11 Apr 2018: UPSC Exam PIB Summary & Analysis

MoU between India and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland on the return of Illegal Migrants

  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the MoU between India and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland on the return of Illegal Migrants.

Benefits:

  • The MoU will facilitate that the Visa Free Agreement for holders of Diplomatic passports as well as liberalization of UK Visa Regime for those who are travelling to the UK legally, after conclusion of the MoU.
  • It will ensure the return of persons who have no lawful basis to be in the territory of the other Party after verification of nationality to its satisfaction.
  • It will help in streamlining the procedure of return of nationals who are caught to be staying illegally, belonging to the other party in a specified time-frame.

 

Cabinet approves Headquarters (Host country) Agreement between India and ISA

  • The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for entering into Headquarters (Host country) Agreement between India and the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
  • The Headquarters Agreement will institutionalize the functional arrangements between India and ISA.
  • It will help in smooth transition of ISA as international inter-governmental organization.
  • Creation of ISA will lead to accelerated solar technology development and deployment in ISA member countries including India.

 

16th International Energy Forum Ministerial

  • India will host The 16th International Energy Forum Ministerial (IEF16).
  • The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event.
  • The theme of IEF-16 is “The Future of Global Energy Security.”
  • IEF16 is the largest gathering of Energy Ministers from across the globe, industry leaders and heads of key international organizations who will debate the future of global energy.
  • The International Energy Forum (IEF) aims to foster greater mutual understanding and awareness of common energy interests among its members.
  • It has 72 member countries signatories to the IEF Charter, which outlines the framework of the global energy dialogue through this inter-governmental arrangement. Apart from them, 20 countries are also participating in this meeting as special invitees.
  • Covering all six continents and accounting for around 90% of global supply and demand for oil and gas, the IEF is unique in that it comprises not only consuming and producing countries of the IEA and OPEC, but also Transit States and major players outside of their memberships, including Argentina, China, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa.
  • Hosted by India and co-hosted by China and Korea, IEF16 aims to focus on how global shifts, transition policies and new technologies influence market stability and future investment in the energy sector.
  • IEF16 delegates are invited to consider how global market shifts and energy transition will shape the future of energy security.

 

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