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India and Spain Sign Seven Agreements

India and Spain have signed seven agreements following talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy at the Moncloa Palace in the Spanish capital.

The visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Spain in nearly 30 years. The last Prime Minister to visit Spain was Rajiv Gandhi in 1988. Earlier, PM Modi and the Spanish prime minister had met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Turkey in November 2015.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed Spain’s infrastructure, tourism, energy and defense companies to invest in priority sectors in India. Spain is India’s 7th largest trading partner in the European Union. Bilateral trade between both the nations have totalled USD 5.27 billion in 2016. 

Agreements

  • Agreement for Transfer of Sentence Persons
  • MoU on Cooperation in Organ Transplantation
  • MoU on Cooperation in Cyber Security
  • MoU on Cooperation in Renewable Energy
  • MoU on Technical Cooperation in Civil Aviation
  • Agreement on visa waiver for holders of diplomatic passports.
  • MoU between Foreign Service Institute and Diplomatic Academy of Spain.

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Indian Railways conduct trial run of High-Speed Spanish Talgo Train

Indian Railways has conducted the first ever trial run for high-speed Talgo trains of Spain on the 90-km Bareilly-to-Moradabad stretch in Uttar Pradesh.

It was the first phase of the trail run and was conducted as part of the Indian Railways’ strategy to increase the speed of trains.

Trail Run

  • The first phase of trial run was conducted t speeds between 80 KMPH and 115 KMPH (km per hour) by a joint team of the Railway Design Standards Organisation (RDSO) and Spanish train manufacturer Talgo.
  • It consisted of nine-coach Talgo train hauled by a 4500 HP diesel engine. The train covered 90-km distance in 1 hour 10 minutes.

In the second and third phase, Indian Railway’s is going to conduct trail run on Mathura-Palwal (Rajdhani) route and Mumbai-Delhi route respectively to test the riding, safety and stability of Talgo trains.

Key features of Talgo train

  • Talgo trains are lighter and faster with speed up to 115 KMPH. They are designed to run on curves tracks without decelerating the speed.
  • They consume 30 percent less energy. The 9 coach Talgo train consists of 2 Executive Class cars, 4 Chair Cars, 1 cafeteria, 1 power car and tail-end coach for staff and equipment.

Talgo: It is a Madrid-based Spanish leading manufacturer of energy-efficient semi-high speed (160-250 kmph) and high-speed (350 kmph) passenger trains.

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