India-Indonesia Current Affairs - 2019
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The fourth edition of the India-Indonesia Joint Training Exercise Garuda Shakti has begun at Magelang in Indonesia.
The 13 days (till 23 March) bilateral exercise aims at (i) Building and promoting positive relations between the Armies of India and Indonesia. (ii) Enhancing their abilities to undertake joint tactical level operations in a counter insurgency environment under United Nations Charter.
- In the 4th edition of the joint exercise Indian Army platoon strength contingent will carry out cross training with a platoon from the Airborne battalion of the Indonesian Army.
- The Indian Contingent has been trained for combat conditioning, firing, tactical operations, tactical skills and special heliborne operations training.
- Selected Indian unit has had varied operational experience in Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorist operations in the Northern, Western and Eastern theatres.
- The exercise will be conducted as joint Counter Insurgency operations exercise in urban and rural scenario and various facets of tactical Counter Insurgency operations (CIO).
- Both countries will share their experience of CIO and also the ambit of identifying areas of expertise, evolution of combat tactical drills of tactical and to undertake combined training for neutralization of insurgency threat.
Indo-Indonesia Joint Training Exercise Garuda Shakti is conducted as part of military diplomacy between armies of both countries alternatively in India and Indonesia respectively.
The first edition bilateral exercise was conducted on a reciprocal basis in 2012 in India. The second edition was conducted in Indonesia in 2013 and third in India in 2014.
The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation between India and United Kingdom in the energy sector.
Decision in this regard was taken by Union Cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
Under the MoU the areas of cooperation are
- The main focus will be on the electricity market structure and the integration of renewable energy into the grid.
- Market reforms, regulatory structures and market competition in the distribution and supply of electricity. It includes incentives and regulations for Renewable Energy deployment.
- Promotion of energy efficiency practice and policies including vehicular fuel efficiency and industrial energy efficiency.
- The integration of renewable energy into the grid. It includes off-shore wind energy and solar energy and Tidal energy.
- Promotion of smart grids, energy storage and new energy technologies along with off-grid renewable energy services. It also includes capacity building of renewable energy institutions.
The MoU will provide a framework for technical assistance in the energy sector along with in-kind grant and other support through relevant projects initiated by UK.
The programme under MoU would help to improve energy security and reliability of supply at both centre and state levels. It would also improve energy access and facilitate sustainable economic growth.
MoU between India and Indonesia
The Union Cabinet also approved MoU between India and Indonesia in the field of new and renewable energy. It was signed in Jakarta during the visit of Vice President M. Hamid to Indonesia in November 2015.
The MoU seeks to establish the basis for a cooperative institutional framework to promote and encourage technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable energy issues.