CURRENT AFFAIRS


Iran to breach Uranium stockpile limit - About Iran Nuclear Deal

By Aspire IAS

18 June 2019

Iran said that it would surpass its uranium stockpile limit of 300 kg , set under the 2015 nuclear deal, from 27th June 2019. But it will reverse its decision if other parties to the nuclear deal live up to their commitments.


India-Bhutan's Relation and Bhutan's Stance on Doklam and SAARC

By Aspire IAS

17 June 2019

Bhutan's Prime Minister Lotay Tshering. in his first public comment on Doklam issue, said "no side" should do anything near the trijunction point between India, China and Bhutan "unilaterally", so as to maintain peace and tranquility in the region. 


The Importance of Being Neighbourly

By Aspire IAS

12 June 2019

Having a prominent presence in the South Asian region, India has always been conscious of its role it can play in the regional polity. Since its independence, India has paid great emphasis on maintaining good ties with the neighbouring countries.


India to impose Retaliatory Tariffs on American goods

By Aspire IAS

15 June 2019

India and US view each other as important strategic partners to advance common interests regionally and globally. Both the countries are known to have strong trade relations even in the past. Bilateral trade between India and U.S. in goods and services is 2% of U.S. world trade, and has been increasing in recent years. On the other hand, US has been the second largest export market for India, having a share of 16% of total exports from India in 2017. Thus, US-India bilateral trade is highly consequential for India.


A change in the Maldives

By Aspire IAS

30 September 2018

The people of the small archipelago in the Indian Ocean voted for change and brought to power the Opposition candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. They came out in huge numbers with the turnout being 89.2%.


India, Morocco sign MoU to enhance cooperation in MSME Sector

By Aspire IAS

27 September 2018

India and Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for deepening cooperation between Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sectors of the two countries.


India, Nepal to explore using satellite images in boundary survey work

By Aspire IAS

26 September 2018

During the 5th meeting of the Nepal-India Boundary Working Group (BWG) both sides agreed to continue mapping of no-man’s land encroachment and cross-border occupation.


India to focus on climate change, South-South cooperation at U.N.

By Aspire IAS

25 September 2018

External Affairs Minister has kicked off her week-long diplomatic engagements at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). It is 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meet.


U.S. to end H-1B spouse work permits

By Aspire IAS

23 September 2018

The Donald Trump administration is moving ahead with a proposal to end work permits for spouses of H-1B workers in the United States, a federal court has been told.


S. Korea wants to elevate ties with India

By Aspire IAS

20 September 2018

One of the major foreign policy initiatives of President Moon Jae-in of South Korea is the government’s 'New Southern Policy', with a goal of deepening ties with South East Asian nations as well as India, and building an inclusive regional architecture in Asia.


U.S., China step up trade war, slap tit-for-tat tariffs

By Aspire IAS

19 September 2018

The trade rivalry between the U.S. and China escalated to an unprecedented level, with both countries announcing new tariffs on imports from each other.


Himalayan Divide

By Aspire IAS

18 September 2018

The disconnect between the two governments was most visible at the seven-nation Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation military exercises.


Does U.S. want India to import more?

By Aspire IAS

16 September 2018

US President Trump has unleashed a trade war against many countries based on his electoral promise of ‘America First’.


Doklam final report lauds government

By Aspire IAS

15 September 2018

A report by the parliamentary panel on External Affairs, headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, has lauded the efforts of Narendra Modi Government for the overall handling of the Doklam crisis by standing up against china but has expressed concern that Chinese infrastructure built close to the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction has not been dismantled


LEMOA fully operational now

By Aspire IAS

09 September 2018

The India-U.S. foundational agreement for mutual logistics support, the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), has been fully operationalised over the past few months.


India, France sign implementation agreement on ‘Mobilise Your City’:

By Aspire IAS

08 September 2018

India and France on September 6, 2018 signed an implementation agreement on ‘Mobilise Your City’ (MYC) in New Delhi to support three Indian cities in their efforts to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.


For a world Free of chemical weapons:

By Aspire IAS

07 September 2018

The Chemical Weapons Convention Act was enacted in India 2000 to give effect to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction signed by the government on January 14, 1993.


