During the visit of Indian Prime Minster (PM) to Greece, both the countries has upgraded their relations to a ‘strategic partnership’ and pledged to double trade by 2030.
Highlights of the visit:
What does upgrading ‘strategic ties’ mean?
Why Relations with Greece is significant for India?
Recently, India Smart Cities Awards (ISAC) has been announced for the year 2022.
India Smart Cities Award Contest (ISAC), 2022:
A total of 845 nominations were received for ISAC 2022 out of which 66 final winners have been identified in various categories.
Criteria for selection of cities:
Smart Cities Mission:
The State of India’s Birds (SoIB) 2023, released recently finds that while a few bird species like the Indian peafowl are thriving in India, many are in decline.
Highlights of the Report:
Status of Bird in India:
Great Indian bustards, for instance, are ground-dwellers and are restricted to open habitats such as grasslands that are broadly known as open natural ecosystems or ONEs.
In his address to the nation on Independence Day 2023, Prime Minister has talked about India showing the world how to combat climate change. For this, Cleantech can deliver on development and climate action in the country’s rural areas.
What is Cleantech?
Need for Cleantech:
What are the objectives of Cleantech?
The Global Biodiversity Framework Fund (GBFF) was ratified and launched at the Seventh Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Vancouver, Canada.
The Global Environment Facility:
About the Global Biodiversity Framework Fund (GBF-Fund):
Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework:
Under the new move to pursue arbitration India and Iran has drafted a foreign arbitration clause under rules framed by the UN Commission on International Trade Law which will help firm up longer-term agreement on Chabahar.
About the arbitration clause:
Why this was important for India?
UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL):
Union Minister for Education Dharmendra Pradhan along with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister laid the foundation for the Central Tribal University in Vizianagaram district, Andhra Pradesh.
The Defence Ministry has signed a contract with Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), Visakhapatnam, to acquire five Fleet Support Ships (FSS) at an overall cost of Rs 19,000 crore.
About the deal:
Recently, the Prime Minister mentioned that India will celebrate August 23 as ‘National Space Day’ from now on to mark the successful touchdown of Chandrayaan-3 mission’s lander on the lunar surface.
With the recent step of BRICS to include six more countries to its alliance, the organisation found a new purpose with its expansion, but also more contradictions.
The Recent Expansion
BRICS: Origin & growth
Contradictions around BRICS
Recently, the Poland has reported that Russia is transferring tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus, altering regional security and NATO dynamics. European strategic dialogues highlights geography's profound impact on nations' behaviour, shaped by location, resources, history, and culture.
Poland’s rivalry for Russia
Growth and global stance
There is an estimation of increase in LegalTech's growth to 69.7 billion dollars by 2032, led by US and Europe, while Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries faces challenges and declining growth in terms of Technology inclusion.
LegalTech industry in India
Challenges of Technology
This following brief delves into India's evolving fiscal federalism, necessitating reconsideration amidst shifting dynamics.
Evolution and Key Challenges
Key Focus Areas for Reform
Enhancing Fiscal Transparency and Balance
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