The states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Uttarakhand agreed to implement the ambitious national health protection mission, which aims to provide an annual coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family.
The four states and the Union Territory of Chandigarh inked MoUs with the Union Health Ministry for the implementation of Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda presided over the MoU signing ceremony at a regional workshop for northern states in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
India and Panama have signed 2 agreements on the exemption of Visas for holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports and in the field of Agriculture.
These agreements were signed during the second leg of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
These ties are based on common values and a shared commitment to democracy, pluralism, and multi-culturalism of both the countries. 2 centers for Biodiversity and Innovation will be set up by India in Panama worth the US $10 mn and the US $15 mn each.
The National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC) signed a MoU with Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) for the year 2018-19.
The MoU envisages provision of enhanced services by NSIC under its marketing, financial, technology, and other support services schemes, for MSMEs in the country.
The corporation projects to increase its total business by 21.30% from Rs. 22,258 crore in the year 2017-18 to Rs. 27,000 crore in the year 2018-19.
India and Sri Lanka agreed on cooperation on exchange of information and other aspects to tackle smuggling of drugs in both countries.
A decision to this effect was taken at the third bilateral meeting between delegations from India's Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Sri Lanka's Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) on narcotics, drugs and psychotropic substances and related matters in New Delhi.
The Maharashtra government signed a MoU with the British Council to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation.
The British Council, with this MoU, will expand its existing work in the state, where in recent times, it has trained more than 100,000 teachers benefitting around five million learners.
The areas of potential collaboration include developing further initiatives to improve English teaching and enhance employability skills in schools and training institutes, building capacity in higher education and research and further co-operation on inspiring hundreds of thousands of people in the state through arts and culture.
SJVN Limited signed a MoU with Ministry of Power for the year 2018-19.
The MoU was signed by Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary (Power) and Shri Nand Lal Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, SJVN.
As per the targets set in the MOU, SJVN shall strive to achieve 9200 Million Units generation during the year under ‘Excellent’ category.
Further, SJVN will have Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) target of Rs. 900 crore and Turnover target of Rs. 2175 crore under the Excellent category.
A Loan Agreement for IBRD loan of USD 48 million for the “Meghalaya Community - Led Landscapes Management Project (MCLLMP)” was signed with the World Bank.
The main Objective of the Project is to strengthen community-led landscapes management in selected landscapes in the State of Meghalaya.
The Project consists of three components: (i) Strengthening Knowledge and Capacity for Natural Resource Management; (ii) Community-led landscape planning and implementation and (iii) Project Management and Governance.
In line with the efforts to indigenize the defense sector under the 'Make in India' initiative, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed a MoU to cater to the needs of evolving domestic and export markets for defense products and systems.
The MoU seeks to leverage the capabilities of both the firms for meeting the growing requirements of the Indian Armed Forces.
The MoU also intends to leverage the well-developed supply chain, vast experience and expertise of BEL and L&T to synergize and enhance exports in the defense sector.
An Indian consortium consisting of IOCL, BPCL and HPCL signed a MoU with Saudi Aramco on the sidelines of the16 International Energy Forum Ministerial.
According to the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, the project cost is estimated at around Rs3 lakh crore ($44 billion).
The refinery will be capable of processing 1.2 million barrels of crude oil per day (60 million tonnes per annum).
The plan is to finish the project by 2025.
India inked a pact with Morocco under which focus would be laid on the evaluation of potential mineral resources and promoting exploration and mining through the participation of both public and private sector.
The MoU was signed in New Delhi after the bilateral discussions between Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and his counterpart Aziz Rabbah of Morocco.
India and World Expo 2020 signed participants contract for India’s pavilion in the prestigious World Expo 2020 held once in 5 years.
The contract provides for the setting up of India pavilion at Expo 2020 on an extra large plot (about one acre) in the ‘Opportunity’ segment.
Singapore and China signed a MoU in Beijing, China to promote greater collaboration between Singapore and Chinese companies in third-party markets along the Belt and Road.
Under the MOU, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), NDRC (China's lead agency for BRI) and Enterprise Singapore will form a working group to identify sectors and markets of mutual interest, and organise business matching activities and forums to facilitate third-party market cooperation between Singapore and Chinese companies along the Belt and Road.
India and Equatorial Guinea sign four agreements in the field of agriculture, mining, health, telecommunications and IT after delegation-level talks between Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
The two countries agreed to work together at UN, where Equatorial Guinea has just begun a two-year term on the Security Council.
Both countries reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral ties between the two countries. President Kovind is on the first leg of his 3-nation visit to Equatorial Guinea.
India and Nepal have agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations in key areas of border security, connectivity, trade and agriculture.
The two countries agreed to develop inland waterways for overall economic development of the region.
Aiming to expand cross-border rail linkages, the two sides have also decided to construct a new electrified rail line, with India’s financial support.
The rail line will connect the border city of Raxaul in India to Kathmandu in Nepal.
India and Azerbaijan have inked two documents for the visa waiver for diplomatic, official and service passports holders and cooperation between diplomatic training institutes.
The agreements were signed during the ongoing visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to that country.
Ms. Swaraj is there to be part of 18th NAM Ministerial Conference in Baku.
The Union Cabinet approved the signing of MoU between India and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland regarding cooperation and Exchange of Information for the Purposes of Combating International Criminality and Tackling Serious Organised Crime.
India and U.K. already have an agreement concerning the investigation and prosecution of crime and the tracing, restraint, and confiscation of the proceeds and instruments of crime (including crimes involving currency transfers) and terrorist funds, which was signed in 1995.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship have signed MoU to conduct skill development training programmes for agriculture and allied sector.
These skill development training programmes will be conducted at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs).
The MoU will help to increase cooperation between both ministries and help in fulfilling Government’s dream of “Kaushal Bharat-Kushal Bharat”.
KVK is a project of ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) for testing and transfer of Agricultural technologies at the grassroots level.
India and Hong Kong signed a double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) that seeks to improve transparency in tax matters and help curb tax evasion and avoidance.
The agreement between India and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China was signed by Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale and Hong Kong Finance Secretary Paul Chan Mo-Po in Hong Kong.
Andhra Pradesh inked MoU with US-based AutoGrid to help transform electricity sector of the state.
With this Andhra Pradesh will adopt smart grid and Internet of Things (IoT) based solutions of AutoGrid to improve energy utilities' financial health and customer experiences.
The state government on Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AutoGrid, a US-based leading provider of flexible management software for the energy sector, at the CII Partnership Summit.
The initiative involves demand-side management (DSM) programmes covering key segments, including agricultural pump-sets, residential/commercial ACs, and industrial units.
The Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company (APSPDCL) will use the programmes to evaluate its benefits to the utility as well as to the consumers in the state.
A MoU between the Government of India and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) was signed in New Delhi.
The agreement was signed to usher the “programme based research support” in addressing current and future global and local developmental challenges.
IDRC funded 551 research activities worth CA$159 million in India through institutions, researchers, and NGOs.
During the last five years (2012-17), 96 research projects worth CA$ 51 million were funded by the IDRC in India.
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.