Trade talks stuck as U.S. presses gas, aircraft sales to India:

By Aspire IAS

06 September 2018

COMCASA: (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement) is a foundational defence pact which is expected to be signed, it would be a key highlight of the meeting; however there are concerns about this deal in defence sector.


Routes to Afghanistan

By Aspire IAS

05 September 2018

Afghanistan has been one of the longest fought battles for USA to establish peace and bring stability in the region. But with the assent of Trump as President of USA things have also changed as peace process is not easy to come by.


Green shoots of revival

By Aspire IAS

04 September 2018

The 4th BIMSTEC summit successfully concluded recently with Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli handing over the chairmanship of the grouping to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.


U.S., India may not sign security pact at 2+2 meet

By Aspire IAS

03 September 2018

At the 2+2 dialogue between India and the U.S. here on September 6, an announcement could be made about an in-principle agreement between the two sides on the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), but its signing is doubtful.


India, Pakistan agree to undertake Treaty mandated tours on both sides

By Aspire IAS

02 September 2018

The 115th meeting of the India-Pakistan Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) was held in Lahore, Pakistan. The Indian delegation was led by PK Saxena, the Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters.


India and the U.S. — it’s complicated

By Aspire IAS

01 September 2018

The first round of India- U.S. 2+2 talks at the level of External Affairs Ministers and Defence Ministers of both the countries was scheduled on the 6th of September but has been postponed by the US, citing unavoidable reasons.


India Committed to boosting BIMSTEC connectivity: PM

By Aspire IAS

31 August 2018

The 4th BIMSTEC Summit concluded in Kathmandu on August 31, 2018 with the signing and adoption of the Kathmandu Declaration by all the seven members. The Summit began on August 30, 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal.


Challenges at BIMSTEC

By Aspire IAS

30 August 2018

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu will be another milestone for India after the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit hosted by it in 2016, as the grouping has gradually emerged as a key vehicle to take forward India’s regional, strategic and economic interests.


Pieces of the Asian dream

By Aspire IAS

29 August 2018

India vs China in maintaining relations with ASEAN nations


The big squeeze

By Aspire IAS

28 August 2018

Iran is reeling under the impact of re-imposed sanctions after the U.S. walked out of the nuclear deal.


Beyond words, India – Pak Relations

By Aspire IAS

22 August 2018

Since the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony in Pakistan, there have been many substantive exchanges between New Delhi and Islamabad.


Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Economi partnership(RCEP) and India

By Aspire IAS

21 August 2018

Negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), among 16 Asian and Pacific Ocean countries, have entered a decisive phase. And it would like to see a “substantive agreement” on the trade deal by the end of this year.


Sovereignty and sensitivity

By Aspire IAS

20 August 2018

The National Assembly of Bhutan was dissolved and an interim government was appointed this month ahead of the election, which will be completed by October-end, marking 10 years of democracy in Bhutan.


India and Pakistan should encourage bilateral trade

By Aspire IAS

16 August 2018

There is rising concern about declining trade between India and Pakistan due to escalation in tensions along the borders. So there is need for concerted efforts on both sides to ease tensions through people-centric measures.


Breaking the Radcliffe barrier: India, China, Pakistan Triangle Theme: India-China-Pakisthan

By Aspire IAS

14 August 2018

China’s envoy to Delhi visited Punjab. After watching the popular flag-lowering ceremony, he expressed his hope for “peace, friendship and cooperation” between India and Pakistan.


Refocusing on Africa: New strategy

By Aspire IAS

13 August 2018

Prime Minister recently returned from a tour of Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa that included the BRICS Summit in South Africa and outlining of 10 guiding principles for India’s engagement in Africa.


SAARC devepment Fund partnership conclave held at delhi

By Aspire IAS

12 August 2018

The event aims towards Strategic growth in the South Asian region through project collaboration and Regional integration and proposes to:


Latin America seeks more missions

By Aspire IAS

05 August 2018

India had made a promise in 2010 that it will open three new embassies in Latin American nations


Friends or Seoul-mates?

By Aspire IAS

02 August 2018

With the U.S. and China playing power politics, South Korea looks to India as a viable alternative partner, Mr. Moon launched a foreign initiative called New Southern Policy last year that he had decided to step up Seoul’s engagement with India and the ASEAN countries.