Pune Current Affairs - 2020

“Saiyam” Mobile application launched by Pune Municipal Corporation

On April 21, 2020, Pune Municipal Corporation launched “Saiyam” mobile application. The application has been developed to monitor home quarantine citizens

The Plan

The Pune Municipal Corporation has appointed teams in five different zones. These teams will conduct follow-ups with the home quarantined people on daily basis. Also, the teams are to check on people that have returned from international trips and also those who were discharged from COVID-19 treatment.

The team will also check if there are separate food, clothes, utensils and washrooms provided to the home quarantined person.

Saiyam Application

The Home Quarantined person should download the application, The application has GPS tracking and will help in tracking the home quarantined persons whenever they leave their homes. The City Administration gets alerts on such situations and the local police are informed.

The application uses colour code to monitor the citizens. Red signifies that the person has stayed out for a longer duration, yellow says that the person had made limited movements and green says that he had confined himself to house limits.

Ekuverin 2019: Indo Maldives joint Exercise

Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force participated in a Joint Military Exercise called ‘Ekuverin’ at Aundh Military Station in Pune, Maharashtra. This year was the tenth edition of the joint military exercise which was organised from 7 to 20 October 2019.

About Ex- Ekuverin

Background: The word ‘Ekuverin’ means ‘Friends’ in Dhivehi language. Indian Army and Maldives National Defence Forces have been conducting Exercise Ekuverin since 2009. The 14 days joint military exercise is held alternatively in India and Maldives. The last exercise was held in Maldives in 2018 at Northern Area Headquarters, Lh. Maafilaafush.


  • To enhance interoperability between the forces of two countries for carrying out counter insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in a semi-urban environment under United Nations (UN) mandate.
  • To share best practices and acquaint each other with operating procedures being followed while undertaking counter insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.

Significance: India shares very close cultural, ethnic, linguistic, religious as well as commercial ties with Maldives and the joint Exercise Ekuverin will assist in further strengthening of these ties between two nations.