : Issues and Challenges – Explained, Pointwise
    Introduction After the end of the Cold War, the majority of countries made changes to their economic and strategic policies. It was to align themselves to the changing geopolitical realities. India also realized the importance of Southeast Asia in 1992, so it launched a ‘Look East Policy’. The policy aimed at ...
  • EU leaders agree to donate 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines
    What is the News? The European Union(EU) countries have gathered in Brussels, Belgium for a two-day summit. During the summit the EU leaders has agreed to donate 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines Key Highlights of the Summit: During the Summit: Firstly, the European Union leaders have committed to donate at least 100 ...
  • Indo-US Synergy on Regional, Bilateral and Multilateral issues
    Synopsis: The visit of the Indian Foreign Minister to the US presents an opportunity to improve the strategic partnership. It highlights the India-US synergy on bilateral, regional, and multilateral issues. Background: Indo-U.S ties are improving under the Biden administration. The relationship is now showing synergy on bilateral, regional, and multilateral issues. Earlier, They ...
  • UK’s Electronic Travel Authorisation Scheme
    What is the News? The United Kingdom(UK) has announced plans for a fully digital border with the launch of Electronic Travel Authorisation Scheme. About Electronic Travel Authorisation(ETA) Scheme: The scheme is similar to the U.S.-style electronic travel authorization. It will pre-check the travellers coming to the U.K. Under this, visitors without a visa or ...
  • India’s Stand on Palestine and Israel Conflict
    Synopsis: In its recent statement, India tried to maintain a balance between its relations with Israel and Palestine. Why is it difficult for India to take sides in this conflict? Introduction  India is a non-permanent at the UN Security Council. It attempted a subtle balancing act by repeating its traditional support for ...
  • India loses “Farzad B gas field” project as Iran decides to develop it domestically
    What is the News? Iran has given the Farzad B gas field to a domestic gas producer. This is a setback for India’s energy ties with Iran. As ONGC has been part of the ongoing cooperation of the Gas field. Farzad B Gas Field: Farzad-B is an offshore natural gas field located on ...
  • Centre to set up “DD International”- A BBC-like channel to push Indian views
    What is the News? National public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has floated a tender to establish a new channel named DD International on the lines of BBC World. About DD International: DD International will be the second channel of Doordarshan after DD India. Purpose: The DD International channel will aim to be a truly global ...
  • Significance of India’s Diaspora
    Synopsis:  India needs to remain engaged with the members of the Progressive Democratic Party in the US, despite a difference of opinions. Background Firstly, India and South Africa proposed a temporary TRIPS waiver at WTO to waive Intellectual Property Rights on Covid-related innovations. Secondly, Relaxation in IPR will boost the manufacturing of Covid ...
  • Sri Lanka’s “Colombo Port City Project” clears all hurdles
    What is the News? The Sri Lankan Supreme Court has cleared the “Colombo Port City Project” with minor modifications. About Colombo Port City Project: Firstly, Colombo Port City Project is a large-scale integrated city being developed near Colombo, Sri Lanka. Secondly, the city is being developed as a Special Economic Zone(SEZ). It aims to ...
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