Current Affairs

Potential of India-France relationship for Africa, Indo-Pacific

On 14th July 2021, France celebrated its National Day. On this occasion, the French Embassy in India said that ‘commitment, resilience, solidarity’ are three principles that define the Indo-French strategic partnership. Recently, the Indo-French ties have become more crucial and needed than at any time. France has always been a steadfast supporter and a ‘friend in need’ for India. As a part of self-reliance and deterrence, when New Delhi tested

Nepal Supreme Court orders appointment of Sher Bahadur Deuba as PM

Yesterday, Nepal Supreme Court delivered a verdict to reinstate the House of Representatives that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had dissolved. It also ordered the appointment of Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba as the Prime Minister of the nation within two days. Traditionally, the Nepali Congress and SB Deuba are considered pro-India, while Sharma Oli has a certain China-leaning. These developments may come as a setback to China. Overall,

S Jaishankar meets Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov

Taliban has recently claimed that it now controls over 80% of the territory in Afghanistan. It has not only rattled the Afghan government but raised concerns across Asia. Worried at these reports, Russia has said that it is prepared to activate its military base in Tajikistan against the advancing Taliban. Meanwhile, the Indian External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar, is on a strategically crucial visit to Russia. In Moscow, while

चिनी हुकूमत

ऑस्ट्रेलिया को पश्‍चिमी देशों से अलग करने की चीन की कोशिश – अमरिकी वरिष्ठ अधिकारी का आरोप वॉशिंग्टन/कैनबेरा/बीजिंग – चीन ‘ऑस्ट्रेलिया को समविचारी पश्‍चिमी देशों के गुट से अलग करने की कोशिश कर रहा हैं’, ऐसा अमरीका का विचार है। ऑस्ट्रेलिया पर इसका क्या असर पड़ेगा और क्या ऑस्ट्रेलिया के नज़रिये में इससे बदलाव आता है, यही उद्देश्‍य इसके पीछे है’, यह आरोप ‘इंडो-पैसिफिक’ क्षेत्र के लिए नियुक्त अमरीका के

China will replace US in Afghanistan after US troop withdrawal

Last week, the US troops left the Bagram Airbase, the largest US military base in Afghanistan. However, the Afghan Commander of Bagram base, Gen. Mir Asadullah Kohistani, said that the Americans left overnight without informing them. The step could be security caution exercised by the United States. However, overall, it shows the US is in a hurry to leave Afghanistan. With the US so much pressed to withdraw troops even

SIPRI reports Pakistan expanding its Nuclear Weapons program

SIPRI or Stockholm International Peace Research Institute recently released some reports about the state of nuclear weapons across the globe. One of the reports says that Pakistan is increasing its capacity to produce plutonium for use in nuclear weapons. Another SIPRI report also states that the number of nuclear weapons in Pakistan has crossed the figure that India possesses. Although India is not worried about the growing atomic arsenal of

France to continue military operations in Mali

West Africa and the Sahel region have been natural spheres of influence for France since the colonial days. However, over the last few years, France is increasingly facing threats here. Some of the recent incidents highlight this challenge. Last month, France suspended military ties and $12 million in aid to the Central African Republic (CAR). France is reportedly upset at the anti-French disinformation campaign in CAR. Moreover, it has objected

Indian Navy expands to global Blue Water Navy force

Recently, navies of India and Greece held joint naval exercises near Crete islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean is turning into a hotly contested region after Turkey has laid its illegal claims to it. The apparent reason for Turkish claims is the rich energy deposits that this water body has. Thus, organising such an exercise when Turkey is openly and tacitly helping Pakistan against India sends a strong signal

El Salvador plan of Bitcoin as legal tender in trouble

El Salvador is a Latin American nation. Famous for volcanos, the small yet thickly populated country recently became known for being the first nation to legalise Bitcoin. El Salvador uses the US Dollar as a legal tender as it is one of the few nations that doesn’t have its own currency. Before taking the Bitcoin legalisation proposal to the national assembly for approval, President Nayib Bukele wrote, “It will bring

रक्षा क्षेत्र से जुडी गतिविधियां

देेश की पहली स्वदेश ड्रोन डिफेन्स डोम सिस्टिम ‘इंद्रजाल’ विकसित नई दिल्ली – हाल ही में जम्मू के वायुसेना के अड्डे पर ड्रोन द्वारा दो आतंकवादी हमले किए गए थे। देश में पहली बार इस प्रकार ड्रोन द्वारा हमले हुए हैं। इससे सुरक्षा यंत्रणा के सामने नईं चुनौतियाँ खड़ी हुईं हैं। इस पृष्ठभूमि पर एक गौरतलब खबर सामने आई है। रोबोटिक्स क्षेत्र में काम करनेवाली ‘ग्रेन रोबोटिक्स’ इस प्राइवेट कंपनी