सामयिक विषय: Short Notes

Cabinet approves India- Sri Lanka MoU for cooperation in Traditional Medicine

Cabinet approves India- Sri Lanka MoU for cooperation in Traditional Medicine

Question: Nokrek Biosphere Reserve is situated in which of the following states?
(a) Meghalaya
(b) Odisha
(c) Chhattisgarh
(d) Arunachal Pradesh
Ans: (a)

  • On June 22, 2017, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval for signing an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy between Ministry of AYUSH, government of of India and the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine of the Government of Sri Lanka.
  • The signing of the proposed MoU will enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the areas of traditional medicine and homoeopathy. This will be of immense importance to both countries considering their shared cultural heritage.
  • There are no additional financial implications involved. The financial resources necessary to conduct research, training courses, conferences / meetings will be met from the existing allocated budget and existing plan schemes of Ministry of AYUSH.
  • The activities between the two sides will start immediately after the signing of the MoU by the two countries. The initiatives taken between the two countries will be as per the terms of reference of the MoU signed and will be a continuing process till the MoU remains in operation.
  • The Ministry of AYUSH, as a part of its mandate to propagate Indian systems of Medicine globally has taken effective steps by entering into MoUs with 11 countries.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=165830

Cabinet approves India-Netherlands MoU in water management

Cabinet approves India-Netherlands MoU in water management

Question: The Hague is a famous city of which of the following countries?
(a) The Netherland
(b) Belgium
(c) Spain
(d) Mexico
Ans:(a)

  • On June 22, 2017, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, government of India and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for bilateral cooperation in the field of water resources management.
  • The MoU envisages cooperation at the National, regional and international levels by collaborating and sharing experience and expertise in the areas such as techniques in the efficient use of water resources, river basin management, decision support systems, delta management, water quality issues and waste water recycling and re-use through innovative concession arrangements.
  • The form of cooperation under the MoU will include promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise through study visits, seminars, conferences and meetings of experts of the Signatories.
  • A Joint Working Group shall be formed to monitor the activities to be carried out in fulfillment of the MoU.
  • The Bilateral cooperation will benefit the country in enhancing institutional and technical capacity of center and State Government agencies dealing with water resources especially in the field of river basin management, pollution abatement of rivers including Ganga, flood management, water quality and efficient use of water amongst others.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=165846

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Armenia on Space Cooperation

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Armenia on Space Cooperation

Question: ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 successfully launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with how many co-passenger satellites on June 23, 2017?
(a) 30
(b) 25
(c) 31
(d) 35
Ans:(a)

  • On June 22, 2017, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was apprised about an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space between India and Armenia.
  • The MoU has already been signed in April, 2017.
  • This MoU shall enable the areas of cooperation such as, space science, technology and applications including remote sensing of the earth; satellite communication and satellite based navigation; space science and planetary exploration; use of spacecraft and space systems and ground system; and application of space technology.
  • The agreement would facilitate setting up of a Joint Working Group, drawing members from Department of Space/ Indian Space Research Organisation (DOS/ISRO), and the State Committee of Sciences of the Ministry of Education and Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.
  • This working group will further work out the plan of action including the time-frame and the means of implementing this MoU.
  • The MoU would lead to development of a joint activity in the field of application of space technologies for the benefit of humanity. Thus all sections and regions of the country will get benefited.
  • Financing of works carried out under this MoU shall be provided by the respective executive organization.

Reference:
http://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/news_updates/cabinet-approves-mou-on-cooperation-in-the-peaceful-uses-of-outer-space-between-india-and-armenia/

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