Current Affairs - India And Its Bilateral Relations

India-Sri Lanka: 5th Joint Committee on S&T Cooperation

At the India-Sri Lanka 5th Joint Committee on S&T Cooperation held on January 20, 2022, India and Sri Lanka extended the existing cooperation in science and technology.

Key Highlights

  • Both countries mutually agreed to extend the Programme of Cooperation (POC) for another 3 years and identified new areas such as waste-water technologies, industry and biotech, sustainable agriculture, aerospace engineering, robotics, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence to be included in the POC.

India-China: Bilateral Trade Crosses 125 billion USD in 2021

In 2021, the bilateral trade between India and China stood at 125.66 billion USD, up 43.3% from 2020.

  • China’s exports to India were 97.52 billion USD while China’s imports from India were 28.14 billion USD in 2021.

Third Meeting of India-Central Asia Dialogue

The 3rd meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue was held in New Delhi on 19th December 2021 under the chairmanship of the External Affairs Minister of India.

  • Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Republic of Uzbekistan took part in the meeting.

India-Oman sign MoU on White Shipping Information Exchange

  • On 27th September 2021, Admiral Saif bin Nasser bin Mohsen Al-Rahbi, Commander of Royal Navy of Oman (CRNO) and Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Indian Navy signed an MoU for exchange of White Shipping Information.
  • The MoU was signed at Maritime Security Center (MSC), Muscat during the ongoing visit of the CNS to Oman.

18th Conference Of Parties Of CITES

  • The 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was held between 17-28 August in Geneva, Switzerland.

India Supports Israel At The UN Vote

Why is it in News?

India was congratulated by Israel’s PM on 13 June after India voted on 11 June in favour of a decision introduced by Israel that objected to granting consultative status to a Palestinian group at the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)


India Recognizes Pakistan’s Efforts To Curb India Specific Terror Groups

Why is it in News?

As per official sources, New Delhi would soon recognize and accept the efforts taken by Pakistan to curb terror groups on its soil.


Echidna

Why is it in News?

Scientists at CSIR-CCMB have isolated protein from Echidna that can serve as an alternative to antibiotics used in livestock.


Komodo Dragon

Why is it in News?

Indonesia has decided to shut down the Islands which is inhabited by Komodo Dragons in order to fix the problems created by mass tourism and smuggling.


3D Printed Artificial Reef

Why is it in News?

Scientists are studying the pros and cons of the world


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