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INS Tarkash arrives at Reunion Islands, France

As part of Indian Navy’s Overseas Deployment to Africa, Europe and Russia, the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Tarkash arrived at St Denis, Reunion Island, France on 3 October 2019 for a three day visit. Indian Navy ships are regularly deployed overseas as part of Indian Navy’s mission of building ‘bridges of friendship’ as well as strengthening international cooperation with friendly countries.

Key Highlights

During port call, the Commanding Officer will pay courtesy calls on various dignitaries and government officials at Reunion Island (in France). To further enhance co-operation professional interactions will be held between French and Indian Navies. In addition to this social engagement, sports events and best practices will also be shared between Indian and French Navies.


Since ages India and France have traditionally enjoyed warm and friendly bilateral relations. Both countries share common values of democracy, development and secularism which was in 1998 upgraded to level of a ‘Strategic Partnership’.

India and France have been engaged in regular high level exchanges and interactions in numerous fields and the Navies of both nations have recently engaged in one of the most complex and major Maritime Exercise ‘VARUNA 2019’ in Indian Ocean. This involved the participation of Carrier Task Groups from both sides and conduct of full-spectrum Naval operations.

About INS Tarkash

It is a potent frontline frigate and second Talwar-class frigate constructed for the Indian Navy. It is part of 2nd batch of Teg-class frigates ordered by Indian Navy and was built at Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad, Russia.

It was commissioned on 9 November 2012 and is equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors.

The ship is part of Indian Navy’s Western Fleet. It is under Operational Command of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, based at Mumbai, Maharshtra.

PM Modi inaugurates Metro Service and ENT hospital in Mauritius

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth jointly inaugurated two landmark projects in Mauritius via video conferencing. These projects are Phase-1 of Metro Express service and a new ENT Hospital.

Key Highlights

India and Mauritius are both diverse democracies which are committed towards working for prosperity of their people and for peace in Indian Ocean region (IOR) and in world.

As per the two leaders, both of these projects will serve the people of Mauritius and are symbols of India’s strong commitment to development of Island nation. Moreover, the inauguration of project heralds a new chapter in shared history, heritage and cooperation between India and Mauritius.

The metro will provide a clean, efficient and time-saving transport service and will contribute to economic activities as also tourism.


India is already involved in a number of projects in Mauritius which includes Hospitals and Housing projects. In 2016, India provided a Special Economic Package (SEP) of $353 million for execution of five projects in Indian Ocean country.  India has also partnered with Mauritius in projects of direct public interest such as in 2018, a joint project provided e-tablets to young children. Also, new Supreme Court building and 1,000 social housing units are coming up rapidly in Mauritius. PM Modi has also conveyed India’s decision to support Mauritius in construction of a Renal unit and Medi-Clinics and Area Health Centres (AHC) through grant assistance.

The partnership between India-Mauratius is also important as Indian Ocean Economy holds great promise for people of both nations and it is crucial for well-being of citizens as well as peace and prosperity in Indian Ocean region and in world.