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August 2010 Bilateral Affairs

India and the U.S. formally signed an agreement for cooperation on a joint Clean Energy Research Development Centre. The agreement follows from the discussions held between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama during the former's visit to Washington in November 2009. The Centre aims to facilitate joint research and development by teams of scientists and engineers from the U.S. and India on clean energy. Under the arrangements, the areas of cooperation would include energy efficiency of buildings, smart grids, unconventional natural gas, second-generation bio fuels, clean coal technologies and solar energy. 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called up his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani and offered assistance for the flood affected country over and above the initial proposal of $5 million.

India offered Pakistan assistance of $5 million in relief material for the victims of the massive floods that caused widespread damage to life and property across the country over the past fortnight.

The parliament passed the Trade Marks (Amendment) Bill, 2009 that allows any person or an enterprise to seek registration or trade mark in any of the 84 member countries of the Madrid Protocol through a single application. The Bill had been amended to align Indian trade mark with provisions of the Madrid Protocol. It also provides for international enterprises and persons to apply in India.



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