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Russia to help India to set up National Crisis Response Centre

Russia has agreed to assist India to set up National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) in the country to handle disaster and other emergency situations.

This was agreed during a meeting between Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Russian Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov in Moscow.

Key Highlights of meeting

Both sides agreed that EMERCOM of Russia would cooperate with India in the establishment of the National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) in India. Besides, they also held detailed discussions on cooperation in disaster management. They reviewed progress made on agreement on disaster management signed in 2010.

Both countries also agreed on programme of training of specialists and sharing of each other’s experiences as well as best practices in the field of Disaster Management. They also signed a joint implementation plan for 2018-19 for cooperation in disaster management.

Both sides also reinforced their determination to further strengthen their cooperation in sectors of security and counter-terrorism. They also reviewed the implementation of agreement on information security signed in October 2016. They also welcomed ongoing cooperation and regular exchange of visits between two National Security Councils.

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India-Russia sign comprehensive anti-terror pact

India and Russia have signed comprehensive anti-terror pact agreement for enhancing bilateral cooperation in tackling all forms of terrorism and countering threat posed by narcotics.

The agreement was signed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Russia’s Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev in Moscow after they held wide-ranging talks.

Key Takeaways of visit

Both countries emphasized need to strength of relationship between them which has been consolidated in past 70 years in all areas. They underlined that cooperation in field of security is important aspect of bilateral relationship between them to further strengthen cooperation to combat terrorism, extremism and radicalism.

They also agreed that terrorism must be fought unitedly and there were no good or bad terrorists. They also agreed to cooperate in combating new challenges, cooperate in building a data base, and in training of police and investigative agencies and enhance exchange of information. They also agreed to hold next Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting to counter terrorism in 2018.

Both countries signed

Joint Action Plan for countering threat posed by narcotics:  It aims at countering threat posed by narcotics and agreement will provide legal framework for bilateral cooperation in this field. It will be for period 2018-20.

Updated and more comprehensive agreement on Cooperation on Security: The agreement provides a comprehensive approach for cooperation in security related issues, including Information Technology (IT) Crimes, Counterfeiting currency, Illicit Trafficking in Human Beings, Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, Economic Crimes, Crimes related to Intellectual Property (IPs), Cultural Property amongst others. The agreement will replace earlier agreement signed in October 1993 in order to consolidate benefits accrued in the field of security and jointly fight new and evolving risks and threats.

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