India pips China to emerge as world’s largest cotton producer

India has emerged world’s largest cotton producer in the season ending in September 30, 2015 by surpassing China.

As per data released by the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) India has produced 6.51 million tonnes (mt) of the cotton against 6.48 mt registered by China in the cotton year 2014-15.

US Department of Agriculture has predicted that India will retain its top position till next cotton season by producing around 29 million bales or around 27 per cent of the global cotton crop.


India, Laos ink two MoUs to strengthen bilateral ties

India and Laos have inked two key Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on Air services and Quick Impact Projects under the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) programme to strengthen bilateral ties between the two nations.

These MoU’s were signed in presence of Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari and his counterpart President of Lao Choummaly Sayasone in Vientiane.

Vice President Hamid Ansari is on four-day official state visit to Cambodia and Laos. It is also first visit of an Indian Vice President to Laos.

MoU’s signed are

  • MoU on Air services: Allows airlines to start a direct flight between the two countries.
  • MoU on quick impact projects of MCG: It includes three projects in the agriculture sector.


India, Cambodia ink 2 MoUs for bilateral cooperation in Tourism, Mekong Ganga Project

India and Cambodia have signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) to boost bilateral cooperation in the field of Tourism and another related to umbrella projects under Mekong Ganga Cooperation initiative.

These MoUs were signed in the presence of Indian Vice President M.Hamid Ansari and his Cambodian counterpart Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh.

The second MoU for umbrella projects under Mekong Ganga Cooperation initiative covers five Quick Impact Projects including

  • 2 projects in Health care.
  • 1 project on Agriculture.
  • 1 project in Women’s Empowerment through Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
  • 50,000 US dollars grant for the Cambodia-India Entrepreneurship Development Centre (CIEDC) which was launched in February 2006.

About Mekong–Ganga Cooperation (MGC)

  • Established: in 2000 at Vientiane at the First MGC Ministerial Meeting.
  • Members: It comprises six member countries viz. India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
  • The organization takes its name from two large rivers Ganga and Mekong flowing in the region.
  • MGC emphasises on four areas of cooperation including tourism, education, culture and transportation linkage for solid foundation of trade and investment cooperation in the region.