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Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 16th 2020

  • Relation with US
  1. China, Russia and India spewing stuff into air: Trump

(Times of India, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • As India seeks to tame the Chinese dragon, top Army General heads to US on crucial visit

Key points:

  1. A top Indian Army General is all set to visit the United States of America to lay the foundation for a strengthened relationship between the armies of the two countries. Lt Gen SK Saini, Vice Chief of the Army Staff, will be in the US from October 17 to 20 with an aim to enhance military cooperation between the two armies.
  2. Crucially, the Indian Army Vice Chief will witness first-hand training and equipment capabilities of the US Army at the US Army Pacific Command.
  3. “The Vice Chief of the Army Staff will visit the US Army Pacific Command (USARPRAC), the Army component of Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), and exchange ideas extensively with the military leadership (there) apart from witnessing training and equipment capabilities of the US Army,” an official release stated on Friday.

(Times Now news, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • India-US 2+2 meet: Defence cooperation on agenda amid LAC stand-off

Key points:

  1. In the run-up to the 2+2 meeting between foreign and defence ministers of India and the US, the two countries are ramping up high-level defence contacts, apart from expanding the Indo-Pacific from naval cooperation to include the army.
  2. Vice chief of Army staff, Lt Gen SK Saini will be traveling to the US this weekend (Oct 17-20) and will visit the army version of the US’ Indo-Pacific command, called INDOPACOM.
  3. The fact that a top-level Army officer is travelling to the US despite Covid restrictions is seen as significant. It is equally important in the context of the India-China standoff in eastern Ladakh, where the Army is playing the lead role. In the larger picture, the army vice chief’s visit is a sign that India and US’

(Times of India, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • Indian Army vice-chief to visit US ahead of 2+2 dialogue

Key points:

  1. Days ahead of the planned 2+2 dialogue between the foreign and defence ministers of India and the US, the Indian Army’s vice-chief is set to visit the Hawaii-based Indo-Pacific Command to boost military cooperation between the two sides.
  2. Lt Gen SK Saini, the vice-chief of the army staff, will visit the US during October 17-20, people familiar with developments said on condition of anonymity. The 2+2 dialogue is expected to be held in New Delhi during October 26-27, with secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Mark Esper set to visit India for the talks
  3. “The vice-chief of the Indian Army will visit the US Army Pacific Command (USARPRAC), the army component of the Indo-Pacific Command, and extensively exchange ideas with the American military leadership,” said one of the people cited above.
  4. “The vice-chief will also witness training and equipment capabilities of the US Army. The aim of the visit is to enhance military cooperation between the two armies,” the person said.
  5. Saini will also visit the Indo-Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii, where different aspects of military cooperation and “furthering military-to-military engagement, including procurements from the US, training in niche domains, joint exercises and capability-building” will be discussed, the person said..

(Hindustan Times, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • CBI, US authorities crackdown on 5 companies in India for defrauding senior US citizens

Key points:

  1. Five companies operating in multiple Indian cities by an American citizen, allegedly involved in defrauding hundreds of American senior citizens through technical-support fraud scheme, have been ordered by US’s federal court to stop their activities.
  2. The US Department of Justice has also appreciated the efforts taken by India’s federal agency, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), for its investigation in connection with the case.
  3. According to the complaint filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the scheme run by the American citizen involved contacting senior US consumers via internet pop-up messages that falsely appeared to be security alerts from Microsoft or another well-known company.

(India Today, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Taiwan
  1. प्रेसिडेंट साई इंगवेन ने कहाचना मसाला और नान पसंद, हमारा देश भाग्यशाली है कि यहां भारतीय खाना मिलता है

Key points:

  1. ताइवान की राष्ट्रपति साई इंग-वेन को भारतीय भोजन खाना पसंद है। उन्होंने गुरुवार को खुद ट्वीट कर इसकी जानकारी दी। उन्होंने ट्वीट किया- ताइवान लकी है कि यहां पर कई भारतीय रेस्टोरेंट है। ताइवान के लोग उन्हें पसंद करते हैं। मैं हमेशा चना मसाला और नान खाना पसंद करती हूं। वहीं चाय मुझे भारत की मेरी यात्रा की याद दिलाता है। भारत एक वाइब्रेंट और कलरफुल देश है। उन्होंने ट्विटर यूजर्स से अपना पसंदीदा भारतीय भोजन बताने के लिए भी कहा।
  2. अपनी ट्वीट के साथ वेन ने एक भारतीय थाली की तस्वीर भी पोस्ट की। इसमें चावल, नान, सलाद और कुछ दूसरे भारतीय व्यंजन नजर आ रहे थे। पास में ही एक स्टील की प्याली में चाय भी रखी थी। वेन पहले भी कुछ मौकों पर भारत की तारीफ कर चुकी हैं।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 16 October 2020) News Link

  1. पोखरा काठमांडू और विराटनगर तक पहुंची रेल, भारतनेपाल संबंधों के लिए साबित होगी मील का पत्थरKey points:
  2. तिब्बत के रास्ते नेपाल तक रेललाइन बिछाने की चीन की योजना के पीछे उसकी मंशा नेपाल में परिवहन ढांचा को विकसित करने के साथ ही अपना तंत्र मजबूत करना भी है। नेपाल के अनेक आर्थिक विशेषज्ञ यह जानना चाहते हैं कि नेपाल आखिर चीन को क्या निर्यात करेगा? क्या नेपाल सरकार ने यह अध्ययन कराया है कि कोलकाता पोर्ट से आने वाली वस्तुओं और चीन से तिब्बत होकर सड़क और भविष्य के रेल से आने वाली वस्तुओं के दाम एक जैसे रह पाएंगे।
  3. आशंका तो पूरी यही है कि चीन के रास्ते आने वाला सामान महंगा ही होगा। अगर चीन केवल व्यापारिक उद्देश्यों की पूर्ति के लिए भारतीय सीमा तक रेल चाहता है, तो उसे नाथुला दर्रा वाले मार्ग पर विचार करना चाहिए। यहां केवल 300 किमी की दूरी पूरी कर जलपाईगुड़ी से तिब्बत सीमा तक पहुंचा जा सकता है। यहां की ऊंचाई भी चार हजार मीटर है, जहां से रेल मार्ग का निर्माण करना केरुंग काठमांडू से कहीं ज्यादा आसान है और इस पथ का नेपाल को भी लाभ होगा।
  4. वर्तमान में नेपाल के तीव्र गति विकास के लिए नेपाल भारत आपसी संबंधों के लिए और भारत के खुद के सामरिक आर्थिक हितों के लिए नेपाल को रेलवे के विकास में सहयोग करना चाहिए। जयनगर जनकपुर बर्दीवास रूट को पथलैया तक विस्तार देना और इसे रक्सौल बीरगंज हेठौड़ा काठमांडू के बनने वाले रूट से जोड़ देना चाहिए। ईटहरी को पथलैया से और धनगढ़ी को काठगोदाम से यदि जोड़ दिया जाए तो नेपाल के तराई के रास्ते यह दिल्ली और पूवरेत्तर भारत की दूरी को काफी हद तक कम कर सकता है। विराटनगर को धरान और ईटहरी को काकरभिट्टा से ऐसे ही उत्तर प्रदेश की सीमा नौतनवा से भैरहवा और वहां से पोखरा या फिर रूपईडीहा नेपालगंज रोड होते नेपालगंज तक ट्रेन जा सकती है।
  5. बिहार सीमा के बथनाहा जोगबनी होते हुए विराटनगर तक रेलवे सेवा को विस्तार दिया जा रहा है। पोखरा काठमांडू और विराटनगर तक पहुंची रेल नेपाल भारत संबंधों के लिए मील का पत्थर होगी। यदि अकेले नेपाल का ईस्ट वेस्ट रेलवे प्रोजेक्ट ही केवल भारत के माध्यम से पूर्ण हो जाए तो मेची से महाकाली नदी तक विस्तृत नेपाल में सफर सस्ता और सुगम ही नहीं होगा, बल्कि इससे यात्र अवधि भी बहुत कम हो जाएगी। इतना ही नहीं, यदि इस दिशा में योजनाबद्ध तरीके से कार्य हो तो उत्तर पश्चिमी भारतीय राज्यों से असम की ओर जाने का न केवल वैकल्पिक मार्ग उपलब्ध होगा, बल्कि इससे भारत नेपाल संबंधों को भी फिर से नई ऊंचाई पर ले जाया जा सकता है।

