India-Sri Lanka Current Affairs

GSL delivers second AOPV to Sri Lankan Navy Ahead of Schedule

The Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) has delivered second Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) to Sri Lanka Navy. This was overall the fourth Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) delivered in the current financial year.

Key Facts

The vessel is the largest and most advanced ship in Sri Lankan Navy fleet. This is the fourth Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) delivered by GSL in current financial year.

The keel of the vessel was laid in May 2015 and was launched in May 2017. It was completed and delivered vessel 25 Days ahead of contractual schedule. With this, GSL has succeeded in reducing build period of 2,500 Tonnes OPV to nearly three years from over five years taken till about three years ago.

SLOPV Project

The SLOPV Project for building two large size ships is one of the most significant defence cooperation between India and Sri Lanka. The project is one of the largest export contracts being executed by India’s state-owned shipbuilder GSL for any friendly country. SLNS Sayurala was the first AOPV of the series delivered by GSL in July 2017 ahead of contractual schedule.

Sri Lanka Navy’s Maritime Strategy envisages 20 naval ships including OPVs by year 2025. According to plan, Sri Lankan Navy will purchase two more OPVs, two fast missile vessels, two frigates, and two corvettes. With the acquisition of two AOPV from India, Sri Lankan Navy now has five vessels, of similar type, namely SLNS Sayura (Sukanya class P 620), SLNS Samudura (formerly of US Coast Guard P 621), SLNS Sagara (Vikram class P622) and SLNS Sayurala (P 623). Four other naval ships including two fast missile vessels and two fast patrol boats received from Australia are also in service with Sri Lankan Navy.

Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL)

GSL is one of India’s best shipyards and designated mini-Ratna by the Union Government. It is located in Vasco da Gama, Goa. It was established in 1957, originally by colonial government of Portuguese in India, as the “Estaleiros Navais de Goa” to build barges to be used in Goa’s growing mining industry. In the wake of Portugal’s defeat and unconditional surrender to India following 1961 Indian annexation of Goa, GSL was requisitioned to manufacture warships for Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

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India-Sri Lanka: Cabinet approves MoU between for promoting cooperation in IT and Electronics

The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked between India and Sri Lanka for promoting cooperation in field of Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E). The MoU was signed in January 2018 during the visit of Minister of Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad to Sri Lanka.

Key Facts

The MoU intends to promote closer co-operation in areas of e-Governance, e-Public Services Delivery, m-Governance, cyber security, software technology parks, start-ups ecosystem etc. It will also enhance bilateral cooperation in ICT domain both B2B and G2G. It will be implemented by establishing Working Group on IT&E composed of representatives of two countries.

Background

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has been mandated to promote international cooperation in emerging and frontier areas of ICT under bilateral and regional framework of cooperation. Under this mandate, MeitY has entered into MoUs/Agreements with counterpart organizations and agencies of various countries to promote close cooperation and exchange of information in field of ICT.

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