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Contemporary Regional Developments in India

23rd - 29th January
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted all 10 Asean leaders as chief guests at India’s 69th Republic Day Parade. Together these mark a new genre in Indian diplomacy in which this presence of 10 Asean leaders will be remembered for setting new benchmarks in India’s engagement with Southeast Asia. This is important for India as Asean represents the most institutionalised and most acceptable grouping for all major world powers. This has become increasingly critical given the global power shift from the Atlantic to the Pacific where these tiger economies stand next to world’s most militarised nations.
    (Hindustan Times)
  • Economic Survey within India pegs India’s GDP growth at 7-7.5% in 2018-19 (Hindustan Times)
  • Muslim boy killed in Utter Pardesh (Kashganj district) amid anniversary celebrations: Police in northern India have arrested 112 people following violence after a teenage boy died in clashes between Hindus and Muslims, amid anniversary celebrations of the day India became a republic. The incident occurred in the Kasganj district of Uttar Pradesh state, where two religious groups hurled stones at one another during a motorcycle rally. After the death of the Muslim teenager, residents told BBC Hindi that properties in Muslim areas of the district were attacked. (BBC)
16th - 22nd January
  • The Indian presence this year in Davos is the largest in the 48-year history of the World Economic Forum. PM Modi is the first prime minister to attend the summit in over two decades.
  • Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Anandiben Patel was sworn in as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Violent protests against the release of a Movie, Padmavaat: Bus services on more than 100 routes in half a dozen districts in north Gujarat were suspended after violent protests by the Rajput community continued over the release of the Bollywood movie Padmaavat.
8th - 15th January
  • Huge relief for Indians as Trump administration drops H-1B visa proposal; which was supposed to restrict the stay provisions of Indians in the U.S.
  • India launched its 100th satellite, on 11 Jan. India’s space program has a budget of around $4 billion and Modi’s government hopes the latest launches will improve its prospects of winning a larger share of the more than $300 billion global space industry. Two scientists at ISRO said images collected by the satellites will be used by the Indian security agencies to track military activities in Pakistan, China, Bangladesh Sri Lanka and Nepal.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister in India:
    India signed nine MoUs with Israel: Here's the complete list
    1. MoU on Cyber Security Cooperation between India and Israel.
    2. MoU between the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Ministry of Energy on Cooperation inOil and Gas Sector.
    3. Protocol between India and Israel on Amendments to theAir Transport Agreement.
    4. Agreement on Film-co-production between India and Israel.
    5. MoU between the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH and the Centre for Integrative Complementary Medicine, Shaare Zedek Medical Center on Cooperation in the field of Research inHomeopathic Medicine.
    6. MoU between Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) and the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology for cooperation in the field ofspace.
    7. Memorandum of Intent between Invest India and Invest in Israel
    8. Letter of Intent between IOCL and Phinergy Ltd. For cooperation in the area of metal-air batteries.
    9. Letter of Intent between IOCL and Yeda Research and Development Co Ltd for cooperation in the area of concentrated solar thermal technologies
1st - 7th January
  • Months after Doklam, India and China are locked in a standoff in Arunachal Pradesh: Chinese troops reportedly crossed into Indian territory with road building machinery in late December.Chinese and Indian security forces have been locked in a standoff near Bishing in Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Siang district for more than a week, the Hindustan Times reported
  • Dalits were attacked during Maratha counter-rally in Pune’s Bhima Koregaon: Shattered glass from homes, stores and vehicles still litters the main road that runs through Koregaon Bhima, 30 kilometres north east of Pune, where attacks were reported on Dalits who had gathered on January 1 to commemorate the anniversary of a battle there 200 years ago.
  • Kulbhushan Yadav (Indian spy captured by Pakistan) said his wife and mother intimidated by Indian diplomat: He said in a latest video on 4 January, 2018: They’ve been threatened. The Indian diplomat or the Indian person that had come along with my mother was shouting at her the moment she stepped out. He was yelling at her. Has she been brought under threat here?