(Jagran, 16 October 2020) News Link

  1. More flights on India-UK route from December; Vistara to have a daily & Virgin Atlantic to link Manchester

(Times of India,16 October 2020) News Link

  • Indian students adjust to blended learning at UK universities

(Outlook India,16 October 2020) News Link

  • Rickshaw driver’s son beats odds to join famed UK ballet school

(The Guardian,16 October 2020) News Link

  • European countries
  1. Indian Air Force team in France reviews Rafale project

 (Hindustan Times, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • India to receive second batch of Rafale fighter jets from France in November

(Times Now News, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • International flights: India-Germany flights to start from October 26 after brief suspension of air bubble

(Hindustan Times, 16 October 2020) News Link

  1. India Refiner Tries Again to Cut Dependence on Middle East LPG

(bloombergquint, 15 October 2020) News Link

  1. Pakistan’s Efforts To Capture Indian Basmati Market In Iran Might Backfire As Tehran Runs Out Of US Dollars

(swarajyamag, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • Over 200 tourist visa holders from India, Pakistan return home

(khaleejtimes, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • India tells Pakistan court to free four Indians as jail terms over, hearing today

(Indian Express, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Afghanistan
  1. Afghanistan: Peace negotiator’s sojourn to entice India, PakistanAbdullah

(AA, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bangladesh
  1. Test For India, Bangladesh Relations As Dozens Of Unresolved Issues Need Urgent Attention

(eurasiantimes, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • How the India-Bangladesh Cooperation can overcome challenges in the Agricultural Sector

(moderndiplomacy, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • India vs Bangladesh: Fact vs fiction

(bangaloremirror, 16 October 2020) News Link

  1. China protests against India Today interview with Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu

(India Today, 16 October 2020) News Link

  1. Border clashes between India, China left relationship profoundly disturbed: Jaishankar

(moneycontrol, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • LAC face-off: Our border infra not your business, India tells China

(Times of India, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • Discussions on, it is something confidential between us and Chinese: Jaishankar

(Indian Express, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • ‘If agreements aren’t honoured…:’ Jaishankar explains stand-off with China

(Hindustan Times, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bhutan
  1. West Bengal Customs Division requests Bhutan to halt some exports (freshplaza, 16 October 2020) News Link
  • More services from Bhutan; B’desh flight operations to restart: Kolkata airport

(defenceaviationpost, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • India and Bhutan to boost bilateral trade

(nenow, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • India, Bhutan open new market access for select farm commodities

(Outlook India, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Tibet
  1. The Tibetans serving in ‘secretive’ Indian force

(BBC, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • Skand Tayal | India weighs options as it faces Chinese intransigence

(deccanchronicle, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Maldives
  1. Foreign secy Harsh Shringla expected to visit Maldives in November

(The Hindustan Times, 16 October 2020) News Link

  • Sino-Indian Competition in the Indian Ocean Region Intensifies

(thediplomat, 16 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 14th 2020

  • Relation with US
  1. US watchdog probes Jockey’s India partner over rights abuse allegations

(Business Standard, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Indian biopharma co ties up with US firm for Covid-19 vaccine

(Time of India, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • India and US explore pacts on technology; soft power; defence for 2+2 meet

(Economic Times, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • US body on AI calls for creating India-US strategic tech alliance

(Financial Express, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • India-US economic ties await a new dawn

(Tribune India, 14 October 2020) News Link

  1. Chinese banks are chasing Anil Ambani through the UK courts

(FT,14 October 2020) News Link

  • UK-India based team highlight new areas at risk of drinking water arsenic exposure in India

(Manchaster,14 October 2020) News Link

  • India joins UK in drive against encrypted social media messages

(The Hindu,14 October 2020) News Link

  • European countries
  1. France appoints first envoy for Indo-Pacific, to focus on cooperation with India

 (Hindustan Times, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • India and France re-elected as president and co- president of ISA

 (Live Mint, 14 October 2020) News Link

  1. India provides $1 million for palestinian refugees

(The Hindu, 14 October 2020) News Link

  1. MoU between India and Australia to promote cooperation in sustainable groundwater management

(Times Now News, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with South American countries
  1. India’s August coking coal imports rebound from July

(argusmedia, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bangladesh
  1. Centre Hits Back At Rahul Gandhi After “Bangladesh Set To Overtake” Jibe

(NDTV, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • India to Bangladesh: Train flagged off carrying tractors from Nagpur

(Times Of India, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • India set to be overtaken by Bangladesh in per capita GDP growth: IMF

(India Today, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bhutan
  1. Bhutan potato exports to Jaigaon, India, have come to a halt

(Fresh Plaza, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Bangladesh, Bhutan may beat India on economic front; worst GDP contraction threat looms

(Financial Express, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Japan
  1. Japan, India set to resume launch activities in November

(Space News, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Maldives
  1. Indian High Commission hosts ‘India-Maldives Travel Connect’

(Edition, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with South Korea
    • Seoul seeks closer defence ties with India

(Tribune India, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Defence activities by Nepal against Bharat
  • अब पैंतरेबाजी से भारत पर दबाव बनाना चाहता है नेपाल, 6 माह में भारतीय सीमा पर 85 BOP खोली, चीन पर नरमी बरकरार

(Live Hindustan, 14 October 2020) News Link

  1. Army chief to visit Nepal next month amidst chill in bilateral ties

(Times Of India, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Statement by China about Bharat
  1. अमेरिकाभारत से तनाव, चीनी राष्ट्रपति शी जिनपिंग बोलेजंग के लिए तैयार रहे सेना

(Navbharat Times, 14 October 2020) News Link.

  • India’s border infra root cause of tension: China

(Times of India, 14 October 2020) News Link.

  1. Shyam Saran: ‘China wants everyone to accept that this is an Asian order dominated by China’

(Indian Express, 14 October 2020) News Link

    • India-China LAC talks ‘positive and constructive’

 (deccanchronicle, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Pakistan
  1. India conspiring to create unrest in Pakistan

(Nation, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Around 215-250 Terrorists Are Ready to Infiltrate Along Pakistan Border: Indian Army

(India, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • PPP leader says Pak generals never accepted Constitution, asks govt to improve relations with India

(Hindustan Times, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Indian Army foils suspected BAT action of Pakistan Army along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara

(Zee News, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • 9.4-kg heroin seized from India-Pakistan border in Punjab’s Ferozepur

(Tribune India, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Pakistan official claims India expressed desire to talk to us, but no confirmation from Delhi

(The Print, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • Indian Army confirms 250 terrorists waiting to infiltrate along Pakistan border

(DNA India, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • India has sent feelers for talks: Pakistan

(Dawn, 14 October 2020) News Link

  • India roasts Imran Khan adviser’s claim of New Delhi’s outreach to Pak

(Hindustan Times, 14 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 11th 2020

  1. पाकिस्तान में मौलाना की हत्या, इमरान खान ने बिना सबूतों के भारत पर लगाया आरोप

(Amar Ujala, 11 October 2020) News Link

  1. 18-Year-Old Steps Into Shoes Of UK’s Senior-Most Diplomat In India For A Day

(NDTV,11 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bangladesh
  1. Madhya Pradesh police: Over 500 Bangladeshi women trafficked to India, forced into sex racket

(Dhaka Tribune, 11 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Afghanistan
  1. ‘Afghan leadership won’t have concerns if India engages with Taliban’: Abdullah Abdullah

(Hindustan Times, 11 October 2020) News Link

  • Abdullah Abdullah concludes visit in India

(Hindustan Times, 11 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Indonesia
  1. 3 Aceh fishermen home after year stuck in India

 (Jakarta Post, 11 October 2020) News Link

  1. China occupies Nepal territory less than 70 km from India border

(Sunday Guardian Live, 11 October 2020) News Link

  1. No indication of any tactical military help from China to Pakistan: Indian Army

(deccanchronicle, 11 October 2020) News Link.

Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 9th 2020

  1. भारत के साथ दशकों पुरानी अटूट दोस्ती ने वैश्विक कहावत को गलत साबित किया: रूस

Key points:

  1. रूस ने भारत के दशकों पुरानी अटूट दोस्‍ती की जमकर प्रशंसा की है। रूसी विदेश मंत्रालय ने कहा कि ऐसा कहा जाता है कि किसी भी देश का कोई स्‍थायी मित्र या शत्रु नहीं होता है, अगर कोई चीज महत्‍वपूर्ण है तो वह है हित। रूस और भारत की दोस्‍ती इस मान्‍यता को खारिज करती है। दोनों देशों के बीच यह दशकों पुरानी दोस्‍ती एक विशिष्‍ट उदाहरण पेश करती है जो समानता पर आधारित है
  2. रूसी विदेश मंत्रालय की प्रवक्‍ता ने मारिया जखरोवा ने कहा कि 3 अक्‍टूबर का दिन भारत और रूस के संबंधों में एक महत्‍वपूर्ण घटना है। 20 साल पहले तीन अक्‍टूबर के दिन ही भारत-रूस रणनीतिक भागीदारी पर हस्‍ताक्षर हुए थे। दुनिया में सबसे पहले हुए भागीदारी में से एक भारत-रूस पार्टनरशिप आधुनिक कूटनीति के शब्दकोश का हिस्‍सा बन गया है।
  3. रूस के दौरे पर गए रक्षा मंत्री राजनाथ सिंह को मास्‍को ने भरोसा दिया था कि वह पाकिस्‍तान को हथियार नहीं देगा। इससे पहले रूस ने पाकिस्‍तान को आधा दर्जन हेलिकॉप्‍टर दिए थे जिसका भारत ने व‍िरोध किया था। इसके बाद रूस ने इन हेलिकॉप्‍टर्स की सप्‍लाइ को रोक दिया था। रूस भारत को सबसे ज्‍यादा हथियारों की आपूर्ति करने वाला देश है। इसमें परमाणु ऊर्जा से चलने वाली सबमरीन शामिल है।

(Navbahrat Times, 9 October, 2020) News Link

  1. भारत और इजरायल का कमाल, चुटकियों में पता चलेगा कोरोना है या नहीं, सिर्फ पाइप में मारना होगा फूंक और 1 मिनट के भीतर नतीजे

Key points:

  1. भारत और इजरायल ने साथ मिलकर तैयार की कोरोना टेस्ट की गेमचेंजर टेक्नॉलजी
  2. सिर्फ 30 से 50 सेकंड में मिलेंगे नतीजे, सैंपल भी देने की जरूरत नहीं, सिर्फ पाइफ में फूंक मारना होगा
  3. भारत में इजरायल के राजदूत रॉन माल्का ने पीटीआई को दिए इंटरव्यू में इस बारे में जानकारी दी
  4. आवाज से कोरोना टेस्ट का भी हो चुका है ट्रायल – भारत और इजरायल ने संयुक्त रूप से 4 टेस्ट टेक्नॉलजी का ट्रायल कर चुके हैं। भारत में बड़ी तादाद में इन टेस्ट के लिए सैंपल लिए गए। इन तकनीकों में ब्रेथ ऐनालाइजर और वॉइस टेस्ट भी शामिल हैं। इनमें कोरोना का तुरंत पता लगाने की क्षमता है।
  5. वैक्सीन को लेकर दोनों देशों के बीच तालमेल के सवाल पर माल्का ने कहा कि दोनों देश हमेश से रिसर्च और टेक्नॉलजी को एक दूसरे से शेयर करते रहे हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि हम एक दूसरे का सहयोग और समर्थन कर रहे हैं। इजरायली राजदूत ने कहा कि भारत में कोरोना वैक्सीन का हब बनने के लिहाज से तमाम सुविधाएं मौजूद हैं। उन्होंने उम्मीद जताई कि जब भी विश्वसनीय, सुरक्षित और कारगर वैक्सीन बनेगी तब उसमें से ज्यादातर का उत्पादन भारत में होगा। माल्का ने कहा कि भारत जब भी वैक्सीन बनाएगा तब इजरायल की जरूरतों का भी ख्याल रखेगा।

(Navbharart Times, 9 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Taiwan
  •  ताइवान को ‘भारत है पसंद’, चीन से फिर कहा, ‘भाड़ में जाओ’

Key points:

  1. चीन ताइवान पर लंबे वक्त से अपना दावा ठोंकता आया है। हालांकि, ताइवान चीन की धमकियों के आगे झुका नहीं है और इस बार उसने भारत के साथ अपनी दोस्ती का पैगाम भी दिया है।
  2. ताइवान के विदेश मंत्रालय ने शुक्रवार को ट्वीट किया- ‘भारत से कई दोस्त दोस्त ताइवान नैशनल डे के जश्न में शामिल होने के लिए तैयार हैं। ताइवान में हमारे दिल इस अद्भुत समर्थन से खुश हैं। शुक्रिया। जब हम कहते हैं कि हमें भारत पसंद है, हम उसे मानते हैं। ‘गेट लॉस्ट’। गौरतलब है कि इससे पहले जब भारत में चीनी दूतावास ने भारतीय मीडिया से कार्यक्रम से दूर रहने के लिए कहा था तब भी ताइवान ने चीन को करारा जवाब दिया था।
  3. ताइवान के विदेश मंत्रालय ने ट्वीट किया था, ‘भारत धरती पर सबसे बड़ा लोकतंत्र है जहां जीवंत प्रेस और आजादपसंद लोग हैं। लेकिन ऐसा लगता है कि कम्यूनिस्ट चीन सेंसरशिप थोपकर उपमहाद्वीप में घुसना चाहता है। ताइवान के भारतीय दोस्तों का एक ही जवाब होगा- भाड़ में जाओ।’

(Navbhrat Times, 9 October 2020) News Link

  1. Tomato prices sky-rocket in Pakistan; Imran Khan govt blames India

Key points:

  1. Tomato prices have sky-rocketed in Pakistan, touching Rs 200 per kg-mark across major cities including Karachi and Islamabad this week. Despite the country importing essential commodities to meet the demand, the prices continue to rise every day, leading to high inflation.
  2. The current spike in prices, however, is blamed on a ban in imports from Iran and Afghanistan.
  3. The Pakistan government recently banned tomato and onion exports from these two countries, leading  to shortage of the staple foods items
  4. Some ministers in the Imran Khan government are also blaming India for its economic woes. Pakistan’s information and broadcasting minister Shibli Faraz, during a presser that was called on inflation on Wednesday this week, blamed India for everything that’s bad with Pakistan.

(Business Today, 9 October 2020) News Link

  • पाकिस्तान की खुफिया एजेंसी ISI को गुप्त जानकारी देने वाला एचएएल कर्मचारी गिरफ्तार

Key points:

  1. पाकिस्तान की खुफिया एजेंसी इंटर-सर्विसेज इंटेलिजेंस (आईएसआई) को लड़ाकू विमान संबंधी जानकारी मुहैया कराने को लेकर हिंदुस्तान एरोनॉटिक्स लिमिटेड (एचएएल) के एक कर्मचारी को गिरफ्तार किया गया है।
  2. महाराष्ट्र पुलिस ने शुक्रवार को बताया कि व्यक्ति भारतीय लड़ाकू विमान और उसकी विनिर्माण इकाई संबंधी खुफिया जानकारी आईएसआई को दे रहा था।
  3. एक पुलिस अधिकारी ने कहा, ‘राज्य आतंकवाद रोधी दस्ते (एटीएस) की नासिक इकाई को व्यक्ति के बारे में विश्वसनीय खुफिया जानकारी मिली थी। व्यक्ति आईएसआई के लगातार संपर्क में था।’ उन्होंने बताया कि व्यक्ति भारतीय लड़ाकू विमान और उसकी संवेदनशील विस्तृत जानकारी संबंधी खुफिया सूचना के अलावा नासिक स्थित ओझर में एचएएल विमान विनिर्माण इकाई, वायुसेना अड्डे और विनिर्माण इकाई में प्रतिबंधित क्षेत्र संबंधी जानकारी दे रहा था।
  4. आरोपी के खिलाफ शासकीय गुप्तता अधिनियम के तहत मामला दर्ज किया गया है। पुलिस अधिकारी ने कहा कि उसके पास से पांच सिम कार्ड के साथ तीन मोबाइल हैंडसेट और दो मेमोरी कार्ड जब्त किए गए हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि फोन और सिम कार्ड जांच के लिए फॉरेंसिक साइंस लैबोरेटरी भेजे जा रहे हैं
  5. इससे पहले पांच अक्तूबर को नासिक से ही एक व्यक्ति को गिरफ्तार किया गया था। नासिक की एक अदालत ने यहां के देवलाली के रक्षा क्षेत्र की तस्वीरें पाकिस्तान के एक व्हाट्सऐप ग्रुप में भेजने के आरोप में एक व्यक्ति को नौ अक्तूबर तक के लिए पुलिस हिरासत में भेज दिया था।

