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About the Arab League

Context: The Arab League recently called for UN peacekeeping forces in the Palestinian territories during a summit in Bahrain’s Manama. Relevance: GS II International Relations About the Arab League Overview: Formation: Goals: Structure: Members: Council: -Source: Hindustan Times

India Contemplates Free Trade Agreement with EAEU

Context: India is “seriously considering” initiating discussions for a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), as announced by the Foreign Minister of Belarus during his recent two-day visit to India. Relevance: GS II: International Relations About the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Objectives Structure Key Characteristics -Source: Times of India

Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting

Context: India is set to play a pivotal role in facilitating the first-ever focused discussions on regulating tourism in Antarctica at the 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) and 26th Meeting of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP).  Relevance: GS II: International Relations Understanding the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM): Understanding the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP): […]

UK PM Proposes Changes to Graduate Route Visa Scheme

Context: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is contemplating revisions to the Graduate Route Visa (GRV) scheme, intending to restrict visas to the most outstanding international students. This proposal aims to decrease the overall number of international students in the UK. The changes particularly target education recruitment agents accused of providing misleading information to UK colleges […]

About MATES Migration Scheme

Context: The Australian Federal Budget Document, released recently, announced the start date for the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES) for Indian Nationals. Relevance: GS II: International Relations About MATES Migration Scheme: Introduction: Eligibility Criteria: Sponsorship Requirement: Permitted Activities: Program Capacity: -Source: Times of India

India and Iran Sign 10-Year Contract for Chabahar Port

Context: India and Iran have inked a decade-long contract for the operation of the Chabahar port in Iran. The agreement, signed between Indian Ports Global Ltd. (IPGL) and the Port and Maritime Organisation (PMO) of Iran, facilitates the operation of the Shahid-Beheshti terminal, marking a significant step in enhancing maritime trade relations between the two […]

Global Report on Internal Displacement 2024

Context: In 2023, the number of internally displaced people increased to 75.9 million, from 71.1 million in the preceding year, according to the Global Report on Internal Displacement 2024 (GRID-2024) released recently. Relevance: GS II: International Relations Global Report on Internal Displacement 2024 (GRID-2024): Overview: Highlights of GRID-2024: South Asia Findings: -Source: The Hindu

NHRC-India’s Accreditation Deferred by GANHRI 

Context:  The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), based in Geneva and affiliated with the United Nations, has deferred the accreditation of the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC-India) for the second consecutive year. This decision, taken during the Sub Committee on Accreditation (SCA) meeting on May 1, 2024, marks the first […]

India Denies Child Labour Allegations Amid CECA Negotiations

Context: The Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry has strongly rebutted accusations of child labor raised in a recent report by Australia’s Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth. These allegations come amidst ongoing negotiations between India and Australia for the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), intended to expand upon the existing Economic Cooperation […]

China Surpasses US as India’s Largest Trading Partner

Context: According to data released by the Global Trade Research Initiative (GTRI), China has emerged as India’s largest trading partner in the fiscal year 2023-24, with two-way commerce totaling USD 118.4 billion. This marks a narrow overtaking of the United States, whose two-way trade with India amounted to $118.3 billion during the same period. The […]