The SC ordered the closure of Italian Marines case in India

Synopsis – What is the case of the Italian Marines, what was the conflict between India and Italy over the issue and the possible reason of delay in prosecuting the matter. Introduction – After Italy deposited Rs 10 crore in compensation, the SC ordered the closure of court proceedings in India against two Italian marines… Continue reading The SC ordered the closure of Italian Marines case in India

Great Power Summit Held Between US and Russian President

What is the News? U.S President and Russian President have concluded their Great Power summit meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Key Discussions during the summit: Return of Ambassadors: The US and Russia will return their Ambassadors to their posts in a bid to lower tensions. Russia’s Ambassador to the US was recalled when the US President… Continue reading Great Power Summit Held Between US and Russian President

Mistakes in the U.S’s Afghan Policy

Synopsis:  This article outlines the strategic mistakes in the U.S’s Afghan policy. It has now left America to compromise on its goals of ending ‘terror in Afghanistan’. Background The U.S invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 to target its enemy, al-Qaeda, after September 11 attacks. After the invasion, the U.S declared to destroy the Taliban too,… Continue reading Mistakes in the U.S’s Afghan Policy

Taiwan reports largest ever Chinese incursion

What is the News? China has flown 28 fighter jets towards the self-ruled island of Taiwan. Taiwan has called the Chinese action the largest incursion to date. About Taiwan: Taiwan is an island on the southern coast of China. It has its own constitution, democratically-elected leaders and active troops in its armed forces. The maritime… Continue reading Taiwan reports largest ever Chinese incursion

G7 Summit Presents a Template for Indian Engagement With the West

Synopsis: The recent meeting of G7 countries was attended by India as a guest country. The meeting provided a template for Indian engagement with the West based on shared democratic values and mutual cooperation. Background: The recent summit of G7 countries took place in Cornwall, England from 11-13th June 2021. India, Australia, South Korea, and… Continue reading G7 Summit Presents a Template for Indian Engagement With the West

El Salvador is planning to make “Bitcoin a legal currency”

What is the News? El Salvador is planning to make Bitcoin a legal currency. If made, then El Salvador will be the first country in the world to officially classify Bitcoin as a legal currency. What did El Salvador do? El Salvador is planning to make Bitcoin a legal currency. This means that the bitcoin… Continue reading El Salvador is planning to make “Bitcoin a legal currency”

China warns Bangladesh on joining QUAD

Synopsis: In the wake of the growing momentum of Quad, China’s aggression is expected to grow in the Indo-Pacific and States are likely to push back Chinese “cheque-book diplomacy”. Background: Recently Chinese ambassador warned Bangladesh that there will be “substantial damage” to bilateral relation if it joins the USA backed anti-China coalition “Quad” However, Bangladesh… Continue reading China warns Bangladesh on joining QUAD

The tussle of Digital Services Tax between India and US

Synopsis: The US has rolled back its increased tariff on products of 6 countries including India. It now wants to negotiate, over the imposition of a digital service tax by the 6 nations. It is even willing to engage in a future trade war.  Background: The six countries of Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and… Continue reading The tussle of Digital Services Tax between India and US

Lessons From EU’s efforts to end Vaccination gap

Synopsis:   EU is helping other low-income countries to get access to vaccines. The same needs to be done by other countries to close the vaccination gap. Background A widely vaccinated world population is the only way to end the pandemic. Otherwise, the Covid virus will undergo multiple mutations, and it will undermine the effectiveness… Continue reading Lessons From EU’s efforts to end Vaccination gap

Indian Model presents a viable solution to Israel-Palestine Conflict

Synopsis: The Israel-Palestine conflict has been going on for almost a century now. The recent escalation took place on 11th May and took the lives of many people on both sides. Experts believe that both countries should adopt a peaceful solution by drawing inspiration from the Indian Model of coexistence. Background: The recent 11th May… Continue reading Indian Model presents a viable solution to Israel-Palestine Conflict

Rwanda Genocide 1994 – French President Seeks forgiveness

What is the News?  French President has asked for forgiveness for his country’s role in the Rwanda Genocide, 1994. About Rwanda Genocide, 1994: The “Rwandan Genocide” refers to the 1994 mass slaughter in Rwanda. It was of the ethnic Tutsi by members of the Hutu majority government. The killings began in early 1994 and continued… Continue reading Rwanda Genocide 1994 – French President Seeks forgiveness

