Current Affairs - April, 2020

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ICGS Sachet Commissioned in Goa: First Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel

On May 15, 2020, the Indian Coast Guard commissioned the first Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel, ICGS Sachet in Goa. The ceremony was chaired by the Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh virtually.

Highlights

ICGS Sachet is one of the five ships under CGOPV (Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vehicle) project. The project was a follow-on project of the earlier six ship CGOPV project that was completed in 2017.

About ICGS Sachet

All the five ships including ICGS Sachet are 105 metres long and are capable of carrying 2,350 tonnes of load. These vessels are fitted with technologically advanced machinery and control systems. They make them the most advance patrol vessels in the Indian Coast Guard system.

The ships have been designed to carry five high speed boats and twin-engine light helicopters.

CG OPV project

Under the CG OPV that completed in 2017, six Samarth-class ships were commissioned to the Indian Coast Guard. They are now in operation with the ICG.

Samarth Class OPV

The Samarth Class OPV were preceded by the Vishwast Class OPV and succeeded by the Vikram Class OPVs. It was initiated following the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Because, the intelligence unit found that the terrorists involved in the attack reached India by seas.

GRID 2020 report: Over 5 million displaced in India in 2019

The Global Report on Internal Displacement, GRID 2020 released by Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, IDMC said that over 5 million people have displaced in India in 2019. According to the report, this is the highest in the world.

Highlights: World

According to the report, around 33.4 million people faced displacements in the world due to conflicts and disasters. They are spread in 145 countries. In 2019, around 75% of the disasters were triggered by disasters. Out of these, 95% were due to weather hazards such as floods and storms.

The disasters were dominant in the regions such as East Asia, South Asia and Pacific. Of all, India, China, Bangladesh and Philippines each recorded more than 4 million displacements in 2019.

Highlights: India

According to the report, social and economic vulnerability, hazard intensity and high population were the major reasons for the displacement. The report says that 2.6 million people in India suffered displacement due to south west monsoon. Around 19,000 faced displacement in the country due to conflicts. They were mainly high in the regions of West Bengal and Tripura.

Solutions

The report demands greater political support. It also suggests increased investment in development sectors and humanitarian sectors.

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