International Relations : News and Updates

  • India, Afghanistan agreement to build “Shahtoot Dam” in Kabul
    What is the News? India and Afghanistan have signed an agreement to build the Shahtoot Dam in the Afghan capital. Shahtoot Dam: It is a proposed dam in the Kabul river basin. It is one of the five river basins in Afghanistan. Purpose: The dam will provide drinking, irrigation, and Environmental water for Kabul province. It ...
  • Hard Sovereignty and its consequences
    Source: The Hindu Gs2: International Relations Synopsis: India’s posture as hard sovereignty will be harmful to India’s national interest in the long run. Background Some recent developments in India suggest that India has developed a new posture of engagement with the world i.e. The hard sovereignty. This posture suggests that any outsider cannot involve ...
  • Why China should be seen as a partner by India?
    Source: The Hindu Gs2: India and its Neighborhood- Relations. Synopsis: India should acknowledge the rise of superpower China and prepare to complement its role in reviving the rule-based global order. It should start looking at China as a partner, instead of a rival. Background Recently, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said that both India ...
  • India’s strategy for Myanmar
    Source: The Hindu Gs2: India and its Neighborhood- Relations. Synopsis: India’s Policy towards Myanmar should be a balance of India’s interest and India’s norms. Background The recent military coup in Myanmar has once again created uncertainty regarding the future of Myanmar’s democracy. The U. S and the west have reacted strongly. The US threatened Myanmar ...
  • Sri Lanka settles “Currency Swap Facility” with India
    What is the News? The Central Bank of Sri Lanka(CBSL) has settled a $400 million currency swap facility from the Reserve Bank (RBI) of India. What is a Currency Swap Facility? The term swap means exchange. Under this agreement, two contracting countries loan each other a specified amount in local currencies. The parties agree ...
  • Chinese energy projects near Tamil Nadu cleared by Sri Lanka
    What is the News? The Sri Lankan Government has cleared a Chinese project to set up hybrid wind and solar energy projects on three Sri Lankan islands. Note: This development comes after Sri Lanka had recently decided to pull out of the East Container Terminal(ECT) deal with India and Japan. About the Project: China’s ...
  • Why India-EU trade pact is still difficult to achieve?
    Source: click here Syllabus: GS 2 Synopsis: The EU is in a turbulent situation currently due to COVID-19, Brexit, and international tensions with the US. This has unsettled the EU and worsened internal issues. Introduction  India is planning to start negotiations on investment and trade agreements with the European Union (EU).  However, these discussions might ...
  • Sri Lanka has pushed India and Japan out from the Colombo Terminal Project
    Synopsis – Sri Lankan government has been forced to revoke a 2019 deal with India and Japan. The deal was to build the East Container Terminal (ECT) at Colombo Port. They cancelled the deal after facing intense resistance from trade unions across the region. Background- Sri Lanka, Japan and India signed an ...
  • Lessons from the past for way forward in Myanmar
    Source: The Hindu Gs2: Effect of Policies and Politics of Developed and Developing Countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora. Synopsis: The international community needs to plan according to the ground realities of Myanmar before making any effort to restore Democracy. Background: Following the recent military coup in Myanmar, many countries have voiced their concern ...
  • U.S foreign policy: The road ahead
    Source: The Hindu Gs2: Effect of Policies and Politics of Developed and Developing Countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora Synopsis: Evaluation and analysis on Impact of Mr. Biden’s foreign policy on various regional blocs. Background President Biden is an idealistic, supporter of multilateralism and is deeply committed to democratic values and principles. He is taking ...
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