First Integrated Tri-Service Command to be set up in June by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

The Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat aims to set up an integrated tri-service command for the first time by June 2020. This command will be headed by an Air Marshal.

Highlights

The talks among the CDS, Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane have begun regarding the creation of the command. Along with this, the CDS officer is also planning to create a joint peninsula command.

Every service that is to be created is to be provided with air defence set up. The Air Defence will integrate assets of Navy, air force and army.

About CDS

The creation of CDS post was recommended by Group of Ministers that studied the Kargil Review Committee (1999) report. The most important factor is that the CDS will not command over any of the services. He will only work towards the coordination of the services. After resigning or demitting from the post, he is not eligible to hold any of the government posts.

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Nagpur Oranges Exported to Dubai first Time

On February 13, 2020, the first Consignment of Nagpur Oranges were sent to Dubai from Navi Mumbai. The oranges were sent in refrigerated containers.

Highlights

In the state of Maharashtra, around 40 hectares of land is under cultivation of Nagpur oranges. The APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) selected Nagpur district as a cluster for oranges under Agriculture Export Policy.

Significance

The production of the fruit is increasing in central and western India. The Mrig crop that matures between February and March has great potential for export. This is because arrival of these fruits are less in the international market during this period.

Global Scenario

The International trade of oranges in the year 2018 was 10,183 million USD. In 2018-19, India produced 8,781 thousand tonnes of oranges.

Mrig Crop

The monsoon flowering, that is during June is called Mrig. These crops are available for harvest between November and March.

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