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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

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

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

India elected as a Member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council for another 4-year term (2019-2022) (Relevant for GS Prelims; IOBR)

Recent elections India has been elected as a Member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council for another 4-year term (2019-2022). The elections to the Council were held during the ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 at Dubai, UAE. By securing 165 votes, India ranked third among the 13 countries elected to the Council from the … Continued

India’s nuclear triad is complete with INS Arihant ending its first deterrence patrol (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Nuclear triad operational India declared that its nuclear triad, stated in its nuclear doctrine, is operational after indigenous ballistic missile nuclear submarine INS Arihant achieved a milestone by conducting its first deterrence patrol. About Arihant project The Advanced Technology Project (ATV) project began in the 1980s and the first of them, Arihant, was launched in … Continued

Churn in the Neighbourhood: In polls under Taliban shadow, test for two countries and an old bond (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)

When the Indian Consul General in Kandahar, visited the family of General Abdul Raziq after his assassination by the Taliban, it showed New Delhi’s concerns about what was happening in Afghanistan as it went to parliamentary elections. Gen Raziq, chief of the Afghan intelligence service in Kandahar, was seen as a hero for fighting against … Continued

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