NATO pulling out of Afganistan, big role for India to play with other neighbouring states

Apr 16, 2021 8:15 | Poltics

INTERNATIONAL NEWS  

1. Top commanders of the Indian Air Force on Thursday began a comprehensive review of the security challenges facing India, including along the Line of Actual Control, on the opening day of a three-day conference. The bi-annual commanders' conference was inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Air Headquarters in Delhi.* 


2. An Indian soldier was injured in a shooting incident in a forward area along the Line of Control in J&K’s Kupwara sector. This is the first such incident that took place along the LoC since the last week of February 


3. UK PM Boris Johnson shortens India visit due to COVID-19 crisis* He has reduced the length of his visit to New Delhi at the end of this month due to the COVID-19 situation in India,  Johnson was to spend a few days in India starting April 26 as part of a planned itinerary


4. US, NATO troops pulling out of Afghanistan will raise tremendous concerns for India, say experts, After the withdrawal of the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan by September 11, India will have tremendous concern on the resurgence of the Taliban and the war-torn country being used as a safe haven for terrorists, 


 5. India, Pakistan, China, Russia have stake in Afghanistan's stable future* : joe Biden US President Joe Biden has said India, Pakistan, Russia, China, and Turkey have a significant stake in the stable future of Afghanistan and these regional stakeholders should do more to bring peace in this war-torn country, from where he will withdraw all American troops by September 11.


 6. The National Investigation Agency recently organised a two-day virtual event with BRICS countries on “Misuse of Internet by terrorists”. India hosted the seminar as it is holding the BRICS chair for the year 2021.* 


7. National Investigation Agency (NIA) organised a two-day Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa (BRICS) Seminar through virtual mode on “Misuse of Internet for Terrorist Purposes and Role of Digital Forensics in Terrorist Investigations” on 13-14 April 2021.


WORLD NEWS


1. New Zealand recently introduced a bill on Climate Change for financial firms. The bill is the first of its kind in the world. New Zealand has fixed 2050 as the deadline to become carbon neutral. All the banks in New Zealand with total asset more than 1 billion New Zealand dollars (703 million USD) will now have to make disclosures about their asset management. 

2. Many Afghans feel United States is leaving them at mercy of resurgent Taliban  President Joe Biden's announcement that U.S. troops will leave the country by Sept. 11.


3. 1 killed, 12 wounded in market explosion in Iraq's capital, A powerful explosion rocked a market in east Baghdad on Thursday, killing one person and injuring 12 others, according to Iraq's military. The cause of the blast in the city's Sadr City area, in the Habibiya neighborhood.


4. The COVID 19 death toll in Bangladesh crossed 10 thousand with 84 deaths being reported on Thursday. According to the latest figures released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 4192 fresh Corona Positive cases were also reported during the same period.


5. Haitian Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe has resigned as the country faces a spike in killings and kidnappings and prepares for an upcoming constitutional referendum and general election later this year. He has served as the Prime Minister since March 2020. He did not give an explanation for his resignation.



Sports: 
1. IPL 2021 Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings Tour,* Match 8 of IPL 2021Apr 16 2021
Venue, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India


2. DEL 147/8RAJ 150/7Rajasthan Royals won by 3 wickets


3. Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports, Kiren Rijiju visits the Nelong valley in Uttarakhand to meet the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans deployed at the border outposts. These ITBP Border Outposts (BOPs) are located at altitudes of more than 12,500 feet looking after border guarding duties on the India-China borders


2. In Hockey, India ended their tour of Argentina with a commendable 4-2 victory in the fourth and final practice match against reigning Olympic champions at Buenos Aires on Thursday.