UPSC Current Affairs - 2019

Latest Current Affairs 2018-2019 for UPSC IAS / Civil Services Examination. This category comprises the current affairs short notes useful primarily for UPSC preliminary examination and upsc mains as well as state civil services examinations.

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IRSDC enters into tripartite Agreement with French Railways & agency

The Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) entered into a Tripartite Agreement with French National Railways (SNCF) & AFD, a French development agency in order to support Railway Station Development Program in India.

Key Highlights

Under the Tripartite Agreement, AFD will provide in-kind grant financing up to €700,000 to French Railways (SNCF), to provide technical know-how to Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC), which is the station development arm of Indian Railways.

The technical know-how will be provided by French National Railways (SNCF)-Hubs and Connexions as a Technical Partner to IRSDC therefore, this will not impose any financial liability on IRSDC or Indian Railways.

Background: India and France have a strong, prosperous and long-standing partnership in Railway sector. The past association between French National Railways (SNCF) with Indian Railways includes conducting station development of Ludhiana and Ambala Railway stations and undertaking speed upgradation study to enable 200 kmph speed run on 245 km long Delhi-Chandigarh corridor, one of busiest routes in northern India.

Way Forward: The recently signed Tripartite Agreement will go a long way in further strengthening cooperation between India and France, as well as help Indian Railways in positioning its stations in accordance to world class standards.

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Indian Navy hosts Maritime Information Sharing Workshop 2019

The Indian Navy is hosting a Maritime Information Sharing Workshop 2019 edition under the aegis of the Information Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) at Gurugram, Harayana. The two-day event was inaugurated by Vice Admiral MS Pawar, Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff in 12 June 2019.

Key Highlights

Participants: More than 41 delegates from 29 countries of Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and beyond participated in the workshop.

During the MISW 2019 event Deputy Chief of Naval Staff stressed the need for greater maritime collaboration and for developing bonds based on trust between partner countries in IOR. He also requested delegates to participate actively in MISW.

Several talks regarding contemporary maritime challenges in Indo-Pacific region and highlighting significance of maritime domain as well as the challenges faced by region were held at the event.

Purpose: In course of 2 days, the MISW aims to acquaint all participants about IFC-IOR and its information sharing mechanisms. It also aims to promote sharing of best practices in this field so as to yield better response to myriad security and safety challenges that IOR faces.

Issues undertaken: participants would look into issues such as piracy, maritime terrorism, humanitarian assistance & disaster relief, human & drug trafficking as well as legal perspective of combating these challenges.

The delegates would also participate in an information sharing exercise scheduled on 13 June 2019. This is to practice and validate some of the concepts and procedures that have been evolved during workshop.

About Information Fusion Centre Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR)

Background: It was launched on 22 December 2018 by then Honourable Raksha Mantri Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, at Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) Gurugram, Haryana.

Objective: The aim was to work closely with multi-national constructs and other information fusion centres so as to further maritime security and safety in Indian Ocean Region.

Need: With over 75% of world’s maritime trade and 50% of global oil consumption passing through Indian Ocean Region, the region is vital to world trade and economic prosperity of many nations.

Mandate: It works towards capability building in IOR, coordinating in time incident response and disaster relief, and also sharing submarine safety information.

So far the centre has established linkages with more than 16 countries and 13 international maritime security agencies.

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