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Soumya Swaminathan appointed as Principal Advisor, National Tuberculosis Eradication Programme
  • Dr. Selamia Swaminathan has been appointed as the Principal Consultant for the National Tuberculosis Eradication Program being implemented under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on social welfare basis.
  • He will provide technical advice to the government on strategies to achieve the goals of eradicating TB in the country. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan will also recommend the policy guidelines and the changes needed to implement them.
  • He will also contribute to providing advice on tuberculosis research and setting up international medical expert groups. He will work in coordination with the Union Ministry of Health and State Governments in TB prevention.
Agreement to increase India-Russia trade to Rs 8.35 lakh crore
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who went on a two-day visit to Russia, participated in the 22nd summit between the two countries with Russian President Putin. At that time, 9 agreements were signed to further strengthen cooperation in various fields between the two countries.
  • Both sides emphasized on the need to strengthen special and key sectoral cooperation between the two countries, promote trade and economic cooperation.
  • Accordingly, to promote trade in the respective country's rupees, to increase the handling of goods through new routes including the North-South Transport Corridor, to increase the volume of agricultural commodities, food and fertilizer trade, to strengthen cooperation in the energy sector including nuclear power, to strengthen the dialogue for the development of infrastructure, to encourage investments in the Eighth Economy and Both sides also agreed to cooperate in the implementation of joint projects, drug distribution and promotion of humanitarian cooperation.
  • By 2030, India-Russia trade will reach Rs. 8,35,037 crore ($100 billion) was agreed upon. In particular, it was agreed to pay in Indian rupees for commodities such as crude oil imported from Russia, and similarly, for commodities imported from India to be paid in Russian rubles.
  • It was agreed to facilitate mutual and international energy security, promote investments in science and research, educational exchanges, joint projects including employment training in high technology institutions.
  • Similarly, 9 agreements were signed between the two countries on Tuesday to enhance cooperation in various fields. It is also reported that the two countries have called for 'zero' tolerance against terrorism and agreed to take uncompromising action against terrorism.
Agreement on mutual recognition of organic agricultural products between India and Taiwan
  • The Mutual Recognition Agreement for Organic Agricultural Products between India and Taiwan was implemented from July 8, 2024 during the 9th Working Group Meeting on Trade with Taiwan in New Delhi. 
  • The implementation of this agreement between India and Taiwan is a significant achievement as it is the first bilateral agreement on organic agricultural products.
  • The agencies implementing the agreement are the Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Promotion Authority of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India and the Agriculture and Food Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture of Taiwan.
  • Mutual recognition will facilitate the export of organic agricultural products by avoiding double certification; Thus, reducing the cost of compliance, simplifying compliance requirements by adopting a single regulation, and improving business opportunities in the organic farming sector.
  • The agreement will lead to export of key Indian organic agricultural products like rice, processed food, green/black, herbal tea, medicinal plant products to Taiwan.

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