International Current Affairs - 2020

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India-Maldives sign MoU to establish Addu Tourism

On February 2, 2020, India and Maldives signed 5 Memorandum of Understandings to establish Addu Tourism in 5 islands of Addu atoll. The tourism is to be developed at a cost of 2.49 million USD. Addu is a city in Maldives that contains several inhabited Islands.

Highlights

The Agreements were signed by the High Commissioner of India Sunjay Sudhir, Addu Council and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid. Along with tourism, the countries also signed the 6th MoU agreement to set up a bottled water plant in Hoarafushi.

The tourism development and the water plant falls under India’s High Impact Community Development Scheme. Under the scheme India assists Maldives in developing projects based on the needs of the communities of the islands.

India-Maldives

Maldives is located in the south of Lakshadweep islands. Also, Maldives is a neighbor. For its strategic location, it is important for India to develop cordial relations with the country. This will help India contain the increasing Chinese presence in the region. Milan is the multilateral naval exercise conducted between the countries. It is held in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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Corona Virus: India bans respiratory masks export as Indians evacuated from China

On January 31, 2020, the Government of India banned respiratory masks, clothing used to protect from air borne particles and other personal protection equipment. The move has been implemented as a precautionary step assuming there could be a spurt in demand of these products due to Corona Virus.

Highlights

A 423-seater plane has been sent to China to evacuate Indians from China. The move is being done due to the outbreak of novel Corona Virus in China. At this scenario, India is to bring around 400 Indians from China.

Quarantine Facilities

The death toll in China due to the Corona Virus has increased to 213 and the number of confirmed cases has increased to 9,000. In order to screen them, the Indian Army has set a quarantine facility in Manesar.

Current Scenario

There are more than 300 Indian students in the Chinese province of Hubei, which is the epicenter of the virus outbreak. The Manesar quarantine is being created exclusively for these students. They are to be monitored for 2 weeks.

It is to be noted that out of the 213 that died due to corona virus infection, 204 were from Hubei province.

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