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Cooperation on Maritime Awareness Mission: Cabinet approves Implementing Arrangement between India and France

The Union Cabinet has approved Implementing Arrangement (IA) between India and France for pre-formulation studies of Maritime Domain Awareness Mission signed in March 2018. The proposed joint mission will be devoted to maritime domain awareness, with objective to provide relevant data and services to both nations.

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The objective of the mission is to monitor the maritime traffic and identify non-compliant ships at maximum possible revisit frequency. The monitoring system will provide end to end solution for detection, identification, monitoring of vessels in the regions of interest for India and France.

As per the IA, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and France’s Centre Nationale Dètudes Spatiales (CNES), will jointly undertake various activities during these pre-formulation studies. They will present pre-formulation concept study results to respective senior management for review within one year of its signing.

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Cabinet approves MoU between the ICMR and INSERM, France

Union Cabinet has been apprised of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU signed between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Institut National de la Santeet de la RechercheMedicale (INSERM), France. Decision in this regard was taken by Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The MoU aims at cooperation in areas of common interest within medical, health research and life sciences fields. Based on scientific excellence on both sides, both parties have agreed to have a specific focus upon diabetes and metabolic disorders, bio-ethics with focus on ethics and regulatory issues of gene editing techniques, rare diseases and any other areas of mutual interest can be considered after discussions between two sides.

The MoU will strengthen relations between ICMR and INSERM within the framework of international scientific and technological cooperation in fields of mutual interest. The scientific excellence on two sides will help to successfully work on health research in specified areas.

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