India-UK Current Affairs - 2019

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India, UK ink MoUs to enable return of illegal Indian migrants and sharing of criminal records

India and United Kingdom (UK) have signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) dealing with return of Indians residing in Britain as illegal migrants and sharing of criminal records and intelligence.

The MoUs were signed by India’s Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and UK’s Minister of Immigration Caroline Nokes in London.

Key Facts

MoU on return of illegal Indian migrants: It paves way for quicker and more efficient process for documentation and return of Indians who are illegally residing in United Kingdom. It also commits both countries to take more flexible approach to verify identity and nationality of individuals to speed up returns process.

MoU on criminal records exchange:  It will help in sharing of criminal records, fingerprints and intelligence between Indian and British law enforcement bodies. It will help police forces from both countries to strengthen their law enforcement and protect the public from known criminals including sex offenders. It will also allow courts of both countries to get access to more information to support tougher sentencing decisions.

Month: Categories: National


Ajeya Warrior-2017: Indo-UK combined military exercise held in Rajasthan

The Combined Military exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior- 2017’ between India and the UK was held at Mahajan Field Firing Range near Bikaner of Rajasthan. It was third joint military exercise between India and UK. The first exercise was conducted in 2013 at Belgaum, Karnataka and second exercise was held in 2015 in UK.

Key Facts

The objective of this exercise is to increase mutual cooperation and coordination between two countries. Both armies will learn and share from each other’s experiences. About 120 Army personnel from both armies participated in exercise. 20 Rajputana Rifles unit of Indian Army and first battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment of UK Army had participated in the exercise.

20 Rajputana Rifles has special experience in field of counter terrorism in Operation Pawan and operations in Jammu and Kashmir. First Battalion of Royal Anglian Regiment has experience of showing war skills in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The 14-day exercise was conducted in multiple modes nodules in order to achieve complete integration between two contingents at every stage. The exercise provided field commanders and troops and opportunity to interact with each other in matters professional, social and cultural.

Month: Categories: Defence