India-USA Current Affairs - 2020

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India-US 2+2 Dialogue held at Washington

On December 18, 2019 India and United States held security dialogue in Washington. This was their second 2+2 dialogue.

Highlights

The countries signed industrial security agreement allowing defense technology transfer. The US secretary Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Mark Esper hosted the meeting for Indian external affairs minister Shri Jai Shankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

The countries signed agreements on space exploration and defence cooperation. Three agreements under Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) were signed that will help in co-developing critical technologies. They also discussed on the efforts put in by the countries together for a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific with ASEAN at the centre.

The leaders also reached MoU on water resources. The agreement will be signed between India’s Ministry of Jal Shakti and US Geological Survey on quality assessment and management of water.

The countries signed Industrial Security Annex that will enhance technology transfer and information exchange

Industrial Security Annex

The Industrial Security Annex is a part of General Security of Military Information Agreement. The ISA will provide a framework to pursue and co-develop linkages in defence manufacturing. It will also add value to Make in India initiative. It will also help in developing manufacturing corridors that have been launched in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

The first 2+2 dialogue was held in New Delhi in September 2018.

Commemorative Coin released on Paramahansa Yogananda

The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Smt Nirmala Sitaraman released a commemorative coin on Paramahansa Yogananda to mark his 125th birth anniversary on October 29, 2019.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda was an Indian monk, guru and yogi who introduced millions of teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his organization Self-Realization Fellowship. He was the first major teacher to settle in USA. He published his book Autobiography of a Yogi in 1946. The book has been regularly reprinted in the name “The book that changed the lives of millions”. In 2014, a documentary “Awake: The Life of Yogananda” was released and it won multiple awards all over the world.

In 1917, he founded the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India

Yogananda was born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh in 1893. In 1920, he went to the USA as an Indian delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals. The same year he founded Self-Realization Fellowship. The objective of the foundation was to disseminate his teachings, practices and philosophy of yoga worldwide. Yogananda returned to India in 1935

In 1977, India released a commemorative stamp to honor Yogananda. On March 7, 2017, PM Modi released another stamp to honor him on his 100th death anniversary.