World Trade Organisation (WTO) Current Affairs - 2020

 India and S. Africa move to WTO on COVID-19 Prevention.

India and South Africa have asked for a waiver on certain provisions of the international agreements regulating the intellectual property rights in the World Trade Organization (WTO). This step has been taken in order to speed up efforts that prevent, treat and contain the COVID-19 pandemic. What was the issue? Both the countries have highlighted that Read More…

Taiwan purchases F-16 jets from US

Taiwan recently signed an agreement to buy 66 of the latest F-16 jets from the US. This is expected to escalate the tensions between US and China further. Highlights This is the first purchase of Taiwan from the US since 1992. Though the deal was planned and talks were finalised a year ago, the move Read More…

Indian PMO secretaries to hold key positions in WTO, World Bank

The Private secretary of Prime Minister Modi Rajeev Topno was recently appointed as the Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of World Bank. Also, a joint secretary at the Prime Minister Office (PMO) was appointed to the World Trade Organization as an ambassador Highlights Besides these officers, five other officers have been appointed abroad where Read More…

“SWASTHVAYU”: India creates record developing ventilator in 36 days

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) NAL (National Aerospace Laboratories), Bengaluru has developed a ventilator called “Swasthvayu”. The ventilator has been designed in a record time of 36 days. Highlights The ventilator developed by CSIR is a Non-Invasive BiPAP Ventilator. The ventilator is made of built-in biocompatible coupler and a high efficiency filter. Read More…

India’s New representative of UN; India to become member of UNSC

The 1985 Indian Foreign Officer T S Trimurti is to succeed Syed Akbaruddin as the permanent representative of the United Nations. Mr Trimurti was serving as the Secretary to Economic relations. The appointment announcement was made by the External Affairs ministry. Recently, announcement was made that India is to become a member of UNSC. Permanent Read More…