17 July, 2020
India & Bhutan Opens New Trade Route to Improve Trade and Connectivity
India and Bhutan opened a new trade route between Jaigaon in West Bengal and Ahlay, Pasakha in Bhutan to establish easy connectivity and to increase trade between India and Bhutan amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
15th India-EU (Virtual) Summit held virtually; co-chaired by Narendra Modi, Charles Michel & Ursula von der Leyen
the 15th summit between India and the European Union (EU) was held virtually where India was represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the EU was represented by Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.
ii.During the meet India and the European Union were stated as “natural partners” and encouraged cultural exchanges and educational cooperation between India and the EU.
Defence Ministry Entrust Power to Armed Force to Make Emergency Purchase Worth Rs.300 crores
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence has once again decided to entrusted the power to the armed forces to make an emergency purchase worth upto Rs.300 crores to meet the operational requirement.
Defence Minister of State Shri Shripad Naik inaugurated 5th edition of conference on Aerospace and Defence Manufacturing Technologies
Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State Defence inaugurated the 5th edition of conference on Aerospace and Defence (A&D) Manufacturing Technologies in New Delhi. The conference was jointly organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Tamil Nadu Technology Development and Promotion Centre (TNTDPC) and Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM).
Theme of 5th edition: Empowering India with ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat Mission’.
The feeling that a heart beats for you and there are eyes that look out just for you is one of the warmest and most pleasurable feelings.
A joint working group meeting of the Sustainable Growth (SG) Pillar was co-chaired by NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The meeting on SG Pillar will boost the India–US Strategic Energy Partnership.
NABARD Launched Development Projects worth Rs 44 lakhs in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development(NABARD) launched development projects of Rs 44 lakhs in Andaman and Nicobar Islands to strengthen the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative through rural entrepreneurship.
ii.The development projects include formation and development of Self-Help Groups(SHGs).
iii.The development project will help in skill development of SHGs members to promote rural entrepreneurship at the micro level.
DCGI Approves India’s 1st Fully Indigenously Developed Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccine
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare(MoHFW) informed that, the Drug Controller General of India(DCGI) has given approval to India’s first fully indigenously developed vaccine against pneumonia, Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccine.
Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh Resigns
Tunisian Prime Minister(PM) Elyes Fakhfakh resigned, who was appointed in January, 2020. He presented his resignation letter to President Kais Saied. He also served as a Minister of Tourism and as the Minister of Finance. He is a member of Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties(referred to as Ettakatol).
Reason for resignation– The Ennahda party and other blocs have withdrawn the confidence from the government. It is to be noted that there was an alleged conflict of interest scandal over him.