Daily Archives: July 2, 2014

Union HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani Meets Mr. K. Shanmugam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law, Republic of Singapore

Union HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani Meets Mr. K. Shanmugam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law, Republic of Singapore

The Minister for Foreign Affairs & Minister for Law of the Republic of Singapore, Mr. K. Shanmugam calling on the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, in New Delhi on July 02, 2014.

Mr. K. Shanmugam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Law, Republic of Singapore met the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, at New Delhi today. During the meeting, the Minister Mr. Shanmugam mentioned about the close relations between Singapore and India and the multifaceted partnership of the two countries in the field of economic cooperation, defence & security issues and education & culture. He also mentioned that both countries are celebrating 50 years of establishment of diplomatic relations from August, 2014-2015 onwards for which year-long activities are planned, highlighting our vibrant partnership.

HRM reciprocated the feelings of the visiting Minister and recalled the warm relations and strong bonds that exist between the two countries. As part of the celebrations of 50 years of establishment of diplomatic relations, she offered Singapore to be the Guest of Honour Country during the next New Delhi World Book Fair to be held from 14-22 February, 2015. The HRM also mentioned that the National Book Trust of India is translating many books of Singapore, including the book titled "50 Stories from My Life" authored by the former President of Singapore Shri S.R. Nathan.

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Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled

India becomes the first country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled on 30th June, 2014. So far, 79 WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) member states have signed this Treaty. The Marrakesh treaty will come into force once twenty countries ratify this treaty.

Shri Dilip Sinha, the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, handed over the the Instrument of Ratification to Mr Francis Gurry, Director General , WIPO at a ceremony organized held during the 28th Session of SCCR (Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights) in WIPO Headquarters.

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