(Amar Ujala, 9 October 2020) News Link

  • European countries
  1. काला धन: बड़ी सफलता, स्विस बैंक में भारतीय खाताधारकों की दूसरी सूची मिलीKey points:
  2. काले धन को लेकर  स्विट्जरलैंड के साथ संधि के तहत सूचना के आदान-प्रदान की नई व्यवस्था के तहत स्विट्जरलैंड सरकार ने भारतीयों के स्विस बैंक खातों की दूसरी सूची भारत सरकार को मुहैया कराई है। स्विट्जरलैंड सरकार ने कहा है कि उसने 86 देशों के साथ 31 लाख वित्तीय खातों की जानकारी साझा की है।
  3. भारत उन 86 देशों में शामिल है जिनके साथ स्विट्जरलैंड के संघीय कर प्रशासन (एफटीए) ने इस साल सूचना के स्वत: आदान-प्रदान पर वैश्विक मानकों के ढांचे के तहत वित्तीय खातों की जानकारी दी है
  4. अधिकारियों ने कहा कि इस साल 86 देशों के साथ जो जानकारियां साझा की गई हैं उसमें एक बड़ी संख्या भारतीय नागरिकों और संस्थाओं से संबंधित है। उन्होंने कहा कि स्विस अधिकारियों ने भारत के अनुरोध पर पिछले एक साल में 100 से अधिक भारतीय नागरिकों और संस्थाओं के बारे में जानकारी साझा की है, जिनके खिलाफ कर चोरी और वित्तीय गड़बड़ियों की जांच चल रही थी।

(Amar Ujala, 9 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with African countries
    • हिंसा ग्रस् दक्षिणी सूडान में आईपीएस अधिकारी रागिनी बनीं देश के लिए गर्व करने की वजह, जानें कैसे

Key Points:

  1. संयुक्‍त राष्‍ट्र की तरफ से जारी एक शॉर्ट वीडियो में रागिनी ने बताया है कि इस तरह के शांति अभियान का सदस्‍य बनना उनके लिए एक सपने के सच होने जैसा है। रागिनी 6 अप्रैल 2019 को संयुक्‍त राष्‍ट्र के शांति अभियान का हिस्‍सा बनी थीं। इस मिशन में वो अकेली नहीं हैं, बल्कि उनके पति भी इसी मिशन का हिस्‍सा हैं। उन्‍होंने ही यूएन मिशन के लिए रागिनी को प्रेरित भी किया था।
  2. रागिनी दक्षिणी सूडान में तैनात हैं। ये देश काफी समय से हिंसा की चपेट में है। इसका सबसे ज्‍यादा खामियाजा यहां की महिलाओं और बच्‍चों को उठाना पड़ रहा है। हजारों की तादाद में यहां पर लोग अपने ही देश में शरणार्थी बनकर रह गए हैं और यूएन की मदद पर जीवन गुजार रहे हैं। ऐसे में एक महिला अधिकारी के तौर पर रागिनी यूएन के शिविरों में रह रही महिलाओं के लिए भगवान से कम नहीं हैं। रागिनी बताती हैं कि यहां पर रह रही महिलाओं को ऐसी कई तरह की परेशानियां होती हैं जो वो किसी पुरुष अधिकारी से नहीं बता सकती हैं। ऐसे में वो उनकी मौजूदगी इन महिलाओं को राहत देती है।
  3. रागिनी मानती हैं कि यहां फैली हिंसा ने बड़े पैमाने पर महिलाओं और बच्‍चों को मुश्किलों में डाला है। महिला अधिकारी के होने का फायदा ये है कि महिलाएं अपनी बात सहजता से कर पाती हैं। उन्‍होंने यूएन के वीडियो में कहा कि उन्‍हें जो फीडबैक मिलता है उससे उन्‍हें काफी सुकून मिलता है। वो कहती हैं कि उन्‍हें यहां पर आने के बाद अभूतपूर्व अनुभव हुआ है। यहां पर आकर वो उन लोगों की मदद कर पाई हैं, जो इसके सही मायने में हकदार हैं। यहां पर काम करने वाला हर व्‍यक्ति इन लोगों के लिए आशा का स्रोत है। रागिनी ने वीडियो में बताया कि यूएन मिशन की नीली टोपी पहनने के बाद उन्‍हें एक नई ताकत और संतुष्टि मिलती है। उन्‍होंने यूएन मिशन के लिए दूसरों को भी प्रेरित किया है। उनका कहना है कि आप भी ये कर सकते हैं और आपको ये जरूर करना चाहिए।

(Dainik Jagran, 9 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with US
  1. Top US diplomat Stephen Biegun to visit India

Key points:

  1. Top US diplomat Stephen Biegun will visit India from October 12 to 14 to follow up on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s October 6 conversation with Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar in Tokyo.
  2. The US Deputy Secretary of State will also hold talks ahead of a U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue later this year, according to a US State Department statement.
  3. His engagements will focus on advancing the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership and how the two sides can work together to advance peace, prosperity, and security in the Indo-Pacific and around the globe.

(Tribune India, 9 October 2020) News Link

  • US imposes tariffs on aluminum sheet from India, 17 other countries

Key points:

  1. The United States is imposing new tariffs on $1.96 billion worth of aluminum sheet products from 18 countries after determining that the goods were being dumped, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Friday.
  2. India, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey were also affected, he said.
  3. The tariff rate would be largest against Germany with 52% to 132% followed by Bahrain with rates in single digits, Ross said.

(Business Standard, 9 October 2020) News Link

  1. India and UK in final stages of signing defence logistics pact, will extend reach

Key points:

  1. India and the UK are in the final stages of signing a defence logistics sharing pact, according to people aware of the development, adding to a host of similar agreements with other Indo-Pacific nations that can expand the reach of Indian warships and aircraft in the region.
  2. “India’s military logistics pacts have the potential to substantially enhance the Indian Navy’s operational reach in the Indo-Pacific region. From Reunion to Djibouti and Salalah to Guam, India now has access to the remote reaches of the Indo Pacific. A logistics agreement with the UK will, for the first time, offer India access to naval facilities in the distant Atlantic,” said Abhijit Singh, who heads the maritime policy initiative at the Observer Research Foundation.
  3. While the practical use will be determined in the coming years, these pacts can give India access to a range of ports and military bases in the region – from major garrisons in the Gulf to the remote Keeling island in the South Indian Ocean, and strategic military locations like Okinawa and Busan.

(Business Today,9 October 2020) News Link

  • Mallya can’t be extradited till resolution of ‘secret legal’ matter: UK tells India

Key points:

  1. Indian business man Vijay Mallya. Credits: AP Photo The UK has conveyed to India that fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya cannot be extradited till the resolution of a “secret legal” matter, the Ministry of External Affairs said
  2. “Now, we have been told that there is a secret legal matter and that his extradition cannot take place without its resolution… We are in touch with the UK government,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at a media briefing.
  3. He said New Delhi has been in constant touch with the UK government after Mallya exhausted all legal remedies against his extradition to India.
  4. In June, India urged the UK not to consider any request for asylum by Mallya as there appeared to be no ground for his persecution in the country. The UK government had indicated that Mallya is unlikely to be extradited to India anytime soon, saying there is a legal issue that needed to be resolved before his extradition can be arranged. (Deccan Herald,9 October 2020) News Link
  • India and the UK set to sign two major agreements! To work together on Jet engine technology

Key points:

  1. With two major agreements in the pipeline including a Defence Logistics Agreement which is in the final stages and a Defence Training MoU in developmental stages, the UK is keen to have more partnerships in the defence sector. Last year in April the two countries had inked the Defence Technology and Industrial Capability Cooperation (DTICC) MoU.
  2. “There are a number of existing and developing partnerships and joint ventures between the UK and India at both a Government and Industry level,” says Dominic Beales Head of UK Defence & Security Exports India.
  3. “As natural defence partners, and not just supporters of ‘Make in India’, we also want to ‘Create in India’ as we develop new technologies together,” Brigadier Gavin Thompson UK Defence Adviser says.

