India-UK Current Affairs - 2020

“Stranded in India” Portal launched to help Foreign Tourists

On March 31, 2020, the Ministry of Tourism had launched “Stranded in India”, a portal aimed to support foreign tourists.

Highlights

The portal aims to disseminate information to the foreign tourists stuck far away from their homeland amidst COVID-19 threats and Lock Down. The tourists can use the portal to learn information about steps or measures being made by the Indian Government and the foreign government to take them home safely. The portal also holds contact details through which the stranded tourists can contact Ministry of Tourism. The Tourism ministry will help them contact concerned authorities and will also ensure their well being.

Other Features

The website also holds contact details of list of officers that are appointed to assist the stranded tourists. Every officer has been given charge of a country. Currently the service has been extended to tourists from US, Spain, Italy, Japan, Russia, China and Latin America. Slowly the service is to be extended to other countries as well.

Significance

This will help curb fake news that is being spread on social media. Recently the Indian High Commission in the UK took it to Twitter to clarify that no evacuation flights are being arranged for Indians in the UK. The fake news was spread through Whatsapp couple of days ago.

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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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