Kenneth I Juster, a top aide of US President Donald Trump, is set to be America’s new ambassador to India.
Juster, 62, who is the deputy assistant to the US president for International Economic Affairs and deputy director of his National Economic Council, would replace Richard Verma if nominated and confirmed by the Senate.
A Protocol of Cooperation was signed between the National Archives of India and the Minister of Culture of the Portuguese Republic in the field of archives.
As a first step under this agreement, the Torre do Tombo (National Archives of Portugal) handed over to the National Archives of India digital copies of 62 volumes of the collection known as ‘Moncoes do Reino’ (Monsoon correspondence).
India became the 71st country to ratify the United Nations TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers) Convention, a move that will help boost trade through smoother movement of goods across territories.
The ratification is a part of India’s multi-modal transport strategy that aims to integrate the economy with global and regional production networks through better connectivity.
The TIR Convention will also facilitate India’s current national and multilateral connectivity-related initiatives to improve cross border road transport, facilitating overland trade integration with both eastern and western neighbours.
India and Korea on Wednesday decided to stimulate investments to push infrastructure development and bilateral trade as they sought to ward off threats of rising protectionism.
The two countries also signed agreements to establish $9 billion in concessional credit and $1 billion in Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding for infrastructure development projects in India.
As the world’s fastest growing major economy, India offers Korea important opportunities to deploy its capital and technologies in India, the Finance Ministry said in a statement.
India has announced a number of new diplomatic appointments in its missions abroad, including envoys to the European Union, Italy and Denmark.
Gaitri Issar Kumar, joint secretary in the President’s Secretariat and a 1986 batch IFS officer, was named as India’s Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union which has its headquarters in the Belgian capital of Brussels.
Reenat Sandhu was named as India’s new Ambassador to Italy.
Ajit Vinayak Gupte, joint secretary in the external affairs ministry, has been named India’s Ambassador to Denmark.
Aiming to reduce emissions and promote sustainability to help India’s smart city programme, France and the European Union on Friday extended a grant of 3.5 million euros under the ‘Moblise Your City’ (MYC) initiative.
Three Indian cities — Nagpur, Kochi and Ahmedabad — will get the grant as part of the EU’s commitment under the Paris Climate agreement, French Development Agency (AFD) officials said.
More funds would be provided to India as loan to take forward the smart city and sustainable transport initiatives in the three cities on pilot basis.
There is much delight in Britain’s Sikh community over the election of Preet Kaur Gill – the first Sikh woman MP – and Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi – the first turban-wearing Sikh MP – whose presence in the House of Commons increases the Indian-origin group from 10 to a record 12.
All 10 Indian-origin lawmakers in the previous Parliament expectedly retained their seats, with Dhesi (Slough) and Gill (Birmingham Edbaston) – both Labour – taking forward the “Indian” participation in British politics that began with Dadabhai Naoroji being elected in Finsbury Central in 1892.
The US, China and India are considered to be the most prospective destinations for foreign direct investment (FDI), predicted the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in its annual report on investment.
According to the report, with a surge of outflows, China also becomes last year the second largest investing country.
India and Spain on Wednesday signed seven agreements, including on cooperation in cyber security and renewable energy, following talks in Madrid between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy.
A second MoU was signed on cooperation in renewable energy.
Three other MoUs were signed on;
1. cooperation in organ transplantation,
2. technical cooperation in civil aviation, and 3. between the Foreign Service Institute of India and the Diplomatic Academy of Spain.
Two agreements were also signed on :
1. transfer of sentenced persons and
2. waiving of visas for diplomatic passport holders.
The JCM was anchored by Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce and Industry Minister.
The visit of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce and Industry, Government of India to Morocco and the proceedings of the 5th India Morocco JCM have intensified the strong bilateral relations between India and Morocco.
The ‘India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference’ hosted by Ministry of External Affairs, India, was inaugurated by the Acting Prime Minister of Fiji, Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen. (Dr.) V K Singh (Retd.), host of the conference, announced that India will contribute US$ 1 million to Fiji’s Trust Fund for their Presidency of COP-23 to be held in November 2017.
During the two days of the programme, the conference focused on issues such as ;
1. the blue economy,
2. adaptation-mitigation practices for climate change,
3. disaster preparedness,
5. the International Solar Alliance as well as finding practical solutions to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) implementation.
Indo-Thailand Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Table Top Exercise 2017 was held at Chiang Mai, Thailand from 22 May to 26 May 17 between the Indian Air Force and Royal Thailand Air Force (RTAF).
The aim of the bilateral exercise is to evolve SOPs for planning and executing relief missions during unforeseen natural calamities like Tsunami, earthquakes, cyclones, floods etc.
India has extended a 500 million dollar line of credit to Mauritius. The Line of Credit has been signed between SBM Mauritius Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd and Export-Import Bank of India.
1. Oceanography Institute in marine sciences and technology.
2. Memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up of a civil services college in Mauritius.
3. MoU was signed between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Mauritius .
4. Submission of instrument of ratification of International Solar Alliance (ISA) by Mauritius.
The Jaipur Literature Festival was today inaugurated in London to present a sumptuous showcase of South Asias literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas, dialogue and debate.
The British Library, the second largest library in the world by number of items catalogued, played host to the annual festival as part of the wider UK-India Year of Culture celebrations and included a wide array of authors and artists from India, the UK and beyond.
The year 2017 marks the fourth London edition of the festival, which has its roots in the Pink City of Jaipur where it marked its 10th anniversary in January this year.
As part of “SIMBEX-17, the ongoing Bilateral Naval Exercise between Navies of the Republic of Singapore and India, lndian Naval Ships;
3. Jyoti and
5. one P8-I Maritime Patrol and
6. Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft
SIMBEX is an acronym for Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises”.
During the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan, the government has approved the appointment of Sohail Mahmood as Pakistan’s next high commissioner to India
Mahmood is a top diplomat of Pakistan and will replace Abdul Basit this month.
Mahmood joined Pakistan’s foreign service in 1985.
India is back at the drawing board on BBIN (Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal) Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA), an ambitious sub-regional transport project, even as Bhutan has shelved it for the time being.
The BBIN, which is promoted by India and aimed at creating seamless connectivity between the four countries for enhanced sub-regional trade and movement of people, suffered a body blow on April 29.
With Bhutan announcing that it will not be able to ratify the plan before it addresses some of concerns raised domestically over the project.