Indus Water Treaty

Context: New Delhi has issued a notice to Islamabad seeking modification of the more than six-decade-old Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) that governs the sharing of waters of six rivers in the Indus system between the two countries. New Delhi said the notice follows Pakistan’s continued “intransigence” in implementing the treaty, by raising repeated objections to … Read more

Non – Aligned Movement

Context:  India and Egypt on Thursday reiterated support for the Non-Aligned Movement. In a joint statement issued after the end of bilateral engagements for President Abdel Fateh el-Sisi, who was the chief guest at the Republic Day parade here, both countries expressed desire for exchange of technology between their defence industries About the News About … Read more

UNESCO World Heritage Tag / Ahom Dynasty / Charaideo Maidams

Context: The Centre has decided to nominate Assam’s Charaideo Maidams — the Ahom equivalent of the ancient Egyptian pyramids — for the UNESCO World Heritage Centre this year, said the Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarm.  About the News  About the Ahom dynasty  About Charaideo Maidams  About world heritage Sites  Criteria for UNESCO World … Read more

India – Egypt Bilateral Relationship

Context: India and Egypt are likely to seal around half a dozen agreements during the visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi who is slated to arrive in New Delhi on January 24 ahead of the Republic Day celebrations where he will be the chief guest. Historical Background Political relationship Economic Relationship Defence relations … Read more

UNSC Designated Terrorist

Context: The ISIL and Al Qaida Sanctions Committee of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) has placed Abdul Rehman Makki, a fundraiser and key planner of the Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), on its sanctions list. About the News Who is Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki? 1267 Sanctions regime Listing Procedure & Sanctions Listing Criteria Acts or … Read more

New Start Treaty

Context: Russia and USA are open to talks on a new arms control deal to replace the New START treaty after it expires in 2026. Both extended the New START treaty when it was due to expire in February 2021.  About the New START treaty  New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) is a nuclear arms reduction treaty … Read more

Taiwan – China Relationship

Where does Taiwan stand in relation to China and the world?  Taiwan was earlier known as Formosa, a tiny island on the east coast of China.  Chinese republicans of the Kuomintang government retreated from here after the 1949 victory of the communists, and it has since continued as the Republic of China.   Historical Background … Read more

Nuclear Supplier’s Group

Background The nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) granted non-nuclear-weapon states access to nuclear materials and technology for strictly peaceful purposes. Several NPT nuclear supplier states sought to determine the conditions for sharing specific equipment and materials with non-nuclear-weapon states. In 1971, these supplier states formed the Zangger Committee in order to require states outside the NPT to institute … Read more

Indus Water Treaty

Context : Indian and Pakistani negotiators ended another round of talks as part of the Indus Water Treaty on “cordial” terms, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), describing the 118th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission that took place in Delhi on May 30 and 31. What is Indus Water Treaty? In the year … Read more

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