Here is the list of top 30 IR & Diplomatic Events between (November –August) 2015 compiled from PIB, The Hindu, Indian Express and other standard references and customized for civil services examination.
1. India foils UK Company’s bid to patent use of turmeric, pine bark and tea
- India foils UK Company’s bid to patent use of turmeric, pine bark and tea
- India has foiled a British Company’s bid to patent use ofturmeric, pine bark and tea for treating hair loss and succeeded in protecting its traditional knowledge.
2. India, Thailand sign multiple agreements, including DTAT
- India and Thailand on Monday signed a number of important agreements, including the double taxation avoidance treaty.
- They also exchanged instruments of ratification on the extradition treaty inked in 2013, which provides for the legal framework for seeking extradition of fugitive offenders.
3. India loses poultry case against US at WTO
- India has lost a case at the WTO; with the World Trade Organization on Thursday ruling that Indian ban on import of poultry meat, eggs and live pigs from the US was “inconsistent” with the international norms.
- India will have 12-18 months to implement this ruling, after which the US can begin exports of these products to India.
4. India-Bangladesh Land Boundary bill passed
- The historic India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement Bill, which was ridden with some drafting errors when passed by Parliament last week, was again passed by Rajya Sabha today but not before the opposition asked the government to avoid such mistakes again.
- The Constitution (119th Amendment) Bill to allow the operationalisation of the 1974 India-Bangladesh Land Boundary agreement was cleared by both the Houses unanimously last week.
5. 11 pacts signed between India and Germany
- Indian companies including HMT and Essel Group have signed 11 MoUs with German firms that will help boost foreign fund inflows as well as domestic manufacturing, Parliament was informed today.
- The pacts were signed last month at the Hannover trade fair. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had inaugurated the fair in Germany last month.
6. India for increased cooperation in Arctic Council
- India favoured increased cooperation in the Arctic Council in view of the geo-strategic importance of the Arctic Sea and the region’s important role in governing climate change that has global consequences.
- The Arctic Council is a high-level inter-governmental forum that addresses issues faced by the Arctic governments. India along with some other Asian countries in 2013 were given permanent observer’s status in the Arctic Council.
7. Indo – French Naval Exercise Varuna 2015 Concludes
- Fourteenth (14th) edition of Indo-French naval exercise (VARUNA) concluded off Goa. The ten day long exercise commenced on 23 April 2015 and included both a harbour and sea phase.
- Mr Laxmikant Parsekar, Chief Minister of Goa, French ambassador Mr. François Richier along with Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command and other senior naval officers embarked the French Navy’s Aircraft Carrier, Charles de Gaulle on the final day of the sea phase of the exercise.
8. India, Japan sign action agendas
- India and Japan signed a five-point action agenda to increase bilateral trade and investment.
- The five-point agenda includes development of selected townships in India as Japanese industrial townships, promotion of investment and infrastructure development, further development and cooperation in IT sector, enhancing cooperation in strategic sectors and Asia-Pacific economic integration.
9. India, France sign 17 agreements
- India and France signed 17 agreements, including on the stalled nuclear project in Jaitapur in Maharashtra, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with French President Francois Hollande.
- A MoU was signed between Larsen and Tubro and AREVA aimed at cost reduction by increasing localisation, to improve the financial viability of the Jaitapur project.
10. India-Japan ‘Soft Power’ Cooperation in Myanmar
- With economic reform processes in place and an elected government since 2010, Myanmar is now considered Asia’s new frontier, or even its final frontier, as prospects for investment and international trade increase.
- Countries that had imposed sanctions in the past are now willing to invest and do business with Myanmar, which boasts abundant resources and an economy with enormous potential for growth.
11. New Openings for India in the US-Iran Thaw
- Last week, P5+1 and Iranian diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland, announced that they had reached a frameworkfor a nuclear deal.
- The negotiations will now continue to work on technical issues as diplomats work toward a deadline for a comprehensive agreement at the end of June.
12. China to work with India to link its Silk Road plans with India’s ‘Mausam’ project
- Ahead of this week’s annual Defence Dialogue, China has expressed its readiness to work with India to link its ambitious Maritime Silk Road plans with India’s ‘Mausam’ project in a bid to address New Delhi’s strategic concerns.
- Defence Secretary R K Mathur will lead the Indian defence delegation at the talks due to be held in Beijing on April 8 and 9 during which the two countries would discuss a wide range of measures to step up cooperation between army, navy and airforce of the two countries.
13. India, Seychelles sign 4 pacts
- Cementing its strategic partnership with Seychelles, India signed four agreements with the Indian Ocean island nation to boost security and maritime partnership.
- Short it may be, but this visit has been very productive. It is no surprise that Seychelles is my first destination in the Indian Ocean Region,” Modi, the first Prime Minister to visit Seychelles in 34 years, said. Late premier Indira Gandhi had visited the country in 1981.
14. U.K. to unveil Gandhi statue on March 14
- Mahatma Gandhi’s bronze statue at Britain’s Parliament Square in London will be unveiled on March 14.
