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India must fix its lines of communication with Nepal and arrest the drift in ties (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Despite several attempts at a reset, ties between India and Nepal continue to be a cause for concern. The disconnect between the two governments was most visible at the seven-nation Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation military exercises that just concluded. What has happened recently? After confirming its participation in the … Continued

What not to post online: how Europe law proposes to protect copyright (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

The European Parliament approved a new copyright legislation that increases the responsibilities of technology platforms and the rights of content producers. The law needs to go through further steps before it is implemented, but the news signals a government pushback against technology companies and their continued effort to remain passive conduits of information. A look … Continued

Can 25th Amendment remove US President Donald Trump?(Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

The now-famous Op-Ed article, ‘I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration’, published in The New York Times (and reproduced in The Indian Express Saturday), contained this sentence: “Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing … Continued

LEMOA fully operational now (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Access to designated military facilities in specific areas The India-U.S. foundational agreement for mutual logistics support, the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), has been fully operationalised over the past few months, official sources said. Earlier this week, India concluded the third foundational agreement, Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), which is meant for secure … Continued

India-US sign COMCASA: What is it and how does it help Indian defence? (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains paper II; IOBR)

At the 2+2 meet, India and the United States signed the COMCASA, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Foreign Affairs Miinster Sushma Swaraj, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis were present at the time of signing. Michael Pompeo termed the ‘Communications, Compatibility, Security Agreement (COMCASA)’ agreement a “milestone” in the relationship and … Continued

U.S., India may not sign security pact at 2+2 meet (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Likely to merely announce an in-principle agreement At the 2+2 dialogue between India and the U.S. here on September 6, an announcement could be made about an in-principle agreement between the two sides on the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), but its signing is doubtful, say officials on both sides. Last-minute discussions While the … Continued

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