Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Living Planet Report 2018: by WWF

CHAPTER 1- WHY BIODIVERSITY MATTERS? The importance of nature in our lives Humans have evolved, grown and thrived, in nature. Modern human society needs the resources of nature to thrive. Perception that nature is ‘nice to have’ and its protection is secondary to the more important tasks of increasing economic growth, creating jobs, enhancing the… Continue reading Living Planet Report 2018: by WWF

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This Day in History – April 29 – Chemical Weapons Convention

What happened? The Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force on 29 April 1997. Background The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is a multilateral treaty banning chemical weapons and requiring their destruction within the stipulated time. Negotiations for the CWC began in 1980 at the UN Conference on Disarmament. The convention was drafted on 3 September 1992… Continue reading This Day in History – April 29 – Chemical Weapons Convention

Editorials, Uncategorized

The great nuclear disarmament divide

Over the past six years, a concerted effort by committed States, international organizations and civil society to reframe the international discourse on nuclear weapons around humanitarian considerations has gathered significant support. Momentum is now building towards the negotiation of a treaty to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons due to their unacceptable humanitarian consequences. A global prohibition… Continue reading The great nuclear disarmament divide

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

NSG, NPT, MTCR, IAEA etc

What is NSG? Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is a multinational body concerned with reducing nuclear proliferation by controlling the export and re-transfer of materials that may be applicable to nuclear weapon development and by improving safeguards and protection on existing materials. The NSG aims to prevent nuclear exports for commercial and peaceful purposes from being… Continue reading NSG, NPT, MTCR, IAEA etc

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India joins The Hague Code of Conduct

India has joined The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCoC). India’s joining the Code signals its readiness to further strengthen the global non-proliferation regimes. The government has also made it clear that this joining will not have any impact on the national security as well as country’s missile programmes. About HCoC: HCoC… Continue reading India joins The Hague Code of Conduct

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APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation)

What is being demanded? An agreement to reduce industrial tariffs to very low levels or eliminate them over a specified time period. An early deal on a Bilateral Investment Treaty with the U.S. Participation in negotiations for a proposed Investment Facilitation Agreement at the World Trade Organisation-level. Background: India has applied for APEC membership in… Continue reading APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation)

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India signs agreement with IBRD

The Government of India and the World Bank have signed a US$ 9.2 million grant agreement under the World Bank-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Program for the Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Service Project to improve the efficiency and attractiveness of bus services in select Indian cities. Key facts: The project will demonstrate low cost high… Continue reading India signs agreement with IBRD

Editorials, GS-2, GS-3, Uncategorized

India and the NSG

Recently, India rejected China’s contention that it must sign the NPT to get membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, saying France was included in the elite group without signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty. All you need to know about the issue: What is NSG? Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is a multinational body concerned with reducing nuclear… Continue reading India and the NSG

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

The fee for NSG membership

The Hindu News: China’s announcement that it intends to oppose India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group unless it agrees to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). For the past year, India had made admission to the 48-member NSG a focus of its international outreach, though membership has been a goal since the India-U.S. civil nuclear… Continue reading The fee for NSG membership

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UK exit could be good for Europe

Brexit(Britain’s exit) from the European Union(EU) What is the European Union? The European Union – often known as the EU – is an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries. It began after World War Two to foster economic co-operation, with the idea that countries which trade together are more likely to avoid going… Continue reading UK exit could be good for Europe