Indian Navy Current Affairs - 2020

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India-Turkey Kashmir Irritant: India proceeds with FSV Indian Navy Agreement with Turkey

In October 2019, India had put the Fleet Vessel Ship (FVS) Agreement on hold. The agreement was signed with Turkey to manufacture 45,000 tonne FSV at Vishakhapatnam.

Highlights

India and Turkey signed the FSV agreement in 2016. FSVs are important for the Indian Navy to transport fuel and other supplies for warships at sea.

Agreement

According to the 2.3 billion USD agreement, a Turkey company is to build five 45,000 tonnes Fleet Vessel Ship at HSL (Hindustan Shipyard Limited), Vishakhapatnam.

Controversies with Pakistan

Turkish shipyards are the major suppliers of Naval Ships to the Pakistan Navy. So far agreements have been signed between the countries with Turkey delivering 30 T-129 helicopters, submarine fleets, etc to Pakistan.

Kashmir Controversy

The Turkey President in February 2020 made a comparison of Kashmiri people with that of World War I after India abrogated Article 370. India had also voiced its opinion against military actions of Turkey towards Syria.

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ICMR issues new guidelines to test Corona Virus in India

On March 20, 2020, the Indian Council of Medical Research issued new guidelines to test COVID-19.

Highlights

The ICMR has so far been conducting tests only on symptomatic patients (persons with symptoms of Corona Virus). However, the Council has now intensified random sampling. This includes people exhibiting flu like symptoms. Such a step has been adopted mainly to check if community transmission is happening.

Also, India is all set ready to go for “Janta Curfew” on March 22, 2020 where people will voluntarily stay inside homes.

Inclusions in the new testing

The Symptomatic patients in the new guidelines include all the hospitalized patients. It also includes symptomatic health care workers. High risk contacts of the infected persons are to be tested once in 5 days.

The new measure has come as India saw a sudden increase of 63 new cases on March 20, 2020. India is taking several measures to contain the virus. The Indian Navy has come to the rescue as well.

Quarantine Camp by Indian Navy

The Indian Navy has set up a quarantine camp in Vishakhapatnam. The camp has the potential to accommodate 200 patients.

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