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.
1 November 2018
The two frigates of the Project 11356 class will be bought directly from Russia and 2 more will be built in an Indian Shipyard.
The two ships to be brought from Russia are expected to be delivered by 2022 and have been designed to work with Ukraine-made gas turbines.
These are under a ‘2+2’ scheme which was under the works since 2015.
29 October 2018
According to the MOU 70 Years of the relationship between the two countries will be celebrated,50 faculty members from government higher education institutions of the state would be trained by the British Council every year, starting in December 2018,
Supporting improvements in the teaching of mathematics and science.
27 October 2018
India and Bangladesh signed several milestone agreements today, for enhancing inland and coastal waterways connectivity between the two countries for trade and cruise movements.
The two sides also signed agreements to use Chattogram and Mongla Ports in Bangladesh for movement of goods to and from India.
25 October 2018
Around 20 companies who exchanged the MoUs, about 12 are foreign players.
18 October 2018
The MoUs were signed following India-Tanzania 9th Session of Joint Commission on Economic, Technical and Scientific Cooperation in New Delhi.
They were signed in the presence of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Tanzanian Foreign Minister Dr. Augustine Mahiga.
The MoUs are signed between Foreign Service Institute of India and Centre for Foreign Relation, Tanzania and National Research Development Corporation and Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Corporation.
15 October 2018
The MoUs were signed by Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, and Mr. Bernard Vasantha,
As per the new MoUs, 600 houses will be constructed in the Southern and Northern Provinces.
13 October 2018
National Stock Exchange signed a pact with the Uttarakhand government to provide access to capital to MSMEs, which will fuel the growth of such entities in the state.
The bourse play an active role in nurturing the SMEs and start-ups by increasing awareness along with the government on the opportunities to raise capital, SME exchange guidelines, listing processes, compliances with listing agreement among others.
9 October 2018
The MoC intends to carry forward the activities taken up under the MoU signed between the two countries on 24th December 2015.
A MoU was signed between Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation for development of cooperation in transport education.
2 October 2018
The MoU between the Portuguese Environment Ministry and Goa Public Works Department (PWD) was signed.
It will help Goa manage its water resources better.
The projects would include:
1. Opa water supply project in north Goa,
2. The sewage water treatment plant in Valpoi and
3. Manganese-removal efforts in Selaulim Reservoir.
2 October 2018
Canada agreed to sign a trade deal with the United States and Mexico, revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after almost a year of negotiations.
The new deal has been named the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Under the agreement, Canada has agreed to export a quota of 2.6 million vehicles to the United States in the wake of 25% global autos tariffs imposed by the US on national security grounds.
28 September 2018
The MoU was signed by CMD, National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), Ravindra Nath and Director General, Maroc PME, Mr Rabri Barrazouka.
Through this MOU, the NSIC and Maroc PME will work together to enhance cooperation opportunities for MSMEs of both countries.
Ms Alka Arora, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of MSME, held bilateral meetings with Mr Othman El Ferdaous, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Trade and Digital Economy and with other related Departments for enhancing cooperation in MSME Sector.
23 September 2018
The agreement will enable the airlines of each side to enter into code share with airlines of other party.
It will also provide greater freedom in mounting direct flights.
The revised Agreement is the outcome of three meetings of delegation from two countries who had worked towards liberalization of markets between the two countries and updating of the existing Air Services Agreement.
23 September 2018
Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre (MGICC) will be established in Niamey, Niger with the Indian government's grant assistance.
The centre honours the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, whose 150th birth anniversary is also being observed in 2019.
In response to growing request from countries in Africa, India has offered to establish Mahatma Gandhi convention centres in more than 20 countries in Africa, of which the project are being taken up in the immediate phase in nine countries.
India has provided lines of credit worth USD 96.54 million for projects in transport, electrification, solar energy and potable drinking water.
♦ Niger Capital: Niamey,
♦ Currency: West African CFA franc.
20 September 2018
The warehouse will be constructed with an Indian grant assistance of 30 crore Sri Lankan rupees.
The construction of a 5000-metric ton temperature controlled warehouse will used for fruits and vegetables to minimize its post-harvest losses.
18 September 2018
Bangladesh’s Cabinet approved a proposed agreement with India to allow it to use the Bangladesh seaports. The approved agreement will be effective for five years. The agreement would allow India to Chittagong and Mongla seaports for transporting goods to and from the northeastern States.
Only Bangladeshi vehicles may be used as freight transport to move the goods while they are in Bangladeshi territory. India must also follow GATT and Bangladeshi regulations and also pay the customs duties and buy tax equivalent bonds. Any cargos that move through Bangladesh will be monitored by a tracking system. The decision by Bangladesh is a step toward improving the friendly relations between Bangladesh and India.
16 September 2018
This association would benefit about 77 lakh poor and vulnerable families in Tamil Nadu.
Additionally, the insurance benefit for all those covered under the state scheme will be increased to Rs 5 lakh as per the National Health Protection Scheme.
12 September 2018
An ethanol plant will be set up in Bohali village, Panipat with an outlay of over Rs 900 crore.
The MoU will be valid for one year.
The proposed capacity of this ethanol plant will be of producing 100 kilolitres of ethanol per day.
Paddy and Sugarcane crop residues will be supplied as raw material for this plant in cyclic manner.
Bioethanol can be easily blended with petrol or diesel, thus making it sustainable transport fuel. It also reduces air pollution.
11 September 2018
Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) will facilitate access to advanced defence systems and enable India to optimally utilise its existing US-origin platforms.
The 2+2 ministerial dialogue between the two countries was attended by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and their Indian counterparts Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman.