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How did China manage the issue?
A volatile phase of India-Nepal relations:
Nepal and India relations have been through many ups and downs, but the Kanchanpur incident shows that sentiments and building trust at the border level, and favourable government machinery are absolutely crucial in establishing and maintaining good relations between the two sides. The op-ed is an important read for understanding the changing dynamics of Indo-Nepal relations.
A Prelim tit-bit.
Know about SAARC basics as it is in news for quite some time and can be a question in prelims as well as mains. Read about SAARC here.
Clash of Titans:
Elections in Nepal:
Indo-Nepal relations are of extreme importance to India. Make a note of the developments.
Add this to your notes on India-Nepal relations. It is not an entire issue in itself, rather it is part of China’s attempt to push into India’s neighborhood and part of Nepal’s attempt to try and limit Indian influence.
The 1950 India-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship is a bilateral treaty between Nepal and India establishing a close strategic relationship between the two South Asian neighbours. The treaty allows free movement of people and goods between the two nations and a close relationship and collaboration on matters of defense and foreign policy.
This news is mainly important from the mains perspective. The Madhesi agitation drastically affected India’s relations with Nepal, allowing China to make inroads. Indian citizens are also impacted by citizenship issues due to intermarriage in border regions of India and Nepal. Add this to your notes on India-Nepal relations.
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera appealed to the victims on both sides of the divide to participate in a consultation process
Representatives of 6 SAARC countries discussed the establishment of a regional seed bank.
Despite their nearly seven decades of rivalry, India and Pakistan have a bottom-line interest in increasing commerce between them.
One idea to resurrect the relations, a jointly run special economic zone on the India-Pakistan border
Ideally, initial success would fuel enthusiasm among the local business community for widening the experiment, and make more difficult conversations between the nuclear-armed neighbours just a little bit easier.
Aims to enhance effectiveness of both signatory countries in investigation and prosecution of crime.
What is MLAT?
Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) is an agreement signed between two or more countries for the purpose of exchanging and gathering information to enforce criminal laws or public laws.