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TNPSC Current Affairs August 14, 2017

www.tnpsc.academy TNPSC Current Affairs August 14, 2017 (14/08/2017)

 

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Topic : India’s Foreign Policy, International Events

INDRA 2017

India and Russia will hold a major bilateral military exercise in October 2017 involving their armies, navies and the air forces for the first time to increasing their relations between two armies.

The exercise ‘Indra’, which will be held in Russia from 19th to 29th October 2017, will primarily focus on achieving coordination between forces of the two countries in a tri- services integrated theater command scenario.

Key facts:

India and Russia have been holding the ‘Indra’ series of exercises since 2003.

So far, these exercises were army-to-army, navy-to-navy or air force-to- air force.

This will be for the first time India will participate in a tri-services exercise with a foreign country with such large scale participation by the Navy, the Army and the Air Force.

The exercise will take place in three locations in Russia including in mountainous Vladivostok region.

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Topic : India’s Foreign Policy, International Events

India, China to join Indian Ocean exercise

Indian Navy will be joining the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in a maiden maritime search and rescue exercise to be chaired by Bangladesh at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in November 2017.

Background:

Bangladesh, the current Chair, is scheduling a maiden International Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) in November in the Bay of Bengal to be attended by ships and aircraft of the members and observers of the IONS.

What you need to know about IONS?

The IONS is a regional forum of Indian Ocean littoral states, represented by their Navy chiefs, launched by India in February 2008.

It presently has 23 members and nine observers.

Under the charter of business adopted in 2014, the grouping has working groups on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), Information Security and Interoperability (IS&I) and anti-piracy now renamed as maritime security.

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Topic : The National, Defense and Terrorism

Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Shaurya’ commissioned in Goa

Indian Coast Guard ship “Shaurya”, the fifth in the series of six 105-metre offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), was recently commissioned in Goa.

Key facts:

The ship is designed to carry one twin engine light helicopter and five high-speed boats, including two quick reaction inflatable boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.

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