13.5k Shares Share Share Tweet India and Sweden to Increase Cooperation on Anti-Microbial Resistance R and D February 27, 2019 The Swedish Health Minister Lena Hallengren after the meeting with Union Health Minister J P Nadda announced that Anti-microbial resistance (AMR) is really dangerous and India and Sweden intend to boost cooperation to tackle it. Cooperation to tackle Anti-Microbial Resistance India and Sweden have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in the field of various issues, including AMR, communicable diseases and public health On February 24, 2009. AMR work is an “ongoing cooperation” between India and Sweden. There would be bilateral cooperation between companies, between agencies, between universities, institutions. Sweden hoped that India would join the Alliance of Champions, which is a creation between many countries globally to face and to fight AMR. Alliance of Champions The Alliance of Champions was launched by then Swedish Health Minister Gabriel Wikstrom at the 2015 World Health Assembly. Alliance of Champions consisted of health ministers of 14 countries aimed to promote “political awareness, engagement and leadership” on AMR. Month:Current Affairs – February, 2019 Categories: International • UPSC Tags: Alliance of Champions • AMR • Anti-Microbial Resistance • India-Sweden • Sweden • Union Health Minister Government Approves Construction of more than 5 lakh Affordable Houses

The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of another 560,695 more affordable houses for the benefit…

13.2k Shares Share Share Tweet UNSC condemns Pulwama Terror Attack February 23, 2019 The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” Pulwama suicide terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The highlights of the joint statement issued by the UNSC are: The joint statement noted that terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the Pulawama Terror Attack. The members of UNSC expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Indian people and the government of India, and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured. The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice. The joint statement reiterated that “any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed”. UNSC has urged all states to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. Does China’s stand signal a shift? The statement issued by the Chinese Foreign ministry after the Pulwama terror attack did not mention JeM, Pakistan or even Kashmir. Also, China is singlehandedly blocked the listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” at the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 sanctions committee for the last 10 years at Pakistan’s behest. Therefore China’s agreement to mention JeM is seen by a section as a signal of changing stance of China. But these arguments are countered by highlighting JeM is a UN-proscribed terrorist group since 2002 and China has not yet yielded on Azhar’s listing. Hence there is no change in China’s stand. Month:Current Affairs – February, 2019 Categories: International • UPSC Tags: 1267 Sanctions Committee • China • global terrorist • international refugee law • Jaish-e-Mohammed • Pakistan • Pulwama terrorist attack • United Nations Security Council • UNSC India South Korea sign 7 Agreements to step-up cooperation

During the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to South Korea seven agreements were signed to boost up the cooperation.…