(Financial Express,9 October 2020) News Link

  • New India-UK defence logistics pact on cards reflects policy shift in London

Key points:

  1. India and the UK are in the final stages of agreeing on a key defence logistics pact, reflecting a policy shift in London as the Boris Johnson government finalises its one-in-a-generation Integrated Review of Britain’s foreign policy, defence and international development in the post-Brexit world.
  2. Avinash Paliwal, an international relations expert at the School of Oriental and African Studies, said on Friday: “A defence logistics pact between India and the UK is significant for multiple reasons. Apart from the military strategic value of such a pact, especially in the IOR (Indian Ocean Rim), it signals a foreign policy shift on London’s part on the China and Pakistan questions”.
  3. “For long, the UK has tried to balance relations between China and the US, as well as India and Pakistan. Such a defence logistics pact affords clarity of intent i.e. the UK is increasingly wary of China, and is unlikely to let Pakistan’s sensitivities hinder a truly strategic partnership with India (something that has been the case for many years).”
  4. Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, senior fellow at IISS, said: “The UK’s once-in-a-generation security review with a tilt towards the Indo-Pacific, growing convergence on China and the recent government-to-government arms transfer pact, set the political context for boosting bilateral defence links and maritime security cooperation in the western Indian Ocean”
  5. “The defence logistics pact (unlikely to be challenged by the Labour Party under Keir Starmer’s leadership, who has also ameliorated the party’s stand on Kashmir more to India’s liking), will set a new more collaborative tone between India and the UK, and help reducing mistrust in New Delhi about the UK’s ‘pro-Pakistan’ inclinations in the long run,” he added.

(Hindustan Times,9 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bhutan
  • India, Bhutan collaborate on phase 3 trials of COVID-19 vaccine

Key points:

  1. India is collaborating with Bhutan for conducting phase-3 trials of COVID-19 vaccine even as New Delhi has sent seven consignments of essential medicines to the country since March 2020 amid the pandemic.
  2. The consignments of essential anti-COVID medicines include Paracetamol, Cetrizine, Hydroxychloroquine. Other than medicines, India has also sent medical equipment such as PPE kits, N95 masks, RT-PCR test kits, and X-ray machines to Bhutan.

(DNA India, 9 Ocotber 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 6th 2020

  • Relation with Burma
  • To counter China, India offers Myanmar a $6bn oil refinery

Key points:

  1. As China further intensifies its energy cooperation with Myanmar, India is working to ramp up its own presence in the same sector in the strategically located neighbour with a booming energy industry. The joint visit by foreign secretary Harsh Shringla and army chief MM Naravane saw the 2 countries discussing the possibility of building a petroleum refinery in Myanmar that will involve an investment of $ 6 billion.
  2. India proposes to build the refinery in the Thanlyin region near Yangon, official sources said. “As of now IOCL has evinced interest in the project,” said a source, adding that this would be a win-win arrangement for both countries. China currently accounts for almost 70 percent of foreign investments in the energy sector in Myanmar. India’s eastern neighbour, which straddles India’s Act East and Neighbourhood First policies, has very few refineries though and imports mostly account for its domestic fuel consumption.
  3. During their joint visit, Shringla and Naravane also called on State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander in Chief of Defense Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. The two sides also discussed, as the government said in a statement, maintenance of security and stability in their border areas and reiterated their mutual commitment not to allow their respective territories to be used for “activities inimical to each other”. The government appreciated Myanmar’s decision to hand over 22 Indian insurgents to India.
  4. Interestingly, Shringla and Naravane presented 3000 vials of Remdesivir to the State Counsellor. India said it was symbolic of its commitment to assist Myanmar in the fight against the pandemic. The visit also saw India underscoring its commitment to work with both Myanmar and Bangladesh for early stabilisation of the situation in the strife-torn Rakhine state. India and Myanmar upgraded a Rakhine State Development Programme (RSDP) agreement meant to address the challenges faced in agricultural productivity by using farm machinery and equipment more effectively and efficiently. This, in turn, is expected to improve the socio-economic status of the people in Rakhine, said official sources.
  5. During the visit, India also announced a grant of $ 2 million for the construction of the border haat bridge at Byanyu/Sarsichauk in Chin State that is expected to provide improved economic connectivity between Mizoram and Myanmar.

(The Times of India, 6 October 2020) News Link

  • India, Myanmar Agree To Target Operationalisation of Strategic Sittwe Port in Q1 2021

Key points:

  1. During the visit of the Indian army chief and foreign secretary to Myanmar, the two countries on Monday agreed to work towards operationalising the Sittwe port in the first quarter of 2021.
  2. Indian army chief General M.M. Naravane and foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla travelled to Myanmar on a two-day visit. They called on State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s Commander in Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
  3. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday, the ongoing India-assisted infrastructure projects such as the Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project and trilateral highway were part of the bilateral discussions. “They agreed to work towards operationalization of Sittwe Port in the Rakhine State in the first quarter of 2021,” said the official read-out.
  4. In 2010, India began work on the mega infrastructure project in Myanmar, which had several components. This project would not only link India’s north east to the southeast region, but also allow for goods to be transported from Kolkata to Sittwe and then onwards by river and roads to Mizoram.
  5. India had even signed an agreement with Myanmar government for operationalising the port in October 2018. However, conflict between the insurgent group Arakan Army and the Myanmar military had impacted the operationalisation. According to a local NGO, more than 226,000 people have been displaced inside the province due to the violence.
  6. Meanwhile, the high-level Indian visitors announced a grant of $2 million for the construction of a border haat bridge at Byanyu/Sarsichauk in Chin State to “provide increased economic connectivity between Mizoram and Myanmar.India also announced that it would import 1.5 lakh tonnes of Urad from Myanmar by March 31, 2021.
  7. During his visit to the capital, the foreign secretary also inaugurated an embassy liaison office at Nay Pyi Taw. While the planned city became Myanmar’s capital in 2006, nearly all diplomatic missions, including the Indian embassy, continue to operate from Yangon. China was the first foreign country to open an interim liaison office at Nay Pyi Taw in 2017.
  8. As part of diplomatic efforts to help Myanmar contain COVID-19, India handed over 3,000 vials of the anti-viral drug Remdesivir to Aung San Suu Kyi. Shringla also conveyed “India’s willingness to prioritize Myanmar in sharing vaccines as and when these become available”. Myanmar has reported over 18,000 cases of the viral infection and 444 deaths due to the disease.

(The Wire, 6 October 2020) News Link

  • Steps on to complete India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highways

Key points:

  1. Myanmar State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi (L) with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 1,360 km long India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway is an initiative pertaining to the three countries. India is undertaking the construction of two sections of the Trilateral Highway in Myanmar namely — the construction of 120.74 km Kalewa-Yagyi road section and construction of 69 bridges along with the approach road on the 149.70 km Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section.
  2. This is what has been informed by external affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar in a letter to Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) MP Birendra Prasad Baishya in response to a special mention he had made on September 23 in the Rajya Sabha regarding early completion of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway project.
  3. The India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highways project is aimed at opening the gate to ASEAN through the land. The project will boost trade and commerce in the ASEAN–India Free Trade Area, as well as with the rest of Southeast Asia. India has also proposed extending the highway to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
  4. Jaishankar in his letter said that India has undertaken two projects in Myanmar under the 1,360-km Trilateral Highway project that starts from Moreh in India to Mae Sot in Thailand through Myanmar. These are construction of the 120-km Kalewa-Yagyi road sections to highway standard and upgrading of 69 bridges and approach roads on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section of 150 km.

