US President and UK PM to sign “New Atlantic Charter”

What is the news? US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met for the first time. They inspected documents related to the New Atlantic Charter to be signed. What was the original Atlantic Charter? The Atlantic Charter was signed by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in… Continue reading US President and UK PM to sign “New Atlantic Charter”

What is “Diplomatic Immunity”?

What is the News? The wife of Belgium’s ambassador to South Korea allegedly hit two staff members at a boutique in Seoul last month. Recently the embassy has invoked diplomatic immunity to avoid criminal charges. What is diplomatic immunity? It is a privilege provided to diplomats in the country in which they got posted. Generally,… Continue reading What is “Diplomatic Immunity”?

European Parliament approves “EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement(TCA)”

What is the News? European Parliament has approved the final ratification of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement(TCA) between the UK and the European Union. About EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement(TCA) It is a free trade agreement signed in December 2020 between the United Kingdom(UK) and European Union(EU). The agreement had already been ratified by the… Continue reading European Parliament approves “EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement(TCA)”

U.K. Agrees for “Extradition” of Nirav Modi in PNB case

What is the News? The U.K.’s Home Department approves the extradition of diamond merchant Nirav Modi to India. He is wanted in India in connection with the Punjab National Bank(PNB) fraud. About Extradition: Extradition is the formal process of surrendering an individual from one state to another state. The aim of the process is prosecution… Continue reading U.K. Agrees for “Extradition” of Nirav Modi in PNB case

Issue of Freedom of Navigation in EEZs

Synopsis: States should consult the coastal state before conducting military exercises in an EEZ exclusive economic zone. Introduction The USS John Paul Jones conducted a ‘Freedom of Navigation Operation’ 130 nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands. The operation took place inside India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). India’s consent was not taken in conducting this… Continue reading Issue of Freedom of Navigation in EEZs

Talks on Iran Nuclear Deal Resumes

Synopsis – The Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) [Iran nuclear deal] resumed talks. The lifting of sanctions on Iran and nuclear implementation measures are on top of the agenda. Background- In 2018, former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal. Further, it imposed sanctions on Iran… Continue reading Talks on Iran Nuclear Deal Resumes

Freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in Indian waters

Synopsis: The U.S. Navy’s FONOP in India’s EEZ highlights the difference in the Indian and American perception on international maritime law (UNCLOS). Background Recently, the USS John Paul Jones carried out freedom of navigation operations (FONOP) in the west of the Lakshadweep Islands. It lies in India’s exclusive economic zone. It was done without requesting… Continue reading Freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in Indian waters

US’s Freedom of Navigation Operation in India’s EEZ – Explained, Pointwise

Synopsis: The recent Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) of the US in India’s EEZ is in violation of UNCLOS. Introduction Recently, the US 7th Fleet announced that one of its warships, USS John Paul Jones carried out Freedom of Navigation operation(FONOP). The FONOP operation carried out approximately 130 nautical miles west of Lakshadweep Islands. This is… Continue reading US’s Freedom of Navigation Operation in India’s EEZ – Explained, Pointwise

Violation of India’s Exclusive Economic Zone by US Navy

Synopsis –  Recently, the US Navy challenged India’s maritime rights in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) near Lakshadweep Islands. It called India’s claim excessive and its actions as per the freedom of navigation. Introduction Recently, a move by the US navy came as a surprise to India. It is a surprise, especially after two successful… Continue reading Violation of India’s Exclusive Economic Zone by US Navy

“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 US never received India’s… Continue reading “Freedom of Navigation operation”(FONOP) and the “Exclusive Economic Zone”