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Why didn’t India sign the RCEP agreement?
Asia, Featured

Why didn’t India sign the RCEP agreement?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “The present form of the RCEP Agreement does not fully reflect the basic spirit and the agreed guiding principles of RCEP. It also does not address satisfactorily India’s outstanding issues and concerns. In such a situation, it is not possible for India to join the RCEP agreement.”

What happens during US Presidential transition?
Featured, North America, World

What happens during US Presidential transition?

Though the transition means the handover of important information and duties from one administration to the next, in the United States the transition has a long history due to which each of the dates and activities in the run-up to the oath taking are important to understand. The 11 weeks at present is much shorter than the 20 weeks of transition period which was the practice till 1952 when Dwight D. Eisenhower took over from Harry S. Truman.

India blocks another set of 43 mobile apps for engaging in activities detrimental to sovereignty and integrity of India
National

India blocks another set of 43 mobile apps for engaging in activities detrimental to sovereignty and integrity of India

MEITY issues orders for blocking apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act PIB: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, GOI today issued an order under section 69A of the Information Technology Act blocking access to 43 mobile apps. In a press release, the government said that the “action was taken based on the […]

Chinese Chang’e-5 spacecraft lifts off for moon; Set to bring back lunar rock and soil
Science & Technology, World

Chinese Chang’e-5 spacecraft lifts off for moon; Set to bring back lunar rock and soil

Said to be its most ambitious lunar mission, China’s Chang’e-5 spacecraft lifted off from the Wenchang launch complex on a Long March 5 rocket on Tuesday, 24th November. The lunar mission aims to bring back lunar rock and soil and if everything goes as planned, the spacecraft should return by mid-December. Chang’e-5 is going to […]

Geopolitics of Global Battery Supply Chain: China’s domination, Economic Security and India’s Role
Analysis, Featured, World

Geopolitics of Global Battery Supply Chain: China’s domination, Economic Security and India’s Role

China now dominates the world’s production of new generation batteries that are key to transitioning away from fossil fuels. These new batteries are essential for electric vehicles, power grids, mobile phones and laptop computers to name few.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if current trends continue, most of them will likely use Chinese batteries, a key element for transitioning away from fossil fuels, and most of those batteries will be lithium Ion because of their high energy per unit mass relative to other electrical energy storage systems.

For the foreseeable future, world will likely need to depend on Chinese supply chains to produce the batteries.  Chinese chemical companies accounted for 80% of the world’s total output of raw materials for advanced batteries.

China is focused on controlling the world’s production of lithium ion batteries. Beijing government subsidies and quotas for EV sales appear to have incentivized efforts to corner the electric vehicle supply chain. Chinese entities now control nearly half of global lithium production and 60 percent of the electric battery production capacity. By 2030, Goldman Sachs predicts China could supply 60 percent of the world’s EVs.

Battery metals are becoming the new oil and supply chains the new pipelines. It is still early in this new energy era, and the victors are yet to be determined in the battery arms race. For now Bharat has to take the final lead as world resources are not for domination but for peaceful coexistence which is embedded in Bharat Culture and ethos of ‘Vasudaiva Kutumbakam’ (World is one Family).

Former French president Sarkozy stands trial for corruption and influencing  judiciary
Europe, World

Former French president Sarkozy stands trial for corruption and influencing judiciary

Sarkozy is accused of trying to influence judiciary in the case of illegally receiving millions from Libyan Dictator Gaddafi and Billionaires. The trial of Former French president Sarkozy for attempting to bribe a judge and influence the hearing in a case of illegally receiving millions of euros begins on Monday, 23rd November. France24 reports that […]

G20 Summit – Leaders pledge to provision Corona Vaccines for all
World

G20 Summit – Leaders pledge to provision Corona Vaccines for all

Leaders of the G20 2020 Summit at Riyadh vowed to spare no effort to protect lives and ensure affordable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all people. In the Leaders Declaration issued on 22nd November, the G20 leaders asserted that they will spare no effort to ensure affordable and equitable access to COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and […]

SIMBEX20 India – Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise to begin today in Andaman Sea
Defence & Security, National

SIMBEX20 India – Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise to begin today in Andaman Sea

PIB: Indian Navy is scheduled to host the 27th edition of India – Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise SIMBEX-20 starting today in Andaman Sea. The bilateral exercise will continue till 25th of this month. The SIMBEX series of exercises between Indian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy conducted annually since 1994. The exercise is aimed at […]