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Chabahar Port- All India Radio Summary

By | 2017-12-20T13:33:35+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Categories: GS Paper 2, International Relations|

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the first phase of the Chabahar port on Sunday. The port also known as ‘Shahid Beheshti’ port is located in South-eastern Iran. Background - The idea of India-Iran cooperation on Chabahar port development was first mooted in 2003 during the visit of then Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to New Delhi. Progress was however delayed because of nuclear related sanctions on Iran. The nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers agreed in July 2015 and subsequent lifting of sanctions from Iran in January 2016 brought the much required momentum towards the development of Chabahar port project. [...]

China’s peace formula for Rohingyas | AIR Summary

By | 2017-11-27T21:38:45+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Categories: AIR Spotlight, GS Paper 2, International Relations|

China has proposed a three-phase ceasefire proposal in the 13th Asia Europe Foreign Ministers Meeting (ASEM) in Myanmar to resolve the ongoing crisis in Myanmar’s, Rakhine State. Chinese formula - According to China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi - The first step in the proposal is to declare a ceasefire. The second phase would envision upon the ceasefire to be working and consequently for both Myanmar and Bangladesh to enter negotiations to have a long-term solution for the return of refugees. The final phase will target on reducing poverty among Rohingyas and improving their economic and social conditions in the Rakhine State. [...]

Security Council Reforms | MEA Lecture Summary

By | 2017-11-22T14:24:56+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Categories: GS Paper 2, International Relations, World Affairs|

For practically four and a half decades the work of United Nations had been impacted by the power contest between the two super powers namely the United States and the USSR. Post-disintegration of USSR, it was expected to return to the primary function of maintaining international peace and security, but the experience is not so optimistic. Security Council - The Security Council is the main organ entrusted with the responsibility on issues relating to international peace and security. It reflected the power architecture prevailing at the end of the World War II. The victors and their proxies including the US, the [...]

Role of Odissa in Bay of Bengal | IDSA Summary

By | 2017-11-16T01:15:23+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Categories: GS Paper 2, GS Paper 3, International Relations, Security|

The Act East Policy and the intent to develop overland communication linkages through the North-Eastern States for enabling the seamless movement of goods and people between the South and South East Asian regions is a strategic necessity for India. Enhanced Indian interaction with South-East Asian countries may transform Northeast India economically and also moderate Indian concerns about China’s influence in that region. Importance of Bay of Bengal - An important area of the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal, which is enclosed from three sides by the territories of India, Bangladesh and Myanmar has not escaped Chinese attention. India must wake [...]

Indo-Bangladesh Connectivity- Challenges and Prospects

By | 2017-11-13T20:48:23+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: GS Paper 2, International Relations|

Last week, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, flagged off the Kolkata-Khulna Bandhan Express, to follow in the tracks of the erstwhile Barisal Express, which was stopped during the 1965 war with Pakistan. Details - The weekly service, which will start rolling on Thursday, will cross the international border at Petrapol outside Bongaon in North 24-Parganas district, and will be the second train to Bangladesh after the Kolkata-Dhaka Maitree Express. BUS ROUTES - Agartala-Dhaka-Kolkata, 910 km Service on the 490 km Agartala-Dhaka route began in September 2003, and ran irregularly until January 2015, [...]

Communism | Comprehensive Analysis as in 2017

By | 2017-11-03T23:44:02+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Categories: GS Paper 2, International Relations, World Affairs|Tags: |

A hundred years ago, a group of Communist revolutionaries stormed the Winter Palace in St Petersburg to overthrow the first democratic government in Russian history. A group of European historians, in a book titled The Black Book Of Communism, estimated that 94 million people have been killed by Communist regimes around the world over the years. What is Communism? Communism is a political ideology that believes that societies can achieve full social equality by eliminating private property.  It is a theory or system of social organisation in which all property is owned by the community and each person contributes and receives [...]

IMF Reforms | All India Radio Summary

By | 2017-10-26T21:49:13+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Categories: AIR Spotlight, Economy, GS Paper 2, GS Paper 3, International Relations, World Affairs|

The keys to ignite the growth of world economy now are undeniably in the hands of dynamic emerging economies. India, therefore, has reminded the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) that there could not be any turning back on committed IMF reforms. The core issue however is the ‘quota reforms’ in the global financial institutions. IMF reforms - The Finance Minister gave a timely reminder that the reformed quota shares in the IMF must align with the strength of the dynamic emerging economy countries. Indeed, IMF reforms in quota share in IMF were agreed to be completed by [...]

IAS Coaching Online | India’s Soft Power

By | 2017-10-25T00:41:46+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Categories: Director's Desk, GS Paper 2, International Relations, World Affairs|

IAS coaching requires you to read everything comprehensively. We strive our best to provide you with best content. Read this article on Soft Power as an “Answer-ready” article. The terminology of ‘soft power’ is attributed to the vocabulary of Americans during the Cold-war view of things. In this constructed view, the West was associated with prosperity and the Communist bloc was associated with deprivation, lack of freedom and an iron curtain that separated prosperity of the West from the deprivation of the East. To that extent, the West exercised a considerable amount of ‘soft power’ over the population of Communist bloc in [...]

Rohingya- Project Syndicate – Five steps to peace

By | 2017-10-12T23:33:36+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Categories: GS Paper 2, Important Reports, International Relations|

The humanitarian crisis afflicting Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya has damaged the country’s political stability and shattered its image as a country moving toward democracy. Moreover, it has called into question the crisis-management credentials of ASEAN and the United Nations; and made a mockery of international institutions for conflict prevention. Who are Rohingyas? With 1.1 million members, the Rohingya are one of the world’s largest stateless ethnic groups. Most came to Myanmar as part of the expansion of the British Empire, after the Burmese king was defeated in 1826, but are still considered to be illegal Bengali immigrants. How to handle the situation? First and [...]

India-EU | All India Radio Summary

By | 2017-10-11T12:02:32+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Categories: AIR Spotlight, GS Paper 2, International Relations, PIB/AIR Updates|

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the Indian delegation for the 14th India-EU Summit aimed to boost India-EU Strategic Partnership and strengthen collaboration in priority areas for India’s growth. India-EU trade ties – It must be noted that EU is India’s largest regional trading partner with bilateral trade in goods at US$ 88 billion in 2016. It is also the largest destination for Indian exports and a key source of investment and cutting-edge technologies. According to India’s Ministry of External Affairs, India received around US$ 83 billion FDI flows from Europe during 2000-17 constituting approximately 24% of the total FDI inflows into [...]

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