Current Affairs Agreements

 NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and Adobe signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) to collectively drive the charter of developing creative skills and spreading digital literacy across all Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) in India. 100 schools will be adopted by Adobe under the ATL initiative and will be implementing its Digital Disha Program in ATLs, under which free licenses of Adobe Spark premium shall be offered to ATLs.
Source: Press Information Bureau

  India and Brunei signed a pact for the 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.
Source: Business Standard

 The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the following set of approvals.  The important Cabinet Approvals are given as follows:
  • Cabinet approves to the MoU between India and Argentina on cooperation in the field of Medical Products Regulation.
  • Cabinet approves inclusion of Common Services Centres under MEITY as Enrolment Agency for PM-SYM.
  • Cabinet approves setting up of a Railway Zone at Vishakhapatnam.
  • Cabinet approves Relaxation in Aadhaar related Conditions for Second Instalment under PM – KISAN scheme.
  • Cabinet approves joining of IEA Bioenergy TCP by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas as a Member.
  • Cabinet approves National Policy on Software Products – 2019.
  • Boost to Urban Public Transport connectivity in Kanpur.
  • Cabinet approves Promulgation of an Ordinance for Amendment to the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005.
  • Cabinet approves promulgation of Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.
  • Boost to Urban Public transport connectivity in Agra.
  • Cabinet approves Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.
  • Cabinet approves the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.
  • Cabinet approves Rs. 1450 crore for the share capital of RBI in National Housing Bank, NHB.
  • Cabinet approves Laying Down Procedure and Mechanism for Asset Monetization of CPSEs/PSUs/other Government Organizations and Immovable Enemy Properties.
  • Cabinet approves Implementation of Master Plan of AIIMS, New Delhi.
  • Cabinet approves the Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019.
  • National Mineral Policy, 2019 approved by Cabinet.
  • Cabinet approves Creation of two posts of Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities in the Central Government in terms of Section 74(2) of The RPwD Act, 2016 to assist the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities.
  • Cabinet apprised of MoU between India and the UK on Cooperation in Weather and Climate Sciences.
  • Cabinet approves MoU between India and Norway for undertaking non-intrusive Geological Surveys and Investigations.
  • Cabinet approves MoU between India and USA to access tip line reports on Missing and Exploited Children.
  • Cabinet approves Setting up of New AIIMS at Manethi, Haryana.
  • Cabinet approvesthe New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Ordinance, 2019.
  • Cabinet approves setting up of SPV for disinvestment of Air India and its Subsidiaries/JV
  • Cabinet approves Scheme for FAME India Phase II.
  • Cabinet apprised of MoU between India and Tajikistan on Cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy.
  • Cabinet approves Setting up Centre for Disability Sports at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Source: Press Information Bureau

      Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) signed an MoU for jointly developing infrastructure for fuels, lubricating oil, LPG, Natural Gas and any other related fuel and gas for meeting the requirement of National Waterways. The MoU will provide for an understanding over general modalities of mutual cooperation leading to addressing futuristic demand of any form of energy for Inland Waterways and associated services.
    Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

      Under its diversification programme, FCI Aravali Gypsum and Minerals India Limited (FAGMIL) has 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. The plant is expected to be commenced by the year 2022.
    Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

      India and Sri Lanka signed an MoU to establish a business center for ICT incubatorsin Jaffna (a city in Sri Lanka) through the grant of 25 crore Sri Lankan rupees from India. The MoU was signed by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and Secretary, Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade Mr. S. T. Kodikara in Colombo in presence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.
    Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

      Navratna Defence PSU, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Hughes India have entered into a Teaming Agreement for design, development, supply, installation, integration and commissioning of Satellite Communication solutions for helicopters under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India at Aero India 2019, Bengaluru. Director (Marketing), BEL, Ms Anandi Ramalingam and President, Hughes India Shri Partho Banerjee signed the MoU in the presence of Director (Other Units), BEL, Shri Nataraj Krishnappa.
    Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

