Current Affairs Summits

Lucknow will host the 11th biennial edition of DefExpo from February 5 to 8, 2020.The focus of the Expo will be on “Digital transformation of defence”. The main themeof DefExpo India-2020 will be “India: the emerging defence manufacturing hub”.
Source: The Hindu

  The 8th meeting of India-Uzbekistan Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorismwas held in New Delhi. The Joint Working Group reviewed threats posed by terrorist groups worldwide and in their respective regions including cross border terrorism. The meeting was co-chaired by Mahaveer Singhvi, the Ministry of External Affairs’ Joint Secretary for Counter-Terrorism and Ambassador Farhod Azriev of Uzbekistan.
Source: The Business Standard

13th meeting of the India-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) was held in London. Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways and Secretary of State for International Trade of the UK participated in the meeting. The 14th meeting of the JETCO would take place in New Delhi in 2020.
Source: The Press Information Bureau

  2nd formal discussion on holy Gurdwara of Kartarpur Sahib between India and Pakistan was held in Wagah.
Agreements made in the discussion were:
  • Pakistan agreed to allow visa-free travel for the Indian passport holders and Overseas Citizenship of India card holders seven days a week.
  • 5,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara per day throughout the year.
  • The pilgrims will be allowed to travel as individuals or in groups and also on foot.
Source: The Hindu

 India and Russia bilateral co-operation to the next level in the field of space, including assistance in India’s maiden human space flight mission ‘Gaganyaan’. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of Russia’s space agency (ROSCOSMOS) led the two sides in the meeting. Co-operation in futuristic technologies including new space systems, rocket engines, propellants and propulsion systems, spacecrafts and launch vehicle technology.
Source: The News on AIR

  The first Global Conference for Media Freedom co-hosted by the UK and Canada in London. A three members Indian media delegation, including Prasar Bharati Chairman A.Surya Prakash, Rajya Sabha MP and journalist Swapan Dasgupta, and journalist and political analyst Kanchan Gupta, have attended the first Global Conference for Media Freedom.
Source: The DD News

 The US India Strategic and Partnership Forum 2nd annual leadership summit held in Washington. “US India Bilateral Trade Report” was released on the occasion.
Some findings of the report are: 
  • US India bilateral trade could reach USD 238 billion by 2025.
  • Sectors such as defence trade, commercial aircrafts, oil and LNG, coal, machineryand electronics are areas of potential growth.
  • The US-India trade balance has grown 3.8 per cent on an average in favour of India.
Source: The Financial Express

The 19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting was held in London. External Affairs Minister conveyed India’s stand at the meet.
Source: The Hindu

 The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship organised the 36th meeting of the Central Apprenticeship Council (CAC) in New Delhi. The 36th CAC meet under the chairmanship of Minister of MSDE, aims to meet the aspirations of the Indian youth who strive to gain on-the-job training and secure better opportunities for employment.
Source: The Press Information Bureau

  4th Director General level talks between Narcotics Control Bureau (India) and Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (Myanmar) was held in New Delhi. India and Myanmar have resolved to exchange crucial information relating to drug trafficking and precursors.
Source: The DD News


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