(Deccan Chronicle, 6 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Japan
  1. India, US, Japan and Australia’s Quad: A comprehensive regional construct

Key points:

  1. In a rare departure from the existing precautionary protocols of virtual Summits due to the COVID pandemic, the physical meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the four nations that comprise the QUAD(Australia, India, Japan and the United States of America) over the next two days in Tokyo assumes significance for many reasons.
  2. One of the reasons for the lack of convergence and the ineffectiveness of the Quad in developing a coherent strategy for the region is the underlying perception that it is primarily a security construct with a distinct military connotation aimed at containing China
  3. Most of the interaction amongst the Quad members have been driven by security considerations with the US making no secret of the fact that it is meant to counter the Chinese threat to both, its presence in the western Pacific and to a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.
  4. The elevation of the Quad interaction from mid-level bureaucrats to the level of Foreign Ministers has led to a more mature and nuanced approach to this construct.

(Financial Express, 6 October 2020) News Link

  1. Steps on to complete India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highways

Key points:

  1. Myanmar State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi (L) with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 1,360 km long India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway is an initiative pertaining to the three countries. India is undertaking the construction of two sections of the Trilateral Highway in Myanmar namely — the construction of 120.74 km Kalewa-Yagyi road section and construction of 69 bridges along with the approach road on the 149.70 km Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section.
  2. This is what has been informed by external affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar in a letter to Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) MP Birendra Prasad Baishya in response to a special mention he had made on September 23 in the Rajya Sabha regarding early completion of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway project.
  3. The India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highways project is aimed at opening the gate to ASEAN through the land. The project will boost trade and commerce in the ASEAN–India Free Trade Area, as well as with the rest of Southeast Asia. India has also proposed extending the highway to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
  4. Jaishankar in his letter said that India has undertaken two projects in Myanmar under the 1,360-km Trilateral Highway project that starts from Moreh in India to Mae Sot in Thailand through Myanmar. These are construction of the 120-km Kalewa-Yagyi road sections to highway standard and upgrading of 69 bridges and approach roads on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section of 150 km.

(Deccan Chronicle, 6 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Indonesia
  • Indonesia keen to enhance trade, investment ties with India: Consul General

Key points:

  1. Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Mumbai, Mr. Agus Prihatin Saptono, on Tuesday stated that Indonesia is keen to enhance the trade and investment ties with India in the areas IT, Health and Pharma, agro products, automotive components and tourism.
  2. On his first maiden visit to the Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTCCI) here, Mr Prihatin said that the objective of his visit was to meet, interact and understand the potential sector for enhancing the trade between the two countries.
  3. He mentioned online meetings in the sectors of Furniture, Spices, Food Processing to be held and sought participation of industry, for exploring business opportunities.
  4. He also invited participation in Virtual Trade Expo Indonesia scheduled on November 10 to 16, 2020.
  5. He also mentioned that India and Indonesia set USD 50 billion trade targets by 2025. Indonesia is India’s largest trade partner in goods in the ASEAN region.
  6. Our bilateral trade crossed USD 20 billion last year, he said and suggested providing information on the construction bidding process, so as to invite participation from Indonesian companies.
  7. He mentioned that Telangana State has been growing consistently and there are great opportunities to expand trade and investment, particularly in the pharma, agro and food processing, information technology, tourism, logistics, energy and manufacturing sectors.
  8. State of Telangana has set up a T-Hub, a unique platform for entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and academia to interact and collaborate, the President added.

(UNI India, 6 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Afghanistan
  • India is a strategic partner of Afghanistan: Top peace negotiator Dr Abdullah Abdullah

Key points:

  1. The Chief Afghan government Negotiator for intra-Afghan Talks,  Dr Abdullah Abdullah has lauded New Delhi’s continuous support to the government and people of Afghanistan. “India is a strategic partner of Afghanistan,” said Dr Abdullah Abdullah.
  2. His comments come as he begins his four day India visit during which he will call on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisors Ajit Doval and other top Indian officials.

(Wion News, 6 October 2020) News Link

  1. India, US, Japan and Australia’s Quad: A comprehensive regional construct

Key points:

  1. In a rare departure from the existing precautionary protocols of virtual Summits due to the COVID pandemic, the physical meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the four nations that comprise the QUAD(Australia, India, Japan and the United States of America) over the next two days in Tokyo assumes significance for many reasons.
  2. One of the reasons for the lack of convergence and the ineffectiveness of the Quad in developing a coherent strategy for the region is the underlying perception that it is primarily a security construct with a distinct military connotation aimed at containing China
  3. Most of the interaction amongst the Quad members have been driven by security considerations with the US making no secret of the fact that it is meant to counter the Chinese threat to both, its presence in the western Pacific and to a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.
  4. The elevation of the Quad interaction from mid-level bureaucrats to the level of Foreign Ministers has led to a more mature and nuanced approach to this construct.

(Financial Express, 6 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bhutan
  • India, Bhutan air transport bubble operationalized

Key points:

  1. India, Bhutan air transport bubble for easier movement of people between the 2 neighboring countries has been operationalised. Bhutan is the 3rd country in South Asia with which India has a transport air bubble.
  2. India’s envoy to Bhutan Ruchira Kamboj in a tweet announced, “#TransportBubble is ready to go! Flights between Bhutan and India have commenced and are ready to facilitate effortless travel.”

(DNA India, 6 Ocotber 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bangladesh
  1. India-Bangladesh Rail Link Work Likely To Be Completed By December: Official

Key points:

  1. A defunct railway link with Bangladesh is being revived with work on the Indian side of the border from Haldibari in north Bengal likely to be completed by December, a railway official said on Monday.
  2. The railway line from Haldibari to Chilahati in Bangladesh has been defunct after rail links between India and then East Pakistan had snapped in 1965.
  3. “On our side, tracks are ready and other works such as construction of buildings and other ancillary things will be done by December,” the NFR spokesperson said.
  4. The leadership of India and Bangladesh have stressed on the revival of pre-1965 rail links between the two countries and some of them are already functional.

(Outlook India, 6 October 2020) News Link

  • Improving border infra to further fortify ties with Bangladesh: Indian envoy

Key points:

  1. India is developing several projects and improving the border infrastructures to further strengthen its ties with Bangladesh, India’s new high commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami said in Agartala before leaving for Dhaka by road on October 5.
  2. Doraiswami, who succeeds Riva Ganguly Das as the Indian envoy in Bangladesh, said the Northeast region is central to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of stronger, resilient and modern India.
  3. “We are building infrastructure to connect India and Bangladesh and to come closer. We have developed this relationship with Bangladesh as it is the most important neighbour of India,” he told the media.
  4. “This close relationship has great value for India and Bangladesh. If our connectivity, travel, trade and people to people ties develop, it would be beneficial for both the neighbours,” he added.

(The News Mill, 6 October 2020) News Link

  1. A Webinar with H.E. Mr. Ajay Bisaria on Advancing the India-Canada Commercial and Economic Partnership

Key points:

  1. Speaking at a special web interaction organized by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) – ‘A Webinar with H.E. Mr. Ajay Bisaria on Advancing the India-Canada Commercial and Economic Partnership’, the Indian High Commissioner stated that both governments are even thinking of a less ambitious smaller byte size agreement which can be agreed on soon.
  2. “The Big story has been the Canadian investments in India by firms like Fairfax and Brookfield. India has now over US $55 Billion commitments from Canadian investors in the Indian economy. This, itself is a huge factor which defines lot of opportunities that are available in India. This money is going into infrastructure, real estate, energy, logistics and now also in Startups,” the High Commissioner said referring to the increasing capital fund investments from Canada. Canadian investors prefer to invest in India as against the OECD countries, as India offers promising return rates, or IRRs in the range of 10-20% and favourable exit options, in comparison to the mere 2-4 % returns most OECD countries offer, he informed.
  3. Mr. Bisaria also expressed confidence that greater opportunities await both countries in view of the India’s recent economic reforms, touted as the 2nd generation economic reforms in labor, agriculture, and FDI norms, aimed to boost manufacturing, infrastructure and logistics and offer India as an attractive investment destination and player in global supply chains as envisioned in Prime Minister’s clarion call for Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India).

(India Education Diary, 6 October, 2020) News Link

  • India likely to join Canada-led multilateral group tackling Covid-19 pandemic

Key points:

  1. In a sign of an upswing in India-Canada ties, India is likely to join a group of foreign ministers from several countries that is being led by Canada and is aimed at forging a common strategy to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
  2. A senior Indian official said that India is likely to join the conversation on multilateral cooperation when the next monthly meeting takes place later this month. “This is an opportunity to coordinate on issues with several countries, and another piece in the coordination with Canada,” the official said.

(Hindustan Times, 6 October, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with African countries
    • Cheetahs to be Airlifted to India from South Africa, Namibia

Key Points:

  1. Y.V. Jhala, Dean at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), has also been nominated to head the Cheetah-team for inspecting habitats where the predator can be rehabilitated, said Harsh adding that the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is appointed as the new Cheetah-Office in India via the Supreme Court Order.
  2. A sum of Rs 2.5 crore has been sanctioned to WII by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to facilitate this wild cat’s entry into India.
  3. The Asiatic Cheetah survives in Iran only and as this country is disinterested to part with it to any country, the only option left is the African Cheetah and South Africa and Namibia are apparently willing to export to India, he informed.
  4. Lauri Marker, founder-head of Cheetah Conservation Foundation in Namibia, visited India last February and discussed diverse aspects of the project with some key players.
  5. This animal basically needs open and scrub habitat promising a grass cover and abundant feed. However, India lacks such large tracts of habitats which exists in its African homes. Hence, the feed quotient raises yet another question which is “Will village population face the brunt in the suggested areas,” questions Harsh.
  6. The Asiatic cheetah, which once roamed in different parts of India, are now found in Iran.

(Weather, 6 October 2020) News Link

  • European countries
  1. Lufthansa ‘Hopeful’ Germany-India to Agree on Flight Regime

Key points:

  1. Alain Chisari, vice president of sales for Asia Pacific at Lufthansa Group Airlines, discusses the talks between Germany and India about the possible reinstating of flights between the two countries, and the carrier’s strategy for the region. Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s said last week it was pulling 23 weekly flights for the next three weeks following a clash with India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation over coronavirus-related travel curbs. Chisari speaks on “Bloomberg Markets: Asia.”

(Bloomeberg, 6 October 2020) News Link

  1. UK-India water MoU offers ‘great boost’ to trade

Key points:

  1. A new memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreed between India and the UK’s leading water sector trade association will “bring a great boost” to trading relationships between the two countries, according to British Water chief executive Lila Thompson.
  2. Thompson said that India’s Environmental Technology Verification programme is a particularly useful channel for UK technology companies seeking to enter the Indian market.
  3. “A number of companies, including British Water members, have already been selected for work on the Clean Ganges Programme and are already in the process of rolling out their pilots and demonstration projects,” she said.
  4. Dr Vinod Tare, founding head of cGanga, told the Forum that the Indian Government has to deliver and needs to bring the very best know-how, technology and best practice from around the world and to “develop a unique blend of experience from developed and developing world approaches.”
  5. Finance and investment were also major themes of the Forum, which saw participation from the City of London Corporation (CLC) and the London Stock Exchange. In her inaugural address, the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Gaitri Issar Kumar, said, “The UK is at cutting edge of innovation in the water sector and is also the leading green finance hub of the world – there are today tremendous business and investment opportunities in the Indian water sector.”
  6. Ben Cackett, CLC’s head of global exports and investments said the Indian market was a key priority for the City: “The UK and India are at the forefront of thinking how to unlock green growth and our nations recognise the transition to a sustainable future, particularly post Covid, is going to be the biggest challenge, but obviously the biggest investment opportunity too, for our generation.

(WWT Online,6 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with US
  1. क्वॉड की बैठक में चीन पर बरसे अमेरिकी विदेश मंत्री पोम्पियो, बताया दुनिया के लिए खतरा

Key points:

  1. जापान की राजधानी टोक्यों में आज हुई द क्वॉड्रिलैटरल सिक्‍यॉरिटी डायलॉग (क्‍वॉड) की दूसरी बैठक में अमेरिकी विदेश मंत्री माइक पोम्पियों चीन पर जमकर बरसे। उन्होंने चीनी कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी और चीन को एशिया के लिए खतरा करार दिया। उन्होंने कहा कि पूरी दुनिया इस समय चीन के खतरे से जूझ रही है और यही समय है कि जब हम उसके खिलाफ गंभीर होकर कोई हल निकालेंगे।
  2. पोम्पियों ने भारतीय विदेश मंत्री एस जयशंकर के बयान से सहमति जताते हुए कहा कि हम हिंद-प्रशांत क्षेत्र को मुक्‍त, खुले और समावेशी बनाए जाने को लेकर प्रतिबद्ध हैं।

(Navbharat Times, 6 October 2020) News Link

  • India, US, Japan and Australia’s Quad: A comprehensive regional construct

Key points:

  • In a rare departure from the existing precautionary protocols of virtual Summits due to the COVID pandemic, the physical meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the four nations that comprise the QUAD(Australia, India, Japan and the United States of America) over the next two days in Tokyo assumes significance for many reasons.
  • One of the reasons for the lack of convergence and the ineffectiveness of the Quad in developing a coherent strategy for the region is the underlying perception that it is primarily a security construct with a distinct military connotation aimed at containing China
  • Most of the interaction amongst the Quad members have been driven by security considerations with the US making no secret of the fact that it is meant to counter the Chinese threat to both, its presence in the western Pacific and to a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.
  • The elevation of the Quad interaction from mid-level bureaucrats to the level of Foreign Ministers has led to a more mature and nuanced approach to this construct.

(Financial Express, 6 October 2020) News Link

  1. After India’s proposal, Nepal starts discussion on Kathmandu-Raxaul Railway

Key points:

  1. Nepal government has started a discussion with various stakeholders on the proposal sent by India to conduct the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the proposed Kathmandu-Raxaul Railway.
  2. The agreement was formalised after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to this effect on the sideline of the 4th Summit of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) held in Kathmandu on August 30-31, 2018.
  3. The length of the Kathmandu-Raxaul electric railway will be 219 km with a double track and 135.87 km with a single track, according to the preliminary report. The report shows that 892 hectares of land including 13 stations and 39 tunnels will be required for the railway construction.
  4. The Indian government in its budget for 2020-21 has allocated necessary funds for the construction of the project. The electric railway link is estimated to cost around Rs 300 billion. It will run from the site of the proposed second international airport in Nijgadh after passing through Jipur of Bara district
  5. “It has been forwarded to Ministry of Health, COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre for further discussions seeking their suggestions to conduct the study amid the pandemic,” one of the high officials at MoFA said.

(New Indian Express, 6 October 2020) News Link

  • IMS Noida Organized a National Webinar on “India Nepal Relations and Future Path

Key points:

  1. Institute of Management Studies Noida (IMS Noida) along with Antar Rashtriya Sahyog Parishad Bharat organized a national webinar on “India Nepal Relations and Future Path”.
  2. IMS Noida President Rajeev Kumar Gupta said the webinar provides a clear vision about India Nepal relation and helps to aware the society about what effective measurable step we need to take for future path to maintain a friendly relation.
  3. Addressing the audience Ex Former Foreign Secretary Shashank said that India’s relation with Nepal was too good. At last he said that in the longtime Nepal will definitely get to know that relation with India was beneficial for them.
  4. Former Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri mentioned the ground reality of Nepal along with the truth that India think Nepal as their brother but Nepal doesn’t.

