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India-Bangladesh joint military exercise SAMPRITI-2016 begins

The seventh edition of India-Bangladesh joint military exercise SAMPRITI-2016 has commenced to practise counter-terrorism and disaster-management operations.

The 14-day (from 05 to 18 November 2016) joint military exercise will be held at Shaheed Salauddin Cantonment in Tangail, Dhaka (Bangladesh’s Capital).

Key Facts

  • The SAMPRITI 2016 will simulate a scenario where both nations are working together in a Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism environment under the UN Charter.
  • The exercise curriculum is progressively planned in which the participants will initially get familiar with each other’s organizational structure and tactical drills.
  • Subsequently, the training will advance to joint tactical exercises wherein the battle drills of both the armies will be practiced.
  • It will culminate with a final validation exercise in which troops of both armies will jointly practice a Counter Terrorist Operation in a controlled and simulated environment.

Background

SAMPRITI Exercise is important bilateral defence cooperation between India and Bangladesh. Earlier six editions of the exercise were hosted alternately by both countries. The first edition of the exercise in this series was held at Jorhat in Assam in 2010.

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10th Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran commences

The tenth edition of Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran commenced at Army Battle School, Saljhandi in Nepal. Its emphasis will be on counter terrorism in mountainous terrain.

The two weeks (from 31 October to 13 November 2016) military exercise seeks to boost defence ties between India and Nepal.

Key Facts

  • In this edition of Joint Battalion Level Exercise, Indian Army is being represented by elite Kumaon Regiment, while Nepal Army is being represented by Jabar Jung Battalion.
  • The aim of exercise is to conduct battalion level joint training with emphasis on Counter Terrorism in mountainous terrain. Besides, aspects of Disaster Management have also been included in the exercise.
  • It will platform for the contingent of both nations to share their experience and gain mutually. Thus, it will enhance defence co-operation and relations between two nations.

Background

The Surya Kiran series of military exercises are being conducted annually, alternatively in India and Nepal. Surya Kiran series of military exercises with Nepal is largest in terms of troop’s participation in series of military training exercises undertaken by India with various countries.

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