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Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC)

Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) ITEC Programme was launched in 1964 by the Ministry of External Affairs. The ITEC Programme is fully funded by the Government of India. The Programme is essentially bilateral in nature. However, in recent years, ITEC resources have also been used for cooperation programmes conceived in a regional and inter-regional context such as the Economic Commission for Africa, Commonwealth Secretariat, UNIDO and Group of 77. Under ITEC and its si

PM Modi Invited to Participate in G-7 Dialogue

PM Modi Invited to Participate in G-7 Dialogue India has been invited as a special guest at Cornwall, United Kingdom to attend the G-7 grouping meeting. PM Modi may also head over to Brussels to conclude the pending India-EU Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA) talks. The talks have been held over issues like market access for automobiles, dairy products, wines and the movement of professionals.

India-Mauritius CECPA

India-Mauritius CECPA India-Mauritius Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) will be the first trade Agreement to be signed by India with a country in Africa. This limited agreement will cover Trade in Goods and Services, Rules of Origin, Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures, Dispute Settlement, etc., It will also cover the Movement of Natural Persons, Telecom, Financial services, Customs Procedures and Cooperation i

Exercise Dustlik-II between India and Uzbekistan

Exercise Dustlik-II between India and Uzbekistan Exercise Dustlik-II between India and Uzbekistan will be held in Uttarakhand from March 10 to 19. About Exercise Dustlik-II: Exercise Dustlik is a military exercise between the Indian Army and Uzbekistan Army. First Edition: The first edition of the Exercise Dustlik was held in 2019 at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Aim: The aim of the exercise is strengthening Counter Insurgency (CI) and Counter-Terrorism (CT) operations. Es

India Not Part of Troika-plus-Pakistan Conference

India Not Part of Troika-plus-Pakistan Conference Russia has planned to hold a Troika-plus-Pakistan conference on Afghanistan in Moscow, Russia. About the Troika-plus-Pakistan Conference: Troika-plus-Pakistan meeting involves consultations between the US, Russia, China, Pakistan along with the representatives of the Afghanistan government, Taliban, and other senior Afghan leaders. The meeting is expected to discuss ways to assist in advancing the intra-Afghan talks in Doha. It a

EU Joins Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure Initiative

EU Joins Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure Initiative The 27-member European Union joins the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) initiative. About Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure Initiative: The Prime Minister of India launched it in 2019 at the UN Climate Change Summit. It is a multi-stakeholder global partnership of national governments, UN agencies, multilateral development banks, the private sector, and academic and knowled

17th BIMSTEC Summit- Key Talking Points

17th BIMSTEC Summit- Key Talking Points India’s External Affairs Minister recently attended the 17th ministerial meet of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries. About the Ministerial Meet: Sri Lanka Chaired the 17th Ministerial Meeting. Dr. S. Jaishankar reiterated India’s commitment to take BIMSTEC forward. About BIMSTEC: BIMSTEC is a regional organization consisting of members from So

Raisina Dialogue 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

India-UK agree for Nirav Modi's Extradition to India

India-UK agree for Nirav Modi's Extradition to India 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. About Extradition: 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 fug

First Meeting of BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors

First Meeting of BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors As 2021 BRICS Chair, India’s approach is focused on strengthening intra-BRICS cooperation based on Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus. BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors discussed the financial cooperation agenda set by India for 2021 - Global Economic Outlook and Response to COVID-19 pandemic, New Development Bank (NDB) Activities, Social Infrastructure Financing and Use of Digital Technologies,

Exercise ‘Veer Guardian-2023’

Exercise ‘Veer Guardian-2023’ From January 12 to January 26, India and Japan will conduct their first-ever bilateral aviation exercise as a result of their expanding defence ties and growing concerns regarding China's military buildup in the Indo-Pacific. About the exercise: The first-ever bilateral combat air exercise between India and Japan will be called Veer Guardian 23. The Japanese air bases of Hyakuri and Iruma will host this 10-day exercise between

