Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 18 September 2020

Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 18 September 2020

In Today’s News:

  1. SAARC video conference meeting on September 24.
  2. US keen to make India sign BECA.

1.SAARC video conference meeting on September 24.

News Summary

Hon’ble External Affairs Minister of India Shri. Jaishankar will be attending the SAARC video conference meeting on September 24. All member countries including Pakistan is expected to join the video conference meeting.

Prelims GS – International Relations

SAARC:

Click here to know the prelims content of SAARC on 1st July 2020.

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – International Relations

Reviving SAARC to deal with China:

Click here to know about the Mains content of SAARC on 1st July 2020.

2.US keen to make India sign BECA

News Summary

The next U.S.- India 2+2 ministerial dialogue is likely to be held in October end and at that event, the US is keen that  India signs the last foundational agreement BECA.

Prelims GS – International Relations

India-U.S. Foundational Agreements:
  • India has already signed three of four foundational agreements with the U.S.  till date namely:
    • Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement(LEMOA)
    • the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA)
    • the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA)
  • Even India has signed the extension to the GSOMIA, the Industrial Security Annex (ISA) at the last 2+2 dialogue.
  • India has still not signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) for Geo-Spatial Cooperation with the US.

(Note: Here remember what all agreements have been signed and not yet signed by India with US.)

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – International Relations

Significance of signing Foundational Agreements with the US:
  • The COMCASA allows the US to transfer communication equipment to India which facilitates secure transmission of data and real-time information between the armed forces of the two countries.
  • The LEMOA, on the other hand, allows Indian and US defense forces to use each other’s facilities and establish procedures of easier access to supplies and services required by them.
  • BECA will help India to use US expertise on geospatial intelligence and to enhance military accuracy of automated hardware systems and weapons like cruise, ballistic missiles, and drones.

 

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