Bilateral and Regional Groupings  For UPSC Prelims and Mains 2019

This article will help in covering the following topics of the syllabus

Prelims – Current events of national and international importance.


Essay Paper-III

General studies II –

  • India and its neighborhood- relations.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. Important International institutions, agencies, and flora- their structure, mandate.

As you know Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2019 will be conducted on 2nd June 2019, and mains will be starting from 20th September 2019 in which current affairs will play a crucial role.

So in this article, we will be updating all important Bilateral and Regional Groupings between January 2018 to August 2019 on monthly basis. Bookmark this page in your browser so that you don’t miss any important event. The events are compiled from newspapers (The Hindu, TOI, IE & ET), magazines, and various online resources.

December 2018

  • India to Chair Kimberley Process
  • 5 action points in Indo-Pacific region
  • India to host G20 Summit in 2022
  • 2nd trilateral meeting after 12 years
  • China rejects India’s proposal
  • CBDT to host WCO meet
  • G20 avoids commitment on free trade
  • India gets WTO nod to establish a dispute panel
  • MoU ink for projects in third countries
  • MoC between India and Japan in Environmental Cooperation
  • Ex Aviaindra 2018
  • India, China to resume Hand in Hand
  • Platform for diplomacy launched
  • Hand-in-Hand 2018
  • Review pact to build nuclear reactors
  • India extends assistance to the Maldives
  • France to introduce GAFA tax
  • China, Pakistan and Afghanistan sign MoU
  • MoU between India and Afghanistan approved
  • India and RCEP members

November 2018

  • Dharma guardian 2018 commenced
  • MoC between India and Russia
  • The MoC will enable technical cooperation in the following areas
  • Joint research on WTO reforms
  • Solar Alliance to all UN countries
  • Trade through Lipukekh pass
  • India and the Republic of Korea sign MoU
  • Quad countries to focus on maritime security
  • US exempts India from Chabahar port.
  • MoU between India and Italy approved.
  • SIMBEX 18.
  • Indo-German project for human-wildlife conflicts.
  • Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’
  • RCEP pact put off till next year
  • First India-Singapore Hackathon felicitates
  • India votes against UNGA draft
  • Theresa May wins backing for Brexit deal
  • Australia takes India to WTO
  • Exercise INDRA
  • MoU regarding AIM apprised
  • Djibouti gets first India-built centre
  • India to press for a better deal
  • India extends aid for border development projects

October 2018

  • India, Uzbekistan sign 17 agreements
  • IBSAMAR-VI kicks off
  • IORA Countries adopt the Delhi Declaration
  • India- Russia S-400 defence deal
  • AIM & SIRIUS sign MoU
  • Codeshare pact sign with Air Seychelles
  • JIMEX 18 Commence
  • 32nd CORPAT
  • First India-Israel Innovation Centre opens
  • 1st joint project of India and China
  • India urges IMF to implement quota reforms
  • India, China to sign ISC agreement
  • Dharma Guardian – 2018
  • India and China to sign first security pact
  • India to host UNICEF’s global meet
  • Multilateral air encounter code
  • India, China ink security pact
  • MoU amongst BRICS approved
  • India, Myanmar agree to take on insurgents
  • India, Japan ink pact in Yoga

September 2018

  • Fourth BIMSTEC Summit
  • 6th EAS-EMM and 15th India-ASEAN- EMM held
  • KAZIND 2018
  • India wants 20 years to cut tariffs under RCEP
  • India ready to take steps forward
  • BIMSTEC embarrassment for India
  • The US reviewing India’s Chabahar port development
  • Chinese intrusions declined
  • PM Modi & Sheikh Hasina flag off India-Bangladesh Friendship pipeline
  • India opening rupee window for Iran oil
  • Yudh Abhyas 2018 concluded

August 2018

  • India STA-1 status
  • China, ASEAN navies stage first emergency drills
  • Government to defer ‘retaliatory tariff’
  • India get STA-1 status
  • Exercise Maitree 2018
  • India not to join US-led counter to China’s BRI
  • Adoption programme with India
  • Maitree 2018 concluded
  • PB-18 conclude
  • India, Japan to expand defence ties
  • Ink protocol to amend CECA

