- Turkey supports India’s UNSC bid
a) Citing the commonness and familiarity between the Indian and Turkish cultures, President Erdogan said that “culture and education” were potential areas which could take the relationship between both countries to the next level.
b) Criticising the current structure of the Council as arbitrary, he said that it was set up to address the crisis emanating from the Second World War but now that situation had changed drastically. It therefore required thorough restructuring to address the current geo-political reality of the world. “Only five permanent members of the Council are deciding the fate of the entire world which is not fair”, he added.
2. SC sends out stern message against frivolous PILs
a) SC imposed Rs. 25 lakh costs on an organisation, Suraz India Trust, and its chairman Rajiv Daiya, and banned them from ever approaching a court in the country in the guise of espousing public interest.
3. ASEAN wants stronger ties with China
a) Steering clear of blaming China for the maritime disputes in the South China Sea, the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has focussed on a regional trade pact and shoring up economies of some of the lesser developed countries in the grouping.
b) Bloc is also preparing a code of conduct on South China Sea that urges all parties to show self-restraint.
c) The grouping reaffirmed its aspiration to play a bigger role in the global economy and reiterated their full support for the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, and for concerned parties to explore all avenues for dialogue. The ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
4. SpaceX makes first U.S. military launch
a) SpaceX blasted off a secretive U.S. government satellite, known only as NROL-76, marking the first military launch for the California-based aerospace company headed by billionaire tycoon Elon Musk.
b) SpaceX has already made multiple successful landings — some on land and others on floating ocean platforms, known as drone ships.
5. For first time, Naxal heartland begins to be mapped — plot by plot
a) “There are security challenges and we will take it step by step. For a short while, we have stopped but work will resume soon. We have begun from villages accessible to us, like Akabeda, because a new camp was placed there in December. The terrain is definitely hostile, because in February, the camp was attacked by Maoists. But we will remain undeterred,” Santosh Singh, SP, Narayanpur said.
b) Officials said they had identified between 70 and 80 hamlets, categorised as “easily approachable”, more often than not near security camps, where the survey will be done to begin with.