World Intellectual Property Day 2019 observed; Dalbir Singh Suhag named Indian envoy to Seychelles - Current Affairs
The theme of World Intellectual Property Day 2019 was “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports”. This year’s theme dives into the world of sports. Former Indian Army Chief General (Retired) Dalbir Singh Suhag was appointed as India's High Commissioner to the island nation Seychelles.
Story 1: World Intellectual Property Day 2019 observed globally
26 April: World Intellectual Property Day
The World Intellectual Property Day was observed across the world on April 26, 2019 to spread awareness about the role that intellectual property rights like patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright play in encouraging innovation and creativity.
On this day, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) works together with various government agencies, non-government organizations, community groups and individuals to hold different events and activities to promote the day.
The theme of World Intellectual Property Day 2019 was “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports”.
This year’s theme dives into the world of sports. It explores how innovation, creativity and the IP rights support the development of sport and its enjoyment around the world.
Lately, sports have become an industry of its own, generating multi-billion dollars and employing millions of people around the world. Sports businesses use patents and designs for development of new sports technologies, materials, training, and equipment. Business relationships built on IP rights help to secure the economic value of sports.
• In October 1999, the General Assembly of the WIPO approved the idea of declaring a particular day as a World Intellectual Property Day.
• In 2000, the WIPO designated 26 April as an annual World Intellectual Property Day to address the perceived gap between Intellectual Property as a business/legal concept and its relevance to people’s lives.
• April 26 was specifically chosen as the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization, first entered into force in 1970 on this date.
Story 2: Ex-Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag named Indian envoy to Seychelles
Former Indian Army Chief General (Retired) Dalbir Singh Suhag was on April 25, 2019 appointed as India's High Commissioner to the island nation Seychelles.
Dalbir Singh was the Army Chief from August 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016. He was also part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka in 1987.
He is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
Dalbir Singh’s appointment as Indian envoy to Seychelles comes amid deepening military ties between India and the island nation.
India is developing the Assumption Island in Seychelles as a naval base to expand its footprint in the Indian Ocean region where China has been tirelessly trying to enhance its military presence. The agreement regarding the same was signed between both the sides in 2015.
• India’s relationship with the Seychelles, a small Indian Ocean island state northeast of Madagascar, date back to 1976 when the diplomatic ties were established with Seychelles after its independence.
• Since then, India and Seychelles have been steadily improving ties over the years.
• In 2015, Seychelles agreed to allocate land on Assumption Island for India to build its first naval base in the Indian Ocean region.
• India is also expected to set up its own coastal radar system in the country.
• India has also extended a USD 100 million line of credit and decided to gift a Dornier aircraft to Seychelles.
• There has also been a high level exchange of visits between both the nations. PM Modi’s visit in March 2015 was the first Prime Ministerial level visit from India to Seychelles in 34 years. The recent visit of Seychelles President Danny Faure to India in 2018 further strengthened the bilateral relations.
• According to the estimates of Ministry of External Affairs, India exported goods worth USD 101.16 million and imported goods worth USD 0.548 million from Seychelles during January to October 2017.
• In 2017, India stood at 8th position by way of exports to Seychelles.