China Sri Lanka Friendship Hospital
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa inaugurated the China-Sri Lanka Friendship Hospital in Polonnaruwa, built with a Chinese grant of $60 million.
The hospital, located in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province, will specialise in treating kidney ailments, a widely prevalent and recurring concern in the region, especially among farmers.
For years now, residents of this agriculture-intensive area have been frequently diagnosed with a kidney disorder that t
12 June, 2021
India’s demands of oxygen concentrators from China
India has asked Chinese authorities to ensure prices for key medical supplies remain stable as costs for oxygen concentrators and other critical goods have surged on the back of rising demand.
The supply chain should remain open and product prices should remain stable
Since April, orders for at least 40,000 oxygen concentrators have been placed by Indian companies with Chinese firms, of which 21,000 have
14 May, 2021
Israel-Palestinian-trigger fears of a ‘full-scale war’
Relentless rocket fire and rioting in mixed Jewish-Arab towns fuelled growing fears on Wednesday that deadly violence between Israel and Palestinians could spiral into a “full-scale war”.
View of Israel:
Israel’s Defence Minister vowed more attacks on Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups in Gaza to bring “total, long-term quiet” before considering a ceasefire.
13 May, 2021
Kyrgyztan – Tajikistan border issues
What is the issue?
The genesis of the issue lies in World History and the disintegration of USSR. (Given below also)
The latest conflict erupted when Tajik officials attempted to mount surveillance cameras to monitor the water supply facility in Kok-Tash area amid the tensions over water distribution, and Kyrgyz residents opposed the move. Both sides began hurling stones at each other and troops quickly entered the fray.
Kok-Tash is an
01 May, 2021
India-UK virtual summit strengthens STI cooperation
India and UK agreed on a common vision of a new and transformational Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the UK and India, and adopted an ambitious India-UK Roadmap to 2030 to steer cooperation for the next 10 years.
Some of the key points to strengthen STI cooperation between two countries are:
Enhance cooperation between India and the UK on strengthening the role of women in STEMM at schools, universities, and research ins
08 May, 2021
India – Sri Lanka issues
The tragic death of four fishermen from Tamil Nadu — one of them a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee living in India — allegedly when the Sri Lankan Navy was about to arrest them last week, is yet another instance of the unresolved fisheries conflict in the Palk Bay taking an unacceptable toll of lives.
India has lodged a strong protest with the Sri Lankan authorities, who have set up a committee to find a permanent solution to the incursions by Indian
06 May, 2021
India and Kyrgyzstan Special Forces have started a military exercise named Exercise Khanjar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
About Exercise Khanjar
Exercise Khanjar is a Joint Special Forces Military Exercise between India and Kyrgyzstan.
The exercise was started in the year 2011. This is the Eighth Edition of the Exercise.
The exercise aims to boost the strategic partnership between India and Kyrgyzstan. It also focuses on high-altitude, mountains and counter-extremism drills.
23 April, 2021
India and its neighborhood
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 with world’s two most populous countries & economies — India and China.
The strategy aims to contribute to the stability, security, prosperity, and sustainable development of the Indo-Pacific Region. Basis of strategy are the promo
21 April, 2021
China-Iran increasing ties
GS-Paper-2: International issue and Political science Optional – UPSC PRELIMS – Mains Application
Context: China and Iran have signed a 25-year "strategic cooperation pact” which includes "political-economic and strategic components". The agreement comes as a major push from China to back Iran to deal with the continuing weight of sanctions reinstated by the US after its withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal
01 April, 2021
The US treasury places India along with 10 other countries on its currency watch list.
What is Currency Manipulator:
Current Manipulators are countries engaging in “unfair currency practices” by deliberately devaluing their currency against the dollar.
The practice would mean that the country in question is artificially lowering the value of its currency. By that, it aims to gain an unfair advantage over others.
This is because the devaluation would reduce the cost of ex
18 April, 2021