10 May 2019
India and China signed a protocol for the export of Indian chilli meal to China. This is the fourth protocol signed between the two nations over the past year allowing the export of farm commodities from India.
They agreed to resolve market access issues expeditiously in order to achieve the vision of the leaders of both India and China by promoting a more balanced trade. At the end of the meeting, a protocol was signed for export of chilli meal from India to China.
The protocols for export, signed since June 2018, include those for basmati and non-basmati rice, fish meal and oil and tobacco leaves.
President: Xi Jinping
Prime Minister: Li Keqiang
4 May 2019
Asia Cooperation Dialogue’s (ACD) 16th Ministerial Meeting was held in Doha, Qatar. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani headed the 2019 dialogue.
The Indian delegation was led by Gen. (Dr) V.K. Singh (Retd), Minister of State for External Affairs.
Before this, the Senior Officers’ Meeting (SOM) was held on April 30 and attended by Mr. Manish, the Joint Secretary (South).
Dr. V.K. Singh, in his address, expressed his grief for the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka (on April 21, 2019) and focussed for the global community to adopt the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (UNCCIT) efficiently.
By putting more stress on the theme “Partners in Progress”, the minister brought into limelight India’s desire to work collaboratively with all ACD Member States, in agreement with the Indian Government’s approach of “Collective Efforts, Inclusive Growth”.
He emphasized the Member States in joining the International Solar Alliance that was launched in November 2015 to bring in energy security for sustainable development and poverty removal by in Asia by promoting renewable energy sources like solar and wind power.
About The Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD)
The ACD is an inter-governmental organization founded on 18th June, 2002. It has 34 member countries. Its Secretary General is Bundit Limschoon.
The ACD’s 1st meeting was held in Thailand in 2002 in which 18 Asian founding countries participated.
Qatar hosted the 5th meeting in 2006.
The major agendas of the ACD 2030’s vision are: promoting ACDs core principles and values and the spirit of Pan-Asian partnership.
♦ Capital: Doha
♦ Currency: Qatari Riyal
3 May 2019
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) for effective cooperation on different projects related to e-mobility and implement solutions for electric & trolley bus, EV (Electric Vehicles) chargers, battery and charger testing.
The MoU was signed by Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, ARAI and Renuka Gera, BHEL.
About Electro mobility (e-mobility)
The term electro mobility refers to full and hybrid electric vehicles as well as those using hydrogen fuel cell technology.
These vehicles represent electronically driven vehicles in the future.
About BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited)
♦ Founded by the government of India in 1964, BHEL is an engineering and manufacturing company with its headquarters in new Delhi, India.
♦ BHEL is India’s largest power generation equipment manufacturer.
ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India)
ARAI founded in 1966 and located at Pune, India, was incorporated as Industrial Research Organisation formed by the Indian Automotive Industry which is affiliated under the Ministry of Industry of Government of India.
The main objectives are:
evaluation of automotive equipment and ancillaries
technical information services
execution of advanced courses on the application of modern technology
conduct of specific tests.
The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology (MoS&T), recognized ARAI as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO).
2 May 2019
Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with WAPCOS Limited, a mini-ratna PSU under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
The main objective is to jointly recognize suitable future projects and carry out geotechnical investigation and engineering consultancy in the fields like water resources, power and infrastructure, port and harbour dredging.
About Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL)
Founded: 9 March 1976
Headquarters : Visakhapatnam, India
Managing Director: Rajesh Tripathi
About WAPCOS Limited
Parent organization: Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
Revenue: 928 crores INR (2015, US$130 million)
Headquarters: New Delhi
Founded: 26 June 1969
29 April 2019
Japan partnered with India for polishing technicians in the manufacturing sector
Japan’s Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu inaugurated the Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM), a residential skill training centre at Andhra Pradesh.
JIM is part of a Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme initiated by the Government of Japan in India under a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two countries in 2016 to impart training to 30,000 Indian youth in manufacturing soft skills.
Several Japanese companies are collaborating in this initiative to create a pool of skilled manpower for manufacturing units in India.
Manufacturing in India emerged as one of the high growth sectors in India.
