Narendra Modi Current Affairs - 2020

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 10th edition of Defence Expo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 10th edition of Defence Expo (DefExpo 2018) in Chennai at Tiruvidanthal, in Kancheepuram district, Tamil Nadu. The theme of the expo was “India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub”. Under this, for the first time project India’s Defence manufacturing capabilities were showcased to the world.

Key Facts

The DefExpo 2018 was organised by Ministry of Defence. Over 670 defence firms, including 154 foreign manufacturers participated in the exhibition of weapons and military hardware. Over 47 countries, including US,  UK, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Afghanistan,  Madagascar, Myanmar, Nepal, Portugal, Seychelles and Vietnam participated in the four-day event.

Major international companies that participated at expo include Saab (Sweden), Lockheed Martin, Boeing (US), Airbus, Rafael (France), Rosonboron Exports, United Shipbuilding (Russia), BAE Systems (UK), Sibat (Israel), Wartsila (Finland) and Rhode and Schwarz (Germany).

India’s indigenously developed land, air and naval systems were showcased during the expo. It included Tejas fighter jets, advanced towed artillery gun systems (ATAGS) designed by DRDO Arjun Mark 2 tank and Dhanush artillery guns. DRDO also exhibited Nirbhay missile system with launcher, Astra missile, autonomous unmanned ground vehicle (AUGV), MBT Arjun Mk-I tank, low level transportable radar (LLTR) system, medium power radar (MPR) system and Varunastra – heavy weight anti-submarine electric torpedo.

India, Nepal to develop inland waterways for cargo movement

India and Nepal have agreed to boost cooperation in connectivity sector as they decided to develop inland waterways for cargo movement within Protocol to Treaty of Transit between India and Nepal. It was decided during delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli.

Key Facts

Both countries recognised untapped potential of inland waterways to contribute towards overall economic development of the region. They took cognisance of their geographies and held that development of inland waterways in both countries for movement of cargo, within framework of trade and transit arrangements, will provide additional access to sea for landlocked Nepal.

This development of inland waterways will enable cost-effective and efficient movement of cargo. It will have enormous impact on the growth of business and economy of Nepal as it will provide additional connectivity to it. Both countries will formulate and mutually agree upon requisite procedures and modalities for including inland waterways as additional means of transport the Protocol to Treaty of Transit between India and Nepal.