Asia: GK, General Studies and Current Affairs

Ilham Tohti wins 2019 Sakharov human rights prize of European Union (EU)

Ilham Tohti, an academic jailed for separatism in China, has been awarded the European Parliament’s top human rights prize ‘Sakharov’  in recognition for drawing attention to ethnic tensions in Xinjiang. Tohti is from the Uighur minority & has been a fierce critic of China’s treatment of the Uighur people. He was sentenced to life imprisonment ..

Ex-Eastern Bridge-V started between India & Oman

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has started its bilateral joint exercise “Ex-Eastern Bridge-V “ with Royal Air Force Oman (RAFO) at Air Force Base Masirah in Oman on October 17 & will continue till Oct 26. For the first time, MiG-29 fighter aircraft is participating in an International Exercise outside India. 

India to offer 1,000 PhD fellowships to ASEAN students at IITs

The Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar launched a massive fully-funded PhD fellowship programme at IITs for students from ASEAN countries. PhD Programme The programme is the largest of its kind and will select 1,000 students in three phases and the government will spend Rs 300 crore on this fully-funded PhD fellowship programme. IIT-Delhi has ..

NCST recommends Tribal Area Status for Ladakh

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has written to Union Ministry of Home Affairs and Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs Minister recommending that Ladakh be declared a tribal area under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. Why the Tribal Area Status has been Recommended? Since Article 370 provided a special status to the erstwhile ..

First ASEAN-US Maritime Exercise to be held in South China Sea

The First ever ASEAN-US Maritime exercise (AMUX) is planned to be held in and around the contentious South China Sea from September 2, 2019. About the ASEAN-US Maritime exercise (AMUX) The AMUX will a naval exercise which will be held for the first time in the waters of South-East Asia and in the South China ..