About Make in India
Launched: 25 September 2014
Prime Minister: Narendra Modi
Function under Ministry of Finance
It covers 25 sectors of the economy
24 April 2019
The Ministry of AYUSH signed MoU with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for cooperation in research and education in areas of traditional systems of medicine and its integration with modern science. The aim is to bring both Ministry of Ayush and CSIR together to pursue focused R&D efforts in the domain. Under the MoU, both organizations shall jointly endeavor to pursue:
R&D covering Fundamental research
AYUSH specific diagnostic tools, linking microbiome, gene expression and Prakriti, multi- ingredient herbal formulations, including their standardization
Exploring modern scientific methods for integration with traditional Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM)
Linking disease signatures
Furthering the collaboration in preserving and protecting traditional knowledge related to the Indian systems of healthcare, through the existing TKDL platform
Development of international standardized terminologies (disease-morbidity codes) in Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU), Database on Medicinal plants, Foods, etc.
Enhancing the collaboration through joint R&D efforts ranging from fundamental science to validation and thereafter product development, will significantly help in the growth of the Indian contributions to the traditional medicines sector, not only nationally but internationally as well. The MOU also includes the pursuit of Data mining & analytics and Artificial Intelligence to enable and facilitate concepts such as Traditional knowledge inspired drug discovery and development and Food as Medicine.
Ministry of AYUSH:
AYUSH - Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy
It is a governmental body in India purposed with developing, education and research in the field of alternative medicines including Ayurveda, yoga, unani, naturopathy, Siddha and homeopathy
Founded on: 9 November 2014
Headquarters: New Delhi
Minister responsible: Shripad Naik (MOS independent charge)
16 April 2019
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have joined hands to map, validate and protect smaller wetlands in coastal regions.
The programme is aimed at restoring them through coastal livelihood programmes.
The MoU was signed between the CMFRI and the Space Applications Centre of ISRO to develop a mobile app and a centralised web portal that will have a comprehensive database of wetlands that are smaller than 2.25 hectares in the country.
About Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute
Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute was established on February 3rd 1947 under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and later it joined the ICAR in 1967.
ISRO Director: K. Sivan,
Established in: 1969.
16 April 2019
India will build a cancer hospital in Kenya in collaboration with Japan.
Also, India will partner with the UAE to set up an ICT centre (Information and Communications Technology center) in Ethiopia.
Through this partnership, India has undertaken many projects like the ambitious Pan African e-network project on tele-education and tele-medicine which provides “integrated” satellite, fiber optics and wireless network between educational and medical institutes in Africa and India.
Africa is the focus under the Narendra Modi government amid China's push in the continent and countries from Europe are also keen to partner India for projects in third countries in Africa.
♦ Capital: Tokyo
♦ Currency: Yen
♦ Prime Minister: Shinzo Abe
About United Arab Emirates (UAE):
♦ Capital: Abu Dhabi
♦ Currency: Dirham
♦ President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
♦ Prime Minister: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
12 April 2019
The India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial Research and Development Programme will work towards addressing a range of challenges around smart cities and clean technologies among others.
The programme was co-funded by Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Swedish agency Vinnova.
Vinnova will provide funding to Swedish participants up to 2,500,000 Swedish Krona (around Rs 1.87 crore) as grant.
On the Indian side, conditional grant of up to 50 per cent (with a limit of Rs 1.5 crore) per project will be provided to the Indian partners.
This Programme is technically and administratively managed by the Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA) on behalf of DST in India and Vinnova in Sweden.
Government, Academia, and Industry or the ‘triple helix’ - is key to the Sweden-India partnership.
About Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India:
It was established in May 1971, with the objective of promoting new areas of science & technology (S&T) and to play the role of a nodal department for organising, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country.
♦ Capital : Stockholm
♦ Currency: Swedish krona
♦ Prime Minister: Stefan Löfven
12 April 2019
India and the Netherlands have discussed ways to strengthen bilateral political and economic ties including boosting cooperation at the United Nations and other international fora.
The two countries held Foreign Office Consultations in New Delhi, with the Indian side led by A Gitesh Sarma, Secretary, West, Ministry of External Affairs, and Johanna Brandt, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, leading the Dutch delegation.
