The Telangana Government signed an MOU with Taoyuan City of Taiwan for better technology partnership in the state. The agreement was signed after the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2018 in Hyderabad.
IT Minister K T Rama Rao and principal secretary Jayesh Ranjan signed the agreement with Robert Huang, Director of the Board of Taiwan company at World IT Congress 2018.
The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and UK’s Natural History Museum (NHM) have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of genetic and taxonomic studies, research and training, conservation in India, including species and habitat conservation assessments.
The Open up mediums of collaboration in science, support further research and boost scientific study for benefit of both India and UK.
India and Iran signed nine agreements in order to further the bilateral cooperation between the two sides.
The pacts were signed after delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Iran President Hassan Rouhani at New Delhi's Hyderabad house.
The two countries inked pacts to enhance cooperation in the areas of taxation, maritime cooperation, health and medicine, trade, agriculture and postal cooperation.
India and Palestine signed six Memorandums of Understanding (MoU)s worth USD 40 million.
This was welcomed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
During the term of this Government, the President of India made the first ever visit to Palestine in 2015.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made an official visit to India in May 2017 and now for the first time, Prime Minister of India has made a visit to Palestine in 2018.
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) signed a project agreement with the World Bank for Jal Marg Vikas Project on river Ganga.
The World Bank entered into a USD 375 million loan agreement with the Department of Economic Affairs, Union Ministry of Finance for Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP).
Jal Marg Vikas Project, which is expected to be completed by March 2023, is being implemented with the financial and technical support of the World Bank.
Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) and Joint Stock Company United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Russia have signed an MoU to collaborate and engage in Design, Development and Execution of contemporary, State-of-Art vessels for Inland and Coastal Waterways.
The MoU will give a push to the Government’s Make-in-India programme, as also its plans to develop eco-friendly and economic transportation along India’s inland waterways and coastal shipping routes under SAGARMALA.
India joined Ashgabat Agreement on the establishment of an International Transport and Transit Corridor between the Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
The agreement was signed in 2011, which envisages facilitation of transit and transportation of goods between Central Asia and the Persian Gulf.
According to the External Affairs Ministry, the accession to the Agreement would diversify India’s connectivity options with Central Asia and have a positive influence on its trade and commercial ties with the region.
Indian Overseas Bank signed a MoU with National Housing Bank for the Rural Housing Interest Subsidy Scheme (RHISS) of the Ministry of Rural Development.
The main aim of the RHISS is to prove a subsidy for housing loans taken by those living in rural areas for construction and modifications of their dwelling units.
The interest subsidy under the scheme is 3 per cent for a loan amount of Rs2 lakh for 20-year tenure.
Indian Overseas Bank has become one of the first public sector banks to implement the scheme.
The subsidy is offered at three per cent for a loan amount of Rs. 2 lakh and with a loan tenure of 20 years.
The Telangana government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Clean Authority of Tokyo in connection with municipal solid waste incineration in Hyderabad.
The two bodies exchanged knowledge in municipal solid waste incineration facilities and make an effort to realize human resource exchanges in view of technical cooperation in the future.
India and Sri Lanka signed four agreements for collaboration in the Information and communication technology (ICT) sector, setting up of an e-office system and connecting of National Knowledge Network (NKN) for collaboration among universities and academics.
With the move, Sri Lanka has become the first country to be connected to India’s NKN through a Gigabyte optical fiber network.
The MoU for cooperation was signed by Union minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad with his Sri Lankan counterpart, during his visit to Colombo.
Indian Oil Corporation signed Letters of Intent (LoI) with Phinergy, an Israeli start-up company, and YEDA, a technology spin-off company from Weizmann Research Institute, Israel.
The agreement with Phinergy will allow Indian Oil to work on adoption of advanced energy systems for the Indian market both for mobility and stationary industrial applications.
This association could lead to the setting up of manufacturing units for these energy systems initially in India.
India and Israel have signed nine agreements to boost cooperation in the areas of space, cyber security and oil and gas between both countries.
The agreements were signed following delegation-level talks headed by Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in New Delhi.
Netanyahu is first Israeli Prime Minister to visit India in the span of last 15 years and second one overall.
Agreement on Film-co-production. Protocol on Amendments to Air Transport Agreement MoU on Cyber Security Cooperation between India and Israel Memorandum
MoU between the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Ministry of Energy on Cooperation inOil and Gas Sector LoI between IOCL and Yeda Research
MoU between Central Council for Research in Homeopathy and Ministry of AYUSH and Centre for Integrative Complementary Medicine, Shaare Zedek
MoU between Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) and Technion- Israel Institute of Technology for cooperation in the field of space.
