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
The U.K.’s Home Department has recently approved the extradition of Nirav Modi to India in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud.
Extradition is the formal process of surrendering an individual from one state to another state. The aim of the process is prosecution or punishment for crimes committed by an individual in the requesting country’s jurisdiction.
The extradition of a fugitive from India to a foreign country or vice-versa is gover
19 April, 2021
Bilateral groupings and agreements
US imposed sanctions on Russia
The United States announced sanctions against Russia on Thursday and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin’s U.S. election interference, a massive cyberattack and other hostile activity.
President Joe Biden’s broadside against Russia came the same week as he offered to meet President Vladimir Putin for their first summit.
In an executive order, Mr. Biden widened restrictions on U.S. banks trading
16 April, 2021
Raisina Dialogue 2021
What is Raisina Dialogue?
It is a multilateral conference held annually in New Delhi, India.
Since its inception in 2016, the conference has emerged as India’s flagship conference on geopolitics and geo-economics.
The conference is hosted by the Observer Research Foundation, an independent think tank, in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs of India.
The conference is structured as a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral discussion, involving
14 April, 2021
Bilateral groupings and agreements
The Prime Minister delivered a video address at the Inaugural Session of the Raisina Dialogue.
About Raisina Dialogue:
Raisina Dialogue is an annual multilateral conference on geopolitics and geoeconomics.
The Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation have been jointly organizing it since 2016.
The conference discusses cooperation on the most challenging international policy matters.
It involves a variety of global policymakers including heads of state, ca
16 April, 2021