PIB – 04th Nov 2020

Cabinet approves signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between India and Spain to develop scientific and technical collaborations in astronomy

  • The activities to be carried out under this MoU will lead to 
  1. New scientific results; 
  2. New technologies; 
  3. Capacity building through increased scientific interaction and training; 
  4. Joint scientific projects etc.
  • The joint research projects, training programmes, conferences, seminars etc. under the MoU will be open to all qualified scientists, students and technologists and will be supported solely on the basis of scientific merit and experience.  The development of segmented telescope technologies as well as the development of robotic telescopes and other future potential specific collaborations.

Cabinet approves signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between India and United Kingdom on cooperation in the field of Telecommunication/ICTs

  • The MoU will contribute in strengthening bilateral cooperation and mutual understanding in the field of Telecommunications/ICTs.  Post-Brexit, the MoU is also aiming for an enhanced scope of cooperation and opportunities for India. 
  • The Parties have identified the following areas of common interest for cooperation in:-
  1. Telecommunications/ICT policy and regulation;
  2. Spectrum Management;
  3. Telecommunication connectivity including mobile roaming;
  4. Telecommunications/ICT technical standardizations and testing & certification;
  5. Wireless Communications;
  6. Technological development in Telecommunications/ICT including 5G, Internet of Things/Machine to Machine, Cloud Computing, Big Data etc,;
  7. Security of Telecommunication Infrastructure, Security in the provision and use of telecommunication services;
  8. Building capacity in high technology areas and exchange of expertise wherever possible;
  9. Collaboration and Sharing of information on Research & Development on emerging technologies and innovation where appropriate;
  10. Exploring opportunities for joint work in signatory countries and third countries on Telecommunications/ICT;
  11. Facilitating Trade, investment and technology activities through Telecommunication/ICT industry delegations and visits, events, exhibitions etc. as mutually agreed; and
  12. Other forms of cooperation in Telecommunications/ICT as mutually agreed upon by the Parties, falling within the scope of MoU.

Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding between India and United Kingdom on cooperation in the field of Medical Products Regulation

  • The MoU will help in establishing a framework for fruitful cooperation and exchange of information between the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) and the United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (UKMHRA) of the United Kingdom in matters relating to Medical products regulation in line with their international responsibilities. 
  • The main areas of cooperation between the two Regulatory Authorities include the following:
  1. Exchange of safety information, including Pharmacovigilance where there is a particular safety concern related to the other party. This includes safety concerns relating to medicines and medical devices.
  2. Participation in scientific and practical conferences, symposia, seminars and fora organized by India and the United Kingdom.
  3. Exchange of information and cooperation on Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Good Clinical Practices (GCP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Distribution Practices (GDP) and Good Pharmacovigilance Practices (GPvP).
  4. Capacity building in mutually agreed areas.
  5. Promote an understanding between the Parties of each other’s regulatory framework, requirements and processes; and to facilitate future regulatory strengthening initiatives for both Parties.
  6. Exchange of information on laws and regulations regarding medicines and medical devices.
  7. Information exchange to support efforts to control unlicensed exports and imports.
  8. Coordination at the international fora.
  • It would facilitate better understanding of the regulatory aspects between the two sides and could help in increased cooperation in the field of medical products regulation and better coordination in international fora.

Cabinet approves the Memorandum of Understanding between India and Israel on cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine

  • The MoU covers the following areas of cooperation:
  1. Exchange and training of medical doctors and other health professionals;
  2. Assistance in development of human resources and setting up of health care facilities;
  3. Exchange of information regarding regulation of pharmaceutical, medical devices and cosmetics;
  4. Sharing expertise for vulnerability assessment for health of citizens against climate risk and public health actions targeted towards mitigation and adaptation;
  5. Sharing of expertise for facilitating climate resilient infrastructure as well as providing support for development of ‘Green Healthcare’ (climate resilient hospitals);
  6. Promote mutual research in various relevant areas; and
  7. Any other area of cooperation as may be mutually decided upon.
  • Each Party shall encourage the participation of the representatives of their countries in round tables, seminars, symposia, workshops and conferences on issues of cooperation, organized by the other Party’s relevant bodies.

