Peru declares 60-day state of emergency

Peru declared a 60-day state of emergency on its Colombian border to ensure security from the menace of drug trafficking in a region. The state of emergency has been declared in Peru’s Amazonian province of Putumayo, which is separated from Colombia by the river of the same name. The president informed the first patrol was carried out by the Peru police and armed forces.

UNSC imposes an arms embargo on South Sudan

The United Nations Security Council has imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan, nearly five years after civil war erupted in the country. A United States-drafted resolution won the minimum nine votes needed, while 6 member states including Russia and China abstained. South Sudan has been at war since 2013, when President Salva Kiir accused then-deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup.

MF transactions through Facebook messenger

HDFC securities announced the launch of Mutual Funds (MF) transactional capabilities on Facebook Messenger through their virtual assistant, Arya. This makes the company the first broker in the Asia Pacific region for initiating a social media platform for trading mutual funds. This particular feature facilitates a quick overview of total portfolio holdings.

Canada to command of new NATO training Centre

Canada has announced that it will assume command of a new NATO training and capacity building mission in Iraq. Canadian troops will be deployed in the Baghdad region to help Iraq build a more effective national security structure and improve training of security forces. Canada is part of the US-led coalition fighting the ISIS is contributing air power & helping in training Iraqi forces.

Kochi Metro launches India’s 1st AC dormitory

Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) will open India’s first exquisite air-conditioned bed space dormitory. The fully air-conditioned rooms are equipped with locker facility, free WiFi, round-the-clock check-in and check-out facility and security cameras. It was inaugurated by Kochi’s Mayor Soumini Jain. The current governor of Kerala is P. Sathasivam.

UK to double number of troops in Afghanistan

UK government is set to almost double the number of its troops in Afghanistan to help tackle the fragile security situation in Afghanistan. The additional forces will take part in a Nato-led training mission, called Resolute Support, to train & assist Afghan forces. They will be based in Kabul and will not be in a combat role. Britain ended combat operations in 2014.

SEBI to come out with consultation paper

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) will soon come out with a consultation paper on making it mandatory for large corporates to meet one-fourth of their financing needs through bond market. SEBI will discuss with stakeholders before finalising the framework for corporates. SEBI is the regulator for the securities market in India and its chairman is Ajay Tyagi.

UNSC adopts resolution to protect children

UN Security Council has adopted resolution 2427 aimed at a framework for mainstreaming protection, rights, well-being and empowerment of children throughout the conflict cycle. The resolution won unanimous approval of 15 members of the council. The resolution strongly condemns the recruitment & use of children by parties to the armed conflict as well as their re-recruitment.

Tenth edition of Delhi dialogue

India will held the 10th edition of Delhi Dialogue on 19-20 July 2018. It is a premier annual event to discuss politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement with ASEAN members. RCEP is a free trade area consisting of 10 ASEAN members and six FTA partners which includes India.

Maldives is evasive on Indian maritime craft

Maldives is evasive on proposed LoE for deployment of India’s Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft in the archipelago. It led to a protracted standoff between two countries on the issue of defense and security offences. Maldives had asked India to remove both ALH Dhruv chopper from the Maldives by end of June but India is still looking for some settlement with the Maldives.