13, November 2016

  1. Bilateral Trade agreement between India and Bhutan

Source: PIB

Commerce and Industry Minister and Minister for Economic Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan signed the Agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit between India and the Royal Government of Bhutan.

The first Agreement on Trade and Commerce between Bhutan and India was signed in 1972. Since then, the Agreement has been renewed four times.

The last Agreement was renewed on July 28, 2006 and was valid till July 29, 2016. The validity of the Agreement was extended for a period of one year or till the date of coming into force of the new Agreement, whichever is earlier, by exchange of diplomatic notes between the two countries.

The new bilateral Trade Agreement aims

  1. To enhance trade between the two countries through trade facilitation by improving procedures,
  2. Cutting down on documentation and adding additional exit/entry points for Bhutan’s trade with other countries.
  3. It is also expected to further strengthen the excellent relations between the two countries.

2.India State Action Plans Garner Accolades at the India COP-22 Pavilion

Source: PIB

Highlights of COP-22

Implementation of State Action Plans on Climate Change

The first session hosted by UNDP India foccussed on ‘Innovations to enhance climate actions at sub-national levels.

  • Informed that States in the country are adopting policies and incentivized low-emission and climate-resilient infrastructure serving as “innovation labs” for climate action.
  • State initiatives like “Jalyuky Shivar Project” from Maharashtra and Manipur’s “Model carbon positive eco-village in Phayeng sanctioned by National Adaptation Fund was also appreciated by the gathering at the Pavilion. (Maharashtra government has launched the project “Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan” in a bid to make Maharashtra a drought-free state by 2019.) Project: The state government’s integrated water conservation and management initiative aims to make Maharashtra water scarcity-free in five years.

The second session of the side event hosted by GIZ India was with the objective to share experiences related to institutional and policy drivers for promoting State level Actions on climate change towards implementation of SAPCC in India.

  • GIZ has been working jointly with partners in India, in sustainable economic, environmental and social development. Currently, GIZ has over 300 staff in India, of whom 85% are national personnel.
  • India is fast emerging as an economic and industrial power. It is a member of the Group of Twenty (G20), and of the BRICS-Association of major emerging economies. Despite the country’s rapidly growing economy, poverty and social issues remain a challenge.
  • GIZ, in close cooperation with Indian partners, offers to meet local needs and achieve sustainable and inclusive growth.

  1. 3. eBiz
  • eBiz is an integrated platform providing access to a number of Government to Business (G2B) services from various departments services to business entities with transparency, speed, and certainty.

It aims at reducing the points of contact between business entities and Government agencies, standardizing “requirement information”, establishing single-window services, and reducing the burden of compliance, thereby benefitting stakeholders such as entrepreneurs, industries and businesses, industry associations, regulatory agencies, industrial promotional agencies, banks and financial institutions, and taxation authorities.

  1. Ken-Betwa project hangs on forest nod

Source: The Hindu

Advisory committee defers clearance until January; 4,141 hectares of core forest threatened

Ken-Betwa river-interlinking project, which will partly submerge the Panna tiger reserve, may be delayed after a key Environment Ministry body tasked with giving it forest clearance has deferred it at least until January.

The project will submerge 6,221 hectares of land— 4,141 hectares of it is core forest inside the reserve. The Forest Advisory Committee’s clearance is required for this diversion of forest land.

The main feature of the project is a 230-km canal and a series of barrages and dams connecting the Ken and the Betwa to irrigate 3.5 lakh hectares in Madhya Pradesh and 14,000 hectares in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh.

Depending on whether a project takes over land in wildlife sanctuaries or notified forest land, it requires separate wildlife, forest and environment clearances.

  1. Australia all praise for Super Hornet’s agility

Source: The Hindu

Australian interests span the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and stability is essential in this incredibly important trade and fiscal region that the planet relies on.

The fighter aircraft F/A-18F Super Hornet plays a vital role in enabling this, said Group Captain Glen Braz, Officer Commanding, 82 Wing HQ/6 Sqn at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base, Amberley, south-west of Brisbane.

It is the country’s largest air base.

Deployed in West Asia:

Australia is the first country outside the United States to operate this multi-role fighter and deploy it in operations in the West Asian region in 2015.

The aircraft, which is made by aerospace major Boeing, is reported to be of interest to India, and now features in ‘Make in India’ offers.



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