international - 2019 August

August 19

India and Maldives have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Training and Capacity Building Programme for Maldivian Civil Servants. It has become operational. Following these discussions between senior officials of National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG), Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) from India and Maldives Civil Service Commission at Male the capital of Maldives.

August 17

In the run-up to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Conference of Parties (COP-25) meet scheduled to be held in December 2019, BASIC countries-Brazil, South Africa, India and China-held their 28th Ministerial meeting on Climate Change recently in Sao Paulo, Brazil. BASIC countries expressed concern about climate change and its adverse effects and reaffirmed their commitment to successful implementation of UNFCCC.

Indian Prime MinisterMr.Narendra Modi was on a two-day visit to Bhutan to explore ways to further strengthen and diversify bilateral partnership across several sectors. Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority (MHPA) was jointly constituted by Indian and Bhutanese governments. Bhutan-India friendship project which is a hydroelectric plant is a 720MW run-of-river power plant built on Mangdechhu River in Trongsa Dzongkhag district of central Bhutan.

August 16

Amidst the ongoing tension with Pakistan over the Kashmir issue, India suspended weekly Jodhpur-Munabao Thar Link Express. This move comes days after Pakistan had announced suspension of all train services to India. Munabao-Khokhrapar rail link was destroyed during 1965 war between two countries and was revived after gap 41 years in 2006 with an aim to facilitate people-to-people contact. It is estimated; over 4 lakh passengers from both countries have taken this train in the past 13 years.

August 2

The United States of America has officially declared its withdrawal from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia. The INF Treaty is a Cold War-era missile treaty that was signed by then US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. The treaty banned both countries from deploying land-launched cruise missiles in the 500- to 5,500-km range. Later Obama and Trump administrations have repeatedly alleged that Russia was violating the treaty by fielding a ground-based cruise missile - the Novator 9M729 (“SSC-8” in NATO terminology) that could strike Europe at a short notice, an allegation that Russia has repeatedly denied.