Current Affairs – August, 2018

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Exercise KAKADU 2018: INS Sahyadri reaches Port Darwin in Australia

Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri has reached Port of Darwin, Australia to participate in multilateral regional maritime exercise KAKADU 2018 conducted by Australia. The ship was earlier deployed in South China Sea and Pacific Ocean for over four months and had represented Indian Navy in multinational exercises MALABAR 18 at Guam and RIMPAC 18 at Hawaii.

Exercise KAKADU

It is premier multilateral regional maritime engagement hosted by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and supported by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). It was started in 1993. It is held biennially in Darwin and Northern Australian Exercise Areas (NAXA). Exercise KAKADU derives its name from Kakadu National Park, which is  protected area in the northern territory of Australia and located 171 km south-east of Darwin.

KAKADU 2018

KAKADU 2018 is fourteenth edition of exercise scheduled to be held between August 29 and September 18, 2018. It is aimed at enhancing inter-operability and development of common understanding of procedures for maritime operations.  It will see participation of 23 warships, one submarine, 45 aircraft, 250 marines and approximately 52 foreign staff from over 25 different countries including India and China.

During the exercise, professional exchanges in harbour and diverse range of activities at sea, including complex surface, sub-surface and air operations will be conducted for sharing of best practices and honing of operational skills. Indian Navy’s participation in KAKADU-18 will provide it opportunity to engage with regional partners and undertake multinational maritime activities ranging from constabulary operations to high-end maritime warfare in combined environment.

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India opens Zokhawthar immigration check-post in Mizoram along Myanmar border

India has opened Zokhawthar land immigration check-post in Mizoram along border with Myanmar. It has been designated as authorised immigration centre for entry into and exit from India with valid travel documents for all passengers to or from Myanmar. Zokhawthar will be second immigration check-post in Mizoram along Myanmar border after Zorinpui check-post in Lawngtlai district which was opened in September 2017.

Key Facts

India shares 1,643 km-long border with Myanmar which touches Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. It is fifth largest after Bangladesh (4,096.7 km), China (3,488 km), Pakistan (3,323 km) and Nepal (1,751km). Earlier in August 2018, India and Myanmar opened the land border crossing at Zokhawthar-Rih. Zokhawthar is in Champhai district of Mizoram, while Rih is in Myanmar’s Chin province. Zokhawthar border trading post is one of the largest trading centres after Mizoram’s state capital Aizwal.

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