Indian Ocean Region Current Affairs - 2020

Why India is bringing Indo-Pacific and ASEAN Policies under single Unit?

The Ministry of External Affairs recently announced that it will create a new Oceania Territorial Division having its centre at Australia. The division will integrate ASEAN divisions and the Indo-Pacific under it. Why India integrated the two divisions? China is increasing its influence in the Indian Ocean.  So, it becomes essential for India to seek Read More…

What are the Objectives of O-SMART Scheme?

The Union Minister of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsha Vardhan recently said in the Rajya Sabha that the Indian tsunami early warning Centre is currently serving 25 Indian ocean countries under the O-SMART scheme of Ministry of earth sciences. O-SMART Scheme O-SMART scheme is the Ocean Services, Modelling, Applications, Read More…

Trump identifies India as major illicit drug producing country: Reasons, Causes and Facts

On September 17, 2020, the US President Donald Trump identified India along with other 20 Nations as a major drug transit or illicit drug producing countries in the world.  The president designated Bolivia, India, Afghanistan, Bahamas, Burma, Costa Rica, Columbia and some of the other countries as the major drug transit nations in the world. Read More…

India becomes an observer of Djibouti Code of Conduct

On September 16, 2020, India joined Djibouti Code of Conduct as an observer. The Djibouti Code of Conduct is also called the Jeddah Amendment. What is Djibouti Code of Conduct? It is a regional maritime security cooperation agreement. It was established by International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2008. The grouping consists of 19 member states Read More…

Indo-Pacific Business Forum to be held in Hanoi

The third annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum is to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam capital between October 28, 2020 and October 29, 2020. The forum is to be sponsored by US-ASEAN Business Council, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, US Chamber of Commerce and Government of Vietnam. Highlights The forum aims to provide a free and Read More…