Andhra Pradesh Current Affairs - 2019

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2017-18 National Tourism Awards

National Tourism Awards for 2017-18 were presented by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi on 27 September 2019 on occasion of World Tourism Day. This year a total of 76 awards were given under various categories.

2017-18 National Tourism Awards Winners

Andhra Pradesh: The state won the first prize for Best State for Comprehensive Development of Tourism. Andhra is known for its beaches and temples, and won the award for overall growth in tourism category.

Goa and Madhya Pradesh: Both states were announced as joint winners in Adventure Tourism category.

Uttarakhand: The Himalayan state won the best film promotion friendly state. Telangana: It won the best state in innovative use of IT category.

About National Tourism Awards

The National Tourism Awards are presented every year by Union Ministry of Tourism, to various segments of the travel and tourism industry.

These awards are presented to State Governments/Union Territories, classified hotels, heritage hotels, approved travel agents, tour operators and tourist transport operators, individuals as well as other private organizations in recognition of their performance in their respective fields. It also encourages healthy competition with an aim to promote tourism in country.

The awardees are selected by Committees constituted for purpose and the decision of Union Ministry of Tourism is final and binding.

Tiger Triumph: India-US joint tri-services exercise to be held in Andhra Pradesh

India and the United States are set to hold their first tri-services exercise code-named as ‘Tiger Triumph’ at Visakhapatnam and Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. It is scheduled to be held in November 2019.

This will be only 2nd time that India will deploy assets and manpower from its Army, Navy and Air Force together for an exercise with a foreign country. India had earlier conducted similar tri-service exercise ‘Indra wargames’ with Russia at Vladivostok in 2017.

Tiger Triumph: India-US tri-services Exercise

This first-ever tri-Service exercise between India and US will focus on large-scale amphibious Humanitarian Relief and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. It will be held along eastern coast in Bay of Bengal.

It is being organised under the aegis of headquarters of Integrated Defence Staff.

The announcement in this regard was made by US President Donald Trump in Houston during the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event.

The scheduled exercise highlights strong and growing bilateral defence ties between India and America.

Background

The announcement about the tri-services exercise comes after Final Planning Conference (FPC) for India-US Tri-Services Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) concluded at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command on 20 September 2019. The conference was attended by delegates from US Navy and Marine Corps and representatives from Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.

During the conference, participants had a discussion on planning of exercise and interactions on issues related to the conduct of exercise. Both teams from US and India also visited campsite at Kakinada and conducted table-top exercises as preparatory activities.

NOTE:

Every Year, India and the US, hold a flurry of combat exercises namely-

  1. Naval Malabar (with Japan as 3rd participant)
  2. Counter-terror Vajra Prahar
  3. Yudh Abhyas drills between India-US armies.

As of now, India and the US have conducted defence hardware trade around $18 billion over last 10 years and many more defence deals are still in the pipeline.