International Current Affairs

Latest International Current Affairs 2019 with news summaries and current events in International developments, geopolitical, organizations, groupings and fora related updates for India and world with all important national news updates and events for the year 2019.

India forms “Air Bubble” with US, UK, UAE, Germany and France

On July 16, 2020, the Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced that India is to resume operation of international commercial flights with France and US.

Highlights

The Government of India has signed agreements with US, UK, France and countries in UAE. Negotiations with Germany is in its final stages. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has planned to bring down the air travel charges by 25%.

Agreements

Under the agreements signed with the countries, United Airlines and Delta are to operation from the US. The Air France is to operate from France. No UK based airlines are to operate to India. Rather, Air India will fly to UK. Lufthansa of Germany will operate from Germany.

Who are allowed?

According to the agreement signed, India is to allow only overseas citizens, Indian nationals and card holders and a certain category of people with business and diplomatic visas. People with valid tourist visa will not be allowed to enter India by the flights being scheduled.

Air Bubble

Air Bubble is the term coined during COVID-19 times. It refers to transport and people connectivity between specific regions in the world. Especially between those regions where COVID-19 has been contained to similar levels. The scheme is being called as new avatar of “Vande Bharat Mission”.

Vande Bharat Mission

Vande Bharat Mission was launched by the Government of India to bring back Indian citizens stranded abroad. More than 70,000 Indians were brought back to the country under the mission

India-Bhutan open new trade route

On July 16, 2020, India and Bhutan opened a new trade route between Jaigon in West Bengal and Pasakha in Bhutan.

Highlights

The land route will help to move industrial raw materials and goods destined for Pasakha Industrial Estate. The route will help boost trade and commerce and will lead to decongestion of vehicular traffic.

Bhutan is India’s closest partner.

The China Factor

India had recently proposed to build road in Yeti territory of Bhutan which China claimed recently. The road will also help India access Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh quickly. The road will reduce distance between Guwahati and Tawang by 150 kilometres

China claims Tawang to gain absolute control over Tibet.

Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary

In June 2020, China tried to block funding of Sakteng wildlife sanctuary at the United Nations Development Programme-global Environment Facility Council. The sanctuary is located in eastern Bhutan. According to China, the sanctuary was part of disputed territory.