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By admin: Aug. 18, 2022

1. Thai Public Broadcasting Service signs MoU with Prasar Bharati

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The Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) on 18 August signed a Memorandum of Understanding with India's public broadcaster Prasar Bharati for comprehensive cooperation between Thailand and India to strengthen their bilateral ties.


IMPORTANT FACTS -

  • Thai PBS and Prasar Bharati share the same values as public broadcasters.
  • The MoU will contribute to better understanding between the peoples of the two countries and is the first step in cooperation in exchange of news and programmes.

  • Indian Ambassador to Thailand Suchitra Durai represented Prasar Bharati in signing the MoU.

  • Both countries also signed MoU on Health and Medical Research Cooperation between Indian Council of Medical Research and Department of Medical Sciences, Thailand.

India -Thailand relations :

  • The year 2022 is the 75th year of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

  • Both countries share a maritime boundary in the Andaman Sea.

  • Thailand was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with India in 1947.

  • In 2021, Thailand became India's fourth largest trading partner in ASEAN.

  • In 2021-22, Thailand was India's 22nd top trading partner, with a total trade of US$6.6 billion.

  • The MoU on Defence Cooperation between India and Thailand was signed on 25 January 2012.

  • Since 2015, India has participated in the largest Asia Pacific military exercise Ex-Cobra Gold as an 'Observer Plus' category.

By admin: Aug. 16, 2022

2. India gift Dornier Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft to Sri Lanka

Tags: International Relations Defence

India on August 15 gifted Sri Lanka a Dornier maritime reconnaissance aircraft that will enable the island nation to tackle a range of challenges such as human and drug trafficking and other organized crimes in its waters.

Important facts

  • It was gifted at a special event at the Sri Lanka Air Force Base in Katunayake.

  • Sri Lankan Navy and Air Force personnel who have undergone training in India for nearly four months will operate the aircraft.

  • Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay were also present on the occasion.

  • The celebrations took place as India celebrates its 76th Independence Day and a day later China's high-tech missile and satellite surveillance vessel will anchor at Sri Lanka's Hambantota port.

  • The aircraft has been delivered to Sri Lanka by the Indian Navy to help meet the immediate security needs of Sri Lanka.

  • The Indian Navy has also given intensive training in maritime reconnaissance aircraft to a team of the Sri Lankan Navy and Air Force.

  • During the 2018 Defence Dialogue between India and Sri Lanka in New Delhi, Sri Lanka had discussed the possibility of acquiring two Dornier reconnaissance aircraft from India to enhance its maritime surveillance capabilities.

Dornier Aircrafts

  • In March 2022, India and the Government of Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide two Dornier 228 aircraft to the Sri Lankan Navy.

Dornier 228 Aircraft

  • It is a 17-seater non-pressurised aircraft that has a turboprop engine.

  • It is capable of day and night operations, short take-off and landing, and can take off from semi-prepared runways.

  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) started manufacturing Dornier-228 in India.

  • The Dornier-228 aircraft have been used by the armed forces so far.

  • Alliance Air had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with HAL to operate Dornier aircraft.

By admin: July 23, 2022

3. Foreign Office consultations between India and Ghana held in New Delhi

Tags: International Relations

The third round of Foreign Office consultations between India and Ghana was held in New Delhi on 22 July.

Important facts

  • Both sides discussed the bilateral relations related to political, economic, defence, cultural and capacity building.

  • The two sides also discussed further strengthening of bilateral ties between India and Ghana.

  • The two countries exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest and agreed to enhance cooperation in multi-level fora.

  • Both sides agreed to hold the next round of talks in Accra, Ghana on a date as per mutual convenience.

  • The second edition of the India-Ghana Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) was held on 2 July, where both sides agreed to take steps for mutual benefit.

Bilateral trade between India and Ghana

  • Bilateral trade and Indian investments in Ghana have been steadily increasing.

  • Bilateral trade between India and Ghana stood at US$ 2.60 billion during 2021-22.

  • India is one of the largest investors in Ghana.

  • Indian companies have invested more than USD 1.7 billion in Ghana in over 730 projects in various sectors like construction, manufacturing, manufacturing, trade, pharmaceuticals, agro-processing, tourism, etc.

About Ghana

  • President - Nana Akufo-Addo

  • Capital - Accra

  • Official Language - English

  • Official Name - Republic of Ghana

  • Currency - Ghana Cedi

By admin: June 28, 2022

4. India and Britain to launch joint Commonwealth Diplomatic Academy program

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Recently a joint India-UK Commonwealth Diplomatic Academy program was announced by the Foreign Ministers of UK and India.

  • It aims to equip diplomats from all Commonwealth member states with the expertise and skills required to deal with emerging challenges that have a global impact.

  • This Academy event will be held in New Delhi.

