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Current Affairs 6 April 2019 Digest 2: Praful Patel becomes first Indian in FIFA Council; Indian Navy signs MoU with CSIR

All India Football Federation President Praful Patel has become the first Indian to be elected as a member of the FIFA Executive Council.

Apr 6, 2019 14:08 IST
Praful Patel becomes first Indian in FIFA Council

Story 1- Praful Patel becomes first Indian to be elected as member of FIFA Executive Council

Praful Patel, the President of All India Football Federation has become the first Indian to be elected as a member of the FIFA Executive Council. He received 38 out of 46 votes.

The election was held during the 29th Asian Football Confederations Congress in Kuala Lumpur on April 5, 2019. Patel's term in the council will be for a period of four years, from 2019 to 2023.

Key Highlights

Patel was one of the eight candidates contending for a spot in the FIFA Executive Council from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Only five among them were elected.

The seven other contenders included Saoud A Aziz M A Al- Mohannadi (Qatar), Khalid Awad A. Althebity (Saudi Arabia), Mariano V Araneta, Jr. (Philippines), Chung Mong Gyu (Korea Republic), Du Zhaocai (China PR), Mehdi Taj (IR Iran) and Kohzo Tashima (Japan).

The AFC Electoral Committee carried out eligibility checks on the candidates running for the positions and the FIFA Review Committee conducted eligibility checks on candidates running for FIFA Council positions.

The AFC Electoral Committee will be responsible for all tasks relating to the organisation, running and supervision of the elections.

The FIFA Governance Committee will nominate representatives to monitor the running of the elections for FIFA Council positions.

Impact

Patel’s presence in the FIFA Executive Council will give India a much stronger voice at the International stage.

It will also improve India’s relation with the other top member nations of the world football body.

Patel serves as the Senior Vice President at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Story 2-Indian Navy signs MoU with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

 Indian Navy signs MoU with CSIR

The Indian Navy and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on April 5, 2019 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to undertake joint research and development of advanced technologies for the Indian Navy.

The MoU was signed by Vice Admiral GS Pabby, Chief of Materiel of Indian Navy and Shekhar C Mande, Secretary at Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and Director General, CSIR. It was signed in the presence of Directors of Seven CSIR Labs, Flag Officers and Heads of Directorates of Indian Navy and eminent scientists from distinguished CSIR Labs.

Key Highlights

The agreement facilitates a formal framework for interaction between the Indian Navy and the research council.

Under the agreement, joint research and development activities will be undertaken in the diverse fields of Mechanical, Electronics, Communication, Computer Science, Propulsion systems, Metallurgy and Nanotechnology.

The agreement will be a collaborative arrangement between labs of CSIR, the Indian Navy and the Indian industry.

Some of the immediate projects to be progressed under this MoU include development of alternative desalination technologies, installation of wireless MEMS based sensors for remote operation and residual life assessment studies of gas turbine generator blades to improve reliability.

Significance

The collaboration between the armed forces and world class national institutions such as the CSIR will allow the Indian Navy to leapfrog towards latest technologies as well as jointly engage under ‘Make in India’ and other innovative programmes of the Union Government.

It would also form the foundation for exchange of ideas and development of new technologies in the future.