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Latest Happening in Foreign Affairs

Latest Updates on:   26-02-2021

Ministry of Loneliness: in japan.

 

Chine became the largest Trading Partner in 2020: China regained its position as India’s top trade partner in 2020, as New Delhi’s reliance on imported machines outweighed its efforts to curb commerce with Beijing after a bloody border conflict. Two-way trade between the longstanding economic and strategic rivals stood at $77.7 billion last year, according to provisional data from India’s commerce ministry. Although that was lower than the previous year’s $85.5 billion total, it was enough to make China the largest 

 

India & Indonesia reached to an agreement: about Visa facility & Leather Technology.

 

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR): signed a MoU with  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  to support the development, conduct and promotion of health research in India. 

 

India & Myanmar started kaladan multi modal transit transport project: is a US$484 million project connecting the eastern Indian seaport of Kolkata with Sittwe seaport in Rakhine State , Myanmar by sea.

 

Pakistan Test Cricket Side: became the 1st Test Cricket team to register 100 T-20 matches wins.

 
America: rejoins United Nations Human Rights Council.
 

►"Shahtoot Dam": this is the Dam to be erected by India in Kabul Province on Kabul River in Afghanistan. To facilitate the city with Drinking, Irrigation & Environmental water.

 

New Start Treaty: USA & Russia extended this treaty among them for next 5 years.

 

UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapon entered into Force: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted by the Conference (by a vote of 122 States in favour (with one vote against and one abstention) at the United Nations on 7 July 2017, and opened for signature by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on 20 September 2017, & entered into force on 22 January, 2021.

 

India's Visionary Foreign(COVID-19) policy: India has been sending the vaccines for COVID-19 without any bias, & this policy started showing its results. Brazilian PM made a twit saying thanks, showing "Hanuman" the character of epic 'Ramayana' who saved life of another character with Sanjivani, the drug. Here, the PM termed India as "Hanuman' & the vaccine as 'Sanjivani', thus aptly connecting to the feeling of people Of India

                                                                                                              

 

India released its draft of Policy on Arctic Area:  A first-of-a-kind initiative, the policy has been put out for comments from the public, articulates India’s desire to push the frontiers of science forward. But more than just about research, sustainability, and connectivity, the document is an assertion of India’s global ambitions. A welcome step in the right direction, the draft policy says India’s engagement with the Arctic has been multi-dimensional. “Within the span of a little over a decade, it has grown from a modest station at Svalbard to encompass a wide range of activities.” 

 

"COVID maitri": is the name given to the initiative launched by India, to provide the indigenous COVID-19 vaccines to all neighbouring nations without fail & delay, thus fostering foreign relations.

                                                                                                                

 

India & Ujbekistan: Inked a pact in the field of Solar Energy.

 

India is Helping the World following its tradition: India is sending the consignments containing 'Made in India' vaccine of COVID-19, with the old Tradition of "May all be free from Disease" imprinted on the packet.

                                                                                                                  

 

7 nations met sanctions from UN: These nations got a sanction of  "No-Vote". These nations are Iran, Niger, Central African Republic, Kenya,  South Sudan & Zimbabwe. 

 

Other Neighbouring Nations: don't need to wait too long, will get their consignment soon.

                                                                                                                   

 

"Neighbour 1st": India iterated its foreign Policy of "Neighbour 1st" & assured its neighbour that they will get the supply of Indian Vaccine for COVID-19 as soon as possible. Started from Bangladesh, India started dispatching the needed vaccine in the hours of Pandemic.

                                                                                                                    wednesday is 20 january 2021.

 

Russia makes an exit from: "Open Sky Treaty".

 

USA declared Cuba: a state sponsor of Terrorism. This is for the 2nd time that Cuba is put in this list, Cuba was first placed on the list in 1982 under Reagan but was removed in 2015 by Obama as part of a   normalization of relations.

 

Oldest Cave Painting: It was found in Sulawesi Island in Indonesia. The cave painting uncovered in South Sulawesi consists of a figurative depiction of a warty pig, a wild boar that is endemic to     this Indonesian island. Archaeologists have discovered the world's oldest known cave art — a life-sized picture of a wild pig that was painted at least 45,500 years ago in Indonesia.

 

Tesla to set up its manufacturing plant and R & D facility in India.: Hence, India is able to lure foreign investments

                                                                                                                

 

The Line City: Saudi Arabia unveils THE LINE, a linear development of smart cities connected without cars, a 170 kilometer (106 mile) belt of communities connected without the need for cars or roads. described as ‘a revolution in urban living’, the project has been put forward as a blueprint for how people can co-exist in harmony with the planet. THE LINE will be completely free of cars and streets, with residents given access to nature and all of their daily needs within a walking distance of five minutes. furthermore, the team behind the project says that the linear development of hyper-connected AI-enabled communities will be powered by 100% clean energy.

 

"Focus Country": it has been decided to designate 'Bangla Desh' as "Focus Country" in 51st India International Film Festival to be held in Goa.

 

India in UNO: India to chair 3 important committees of UNSC, India began its eighth term as a non-permanent member of the UNSC recently. These 3 summits are:

   1) the Taliban Sanctions Committee 2) the Counterterrorism Committee(term will begin in 2022. 3) The Libya Sanctions Committee.

