Collaboration of Netherlands with the state for cyber security:

  • The Netherlands is partnering with the government of Karnataka to bring in Dutch expertise in cyber security, IT and healthcare, said Gert Heijkoop, Consul-General of the kingdom of the Netherlands, at the Bengaluru Tech Summit.
  • Both the countries are working together on reducing the increasing number of cyber attacks and assessing their impact on economies.
  • Dutch companies, including Fox-IT and Group2000, have been very active in India. Indian companies, including E2Labs, Skill cube, Cloud4c and KrypC Technologies, have established a concrete presence in the Netherlands.
  • Netherlands also pitched healthcare projects to stakeholders from academic institutes, hospitals, IT and med-tech companies and startups for partnerships. This includes ‘point of care tool’ for fast diagnosis of conditions such as urinary tract infection and development of ‘generic toolbox’ to create health literacy application for use in both countries.
  • The other project is a framework for identification of biomarkers for mass screening of population at risk of development of neurodegenerative disorders.

‘Living Lab’ will result in creating affordable solutions for sustainable healthcare in both India and Netherlands.

Vigilance wing in RERA:

  • With complaints pouring in from home buyers of errant developers and builders refusing to adhere to orders from the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Karnataka, the authority has proposed addition of a vigilance wing.
  • Home buyers who had approached RERA Karnataka seeking intervention in problems such as a delay in handover over the past year since the RERA Act came into force have complained of builders not paying a penalty or handing over property despite orders being given in their favour.

14th G20 summit:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday interacted with U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of the G-20 summit .
  • The brief exchange of views took place before the first trilateral meeting between Mr. Modi, Mr. Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe scheduled for later in the day.
  • Earlier, Mr. Modi held separate bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi discussed joint efforts to further enhance mutual trust and friendship.
  • Mr. Modi assured Mr. Guterres, that India will play its “due and responsible” role at the crucial climate change negotiations in Poland next week.
  • During Mr. Modi’s meeting with Crown Prince Salman, the two leaders decided to set up a mechanism to scale up the oil-rich kingdom’s investments in energy, infrastructure and defence sectors in India.
  • Crown Prince Salman said Saudi Arabia will be finalising an initial investment in the National Infrastructure Fund.

 Paris agreement can’t be renegotiated:

  • A 17-member delegation, consisting of officials from several Ministries as well as Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, will be representing India over two weeks in what is likely to be arduous negotiations on how to agree to implement the Paris Agreement.
  • A key point, would be transparency and accountability. Developing and developed countries have disputes on whether there should be a common set of standards that all countries must adhere to when reporting what steps each has taken to contain carbon emissions.
  • India and China, which have committed to ensuring that their emission intensities will not cross a threshold, also argue that all countries cannot be held to the same data-monitoring-and-reporting standards.

Amnesty holds protest outside Indian mission:

  • Amnesty International UK has urged the British government to raise urgent concerns around human rights and the “politically motivated restrictions” placed on NGOs such as Amnesty India and Greenpeace India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.
  • Amnesty International UK has also written to the new Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam, with a list of demands including ensuring Amnesty India and Greenpeace India were able to carry out their work unhindered through the removal of restrictions on their bank accounts, the end of “intimidation and harassment” of the organisations, and the end of “repressive legislation” to clampdown on activists.


Leh, Kargil solar unit

  • As part of the initiatives under the National Solar Mission, the Ministry of New and Renewable energy (MNRE) has launched the ambitious plan of implementation of 23 GW (23,000 MW) grid-connected ultra mega solar PV projects in the Leh and Ladakh regions of Jammu & Kashmir.
  • First phase will comprise setting up of 2,500 MW solar PV capacity in Kargil region and 5,000 MW to be set up in Leh district.


Destruction in the delta [The Hindu] 

Together in an uncertain world [The Hindu] – important 

Wage drag [The Hindu] 



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