Cabinet nod for opening up of Solar Alliance to all UN countries

• The Union Cabinet on Thursday gave its approval for moving a resolution in the first assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to amend the framework agreement of the alliance to open up its membership to all UN countries.

• The decision was taken to put solar energy on the global agenda with the universal appeal for developing and deploying solar energy.

• The Cabinet also apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Russia on October 5.

Important highlights of the MoUs

• The MoUs/ MoCs provide a platform for Indian Railways to interact and share the latest developments and knowledge in the railway sector.

• They will also facilitate exchange of technical experts, reports and technical documents, training and seminars/ workshops focusing on specific technology areas and other interactions for knowledge sharing.

• To strengthen cooperation in the field of tourism, the Cabinet approved signing of an MoU between India and Korea.

• The aim is to expand bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector and to encourage investment in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

• Approval was also given for renaming of Odisha’s Jharsuguda Airport, as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda”.

• The Cabinet gave its nod for an agreement between India and Morocco on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

• It will provide a broad legal framework for bilateral cooperation between the two countries in investigation and prosecution of crime, tracing, restraint, forfeiture or confiscation or proceeds and instruments of crime.

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