India-South Korea Current Affairs - 2019
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Bong-kil Shin, South Korean Ambassador to India launched Jaipur Foot Korea, a collaborative initiative between South Korea (or Republic of Korea) and Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), a Jaipur-based prosthetic limb non-profit organisation.
Republic of Korea (ROK) ambassador to India signed an agreement with BMVSS for providing assistance in prosthetic limbs sector.
Agreement: Under the agreement ROK will provide financial and technical assistance to further research and development (R&D) collaboration, technology transfer and facilitate and develop business between India and Korea in med-tech (medical technology) sector specifically in area of prosthetic limbs, bionic arms, 3-D printing-based Flat foot solution and mobility solutions.
The Korean ambassador emphasised that the agreement signed will open up access to Korean med-tech students to join various prosthetic fitment camps in various countries and participate in certificate programmes offered by Jaipur Foot.
The agreement will also open up many opportunities for overseas development assistance and grants from Government of ROK and donations from several private institutions and corporations from Korea to India.
About Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti
BMVSS is the world’s largest organisation rehabilitating more than 1.78 million disabled. It is a pan-Indian organisation having over 23 branches across country.
It provides all its assistance, such as artificial limbs, calipers and many other aids/appliances with everything being totally free of charge.
It was registered as a society under Rajasthan Societies Registration Act on March 29, 1975 with its headquarters at Jaipur (India).
About Jaipur Foot
It is a lightweight and durable prosthetic limb/artificial limb.
It is a rubber-based prosthetic leg for people with below-knee amputations
Being inexpensive it is widely acceptable as prosthesis and has been widely used in India.
Tags: Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti • BMVSS • Bong-kil Shin • India-South Korea • Jaipur Foot Korea • Rajasthan Societies Registration Act • Republic of Korea • South Korean Ambassador to India
In bid to boost India’s relations with its neighbours, the government has entered into agreements with Bangladesh and South Korea to broadcast DD (Doordarshan) India channel in two countries and their state channels will be shown on DD Free Dish in India.
Bangladesh Agreement: As per the agreement inked with Bangladesh, Indian government has decided to show BTV World, a channel owned by Bangladesh TV, on DD Free Dish which will be available for viewers of Doordarshan (around 35 million households) in India. Also, DD India would be made available in Bangladesh for being viewed by Bangladesh’s citizen.
In this regard a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has already been signed between Prasar Bharati and Bangladesh TV (BTV) on 7 May 2019.
South Korea Agreement: Indian government has also approved Prasar Bharati (India’s Broadcasting agency) proposal for making available KBS World, a 24×7 South Korean channel (English) for Indian viewers and simultaneously South Korean people would be able to view DD India in their country.
Significance: This move is part of a robust cultural exchange in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Act East policy and also marks an important watershed moment with respect to strengthening of ties between two countries. The step is also in line with importance of building mutual cooperation with neighbouring countries.
Tags: Act East Policy • Bangladesh TV • DD Free Dish • Doordarshan • India-Bangladesh • India-South Korea • KBS • KBS World • Memorandum of Understanding • Ministry of Information & Broadcasting • MoU • Prasar Bharati