Both countries used this opportunity to review the entire gamut of bilateral relations, including political, economic, commercial, scientific and cultural cooperation.
8 April 2019
National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), the State-run power giant, has signed a term-loan agreement with Canara Bank to raise Rs 2,000 crore. The agreement would be used to part finance its capital expenditure. The loan has a door to door tenure of 15 years and will be utilised to part finance the capital expenditure of the NTPC.
8 April 2019
The Indian Navy signed MoU with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to undertake joint research and development of advanced technologies for the Indian Navy.
This will be a collaborative arrangement between labs of CSIR, the Indian Navy and Indian industry. The MoU provides a formal framework for interaction between the Indian Navy and CSIR.
7 April 2019
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has signed MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) to collaborate in the field of standardisation and conformity assessment. The MoU was signed by IIT Delhi Director Professor V Ramgopal Rao and Director General of BIS Surina Rajan.
According to the MoU, IIT Delhi will provide infrastructure support for research and development projects of relevance to standardisation and BIS will provide financial support to IIT Delhi for projects.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS):
♦ Formed: 1986
♦ Headquarters: Manak Bhawan, Delhi
♦ Director General: Surina Rajan
♦ Functions under: Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution
♦ BIS is the National Standard Body of India established under the BIS Act 2016
3 April 2019
India and Bolivia have signed an agreement for the development and industrial use of lithium during the state visit of the President Ram Nath Kovind to Bolivia. Lithium is a prime component used to power electric vehicles and cell phones.
India and Bolivia agreed to forge a mutually beneficial partnership to facilitate Bolivian supplies of lithium Carbonate to India. The countries also plan to foster joint ventures for lithium battery/cell production plants in India.
This agreement will make Bolivia one of the major provider of metal for India's e- mobility and e-storage needs. Bolivia is known to have one-fourth of the world's lithium reserves. The agreement facilitates mechanisms for the commercialization of Lithium Carbonate and Potassium Chloride produced in Bolivia by Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos Corporation (YLB Corporation).
♦ President: Evo Morales
♦ Vice President: Alvaro García Linera
♦ Capital: Sucre (constitutional)
La Paz (seat of government)
♦ Currency: Boliviano (BOB)
31 March 2019
State-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd has signed MoU with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) for cooperation in the development of solar power projects. It aims at building a closer strategic partnership between the two Maharashtra PSUs for jointly pursuing commercial solar power projects through participation in tariff / Viability Gap Funding (VGF) based competitive bidding process.
♦ Industry Type: Energy
♦ Founded: August 1984
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi, India
♦ Chairman & MD: B. C. Tripathi
♦ Products: Natural gas, petrochemical, liquid hydrocarbons, Liquefied petroleum gas transmission, city gas distribution, E&P, electricity generation
30 March 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind conferred with the highest State honour of Bolivia, “Condor de Los Andes en el Grado de Gran Collar” during his visit to Bolivia. President of Bolivia Evo Morales awarded him the Honour at a function held in Santa Cruz.
On the second day of President’s three-day visit to Bolivia, India and Bolivia signed eight MoUs in the fields of culture, Visa waiver arrangement for diplomats, exchange between diplomatic academies, mining, space, traditional medicine, establishment of Centre of Excellence in IT and Bi-Oceanic Railway project.
India offered a 100 million US Dollar Line of Credit to Bolivia for financing development projects.
Both countries also agreed on the need for reform of the UN Security Council to make it reflective of contemporary realities.
President is in Bolivia on the 2nd leg of his 3 nation tour.
28 March 2019
India and the US signed an agreement for the exchange of country-by-country (CBC) report.
The move will give huge relief to subsidiaries of US-headquartered companies in the taxation-related matter.
The agreement was signed by PC Mody, Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), and Kenneth I Juster, US Ambassador to India.
19 March 2019
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has signed a memorandum of understanding(MoU) with the Afghanistan government to work on digital education initiatives, which include many prominent programs developed by Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
The MoU was signed at IIT-Madras.
• President: Ashraf Ghani
• 1st Vice President: Abdul Rashid Dostum
• 2nd Vice President: Sarwar Danish
• Chief Executive Officer : Abdullah Abdullah
15 March 2019
State-run National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd. (NTPC) has teamed up with the Indian Railways for fly ash transportation. The partnership is to help enhance ash utilisation at Rihand and Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power plants.
