New counter-terrorism strategy of BRICS- choking financial channels of terror groups
The five-nation grouping BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) unveiled a counter-terrorism strategy among the member countries to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation and to control the threat. The strategy includes choking the financial channels of trade networks.
It was adopted at the bloc’s annual summit. The document titled “counter-terrorism strategy” undertakes the measures against those involved in terrorist activities. The strategy would also address terrorist travelling to third countries. It will ensure that social media and the Internet are not in use for any recruitment by terror groups.
Celebrating the 240th Corps of Engineers Day
On 18th Nov 2020, Indian Army celebrated the 240th Corps of Engineers Day. The ceremony was organised at the National war memorial, and Engineer-in-Chief and other officers paid tribute to the sacrificed soldiers.
The tasks of Corps include developing infrastructure, managing engineering support, and maintaining connectivity along the vast borders. They are executed through 4 pillars- Military Engineer Service, Combat Engineers, Military Survey, and Border Road Organisation.
The Corps of Engineers also called the Sappers, celebrated the day at the Southern Command headquarters in Pune.
Navy received its ninth Boeing P-8I surveillance aircraft
Boeing has delivered the 9th P-8I surveillance aircraft to the Indian Navy. It has been deployed during disaster relief and life-saving missions.
Other eight such aircraft are already in service and managing the control in Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control.
Boing is providing training and ground support equipment to the Indian Navy. The training will allow the Indian Navy to enhance mission proficiency, along with reducing the amount of training time.
Human rating of rocket GSLV MK3 is in progress
The process for the human rating of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) GSLV MK3 rocket is in progress. It is the vehicle to launch the Gaganyaan mission.
ISRO develops GSLV MK3. It is a three-stage heavy-lift launch vehicle having two solid strap-ons. It also has S200 that functions for 140 seconds. Many new other features have been introduced.
Dr K Sivan, ISRO Chairman, Secretary, Department of Space and Jayant Damodar Patil flagged off this first step towards the unmanned space mission.
Sea trials of India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant to begin in January 2021
The Indian Navy is now set to start with the sea trials of the new indigenously built aircraft carrier Vikrant in January 2021. It will be along the coast of either Karwar or Visakhapatnam.
It is under construction led by Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi, Kerala. The harbour trials are yet to finish. There is no confirmation for the date of commissioning due to multiple delays.
The Aircraft Carrier IAC-1 Vikrant will be commissioned under the same name and meaning- “courageous”. It can carry 40 aircraft and expected to carry MiG 29k fighter jets and Kamov Ka-31. The commencement for the construction of Vikrant was started in February 2009.
It is 62 metres wide and 262 metres long. It is expected that IAS Vikrant will be carrying 160 Indian Navy officers and 1400 onboarded sailors.