Civil Nuclear Cooperation Current Affairs - 2019
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India and Czech Republic have signed five agreements on defence, scientific and industrial research, laser technology, agriculture and diplomatic visa waiver. These agreements were signed after delegation-level talks between Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Czech Republic counterpart Milos Zeman in Prague, capital of Czech Republic. President Kovind visited Czech Republic on final leg of his state visit to three European nations – Cyprus, Bulgaria and Czech Republic.
Five agreements signed are
- Cooperation between India’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Czech Academy of Sciences.
- Work plan to support Indo-Czech projects in diverse areas of science and technology. Department of Science and Technology will be taking lead from Indian side for this.
- Visa waiver agreement for diplomatic passport holders.
- Cooperation in laser technology between Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and ELI Beamlines.
- Cooperation between Haryana Agricultural University and Czech University of Life Sciences
In addition, both countries also agreed to initiate cooperation in civil nuclear energy. Details of prospective agreement to be signed between Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership, Jhajjar (Haryana) and relevant Czech institution are to be worked out.
India and Bulgaria have signed four MoUs in fields of Civil Nuclear cooperation, investment, Tourism and establishment of Hindi chair at Sofia University. Both countries also signed program of Cooperation on science and Technology. These agreements were signed after President Ramnath Kovind and his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev held talks in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria. President Ram Nath Kovind visited Bulgaria on the second leg of his three-nation visit (Cyprus, Bulgaria and Czech Republic) to Europe to continue India’s high-level engagements with the European countries. President Kovind was fifth Indian President to visit Bulgaria and first in 15 years.
Key Highlights of President’s visit
India called for collaboration with Bulgaria in fields of innovation and R&D as it can offer exciting eco system for it. It was also held that India and Bulgaria can cooperate in devising technologies to clean rivers and to explore potential of blue economy. Both countries also have agreed to substantially upgrade their economic partnership in line with depth of robust political relations. Bulgaria can become key partner for India in defence sector under Make In India programme and in technology intensive sectors such as IT, logistics and infrastructure under Digital India and Smart Cities programmes of the Government. Bulgaria supported India on issues like entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group and permanent membership of UN Security council.