India-US Current Affairs - 2019

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1st batch of Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters reaches India

1st batch of Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack helicopters arrived at Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The 1st batch consists of 4 out of 22 choppers ordered by India from United States. In coming week 4 more Apaches will be arriving and thereafter, 8 will be moved to Pathankot Air Read More…

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US withdraws India’s GSP benefits

The United States of America (USA) President Donald Trump terminated India’s designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the GSP (Generalized System of Preference) trade program w.e.f. 5 June 2019. Key Highlights The US has withdrawn preferential tariffs to Indian exports. The step was taken on determining that India has not committed to provide “equitable Read More…

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India removed from US’s Currency Watchlist

In a recent announcement by United States, it has removed India and Switzerland from the currency monitoring lists. The US has retained other countries like China, Japan and Germany in the list. Key Highlights Background: It was in May 2018 when for the first time India was placed by US in its currency monitoring list Read More…

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US Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations visits India

Chief of Naval Operations of US Navy, Admiral John Michael Richardson is on a three day official tour to India. The tour is scheduled from 12 to 14 May 2019 and during his visit he will meet Indian Navy’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba in New Delhi. Key Highlights Purpose: Admiral John Richardson Read More…

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IAF gets first Apache Guardian attack helicopter from US

The Indian Air Force (IAF) was formally handed over its first AH-64E (I)-Apache Guardian helicopter at the Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA. The first batch of about four-six Apache helicopters will be delivered to India in July 2019. About ‘AH-64E Apache’ Background: In September 2015, India and US signed a deal worth $3 Read More…

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Religious Freedom in India deteriorated in 2018: U.S. Commission

According to United States Commission on International Religious Freedom 2019 report, India saw an “overall deterioration of religious freedom conditions in 2018”. US Commission on International Religious Freedom is a bipartisan, independent federal government commission, created by International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. Key Highlights of Report India continues to remain a Tier II country. Read More…

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US Plans To End India’s Preferential Trade Status

President Trump notified the Congress his intent to terminate trade benefits for both India and Turkey under the Generalized System of Preference (GSP) eligibility criteria. India and GSP About 2,000 products, including auto components and textiles, can enter the US duty-free if the beneficiary developing country meet the eligibility criteria. India was the largest beneficiary Read More…

Month:  Categories: Business, Economy & BankingUPSC

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