India has signed an MoU with the United Kingdom to enable the return of illegal Indian migrants within a month of their detection by authorities abroad.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju confirmed that the pact was signed by him and UK Minister of State for Immigration Caroline Nokes in Britain.
India has granted a financial assistance worth over ₹288 crore ($45.27 million) to develop Sri Lanka's Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbour into a commercial port.
Sri Lanka’s ministry of finance and Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) signed an agreement in this regard.
The KKS Harbour was destroyed by the LTTE during Sri Lanka's civil war.
India and Canada will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the cooperation in the field of Science and Technology.
That will provide a mechanism and help to foster scientific cooperation between R&D and academic institutions of the two countries.
Notably, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved a MoU with Canada for cooperation in the field of Science and Technology. Under the MoU, an innovative model of R&D cooperation between India and Canada will be implemented under a MoU concluded by the Department of Science and Technology with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.
Under this MoU, the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnership to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) programme will be supported to promote India-Canada multidisciplinary research partnerships.
The R&D projects will be aimed at accelerating social transformation by providing solutions through application of science and technology.
The Indian Navy inked a MoU with the Cochin Port Trust (CPT), Kerala towards leasing of 228 meters of berths at Mattancherry Wharf for a period of five years.
The MoU has been concluded to cater for the futuristic requirements of the Navy with the sizeable increase in its fleet scheduled in the near future.
This is the first time such an agreement has been signed between the Navy and CPT.
The Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) and India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) signed an agreement for the training of employees of the latter in the area of payment banking.
Under the agreement, IICA has been entrusted with the key responsibility of capacity building of IPPB through training of its officials/employees besides providing research support by instituting Research Chairs in the emerging area of payment banking.
The Union Cabinet approved the signing of MoU between India and Israel on cooperation in the Oil and Gas Sector.
The cooperation envisaged under the agreement will facilitate promotion of investments in each other’s countries, technology transfer, R&D, conducting joint studies, capacity building of human resources and collaboration in the area of Start-ups.
The Union Cabinet approved the Agreement between India and Myanmar on Land Border Crossing.
The Agreement will facilitate regulation and harmonization of already existing free movement rights for people of both countries.
It will also facilitate movement of people on the basis of valid passports and visas which will enhance economic and social interaction between the two countries.
The Agreement is an enabling arrangement for movement of people across India-Myanmar border.
The Union Government has inked Loan agreement with World Bank for $40 Million IBRD Credit for “Uttar Pradesh Pro-Poor Tourism Development Project”.
The objective of UP Pro-Poor Tourism Development Project is to increase tourism-related benefits for local communities in targeted destinations.
This main tourist and pilgrimage attractions are Agra, Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana and Govardhan in Braj region.
Bank of Baroda entered into MoU with POORTI Agri Services Pvt. Ltd to enable the farmers to purchase agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, seeds etc. provided by POORTI.
This is a Platform for Online Ordering & Rural Transformation of India known as “POORTI”.
Poorti is a well-established company providing multi-party mobile commerce platform for easy ordering of fertilizers, pesticides, seeds by farmers with loans given by banks.
The Uttar Pradesh government signedan MoU with South Korea to enhance cooperation in the field of tourism, skill development, culture and farming.
An agreement was signed in 2000 to develop Ayodhya and Gimhae as sister cities, following which a memorial was constructed in Ayodhya which is visited by a large number of tourists from South Korea every year.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is holding a meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation with visiting Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
Mr Rogozin arrived in New Delhi. He is accompanied by senior Russian Government officials and representatives of trade and industry.
The meeting will enable the two sides to review the progress achieved by various Working groups and Sub-groups under the IRIGC-TEC and also discuss new areas of cooperation that could strengthen bilateral trade and investment.
The visiting dignitary will also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi this evening.
A loan agreement has been signed between India and Germany for providing additional funding of EUR 20 million for the Pare Hydroelectric Plant project under Indo-German Bilateral Development Cooperation.
The objective of the project is the generation of hydroelectric power for the socio-economic development of the North Eastern region.
The government of Germany signed a loan agreement with North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) for providing EUR 80 million with the government of India’s guarantee for the Pare Hydroelectric Plant project.
National Affairs: Haryana government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Airports Authority of India. The MoU aims at the development of an International Aviation Hub at Hisar.
The state reserved 4,200 acres of land adjoining the pre-existing airstrip, to be utilized for the project. A joint working group has also been comprised to guide the State Government in developing the Aviation Hub. Advisor of the Civil Aviation Department Ashok Sangwan signed the MoU on behalf of the state government while head of business management Anil Kumar Gupta signed on behalf of the AAI.