                                                                                                                                       

 

Pakistan: tested successfully, a Rocket System, named Fateh-1.

 

'Twitter' closed the account of Incumbent/outgoing President of USA, permanently: Donald Trump's Account.

                                                                                                                                      

 
India & Japan struck a pact for Co-Operation: in sending & accepting skilled Indian workers having qualified skills and had passed the Japanese Language test.
 
Nancy Pelosi:   Nancy Pelosi is re-elected as Speaker of the House with a narrow Democratic majority
 

Japan in Eye-5 group: this group has Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain & United States of America.

                                                                                                                             

 

Malala Yousafzai Scholarship act: led in USA, which will expand the number of scholarships available to Pakistani women to receive higher education under a merit and needs-based programme.    \

    Read more at:  https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/us-congress-passes-malala-yousafzai-scholarship-act-for-pakistani-women/article33491130.ece

                                                                                                                                                               

 

Kzakistan: abolished capital Punishment.

 

Engand Govt. Plans to  Ban advertizements of online unhealthy snacks: to tackle the problem of obesity in Children.

India in UN security council: India has been elected for UNSC for 2 years. India  begun its two-year tenure as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on               January 1. India sit in the 15-nation UNSC for the 2021-22 term as a non-permanent member — the eighth time that the country has had a seat on the powerful horseshoe table. Other four countries which     were too, inducted in, are Norway, Kenya, Ireland & Mexico.

Indian Pvt. Co. Larson & Tubro: Built Ahmad Bin Ali  stadium in Al Rayan in Qatar, which will host Matches of FIFA Football World Cup 2021.

Updates on:  Thursday, 31 December 2020

 

Hawaii Island's Volcano Kilauea: this Volcano in USA's Island erupted.  Read more at https://phys.org/news/2020-12-hawaii-kilauea-volcano-erupts-usgs.html

 

Singapore's hawker culture: added to UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage.

   Read more at: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapores-hawker-culture-added-to-unesco-list-of-intangible-cultural-heritage

 

India gave 1 million $ to WADA.

 

India-Bangladesh Railway Service: started from Chilahati(Bangladesh) to Haldibadi(India)

 

India-Norway Pact: to clean Ganga.

 

Chief-Guest of Republic Day Celebration: British P.M. Boris Johnson is invited for the occassion.

 

"Air-Bubble" between India & Nepal: both countries agreed to resume Air-Bubble plan in Aviation.

 

15k Rohingyas back to Bangladesh: Bangladesh shifted back some 15, 000 Rohingyas to Bhashan Char Island..

 

Oman-India Friendship Association:  Oman recently announced to establish Friendship association with India. This will the first of such initiative in West Asia. It was announced during a bilateral discussion held between the foreign ministers of the country. The bilateral discussion was held virtually on the backdrop of recent trip by the External Affairs Minister of India Shri S.. Jaishankar.

 

"Ambedkar House in London": Britain has decided to convert this building into a Museum.

 

US pulls out of Open Skies Treaty:  The State Department has declared that the United States is no longer a party to the Treaty on Open Skies, a decades-old treaty that permits member countries to conduct short-notice, unarmed, reconnaissance flights over other countries to collect data on military forces and activities. 

   Read more at: https://indianexpress.com/article/world/us-officially-withdraws-from-open-skies-transparency-pact-7062095/

 

New Zealand  P.M. Ardern:  declared Climate Emergency in the nation in a symbolic step to increase pressure for action to combat global warming.

    Read more at https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/New-Zealands-PM-Ardern-Set-to-Declare-Climate-Emergency-20201126-0020.html

 

Pakistan passed an Act: which prescribes the punishment of Castration to the Rape Convict.

 

Newly elected M.P. of New Zealand: Dr. Gaurav Sharma(An indo-Kiwi) took his oath to the house in Sanskrit.

 

Indo-Americans in Joe-Biden's Team:

 

More Mobile Apps: India decides to ban 43 more Mobile Apps to ban.   

 

India aids Bangladesh: The Indian Army on Tuesday gifted 20 fully-trained military horses and 10 mine-detection dogs to Bangladesh as part of the country's efforts to further strengthen bilateral ties. The equines and canines were trained by the Remount and Veterinary Corps of the Indian Army.

 

Indo-Dutch Centre for Excellance of Vegetables & Flowers: has been opened in Wayanad District of Kerala.

To read more, click this link, https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/indo-dutch-centre-of-excellence-for-vegetables-flowers-opens-in-kerala/articleshow/79084394.cms

 

ICICI Bank: shuts downits functioning in Sri Lanka. ICICI bank 

To read more, click this link: https://www.psuconnect.in/news/icici-bank-shut-its-operations-in-sri-lanka-/25241

 

Sittwe Port: Strategic Importance and Key Benefits for India and Myanmar, India and Myanmar agreed to work towards the operationalization of Strategic Sittwe Port in the first quarter of 2021.

 To  read more, click this link  https://consult-myanmar.com/2020/10/15/india-myanmar-agree-to-open-sittwe-port-in-2021/
 
INS Sidhuvir: India to deliver kilo class submarine INS Sindhuvir to Myanmar Navy. 

To read more, visit this link:   https://theprint.in/defence/india-to-deliver-kilo-class-submarine-ins-sindhuvir-to-myanmar-navy/524450/