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-US Malabar naval drill not aimed at containing China: US

The US has clarified that the annual India-US bilateral “Malabar” naval exercise which started in the Asia Pacific region is not aimed at containing China and that the exercise would strengthen the US naval presence in the Pacific Ocean region and maritime partnership with its allies.

The exercise this year has Japan as a special invitee. China had in the past raised objections over Japan’s taking part in the war-games held mainly between US and India. The last drill involving Japan was held in 2009. As per the US, the participating nations are working with specific training drills such as communication, search and rescue, helicopter cross deck evolutions and anti-submarine welfare.

Over 7,000 American defence personnel are participating in the exercise. The US battleships participating in the drill includes nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, Ticonderoga-class destroyer USS Shiloh, Arleigh Burke-class destroyer John S McCain and nuclear submarine USS Columbus. P-3 Orion aircraft and MH-60R helicopters will also be part of this exercise.

India is participating with its three warships—INS Ranvijay and Shivalik along with fleet support tanker ship INS Shakti.

320 Mahila Suraksha Dals will soon be functional in Delhi

With a view to enhance the safety of women and girls in Delhi, 320 Mahila Suraksha Dals (MSDs) will soon be made functional. As a pilot program, one MSD each in all 11 districts in Delhi will be inaugurated on the day of Raksha Bandhan.

According to the framework of Mahila Suraksha Dal Project designed by Coordinator MSD Group, it has been proposed that instead of setting up new parallel structures, Awaaz Uthao Project initiated by the Delhi Government which addresses women safety issues, will be rechristened as Mahila Suraksha Dal and Awaaz Uthao groups will be further strengthened both in terms of composition and functioning.

Under this program, Collectives/MSDs will work at the grassroots level to look into the issues of women safety at public place and support women in distress. These MSDs will have retired army personnel, representatives from the local community (both men and women) local NGO representatives/ RWA/MTA as its members.