     List of MoUs/Documents signed between India and the Republic of Korea during the State Visit of Prime Minister Modi to the Republic of Korea:
    S. No. Name of Document   Objectives
    1. MoU on release of commemorative postal stamp on Queen Hur (Suriratna)   For releasing a joint stamp commemorating the legendary Princess Suriratna (Queen Hur Hwang-ok), a legendary Princess of Ayodhya, who went to Korea in AD 48 and married King Kim-Suro
    2. MOU on Extension of Korea Plus   To continue operations of Korea Plus- an organization that facilitates investments by Korean companies in India.
    3. MoU on Start-up Cooperation   To promote collaboration among Start-ups and to set up of a Korea Start-up Centre (KSC) in India
    4. MoU between Korean National Police Agency and MHA on Combating Transnational Crime And Developing Police Cooperation   To enhance cooperation between the law enforcement agencies of the two countries and combat trans-border and international crimes.
    5. MoU between Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and Prasar Bharti on Cooperation in Broadcasting   To facilitate the broadcast of DD India Channel in South Korea and KBS World Channel in India.
    6. MoU between National Highways Authority of India and Korea Expressway Corporation   To promote bilateral cooperation in road and transport infrastructure development projects of India
    Source- MEA

      An MoU was signed between Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada for next 10 years inNew Delhi. Both institutions shall explore opportunities for future collaborations in the field of forestry science through their respective organizations. The MoU will help in exchange of students, researchers, and faculty, developing research projects, livelihood opportunities and augment income of the forest-based communities and also assist the industries to optimize the utilization of forest-based resources with access of technology to different stakeholders by the respective organizations.
    Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

     The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the following set of approvals. The important Cabinet Approvals are given as follows:
    The Cabinet has approved- 
  • Promulgation of the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Ordinance, 2019.
  • The release of an additional instalment of DA to Central Government employees and DR to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2019.
  • Proposal for promulgation of the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019.
  • MoU between India and Morocco on the Reciprocal facilitation of procedures for issue of Business Visa.
  • Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase II.
  • Creation of one post of Secretary and one post of Joint Secretary in the newly created Department of Fisheries.
  • “Reforms in Exploration and Licensing Policy for enhancing domestic exploration and production of oil and gas”.
  • Continuation of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin beyond March, 2019 (PMAY-G Phase-II).
  • Agreement on Proposed Participation of India in PISA.
  • Agreement on simplification of visa requirements for travel of certain categories of citizens between India and South Africa.
  • Implementation of the “National Rural Economic Transformation Project under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM).
  • Swadesh Darshan Scheme: Integrated Development of Theme-based Tourist Circuits in the country.
  • Proposal for Constitution of Development and Welfare Board for De-notified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Communities.
  • Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Corridor of RRTS.
  • MoU between Korea and India.
  • Promulgation of the Companies (Second Amendment) Ordinance 2019.
  • Cadre Review of 8 organized Group ‘A’ Services in Railways.
  • The proposal of National Policy on Electronics 2019.
  • MoU between India and Vietnam for Cooperation in the field of Communications.
  • MoU between India and Morocco to Facilitate Mutual Recognition of Academic Qualifications.
  • Proposal for Promulgation of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage), Second Ordinance, 2019.
  • Transfer of 50.76 acres land at Sarangpur, Chandigarh to the PGIMER, Chandigarh.
  • Continuation of KhadiGramodyogVikas Yojana from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
  • Revisions/modifications in National Programme for Mid-Day Meal in Schools.
  • Phase-II of Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Programme for achieving cumulative capacity of 40,000 MW from Rooftop Solar Projects by the year 2022.
  • Launch Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan.
  • Methodology for allowing the allocate of coal mines for specified end use or own consumption to sell 25% of actual production on ROM basis in open market under the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 and the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957.
  • Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

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