India & World Current Affairs December 2015 (Part 2)

India & World Current Affairs December

India and Bangladesh Signed SOP to Operationalise Agreement on Coastal Shipping

  • India and Bangladesh signed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on November 16, 2015 to operationalise the ‘Agreement on Coastal Shipping’. The Coastal Shipping Agreement will enable a huge saving in logistic costs of EXIM transport between the two countries.
  • The SOP was signed by the Joint DG (Shipping) Ministry of Shipping, government of India and Chief Engineer and Ship Surveyer, Department of Shipping, government of Bangladesh at New Delhi.

Also Read – Science and Technology Current Affairs November

India and Australia Seal Nuclear-deal Procedures

  • India announced on November 16, 2015 that the procedures for a civil nuclear agreement with Australia for supply of uranium after completion of a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit.
  • Australia has about a third of world’s recoverable uranium resources and exports nearly 7000 tonnes of it a year. India will be the first country to buy Australian uranium without being a signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

India and China Agreed to Deepen Defence Ties

  • India and China decided to deepen bilateral defence ties and maintain peace and tranquillity at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on November 16, 2015 besides strengthening cooperation against terror, including at the international level.
  • The decisions came after the meeting between a visiting 26-member delegation led by General Fan Changlong, Vice-Chairman of China’s powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) and Defence Minister Manohar Parikar.

India Inked Civil Aviation Molls with Six Countries

  • India has inked Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) with six nations during the International Civil Aviation Negotiations held from October 19-23, 2015 in Turkey’s Antalya and attended by 106 countries.
  • The negotiations would enhance the international air connectivity from India and would offer the passengers wider choice and seamless connectivity. The MoUs were signed by India with countries like Oman, Kenya, Ethiopia, Finland, Kazakhstan and Sweden.

India and UK Announced £ 9 Billion Worth of Deals

  • India and the UK announced deals worth £ 9 billion on J November 12, 2015 as they signed a civil nuclear pact and decided to collaborate in the field of defence and cyber security besides launching a railway rupee bond.
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron also reiterated his country’s support for India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council. He want to make London the centre for off-shore rupee trading with the launch of 1 billion worth of bonds including the first government-backed rupee denominated bond.

India Won Re-election to UN Commission on International Trade Law

  • India has been re-elected to the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) for the 2016-2022 term on November 9, 2015, maintaining its unbeaten track record of winning elections at the world body.
  • India would continue to play a constructive role in the UNCITRAL which is recognised as the core legal body of the United Nations j system in the field of international trade law. A legal body with universal membership specialising in commercial law reform worldwide for over 40 years, UNCITRAL’s business is the modernisation and harmonisation of rules on international business.

India Inked Energy Pact with Indonesia

  • India has signed two Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) with Indonesia on November 2, 2015 to strengthen it ties with Indonesia. These MoUs were inked between the Vice-President Hamid Ansari and his counterpart Jusuf Kala after their bilateral talks in Jakarta.
  • The dignitaries agreed on two expected agreements i.e., cooperation in new and renewable energy, and renewal of, the cultural exchange programme 2015-18. The energy-pact would serve the commitments India and Indonesia had made to reduce carbon emissions by 35 and 29% respectively by 2030.

Also Read – Science and Technology Current Affairs Nov 2015.

BRICS Countries Signed Moscow Declaration

  • The Indian delegation led by the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, signed a joint Declaration called Moscow Declaration at the 3rd Meeting of BRICS Ministers for Science, Technology and Innovation held at Moscow on October 28, 2015.
  • This Declaration reflects BRICS partnership in addressing common global and regional socio-economic challenges, utilising such drivers as Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
  • BRICS STI Minister agreed on the collaboration for cooperation within large research infrastructures, including mega-science projects; coordination of the existing large-scale national programme of the BRICS countries.
  • Development and implementation of a BRICS Framework Programme for funding multilateral joint research projects, technology commercialization and innovation and establishment of BRICS Research and Innovation Networking Platform.

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