NTPC had signed a memorandum of understanding with Hazipur-based East Central Railway Zone for transportation of fly ash under Indian Railways’ Special Freight Train Operator scheme.
14 March 2019
The Japanese government announced a donation of some Rs 22 lakh ($31,800) to the Rabindra Bharati Museum, Kolkata in a bid to strengthen historical and cultural ties with India.
Rabindranath Tagore, Asia's first Nobel Prize recipient, visited Japan in 1916, 1924 and 1929, renewing relations between the countries as India's leading cultural ambassador.
♦ Capital: Tokyo
♦ Currency: Japanese yen
♦ Prime minister: Shinzō Abe
1 March 2019
India and Brunei signed a pact for exchange of Information and Assistance in Collection with respect to taxes in order to curb tax evasion and tax avoidance in New Delhi.
This agreement will facilitate both the countries to exchange information, including banking and ownership information for tax purposes and will also avail mutual assistance in collection of tax revenue claims.
♦ Capital – Bandar Seri Begawan
♦ Currency – Brunei dollar
♦ Prime Minister – Hassanal Bolkiah.
27 February 2019
FCI Aravali Gypsum and Minerals India Limited (FAGMIL) taken up a project to establish a white cement plant near village Nohra Dhar in Himachal Pradesh, at a project cost of approximately Rs. 605 crores.
It will be the 4th white cement plant in the country.
The installed capacity of the plant would be 0.3 million tonnes per annum and it will generate the direct employment of approximately150 persons.
21 February 2019
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and India’s PM Narendra Modi signed 5 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs)/Agreements:
1. Investing in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund between the Government of India and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
2. Cooperation on broadcasting between Prasar Bharati and Saudi Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) for exchange of audio visual programme.
3. MoU in the field of tourism and National Heritage.
4. Framework Cooperation Program between Invest India of the Republic of India and Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on enhancing bilateral investment relations.
5. Cooperation in the field of housing.
19 February 2019
Argentina signed the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance with India. The agreement was signed by Argentina’s Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie in the presence of ISA’s Director-General Upendra Tripathy.
The agreement of the International Solar Alliance was opened for signature during the 22nd Conference Of Parties at Marrakech on November 15, 2016. Argentina is the 72nd country to sign the Framework Agreement of the ISA.
International Solar Alliance:
♦ It aims to provide a common platform to address the specific solar technology deployment needs of the solar resource-rich countries located between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn
♦ ISA targets to achieve the production 1 TW of solar energy by 2030. It also targets to produce 100 GW of solar energy by 2022
15 February 2019
India concluded defence cooperation and security protection agreements with Germany and Sweden during the ongoing visit of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
The agreement for security protection agreement between the two countries was signed by India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Peter Hultqvist, Swedish Minister for Defence.
The agreement will enable both countries to share classified information with each other. India and Sweden have had a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the area of defence since 2009.
13 February 2019
State-owned power giant NTPC announced that it has signed a term loan agreement for Rs 5,000 crore with State Bank of India.
The loan facility is extended at an interest rate linked to 3-Month MCLR of the Bank.
13 February 2019
Indian Historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam won Israel’s prestigious Dan David Prize in the category ‘Past time dimension’ for his work in macro-history.
He shared the USD 1 million award in the ‘Past time dimension’ category with Prof Kenneth Pomeranz of the University of Chicago.
About Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Mr Subrahmanyam is a recipient of the Infosys Prize for humanities and holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at the University of California. He is the son on strategic analyst K Subrahmanyam and brother of former foreign secretary S Jaishankar.
About the Dan David Prize
It is an international prize which annually awards three prizes of US$ 1 million each for achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on our world.
♦ Capital – Jerusalem
♦ Currency – New Shekel
♦ Prime Minister – Benjamin Netanyahu
12 February 2019
India and Norway signed a letter of Intent for establishing the India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative. The letter of intent was signed by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India together with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Joint initiative aims to combat marine pollution, which is one of the fastest growing environmental concerns.
