Meghalaya Current Affairs - 2020

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SAMPRITI-IX: India-Bangladesh Joint Military Exercise to be held in Meghalaya

A Joint Military Exercise between India and Bangladesh is to be held at Umroi, Meghalaya between 3rd February, 2020 and 16th February, 2020. The exercise is called “SAMPRITI”

Highlights

During the joint exercise, Command Post Exercise and Field Training Exercise is to be conducted according to United Nations Charter. The troops of both the armies will also practice Counter Terrorist operation.

India-Bangladesh Defence Cooperation

In 2017, India and Bangladesh signed defence agreements in order to conduct military exercises. India since then has been assisting Bangladesh in training their officers.

In October 2019, the countries signed MoU on coastal surveillance system. The MoU also included a Standard Operating Procedure for operating the ports of Chattogram and Mongola. Apart from this, it allowed India to use 1.82 cusec of water from Feni river of Bangladesh.

Other Exercises

The first ever India-Bangladesh Naval exercise was conducted in Vishakhaptnam in October 2019. The Bangladesh Naval Ships also participated in CORPAT before arriving to Vizag for the joint Naval Exercise.

CORPAT is Coordinated Patrol. This will help both the countries to replenish security in the Bay of Bengal Region and also in the Indian Ocean Region.

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Exercise Hand-in-Hand-2019: India-China Joint Training

The 8th India-China joint training exercise Hand-In-Hand 2019 is being conducted at Umroi, Meghalaya from 7 to 20 December 2019. The exercise is being conducted under the theme of counter terrorism under United Nations mandate.

Exercise Hand-in-Hand-2019

Objective: To practice joint planning and conduct of counter terrorist operations in semi urban terrain.

The exercise is also focused upon training on various lectures & drills associated with special heliborne operations, counter terrorist handling & firing with each other’s weapons as well as case studies of many operations which are carried out in counter terrorist environment.

The Chinese contingent from Tibet Military command comprising of 130 personal and Indian Contingent of similar strength will be participating in 14-day long training exercise. Exercise will be held at company level with respective Battalion Headquarters controlling training.

Two tactical exercises scheduled during training are on: (1) counter terrorism scenario; (2) Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.

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