[UPSC Mains Focus] In border claims, reimagining South Asia’s boundaries

Claims and counterclaims over territories in and around the Kalapani region (located at the tri-junction between northern India, western Nepal and southern China/Tibet) have resurfaced again.

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[UPSC Mains Focus] Brief reprieve: On Pakistan and the terror financing watchdog

Financial Action Task Force, the global watchdog group, has decided to grant Pakistan and other countries on its watch list a three-month extension on fulfilling commitments, in view of the pandemic.

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India & International Maritime Organization [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] India & International Maritime Organization What is the issue? The International Maritime Organization (IMO) lists India as among the 10 states with the largest interest…

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Israel-Palestine Peace Plan [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Israel-Palestine Peace Plan Why in News? The Israel-Palestine peace plan or the West Asia peace plan is the proposal unveiled by U.S. President Donald Trump.…

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US-Guatemala Asylum Deal [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] US-Guatemala Asylum Deal What is the issue? In July 2019, the then President of Guatemala signed an asylum deal with the US.Alejandro Giammattei, Guatemala’s new…

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US-China Trade Deal [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] US-China Trade Deal Why in News? The phase one of US-China trade deal was signed by the U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu…

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Iran’s Retaliatory Attacks on US [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Iran’s Retaliatory Attacks on US [January 09, 2020] Why in news? Iran launched ballistic missile attacks at American troops in two military bases in Iraq…

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US-Iran tensions [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] US-Iran tensions Why in News? The Iraqi parliamentarians recently voted in favour of a resolution seeking to expel American troops from Iraq. What is the…

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Designation of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as FTO [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Designation of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as FTO Why in news? The US Secretary of State recently announced the U.S.'s intent to designate the Islamic…

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US and Iran nuclear deal – Implications [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] US and Iran nuclear deal - Implications What is the issue? The United States has pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.It is imperative at…

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PROTESTERS END SIEGE OF U.S. EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD [2 JAN 2020] [CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION]

[CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION] PROTESTERS END SIEGE OF U.S. EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD [2 JAN 2020] Context: Thousands of Iraqi supporters of the largely Iranian-trained Hashed al-Shaabi militants had encircled…

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MODI CALLS UP SOUTH ASIAN LEADERS [2 JAN 2020] [CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION]

[CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION] MODI CALLS UP SOUTH ASIAN LEADERS [2 JAN 2020] Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri…

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BRACING FOR GLOBAL IMPACT AFTER SOLEIMANI’S ASSASSINATION [4 JAN 2020] [CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION]

[CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION] BRACING FOR GLOBAL IMPACT AFTER SOLEIMANI’S ASSASSINATION [4 JAN 2020] Context: The U.S. has killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, in an airstrike near Baghdad…

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REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP (RCEP) [CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION]

[CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION] REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP (RCEP) On 4th November, 2019 India decided to hold off on signing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) until significant outstanding…

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THE NEW WORRY OF DEPLETING DIPLOMATIC CAPITAL [2 JAN 2020] [CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION]

[CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION] THE NEW WORRY OF DEPLETING DIPLOMATIC CAPITAL [2 JAN 2020] Context: In the initial year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first tenure (2014­-19), his foreign…

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IN THE RUINS OF UNILATERALISM [3 JAN 2020] [CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION]

[CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION] IN THE RUINS OF UNILATERALISM [3 JAN 2020] Introduction The year 2019 had many issues that defined global politics. There were protests by students against…

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Bracing for global impact after Soleimani’s assassination [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Bracing for global impact after Soleimani’s assassination INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS | EFFECT OF POLICIES & POLITICS OF WORLD ON INDIA'S INTERESTS Prelims level: Nothing much. Mains…

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The new worry of depleting diplomatic capital [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] The new worry of depleting diplomatic capital INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS | INDIA & ITS NEIGHBORHOOD - RELATIONS Prelims level: Not much. Mains level: India and its…

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Art of science diplomacy [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Art of science diplomacy INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS | BILATERAL, REGIONAL AND GLOBAL GROUPINGS AND AGREEMENTS INVOLVING INDIA, IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS Prelims level: CDRI-Coalition for Disaster Resilient…

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The WHO balance sheet [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] The WHO balance sheet [The Indian Express] Context The US has announced to halt the funding it gives to the WHO accusing it of mismanagement…

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China manipulates the WHO, India needs to be cautious [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] China manipulates the WHO, India needs to be cautious [The Indian Express] Context The article elaborates on the role played by China in manipulating WHO…

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COVID-19 and the crumbling world order [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] COVID-19 AND THE CRUMBLING WORLD ORDER [THE HINDU] Context Theme of this article is the failure of the world order in mounting a collective fight…

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New and Emerging Strategic Technologies (NEST) [CAA Featured Article] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] NEW AND EMERGING STRATEGIC TECHNOLOGIES (NEST) [CAA FEATURED ARTICLE] Context Recently, Ministry of External Affairs has announced the setting up of a new division on…

