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Top Cabinet Approvals: 16 May 2018

May 16, 2018 20:11 IST
Top Cabinet Approvals: 16 May 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India, Morocco in the legal field

• The Union Cabinet on May 16, 2018 approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Morocco for cooperation in the legal field. The Cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
• The MoU will enable exchange of experience and expertise in the field of law and legislation between the two nations.
• It will also give an opportunity to the lawyers, law officers and law students to discuss issues in the field of law and justice in seminars, symposiums and workshops arranged by authorities of India and Morocco.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Swaziland for cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 16, 2018 approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Swaziland on cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine.  
• The MoU was signed on April 9, 2018. It will facilitate cooperation in areas including drugs and pharmaceutical products, medical consumable products, medical research, medical equipment, public health, communicable disease control & surveillance, health tourism and any other area of mutual interest.
• A working group will be set up to further elaborate the details of cooperation and to oversee the implementation of this MoU.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Suriname for cooperation in electoral management and administration

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Suriname on cooperation in the field of electoral management and administration.
• The MoU will enable exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of organizational and technical development of electoral process, support in exchanging information, institutional strengthening and capacity building, training of personnel, holding regular consultations.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Equatorial Guinea for cooperation in traditional systems of medicine

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Equatorial Guinea for cooperation in the field of traditional systems of medicine.  The MoU was signed on April 8, 2018.
• The MoU will enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the areas of traditional systems of medicine.
• The financial resources necessary to conduct research, training courses, conferences/ meetings and deputations of experts will be met from the existing allocated budget and existing plan schemes of Ministry of AYUSH.
• Besides, the Union Cabinet also gave its ex-post facto approval to the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Equatorial Guinea on cooperation in the field of medicinal plants.

Cabinet approves MoU between India, Morocco in the field of mining and geology

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the signing of MoU between India and Morocco in the field of mining and geology.
• The agreement was signed on April 11, 2018 in New Delhi between the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable development and the Ministry of Mines, Government of India.
• The MoU will provide an institutional mechanism between India and Morocco for cooperation in the field of geology and mining. This cooperation will be mutually beneficial on economic, social and environmental fields in both countries.

Cabinet approves MoU in the field of traditional systems of medicine between India, Colombia

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 16, 2018 gave its approval to the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Colombia on establishing cooperation on traditional systems of medicine of India.
• The agreement is expected to lead to the promotion and propagation of India’s traditional systems of medicines in Colombia.
• The agreement will facilitate exchange of experts for training the practitioners and the collaborative research is expected to lead to new innovations in drug development and traditional medical practice.

Cabinet approves setting up of a new AIIMS in Deoghar, Jharkhand

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved setting up of a new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Deoghar, Jharkhand.
• A provision of funds worth Rs. 1103 crore has been approved for the project and the AIIMS will be set up under the Pradhan MantriSwasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
• The hospital will have a capacity of 750 beds, trauma center facilities, a medical college with an intake of 100 MBBS students per year, a nursing college with an intake of 60 B.Sc. (nursing) students per year, residential complexes and allied facilities / services, broadly on the pattern of AIIMS, New Delhi.
• It would also comprise 20 speciality/super speciality departments including 15 operation theatres.

 

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Cabinet approves ratification of agreement between India, Brunei Darussalam for exchange of information and assistance in collection with respect to taxes


• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the signing and ratification of Agreement between India and Brunei Darussalam for the exchange of information and assistance in collection with respect to taxes.
• The agreement enables the competent authorities of India and Brunei Darussalam to provide assistance through exchange of information that is relevant to the administration and enforcement of the domestic laws of the two countries concerning taxes covered by this agreement.    
• The information received under the agreement shall be treated as confidential and may be disclosed only to persons or authorities concerned with assessment, collection, enforcement, prosecution or determination of appeals in relation to taxes covered under the agreement.
• The Agreement also provides for automatic exchange of information between India and Brunei with respect to categories of cases.

• The Agreement also enables assistance in collection of tax revenue claims between both countries.

Cabinet approves setting up of a central university in Andhra Pradesh

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its in-principle approval for the establishment of a Central University with the name –‘Central University of Andhra Pradesh’ in Janthaluru Village of Ananthapur District, Andhra Pradesh.
• A provision of funds worth Rs  450 crore has been approved for meeting the first phase expenditure towards establishment of the university.
• The Cabinet also approved the proposal for operationalization of the Central University in the transit campus, initially by forming a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in order to give a legal status to it till the amendment to the Central Universities Act, 2009 is enacted and to enable commencement of academic activities from the Academic Year 2018-19.
• The Central University would be mentored by an existing Central University till its governing structure is in place.
• The approval would increase access and quality of higher education and help in minimising the regional imbalances in education facilities and give effect to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014.

Cabinet approves setting up of National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation in Bhopal

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the establishment of National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation (NIMHR) in Bhopal as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 under the aegis of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.
• The estimated cumulative cost of the project is Rs 179.54 crore in the first three years. This includes non-recurring expenditure of Rs 128.54 crore and recurring expenditure of Rs 51 crore.
• The main objectives of the institute would be to provide rehabilitation services to the persons with mental illness, capacity development in the area of mental health rehabilitation, policy framing and advanced research in mental health rehabilitation.

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