UAE’s “Golden Visa” system offers long-term residency

What is the News? Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has received his golden visa from the UAE government. What is a Golden Visa? The Golden Visa system was introduced by the United Arab Emirates(UAE) Government in 2019. Purpose: The Golden Visa essentially offers long-term residency (5 and 10 years) to people belonging to specific groups. The… Continue reading UAE’s “Golden Visa” system offers long-term residency

India Abstains on “UNHRC Resolution” to Probe in Gaza Violence

What is the News? India has abstained from voting on the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council(UNHRC) on Gaza. The resolution calls for the setting up of the Commission of Inquiry on human rights violations in the recent conflict between Israel and Palestine. About the UNHRC Resolution: The resolution was moved by Pakistan and… Continue reading India Abstains on “UNHRC Resolution” to Probe in Gaza Violence

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 the Israel-Palestine conflict.… Continue reading One State Solution for Palestine

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 better integration with the… Continue reading India’s Act East Policy : Issues and Challenges – Explained, Pointwise

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 million doses… Continue reading EU leaders agree to donate 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines

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 used to… Continue reading Indo-US Synergy on Regional, Bilateral and Multilateral issues

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 immigration… Continue reading UK’s Electronic Travel Authorisation Scheme

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 the Palestine cause.… Continue reading India’s Stand on Palestine and Israel Conflict

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 the Iranian… Continue reading India loses “Farzad B gas field” project as Iran decides to develop it domestically

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 channel… Continue reading Centre to set up “DD International”- A BBC-like channel to push Indian views

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 related medical… Continue reading Significance of India’s Diaspora

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 attract… Continue reading Sri Lanka’s “Colombo Port City Project” clears all hurdles

West Asia’s Diplomatic Resets

Synopsis: Factors responsible for the diplomatic engagements between West Asian rivals and India’s opportunity to assist West Asia in providing regional security. Background In the last few months, many West Asian nations have made efforts to bridge their diplomatic ties with their rival nations. One, the most significant one is the recent interaction between Saudi… Continue reading West Asia’s Diplomatic Resets

India’s Palestine policy

Synopsis: India’s statement at the recent UNSC meeting points towards the evolving nature of India’s Palestine policy. The country backed Palestine but without any reference to Jerusalem or its borders. Background: The violence between Israel and Hamas has intensified since the May 11 encounter. It involved the exchange of rockets between Hamas and Israel. A… Continue reading India’s Palestine policy

India’s policy on Israel and Palestine – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction India’s policy on Israel and Palestine faces hindrances due to the Israel-Palestine dispute. This dispute is one of the world’s longest-running and most controversial conflicts. It is a conflict between two self-determination movements — the Jewish nationalist project and the Palestinian nationalist project, in the same territory. This Israel-Palestine dispute has far-reaching impacts on… Continue reading India’s policy on Israel and Palestine – Explained, Pointwise

Treating Israel-Palestine issue with a humanitarian response

Synopsis: The Israel-Palestine issue should be looked beyond geopolitical opportunities. The world leaders must come forward and treat the issue with basic dignity and justice. Background: The Israel-Palestine issue is one of the world’s longest-running and most controversial conflicts.  It is a conflict between two self-determination movements — the Jewish Zionist project and the Palestinian… Continue reading Treating Israel-Palestine issue with a humanitarian response

India’s Vaccine exports are guided by good diplomacy and good epidemiology

Synopsis: The vaccine exports by India have not obstructed its efforts in tackling the Covid-19 outbreak. Rather it is a strategy guided by good diplomacy, good economics and good epidemiology. That is immensely beneficial for the country.  Background: As of May 11, India exported 663.698 lakh vaccine doses to foreign countries. Out of this, 16%… Continue reading India’s Vaccine exports are guided by good diplomacy and good epidemiology

Enforced disappearances around the world – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction Enforced disappearances are not new. Military dictators once used it to suppress their opponents. But in recent time the disappearances occur in every region of the world. According to the United Nations, several lakhs of people have vanished during conflicts or post-conflict phase in at least 85 countries around the world. The prime targets… Continue reading Enforced disappearances around the world – Explained, Pointwise

