India-Pakistan Current Affairs - 2020

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India-Turkey Kashmir Irritant: India proceeds with FSV Indian Navy Agreement with Turkey

In October 2019, India had put the Fleet Vessel Ship (FVS) Agreement on hold. The agreement was signed with Turkey to manufacture 45,000 tonne FSV at Vishakhapatnam.

Highlights

India and Turkey signed the FSV agreement in 2016. FSVs are important for the Indian Navy to transport fuel and other supplies for warships at sea.

Agreement

According to the 2.3 billion USD agreement, a Turkey company is to build five 45,000 tonnes Fleet Vessel Ship at HSL (Hindustan Shipyard Limited), Vishakhapatnam.

Controversies with Pakistan

Turkish shipyards are the major suppliers of Naval Ships to the Pakistan Navy. So far agreements have been signed between the countries with Turkey delivering 30 T-129 helicopters, submarine fleets, etc to Pakistan.

Kashmir Controversy

The Turkey President in February 2020 made a comparison of Kashmiri people with that of World War I after India abrogated Article 370. India had also voiced its opinion against military actions of Turkey towards Syria.

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Bangladesh celebrates 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

On March 17, 2020, Bangladesh celebrated 100th birth anniversary of “Jatir Pita” Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. PM Modi participated in the celebrations through video conferencing.

Bangabandhu: Political Career

Sheikh Mujbur Rahman was a Bangladeshi politician. He is called the father of Bangladesh. He was the first president of Bangladesh and later he served as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh between 1971 and 1975. He was assassinated in 1975.

1970 Election

At the 1970 election held in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), Awami League party under the leadership of Bangabandhu won the elections. The Central Government under the leadership of Pakistan People’s Party headed by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto hesitated to provide greater autonomy and other demands of Bangabandhu. This was the base for the 1971 war where India joined hands with Bangladesh.

Literature

Bangabandhu wrote two volumes of his autobiography. The books were published by his daughter, the now Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina after his death.

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