Current Affairs – May, 2018

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Government launches India’s first ever guidelines for Adventure Tourism

The Union Ministry of Tourism for first time issued guidelines for Adventure Tourism in India in an effort to make adventure sports safer. These guidelines were launched Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) K. J. Alphons in New Delhi. In past few years, adventure tourism has grown rapidly India. It has been playing vital role in economic growth of the country as well as attracting large number of travellers from across globe to country.

Key Facts

The Ministry of Tourism has formulated guidelines on Safety and Quality Norms for Adventure Tourism in India along with Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI). The set of guidelines list out basic minimum standards required for adventure tourism activities in India.

The sole aim of these guidelines is to help adventure tour operators understand and execute safety guidelines in better manner. These guidelines cover land, air and water based adventure activities which include mountaineering, bungee jumping, trekking, paragliding, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, river rafting and many other sports.

INDOPACOM: US Pacific Command renamed as Indo-Pacific Command

United States has renamed its oldest and largest stragically important military command US Pacific Command (PACOM) to Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). The decision was taken in recognition of growing importance of Indian Ocean in US strategic thinking. The Trump administration already has renamed Asia Pacific as Indo-Pacific and identified India as one bookend of the region.

Key Facts

At present, US Pacific Command is responsible for all US military activity in greater Pacific region. It has about 375,000 civilian and military personnel assigned to its area of responsibility, which also includes India. Now renamed INDOPACOM will now extend its reach from Pacific Ocean to Indian Ocean Region.

INDOPACOM will help US to stand by its Pacific and Indian Ocean allies and partners and support their sovereign decisions for maintaining regional stability and in turn critical to global peace. The renaming does not to account to additional assets for the region at this time. But it recognizes India’s increasing military relevance for US for countering Chinese economic and military pressure in the region.