April, 2013

Arab League agrees with on land swaps

The Arab League agrees to accept an arrangement which will allow Israelis and Palestinians to go ahead with land swaps to resolve their differences. This will be a marked departure from the current mindset of strictly stricking to the pre-1967-war positions. The 22-nation Arab League agrees to the land swap proposal following a meeting with US Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry in Washington, USA.

Japan and Russia announce that they will revive talks

Japan and Russia announce that they will revive talks on ending a long-standing territorial dispute. The announcement is made during visiting Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe’s talks with Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Besides, wary of China’s growing global influence, the two sides agree to shore up bilateral trade ties. As many as 20 economic cooperation agreements are signed between the two sides during Mr. Abe’s visit.

Myanmar displaced deadly religious unrest

A commission set up by the Government of Myanmar says that the Rohingya Muslims, displaced by deadly religious unrest in the country’s western State of Rakhine, are in need of urgent help. The commission’s report recommends flooding the area with troops to stem further conflict.

Infiltrating Chinse troops

The India-China standoff at Ladakh drags on, with infiltrating Chinese troops erecting another rent in the Daulat Beg Oldi sector in J&K.

India Open badminton championship

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia wins the men’s singles title at the India Open badminton championship which ends in New Delhi, beating Kenichi Tago of Japan in the final. The women’s singles title is clinched by rising Thai star Ratchanok Intanon, who beats Julianc Schenk of Germany in the final.

CHOGM sheduled to be held in Colombo in Nov. 2013

The Commonwealth rules out any change in the venue of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), scheduled to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in November 2013, depite objections from several member countries who protested against Sri Lanka’s human rights records.

Iceland’s Pirate Party, a file-sharing activist

Iceland’s Pirate Party, a file-sharing activist movement, becomes the first of its kind in the world to win seats to a national parliament.

An India-Saudi Arabia joint working group

An India-Saudi Arabia joint working group is formed to help minimise the fallout of the Kingdom’s Nitaqat policy on Indians. Indian workers have been hit by the policy, which reserves a certain percentage of the total workforce in commercial establishments for Saudi nationals.

Gallantry awards 2013

Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee gives away the Gallantry Awards in New Delhi. Major Anup Joseph Manjali is honoured with the Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry award, for killing foreign militants in J & K.

India’s decade-long quest for a bigger slice of the hydrocarbons pie

India’s decade-long quest for a bigger slice of the hydrocarbons pie in central Asia gets a boost, thanks to a positive response from Kazakh President Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev at his meeting with visiting External Affairs Minister Mr. Salman Khurshid.