- The announcement came as the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust surpassed the 1 million pound mark in donations, with steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal adding 100,000 pounds and the Infosys board chaired by K.V. Kamath 250,000 pounds in the last few weeks.
15. China proposes triangular partnership with India, Sri Lanka
- Steering clear of a perception of China-India rivalry, Beijing has proposed at triangular partnership with India and Sri Lanka, ahead of a month-end visit to Beijing of the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
- We are happy to see close and friendly development of India-Sri Lanka relations.
16. 7th round of Joint Trade Committee meeting held between India and Kenya
- The 7th round of India Kenya Joint Trade Committee meeting was held in New Delhi.
- The Indian side was led by the Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge), Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman and Amb. Amina C. Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Republic of Kenya led the delegation from Kenya.
17. Four SAARC Countries Move to Finalize Motor Vehicles Agreement
- Senior officials from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal met on 2-3 February at Raichak near Kolkata to finalize a Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA)
- It was for a seamless transit of passenger and cargo vehicles between their countries and draw up plans for its speedy implementation.
18. India a fundamental provider of security, growth in Asia-Pacific
- Giving a new thrust to the Asia Pacific re-balance, the White House on Wednesday said it sees India as a “fundamental provider” of security and economic growth across the region.
- “In so many ways, as the U.S. implements our re-balance, we see India as a fundamental provider of security and economic growth across the region.
19. U.S.-India nuclear “breakthrough” could be finalised within a year
- A “breakthrough understanding” to open India’s nuclear power sector to U.S. firms reached during President Barack Obama’s visit to New Delhi last month could be finalised this year.
- The Jan. 25 announcement by Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi followed six weeks of intensive talks, but few details were released beyond a framework.
20. India sees RIC meeting as gateway to Eurasia
- India, China and Russia have recommended India’s membership to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as part of a joint communiqué.
- That seemed to reconcile China and Russia’s growing disenchantment with the United States with InE11dia’s interest in gaining a more prominent foothold in Eurasia.
21. India funds agricultural mechanisation in Ghana
- In yet another sign of its growing influence across Africa, India has provided Ghana with $150-million line of credit to support the implementation of an Agricultural Mechanisation Service Centre (AMSEC) projects intended to provide farmers all over the country with affordable and timely access to farm power machinery.
- Speaking at a ceremony to mark India’s 66th Republic Day, Ghana’s Interior Minister Mark Owen Woyongo said that India has also provided another $30-million line of credit to be used for the rehabilitation and upgrade of potable water in the Yendi area of the northern region.
22. US-India Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region
- As the leaders of the world’s two largest democracies that bridge the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region and reflecting our agreement that
- A closer partnership between the United States and India is indispensable to promoting peace, prosperity and stability in those regions, we have agreed on a Joint Strategic Vision for the region.
23. India, Bangladesh to set up joint border security coordination committee
- Indian and Bangladesh have proposed to constitute a Joint Border Coordination Committee to strengthen security along the porous Indo-Bangladesh border.
- This was decided on the concluding day of the two-day bilateral conference of deputy commissioners and district magistrates of Meghalaya (India) and Bangladesh held here.
24. Isro-Saarc satellite to be a communication vehicle
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has decided the Saarc satellite would be a communication-cum-meteorology satellite
- To aid the neighbouring countries with their need for satellite transponders for communication and weather forecasting.
25. India Offers Defense Assistance to Mongolia
- Late last week, India and Mongolia agreed to increase their cooperation on defense matters with India.
- It also promises to help Mongolia increase its capabilities in the areas of special operations, cyber security, bomb disposal, and tactics.
26. Oil India signs contract for two oil blocks in Myanmar
- Oil India Ltd, the second largest state explorer, has signed contract for two offshore oil and gas blocks it had bagged in Myanmar.
- OIL along with its consortium partners signed Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) for two offshore blocks M4 and YEB at Nay Pyi Taw.
27. Obama visit to launch new Indo-U.S. defence agenda
- A new 10-year defence framework with the United States is likely be finalised in time for President Barack Obama’s visit to India.
- This will be the highlight of the bilateral negotiations when he arrives in New Delhi next month.
28. Bilateral Cooperation between India and Norway in hydrocarbon explorations
- The Ambassador of Norway Mr Elvind S Homme along with a business delegation of Norwegian companies related to oil & gas sector called on the MOS(I/c) Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan.
- They discussed bilateral relationship between the two countries in the field of oil and natural gas.
29. India and the United Kingdom Agree to Further Strengthen the Cooperation in Education –
- The Sixth India-UKEducation Forum Meeting took place in New Delhi.
- Both the countries discussed the existing bilateral cooperation initiatives in education and also agreed to further strengthen it by taking up several new initiatives.
30. India-US reaches agreement on WTO
- The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) had fallen through last August after India refused to endorse it at the World Trade Organization meet in Geneva in August.
- The main cause was of lack of progress on the agreement on Public Stockholding for Food Security Purposes, meant to protect the food security of the poor.
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