Current Affairs on International Relations | January 2021

Current Affairs on International Relations | January 2021

Current Affairs on International Relations, January 2021

14th January 2021

India-UAE  MoU on Scientific Cooperation

The MoU on Scientific and Technical Cooperation between the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), UAE, and Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), India has been approved by the cabinet. The MoU is for the exchange of scientists and experts to study the tropical cyclones, Tsunami Early Warning Center, cooperate in the field of Seismology, and warning systems for dust storms.

11th January 2021

The administration of the United States of America has amended the H-1B visa norms.

The need to hire workers for development in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics paved the way for the introduction of the H-1 work visa system in the US. The recent change in rules gives a higher priority to applications of those employers where the “proffered wage equals or exceeds” the existing level in that area of employment, higher wages and skills for selection of deserving candidates will be given importance in the selection process for visas. The lottery system has now been done away with.

6th January 2021

Cabinet approves MoC between Japan and India in ‘Specified Skilled Worker’

The Union Cabinet has given its nod to the Memorandum of Cooperation between India and Japan on ‘Specified Skilled Worker’. This agreement outlines a framework for institutional partnership between the two nations for Specified skilled workers. This MoC will boost the movement of Skilled workers, enhance people to people contacts, between the two nations. The Indians going to Japan under this shall have to qualify the required skills, Japanese language test, and will be able to work in the fourteen specified sectors in Japan.

5th January 2021

Vietnam Imports Rice form India for the Very First Time

Vietnam, one of the leading rice producers in the world has imported rice from India for the very first time. This was because the local prices of rice escalated to a nine-year high due to limited domestic supply. This could indicate the shift of traditional rice buyers of Thailand and Vietnam to shifts to buying rice from India. The dwindling stockpile of rice in the rice-growing areas can be indicative of concerning food security situations in the Sub – Sharan Countries. India exported about 14 million tonnes of rice in the year 2020. In 2020 December, the biggest exporter of rice in the world, China also started importing rice from India.

1st January 2021

The 2-YEAR term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council begins for India

India’s term as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations has commenced, making it the eighth time for India to have held this position of power. Along with India, Norway, Mexico, and Kenya have joined the existing members- Niger, Vietnam, Tunisia, Estonia, Grenadines, and Saint Vincent. India has been a front runner to advertise the need for reforms in the Security Council. India supports the cause of making the Council more representative and diversified.