PIB News: February 23, 2021

India and Mauritius sign Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement Dr Anup Wadhawan, Commerce Secretary, Government of India, and Ambassador Mr. Haymandoyal Dillum, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Government of Mauritius signed the India-Mauritius Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA)  in Port Louis  on February 22. CECPA  is the first …

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PIB News: February 22, 2021

VL-SRSAM Missile System Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted two successful launches of Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM).  The launches were carried out on February 22 from a static vertical launcher from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. National Technology Awards 2020  A total of 12 …

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India Reaches Out To Indian Ocean Partners

Indian Foreign Minister Dr. S Jaishankar went on a four-day visit to the Maldives and Mauritius February 20-23. The minister held high-level meetings in both countries, including with the defense and foreign ministers. India in recent years has stepped up strategic outreach to its Indian Ocean partners. Both the Maldives and Mauritius have been key in pursuing …

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FSSAI’s GMO Threshold; Ultrafine Particles; State Of India’s Environment; Solar ‘Gigawatt Club’

FSSAI’s GMO Threshold According to the Coalition for a GM-Free India,  one per cent threshold for genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food crops imported into India, is unacceptably high. The threshold has been set by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). In August 2020, FSSAI had issued the order that 24 food crops …

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Recent Development In Myanmar, And India’s National Interests; China’s New Coast Guard Law

Recent development in Myanmar, And India’s National Interests India’s national interests, under the new circumstances, would clearly lie in dealing with whoever is in power in Myanmar. India will find it difficult to openly support the junta, especially because the pro-democracy sentiments in Europe and America. However, India can’t afford to offend the junta by …

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Stronger China And India’s Foreign Policy Priorities

Many things that started in 2020 could gain strength in 2021. This includes ouster of Trump in America. Trump’s ouster is likely to bring similar regie change in other countries as well. Despite the promise of a Biden presidency to redefine U.S.-Europe relations, Europe has not only turned its back on the U.S., it is …

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PIB News: February 20, 2021

Dr. Harsh Vardhan Addresses ‘Population Versus Planet’ Conference Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare on February 20 participated and expressed his views in WION and Zee Media’s ‘Population versus Planet’ Conference which is a part of its year-long campaign called ‘Mission Sustainability: Population Vs Planet‘. Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “More people …

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Sixth Governing Council Meeting Of NITI Aayog

The sixth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog was held on February 20, 2021 under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi via video conferencing. It was attended by 26 Chief Ministers, 3 Lieutenant Governors and 2 Administrators, apart from Union Ministers, who are Ex-Officio Members, and Special Invitees. NITI Aayog …

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Farm Income Mission; Privatisation Of Public Sector Banks

Farm Income Mission In the last year of its mission to double farmers income, the Centre admits that no actual assessment of farm income has been carried out since 2013. The government did not provide any details on what the base year for this goal is or what the targeted income to be achieved by …

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