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Top Cabinet Approvals: 7 November 2019

The Cabinet has approved the agreement between India and Bangladesh for the withdrawal of water from the Feni River by India to supply to Sabroom town in Tripura.

Nov 7, 2019 11:49 IST
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Cabinet approves India, Maldives MoU on training and capacity-building
• The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the agreement signed between India and Maldives in the area of training Maldivian judicial officers in India.
• The agreement aims to promote cooperation between India and Maldives in areas including judicial and legal.
• The MoU also aims to enable the exchange of knowledge and technology for training and capacity building.

Cabinet approves MoUs between India, Germany in field of occupational diseases
• The Cabinet has approved the MoUs signed by India and Germany to expand cooperation in the field of occupational diseases. The agreement also covers rehabilitation and training of insured persons with disabilities.
• The agreement exchanged between India and a German agency, DGUV for occupational safety and health and social protection will cover the exchange of information in the medical, occupational and social rehabilitation of insured persons with disabilities.
• It will also enable cooperation in the prevention, detection and treatment of occupational diseases.

Cabinet approves India’s agreement with Bangladesh on withdrawal of water from Feni River
• The Union Cabinet has approved the MoU between India and Bangladesh for the withdrawal of water by India from Bangladesh’s Feni River. 
• India will be withdrawing 1.82 cusecs of water from the Feni River under the MoU. The agreement had been signed to supply drinking water to the Sabroom town in Tripura, India, as the town has an inadequate water supply.
• The groundwater in the town contains a high-level of iron. Hence, the implementation of the scheme will benefit around 7000 people. 
 
Cabinet approves MoU between India, Paraguay for cooperation in the field of tourism
• The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of MoU between India and Paraguay for boosting cooperation in the field of tourism. The agreement was signed in New Delhi on September 27, 2019.
• The main objective of the agreement is to expand bilateral cooperation in tourism and enable the exchange of information and data related to tourism.
• The agreement will also boost cooperation between the tourism stakeholders in the two countries including the hotels, tour operators and airlines. It will also set up exchange programmes for cooperation in Human Resource Development.
• It also aims to increase investment in the tourism and hospitality sectors by promoting two-way tourism through exchange visits of tour operators, media, opinion-makers and exchanging of experience in tourism promotion, marketing destination, development and management.
• The agreement will help both India and Paraguay create a new institutional mechanism for enhancing cooperation in the tourism sector and help India in increasing foreign tourist arrivals from Paraguay, which will further result in economic development and more employment generation. 

Cabinet approves MoU between India, Brazil on cooperation in the health & medicine
• The cabinet has approved the agreement signed between India and Brazil to advance cooperation in the health and medicine sector. The agreement will be signed later this month.
• The agreement will enable the two countries to boost cooperation in the health sector through joint initiatives, technology development and development of research.
• The agreement aims to help improve the public health status of the people of the two countries. It will also improve the bilateral ties of the two nations.

Cabinet approves protocol between India, Brazil for avoidance of double taxation
• The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of a protocol that amends the convention signed between India and Brazil for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion.
• The existing Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) was signed between India and Brazil in 1988 and it was amended through a protocol in October 2013.
• The present amendment will enable the elimination of the issue of double taxation in the two countries. This will provide tax certainty to the investors and businesses in the two nations.
• The protocol will also boost investment by lowering tax rates on interest, royalties and fees for technical services in the source state.
• Following the approval of the cabinet, the necessary formalities for implementing the protocol have been completed. The implementation will be monitored by the Union Ministry.
 
Cabinet approves MoU between India, Switzerland on technical cooperation in Climate Change and Environment
• The Cabinet has approved an agreement signed between India and Switzerland for technical cooperation in climate change and environment. The agreement was signed in September 2019.
• The agreement will help build close ties and long-term cooperation between the two nations in the field of environmental protection and management of natural resources.
• It will also encourage public accountability through the exchange of information and technology between the two countries.
• It will also bring up best practices and latest technologies that will enable better environment protection, better conservation and better management of climate change and wildlife conservation.

Cabinet approves cadre review of Posts & Telegraphs Building Works Service Group A
• The Cabinet has given its approval for cadre review of Posts & Telegraphs Building Works Service, Group A. The approval will strengthen the cadre structure at the headquarters as well as in the field units of the telecommunications and post department. The number P&T BWS duty was earlier fixed at 105.
• The approval will also reduce the stagnation of P&T BWS officers. The Posts & Telegraphs Building Works Service (P&T BWS), Group A, was set up in 1990 as an organized Group A service.
• The service includes three wings - civil, electrical and architecture. It mainly caters to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Department of Posts (DoP).
• The cabinet also decided that there will be no fresh recruitment into the Cadre and that it will be phased out in a manner that there is no adverse impact on the incumbents.

Cabinet approves MoU between India, Guinea in the field of Renewable Energy.
• The Union Cabinet has given its approval for the agreement signed between India and Guinea in the field of renewable energy.
• The main objective of the MoU is to establish a basis for building a cooperative institutional relationship. It also aims to promote bilateral technical cooperation in renewable energy for mutual benefit.
• The cooperation will cover areas including solar energy, wind energy, bio-energy and waste-to-energy and small hydro storage. The agreement will strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

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