GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

First cargo truck under BBIN pact reaches Delhi

First cargo truck under BBIN pact reaches Delhi The first cargo truck under the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement for cross border movement reached Delhi recently. Key facts: The cargo truck was dispatched from Dhaka on August 27 as part of a trial run and arrived at the Inland Customs Depot… Continue reading First cargo truck under BBIN pact reaches Delhi

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India & the growing salience of South Asian nations

Examples of the new developments based on strategic interests— China is catching up in its trade and investment, and in some cases, its economic diplomacy has been accompanied by expanded strategic cooperation with India’s neighbours The $ 46 billion China-Pakistan economic corridor—a vision to link western China by road and rail down to the Gwadar… Continue reading India & the growing salience of South Asian nations

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India’s neighbourhood policy

Article Link India’s neighbourhood policy, in recent years, has managed to make more friends in the region in a surprisingly short span of time. Few projects including Salma Dam in Afghanistan and Chabahar port in Iran show India’s renewed interests in the region. The new government’s priorities and strategic objectives are essentially five-fold: Prioritizing an… Continue reading India’s neighbourhood policy

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Regional India, global South Asia

Indian Express Issue GLobalisation of the Indian sub-continent   Recent events which highlights the importance of the Indian sub-continent on the international stage Presence of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the G-7 summit at Ise-Shima, Japan. China has already begun to integrate India’s neighbours into its larger international and regional strategies. The $ 46 billion… Continue reading Regional India, global South Asia

Editorials, GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

With connectivity comes growth

Livemint Issue: The paramount measure of power in the 21st century is connectivity, specifically to global infrastructure networks, trade flows, capital markets and the digital economy. India is now getting connected in each of these arenas and is thus taken much more seriously as a long-term pillar of the global system. India in its neighbourhood:… Continue reading With connectivity comes growth

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India, US and an eastward tilt

Indian Express Issue India-US foreign Policy Context Author has raised a question that, Why does India-US military cooperation not include northern Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf — a region of great importance for India’s security? Background The US is pressing India to sign a number of what it calls “foundational agreements” to operationalise India’s military… Continue reading India, US and an eastward tilt

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

When was IORA conceived? 1997 in Ebene Cyber City, Mauritius Origins: First established as Indian Ocean Rim Initiative in Mauritius on March 1995 and formally launched in 1997 by the conclusion of a multilateral treaty known as the Charter of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation. It is based on the principles of Open… Continue reading Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

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As of Feb 2016, MGC has 6 member countries & 0 observers. BIMSTEC has 7 member countries & 0 observers. But our next guest – SAARC, has  8 member countries and 9 observers (including China, US, EU, Japan). The South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) completed 3 decades of its existence in 2015. While it is… Continue reading SAARC