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The shift in India position on Taliban: from rejection to unofficial talks (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

In December 1999, External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh asked the ministry official in charge of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, Vivek Katju, who was at Kandahar airport trying to negotiate with the hijackers of Indian Airlines flight IC-814, if Singh could meet Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Omar. Singh, who was in Delhi, asked Katju to talk … Continued

Sri Lanka court stays dissolution, snap elections (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court stayed President Maithripala Sirisena’s dissolution of Parliament and restrained the Election Commission from preparing for snap elections. The top court suspended until December 7, the proclamation issued by Mr. Sirisena last week sacking the legislature and calling for elections on January 5. Wickremesinghe supported the judgement Ranil Wickremesinghe the ousted Prime … Continued

In Sri Lanka row, focus on a constitutional provision (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains paper II; IOBR)

The dissolution of Sri Lanka’s Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena has reached the country’s Supreme Court, with the move challenged by political parties as well as non-political groups. They have cited an Article of the Constitution to argue that the dissolution was unconstitutional. The dissolution On October 26, the President abruptly sacked Prime Minister Ranil … Continued

Government approves the process of constitution of new Boards of Governors for the IIMs as per the IIM Act 2017 (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

The Government has approved the process of constitution of new Boards of Governors for the IIMs as per the IIM Act 2017.”The process of constitution of Boards for the IIMs, which have been given full powers of running the institutions, is a major development which signals complete autonomy of quality institutions in higher education and … Continued

Ayodhya, Faizabad: a history of two cities, the politics of renaming a district (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Last week, the Uttar Pradesh government changed Faizabad district’s name to Ayodhya. This was weeks after the government, headed by Yogi Adityanath, had renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj. A look at the political significance of Faizabad/Ayodhya, and how these names have been used in history:                        … Continued

Political crisis in Sri Lanka (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

What is it? Late on Friday, President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the Sri Lankan Parliament and called a snap general election for January 5. The announcement came within hours of his party spokesman publicly admitting to lacking a majority in Parliament. Mr. Sirisena’s front was aiming for a majority to push its controversially installed Prime Minister … Continued




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