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All India Radio News Summary: 02 March 2018

All India Radio News Summary: 02 March 2018

  1. President of Vietnam, Tran Dai Quang arrives in India

President of Vietnam, Tran Dai Quang arrived in India on a three-day visit. 

  • The visit aims to further deepen comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.
  • India is now among the top ten trading partners of Vietnam. Bilateral trade between the two countries has seen continuous growth over the past many years.
  • Indian investments in Vietnam have remained constant at around 1 billion dollars but are expected to rise in the coming years.
  • Defence Cooperation has emerged as a significant pillar of India’s strategic partnership with Vietnam.
  • Science and Technology is also an important area of cooperation. It is expected that the visit of President of Vietnam will give further boost to the bilateral ties. 
  • Vietnam is an important pillar in India’s Act East Policy and the two countries share civilizational relationship spanning over 2000 years.
  • Vietnam is also an important partner in southeast Asia and is currently the country coordinator for India with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional bloc.
  • Apart from Asean, India and Vietnam closely cooperate in other regional forums such as the East Asia Summit, Mekong Ganga Cooperation, Asia Europe Meeting besides the UN and WTO.
  • India-Vietnam trade stood at 6.24 billion dollar in fiscal 2016-17 and the two sides have agreed to raise this to 15 billion dollar by 2020.


  1. India’s position on the Dalai Lama is clear and consistent

Dalai Lama is a revered religious leader and is deeply respected by the people of India. Dalai Lama has all freedom to carry out his religious activities in India.

  • The clarification came after news report that the government has asked senior leaders and functionaries of the Centre and states to stay away from upcoming events planned by the Tibetan leadership in India to mark the start of 60 years in exile of the Dalai Lama.


  1. India, Bangladesh and Russia sign an agreement providing for participation of Indian companies in construction of non-critical works in Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh.

Russian atomic energy agency Rosatom has said that Indian companies can now participate in construction and installation works in the “non-critical” category for the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh.

  • The Rooppur project is the first initiative under an Indo-Russian deal to undertake atomic energy projects in third countries.
  • This will also be the first time Indian companies will be able to participate in a nuclear power project abroad.
  • India, Bangladesh and Russia signed an agreement to this effect.
  • A MoU signed in Moscow, sets a framework for interaction of Russian contractor, and Indian and Bangladeshi experts in the implementation of works related to the project.


  1. INSV Tarini entered Cape Town in South Africa

The Indian Navy’s second ocean going sailboat, INSV Tarini entered Cape Town in South Africa during its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe.

  • This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew.
  • Defence Minister had flagged off INSV Tarini from Goa on 10th September last year.