Defence Current Affairs 2017

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DRDO develops depth detector “Tarangini”

Scientists from the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), a Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Lab, have developed a device named “Tarangini” which can fathom underwater depth and can also measure the hardness of the bottom surface.

Application: Tarangini can be a handy tool to rescuers as well as paramilitary forces who come across unfamiliar water bodies.

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India to safeguard its interest in South China Sea: Navy Chief

India indicated that it will protect its economic interest in the disputed waters of South China Sea and if the need arises India would even send its forces.

  • China is speedily upgrading its Navy in the region.
  • India has clearly laid its intentions, that it is not a direct claimant in the South China Sea, but its major concern is the “freedom of navigation in international waters”.
  • India also has economic interests in the region. For eg: ONGC Videsh has three offshore deepwater blocks, on the southern Vietnamese coast, and invested $600 million in oil and gas exploration in these blocks in the past few years.

Concerns have been raised over the new rules announced by Hainan province (which administers the South China Sea for China) to allow for interception of ships. As per experts the move by China is aimed a bolstering its control over much of the sea, which includes important international shipping ways through which more than a third of global trade takes place.

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India, Pak talk towards resolution of Sir Creek Issue

India and Pakistan recently concluded a meeting withimage an aim to resolve Sir Creek dispute. Besides, issues on Siachen and Kashmir are other territorial troubles b/w the two nations were also discussed.

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Both countries agreed on certain issues including:

  • De-linking maritime boundaries from land.
  • Marking from seaward to the point where both these sides agree.
  • Declaring non-defined area (Sir Creek and the approaches) as free zone or the maritime sensitive zone, or turn the area into the a jointly administered maritime park.

Sir Creek Issue

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