Defence Current Affairs And Updates 19 November 2020

Webinar and Expo with Indonesia on Indian Defence Industry Global Outreach for Collaborative Partnerships

  • A webinar between India and Indonesia was held yesterday with the theme “Indian Defence Industry Global Outreach for Collaborative Partnerships: Webinar and Expo India Indonesia Defence Cooperation”.  It was organized under the aegis of Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence through SIDM.
  • This webinar was part of the series which are being organized with friendly foreign countries in order to boost defence exports and achieve defence export target of $5 billion in the next five years.
  • Key officials from both sides participated in the webinar and spoke about need to leverage opportunities for modernizing armed forces and in indigenization of the defence industry.
  • Various Indian companies such as L&T Defence, Ashok Leyland Limited, Bharat Forge, Tata Aerospace and Defence, MKU, Goa Shipyard Limited and Bharat Electronics Limited. made company and product presentations on major platforms / equipment. From Indonesian side PT. Pindad, PT. Pal, PT. LEN, PT. Dahana and PT. Dirgantara made presentations.
  • The webinar was attended by more than 150 participants and more than 100 virtual exhibition stalls have been set up in the Expo.

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurates NCC’s month-long Constitution Day Youth Club Campaign

  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh today inaugurated a month-long nationwide Constitution Day Youth Club activities programme organised by the NCC through a Video Conferencing from New Delhi. The aim of the programme is to mobilise youth to spread awareness about the Indian Constitution amongst the people across the nation.
  • In his inaugural address Raksha Mantri exhorted the youths of the country to understand the spirit of the constitution and work sincerely to realize its ideals. He said our Constitution was shaped after years of intense discussions and deliberations. The preamble of our constitution begins with “We” and it thus, depends upon all of us how we take our country and our system forward. He said we need to make people aware of their rights as enshrined in the constitution but at the same time make them aware of their duties also as both rights and duties are linked to each other.  Without fulfilling duties one cannot enjoy his/her rights, he added. Shri Rajnath Singh said through this campaign, people should be made aware that the Constitution guides their lives through its core values of discipline, unity in diversity, freedom, equality, sovereignty and social solidarity. This is necessary to build a ‘New India’, he added. Shri Rajnath Singh further said, taking inspiration from great leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, we should follow the ideals of the constitution with resolute firmness.
  • Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju also spoke on the occasion.
  • The month-long campaign will be undertaken by the youth organisations of the country i.e. National Cadet Corps(NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), The Bharat Scouts and Guides, Hindustan Scouts and Guides Association and Red Cross from 18 Nov to 13 Dec 2020.
  • The Key Objectives of the campaign are to spread awareness amongst the masses, about the basic tenets and the spirit of the Indian Constitution, to include awareness of fundamental duties enshrined in the constitution of India, Qualities of responsible and productive citizen, Importance of the Constitution of India and to spread the message of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on equality and affirmative actions.
  • A Nationwide blood donation camp will be organised by volunteer youth from 22 to 24 Nov 20. During the campaign, the youth will also Promote the hashtags #ItsMyDuty (Department of Justice) and #MeraKartavya (NCC twitter handle) on social media. The awareness message will also be spread through Emails, Message and Banners. The campaign will include awareness programmes aimed at citizen’s responsibility towards nature and a one-week cleanliness drive at home and in neighbourhood.
  • Defence Secretary, Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary Youth Affairs Ms. Usha Sharma and DG NCC Lt. Gen Rajeev Chopraalso addressed the video conference.

18 November 2020 – 240th Corps of Engineers Day

  • Indian Army celebrated the 240th Corps of Engineers Day on 18 Nov 2020.  In a solemn ceremony organized at ‘National War Memorial’, Lt Gen SK Shrivastava, Engineer-in-Chief along with other serving officers, JCOs and other ranks laid wreaths and paid homage to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country.        
  • The Corps of Engineers provides combat engineering support, develops infrastructure for armed forces and other defence organisations and maintains connectivity along our vast borders besides providing succour to populace during natural disasters. These tasks are executed through four pillars of the Corps – Combat Engineers, Military Engineer Service, Border Road Organisation and Military Survey.
  • The Corps of Engineers has three groups, i.e. Madras Sappers, Bengal Sappers and Bombay Sappers which were amalgamated into the Corps on 18 Nov 1932.  Since its inception, history is replete with colossal exemplary contributions of the Corps of Engineers both in war and peace.