Official languages: Norwegian
Monarch: Harald V
Prime Minister: Erna Solberg
Currency: Norwegian krone (NOK)
10 February 2019
Government e Marketplace (GeM) and Competition Commission of India (CCI) entered into a MoU to enable a fair and competitive environment in the e-Marketplace.
Chairman CCI, A.K. Gupta, CEO GeM, S. Radha Chauhan were present on the occasion.
GeM is a state-of-the-art national public procurement platform of Ministry of Commerce and Industries, that has used technology to remove entry barriers for bonafide sellers and has created a vibrant e-marketplace with a wide range of goods and services.
7 February 2019
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) signed a deal with Club Atletico Montemar (CAM), Spain, for a five-year period, to ensure a high standard of training for its trainees.
The protocol, signed by CLTA president Jai Singh Gill and the Founder-Director of CAM, Joaquin Perez Roman, at the CLTA Complex, would help the trainees get two weeks of training every season from the visiting experts.
The coach and trainer who visit the CLTA from Spain will try to upgrade training facilities and provide the latest skills. Four trainees of CLTA’s rural scheme CHART will also visit Spain for two to three weeks to learn international techniques.
6 February 2019
The Union Ministry of Coal on February 4, 2019, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Energy, the Republic of Poland in New Delhi on cooperation in the field of coal mining. The MoU was signed between Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, Minister of State for Coal and Mines and Grzegorz Tobiszowski, Secretary of State for Poland’s Ministry of Energy.
The objective of the MoU is to strengthen the relations in the field of coal mining and clean coal technologies through the already established joint coal working group as well as research institutes and academia between the two countries.
India and Poland recently celebrated 60 years of vibrant diplomatic relations and also formalised cooperation agreements in different areas.
2 February 2019
China is to sign a $1 billion concessional loan agreement with Beijing. The agreement is to fund a major highway project linking Colombo to Kandy. The construction of the first phase of the road has been delayed for more than two years due to a lack of funding. Last year Sri Lanka has handed over a strategic port to a Chinese firm for a 99-year lease.
President: Xi Jinping
Currency: Renminbi (yuan; ¥)
Official Language: Chinese
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Official languages: Sinhala, Tamil
President: Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe
Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
23 January 2019
Omega Healthcare Management Services signed a pact with IIIT-Bangalore for advanced use of latest technology in providing healthcare solutions.
This MoU was signed to build industry-grade AI engines that can be embedded as part of Omega’s business solutions to solve healthcare business challenges.
19 January 2019
The Embassy of Mongolia and International Chamber of Media and Entertainment Industry (ICMEI), India have further strengthened the relationship between India and Mongolia by signing a MoU in the field of art and culture.
The MoU was signed in the presence of H.E. Gonchig Ganbold Ambassador of Mongolia to India and Dr. Sandeep Marwah, President ICMEI.
The MoU will enable the two countries to work together on different segments including print, radio, television, cinema, animation, Performing and Fine Arts, tourism, hospitality, education, environment, solar energy, skill development, PR events and advertising, Fashion and Design, and Journalism.
During the event, the deserving students from Mongolia were handed over the first scholarship of a short-term course of Asian Academy of Film and Television which also includes boarding and lodging for three months.
14 January 2019
The Irrigated Agriculture Modernisation and Water-Bodies Restoration and Management (IAMWARM) of Tamil Nadu signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cornell University. The MoU was signed by IAMWARM project director Vibhu Nair and executive dean John Pfeffer of the Cornell University in the presence of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami.
The project will be implemented by the Public Works Department. The project is aimed at introducing innovative approaches in water management. Another aspect of the project is the introduction of high technology in horticulture
13 January 2019
SR Innovation Exchange (SRiX), a Telangana-based technology business incubator signed a collaborative agreement Cranfield University (U.K.). It aims at providing British and Indian entrepreneurs access to new businesses and academic expertise.
As per the agreement, a 10-week immersion programme is being developed with Indian start-ups mentored in the U.K. by leading Cranfield academics.
The partnership facilitates knowledge exchange between experts from Cranfield visiting SRiX to conduct learning sessions focused on manufacturing excellence, whereas Cranfield would support SRiX in designing innovation programmes for corporate clients in the manufacturing sector.
