Important Facts for Prelims (15th February 2019) | 15 Feb 2019

Taj View Garden

  • Recently Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, laid the Foundation Stone of Taj View Garden on the Taj Corridor Area between the Agra Fort and Taj Mahal in Agra.
  • The main purpose is to increase greenery by enormous plantation around the Taj Mahal which will not only help to reduce the pollution around the Taj Mahal but also provide a pleasant view to the visitors.
  • The Taj View Garden is being developed on the Mughal period Charbagh garden pattern by the Archaeological Survey of India.
  • Charbagh is a Persian quadrilateral garden layout based on the four gardens representing the Islamic ideal of paradise. The quadrilateral garden is divided by walkways or flowing water into four smaller parts.
  • They are found in countries throughout Western Asia and South Asia, including Iran and India.
  • In India, the Char Bagh concept is epitomised in Humayun's Tomb (Delhi) and Taj Mahal (Agra).

India signs defence pacts with Germany and Sweden

  • India has concluded defence cooperation and security protection agreements with Germany and Sweden during the ongoing visit of Defence Minister to both the countries.
  • India and Sweden have concluded a security protection agreement that will enable both countries to share classified information with each other.
  • India and Sweden have had a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the area of defence since 2009.
  • Earlier in Germany, Defence Minister signed an implementing arrangement on enhanced defence and defence industry cooperation to strengthen military to military engagement as well as defence industry and research and development linkages.
  • Both Germany and Sweden are important suppliers of defence equipment to India and their companies are currently in the race for multi-billion tenders to supply submarines and fighter aircraft.