  • This was announced during the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Rwanda, East Africa from 24 to 25 June.

  • The academy will be meant to jointly promote the values of the Commonwealth.

  • About the United Kingdom or Britain -

  • The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy and unitary state consisting of four countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

  • It is governed by a parliamentary system whose government sits in the capital, London.

  • It was the first industrialised country in the world.

  • The United Kingdom is one of three countries in the world that do not have a well-organised constitution.

  • The United Kingdom is today the sixth largest economy in the world based on market exchange rates and the third in Europe after Germany and France.

  • Queen Elizabeth II

  • Prime Minister - Boris Johnson

  • Currency - Pound Sterling

By admin: June 22, 2022

5. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hold bilateral talks with Australian Deputy PM in New Delhi

Tags: International Relations

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held bilateral talks with Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles in New Delhi on 22 June. 

  • During the bilateral talks, the two ministers reviewed the defence cooperation between the two countries and discussed new initiatives to further strengthen bilateral ties.

  • They also exchanged their views on regional and global issues of shared interest.

  • India and Australia have been sharing a comprehensive strategic partnership since June 2020 and are a key pillar of this defence partnership.

  • This partnership is based on a shared vision of a free, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

  • Australia and India, along with America and Japan, are part of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), which promotes a free and open Indo-Pacific.

  • The four countries are also participants in the Malabar naval exercise.

  • About Australia

  • It is the smallest continent by area  on Earth after Asia, Africa, North America , South America, Antarctica, Europe and Australia. 

  • It is the 6th largest country in the world after Russia, Canada, China, United States, and Brazil.

  • Australia has been called “the Oldest Continent,” “the Last of Lands,” and “the Last Frontier.”

  • Its unique flora and fauna include the only egg-laying mammals on Earth, the  Platypus and Echidna.  It is also famous for its Kangaroos,Koala bears. 

  • It is the second driest continent after Antarctica.

  • Its highest peak,  Mount Kosciuszko, rises to only 7,310 feet (2,228 meters).

  • Capital : Canberra 

  • Currency : Australian Dollar 

  • Prime Minister : Scott Morrison 

  • The United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of the State of  Australia.

By admin: June 21, 2022

6. Israel, Haryana Government Sign Joint Declaration On Water Cooperation

Tags: International Relations

Recently, the Government of Israel and Haryana signed a Joint Declaration on Capacity Building and Integrated Water Resource Management.

  • Under this agreement, Israel will share its most advanced and state-of-the-art water technologies, expertise and know-how with the Government of Haryana.

  • Through this joint declaration, the Government of Israel and Haryana will endeavour to strengthen existing ties in the water management sector, improve public health in the region and conserve water resources in public water areas in Haryana.

  • India-Israel Diplomatic Relations

  • India officially recognized Israel in 1950, but the two countries established full diplomatic relations on January 29, 1992.

  • India was one of the 164 members of the United Nations that had diplomatic relations with Israel.

  • Economic relations

  • During April 2020-February 2021, the bilateral trade between the two stood at $4.14 billion, with the balance of trade in favour of India.

  • India is Israel's third largest trading partner in Asia, while the 7th largest worldwide partner.

  • Defence relations

  • India is the largest buyer of military equipment from Israel. Israel is India's second largest defence supplier, Russia's largest defence supplier.

  • Agriculture relations

  • India and Israel signed a three-year work program agreement for agricultural cooperation in May 2021.

  • The program seeks to develop existing Centres of Excellence, bring Centres of Excellence into self-sustaining mode and encourage private sector companies and collaborations.

  • About israel

  • Israel is a country located in Southwest Asia.

  • Capital - Jerusalem,

  • Israel's Tel Aviv city is the most expensive city in the world

  • President- Isaac Herzog

  • Prime Minister- Naftali Bennett

  • Currency- Israeli shekel

By admin: June 20, 2022

7. India-Bangladesh holds 7th Round of Joint Consultative Commission in New Delhi

Tags: International Relations

The seventh round of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission was held in New Delhi on 19 June. 

  • It was co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and his Bangladesh counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen.

  • The previous edition was held virtually in 2020.

  • The Ministers welcomed the further strengthening of bilateral ties with the unprecedented visits of the President and Prime Minister of India last year.

  • These visits were made in memory of three epoch-making events -

  1. The birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

  2. The 50th anniversary of the independence of Bangladesh 

  3. The golden anniversary of India-Bangladesh diplomatic ties.

  • The Ministers appreciated that the trust and mutual respect shared between the two countries has strengthened over the past decade.

  • The latest proof of this was the launch of the trailer of 'Mujib-Making of a Nation' at the Cannes Film Festival in May this year.