17 December 2018
India and France also agreed to enhance their strategic partnership through cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, civil nuclear, defence and security, space, trade and economic sectors.
India's External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj stated that Paris and New Delhi are working together on multiple international forums including Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
The two nations are jointly working on Jaitapur nuclear power project.
12 December 2018
The UN's Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration aims to enhance international cooperation on migration issues.
The US, Australia, Austria, Chile, Hungary and Poland are among the nations that have pulled out from the non-binding pact.
It comprises 23 objectives for better management of migration at local, national, regional and global levels.
8 December 2018
The Economic Development Board (EDB), the investment promotion arm of the Kingdom of Bahrain signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra Government to provide a framework for Co-operation between the two authorities to promote FinTech in their respective markets.
The MoU is in line with the EDB’s aims of exploring greater synergies between Bahrain and India in the financial technology space and will last for an initial period of three years.
18 November 2018
India and ADB have signed 3 important loan agreements in various fields/projects in New Delhi.
The signatories to the loan/projects Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary (Fund Bank and ADB), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance; and Mr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission, who signed for ADB.
The 3 Loan Agreements Signed between India and ADB are:
A $300 million Loan Agreement to support lending by India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL).
A $169 million loan as the First Tranche of a $500 million multi-tranche financing to develop climate-resilient water supply, sewerage, and drainage infrastructure in at least 10 cities in the State of Tamil Nadu.
16 November 2018
The MOU was signed between Department of Biotechnology Ministry of Science & Technology, India and Cancer Research UK.
It is a collaborative 5-year bilateral research initiative that focuses on affordable approaches to cancer.
15 November 2018
The primary focus of cooperation would be urban planning, corporate planning, transport, solid water management and water management.
14 November 2018
Odisha government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) at the Kalinga Stadium complex, Bhubaneswar, Odisha in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. As per the agreement, the State government will host National team camps and also I-League side Indian Arrows.
The training and connected infrastructure like gymnasiums, swimming pool, etc, will be housed at the Kalinga Stadium Complex.
13 November 2018
The main aim of the MOU is to strengthen bilateral cooperation, provide a broad legal framework for prevention, investigation and prosecution of crimes.
It will also help in tracing, restraint and confiscation of funds meant to finance terrorist acts.
7 November 2018
India and Malawi signed three MoUs on Extradition Treaty, cooperation in the field of Atomic Energy for peaceful purposes and VISA Waiver for Diplomatic and Official Passports.
The MoU was signed during Vice President Venkaiah Naidu visit in Malawi.
7 November 2018
Sports Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea Do Jong-hwan signed the MoU.
6 November 2018
Turga pumped storage hydel power project is to be constructed at Purulia in West Bengal.
This project will contribute to the industrial development and living standards in the state.
The deal was signed by the Additional Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), C.S. Mohapatra, and Katsuo Matsumoto, chief representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
5 November 2018
Oil Marketing Companies (IOCL, HPCL & BPCL) and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited signed an MOU for collaboration in LPG services.
This will be done under Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana (PMUY).
Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad,and
The MOU consists of the following:
Booking new LPG connection (Ujjwala & General category)
Booking of LPG refills (14.2 Kg cylinders)
Supply & distribution of LPG cylinders (storage up to 100 Kgs,) through CSCs.
To provide the beneficiaries the above OMCs service near to their home, accessing through Digital Seva Portal.
2 November 2018
The UN climate talks are to be held in Katowice, Poland in December. But before the talks India is hosting two key meetings in New Delhi with a group of countries called the LMDC, the ‘Like Minded Developing Countries’ that includes India, China, Venezuela and Iran and BASIC, which constitutes Brazil, South Africa, India, China, which are networks that have been formed to lend weight to the concerns of the developing countries. One of these meetings, of the LMDC, was underway.
2 November 2018
Cabinet approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and South Korea for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.
The objectives of the MoU is to expand bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector, encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including hotels and tour operators, increase the exchange of information and data related to tourism, encourage participation in travel fairs/exhibitions in each other’s country and promote safe, honourable and sustainable tourism.