India finally holds talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban govt:

GS Paper 2: Syllabus: India’s neighbourhood relations.   Afghanistan’s Taliban govt: Context: For the first time since the Taliban takeover, India has sent an official delegation to Afghanistan, led by J.P. Singh, joint secretary at MEA.   Areas of discussion: Resumption of stalled infrastructure projects, activation of diplomatic ties, and restarting the issue of visas …

Afghan facing acute food crisis:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.   Context: Executive director of the World Food Programme has said that Afghanistan is on the brink of one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises with more than half the country facing “acute” food shortages.   What’s the …

What is the ‘food emergency’ in Sri Lanka?

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: India and its neighbours.   ‘food emergency’  Context: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared Emergency regulations pertaining to the distribution of essential food items.   As per the regulations: Authorities are empowered to provide essential food items at a “concessionary rate” to the public by purchasing stocks of essential food …

To contain food prices, Sri Lanka declares economic emergency

GS Paper 2: Topics covered: International relations   Context: President of Sri Lanka declared an economic emergency on account to contain inflation which saw a huge spike after a steep fall in valuation of its currency caused a spike in food prices What precipitated this unprecedented move? Since November 2019, the value of Sri Lankan …

How and why should India deal with Afghanistan now? 

GS Paper 2   Context:  Taliban recently seized more major cities and raced to take full control of Afghanistan with the U.S. and Britain deploying troops to evacuate their citizens.  What is the issue?  Non-governmental player Taliban has been making advances to return to power with sheer display of violence after USA’s decision of withdrawal from …