Current Affairs - June 2015

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NUSI gets Best Welfare Organisation 2015 award

India’s oldest and largest shipping trade union, National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has been honoured with the ‘Best Welfare Organisation of the Year – 2015’ award.

The award was presented to Abdulgani Y Serang , NUSI general secretary by Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of International Maritime Organisation at a function held in London.

The award is promoted by the United Kingdom based International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).

The award recognise excellence of organisation in the provision of welfare services and facilities for seafarers. This award is part of ISWAN’s on-going work to promote implementation of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006.

NUSI was founded in 1932 by Khansaheb Mohamed Ebrahim Serang.  It was established for the right of employment, increase in wages and improvement of working conditions of seafarers. Presently, NUSI has around 80,000 seafarers as members working aboard Indian as well as foreign cargo ships.


Sri Lanka, China begin joint military training exercise ‘Silk Route- 2015’

Joint military training exercise code named ‘Silk Route- 2015′ between China and Sri Lanka has begun at Buttala in Central Sri Lanka.

It is three-week long joint military training exercise will be conducted in three phases. Phase 1 will be held June 22-28, 2015; Phase 2 will be held from June 28-July 5, 2015 and Phase 3 will be held from July 5 – July 13, 2015.

In the first phase of the 2nd joint exercise involves Sri Lankan Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China have participated.

This training will focus on weapon handling, live firing, VIP protection study and other warfare and battle skills related fields.

It will also cover other exercises such as backup vehicle movement and training, ambush drills, special mission planning, combat tracking techniques, jungle warfare and basic battle skills, aircraft and building option training, vehicle ambush drills etc.

The first stage of the ‘Silk Route – 2015′ exercise was conducted in China earlier between March 29 and April 17, 2015 following successful negotiations between armies of both nations.


Typhoon Kujira hits south China’s Hainan Province

Typhoon Kujira has made landfall in south China’s Hainan island province. It is the eighth typhoon of 2015 in this South-east Asian region.

After Typhoon Kujira struck the mainland region, it had brought heavy rain with packing winds of up to 90 kilometers per hour. However, after its landfall in Hainan the typhoon (tropical cyclone) had weakened into a tropical storm.

Prior to landfall of typhoon more than 40,000 people and over 20,000 fishing boats were called back to harbor. Apart from it around 63 flights have been canceled at the Meilan International Airport in the provincial capital of Haikou and 99 flights were cancelled at Sanya Phoenix International Airport.