India-Australia Economic Cooperation &Trade Agreement

India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA) The historic interim Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (INDAUS ECTA) between India and Australia, which came into effect on December 29, 2022 will boost Indian exports of textiles, leather, gems, and jewellery to Australia. The free trade deal signed with India was recently ratified by the Australian Parliament, opening the path for its implementation beginning in January 2023. What precisely is the India

Exercise VARUNA

Exercise VARUNA On the western seaboard, the 21st iteration of the edition naval exercise between France and India just got underway. Although the two fleets' bilateral exercise was first conducted in 1993, it was renamed "VARUNA" in 2001 and has since come to symbolize the strategic bilateral cooperation between France and India. The drill will take place from January 16–20, 2023, over a five-day period. These exchanges serve as a further reminder of the id

INS Sindhukesari in Indonesia

INS Sindhukesari in Indonesia The Kilo class conventional submarine of the Indian Navy, INS Sindhukesari, has docked in Jakarta, Indonesia, for the first time. An Indian Navy Kilo class conventional submarine, INS Sindhukesari, made its first port call in Jakarta, Indonesia, from February 22 to 24, 2023, as part of the region's growing military relations. It crossed the Sunda Strait and made its first docking attempt in Indonesia for an operational turnaround (OTR). Evolution:

Sea Guardian-3

The Sea Guardian-3 exercise is a joint bilateral naval exercise between China and Pakistan in the Northern Arabian Sea. China and Pakistan will conduct their 1st joint maritime patrol during this exercise. The exercise is divided into 2 phases, shore-based exchanges, and maritime joint operations with the theme of Joint Response to Maritime Security Threats.

Operation 1027

Operation 1027 is a joint military operation by the 3 brotherhood alliance - Ta’ang National Liberation Army, (TNLA) the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), and the Arakan Army. Its goal is to combat the Myanmar Junta’s armed forces and allied militias in northern Shan State, close to the Myanmar-China border. The operation, titled after the date of its commencement - Oct. 27. The violence has forced people to flee to Mizoram in India.

U.S. and Philippines Nuclear deal

The United States and the Philippines have recently signed a nuclear deal that would allow Washington to export nuclear technology and material to Manila, Philippines. The pact is in adherence with non-proliferation requirements.

Exercise Milan

Exercise Milan is a biennial naval exercise hosted by the Indian Navy. The exercise includes Professional exercises, Seminars, Social events, Sporting fixtures. The Indian Navy 1st held the exercise in 1995, and has since significantly expanded in scope and scale to become the largest exercise held by India. The last edition of Milan, which is held off Visakhapatnam, saw participation from over 40 countries. The exercise was originally conceived in line with India'

Paris Club

Sri Lanka has recently reached an “agreement in principle” with India and the Paris Club group of creditors including Japan, on a debt treatment plan. The Paris Club is an informal group of creditor nations that work to find sustainable solutions for debtor countries that are unable to repay their bilateral loans. The Paris Club has 22 permanent members which have originated from a 1956 meeting in which Argentina agreed to meet its public creditors in Paris

China's Belt & Road Initiative

Italy withdraws from China's Belt and Road project recently. China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a connectivity project that aims to revive the ancient Silk Road. The BRI was announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013. It aims to connect China with Europe by land and rail, and to Asia and Africa by sea.

Bilateral Maritime Exercise –Ayutthaya

Recently, the maiden Bilateral Maritime Exercise -Ayutthaya’ between the Indian Navy (IN) and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) was conducted. Exercise Ayutthaya The IndIa-Thailand Bilateral Exercise is being named as ‘Ex-Ayutthaya’, which literally translates to ‘The Invincible One’ or ‘Undefeatable’.It symbolises the significance of two of the oldest cities Ayodhya in India and Ayutthaya in Thailand, the historic legacies, rich cultural ties and shared


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