Israel – Palestine Conflict – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the world’s longest-running and most controversial conflicts. It is a conflict between two self-determination movements — the Jewish nationalist project and the Palestinian nationalist project, in the same territory. Though claims of both Jews and Arab Muslims date back to a couple of thousand years, the current political… Continue reading Israel – Palestine Conflict – Explained, Pointwise

Israel-Palestine “Jerusalem Dispute”

What is the News? Israeli armed forces have penetrated Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Haram esh-Sharif in Jerusalem. The event occurred ahead of a march by Zionist nationalists commemorating Israel’s capture of the eastern half of the city in 1967. Jerusalem Dispute: Jerusalem City has been at the centre of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. According to the… Continue reading Israel-Palestine “Jerusalem Dispute”

U.S Exit from Greater Middle East Will Alter Regional Relations

Synopsis: The future US exit from the greater Middle East region is altering the relationships among the regional powers. In this regard, both India and Pakistan must come to terms with the changing dynamics. Background The US will soon withdraw its last forces from Afghanistan in September 2021. The country is also shifting its focus from… Continue reading U.S Exit from Greater Middle East Will Alter Regional Relations

How India’s Diaspora in US helped India in COVID Crisis

Synopsis – The Indian diaspora contributed to the US’s decision to allow raw materials for COVID-19 vaccines for India. Introduction- The US in a decision had denied India the raw material for vaccine preparation. It justified this decision with its America First policy. The US was criticized for not doing enough to aid India, which… Continue reading How India’s Diaspora in US helped India in COVID Crisis

Cabinet approves MoU between India and UK on “Global Innovation Partnership”

What is the News? The Union Cabinet has given an ex-post facto approval for an agreement signed between India with the United Kingdom on Global Innovation Partnership. About Global Innovation Partnership: Firstly, Global Innovation Partnership has been launched by the Government of India and the UK. Secondly, the purpose of the GIP is to support Indian… Continue reading Cabinet approves MoU between India and UK on “Global Innovation Partnership”

Recent Communal Riots in Northern Ireland have Lessons For India

Synopsis:  Recently communal riots broke out in Ireland. India can take a few lessons from it. A committed political leadership should take responsibility for peoples’ social and economic problems and should make efforts to alleviate their miseries. Background Recently communal clashes broke out in Ireland between the Protestant pro-British loyalist unionists and the Catholic pro-Irish… Continue reading Recent Communal Riots in Northern Ireland have Lessons For India

What is Facebook’s Oversight Board?

What is the News? Facebook’s Oversight Board has upheld Facebook’s decision to block the former-U.S. President Donald Trump from its platform. About Facebook’s Oversight Board: The Oversight Board was established in 2020 by Facebook. It is an independent body that helps Facebook figure out what content can be allowed on the platform and what ought… Continue reading What is Facebook’s Oversight Board?

Impact of the Pandemic on India’s foreign Policy

Synopsis: The consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic second wave have far-reaching strategic implications on India’s Foreign policy. What are the likely impacts on India’s foreign policy? First, India’s Supremacy at the regional level (in South Asia) will decline in the future. India’s traditional primacy in the region was built on a mix of material… Continue reading Impact of the Pandemic on India’s foreign Policy

“India-UK Virtual Summit”

What is the News? Indian Prime Minister and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has held a Virtual Summit. Initiatives launched during the India-UK Virtual Summit: Comprehensive Roadmap 2030: The Roadmap 2030 was launched during the summit. The Road map aims to elevate India-UK ties to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ by 2030. Currently, India… Continue reading “India-UK Virtual Summit”

Opportunities in India-UK relations

Synopsis:  Through this article, we will discuss the contentious issue hampering India-UK relations as well as possible opportunities of convergence for mutual development. Background India- Britain summit is set to take place digitally. The two leaders are expected to announce a 10-year roadmap to transform the bilateral relationship that will cover a range of areas.… Continue reading Opportunities in India-UK relations

