Defence Current Affairs - 2019
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.
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The 32nd edition of India-Indonesia coordinated patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) is being held in Belawan, Indonesia from 11 – 27 October 2018. Under it, ships and aircraft from both countries will undertake patrolling on respective sides of 236 nautical miles long International Maritime Boundary Line.
IND-INDO CORPAT 2018
The patrolling will be conducted in three phases, followed by closing ceremony at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Island. Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kulish, a Kora class missile corvette and Dornier naval maritime time patrol aircraft from Andaman and Nicobar command are participating. This deployment is expected to contribute towards Indian Navy’s effort to forge strong bonds of friendship across seas and consolidate inter-operability. It also seeks to emphasize India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries towards ensuring good order in maritime domain, consolidate interoperability and strengthen existing bonds of friendship between the two countries.
Under the strategic partnership between India and Indonesia, navies of both countries have been carrying out coordinated patrolling twice year since 2002 near International Maritime Boundary Line in an effort to keep Indian Ocean region (IOR) safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade. The coordinated patrol reflects shared concerns between two countries for peaceful Indian Ocean for benefit of international community. It also enhances mutual understanding and inter–operability between the two navies. Moreover, as part of Central Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) and `Act East policy’ Indian Navy has increasingly deployed to address maritime concerns of the IOR and also been involved in assisting countries in IOR with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, other capacity -building and capability-enhancement activities.
Indian Air Force (IAF) has launched ‘MedWatch’ mobile health app to provide health information to users, including first-aid and other health and nutritional topics. It was launched on 8 October on the occasion of IAF’s 85th anniversary. It is first of its kind mobile health app built by any of the three armed forces.
The app was conceived by doctors of IAF and developed in-house by Directorate of Information Technology (DIT) with Zero financial outlay. It will provide correct, scientific and authentic health information to air warriors and all citizens of India. It comprises host of features like information on basic First Aid, health topics and nutritional facts, reminders for timely medical review, vaccination and utility tools like Health Record Card, BMI calculator, helpline numbers and web links. The app is available on www.apps.mgov.gov.in.