July 2018

  • Bolivia offers its Lithium reserves
  • World’s biggest trading bloc
  • India in talks to run ‘world’s emptiest airport’
  • New visas to Indian scientists
  • Join hands for industrial revolution 4.0
  • India, South Korea Sign Five MoUs
  • First Chairman of Rajya Sabha to sign an MOU
  • India, South Korea sign 11 agreements
  • Indians in ‘Windrush’ immigration scandal
  • Brexit strategy
  • Largest visa centre in World
  • UN elects Iceland to replace US
  • Govt gives nod to Iran bank
  • Revised travel agreement with Bangladesh
  • A deal signed to defy protectionism
  • India’s BRO completes road in Bhutan
  • First Meeting on Border Haats
  • India, US set to sign COMCASA
  • Invest India and UAE sign MoU

June 2018

  • US Pacific Command renamed
  • Join hands to counter expansionist China
  • Agreement in the field of Sustainable Urban Development
  • Ex-Malabar 2018
  • Sign MoU to extend health cooperation
  • India, China ink 2 MoUs
  • India refuses to endorse China’s BRI
  • Document sign at Singapore summit
  • Malabar 2018
  • Yoga Day in SCO

May 2018

  • WTO sets up key panel
  • First Ever Joint Army exercise on Malaysian Soil
  • India-Japan Energy Dialogue
  • India rejects US request
  • India- South Africa Business Summit Concludes
  • India in Asia-Pacific on power index
  • Joint surveillance of Maldives EEZ
  • WTO sets up panel for renewables energy case
  • India takes convention centre route to Africa
  • MoU between India and France apprised
  • India drags US to WTO
  • Steps to fight US sanctions on Iran
  • China’s another flashpoint with India
  • India, China agree to start talks on bilateral SSA
  • Surya Kiran begins

April 2018

  • India abstains from voting on Moscow’s proposal
  • India, Nepal seek new direction to bilateral ties
  • Fuel pipeline project
  • China protests India’s ‘transgression’ in Arunachal
  • India at CWG 2018
  • India, South Korea to ink pact for seafarers
  • China protests India’s ‘transgression’ in Arunachal
  • Indian Consortium and Saudi Aramco Sign MoU
  • First India-Nordic summit
  • Seven MoUs at DefExpo
  • Nordic free-trade bastion
  • UK joins International Solar Alliance
  • India wins UN subsidiary bodies
  • Joint task force on natural gas
  • India, Nordic countries vow to strengthen ties
  • India takes US to WTO’s safeguard committee on steel
  • Increase in voting rights at World Bank
  • MoU in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine approved
  • India-China Informal Summit
  • Joint economic project in Afghanistan

March 2018

  • First initiative under an Indo-Russian deal
  • India, Jordan ink 12 pacts
  • India, Vietnam ink three MoUs
  • Planned Indian military base stirs
  • Freedom of navigation in SCS
  • India to become EBRD’s member
  • MoU between UPSC and PSC of Mauritius
  • First ever ‘crime-free zone’ launched
  • WTO mini-ministerial in Delhi
  • First ISA summit
  • India, France ink 14 agreements
  • Delhi agenda adopted
  • India nudges WTO services council
  • NDB, ISA tie up
  • WTO to work on alternative mechanism
  • WTO dispute on export schemes
  • US drags India to WTO
  • First India-Japan Workshop on DRR
  • Anti-dumping duty imposed on Ofloxacin
  • First India-Japan Workshop on DRR
  • WTO summit in India
  • Anti-dumping probe on solar cells
  • ISA and India sign the Host Country Agreement
  • India close to signing COMCASA
  • First US shale gas reaches India

February 2018

  • India joins Ashgabat agreement
  • Createch Summit in Mumbai
  • India invites WTO members for the mini-ministerial meet
  • Minamata Convention approved
  • US blocks India’s request for WTO compliance panel
  • Grand Collar of the State of Palestine
  • India, UAE agree to strengthen economic ties
  • India, UAE to hold first joint naval drill
  • India, Oman sign 8 agreements
  • India US sort our issues on poultry
  • MoU Signed between BSI and NHM
  • India, Iran sign pact
  • India notifies revised pact with Kenya
  • Pact for smart city cooperation
  • TAPI breaks ground on Afghan section
  • India to host Milan
  • India, US hold talks on defence cooperation

January 2018

  • Six countries enter UNSC
  • Cabinet nod to India, UK pact
  • India rejects US solar claim at WTO
  • India, UK ink pacts on illegal migrants
  • India attends its first SCO meeting
  • Exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’
  • India now in ‘Australia Group’
  • India, Cambodia ink pacts.
  • India, Seychelles sign revised agreement

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