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PIB Important Points – 26th Sep 2020  

India-Sri Lanka Joint Statement on Virtual Bilateral Summit

  1. For imparting further impetus to the bilateral relationship, the two leaders agreed to:
  (i) Enhance cooperation to combat terrorism and drug trafficking including in the fields of intelligence, information sharing, de-radicalization and capacity building.   (ii) Continue the fruitful and efficient development partnership in accordance with the priority areas identified by the Government and people of Sri Lanka and to further broad base the island wide engagement under the Memorandum of Understanding for Implementation of High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP) for the period 2020-2025.   (iii) Work together to expeditiously complete construction of 10,000 housing units in the plantation areas, which was announced in May 2017.   (iv) Facilitate an enabling environment for trade and investment between the two countries and to deepen integration of supply chains in the backdrop of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.   (v) Work towards early realization of infrastructure and connectivity projects including in the sectors of Ports and Energy.   (vi) Deepen cooperation in renewable energy with particular emphasis on solar projects under the US$ 100 million Line of Credit from India.   (vii) Strengthen technical cooperation in the areas of agriculture, animal husbandry, science & technology, health care and AYUSH (Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) as well as skill development by increased training of professionals thereby realizing the full potential of the demographic dividend in both the countries.   (viii) Further strengthen people-to-people ties by exploring opportunities in the field of civilizational linkages and common heritage such as Buddhism, Ayurveda and Yoga.   (ix) Continue engagement to address the issues related to fishermen through regular consultation and bilateral channels according to the existing frameworks and shared goals including the UN Sustainable Development Goals.   (x) Strengthen cooperation between armed forces of the two sides including through mutual exchange of personnel visits, maritime security cooperation and support to Sri Lanka in the spheres of defence and security.  
  1. Both leaders acknowledged the increasing convergence on regional and international issues of mutual engagement, including within the frameworks of SAARC, BIMSTEC, IORA and the United Nations system.
  1. Recognizing that BIMSTEC is an important platform for regional cooperation linking South Asia with South East Asia, both leaders agreed to work together to ensure a successful BIMSTEC Summit to be hosted under the Chairmanship of Sri Lanka.

Ayush Minister lays Foundation stone of Post Harvest Management Centre

The purpose of establishing Post Harvest Management Centre for Medicinal Plants is to develop facilities for drying, sorting, processing, certification, packaging, and safe storage of herbal raw materials produced and collected by local people so that its quality is enhanced to fetch better price and augment the income of farmers associated. During the event, 21 AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres were also inaugurated under Ayushman Bharat in Jammu& Kashmir. A holistic wellness model would be created through these centres to reduce the disease burden and out of the pocket expenditure. The main focus of AYUSH interventions would be to empower masses for “self-care” on the prevention of diseases through a healthy lifestyle, food, Yoga, and medicinal plants. Post Harvest Centre will create Employment Avenue among the youth in addition to other facilities provided for the growers and collectors of medicinal plants. Further, the AYUSH Health and Wellness Programme will not only provide services to the needy people but also promote AYUSH at the international level.    

India, Denmark sign MoU on Intellectual Property cooperation

The MoU aims at increasing IP co-operation between the two countries by way of:
  1. a) Exchange of best practices, experiences and knowledge on IP awareness among public, authorities, businesses and research and educational institutions of both countries.
  2. b) Collaboration in training programmes, exchange of experts, technical exchanges and outreach activities.
  3. c) Exchange of information and best practices on processes for disposal of applications for patents, trademarks, industrial designs and Geographical Indications, as also the protection, enforcement and use of IP rights.
  4. d) Cooperation in the development of automation and implementation of modernization projects, new documentation and information systems in IP and procedures for management of IP.
  5. e) Cooperation to understand how Traditional Knowledge is protected; including the use of traditional knowledge related databases and awareness raising of existing IP systems.
It will be a landmark step forward in India’s journey towards becoming a major player in global innovation and further the objectives of National IPR Policy, 2016.  

Theme for Destination North East 2020 is “The Emerging Delightful Destinations”

  The Union Minister for Home Affairs, who is also the chairman of the North Eastern Council will inaugurate “Destination North East-2020” through virtual medium. Destination North East is a calendar event of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region conceptualized with the objective of taking the North East Region to other parts of the country and bringing them closer together in order to strengthen national integration. For Destination North East 2020 the theme is “The Emerging Delightful Destinations” which speaks of the tourism destinations emerging stronger and more attractive when the Sector picks up momentum. The programme focuses mostly on Tourism and coincides with ‘World Tourism Day’ which falls on 27th September 2020.   WHAT NE REGION HAS TO OFFER: Eco-Tourism – North Eastern Region is ideal for both passive and adventure forms of Eco-Tourism with wildlife sanctuary/parks, good scenic beauty, waterfalls, forests etc. The region has much to offer for the active adventure segment including river rafting among others, trekking of various grades and levels, rock climbing, hang gliding etc. Culture – Culture is an important aspect and has the potential to attract selective culture tourists to the North Eastern Region. The diverse and rich tribal heritage and culture is what differentiates North East with the rest of India. Another major differentiator is the rich and varying Arts and Crafts across the 8 North Eastern States. Here unlike most places, handicrafts are part of everyday life. One significant aspect is the local community’s active participation towards increasing tourist- community cultural interfaces. Heritage – Heritage tourism has picked up considerably in the Region with a participatory approach where tourists also get to actively participate rather than just seeing the monuments, old tea estates etc. Religious Pilgrimage – The region has many famous and old religious spots, which have been integrated with national tourism circuits for the benefit of the pilgrims. Business – In view of the attractive natural environment and growing trends of outbound business meets, the NER also offers ample opportunities for the business tourism segment. Domestic and international connectivity, High-end hotels, Convention Centres, resort based convention facilities etc. have all contributed to the expansion of this Sector.