13TH FEB, PIB NEWS AND CURRENT

2018-02-13 02:09:07

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Agreement Between India and Oman

1. Civil and Commercial matter and Legal and Judicial Cooperation.
2.Mutual visa and official passports.
3.Memorandum of understanding on health Cooperation within the field.
4.Memorandum of understanding on peaceful uses of outer space.
5.Memorandum of understanding on Cooperation between Foreign Service Institute and Ministry of External Affairs.
6.Memorandum of understanding on Academic and Scholarly.
7.Memorandum of understanding in the field of Tourism participation.
8.Memorandum of understanding on Army Cooperation.


India-Bangladesh bilateral talks
India-Bangladesh bilateral talks, at the level of Commerce Secretary, were held on 7th-8th February 2018 at Dhaka. The Indian delegation was led by Ms. Rita Teaotia, Commerce Secretary and the Bangladesh delegation was headed by Shri Shubhashish Bose, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Bangladesh.


4th meeting of the Economic Advisory Council
The 4th meeting of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) was held on 12th February 2018 under the chairmanship of Dr. BibekDebroy, Chairman, EAC-PM & Member, NITI Aayog.
Keeping in view the National Health Scheme announced by the Government in the Budget for the year 2018-19 presented in the Parliament on 1st February 2018, EAC-PM discussed the possible modalities of implementing the scheme.


India State of Forest Report 2017 Released

Releasing the India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2017 here today, Dr. Harsh Vardhan pointed out that India ranks among the top ten countries of the world in terms of forest area, despite the fact that none of the other 9 countries has a population density of more than 150 persons per sq km, compared to India, which has a population density of 382 persons per sq km. “India is ranked 10th in the world, with 24.4% of land area under forest and tree cover, even though it accounts for 2.4 % of the world surface area and sustains the needs of 17 % of human and 18 % livestock population.
Andhra Pradesh (2141 sq km), followed by Karnataka (1101 sq km) and Kerala (1043 sq km) have shown the maximum increase in forest cover. “Madhya Pradesh has the largest forest cover of 77,414 sq km in the country in terms of area, followed by Arunachal Pradesh with 66,964 sq km and Chhattisgarh (55,547 sq km). In terms of percentage of forest cover with respect to the total geographical area, Lakshadweep with (90.33 percent) has the highest forest cover, followed by Mizoram (86.27 percent) and Andaman & Nicobar Island (81.73 percent)


Maharashtra records highest growth in mangrove cover in India
Maharashtra has reported the highest growth in mangrove cover, of 82 square kilometers, in the last two years in the country.


Assistant Chief of Naval Staff
Rear Admiral DS Gujral, NM has taken over as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Communications Space and Net-centric Operations) at Integrated Headquarters of MoD(Navy).


International News

Cyprus president Anastasiades wins second five-year term

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades won a second five-year term.
Cyprus Country in the Middle East

Capital Nicosia

Currency: Euro


Army Chief Gen Rawat will attend Nepal Army Day celebration

He is visiting Nepal at the invitation of Nepal Army chief Gen Rajendra Chhetri.
Army Chief Gen Rawat will attend Nepal Army Day celebration as a Special Guest, which is being organized on Tuesday to mark 250 years of establishment of Nepalese Army.


Sports News

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics: Canada win figure skating team gold, Russia silver
Ice dance stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir inspired Canada to the figure skating team title to secure the Winter Games heavyweights' first gold at Pyeongchang 2018.


Kishan Gangolli wins 13th edition of National Chess Championship for blind
Defending champion Karnataka's Kishan Gangolli won the 13th edition of the National 'A' Chess Championship for the blind in Mumbai. The championship was organized by All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB).


India’s luger Shiva Keshavan retires

Winter Olympics: India’s luger Shiva Keshavan retires from sport with 34th place finish
India's winter sports poster boy Shiva Keshavan on Sunday brought the curtains down on his over a two-decade international career with a 34th-place finish in men's luge.

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