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India, Sweden to sign MoU for polar science cooperation

India, Sweden to sign MoU for polar science cooperation Syllabus subtopic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India's interests News: India and Sweden are likely to sign their first maritime cooperation agreement, Cooperation in Polar Science, during the visit to India of the Swedish royal couple and senior Ministers, including Foreign Minister Anne Linde.   Prelims and Mains focus: about the highlights of the visit, Indi

Boris Johnson wins huge majority

Boris Johnson wins a huge majority Syllabus subtopic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India's interests, Indian diaspora. Prelims and mains focus: Brexit and its consequences for geopolitics in Europe and the world News: Britain was speeding towards Brexit on Friday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a crushing election victory, ending three years of uncertainty since the country decided to leave the bloc.   Background

India-EU summit 2020

India-EU summit 2020 Syllabus subtopic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India's interests   Prelims and Mains focus: about the India-EU summit and its significance; about Raisina Dialogue and its importance   News: PM Modi is likely to visit Brussels in March for the next India-European Union summit. While the dates have not been officially announced, the proposed date is likely to be March 13.   Bac

Tax haven

Tax haven Syllabus subtopic: Effect of Policies and Politics of Developed and Developing Countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora. Prelims and Mains focus: about the move and its implications; about tax haven and its characteristics   News: European Union finance ministers added Panama, Seychelles, the Cayman Islands and Palau to the EU’s blacklist of tax havens while giving Turkey more time to avoid being listed.   Background The list, w

Italy, India and a common thread in partnership

Italy, India and a common thread in partnership By, Vincenzo de Luca is the Ambassador of Italy to India Introduction May 4 is a date that unites Italy and India in the current COVID-19 scenario. It is the day when both countries courageously decided to strike a fine balance between the need to restore industrial activities and supply chains and the duty to continue protecting their citizens from the spread of the novel coronavirus. Endeavour in a phase The present stage that both

India should believe in the EU

India should believe in the EU By, Stefania Benaglia is an Associate Researcher at the Centre for European Policy Studies - The EU and India have much in common. Both aim to enhance strategic autonomy and their global standing. Diversifying strategic value chains is also a common interest, as is the urgent need to address climate change. - On purely economic terms, the EU is India’s first trading partner and the biggest foreign investor, with €67.7 billion worth of investmen

Alexander Lukashenko wins Belarus election

Alexander Lukashenko wins Belarus election Long-serving Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has won a sixth term, the central electoral commission said, after elections marred by violence as police cracked down on opposition protesters. The country's central election commission announced on Monday that all the ballots had been counted and Lukashenko took 80.23 per cent of the votes, while his main opposition challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya had 9.9 per cent. Tikhanovskaya, a 37

An India-EU trade pact may still remain elusive

An India-EU trade pact may still remain elusive By, Krishnan Srinivasan is a former Foreign Secretary Introduction  New Delhi plans to start negotiations on investment and trade agreements with the European Union (EU). These are likely to run into the same problems as the discussions that began on a comprehensive free trade agreement in 2007 but were aborted due to differences in the movement of professionals (Mode 4 services), labour, human rights and environmental issu

EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy approved by EU Council

EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy approved by EU Council 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 the world’s two most populous countries & economies — India and China. The strategy aims to contribute to the stability, security, prosperity, and sustainable developm

EU – India Joint Naval Exercise

EU – India Joint Naval Exercise On 18-19 June 2021, the EU and India conducted a joint naval exercise in the Gulf of Aden namely the EUNAVFOR exercise. The exercise involved Indian Navy frigate INS Trikand, EU NAVFOR Somalia - Operation Atalanta assets, including Italian frigate Carabiniere (Atalanta’s flagship) and Spanish frigate Navarra, French frigate Surcouf and French amphibious assault helicopter carrier Tonnerre. The exercise was based on the scenario of

EUNAVFOR exercise: EU – India Joint Naval Exercise

EU – India Joint Naval Exercise The maiden Indian Navy and European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) exercise began in the Gulf of Aden. Five warships from four navies are participating in the two-day exercise. INS Trikand is participating in the exercise, along with Italy’s ITS Carabiner, the Spanish Navy’s ESPS Navarra, and FS Tonnerre and FS Surcouf of France. On 18-19 June 2021, the EU and India conducted a joint naval exercise in the Gulf of Aden. The exercise in

India-Netherlands Virtual Summit

India-Netherlands Virtual Summit Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in a virtual meeting discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte. During the Summit, the two leaders exchanged views on further expanding the relationship in trade and economy, water management, agriculture sector, smart cities, science & technology, healthcare and space. The two Prime Ministers also agreed on instituting a ‘Strategic Partnersh

Relics of 17th century Georgian Queen St. Ketevan Sent to Georgia

Relics of 17th century Georgian Queen St. Ketevan Sent to Georgia After a long-standing request of Georgia, External Affairs Minister handed over the holy relics of 17th century Georgian Queen St. Ketevan nearly 16 years after they were found in Goa. Who was St. Ketevan? Queen Ketevan was a 17th-century Georgian Queen. From Kakheti, a kingdom in eastern Georgia, she was tortured and killed in 1624 in Shiraz during the rule of the Safavid dynasty. Portuguese missionaries were sa

India-European Union Ties

India-European Union Ties India is commemorating its 75th anniversary of independence and 60 years of diplomatic ties with the European Union (EU). How has the relationship between India and the EU evolved over the years? The two nations' connection went beyond trade and economic cooperation after they signed a cooperation pact in 1994. In June 2000, the first summit between India and the EU represented a turning point in the development of the relationship. In 2004, the

Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant About Zaporizhzhia The biggest nuclear power plant in Europe is located in Zaporizhzhia, a significant town in southeast Ukraine. The distance from the nuclear facility is around 40 km (25 miles) up the Dnieper River. Ukraine has four nuclear power plants with a total of 15 reactors. Six reactors of the Zaporizhzhia plant together generate about 5,700 MW of electricity. About 50% of Ukraine's energy needs are met by nuclear energy. A

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