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Nag anti-tank missile tested from helicopter platform

Indigenously developed Nag anti-tank guided missile was successfully tested from a helicopter platform.

Test: During the test, three-round trial of helicopter-launched Nag (HeliNa) missile were conducted at a Chandhan firing range in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. The two of the trials successfully had hit the target while one had reportedly missed the target.

Facts about Nag anti-tank guided missile

  • Indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
  • HeliNa is a helicopter-launched version of Nag missile.
  • Operational range: 500m to 4km (Land version), 7-10km (Air-launched).
  • Guidance system: Incorporated with advance Active Imaging infra-red (IIR) seeker.
  • Earlier successful trials of this third generation missile were conducted from the Pokhran firing range and Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.
  • Once inducted into the Armed Forces, it will be integrated with the weaponised version of the Dhruv, an advanced light helicopter (ALH).

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India, Tajikistan ink 2 pacts to strengthen bilateral relations

India and Tajikistan have inked 2 pacts to strengthen bilateral relations

They were signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Tajikistan.  It was his last leg of strategic tour to 5 Central Asian countries (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) and Russia.

Signed pacts are

  • Programme of Cooperation (POC) in the field of Culture: It was signed between Ministries of Culture of India and Tajikistan for the years 2016-18. It envisages cooperation in the field of culture between both nations through exchange of expertise for protection, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. It also seeks to exchange of information and experts and organization of cultural days for greater cultural understanding between the countries.
  • Exchange of Note Verbale (NV) on setting up of Computer Labs: It conveys the intention of India to set up computer labs in 37 schools in Tajikistan. With this initiative India’s seeks to support Tajikistan in human resource and skill development efforts.

Besides signing these pacts, both leaders Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan agreed to promote the International North South transport corridor (INSTC). Both nations also pledged to further deepen their cooperation to fight the menace of radical terrorism and agreed to step up defence ties besides boosting trade and investment.

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India, Georgia ink MoU on electoral cooperation

India and Georgia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of election management and administration.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Nasim Zaidi, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India and Ms. Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson, Central Election Commission of Georgia in New Delhi.

The major aims of MoU are:

  • To promote exchanges of experience and knowledge in electoral processes.
  • Exchange of materials, expertise, information and training of personnel for electoral purpose.
  • Distribution and production of materials in the field of electoral systems, voting technology, voters’ education and awareness.
  • To promote participation of women and minorities in electoral process.

So far the Election Commission of India (ECI) has signed around 20 MoUs with different international election management bodies and organizations across the world. Some of the international signed MoUs are with the Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, Venezuela, Yemen, Mauritius, South Korea etc.

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