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…

Global Judicial Institutions

Global Judicial Institutions

The case of Kulbhushan Jadav is up for hearing at International Court of Justice (ICJ) from February this year. About: • The case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national who was sentenced to death by a Pakistan’s military court on spying charges, will be heard by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) from 18th to…

India Australia Cooperation over Uranium Imports

India Australia Cooperation over Uranium Imports

Two Australian companies are in discussions with the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) for exporting uranium to India. About: • Two Australian companies BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, and Heathgate Resources are engaging with the DAE for exporting uranium to India. • A sales contract for enabling the transfer is currently under discussion…

India-Iran Rupee Payment Deal

India-Iran Rupee Payment Deal

According to the Iran Rupee Payment deal, India to pay Iran in rupees for oil import. About: • India and Iran have signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which India will pay for the oil imports from Iran in Indian rupees (INR). • Indian refiners will make rupee payments in a UCO Bank account of…

River Cruise to Bangladesh

River Cruise to Bangladesh

A trans-boundary river cruise to Bangladesh from Kolkata via Guwahati commences on March 2019. About: • A trans-boundary river cruise operation is expected to begin from Kolkata in March next year through Sundarbans to Bangladesh and then to connect the northeastern destinations. • Private players will be allowed to operate river cruise between the two…

European Union-India Relations

European Union-India Relations

The European Union recently released its Strategy on India after 14 years. European Union Strategy for India: • The strategy paper, released by EU, reflects that India is on the top of the agenda of the EU in the field of external relations. • Major Focus Areas:  There is an urgent need to conclude a…