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UPSC 2017-18: PIB Summary and Analysis Nov 30

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Italy for cooperation in Agriculture and Phytosanitary issues 

  • It replaces the earlier MoU signed in January, 2008 which is going to expire in January, 2018. 
  • The MoU provides for cooperation in a wide range of other sectors including animal husbandry, agricultural research, food processing and other additional fields as may be mutually decided by both the sides.
  • The MoU has provision for exchange of information on the situation of agriculture and rural development, strengthening of technical exchange and production cooperation in respect of agricultural mechanization/farm machinery and agro-industrial infrastructures, removal of technical barriers and exchange experiences in animal husbandry sector including modern scientific researches and technologies etc.
  • The MoU provides for setting up of a Joint Working Group in order to promote bilateral exchanges in the field of agriculture, consider long-term initiatives for agricultural cooperation, and promote cooperation in order to reduce phytosanitary risks in exported goods also through the definition of specific joint procedures.
  • It will encourage and facilitate contacts between governmental agencies, scientific and academic institutions and business communities of both countries and promote further cooperation between the respective research institutes of the two countries.



Cabinet approves Investment Cooperation and Facilitation Treaty (ICFT) between India and Brazil 

  • The Treaty will result in increase of investment flows between the two countries
  • The ICFT between India and Brazil will provide appropriate facilitation to Brazilian investors in India and Indian investors in the Brazil.
  • It is likely to increase the comfort level and boost the confidence of investors by assuring a level playing field and non-discrimination in all investment facilitation matters, thus providing conducive investment climate to investors.
  • It would help project India as a preferred Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination to all Brazilian investors.



Cyclone Ockhi

  • Cyclonic Storm ‘OCKHI’ is over south Kerala coast and neighbourhood & Cyclone Warning for South Kerala, adjoining districts of south Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep Islands-
  • Naval Ships have been deployed to Render Cyclone Assistance
  • The ships and aircraft would carry out search and rescue (SAR) operations in the area and would continue to maintain at sea for any assistance required by the civil administration till the cyclone crosses coast.


“Crime in India 2016- Statistics” 

  • Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh released the ‘Crime in India – 2016’ published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Ministry of Home Affairs.

First time in the report

  • Some of the salient features in this publication includes a new chapter on “Missing Persons & Children”, in addition to  first time Statistics on the seizures of Arms, Ammunitions, Drugs and Currency by CAPFs/CPOs 


  • Murder cases in the country have shown declining trends during the last three years.
  • Cases under Rioting have decreased by 5% in 2015-16 i.e. 61,974 cases in 2016 as compared to 65,255 cases in the year 2015
  • Cases under Robbery have decreased by 11.8% in 2015-16.
  • Cases under Dacoity have decreased by 4.5% in 2015-16, i.e. 3,795 cases in 2016 as compared to 3,972 in 2015.
  • Cases under ‘Crime Against Women’ have reported a marginal decrease in the year 2016 (3,38,954) compared to the year 2014 (3,39,457), however for 2016, it is a marginal increase compared to 2015 (3,29,243).
  • Cases reported under “Juveniles in Conflict with Law” have also shown a decreasing trend too, in the year 2016
  • Atrocities/Crime Against Scheduled Castes have increased by 5.5% in 2016 (40,801) over 2015 (38,670)
  • Atrocities/Crime Against Scheduled Tribes have increased by 4.7% in 2016 (6,568) over 2015 (6,276)



International Tourism Mart

  • The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with the North Eastern States is organising the “International Tourism Mart” (ITM) in Guwahati, Assam from 5-7 December, 2017. 
  • The 6th International Tourism Mart, will put the spotlight on India’s “Act East Policy”, blossoming ties with ASEAN and the larger East Asia region, home to the world’s rapidly growing economies and India’s emerging tourism markets
  • This is the 6th International Tourism Mart and an annual event organised in the North Eastern region with the objective of highlighting the tourism potential of the region in the domestic and international markets. It brings together the tourism business fraternity and entrepreneurs from the eight North Eastern States. 
  • The International Tourism Marts are organised in the North Eastern States on rotation basis.



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