(Nyooz, 6 October 2020) News Link

  1. India Nepal border Dispute : भारतीय सीमा पर विशेषज्ञ समिति ने नेपाल सरकार को सौंपी रिपोर्ट

Key points:

  1. भारत से लगने वाली सीमा के बारे में ऐतिहासिक तथ्य जुटाने के लिए गठित विशेषज्ञों की समिति ने नेपाल सरकार को अपनी रिपोर्ट सौंप दी है। नेपाल सरकार ने इस समिति का गठन भारतीय इलाके कालापानी, लिपुलेख और लिंपियाधुरा पर अपने दावे को पुख्ता करने के मकसद से किया था। समिति ने अपनी रिपोर्ट विदेश मंत्री प्रदीप कुमार ज्ञावली को सौंपी है।
    (Dainik Jagran, 6 October 2020)
    News Link
  • Road Connecting Changru, Tinkar In Nepal To District Headquarters Inaugurated

Key points:

  1. The pedestrian road built by Nepal Army connecting Changru and Tinkar, the last villages along its border with China, to the district headquarters was inaugurated on October 5.
  2. The inauguration was done by Far-West Chief Minister Trilochan Bhatt. He was accompanied by several senior officials from the administration and the Army during the event.
  3. The Council of Ministers in Nepal had asked the Army to complete the 87 kilometers pedestrian road network in the region.
  4. The roads are in the vicinity of the bridge between India’s Dharchula, which lies in the Pithoragarh district, and Nepal.
  5. Nepal has been trying to strengthen its road network in the border areas after tensions with India.
    (Business World, 6 October 2020)
    News Link
  • Statement by Nepal about Bharat
  • Nepal requesting India to end onion export suspension before Dashain

Key points:

  1. बातचीत का एजेंडा नेपाल में भारत की सहायता से चल रहे प्रोजेक्ट्स बताए गए हैं| दोनों देश क्रॉस बॉर्डर ट्रेन सर्विस, एग्रीकल्चर, भूकंप के बाद री-कन्स्ट्रक्शन जैसे प्रोजेक्ट साथ कर रहे हैं।
  2. 2016 में नेपाल के तब के प्रधानमंत्री पुष्प कमल दहल उर्फ प्रचंड भारत आए थे। दोनों देशों ने आपसी विवाद सुलझाने और सहयोग बढ़ाने के लिए मैकेनिज्म तैयार किया था। 17 अगस्त को इसी मैकेनिज्म के तहत 8वीं बातचीत होगी।
  3. नेपाल की तरफ से विदेश मंत्रालय में सचिव शंकर दास बैरागी शामिल होंगे।

(Online Khabar, 6 October 2020) News Link

  1. Joint meeting of Nepal-India security officials heldKey points:
  2. The meeting dwelt on various issues and decided to control cross-border crime, maintain peace and security and check smuggling, among others.
  3. Similarly, Bihar Assembly elections are slated for October 28, September 3 and 7.The meeting decided to seal the Indo-Nepal border for three days and halt people’s movement along the border.
  4. The joint district-level meeting of Nepal and India’s districts along the Nepal-India border takes place twice a year. This meeting was conducted as per the same provision.

(The Himalayan Times, 6 October 2020) News Link

  1. कुलभूषण जाधव का केस लड़ने से पाकिस्तानी वकीलों का इनकार, क्या बिना सुनवाई होगा फैसला?

Key points:

  1. पाकिस्तानी अदालत में कैद भारतीय नागरिक कुलभूषण जाधव का केस लड़ने से पाकिस्तानी वकीलों ने साफ इनकार कर दिया है। इन वकीलों को इस्लामाबाद हाईकोर्ट ने जाधव की तरफ से केस लड़ने के लिए चुना था। पाकिस्तानी सरकार पहले ही उनकी तरफ से पैरवी करने के लिए भारतीय वकीलों को शामिल करने से मना कर चुकी है।
  2. इस्लामाबाद हाईकोर्ट ने पाकिस्तान के दो सबसे वरिष्ठ वकीलों आबिद हसन मिंटो और मखदूम अली खान से सहायता मांगी थी। दोनों ने खेद व्यक्त करते हुए कुलभूषण जाधव की ओर से कोर्ट में पेश होने से इनकार कर दिया है। उन्होंने हाईकोर्ट के रजिस्ट्रार कार्यालय को अपने फैसले के बारे में सूचित किया है। आबिद हसन मिंटो ने कहा कि वह सेवानिवृत्त हो गए हैं और अब वकालत नहीं करेंगे। वहीं, मखदूम अली खान ने अपनी व्यस्तताओं का हवाला दिया है।
  3. पाकिस्तान ने कुलभूषण जाधव के मामले में कोई भारतीय वकील या क्वींस कांउसल नियुक्त किए जाने की भारत की मांग को पहले ही खारिज कर चुका है। पाकिस्तान ने कहा था कि हमने भारत को सूचित किया है कि केवल उन वकीलों को पाकिस्तानी अदालतों में उपस्थित होने की अनुमति है जिनके पास पाकिस्तान में वकालत करने का लाइसेंस है। इस परिस्थिति में कोई बदलाव नहीं किया जा सकता। क्वींस काउंसल एक ऐसा बैरिस्टर या अधिवक्ता होता है, जिसे लॉर्ड चांसलर की सिफारिश पर ब्रिटिश महारानी के लिये नियुक्त किया जाता है।
  4. इससे पहले पाकिस्तान की संसद ने उस अध्यादेश को चार महीने के लिए विस्तार दे दिया जिसके तहत जाधव को हाई कोर्ट में अपील करने का मौका मिला है। इंटरनैशनल कोर्ट ऑफ जस्टिस ने आदेश पर पाकिस्तान यह अध्यादेश लाया था। जाधव तक राजनयिक पहुंच देने से मना किए जाने पर भारत ने 2017 में पाकिस्तान के खिलाफ आईसीजे का रुख किया था और एक सैन्य अदालत द्वारा उन्हें जासूसी और आतंकवाद के आरोप में अप्रैल 2017 में सुनाई गई मौत की सजा को चुनौती दी थी।

(Navbharat Times, 6 October 2020) News Link

  • Imran Khan claims Pakistan handled Covid better than India, but data says it’s complicated

Key points:

  1. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has claimed that the country has handled the coronavirus pandemic much better than India through the government’s ‘smart lockdown’.
  2. In episode 585 of ‘Cut the Clutter’, ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta analysed whether Pakistan has actually been more successful than India in controlling the pandemic.When “dumb data’ on the number of cases and deaths per million from Pakistan is multiplied by 6.5, to equalise it with India’s population, we find that India has 22 times more cases than Pakistan, said Gupta
  3. Similarly, deaths due to Covid in India are 2.5 times more than Pakistan, he added. “Looking at this data, it seems that Pakistan is handling it enormously better than India”, he said.

(The Print, 6 October 2020) News Link

  • Scroll gives space to Pakistani author to blame India for tensions between the two countries

Key points:

  1. Scroll has republished an article initially published on Pakistani media outlet Dawn where Hindutva and India were blamed for a lack of peace between India and Pakistan. The article, authored by one Jawed Naqvi, was supposed to be a eulogy to the late Jaswant Singh but instead it becomes obvious through the course of it that it’s actual purpose is absolving Pakistan of all its sins.
  2. The article used fancy words to cloak the real source of tensions between the two countries. India and Pakistan are destined to be each other’s enemies due to the circumstances which led to the creation of the Republics in 1947. It would be extremely difficult for either of the two countries to look past the events of that period.

(Op India, 6 October 2020) News Link

  • Army JCO killed in Pakistan shelling along LoC in Jammu-Kashmir

Key points:

  1. A junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the army was killed in heavy shelling by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, officials said.
  2. This was the fourth fatal casualty in ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the past five days. “A JCO was killed in unprovoked Pakistani firing and shelling in Nowshera sector of Rajouri,” the officials said
  3. Three army personnel were killed and five others injured in Pakistani firing and shelling on forward posts in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch and Naugam sector of Kupwara district on October 1.

(Hindustan Times, 6 October 2020) News Link

  1. India-China faceoff: 72,500 Sig assault rifles ordered for soldiers deployed at LAC in Ladakh

Key points:

  1. A new batch of 72,500 Sig-16 assault rifles from the US will be given to the Indian Army soldiers deployed on the China front in eastern Ladakh.
  2. The Indian government has approved the acquisition of the second batch of around 72,500 Sig Sauer assault rifles from the US under fast-track procedures for the Army.
  3. Amid the ongoing India-China border dispute, the Indian Army is going to place another order of 72,000 Sig 716 assault rifles from the US
  4. The Indian Army had been trying to replace their standard INSAS assault rifles for many years but attempts failed due to one reason or the other.

(India Today, 6 October 2020) News Link