The proposed aviation hub plans for a 9,000 feet runway with international standards airport along with several other facilities including ample parking for airlines and general aviation (GA) operators, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).
Sri Lanka becomes the 163rd nation to accede to the anti-personnel mine ban convention, fulfilling the pledge it made last year to join the international community in supporting the ongoing landmine clearance programme, the foreign ministry.
The Ministry Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, commonly referred to as the Mine Ban Treaty or Ottawa Treaty, was adopted on September 18, 1997, at the Diplomatic Conference on an International Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Land Mines at Oslo, Norway.
According to the report by Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines, last year 8,605 mine or explosive remnants of war casualties were reported, in which at least 2,089 people were killed.
India and Cuba signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the health sector.
The objective of this MoU is to establish comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between the two countries in the field of health by pooling technical, scientific, financial and human resources in both countries.
India and Italy signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in Agriculture and Phytosanitary issues.
It was signed between Indian Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Italian Minister for Agriculture H.E Maurizio Martina that will provide a good framework for cooperation in this field.
India and Singapore have signed Bilateral Agreement for Navy Cooperation that will allow Indian Navy ships logistical support, including refuelling at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base located near disputed South China Sea (SCS).
The agreement was announced during second Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between India and Singapore held in New Delhi.
The Bilateral Agreement for Navy Cooperation will allow Indian Navy ships sailing through disputed SCS or in eastern waters of Andaman Sea to refuel.
The naval logistics agreement is first for India with country located east of strategically important Strait of Malacca.Singapore is strategically situated on major international sea routes – Straits of Singapore and Malacca – and connects Pacific and Indian Oceans making it economically important.
India and Finland joined hands to boost mutual ties in the areas of trade and investment, renewable energy and science and technology.
Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Finnish counterpart held talks in New Delhi to discuss upon strengthening mutual relations.
The two ministers reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and agreed to ramp up cooperation in trade.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Swaraj and Soini agreed to deepen cooperation in trade and investment, IT, new and renewable energy, science and technology, culture and people-to-people contact.
The two countries enjoy traditionally warm and friendly relations since diplomatic relations were established in 1949,” he tweeted. India’s annual trade with Finland has crossed $1 billion. In 2016, Finland was India’s 60th largest trading partner globally and the 10th largest within the EU.
USA President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to support the U.N. effort to "peacefully resolve" the nearly seven-year-long Syrian civil war.
They also discussed ways to implement a lasting peace in Ukraine," where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting troops loyal to Kyiv and how to keep international pressure on North Korea to end its nuclear weapon and missile development programs.
The first India-Myanmar Bilateral Military Exercise 2017 (IMBAX 2017) was held at Joint Warfare Centre at the Umroi Joint Training Node in Meghalaya.
It is first of its kind military training exercise between India and Myanmar on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO).
It was conducted by Army’s RED HORNS DIVISION under the aegis of GAJRAJ CORPS.
The six-day training exercise aimed at building and promoting closer relations with armies of the neighboring countries.
It aims to train officers of Myanmar Army in various United Nations Peacekeeping roles and tasks.
Indian Government decided to cancel a $500 million deal for procuring Spike ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile) from Israel.
The $500 million deal to procure Spike ATGM form Rafael Advanced Defence Systems of Israel was expected to be signed after price negotiations completed last year.
Union Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman wants that Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for the Indian Army should be indigenously developed and build by DRDO.
India and France have agreed to deepen security cooperation, bilaterally and in the multilateral fora, and strengthen strong commitment to combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
After holding delegation-level talks with Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean Yves-Le Drain, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stated both countries have vowed to get rid of the menace of terrorism.
The Union Cabinet approved an agreement between India and Belarus on Scientific and Technological Cooperation for mutual benefit in the areas of science, technology, agriculture.
The agreement was signed between Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB).
It was exchanged in September 2017 at New Delhi during official state visit of Belarus President H.E. Mr. Alexander Lukashenko.
The main aim of identifying, assessing, developing and commercializing globally competitive technologies from India and Belarus.
The Union Cabinet approved signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Poland for Promotion of Civil Aviation Cooperation.
The main aim of MoU is to recognize mutual benefit of Cooperation in the field of Civil Aviation having particular significance in establishing and improving Regional Air Connectivity (RCA) in India. Besides, both sides will recognize mutual benefits of environmental testing and approvals.
It recognizes mutual benefits of environmental testing and approvals, aircraft maintenance facilities approvals, flight simulators monitoring and approvals and aircrew members approvals.
The MoU will be for a term of five years.
