Defence Current Affairs

Defence Current Affairs of 2018-19 related to India’s Defence, Indian Armed Forces, Defence Production, Defence Acquisition and related matters for SSC, States Civils, UPSC and Other Competitive Examinations.

India-China Ceremonial Border Meet on “Labour Day” cancelled due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian and Chinese ceremonial border personnel meet that is usually conducted on Labour Day was cancelled.

Highlights

On May 1, every year the Indian and Chinese Army personnel hold a meeting at five border locations. During their meet, the army personnel discuss sports activities and also about activities to ensure peace at the LAC (Line of Actual Control).

However, this year the meet has been cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the army personnel are to exchange their greetings through phone lines established at five locations.

Locations

Usually the armies hold discussions at 5 locations. All the five are along the Line of Actual control. It includes Daulat Beg Oldie and Chushul in Ladakh, Nathu La in Sikkim, Bum La and Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh.

Other Auspicious occasions

The armies also hold discussions on other auspicious occasions such as republic day, Independence Day, PLA Day (People’s Liberation Army Day-August 1).

PLA Day

The PLA Army of china is the armed force of China and of its communist party. There are five branches of the PLA army that includes Navy, Ground force, Rocket Force, Air Force and Strategic Support Force.

PLA is one of the Potential Military Super Power

Potential Military Super Power

A state that is speculated to have gained complete potential to become a super power is called potential super power. The countries that are called Potential Military Super Power are India, China, Brazil, USA, Russia, European Union.

Indian Army supports Narela Quarantine Centre

The Indian Army is to extend its support to the Narela Quarantine Centre. It is the largest quarantine centre in the country and was established by the Delhi Government.

Highlights

Initially, the quarantine facility had 250 foreign nationals. Later, an additional strength of 1000 more were added. A team of Army doctors and nurses are assisting the centre from April 1, 2020.

Indian Armed Forces

There are four main tasks of Indian Armed Forces. They are

  • To assert territorial integrity of India
  • To defend the country when it is attacked by foreign nation
  • To take part in United Nations Peace Keeping operations
  • To support civil communities in disasters.

Under these rules, the Indian Army has stepped in to support the quarantine. The rules have been listed in Army Rules, 1954. The guidelines to set quarantine facilities were provided by the National Centre for Disease Control. A person is to be placed in quarantine for 14 days for him to recover.