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Middle East braced for backlash after killing of Qassem Soleimani [CAA Featured Article] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] MIDDLE EAST BRACED FOR BACKLASH AFTER KILLING OF QASSEM SOLEIMANI [CAA FEATURED ARTICLE] Context Recently, there was a major escalation in tensions between the US…

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South China Sea [CAA Featured Article] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] SOUTH CHINA SEA [CAA FEATURED ARTICLE] Context China has reportedly deployed an airship near South China Sea (SCS) to monitor and control military activity in…

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West Asia Peace Plan [CAA Featured Article] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] WEST ASIA PEACE PLAN [CAA FEATURED ARTICLE] Context US President Donald Trump unveiled his Middle East peace plan, Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve…

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ICJ ruling on Rohingya crisis [CAA Featured Article] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] ICJ RULING ON ROHINGYA CRISIS [CAA FEATURED ARTICLE] Context The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has given its verdict on the Rohingya crisis.The ruling of…

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The new multilateralism [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] THE NEW MULTILATERALISM [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context As the major global institutions — from the WHO to the WTO — are experiencing unprecedented turmoil India…

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OPCW blames Syria for chemical attacks [The Time of India] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] OPCW BLAMES SYRIA FOR CHEMICAL ATTACKS [THE TIME OF INDIA] Context The global chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)…

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The law cannot fall silent [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] THE LAW CANNOT FALL SILENT [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context Amid the many developments in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic one of the facets that is…

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It’s time for the Red Berets [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] IT’S TIME FOR THE RED BERETS [THE HINDU] Context The World Health Organisation (WHO) is not equipped to fight a pandemic of this proportion. The…

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The wilting Sakura [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] THE WILTING SAKURA [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context A resilient nation, Japan has risen from the ashes, phoenix-like, each time. It is now confronting COVID-19, which has…

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Sanctions and pandemic: On America’s Iran policy [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] SANCTIONS AND PANDEMIC: ON AMERICA’S IRAN POLICY [THE HINDU] Context The US has refused to ease the sanction on Iran even as it is struggling…

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Between nationalism and globalism [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] BETWEEN NATIONALISM AND GLOBALISM [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context Although all world leaders have acknowledged the global imperative in dealing with the virus, they have put…

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Preparing for SAARC 2.0 [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] PREPARING FOR SAARC 2.0 [THE HINDU] Context A tweet by Prime Minister Narendra Modi resulted in the first-ever virtual summit of SAARC leaders on March 15.…

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Operation Sanjeevani [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] OPERATION SANJEEVANI [THE HINDU] Context An Indian Air Force (IAF) C-130J transport aircraft o delivered 6.2 tonne of essential medicines and hospital consumables to Maldives…

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The art of China’s legalpolitic [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] THE ART OF CHINA’S LEGALPOLITIC [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context A resolution has been moved in the US Senate calling on the international community to inquire…

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The deep void in global leadership [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] THE DEEP VOID IN GLOBAL LEADERSHIP [THE HINDU] Context The coronavirus’s flight across the world at lightning speed has exposed the total void in collective leadership at…

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Virtual Summit of G20 Leaders [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] VIRTUAL SUMMIT OF G20 LEADERS [PIB] Context A Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit was recently convened yesterday to discuss the challenges posed by the outbreak of…

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Terrorist attack in Kabul’s Gurudwara [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] TERRORIST ATTACK IN KABUL’S GURUDWARA [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context Attack on gurdwara underlines that the US-Taliban deal has brought Afghanistan no respite. The futility of…

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China and WHO a new story [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] CHINA AND WHO A NEW STORY [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context The WHO leadership, especially its Director-General, has been accused of serving China’s interests rather than…

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Test of regional solidarity lies ahead [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] TEST OF REGIONAL SOLIDARITY LIES AHEAD [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context If PM Modi’s gesture to SAARC is to go some way towards a solution for…

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World Happiness Report, 2020 [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT, 2020 [THE HINDU] Context The World Happiness Report for 2020 has been recently released. The World Happiness Report The WHR is an…

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Going regional [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] GOING REGIONAL [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context Prime Minister Narendra Modi signalled a change in India’s rejection of SAARC as a platform for regional cooperation by inviting…

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Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] INDO-U.S. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FORUM [PIB] Context Indian students will undertake a research internship at Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, LA, USA…

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A revival of multilateralism, steered by India [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] A REVIVAL OF MULTILATERALISM, STEERED BY INDIA [THE HINDU] Context A leadership role by India in mobilising world collaboration would be in keeping with its…

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From virtual conferencing to real leadership [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] FROM VIRTUAL CONFERENCING TO REAL LEADERSHIP [THE HINDU] Context SAARC has become the ‘virtual’ platform through which leaders of the eight countries of our troubled…

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A crisis-hit Iran at the crossroads [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] A CRISIS-HIT IRAN AT THE CROSSROADS [THE HINDU] Context The coronavirus pandemic creates fresh possibilities for cooperation between the West Asian nation and its neighbours.…

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