Current Affairs Agreements

 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)

    • MoU between the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Defence of the Argentine Republic on Defence Cooperation.
    • MoU between the Republic of India and the Republic of Argentina for cooperation in the field of Tourism.
    • MOU on Cooperation and Collaboration between Prasar Bharti, India and the Federal System of Media and Public Contents, Argentina.
    • MoU in pharmaceuticals between Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), GoI, and National Administration of Drugs, Food and Medical Technology, Argentina.
    • MoU on Antarctic Co-operation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic and the Ministry of Earth Sciences of the Republic of India.
    • Work Plan on Cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Production and Labour of the Argentine Republic within the MoU signed in 2010.
    • Work Plan for the year 2019-21 between Indian Council of Agriculture Research Republic of India and the State Secretary of Agro-industry of the Ministry of Production and Labour of the Argentine Republic within the MoU signed in 2006.
    • Joint Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the field of Information & Communications Technology and Electronics between the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of the Government of the Republic of India and the Government Secretary of Modernization of the Republic of Argentina.
    • MOU between Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP), India, and CNEA, the Secretariat of Energy, Argentina.
    • Agreement for the establishment of India-Argentina Centre of Excellence for Information and Technology.
    Source: Press Information Bureau

     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- 
  • MoU between India and Morocco for setting up of a Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism.
  • Proposal for leasing out of 1.61 acres of land at Alipur, Delhi, owned by Delhi Milk Scheme to Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium for setting up of Kisan Mandi.
  • MoU between India and Finland on Cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of outer space
  • Proposal for allotment of land measuring 30 acres to Pasteur Institute of India for the establishment of New Viral Vaccine Manufacturing Unit at Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.
  • Extension of tenure of the National Commission for SafaiKarmacharis beyond 31.3.2019 for three years.
  • Introduction of Registration of Marriage of NRI Bill 2019.
  • Signing of MoU between India and Argentine in tourism.
  • Revision in the list of Scheduled Tribes of Chhattisgarh.
  • Signing of MoU between India and Saudi Arabia on establishing a mechanism for Investment Infrastructure in India.
  • MoU between India and Saudi Arabia on cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs matters.
  • Signing of MoU between India and Saudi Arabia in the field of tourism.
  • Partial modification of CCEA’s earlier decision for allowing all eligible Central Public Sector Enterprises and private sector entities to participate in the bidding for the Strategic Disinvestment of Engineering Projects (India) Limited.
  • Continuation of sub-schemes under “Umbrella programme for development of Scheduled Tribes” for the period till March, 2020.
  • Continuation of Credit Linked Capital Subsidy and Technology Up-gradation Scheme (CLCS-TUS) beyond 12th Plan for three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
  • Minimum Support Price for Raw Jute for 2019-20 season hiked to Rs.3950/- from Rs.3700/- per quintal by the Cabinet.
  • Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

      The NITI Aayog and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) to codify, document and share best practices to improve learning outcomes in public school education through systemic reforms, based on their collective experiences of working with various state governments in India. The SOI was signed in the presence of Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, by Mr. Alok Kumar, Adviser (HRD), NITI Aayog and Mr. Barun Mohanty, Managing Director (International), MSDF. The NITI Aayog was established with the core mandate of promoting cooperative and competitive federalism through evidence-based policy reform and knowledge inputs. ng sustainable education systems.
    Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

     The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change signed a Letter of Intent establishing the India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative together with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Earlier, the Indian and Norwegian governments agreed to work more closely on oceans by signing a MoU and establishing the India-Norway Ocean Dialogue during the Norwegian Prime Minister’s visit to India in January. Both the governments launched the first Joint initiative under this new partnership.
    Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

      An MoU was signed between Engineers India Limited (EIL) and Mongolia for Project Management Consultancy for oil refinery. EIL is a PSU under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of PETROTECH-2019 event at Greater Noida, UP. The MoU is for Project Management Consultancy services for construction of an oil refinery plant in Mongolia by EIL. The government of Mongolia is in the process to set-up 1.5 MMTPA greenfield crude oil refinery in Sainshand province, under Line of Credit (LoC) extended by Government of India.
    Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

      India and Bangladesh have signed an MOU for training 1800 Bangladesh Civil Servants at the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) an institute under the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DAR&PG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Govt. of India, over the next 6 years. The MOU was signed between the NCGG and the Ministry of Public Administration, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh during the visit of the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh.
    Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

      The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) announced that it has signed a pact with Invest India to promote foreign investments in the country and Indian investments abroad. Invest India is a government agency that promotes and facilitates investment in the country. The MoU was signed by ICAI President Naveen N D Gupta and Invest India MD and CEO Deepak Bagla. The objective of the MoU is to provide necessary guidance and advice to the potential inbound and outbound investors and promote India as an investment-friendly destination.
    Source- The Financial Express

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