Contents:

  1. Ajeya Warrior-2020
  2. Growth of organic foods at CAGR of 10% during 2016-20 
  3. Hydrographic Survey Ship , INS Jamuna (J16)
  4. Bimstec conference on Combating Drug trafficking
  5. “Arth-ganga” project

AJEYA WARRIOR-2020

  • The fifth edition of Exercise AJEYA WARRIOR-2020 between India and United Kingdom Army commenced today at Salisbury Plains, United Kingdom.
  • The aim of exercise is to conduct training of troops in counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in both Urban and Semi Urban areas.
  • Exercise AJEYA WARRIOR-2020 can be termed as the shining example of long standing strategic ties between India and United Kingdom.

GROWTH OF ORGANIC FOODS AT CAGR OF 10% DURING 2016-20 

With an aim to empower women and promote organic produce, Ministry of Food  Processing Industries (MoFPI) is organizing a National Organic Festival with a special focus on women entrepreneurs


HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY SHIP , INS JAMUNA (J16)

  • Indian Navy’s Sandhayak class Hydrographic Survey Ship, INS Jamuna (J16), commanded by Captain HA Hardas, arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 06 Feb 20
  • Deployed to Sri Lanka based on a mutual agreement to carry out Joint Hydrographic Survey off the South West Coast of Sri Lanka
  • Over the two months deployment period, the ship will carry out detailed hydrographic surveys and several shore-based survey activities.

BIMSTEC CONFERENCE ON COMBATING DRUG TRAFFICKING

  • The Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah inaugurated the two-day BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) ‘Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking’, in New Delhi.
  • He congratulated the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for organizing this important conference and welcomed the delegations, coming from the Partner Nations including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and different State Governments of India, in the conference.

More about BIMSTEC:

  • This sub-regional organization came into being in 1997 through the Bangkok Declaration.
  • Initially, it was formed with four Member States with the acronym ‘BIST-EC’ (Bangladesh, India, Sri-Lanka and Thailand Economic Cooperation).
  • It became renamed ‘BIMST-EC’ in 1997, following the inclusion of Myanmar.
  • Important Connectivity Projects:
  • Kaladan Multimodal Project – links India and Myanmar.
  • Asian Trilateral Highway – connecting India and Thailand through Myanmar.
  • Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement – for seamless flow of passenger and cargo traffic

“ARTH-GANGA” PROJECT

  • Inland Waterways is one of the most important pillars
  • Almost half of the Indian population lives around Ganges River belt in which about 1/5th of all India’s freight originates and 1/3rd terminates in the states around Ganges Belt
  • India as a nation is always supporting Nepal in its economic transformation. National Waterway – 1 will act as a main conduit of connection with Nepal in a trilateral manner, i.e. from Varanasi to  Nautanwa(280km), Kaughat to Raxaul (204km) and Sahibganj to Biratnagar (233km).
  • Earlier Nepal was connected by Kolkata and Visakhapatnam Ports for transporting cargo. Now, Inland Waterways, particularly NW-1 will be allowed under Treaty for Transit of Cargo between Government of India and Government of Nepal.
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