Nepal Electricity Authority, NEA signed a joint venture agreement with China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC), a Chinese company to construct 750 MW West Seti Hydropower Project.
The agreement was signed in Kathmandu by NEA Executive Director Kulman Ghising and representatives of China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC).
The estimated cost of the project will be 1.8 billion US dollars.
CTGC will have 75% stake in the joint venture and NEA will hold remaining 25%.
According to the UN report, Syria officially signed up to the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States as the only country to reject the global climate-rescue pact.
War-torn Syria became the 169th of 196 countries that are members of the UN climate convention to take the legal step of ratification. After Nicaragua signed up in October 2017, Syria and USA were the only countries not to have adopted the pact.
Four agreements were signed by India and Philippines in areas including Defence Cooperation and Logistics, agriculture, Micro, Medium and Small Enterprises-MSME and forging closer relations between the Indian Council of World Affairs and the Philippines Foreign Service Institute.
The bilateral meeting was held between PM Narendra Modi and the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.
The bilateral component of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Philippines comes after 36 years.
It may be noted that in the Indo-Philippine bilateral meet, President Duterte was accompanied by five of his senior cabinet colleagues.
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) and Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) have come together to promote the growth of tourism traffic.
An MoU was inked to promote tourism from the catchment area of Hyderabad to Malaysia and also explore new locations for connectivity.
Over 100,000 passengers travel between Hyderabad and Malaysia every year and the traffic has grown by 28% CAGR in the last five years.
Central American country Nicaragua signed the Paris climate change agreement and presented the relevant documents for the agreement at the United Nations.
Earlier, Nicaraguan Government did not sign the agreement arguing that the accord did not put sufficient onus on wealthy countries to tackle climate change and was not ambitious enough in its objectives.
It is to be noted that Nicaragua has no oil and its government pursues green energy policies. More than 50% of its electricity is produced by geothermic, wind, solar, biomass and wave power.
Bangladesh signed long-term sales and purchase agreement with an Indian refiner to import gas oil to meet the country’s energy demand.
The deal between Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) and Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) was signed in presence of India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who arrived in Dhaka recently on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral issues.
National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB) signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with Andhra Pradesh State Government to develop technologies relating to banana production.
The MoC was signed between Andhra Pradesh’s Industries and Commerce Department Secretary M.Girija Shankar and NRCB Director S. Uma in presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
They will also provide necessary training and will support growers and entrepreneurs in the initial phase to promote indigenous and commercial varieties of banana for domestic and export markets.
India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) have signed the IBSA Trust Fund Agreement that seeks to fight poverty in developing countries.
It was signed at the 8th IBSA trilateral Ministerial Commission Meeting in Durban, South Africa.
It is an international tripartite grouping for promoting international cooperation among these countries.
India signed a Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) with Japan to send youngsters there as technical interns for on-the-job training for a period of three to five years.
The MoC on Technical Intern Training Programme was signed by Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Japanese Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare with Katsunobu Kato in Tokyo.
India is the third country with which Japan has signed the MoC.
India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India on has signed an investment agreement worth $1 billion with Abu Dhabi Investment.
With this, ADIA became first institutional investor in NIIF’s Master Fund and shareholder in NIIF’s investment management Company. NIIF is claimed to be India’s first sovereign wealth fund.
India and the European Union agreed to strengthen ties in key areas of trade and security after their 14th summit, which was held on 6th October, 2017.
The two sides also inked three pacts, including one on an international solar alliance.
India and the EU have been strategic partners since 2004.
Important Persons: President of the European Council - Mr. Donald Franciszek Tusk
President of the European Commission - Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker.
Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase II has received Rs. 3,800 crore from European Investment Bank.
The project will be jointly financed by European Investment Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which will give over Rs. 3,800 crore (EUR 500 million) and Rs. 2,300 crore (EUR 300 million) respectively.
India and Ethiopia have signed agreements on trade, communication, and media to boost bilateral ties.
The agreements were signed after wide ranging talks between President Ram Nath Kovind and his Ethiopian counterpart Mulatu Teshome at Addis Ababa.
The signed agreements are Trade Agreement Agreement in the field of Information, Communication, and Media.
The Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Myanmar on up gradation of the Women’s Police Training Centre at Yamethin, Myanmar.
Myanmar shares a long land border of over 1600 Km with India as well as a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal.
Both countries share a heritage of religious, linguistic and ethnic ties.
India and Myanmar signed a trade agreement in 1970. Bilateral trade has been growing steadily reaching USD 1571.95 million in 2014-15 (Exports to Myanmar USD 773.74 million and Imports from Myanmar USD 1016.86 million) and India is the fourth largest trade partner of Myanmar but trade remains below potential.