Illegal Fishing by China in the Indo-Pacific

Context In order to check China’s illegal fishing in the Indo-Pacific region, the Quadrilateral Security Alliance (Quad) has planned to launch a satellite-based surveillance initiative. The leaders of Quad are reported to be getting ready to unveil a maritime surveillance initiative to protect exclusive economic zones in the Indo-Pacific against environmental damage. Relevance GS-II: Effect […]

New Development Bank

Focus: GS II- International Relations Why in news? Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs and India’s Governor for the New Development Bank (NDB), Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman chaired the 7th Annual Meeting of Board of Governors of NDB through video-conference in New Delhi Highlights: The meeting was also attended by Governors/Alternate Governors of Brazil, China, Russia, […]

A CASE OF A MARITIME PRESENCE ADRIFT

Why in news? The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations agency tasked with regulating shipping, mandated that merchant ships should not burn fuel with sulphur content greater than 0.5% beginning January 1. Prior to the mandate by IMO, there was 3.5% of Sulphur in the fuel It was said to damage the vessels and even causing […]

SUMMIT OF NAM CONTACT GROUP

Why in news? Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the online Summit of Non Aligned Movement (NAM) Contact Group to discuss response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Details: The online NAM Contact Group Summit on the theme of “United against COVID-19” was hosted by the current Chairman of NAM, the President of Azerbaijan.  The event also […]

CONTAINMENT IS HIGHEST PRIORITY: WHO

Focus: Prelims, GS-II International Institutions Why in news? All countries should make containing the outbreak of COVID-19 their top priority, The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on 6th May. WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations that is concerned with world public health. It was established on 7 […]