Current Affairs - January, 2019

Young Scientist Programme

Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has announced Young Scientist Programme to inculcate and nurture space research fervour in young minds. Young Scientist programme is part of Isro’s efforts to reach out to the student community. On the New Year day, Isro had organised Samwad with Students and an announcement was made about the student outreach programme.

About Young Scientist Programme

The modalities of the Young Scientist Programme are:

  • It would be a one month programme.
  • Mostly 8th standard passed out students will be given lecturers and access to research laboratories.
  • 3 students from each of the 29 States and 7 Union Territories will be selected for the Young Scientist program
  • The students will be exposed to the practical experience of building small satellites.

Isro also announced about setting up of an incubation centre in Tripura, Trichy, Nagpur, Rourkela, and Indore.

India-Uzbekistan bilateral Meeting

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019.

Important Outcomes of the Bilateral Meet

  • An agreement for importing uranium from Uzbekistan was signed.
  • An agreement for a line of credit of $200 million from India for financing housing and social infrastructure projects in Uzbekistan.

The agreement for the supply of Uranium was signed between the Department of Atomic Energy of India and the Novoi Minerals and Metallurgical Company of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the long-term supply of uranium ore concentrate for India’s energy requirements.

The bilateral meet also expressed satisfaction over the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation between Gujarat and the Andijan region of Uzbekistan signed during the state visit of President Mirziyoyev to India in 2018.

Trade relations between India and Uzbekistan

India’s major exports to Uzbekistan include Pharmaceutical products, mechanical equipment, vehicles, services, optical instruments and equipment.

India imports include fruit and vegetable products, services, fertilisers, juice products, extracts and lubricants from the Central Asian nation.

An Uzbek-Indian Free Pharmaceutical Zone is being developed in the Andijan region, which is on the southeastern side of Uzbekistan, near its border with Kyrgyzstan to attract investments in the pharmaceutical sector.

During the Bilateral meet, India thanked Uzbekistan for the support in organising the first-ever India-Central Asia Dialogue held at the level of foreign ministers in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.