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Seventh Indo-Maldives joint military exercise EKUVERIN begins 

The seventh edition of India, Maldives bilateral EKUVERIN Exercise 2016 began at Kadhdhoo, Laamu Atoll, Maldives.

The aim of 14 day platoon level joint military exercise is to conduct military training between armies of both countries with emphasis on amphibious & counter insurgency, counter terrorism operations. 

Key Facts
  • In this edition of exercise, Indian contingent is represented by BIHAR Regiment and a similar contingent strength of the Maldivian National Defence Force.
  • It will cover varied military training activities in order to enhance interoperability between the two defence forces. It will conclude with tactical exercises.

The sixth edition of the exercise was held in India at Pangode Military Station in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala.

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Union Cabinet approves India, Maldives MoU for cooperation in field of tourism

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Union Ministry of Tourism and  Ministry of Tourism of Government of Maldives.

The MoU was signed to strengthen cooperation in the field of tourism and under it Maldives will be instrumental in increasing arrival from this important source market.

Objectives of MoU

  • Expand bilateral cooperation between both countries in the tourism sector.
  • Exchange data and information related to tourism sector.
  • Encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders, including tour operators and hotels.
  • Establish exchange programme for cooperation in tourism sector in Human Resources Development.
  • Exchange visits of Tour Operators/Opinion Makers/ Media for promotion of two-way tourism.
  • Exchange of experiences in the areas of promotion, destination development, marketing and management of tourism.
  • Promote safe honourable and sustainable tourism and participate in travel exhibitions/ fairs in each other’s country.

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India, Maldives sign six agreements in different sectors

India and Maldives have signed six agreements in different sectors to boost bilateral relations between both maritime neighbouring countries.

These agreements were inked after comprehensive talks between visiting Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

The bilateral agreements were signed in the fields of avoidance of double taxation, conservation and restoration of ancient mosque, tourism and defence.

Agreements signed are

  • Agreement for Avoidance of Double Taxation of income derived from International Air Transport.
  • Agreement for the Exchange of Information with respect to Taxes: It envisages mutual assistance for exchange of information concerning taxes relevant to the administration and enforcement of the domestic.
  • It also includes exchange of information relevant to the assessment, determination and collection of such taxes, the recovery and enforcement of tax claims, or the investigation and prosecution of tax matters.
  • Agreement related to Orbit Frequency Coordination of South Asia Satellite (SAS) proposed at 48oE: It will be used for operation of SAS for the purpose of performing intersystem orbit-frequency coordination.
  • It will be also used for fulfilling ITU level regulatory requirements and obtaining international level protection/recognition for the SAS.
  • MoU for Cooperation in the area of conservation and restoration of ancient mosques in Maldives: Detailed proposals for such restoration projects will be developed by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Department of Heritage, Maldives.
  • MoU on cooperation in the field of Tourism: It calls for expansion of bilateral cooperation and exchange of information and data related to tourism.
  • It also seeks to encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including Hotels and Tour Operators and investment in the Tourism and Hospitality sectors and establish exchange programmes for cooperation in Human Resource Development etc.
  • Action Plan for Defence Cooperation: It is an important component of the India-Maldives bilateral relationship and the shared strategic and security interests of the two countries in the IOR (Indian Ocean region).
  • It envisages an institutional mechanism to further bilateral defence cooperation at the level of the Defence Secretaries.

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