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PM Modi's Visit to Japan | An Analysis

PM Modi’s Visit to Japan from 10–12 November 2016, was a part of the Annual Bilateral Meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This was the third bilateral meeting as part of the ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’ and eighth bilateral meet between the two Prime Ministers of India and Japan. In the last Annual Bilateral …

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Time to introduce ‘Universal Basic Income’

The recent demonetisation has spurred the fears of decreased demand, i.e. low circulation of money supply as one of its effects, especially by the erstwhile hoarders of black money. Lower money supply can impact GDP growth by reduced consumption expenditure in the near term as there is a temporary liquidity crunch because of the government …

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MTCR, NSG, Australia Group and Wassenaar Arrangement

MTCR: What is the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)? Established in April 1987, it is a voluntary association of 34 countries — 35, once India is formally included — and four “unilateral adherents” that follow its rules: Israel, Romania, Slovakia, Macedonia. The group aims to slow the spread of missiles and other unmanned delivery technology …

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International Solar Alliance

On the sidelines of the plenary 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference – 21st yearly Conference of Parties at Paris, India has pledged to reduce 33-35% of its carbon emissions (at 2005 level) by 2030. Also, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Francois Hollande has launched an ambitious initiative called ‘International Solar Energy Alliance’. Origin …

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Transnational Corporations and sovereignty

In the last few decades the activities of transnational corporations aided by tax havens on one side and terrorists on the other side have destroyed the concept of nation state and its sovereignty evolved after the 30 years’ war in 1648 in Westphalia. What is Westphalian sovereignty? Westphalian sovereignty is the principle of international law …

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Contemporary issues between India and Pakistan

You cannot defeat an enemy whom you cannot define. If Pakistan is sponsoring terrorism against India, then Pakistan is an enemy state. Realpolitik says we should accept it without any mincing of words. Apparently, India has failed to realise this earlier but it has slowly started to make peace with this reality. India has been …

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UDAN

The Civil Aviation Ministry recently launched its Regional Connectivity Scheme called UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik). Aim Of The Scheme It is aimed to connect a large number of unconnected places and people through the network of airways. Features of UDAN Fares capped at Rs 2,500 for one-hour flight for 50% of the seats and the remaining …

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Nuclear Deal | Indian – Japan

A historic ‘Civil Nuclear Deal’ with Japan was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan, which was in limbo from the last one decade. Apart from the advanced technology and material assistance, India has a lot to gain from this landmark agreement. Nuclear Deal | Benefits The deal is critical to India’s renewable …

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Demonetisation of Indian Currency

Demonetisation of the Indian currency was a surgical strike against black economy, which was initiated with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that RBI was cancelling the legal tender of high denomination currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. An expected hullaballoo followed the announcement with people getting restless about the second demonetization drive …

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