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Cuba, Russia sign Agreement on Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation

Russia and Cuba have signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of peaceful atomic energy use.

The agreement was signed between Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom and Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment in Vienna.

Key Facts

  • The agreement was signed on the sidelines of International 60th Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference held in Vienna, capital city of Austria.
  • The deal lays down the basis for further cooperation in different fields from agriculture to training nuclear specialists.
  • To facilitate the implementation of the agreement special coordinating committees and bilateral working groups will be created.


India and Russia joint military exercise Indra 2016 begins

The eighth edition of joint military exercise ‘Indra-2016’ between India and Russia has begun in Russian city of Vladivostok.

The main focus of this edition of bilateral military exercise is on Counter-Terrorism Operations in semi mountainous and jungle terrain under United Nations Mandate.

Key Facts

  • The eleven days bilateral military exercise seeks to achieve interoperability in joint operations.
  • Troops from both sides would acquaint themselves with the respective approach to such counter-Terrorism operations.
  • Indian army contingent is represented by 250 soldiers from the Kumaon Regiment . It is led by Brigadier Sukrit Chadah.
  • Russian army is being represented by 250 soldiers from the 59th Motorised Infantry Brigade.

The ‘Indra’ series of annual bilateral exercises and is one of the major bilateral defence cooperation initiatives between India and Russia since 2003. The seventh edition of this military exercise or ‘Indra-2015’ was held in Bikaner district of Rajasthan, India.


Priyesha Deshmukh wins bronze medal in World Deaf Shooting Championships

India’s Priyesha Deshmukh (23) has won a historic bronze medal in the first World Deaf Shooting Championships held in in Kazan, Russia.

She claimed the third position with total score of 180.4 in the 10 metres air rifle category and it was her maiden international participation.

In the finals, Ukraine’s Svitlana Yatsenko (201.6) and Serbia’s Gordana Mikovic (200.3) won gold and silver medals respectively.

Priyesha Deshmukh had qualified for the medal or final round after scoring 404.9 in the qualification round. Since last three years, she has been winning national gold in her the handicapped category.