15 July, 2020

  • EU, India to meet on resuming FTA negotiations (Economy and International Relations)
  • Lost opportunity (EDIT, International Relations)
  • China making deep inroads into Iran (International Relations)
  • ICMR caution on itolizumab, tocilizumab (Science And technology)
  • Centre limits duration of online school sessions (Social Issues)
  • The stand-off and China's India policy dilemma (EDIT, International Relations)
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    EU, INDIA TO MEET ON RESUMING FTA NEGOTIATIONS

    Seven years after talks on a free trade agreement were suspended, India and the European Union (EU) are set to agree on a “High-level dialogue on Trade and Investment” to restart negotiations. The announcement is expected at a virtual “EU-India Summit” led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, who will engage with President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, accompanied by High Representative Josep Borrell.        

    • India-EU FTA
    • Major issues to be discussed
    • Maritime security dialogue
    • Free Trade Agreement

     

    LOST OPPORTUNITY – EDITORIAL + INDIA DROPPED FOR NOT INVOLVING ACTIVELY IN RAIL PROJECT, SAYS IRAN

    India and Iran had signed an agreement to construct a rail line from Chabahar port to Zahedan, along the border with Afghanistan. Now Iran has started the development of the rail line on its own. Iran has cited delays from the Indian side in funding and starting the project.

    • Iran has dropped India from the Chabahar rail project
    • Why India Delayed the construction?
    • Why is it a cause of concern?
    • Iran-China to finalise 25 years Strategic Partnership

     

    CHINA MAKING DEEP INROADS INTO IRAN

    Iran and china are in an advanced stage of finalising the agreement that would allow China to expand its presence in banking, telecommunications, ports, railways and several other sectors in the Islamic Republic in return for heavily discounted oil for 25 years.

    • Iran-China to finalise 25 years Strategic Partnership
    • $400-billion Long-term Agreement
    • Areas of Convergences
    • Economy
    • Geo-Strategy
    • Consequence of the deal for India

     

    ICMR CAUTION ON ITOLIZUMAB, TOCILIZUMAB

    There is yet no evidence from trials that itolizumab and tocilizumab, two drugs, one of which has been developed by Bengaluru-based Biocon Biologics, reduce death in severely ill COVID-19 patients, Director-General of the ICMR Balram Bhargava said at a Health Ministry press briefing.

    • COVID Drugs – itolizumab & tocilizumab
    • About the drugs
    • Cytokine Response and Cytokine Storm

     

    GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE EDUCATION – PRAGYATA    

    HRD Ministry has releases guidelines for online education - ‘Pragyata’ (Plan, Review, Arrange, Guide, Yak(talk), Assign, Track, and Appreciate.

    • Pragyata’ - Plan, Review, Arrange, Guide, Yak(talk), Assign, Track, and Appreciate
    • Online Classes Guidelines for Class 1-8
    • Guidelines prepared by NCERT
    • Rationale for the guideline
    • Data collected by National Sample Survey

     

    THE STAND-OFF AND CHINA’S INDIA POLICY DILEMMA - LEAD ARTICLE 

    This Article highlights two sides of debates going on in China regarding China’s position in case India and China engages in military combat along their borders.         

    • How the hardliners view current border dispute in Galwan?
    • Another Face of Debate in China – Pragmatists
    • Advantage & Disadvantage for Both India and China in case of conflict
    • Chinese Dilemma
    • Lessons for India
    Comments

    MRITUNJAY RAI 2 weeks ago

    baideu

    Rashmi R 2 weeks ago

    GPS - Global Positioning System......Is this correct sir ?

    Toshant Kargwal 2 weeks ago

    Kindly check point no. 3 of Repo Rate. It seems to be written just opposite. Should not it have been the REVERSE REPO RATE ? Please Correct.

    khoirom 2 weeks ago

    BeiDou  : chinese GPS