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India-Russia Sign 5 Bilateral Pacts as Part of PM’s Visit

The Ambassador of India to Russian Federation, Mr Ajai Malhotra and the Russian Minister of Education and Science, Mr. Dmitry Livanov signing an MoU for Programme of Cooperation in the Area of Biotechnology between the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Education and Science, Government of Russian Federation for the period 2014-2017, in the presence of the  Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin, in Moscow, Russia on October 21, 2013. (PIB Photo)

The Ambassador of India to Russian Federation, Mr Ajai Malhotra and the Russian Minister of Education and Science, Mr. Dmitry Livanov signing an MoU for Programme of Cooperation in the Area of Biotechnology between the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Education and Science, Government of Russian Federation for the period 2014-2017, in the presence of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin, in Moscow, Russia on October 21, 2013. (PIB Photo)

India and Russia have signed five key bilateral agreements on Monday as part of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s official visit to Moscow. The visit also marks 14 th summit meeting between Indian prime minister and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The pacts signed include a treaty on transfer of sentenced persons, an MoU between India and Russian energy agencies, an MoU  in the field of Standardization and Conformity Assessment between Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology (GOST-R), Programme of Cooperation in the Fields of Science, Technology and Innovation between the two countries for the period 2014-2017, and Programme of Cooperation in the Area of Biotechnology between the Department of Biotechnology, India and the Ministry of Education and Science, Government of Russian Federation for the period 2014-2017

Here are the details:

1. Treaty between the Republic of India and the Russian Federation on Transfer of Sentenced Persons

The Treaty shall facilitate the process of social rehabilitation of persons sentenced in the other country by providing them the opportunity to serve out their remaining sentences (under certain conditions) in their country of nationality. It is expected to boost consular cooperation between the two countries.
Mrs.Sujatha Singh,Foreign Secretary
Mr.Alexander Konovalov,Minister of Justice
2. Memorandum of Understanding between the Bureau of Energy Efficiency of the Republic of India and Federal State Budget Organisation “Russian Energy Agency” of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation in the Field of Energy Efficiency.
The MoU shall enhance cooperation in the field of energy saving and energy efficiency, including through joint implementation of activities and projects by organisations/companies of both the countries. The forms of cooperation envisaged include exchange of best practices in smart grids, energy audits, energy efficient building designs and industrially efficient technologies.
Mr. Ajai Malhotra,Ambassador of India to Russian Federation
Mr. Kirill V. Gadzatsev,Deputy Director General,Russian Energy Agency
3. Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Standardization and Conformity Assessment between Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) [Republic of India] and Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology (GOST-R) [Russian Federation]
The objective of this MoU is to facilitate closer technical cooperation in the field of standardization through exchange of information, practices and expertise. It is expected to have beneficial effects for trade and commerce where standards/conformity assessments form an integral basis for transactions.
Mr. Ajai Malhotra,Ambassador of India to Russian Federation
Mr. Gregory Alkin,Head, Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology (GOST-R)
4.Programme of Cooperation in the Fields of Science, Technology and Innovation between the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and the Ministry of Education & Science, Government of Russian Federation for the period 2014-2017
The Programme aims to deepen cooperation in the field of innovation and S&T through implementation of Joint Programs and projects/exchanges involving educational, R&D and industrial institutions. The joint projects may also facilitate transfer of technology. The broad areas of cooperation include ‘sunrise’ sectors such as IT, nano-technology, environmental sciences and alternate energy. This Programme shall also reinforce the existing robust exchanges between the scientific institutions of the two sides.
Mrs.Sujatha Singh,Foreign Secretary
Mr. Dmitry Livanov,Minister of Education and Science
5.Programme of Cooperation in the Area of Biotechnology between the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Education and Science, Government of Russian Federation for the period 2014-2017
The Programme aims to broaden cooperation in the field of biotechnology and encourage industrial R&D & related investment flows. This is intended to be achieved through implementation of Joint Programs and projects/exchanges, etc.
Mr. Ajai Malhotra,Ambassador of India to Russian Federation
Mr. Dmitry Livanov,Minister of Education and Science.

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