Turkey Current Affairs

India wins Silver medal at Archery World Cup in Antalya

The Indian mixed recurve team of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das has won the silver medal at the Archery World Cup held in Antalya, Turkey.

In the final match played at Konyaalti Beach Park, the Indian team lost to South Korea by 1-5 score. In the first of the match, Indian team trailed by 0-2 score against the top-seeded Korean pair of Choi Misun and Ku Bonchan.

The Sixth seeded Indian recurve duo reached final of this world cup after defeating second-seeded Italian pair of Mauro Nespoli  and Guendalina Sartori by 5-1 score in the semi-finals.

Earlier, the Indian women’s recurve team of Bombayla Devi Laishram, Deepika Kumari and Laxmirani Majhi finished at fourth position.

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EU, Turkey Agreement to tackle migrant crisis comes into effect

The agreement between the European Union (EU) and Turkey to tackle the migrant crisis has formally come into effect.

Under this agreement, migrants arriving in Greece will be sent back to Turkey if their asylum claim is rejected.

Key features of agreement

  • All irregular migrants into Greece crossing from Turkey from 20 March 2016 will be sent back. Henceforth migrants’ arrival will be individually assessed by the Greek authorities.
  • The EU will resettle Syrian migrant for each Syrian returned to Turkey. In this case priority will be given to those who have not tried to illegally enter the EU.
  • By June 2016, it will be mandatory for Turkish nationals to have access to the Schengen passport-free zone. It will not be applicable to non-Schengen countries like Britain.
  • The EU is to speed up the allocation of €3 billion ($3.3 billion) in aid to Turkey to help migrants’ crisis.
  • Both signatory sides have agreed to re-energise Turkey’s bid to join the European Union (EU) bloc. In this regard formal talks will begin in July, 2016.

Since January 2015, millions of migrants and refugees have entered the EU by boat from Turkey to Greece via Mediterranean Sea route. Thousands are stuck in Greece as their route north has been blocked. This deal ensures Turkey, which houses nearly 3 million Syrian refugees to get financial aid.

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Russia imposes economic sanctions against Turkey

Russia has imposed economic sanctions against Turkey, a NATO member over the issue of downing of a Russian Sukhoi 24 warplane on the Syrian border.

In this regard, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree adopting a series of retaliatory economic measures against Turkey with an effect from 1st January 2016.

Russian economic sanctions covers

  • Ban on imports from Turkey, work of Turkish companies in Russia and any Turkish nationals working for Russian companies.
  • End to charter flights between the countries and urges Russian tour operators to refrain from selling tourist packages to Turkey.

Background

  • NATO member Turkey on 24th November 2015 had shot down Russian Sukhoi 24  (Su-24) warplane escalating crisis in bilateral relations of both countries.
  • Turkey has claimed that the Russian jet was shot down after it had crossed into its airspace and ignored several warnings to change course.
  • However, Russia has furiously denied the claims and demanded an apology and economic compensation from Turkey.

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