India Current Affairs - 2019

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India-Spain hold Bilateral Meeting

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held a bilateral meeting with her counterpart from Spain  Josep Borrel. Both the leaders met at  Madrid’s Viana Palace, the Spanish foreign ministry’s official headquarters to discuss the most pressing issues on the international agenda.

Highlights of the Bilateral Meet

The important outcomes of the bilateral meeting are:

  • Both India and Spain supported the promotion of multilateralism and a rules-based concept of free trade.
  • The meet acknowledged the growing degree of interlocution between Spain and Indian and the current understanding between the two countries that share values, democratic principles and vision regarding international affairs.
  • Both discussed the budding potential of closer economic ties and industrial and technological cooperation between the Mediterranean and South Asian nations especially in fields in which Spanish businesses are global leaders such as the civil use of nuclear energy, transport, the railway sector and renewable energy.
  • The meet acknowledged India’s increasing influence when it comes to the promotion of international stability and security.
  • Spain expressed condolences and solidarity in the aftermath of a brutal suicide bombing at Pulwama that has killed at least 40 paramilitary troopers.

Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit medal

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was presented with Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit medal to honour India’s support for Spanish victims of the earthquake that devastated Nepal in April 2015. The award recognises the extraordinary service by Spanish and foreign citizens for the benefit of Spain.

Festival of India in Nepal Begins

A month-long Festival of India in Nepal is being held at Nepal. Nepal’s Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari was the chief guest of the opening ceremony.

Festival of India in Nepal

  • The Festival of India in Nepal is organised by the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu with support from India’s Ministry of culture.
  • The Festival of India in Nepal is aimed at consolidating and strengthening our existing age-old relations, reinforcing sensibilities, affinities and shared cultural bonds between the people of our two countries.
  • The Festival aims to contribute towards sustaining and enhancing mutual understanding between India and Nepal.
  • On the opening day, the Sumit Roy Group depicted the life-span of the Buddha through melody and drama.
  • The month-long festival will host cultural performances which include Mridangam instrumental performance by Pandit Yella Venkateshwara, Punjabi folk dance by Harinder Pal and group; Theatre art by Su-Samannaya group; Kathakali dance by Haripriya and group and Maithali Sons and Dances by Prangan Group.
  • Together with cultural events the Festival also hosts an exhibition on Mahatma Gandhiji together with a speech competition on the Mahatma Gandhiji besides a seminar on Sanskrit.

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC) aims to promote awareness of India’s composite cultural heritage and to strengthen the existing cultural ties across the world. The centres are run by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.