International Relations : News and Updates

  • What is “global minimum corporate income tax”?
    What is the News? The US Treasury Secretary has urged the world’s 20 advanced nations to move in the direction of adopting a Global minimum corporate income tax. What is the Global minimum corporate income tax? It is a type of corporate tax. Under this, If a company moves some of its operations ...
  • “Freedom of Navigation operation”(FONOP) and the “Exclusive Economic Zone”
    What is the News? The US Seventh Fleet has announced that one of its warships, USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) has carried out a Freedom of Navigation operation(FONOP). The FONOP operation carried out approximately 130 nautical miles west of Lakshadweep Islands. This is inside India’s exclusive economic zone. But the ...
  • Chinese Threat to Hong Kong’ Democracy
    Synopsis:  The new electoral techniques represent the end of democracy in Hong Kong that was never truly democratic. Background  Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China. Recently the Hong Kong’s Chief Executive and members of its legislature were chosen in an undemocratic way. Adding to that, the Chinese government also ...
  • Appointment of Ambassadors – in US and India
    Synopsis: The US administration needs to make a choice between appointing career diplomats or big contributors for appointing the new ambassadors. In India as well, there is a practice of appointing diverse people as ambassadors. Background:  The US administration under Joe Biden will be appointing new ambassadors as per the spoil system. The ...
  • US President to Remove the Ban on “H-1B Visa”
    What is the News? In 2020 the US President imposed a ban on H-1B visa. The current US President decided to reverse the ban. So he allows a 2020 ban to expire on March 31st. About the 2020 Ban on H1-B skilled workers: In 2020, the previous US President signed an executive order ...
  • US “2020 Human Rights Report” flags curbs on Indian media
    What is the News? The US State Department released the “2020 Human Rights Report” also known as “2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices”. About 2020 Human Rights Report: Firstly, the Human Rights Report is an annual report.  Each year the US State Department submits it to the US Congress. Secondly, the report is ...
  • India and US Agrees to Resolve key Trade Issues
    What is the news? India and the United States have agreed to work constructively to resolve key outstanding trade issues. Further, they also aim to take a comprehensive look at ways to expand the trade relationship. What are the major India-US trade issues? Generalised System of Preferences(GSP): In 2019, the US removed India ...
  • Traffic in “Suez Canal” suspended
    What is the News? A 400 m long “Ever Given vessel” blocked the Suez Canal. The ship blocked the canal due to a lack of visibility created by the bad weather and a sand storm. The officials are still not able to clear the Vessel. So they temporarily suspended the traffic. About ...
  • Cost and Benefits of Adani’s Carmichael Coal Project in Australia
    Synopsis – Adani is making one of the world’s largest new coal investments in the Carmichael coal mine project in Queensland. This article analyzes the Costs and Benefits of the Project. Introduction- New investment in coal will be a major factor if India is not able to meet its commitment against Climate ...
  • Assessment on India’s counter to International criticism
    Synopsis: India needs to address the international criticism of declining democratic values. It will strengthen the world’s largest democracy further. Background Many countries are scrutinising the functioning of Indian democracy due to the alleged diminishing democratic space in India. For example, Recently, annual reports of the United States-based Freedom House and the Sweden-based ...
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