Bilateral Current Affairs - 2020

India, Kyrgyzstan ink MoU for cooperation on textile, clothing

India and Kyrgyzstan on 17 March 2015 signed MoU to strengthen bilateral cooperation on textile and clothing.

The MoU was signed by Minister of State (MoS) for Textiles Santosh Kumar Gangwar and his counterpart Minister of Energy and Industry of Kyrgyzstan Kubanychbek Turdubaev in New Delhi.

The MoU seeks to strengthen bilateral cooperation between both nations in the three fields including Textiles and Clothing, Silk and Sericulture and Fashion.

The MoU also aims to achieve enhance cooperation between both nations in

  • Development of trade and economic & investment relations.
  • Collaboration in techno-commercial and joint trade missions.
  • Investment cooperation.
  • Mutual assistance in R&D.
  • Technical collaboration in the field of product development and manufacturing, testing and certification.

Apart from signing MoU, both nations also agreed to set up a joint working group (JWG) in order to explore areas of cooperation within the scope of the MoU and the steps required to facilitate bilateral trade and investment.

India helps Maldives to tackle drinking water crisis

India helped Maldives to tackle drinking water crisis after the only water desalination plant in Maldives capital Male, had caught fire and had to be shut down. Due to this emergency over 100,000 residents of Male were left without drinking water

Earlier, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen had declared a crisis situation and had appealed to India, Sri Lanka and China and the United States for help.

India’s help: In the response to Maldives urgent call, India has sent over 200 tonnes of drinking water through 5 IAF heavy-lift aircraft and also pressed into service naval warships to supply potable water to Male.

Indian Navy’s patrol vessel INS Sukanya already has reached Male and will be stationed there to produce water round the clock to meet the water crisis. It is carrying 35 tonnes of fresh water and has two reverse osmosis (RO) plants onboard which have a capacity of producing 20 tonnes of fresh water per day.