Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operation Current Affairs - 2020

Exercise Hand-in-Hand-2019: India-China Joint Training

The 8th India-China joint training exercise Hand-In-Hand 2019 is being conducted at Umroi, Meghalaya from 7 to 20 December 2019. The exercise is being conducted under the theme of counter terrorism under United Nations mandate.

Exercise Hand-in-Hand-2019

Objective: To practice joint planning and conduct of counter terrorist operations in semi urban terrain.

The exercise is also focused upon training on various lectures & drills associated with special heliborne operations, counter terrorist handling & firing with each other’s weapons as well as case studies of many operations which are carried out in counter terrorist environment.

The Chinese contingent from Tibet Military command comprising of 130 personal and Indian Contingent of similar strength will be participating in 14-day long training exercise. Exercise will be held at company level with respective Battalion Headquarters controlling training.

Two tactical exercises scheduled during training are on: (1) counter terrorism scenario; (2) Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.

Operation NISTAR: Indian Navy successfully evacuates 38 Indian Nationals from Yemen

Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sunayana successfully evacuated 38 Indian Nationals after it entered Porbandar harbour in Gujarat. They were rescued from cyclone-hit Socotra island in Yemen under swift Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operation (HADR) code named Operation NISTAR.


Indian Nationals were stranded for nearly 10 days after severe cyclonic storm Mekunu devastated area around Socotra Island. Indian Navy deployed INS Sunayna from Gulf of Aden to Socotra Island for search and rescue operations after it received distress call from Directorate General of Shipping and Indian Sailing Vessels Association. The 38 Indian nationals were safely embarked onboard ship after they were successfully rescued and evacuated. They were provided with medical care, food, water and telephone facilities. INS Sunayana also undertook intensive surface search and aerial reconnaissance of area to look for any more survivors.