About Corps of Engineers:

  • Motto: Sarvatra (Everywhere)
  • Founded: 1777
  • Colour: Maroon and blue
  • Headquarters: New Delhi, India

Indian Army New Shelters in Eastern Ladakh

  • Indian Army has completed the establishment of habitat facilities for all troops deployed in the sector to ensure operational efficiency of troops deployed in Eastern Ladakh during winters.
  • Indian Army Corps of Engineers’ played an important role in the shelter erection explained that they have used the latest technology to provide soldiers with the habitat, laboratory, and heating arrangements at the earliest.
  • “This shelter is custom-made, is fast erectable and has containerised shelters which can be placed quickly. These shelters are prefabricated and hence, the use of cement and sand is minimum,” Army Source
  • Along with the enemy across the border, the Indian Army is also working on war footing to fight the extremely harsh winters by building new shelters and prefabricated structures for the soldiers.
  • Indian Army is logistically prepared in terms of tackling the harsh weather, with special winter clothing and other facilities such as fuel, spares and assemblies in place. “Adequate training with provision of special winter clothing will ensure troops’ morale remains high and they are ready to function in short notice. Along with this, training and honing of crew skills and drills will remain constant through the winters. The Indian Army in Eastern Ladakh is logistically well prepared.”
  • The Army is also making habitation of the soldiers on a war footing by placing prefabricated container shelters and barrel shelters that use minimum cement and sand. In these shelters, there is proper insulation to protect soldiers from strong winds and winter, proper heating facilities along with basic needs like lavatory and kitchen.
  • As a part of recreation activities, Army companies are provided with a television along with set-top box connection.
  • Talking about the climatic challenges at an altitude of 15,000 feet, Maj Gen Kapoor said, “There is no doubt that winters in Ladakh are going to be harsh. We are absolutely in control as far as advanced winter stocking and forward winter stocking is concerned. High calorie and nutritious ration, fuel, oil and lubricants, special winter clothing, winter tentage, and heating appliances are all available in adequate numbers.”

Chief of Defence Staff visits ICG HQ

  • General Bipin Rawat, CDS, was received by Indian Coast Guard Director General Krishnaswamy Natarajan on his arrival at ICG Headquarters, New Delhi yesterday.
  • CDS was briefed about ICG contribution towards safe, secure & clean seas.

Visit of Air Marshal VR Chaudhari AVSM VM, AOC-in-C, Western Air Command to Jammu

  • Air Marshal VR Chaudhari AVSM VM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command visited the frontline air base in Jammu on 18 Nov 20.
  • On arrival at the base in Jammu, the AOC-in-C was received by Air Commodore Ajay Singh Pathania VSM, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Jammu, who apprised him of the operational readiness of the base and its ability to undertake the assigned operational tasks under their command. The AOC-in-C also met and  interacted with air warriors of the station and its lodger units during the course of his visit. He lauded the focussed efforts put in by the station in maintaining proficiency in all roles envisaged and urged them to continue performing their duty with due diligence.

CQB firing range inaugurated at OTA Gaya

  • A Close Quarter Battle (CQB) firing range was inaugurated at Officers Training Academy OTA, Gaya. It is installed with six Mobile Marksmanship Training Simulators and two Remote Ignition Systems developed by Simulator Development Division Indian Army.

QUICK REVIEW

  1. National Constitution Day is celebrated on
  2. 24 November
  3. 26 November
  4. 28 November
  5. 30 November

ANSWER: B

  • The month-long campaign of National Constitution Day will be celebrated from
  • 18 November 2020 to 13 December 2020
  • 19 November 2020 to 14 December 2020
  • 20 November 2020 to 15 December 2020
  • 21 November 2020 to 16 December 2020

ANSWER: A

  • India Indonesia Defence Cooperation webinar was organized under the aegis of Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence through
  • Ordinance Factory Board
  • Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers
  • Both A and B
  • Neither A nor B

ANSWER: B

  • Recently Indian Army has completed the establishment of habitat facilities for all troops deployed in which sector to ensure operational efficiency?
  • Western Leh
  • Eastern Leh
  • Western Ladakh
  • Eastern Ladakh

ANSWER: D

  • Corps of Engineers Raising Day is celebrated on
  • 17 November 2020
  • 18 November 2020
  • 19 November 2020
  • 20 November 2020

ANSWER: B

  • Who developed the two Remote Ignition Systems which are constructed in the recently inaugurated Close Quarter Battle firing range in OTA Gaya?
  • Army Ordinance Corps
  • Simulator Development Division of Indian Army
  • Intelligence Division of Indian Army
  • Defence Research & Development Organization

ANSWER: B

Hemanth Kasturi

    General Studies Tutor at SSBCrackExams, Graduate in Aeronautical Engineering, Cleared NDA, CDS, INET, AFCAT exams.

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