AMAN NAVAL EXERCISE

AMAN naval exercise of Pakistan held without U.S. participation this year. About: • Pakistan recently wrapped up its 6th AMAN biennial multinational naval exercise. • AMAN-19 involved 46 countries as well as international warships and observers. • AMAN is one of the few multinational exercises where Chinese and U.S. warships regularly participate. But no American…

The Karmapa and Tibetan Buddhism

The Karmapa and Tibetan Buddhism

Karmapa tradition Lama has acquired the Dominican citizenship hurting relationship with India. About: • The 13th Religious Conference of the Schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon Tradition, which was scheduled for November 29 and 30 in Dharamshala, has been postponed to indefinite period. • Reason for Postponement: The reason for this tussle between the Government…

H-1B Visa

H-1B Visa

US government decided to award H-1B visa only for most skilled and highest paid foreign workers. About: • The Trump administration proposed major changes to the H-1B application process. • Electronically register with USCIS: Under a new proposed merit-based rule, the companies employing foreign workers on the H-1B visa – under the Congressional mandated annual…

Afghanistan Peace Process

Afghanistan Peace Process

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announces team to hold peace talks with Taliban. About: • In December 2018, Afghanistan, USA and Taliban has started talks over Afghanistan Peace Process in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The key stakeholders observed that the slow progress in the peace process remains productive. • USA troop withdrawal: In December 2018, USA announced…

India-Bhutan Relations

India-Bhutan Relations

India is expected to commission a major hydropower project in Bhutan. About: • Mangdechhu Hydropower project: This is a 720 megawatt run-of-river power plant being built on the Mangdechhu River (which is a tributary of Manas river – which is again a tributary of Brahmaputra river). • Other Projects between India and Bhutan: Till now,…

“Mediation” in the Kashmir Issue

“Mediation” in the Kashmir Issue

New Delhi has turned down the offers of “mediation” in the Kashmir issue by former Norwegian Prime Minister. About: • Former Norway PM Bondevik visited Srinagar, met with the separatist leaders there and, went on to visit Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK). • While the visit has fuelled much speculation about the possibility of a new peace…

Information Fusion Centre

Information Fusion Centre

Navy to operate information fusion centre to boost Indian Ocean security. About: • The Indian Navy will formally inaugurate the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) at the Navy’s Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) in Gurugram. About IFC: • Through this Centre, information on “white shipping”, or commercial shipping, will…

India-Saudi Arabia Relations

India-Saudi Arabia Relations

Saudi Arabia promises India to help in meeting its growing energy demands. About: • The leaders of the India-Saudi Arabia recently met on the side-lines of G20 summit. Highlights of the Meeting: • Energy: In this sector, the kingdom aims to supply India with oil and petroleum products, as well as Saudi Aramco’s investment in…

Extradition Treaty

Extradition Treaty

The middleman involved in Agusta Westland VVIP helicopter bribery case is extradited to India by Dubai police. About: • British national C.J. Michel, involved in the alleged Rs. 3,700 crore Agusta Westland helicopter deal bribery case (arrested by the Dubai police in February 2017) was recently extradited to India. Extradition Treaty: • Definition: As per…