India-UK Current Affairs - 2020

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Ajeya Warrior: India-UK to hold joint military exercise

India-UK hold joint exercise called Ajeya Warrior on February 13, 2020. The exercise is being held from 2005.

Highlights

Around 120 soldiers are to participate in the exercise. This is the fifth edition of the exercise. The countries will hold the exercise in Salisbury Plains.

Salisbury Plains

The Salisbury plains are located in Chalk Plateau. The plains are famous for archaeological monument Stonehenge.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge in England was built in Neolithic and Bronze age between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. It is one of the World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Archaeologists believe that Stonehenge would have been a burial ground. Deposits of human bones were found in the site that were dated to 3000 BC.

Other Exercises

India and UK hold joint naval exercises called Konkan exercise from 2004. The countries also hold Indra Dhanush Exercise since 2006. Indra Dhanush is a joint air-to-air exercise.

India-UK Defence Ties

The Defence ties between India and UK is limited. India has acquired 123 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft from UK.

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DefExpo: India-UK sign MoU to strengthen Defence and Aerospace Relations

The Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) and UK India Business Council (UKIBC) signed Memorandum of Understanding to bring upon closer defence ties between the countries. The agreement was signed at DefExpo that is being held in Lucknow.

Highlights

The MoU was signed to build partnership between Aerospace and Defence sector of the countries. It will also help in transfer of technologies between the countries. The defence industries of both the countries will work together to form strong economic and industrial cooperation.

UK-India Business Council

The Council is a non-profit organization that fosters trade relations between India and UK. The Council was formed in 1993 as the Indo British Partnership. It is a sister organization of UK-ASEAN Business Council.

The UK-India Business Council Centres are in Gurgaon, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore.

India-UK

India is the third largest foreign investor of UK. The number of Indian students studying in UK is the second largest in the world after US.

Also, UK is the strong supporter of India in development of future fighter jet engine. India aims at becoming self-reliant in manufacturing combat engines.

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