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India, Sweden ink MoU on Technical Cooperation in Rail Sector 

Union Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation of Sweden have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Technical Cooperation in Rail Sector.

The main objective of MoU is to develop cooperation activities in the Railway sector to promote efficiency and sustainability and to achieve concrete results with regard to bilateral trade, research, investment and technology transfer.

Key features of MoU

  • Benchmark Railways policy development, organization, regulations and specific characteristics for each country.
  • Exchange of knowledge, innovation, technology, technical expertise, sustainable solutions and research.
  • Other cooperation projects agreed include tilting coaches/trains, optimisation of maintenance, capacity allocation (time tabling) and improved freight/combination traffic.
  • Training and continuing of education program in maintenance of Rail transport system for Railway engineers and managers.

This MoU will remain in force for 5 years and can be extended for a further period of 5 years with the written consent of both sides.


India, Sweden ink six agreements during President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit

India and Sweden inked six agreements, during the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Sweden, key Arctic Council member.

It should be noted that Mr. Pranab Mukherjee is the first Indian President to visit Sweden.

Following agreements were signed

  • MoU on Cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development- It aims to foster closer and long term cooperation between both nations in the field of sustainable development and protection of the environment.
  • MoU on cooperation in the field of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) – It aims at promoting partnership projects, institution and enterprise level cooperation related to MSMEs. It also seeks development of MSMEs and facilitating exchange of business mission by initiating technology transfer and sustainable business alliances.
  • Agreement on Visa Exemption for diplomatic passports- It aims to strengthen the friendly relations by facilitating the entry of citizens of both nations holding diplomatic passports.
  • Letter of Intent (LoI) on Collaboration in Polar and Ocean Research- It seeks to encourage collaboration in the areas of Polar (Antarctic and Arctic) and Ocean Research. Signatory parties are Earth System Science Organisation (ESSO) of India and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (SPRS)
  • Memorandum of Intent (MoI) between Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Swedish Research Council for Health Working Life and Welfare (FORTE) for cooperation in the field of ageing research and health.
  • MoI between India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) and Swedish Medical Products Agency (MPA) for complimentary cooperation between both nations in the area of health, electronic submissions, pharmacovigilance, drugs, clinical trials, medical devices and diagnostic kits etc.


“The Green Bus project”: India‘s first ethanol-run public bus launched in Nagpur

India launched “The Green Bus project” in Nagpur with the launch of its first ethanol-run, environment-friendly public bus. The bus will emit carbon dioxide as low as 15% to 90% and its emissions will be monitored by the Union government, Maharashtra state government and Nagpur Municipal Corporation.

The buses are manufactured by Swedish company Scania Commercial Vehicle India Ltd. Scania has additionally introduced an engine in consonance with Bharat Stage 5 Norms, a step toward further reducing the emissions.