  • It was a jointly produced biopic on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

  • The two ministers agreed to work together to further strengthen cooperation in the areas of shared rivers and water resources management, IT and cyber security, renewable energy, agriculture and food security, sustainable trade, climate change and disaster management.

By admin: June 17, 2022

8. India-Japan hold finance dialogue in New Delhi

Tags: International Relations

India and Japan held a Finance Dialogue on 16 June 2022 in New Delhi to exchange views on the macroeconomic situation, financial system, financial digitization and investment environment in both the countries.

  • Japan's Finance Minister for International Affairs Masato Kanda and Ajay Seth, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, held the first India-Japan Finance Dialogue.

  • The Japanese delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the Financial Services Agency and financial institutions.

  • On the Indian side, representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Reserve Bank of India, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India and financial institutions participated in the discussion.

  • Participants confirmed that the two sides will continue to work closely together as they preside over the G20 and G7 next year.

  • The two sides agreed to continue discussions to promote financial cooperation and strengthen bilateral ties, and agreed to agree on the possibility of holding the next round of talks in Tokyo.

  • Importance of Japan for India 

  • Japan is the fifth largest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India after Singapore, USA, Mauritius, Netherlands (April 2014 to August 2021). 

  • It has invested $36.2 billion in India since 2000.

  • Japan is the largest provider of assistance to India amongst all countries.

  • There are 1,455 Japanese companies in India. Eleven Japan Industrial Townships (JIT) have been established, with Neemrana in Rajasthan and Sri City in Andhra Pradesh having the maximum number of companies.

  • Japan is helping in setting up a High Speed Rail corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

  • Important fact about Japan 

  • Japan is also called as Nihon or Nippon

  • It is an archipelago in the western pacific ocean in East Asia.

  • It is composed of four main islands Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Honshu is the largest island of Japan.

  • It is separated from the Asian mainland by the Sea of Japan.

  • Its highest mountain is Mount Fuji.

  • It is the third largest economy in the world after the United States and China.

  • It is the only country in the world where atom bomb was dropped. In 1945 the U.S. dropped atomic bomb on Hiroshima on 6 August (bomb name Little Boy) and Nagasaki on 9 August (Bomb name Fat Man).

  • The capital of Japan : Tokyo 

  • Currency of Japan : Yen

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By admin: June 14, 2022

9. 38th India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol in Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca

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The 38th India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) is being conducted from June 13 to 24 2022 in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca. 

  • About India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol

  • It is the first post pandemic Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) between the two countries.

  • The navies of both the countries have been operating CORPAT along their International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) since 2002.

  • This has helped in building understanding and interoperability between the two navies.

  • It has facilitated measures to prevent and suppress illegal fishing, drug trafficking, maritime terrorism, armed robbery and piracy etc.

  • India and Indonesia have enjoyed particularly close ties, which include a broad spectrum of activities and interactions that have strengthened over the years.

  • This CORPAT contributes to the strong ties between the two countries in the Andaman Sea and the Straits of Malacca.

  • Aim of India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol

  • Keeping the Indian Ocean Region safe for commercial shipping, international trade and conduct of legitimate maritime activities.

  • Other Exercises between India and Indonesia

  • Garuda Shakti - A joint military exercise

  • Samudra Shakti - A bilateral maritime exercise

By admin: June 8, 2022

10. India, Vietnam sign joint vision statement on defence partnership for 2030

Tags: International Relations

India and Vietnam signed a 'Vision' document to further widen the "scope" of defence ties by 2030 and a 'Logistic Support' agreement to allow the armies of the two countries to use each other's installations.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh is on a three-day visit to the south-east Asian country.

  • The MoU on mutual logistics support was inked by both sides.

  • The two countries also agreed to expeditiously finalise India's defence line of credit of $500 million to Vietnam.

  • Implementation of the projects through the LoC will significantly enhance Vietnam's defence capabilities and help in taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of 'Make in India, Make for the world'.

  • India also announced two 'simulators' and funding to set up a language and IT laboratory at the Air Force Officers Training School to improve the capabilities of the Vietnamese Armed Forces.

  • India, Vietnam relation 

  • Vietnam is an important member of ASEAN (Organisation of Southeast Asian Nations) and has territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea region.

  • India is undertaking oil exploration projects in Vietnamese waters in the South China Sea.

  • India and Vietnam have been working together to enhance their maritime security cooperation over the years to protect common interests.

  • Vietnam has become an important partner in India's 'Act East Policy' and 'Indo-Pacific Vision'.

  • The two countries share a rich history of civilizational and cultural ties dating back more than 2,000 years.

  • The relations between the two countries were accorded the status of "strategic partnership" during the visit of the then Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Tan Dung to India in July 2007.

  • During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Vietnam in 2016, this status was raised to a "Comprehensive Strategic Partnership".