Narendra Modi Current Affairs - 2020

2nd Joint India-China Capacity Building Programme for Afghan Diplomats

The 2nd Joint India-China Capacity Building Programme for Afghan Diplomats is being held at External Affairs Ministry’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in New Delhi from 11-23 November as part of both countries efforts to work together for development of war-torn Afghanistan. India-China are also looking at other areas to cooperate in Afghanistan.

Key Highlights

10 young diplomats from Afghanistan are participating the course. So far a total of 179 Afghan diplomats had been trained at FSI, more than any other country.

The participants would get an exposure to modern India’s economic and technological developments and would also undertake study tours to experience India’s cultural heritage. The diplomats will undertake study tours in India before travelling to China for further training.

The intensive two-week course would include training modules on various topics covering India’s foreign policy, diplomatic skills, multilateral diplomacy and key international issue. The course is part of India-China joint projects in third countries.


The 1st Joint India-China Capacity Building Programme for Afghan diplomats was held at elite Foreign Service Institute (FSI) from 15 to 26 October 2018 as part of an understanding reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Wuhan Informal Summit (2018) where two countries decided to work together on programmes for Afghanistan. The first batch containing 10 Afghan diplomats was trained in 2018 at FSI.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to be chief guest at Republic Day 2020

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to be Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations in 26 January 2020.

Key Highlights

Prime Minister Modi met Bolsonaro on the sidelines of 11th BRICS Summit, which is being held in Brasilia, Brazil. During the meeting, PM Modi invited the President of Brazil to be chief guest at Republic Day in 2020 which was accepted by Bolsonaro with pleasure.

Both leaders agreed to comprehensively enhance strategic partnership between the two countries as well as discussed other areas of cooperation including space and defence sectors.

India-Brazil: Both countries look forward to discuss matters relating to trade in upcoming visit. The Brazilian President informed PM Modi that a large business delegation will accompany him to India,

PM Modi has also outlined areas for potential investment from Brazil, including in areas of animal husbandry, agricultural equipment, post-harvest technologies and biofuels. He also welcomed decision of the Brazilian President to grant visa-free travel to Indian citizens.

Previous Invitees at Republic Day celebrations

In 2016, former French President François Hollande was the chief guest. In 2017, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of United Arab Emirates (UAE) took part in the Republic Day celebrations as chief guest. The year 2018 Republic Day celebrations was historic as leaders of 10 ASEAN nations attended the event as chief guests. In 2019, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was the chief guest and he was also the second South African president, after Nelson Mandela, to attend the grand event as its chief guest.

About Jair Bolsonaro

He is a 38th president of Brazil. Initially, he joined the politics as a city councillor in Rio De Janerio. Before joining Social Liberal Party (PSL) in 2018, he was the member of Christian Democratic Party (CDP). In 2018, he was nominated as the presidential candidate of PSL and became the front-runner after the arrest of Lula Da Silva in April 2018. He then took over the office as the President of Brazil on 1 January 2019.