Jaishankar urges CICA foreign ministers to ensure Afghan soil not used for supporting terrorism

What is the News? India’s External Affairs Minister has attended the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures(CICA) Ministerial 2021 in Kazakhstan. What is the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures(CICA)? CICA is a multinational forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia. The idea of convening CICA was first proposed by… Continue reading Jaishankar urges CICA foreign ministers to ensure Afghan soil not used for supporting terrorism

PM calls on SCO to act against radicalization

What is the News? The annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) was held in Tajikistan’s capital city of Dushanbe. What are the key highlights of the summit? Dushanbe Declaration: At the summit, the countries adopted the Dushanbe Declaration. The declaration called for an inclusive government in Afghanistan, with representatives from all ethnic, religious, and… Continue reading PM calls on SCO to act against radicalization

Prime Minister chairs 13th BRICS Summit

What is the news? Indian PM chaired the 13th BRICS Summit, which was held virtually. The Summit stressed the need to prevent Afghanistan from being used as a staging ground for terrorist attacks against other countries, as well as a sanctuary for terrorists. The BRICS nations also collectively adopted the “New Delhi Declaration“. The theme… Continue reading Prime Minister chairs 13th BRICS Summit

A Taliban-led Afghanistan and the Chinese conundrum

Synopsis: This article explains the impact of US exit from Afghanistan on Pakistan and China. Introduction After postponing the announcement twice, Taliban spokesmen have said that they expect to have a new government in Afghanistan this week. The Taliban announced this after they captured the Afghan capital Kabul more than three weeks ago. The real… Continue reading A Taliban-led Afghanistan and the Chinese conundrum

Noble intentions: About the UNSC resolution on Taliban

Synopsis The UN must ensure that the Taliban uphold human rights and give up terror tactics. Introduction Recently, the UN Security Council, under India’s Presidency, adopted Resolution 2593. The resolution was sponsored by France, UK and USA. Along with 13 other members, India voted in favour of the resolution and amongst permanent ‘members’ Russia and… Continue reading Noble intentions: About the UNSC resolution on Taliban

A Power Cut For India

Source: This post is based on the article “A Power Cut For India” published in The Times of India on 31st August 2021. Relevance: This article explains the link between India’s economic performance and geopolitical developments. Synopsis: The setback in Afghanistan highlights a recent decline in the country’s geopolitical & economic weight. Context India’s external… Continue reading A Power Cut For India

Afghans can enter India now only on e-visas

Source: The Hindu What is the News? The Government of India has said that all Afghan nationals must travel to India only on a special e-Visas issued by the Government of India.  What is the decision taken by the Government of India? The Government of India has cancelled all previously issued visas to Afghan nationals… Continue reading Afghans can enter India now only on e-visas

Fourth evacuation from Kabul since 1992 & The legal challenges in recognising the Taliban

Source: The Hindu(Article 1, Article2, Article 3, Article 4, and Article 5) and The Indian Express Relevance: This article explains the recent developments in Afghanistan. Synopsis: After the rise of the Taliban, Countries around the globe are in dilemma over recognizing the Taliban. Introduction Recognition of governments under international law is vital for several reasons.… Continue reading Fourth evacuation from Kabul since 1992 & The legal challenges in recognising the Taliban

Union Minister launches Arogya Dhara 2.0 to increase reach of Ayushman Bharat

Source: Business Standard What is the News? The Union Health Minister has launched Arogya Dhara 2.0 to celebrate the 2 Crore hospital admissions under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY). Read more: Ayushman Bharat-Jan Arogya Yojana (JAY) About Arogya Dhara 2.0: The key objective of the event is to spread the achievement… Continue reading Union Minister launches Arogya Dhara 2.0 to increase reach of Ayushman Bharat

History over geography

Source: The Hindu, Indian Express and Business Standard  Relevance: This article explains the recent developments in Afghanistan. Synopsis: The geopolitics that happened in Afghanistan provided a new strategic boost. This is the best chance for India to focus on maritime power and opportunity rather than overland threats Background Please read the following two articles for a better understanding.… Continue reading History over geography