Daily Current Affairs Updates
1. Tushar Mehta appointed Solicitor General of India
Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has been appointed as the new Solicitor General of India, a post lying vacant for nearly a year after senior advocate Ranjit Kumar stepped down on October 20 last year citing “certain personal family issues”. Mehta was appointed as Additional Solicitor General in June 2014 after the Modi government assumed power at the Centre. However, Mehta’s elevation as SG leaves the government with only five ASGs — senior advocates Maninder Singh, Pinky Anand, Atmaram Nadkarni, Aman Lekhi and Vikramjit Banerjee.
2. India, Australia hold first ‘2+2 dialogue’ on strategic, defence ties
India and Australia reviewed all aspects of bilateral ties during the inaugural ‘2+2 dialogue’ and agreed that a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific is in the long-term interests of all countries in the region. Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra held the dialogue with their Australian counterparts Frances Adamson and Greg Moriarty.
While India already has a ‘2+2 dialogue’ with Japan, it has also agreed to start a two-by-two ministerial dialogue to enhance “peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific region”. The ‘2+2 dialogue’ format was first proposed by then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during his 2014 India visit.