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Jaishankar meets Qatar leaders, talks economic and security ties

Jaishankar meets Qatar leadersApprox Read Time: 5 min Jaishankar meets Qatar leaders In News: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar recently visited Qatar. On his visit, Mr. Jaishankar met Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani as well as other top leaders of the Gulf country. Highlights of the visit: The agenda of the visit to Qatar included discussions on bilateral, regional as well as international issues.Discussions were held on ways to strengthen…


EU & UK clinch narrow Brexit accord

UK-EU post-Brexit trade dealApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: The EU and the UK have sealed a limited UK-EU post-Brexit trade deal. News Summary: The EU and the UK have sealed a limited UK-EU post-Brexit trade deal that aims to lay the groundwork for long-term future cooperation.The deal, which must be ratified by the British and European Parliaments.Once it is signed off and the text published in the EU’s official journal,…


India, Uzbekistan sign 9 pacts, vows to fight terror

India, Uzbekistan sign 9 pactsApprox Read Time: 3 min India, Uzbekistan sign 9 pacts In News: Indian PM Narendra Modi and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed nine MoU during the first ever bilateral virtual summit. News Summary: India and Uzbekistan held talks on the Afghan peace process, combating terrorism together and confirmation by India on a $448 million line of credit.Both sides emphasized on an Afghan led and Afghan controlled…


India, Vietnam to boost Indo-Pacific Cooperation

Indo Pacific CooperationApprox Read Time: 4 min Indo Pacific Cooperation In News: The Prime Ministers of India and Vietnam took part in a virtual bilateral summit, and agreed to boost cooperation in the Indo –Pacific region. News Summary: India and Vietnam, in the bilateral virtual summit, agreed to cooperation in the Indo-pacific region in the face of growing Chinese aggression in the region.While India is currently locked in a military…


Global Concerns: Where Rohingya are being sent

Rohingyas being shifted to Bhasan CharApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: Rohingyas being shifted to Bhasan Char Bangladesh has begun sending Rohingya refugees from the overcrowded camps on its port town, to Bhasan Char, a remote island formed by sedimentation (char is Bengali for sediment) close to the coast. News Summary: Most of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are currently in camps in Cox's Bazar, a port town close to…


SAARC needs a terror-free milieu: PM

PM Modi's letter to SAARCApprox Read Time: 5 min PM Modi's letter to SAARC In News: In a letter to the SAARC on its 36th Charter Day anniversary, the Indian Prime Minister said that SAARC can only be fully effective in the absence of terror and violence. News Summary: The SAARC secretariat observed the 36th Charter Day anniversary of the grouping.In their messages, Pakistan and Nepal leaders called for the SAARC summit…


At SCO, India slams Pak for using terror as state policy

India slams PakApprox Read Time: 3 min India slams Pak In News The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Heads of Government meeting was recently hosted virtually by India.The summit meeting was attended by the prime ministers of all other member-states - except India and Pakistan. India's Vice-President represented India at the meeting. Highlights of the meeting: The participants in the meeting acknowledged that the SCO is an effective platform for cooperation for strengthening multilateralism,…


Editorial Analysis: How India can benefit from SCO

India at SCOApprox Read Time: 4 min India at SCO Shanghai Cooperation Organisation significance to India: The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) holds special significance for India. The grouping comprises:India’s strategic partner and friend, RussiaIndia's two adversarial neighbours — China and PakistanIndia's four important Central Asian Republics (CARs) — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.New Delhi has a clear three-pronged policy approach to the SCO members:Deepen ties with RussiaMonitor and counter the influence…