Defence & Security Current Affairs - 2019

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2019 Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference to be held in Thailand

The 2019 Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) Conference will be held in Thailand’s capital city Bangkok. In this conference, India will be represented by Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Air Staff- Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa.

2019 CHOD Conference

Theme for conference: “Collaboration in a free and Open Indo – Pacific”.

It will see participation of Chiefs of Defence of more than 33 countries.

It will provide perspectives on common challenges faced by attending nations and elicit open discussions on the same.

Significance for India: The participation of Indian Chairman COSC will provide further impetus towards increasing defence cooperation with Thailand. It will also pave way for greater interaction and cooperation in future.

India-Thailand defence relations

It has gained momentum consequent to India’s Look/ Act East Policy along with overall improvement in relations at political, economic and cultural levels. Military Cooperation has been nominated by Joint Working Group on Security Cooperation both countries (initiated in May 2003). It has been one of the seven primary areas of focus to strengthen cooperation between countries.  This was re-enforced in joint statement issued during Thai Prime Minister’s official visit to India in January 2012. Both countries also have commemorated 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations in 2017. Such cooperation and visits will contribute towards India being natural partner of Thailand for regional collaborative security initiatives.

MoU signed between Indian Army and Tata Realty

In order to provide quality housing to army personnel, a historic milestone was reached with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Indian Army and Tata Realty & Housing.

Key Highlights of MoU

It enables Indian Army’s personnel to immediately take over dwelling units in 13 ‘Ready to Move in’ projects of Tata Realty pan India spread in more than 10 cities such as Pune, Chennai, Bengaluru, Gurugram among others. These housing units are available at a discount ranging from 11% to 27%.

This MoU signals a new era for Army Welfare Housing Organization (AWHO), which has always endeavored to provide quality housing for personnel in Indian Army who are deployed in remote locations across country.

AWHO will now facilitate acquisition of homes from reputed private builders at discounted rather than building them for soldiers.

About Army Welfare Housing Organisation (AWHO)

It is a society formed in December 1978 with objective of constructing structurally sound, economically viable and functionally efficient dwelling units for serving or retired Army personnel and their widows in selected stations throughout India.

It comes under Indian Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.

Function:  To construct houses for desirous serving or retired members of Army and their widows on ‘NO PROFIT NO LOSS’ basis in selected popular stations.

Ex-officio chairman of AWHO: Adjutant-General of Indian Army (the senior administration officer who reports to Chief of Army Staff). AWHO’s board of governors is entirely constituted of senior army officers. The Adjutant-General of the Indian Army is also the Colonel of Corps of Military Police.