Counter Insurgency Current Affairs - 2020

War Memorial built by Assam Rifles in Nagaland

The Assam Rifles has constructed war memorial for 357 personnel who sacrificed their lives fighting against insurgency in the North Eastern State. The Memorial is first of its kind in the state. It has been constructed at Mokokchung in Assam.

Highlights

The War Memorial has been designed in concentric circular form. It has three converging posts signifying all the three forces Army, Assam Rifles and Air Force.

Assam Rifles

It is the oldest paramilitary force in india. It was called the “Cachar Levy”. The four forces namely Assam Frontier Police, Eastern Bengal Military Force, Assam Military Police and the Assam Military Force were joined to form the Assam Rifles in 1917. The predecessor forces of Assam Rifles have served in World War I, Middle East and Europe. Assam Rifles participated in World War II.

Assam Rifles operate under Home Ministry. Since 2000, they are guarding the Indo-Myanmar Barrier under “one border one force” policy of Government of India.

Veer Samriti

Veer Samriti is the second world war cemetery located in Kohima.

Lamitye 2018: India, Seychelles conduct military exercise to fight counter insurgency, piracy

The eighth edition Lamitye 2018, bilateral military exercise between Indian Army and Seychelles People’s Defence Force was held at Mahe Island in Seychelles archipelago. The Seychelles archipelago falls on one of most significant and busiest sea transport routes of the world in Indian Ocean.

Key Facts

The Lamitye exercise is conducted biennially between Indian and Seychelles with aim of enhancing military cooperation and interoperability between the two countries. “Lamitye” means friendship in Creole (local dialect of Seychelles). The aim Lamitye 2018 was fighting insurgency, terrorism and piracy threats. Indian Army was represented by team comprising of 45 personnel, including four officers, five Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO) and 36 Other Ranks.