Counter-Terrorism Current Affairs - 2019
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Bold Kurukshetra–2019, Joint Military Exercise of India and Singapore was inaugurated at Babina Cantonment of Jhansi. The joint exercise is aimed at developing military technology, enhance the maritime security and bolster the nations’ fight against terrorism.
India-Singapore Defence Cooperation
In November 2017, India and Singapore had entered into an official agreement to strengthen defence ties between their respective armed forces. As per the agreement, personnel from the Singapore Armed Forces will receive training and undertake firing exercises along with the Indian Armed Forces.
Both India and Singapore have also agreed to step up intelligence and information sharing in maritime security, especially in the field of counter-terrorism, and agreed to expand collaboration on submarine safety and rescue.
India and Sri Lanka will conduct joint military exercise Mitra Shakti VI from 26 March to 8 April at Sri Lanka.
Features of Mitra Shakti 2018-19
- At the Military Exercise Mitra Shakti VI India would be represented by the Bihar Regiment. Gemunu Watch Battalion of Sri Lankan Army will be representing the Sri Lankan side.
- The exercise aims to build and promote close relations between armies of both the countries and to enhance the ability of joint exercise commander to take military contingents of both nations under command.
- The exercise also involves tactical level operations in an international Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorist environment under the United Nations mandate.
Mitra Shakti exercise conducted annually as part of military diplomacy and interaction between armies of the two countries will go a long way in further cementing the relationship between both the nations and act as a catalyst in bringing synergy and cooperation at grassroots levels between both the armies.