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2023 SEP 12

Preliminary   > Geography   >   Places in news   >   Places in news

Why in news?

  • India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the opening of an Indian embassy in Dili, the capital city of Timor-Leste, during the 20th ASEAN-India Summit in Jakarta.

About Timor-Leste:

  • Timor leste is a Southeast Asian nation occupying half the island of Timor and is ringed by coral reefs teeming with marine life.
  • It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, of which the western half is administered by Indonesia, the exclave of Oecusse on the island’s north-western half, and the minor islands of Atauro and Jaco.
  • Australia is the country’s southern neighbour, separated by the Timor Sea


Add ons:

  • Timor-Leste was a Portuguese colony until 1975, followed by Indonesian rule after the conflict.
  • In 1999, it gained independence through a UN-sponsored act and became the 1st sovereign state of the 21st century (in 2002)


Timor sea, discussed in news, is located in:

(a) Indian Ocean

(b) Pacific Ocean

(c) Atlantic Ocean

(d) Arctic Ocean