Bilateral Relations

INDIA, NEPAL MAY SIGN PACTS ON ENERGY AND WATER

As Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda prepares for an official visit to India, the “southern neighbour” maintained silence as fast paced developments in Nepal remain the talk of the town here. The air of caution around Mr. Prachanda’s visit is partly due to the volatile political condition in Nepal …

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INDUS WATERS TREATY

The Union government on Friday instructed officials in Jammu & Kashmir to scale up efforts for “better utilisation of the country’s rights under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT)” over the three rivers flowing through the Union Territory. Deputy National Security Adviser Sari Vikram Misri chaired the second meeting of the …

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RUSSIA FIGHTS ‘INCURSION’ FROM UKRAINE

Russian troops and security forces fought for a second day on Tuesday against an alleged cross-border raid that Moscow blamed on Ukrainian military saboteurs but which Kyiv portrayed as an uprising against the Kremlin by Russian partisans. Vyacheslav Gladkov, Governor of the Belgorod region on the Ukraine border, said forces …

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INDIA-GERMANY PUSH TRILATERAL PROJECTS

India and Germany signed the Triangular Development Partner agreement in 2022. It is a joint declaration on agroecology and sustainable management of natural resources These projects aim to support sustainable development goals (SDGs) in third world countries in Asia, Africa and the Indo-Pacific. So far, New Delhi and Berlin have started work …

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INDO-PACIFIC ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK FOR PROSPERITY (IPEF)

India walked out from the trade pact called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in November 2019. The RCEP involved China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the 10-state Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) grouping. Now in 2023 India along with many of the RCEP countries, (except China replaced by the United States), is getting …

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EXERCISE CORPAT

The 35th edition of India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy was conducted recently. Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kesari and Thai Ship (HTMS) Saiburi participated in the CORPAT in the Andaman Sea. Keeping the Indian Ocean safe and secure for international trade. The Indian Navy and the Royal …

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WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX 2023

India slips in press freedom index, ranks 161 out of 180 nations In 2022, India was ranked at 150. Comparison with neighbours: In comparison, Pakistan has fared better when it comes to media freedom as it was placed at 150. Sri Lanka also made significant improvement on the index, ranking 135th this year as against 146th in 2022. Norway, Ireland and Denmark occupied the top …

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YANOMAMI

Brazilian government has promised to speed up the expulsion of illegal miners in the country’s largest indigenous territory, Yanomami. Yanomami region stretches across Roraima and Amazonas states in the northwest corner of Brazil’s Amazon. It has been a subject of interest for illegal gold miners for decades. 20 per cent of the Yanomami community died due to violence, the spread of diseases and damage to the …

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HER-2

AstraZeneca Pharma India Ltd said it has received an approval from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for the cancer drug trastuzumab deruxtecan for treatment of metastatic breast cancer. The company has been granted approval to import and market trastuzumab deruxtecan used in the treatment of select “HER-2 positive” breast cancer. Globally, trastuzumab deruxtecan is approved in more than 40 countries, including …

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ROHINGYA CRISIS

Bangladesh seeks India’s help over Rohingya Bangladesh urged India to take more effective steps in persuading Myanmar to take back the Rohingya who were forced to take refuge in Bangladesh to evade persecution. Who are the Rohingya? The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority group. They have lived for centuries in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar. The Rohingya are not recognized as an …

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