Cabinet approves MoU on aviation with BRICS

Cabinet approves MoU on aviation with BRICS
The Union Cabinet approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) amongst BRICS nations on Regional Aviation Partnership. The government aims for the BRICS nations to benefit from the establishment of an institutional framework to corporate in the field of civil aviation. The MoU has the potential to spur greater trade, investment, tourism amongst the BRICS Nations.

NDB plans to launch Americas regional office

New Development Bank (NDB), formerly referred to as BRICS Development Bank, is planning to launch its Americas Regional Office in Brazil. It will increase operational capabilities of NDB and facilitate identification & preparation of bankable projects in Brazil. NDB is mandated to mobilise resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS & other emerging economies.

‘Green Good Deeds’ gets global recognition

Green Good Deeds, the societal movement launched by Union Minister for Environment, Dr Harsh Vardhan has found acceptance by the global community. The movement aims to protect the environment and promote good living in the country. The ongoing BRICS Ministerial on Environment in South Africa, has agreed to include “Green Good Deeds” in its official agenda in the next Ministerial in Brazil.

Cabinet nod to BRICS pact on medical products

The government approved the pact with medicine regulatory agencies of BRICS nations on cooperation in the field of regulation of medical products.The MoU would facilitate better understanding about the regulatory aspects between the parties and could help in increasing India’s export of medical products to BRICS. The approval was given by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister.

1st meet of BRICS FMs & Central Bank Governors

First meeting of BRICS Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors was held on the sidelines of IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington D.C.Main issues that were discussed were related to enhancing project pipelines of NDB evenly across member countries & expansion of NDB’s membership. Issues related to BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement as well as BRICS Bond Fund were also discussed.

Current Events October 2015 – World

• 11th Asia Europe Meeting begins in Panaji, inaugurated by Najeeb Shah. Next meeting to be held in Germany in 2017.
• Indian diaspora launched ‘Modi Express’ bus in UK, first stop of bus is at Ealing Road, Wembley also known as “Little India”.
• France to introduce biometric visas to Indians-long-term visas for 3 or 5 year.
• BRICS issued a joint declaration at first ministerial meeting on migration held in Sochi, Russia to fight and prevent the organised human trafficking and migrants smuggling.
• UN Security Council adopted a resolution authorizing European Union (EU) and individual countries to cope with humanitarian crisis on the high seas of Libya.
• Supported by 14 members except Venezuela, Operation Sophia to monitor traffickers.
• China launched Typhoon detecting missile – first typhoon detecting rocket from Hainan.
• China launches international payment system(CIPS) to globalise yuan – became one of the world’s top five payment currencies.
• China activated world’s highest-altitude hydropower station dubbed as Zam Hydropower Station located on the Yarlung Zangbo River which is known as Brahmaputra in India.
• Iran’s Parliament gives Pre-approval for Nuclear Deal with 6 world powers – US, UK, Russia, France, China and German.
• Navies of India Japan and US are participated in exercise Malabar Oct (14-19).
• Egypt, Japan, Senegal Ukraine and Uruguay are elected as the non permanent members by the UN General Assembly.
• China and Indonesia inked an USD 5.5 billion deal to build the first high-speed railway – USD5.5bn .
• US launched anti-bullying campaign in three South Asian languages – Hindu, Urdu and Punjabi – “Act To Change”
• 1100-km gas pipeline agreement inked between Pak-Russia, from Lahore to Karachi – infuse $2 billion
• International Religious Freedom Report 2014 – accordance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. Anti-conversion” laws in six states – Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Madhya Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Karnataka top the list of anti-Christian violence
• BRICS University President Forum 2015 held at Chinese capital Beijing. Aim to build an exchange platform among academia, political sphere and business community, leading to in-depth research on major challenges confronted by BRICS countries.
• NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) launched the biggest military exercise “Trident Juncture” in Italy(Sicilian city Trapani)- 36,000 soldiers from more than 30 countries.
• NATO Deputy Secretary – General Alexander Vershbow.
• WHO released global status report on road safety 2015 based on the informations from 180 countries.
• Russia and US have signed a MoU to avoid mid-air incidents over Syrian skies
• Pakistan set to become fifth largest
n-power by 2025 – US Nuclear Notebook report by Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris
• Britain and China inked nuclear deal 18 billion-pound ($28 billion) – Chinese President Xi Jinping and Britain PM Prime Minister David Cameron
• China’s First High-Resolution Satellite Ziyuan III Maps Large Part of World.
• BRICS Ministerial Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) was held in Moscow.
BRICS nations agreed for co-investment of resources for supporting multilateral Research and Development (R&D) Projects signed by Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan .
• Nepal signed MoU with China to import all kinds of fuel in order to ease fuel crisis in the country.
• China President Li Keqiang and Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel ink 13 deals to step up cooperation – USD 17 billion pact.

BRICS Cup from next year, first one to be held in India

Coinciding with the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit next year in India, an under-17 football tournament will be played between the nations. As a lead-up to the 2017 under-17 FIFA World Cup, India will use the competition to test its infrastructure and on-field preparation.
iii. FC Barcelona or Qatar’s under-17 side have been mooted as possible participants due to their links with the United Nations body. The tournament’s launch was accompanied by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Associated Chambers of Commerce (ASSOCHAM) and the Brazilian representatives.

KV Kamath appointed BRICS Bank president

Eminent banker K.V. Kamath was on Monday appointed as head of the USD 50 billion New Development Bank being set up by the five emerging economies of BRICS grouping. Mr. Kamath will have a five-year term of the bank, which is likely to be operationalised within one year. About NDB – The New Development Bank (NDB), formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, is a multilateral development bank operated by the BRICS states (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) as an alternative to the existing US-dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The bank is set up to foster greater FINANCIAL and development cooperation among the five emerging markets.