India UK Relations and its challenges – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction India and UK relations have deep historical connections. Both countries have maintained cordial relations since the Independence of India. But both of them struggled to realize their full potential due to various issues and prejudices. The recent developments like Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic provide an opportunity for a fresh start in India UK… Continue reading India UK Relations and its challenges – Explained, Pointwise

US forces in Afghanistan Starts their Final Phase of Withdrawal

Synopsis: The US President has formally started the final phase of withdrawal of US forces in Afghanistan. The President has also set September 11 as the deadline for withdrawal. Why are US forces in Afghanistan? On 11 September 2001, attacks in the United States killed nearly 3,000 people. Osama bin Laden, the head of al-Qaeda… Continue reading US forces in Afghanistan Starts their Final Phase of Withdrawal

“Project Pyrasol” – A 2+2 project of Indo-German Science & Technology Centre

What is the News? CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Chennai has inaugurated the Integrated Solar Dryer and Pyrolysis pilot plant. This plant and dryer focus on urban waste management. Also, this pyrolysis plant is the part of Indo-German project Pyrasol. About Project Pyrasol: Project Pyrasol is a part of the Indo-German Science & Technology Centre… Continue reading “Project Pyrasol” – A 2+2 project of Indo-German Science & Technology Centre

“Armenian Genocide” recognised by the US

What is the News? The US President has officially recognised the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915-16 as an act of genocide.  What is Genocide? Raphael Lemkin, the Polish lawyer has coined the term “genocide” in 1943. According to Article II of the UN Convention on Genocide of December 1948, Genocide has… Continue reading “Armenian Genocide” recognised by the US

Prospects of India- Japan Relations

Synopsis: India- Japan relations will mainly center around the goal of containing aggressive China. A glimpse of it can be seen in the recent Japan-U. S meeting. Background Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to visit India as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic normalizes. Outcomes of the recent Japan-US meeting gave a glimpse of… Continue reading Prospects of India- Japan Relations

What is EU-AstraZeneca Dispute?

What is the News? EU-AstraZeneca Dispute is taking a new turn. European Union(EU) is taking legal action against AstraZeneca over shortfalls in vaccine deliveries to EU countries. What is the EU-AstraZeneca dispute about? AstraZeneca’s entered into a contract with the European Union. It committed to supplying an initial 300 million doses of vaccine for distribution… Continue reading What is EU-AstraZeneca Dispute?

Changing dynamics of India-US Relations – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The dynamics of India-US relations are changing. Since the formation of the Biden government, there have been many ups and downs in the relations. Initially, India and the US were seen cooperating in the QUAD summit but, in the last few weeks, the US has taken many steps that go against India’s interests. In… Continue reading Changing dynamics of India-US Relations – Explained, Pointwise

Why India-Russia Relations Demands Reconsideration?

Synopsis: The recent visit of Russia’s Foreign Minister to India has once again highlighted the issues in India-Russia bilateral relations. As Russia has been a good friend to India, it demands a reconsideration. Background: The year 2020 witnessed a break in the annual India-Russia bilateral summit. Before this, the leaders of two countries met every year… Continue reading Why India-Russia Relations Demands Reconsideration?

“Vande Bharat Mission” Becomes One of Top Civilian Evacuation Mission

What is the News? Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) has become one of the largest evacuation missions of civilians by a country. About Vande Bharat Mission(VBM): Vande Bharat Mission started in May 2020 to bring back Indians stranded abroad due to COVID-19 and the resultant lockdowns. The first phase of the Vande Bharat mission aimed at destinations… Continue reading “Vande Bharat Mission” Becomes One of Top Civilian Evacuation Mission

EU Council Approves “EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy”

What is the News? The Council of the European Union has approved the EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. About EU Indo-Pacific Strategy: The Indo-Pacific region spans from the east coast of Africa to the Pacific Island States. It has the world’s two most populous countries, which are also huge economies — India… Continue reading EU Council Approves “EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy”

Extradition of Fugitives to India – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction Recently, the U.K’s Home Secretary approved the extradition of diamond merchant Nirav Modi to India. He is wanted in India, in connection with the Punjab National Bank(PNB) fraud. However, the extradition will happen only when the U.K’s cabinet minister approves this order. Till then, Nirav Modi can also make an appeal against the home… Continue reading Extradition of Fugitives to India – Explained, Pointwise