Key Declaration on Climate Change to be signed at the India CEO Forum on Climate Change

  • India is a signatory to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. As part of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), India has three quantitative climate change goals viz. 
  1. Reduction in the emissions intensity of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 33 to 35 percent by 2030 from 2005 level, 
  2. Achieving about 40 percent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030 and 
  3. Creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030.
  • The private sector plays a pivotal role in creating low-carbon sustainable economies and has embarked on a number of voluntary actions on climate change that can contribute towards achieving India’s NDC goals. The private sector also benefited from India’s participation in the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol and going forward Article 6 of the Paris Agreement offers further opportunities for meeting the climate change and sustainable development objectives.
  • Now, the private sector is poised to join hands with the Government of India in its fight against climate change. A ‘Declaration of the Private Sector on Climate Change’ is slated to be signed and released during the high-level virtual event being organized under the Chairmanship of the Union Environment Minister.
  • Key industry leaders from the steel, cement, power, pharmaceuticals etc. sectors will deliver statements to reinforce their commitment to the cause of climate change and share their vision for climate action in the post-2020 period.
  • A coordinated response by the Government and private sector on climate change will help protect the country’s interests and ensure that India is on track towards meeting its climate change obligations under the Paris Agreement.
  • The India CEO Forum on Climate Change is all set to forge a long standing and sustainable partnership between the Government and private sector in the field of climate change. 

Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge to Support Cities to Develop, Pilot & Scale Solutions to Enhance Quality of Life of Young Children, Caregivers/Families

  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs launched three initiatives, namely, the Nurturing Neighborhoods Challenge focusing on shaping cities for young children and their families; the Data Maturity Assessment Framework to evaluate data ecosystems of cities; and an on-line training programme for City Data Officers (CDOs) of 100 Smart Cities.   
  • Nurturing Neighborhoods Challenge
  • The Nurturing Neighborhoods Challenge, a 3-year initiative, will support cities to develop, pilot, and scale solutions that enhance the quality of life of young children, their caregivers and families in the public realm. 
  • The challenge is conducted with the support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Netherlands with technical support from WRI lndia. 
  • Through the challenge, selected cities will receive technical assistance and capacity-building to reimagine parks and open spaces; improve access to early childhood facilities; adapt public spaces with early childhood-oriented amenities; and create accessible, safe, walkable streets for young children and families. 
  • The challenge will be open to all Smart Cities, other cities with more than five lakh population, and capitals of States and UTs.

Ministry of I&B constitutes committee to review Guidelines on Television Rating Agencies in India

  • Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has constituted a committee to review “Guidelines on Television Rating Agencies in India” notified by the Ministry in 2014.
  • The present guidelines issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) on Television Rating Agencies in India were notified after detailed deliberations by the Parliamentary Committee, Committee on Television Rating Points (TRP) constituted by the MIB and recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority etc.
  • It has been found, based on the operation of the guidelines for a few years, that there is need to have a fresh look on the guidelines particularly keeping in view the recent recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), technological advancements / interventions to address the system and further strengthening of the procedures for a credible and transparent rating system.
  • A committee has been hereby constituted under chairmanship of Shri Shashi S. Vempati, CEO, Prasar Bharti to study different aspects of the television rating system in India as they have evolved over a period of time.  The Committee shall carry out an appraisal of the existing system; examine TRAI recommendations notified from time to time, overall industry scenario and addressing the needs of the stakeholders and make recommendations for a robust, transparent and accountable rating system through changes, if any, in the existing guidelines. 
  • The Terms of Reference for the Committee shall be as under:
  1. Study past recommendations made by various forums on the subject of television rating systems in India and matter incidental thereto;
  2. Study recent recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority on the subject;
  3. Suggest steps for enhancing competition in the sector;
  4. Review of the presently notified guidelines to see if the intended purpose(s) of issuing the guidelines have stood the test of time and has met needs of various stakeholders involve The lacunae, if any, shall be specially addressed by the Committee;
  5. Any issues related or incidental to the subject;
  6. To make recommendations on way forward for robust, transparent and accountable rating system in India; and
  7. Any other related issues assigned by MIB from time to time.
  • The Committee can invite any expert as a special invitee. The Committee will submit its report to the Minister for Information & Broadcasting within two months.