Lithium:

GS Paper 3: Syllabus: Developments in science and technology.   Context: With the EV industry growing rapidly, the demand for lithium, an essential resource for EV battery makers, has surged along.   Significance: It is estimated that if the entirety of ore from the African mines are extracted, it will be sufficient to meet the …

Organization of Islamic Cooperation:

GS Paper 2: Syllabus: Important International Institutions.   Context: India has hit out at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) after it condemned the derogatory comments made by two BJP leaders on Prophet Muhammed and Islam. India’s strong response came while several countries, including India’s crucial Gulf partner, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and security …

Organization of Islamic Cooperation:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International Institutions.   Context: India  has condemned the “motivated and misleading statement” made by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which expressed deep concerns over what it called “continued attacks on Muslims in India” and called upon the international community to take necessary measures.   What’s the issue? OIC …

Lithium mining:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Developments in science and technology.   Context: Serbians have been taking to the streets, blocking main roads and bridges and halting traffic, to protest against Rio Tinto’s plans to mine lithium in the Jadar valley near Lozinca town in the country.   Potential: As reported by Reuters, the mine would …

Organization of Islamic Cooperation:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International Institutions.   Context: After years, Iran diplomats return to Saudi Arabia to take up posts in Islamic forum. Arrival of Iranian delegation to Organization of Islamic Cooperation marks first such diplomatic move between Tehran, Riyadh since ties cut in 2016.   Background: In 2016, protesters attacked Saudi diplomatic …

Organization of Islamic Cooperation:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International Institutions.   Context: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had recently called for a meeting in Islamabad to find ways to help Afghanistan avert an imminent economic collapse they say would have a “horrendous” global impact. The summit brought together dozens of Foreign Ministers as well as the …

Chinese firms eye Afghanistan’s lithium:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: India and neighbourhood relations.   Context: A number of Chinese companies have already begun “on-site inspections” of possible projects to tap lithium deposits in Afghanistan, having received the green light to do so from the Taliban regime.   Background: Lithium is one of many resources in Afghanistan present in large deposits …

International Criminal Court:

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: The international criminal court’s new prosecutor has asked the court to relaunch an inquiry into alleged crimes against humanity committed by the Taliban and supporters of the Islamic State in Afghanistan since 2003. ICC has notified the Taliban via Afghanistan’s …

What did America achieve in Afghanistan in 20 years?

GS Paper 2: Topic covered: International relations   Context: The recent withdrawal of USA troops from Afghanistan after nearly two decades of waging war on terror An analysis of America’s achievements in Afghanistan in last 20 years USA under President Biden is contesting that it has significantly thwarted the Al-Qaeda terrorist network operating out of …

India envoy in Doha meets Taliban leader

GS Paper 2 Topics covered: International relations   Context: Official meeting between representatives of India and Taliban leaders in Qatar recently More on the news Indian Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal met with the head of the Taliban’s political office, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai This is the first public engagement between India and the regime …