• Current Affairs, 5 November 2019

    • November 5, 2019
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    1. India has taken stern action against terrorism and divisive forces: PM Modi
    2. ASEAN at core of Act East Policy
    3. India to adopt Brazil model of human milk bank
    4. Air India paints ‘Ek Onkar’ symbol on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft’s
    5. The 26th Convocation of North Eastern Hill University (NEHU)
    6. Vice President asks NITs and other universities to strive to be among the top ranking global institutions
    7. Assembly Elections in the State of Jharkhand 2019
    8. Robotic surgery facility in Safdarjung Hospital dedicated to the Nation
    9. Maps of newly formed Union Territories of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh, with the map of India
    10. Prime Minister to participate in East Asia and RCEP Summit in Bangkok
    11. India-Myanmar-Thailand
    12. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh calls upon SCO to strengthen existing international laws to combat terrorism
    13. Union Minister of Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah to inaugurate SCO Joint Urban Earthquake Search & Rescue Exercise (SCOJTEX)-2019
    14. Lakshya Sen wins SaarLorLux Open badminton tournament in Germany
    15. Korea Open Badminton: Maisnam Meiraba Luwang wins boys’ singles U-19 title


    1. India has taken stern action against terrorism and divisive forces: PM Modi

    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, India has taken stern action against terrorism and divisive forces. Addressing the Indian community in Bangkok on the SAWASDEE PM MODI event on Friday evening, the Prime Minister said that abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir has been welcomed globally.
    • India is growing very fast and the image of the NRIs is a matter of pride for all the countrymen. He appreciated the role of the Indian diaspora in making the country strong.
    • Highlighting his government’s achievements, the Prime Minister said that 130 crore countrymen have been engaged in the New India initiative.
    • He also reiterated that India was committed and working hard to become a 5 trillion dollar economy and emphasised that Indian diaspora could play a vital role in this regard. He added that North East is being developed as the gateway of the South East Asia and relation between North East and Thailand would improve further with better connectivity.
    • He informed that India will give post-doctoral scholarship to 1000 youths from ASEAN countries and also the OCI cardholders will be included in the New Pension Scheme. The Prime Minister said that 8 crore families got free LPG connection and 50 crore people have been covered under Ayushman Bharat scheme. Mr. Modi assured that all poor people will get houses by 2022 when the country will celebrate 75th years of Independence.
    • The Prime Minister reached the Thailand capital for a three-day visit on Friday. He will attend the 16th ASEAN-India Summit, the 14th East Asia Summit and the third summit meeting of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership as part of his visit. Besides this, the Prime Minister will also participate in the annual East Asia summit.

    2. ASEAN at core of Act East Policy


    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that a rapidly growing, democratic and strong India continues to be a beacon of stability, prosperity and peace in times of global uncertainties. In an interview to Bangkok Post, Mr Modi said, 21st century will be Asia’s century and India is prepared to contribute to this transformation in Asia and the world.
    • Prime Minister said, India remains a strong advocate of strengthening and reforming multilateralism amid contemporary realities. Mr Modi said, today, India is one of the largest contributors to global economic growth and development. In the last few years, India has been actively increasing its contribution in the world, be it fight against climate change, in the field of space or the fight against terror, he said.
    • Mr Modi said, India has moved up about 80 places in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index and we have done this within a democratic framework and while preserving the best of our heritage. Prime Minister said, India is seeking to build international partnerships to combat global and trans-boundary challenges. These include the International Solar Alliance and an initiative to build a Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, he said.
    • Mr Modi said, ASEAN is at the core of India’s Act East policy. He said, it is the only cooperative mechanism by which we have had uninterrupted summit-level dialogues for 16 years so far.
    • Prime Minister said ASEAN is one of the most economically and politically dynamic regions of the world today. India wishes to see a strong, unified and prosperous ASEAN playing a central role in the emerging dynamic of the Indo-Pacific, he said. Mr Modi said, this is in the best interests of India’s prosperity and security as well.
    1. India to adopt Brazil model of human milk bank

    • Indiahas taken inspiration from Brazil’s success in the field of human milk bank decided to adopt a similar model in creating a wide network of human milk banks.
    • The Centre has set a target of ensuring at least 70 per cent infants to have access to breast milk by the year
    • Target will subsequently be increased to 100 per cent.
    1. Air India paints ‘Ek Onkar’ symbol on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft’s

    • National Carrier Air Indiahas painted ‘Ek Onkar’ symbol on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft’s tail to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
    • The aircraft will fly on October 31 from Amritsar to London.The international flight will facilitate Sikh pilgrims visiting Punjab on the occasion of the Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
    • Air Indiais the flag carrier airline of India, headquartered at New Delhi.It is owned by Air India Limited, a government-owned enterprise, and operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft serving 94 domestic and international destinations. The airline has its hub at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, alongside several focus cities across India. Air India is the largest international carrier out of India with an 18.6% market share. Over 60 international destinations are served by Air India across four continents. The airline became the 27th member of Star Alliance on 11 July 2014.
    • The airline was founded by  R. D. Tataas Tata Airlines in 1932; Tata himself flew its first single-engine de Havilland Puss Moth, carrying air mail from Karachi to Bombay’s Juhu aerodrome and later continuing to Madras (currently Chennai). After World War II, it became a public limited company and was renamed as Air India. On 21 February 1960, it took delivery of its first Boeing 707 named Gauri Shankar and became the first Asian airline to induct a jet aircraft in its fleet. In 2000–01, attempts were made to privatise Air India and from 2006 onwards, it suffered losses after its merger with Indian Airlines.

    5. The 26th Convocation of North Eastern Hill University (NEHU)

    • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the 26thconvocation of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in Shillong, Meghalaya.
    • The President said that NEHU has emerged as a premier centre of learning. He was happy to note that besides imparting higher education in all the major disciplines, the university is also giving special emphasis on the development of this region which has significant tribal population. He said that institutions of higher education like NEHU can be instruments of social and economic transformation. The NEHU can help Meghalaya in achieving better ranking on Human Development Indices.
    • The President said that more than 80 per cent population of Meghalaya is dependent on By helping improve agricultural productivity, NEHU can play a catalytic role in promoting socio-economic development of Meghalaya and the North-East. Students and teachers of NEHU’s departments of ‘Rural Development and Agricultural Production’, ‘Agri Business and Food Technology’, and ‘Horticulture’ can help enhance farmers’ income.
    • The President told students that they are entering a world full of opportunities and challenges. He said that higher education is a privilege not available to a lot of people in our country. He appealed them to help improve the condition of such underprivileged fellow citizens. He also urged upon them to give back to the society in whatever way they can.


    6. Vice President asks NITs and other universities to strive to be among the top ranking global institutions

    • The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today asked NITs and other Indian universities to strive to be among the top ranking global institutions.
    • Delivering the Convocation address at National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, on its Diamond Jubilee Year, the Vice President lauded NIT Surathkal for being among the top ten institutions in the country and said that it should not remain satisfied with its accomplishment rather it should strive to emerge as an institution of global eminence. Sounding a word of caution to higher education institutions against adopting the ‘business-as-usual’ approach, Shri Naidu said that it is unfortunate that Indian institutions do not figure among the top educational institutes globally.
    • The Vice President wanted education system to create the right eco-system for innovation and creativity to thrive. “Innovation, inventions and discoveries must become buzzwords on the campuses of IITs, NITs and Universities. The ability to innovate, use discoveries and inventions to create new markets and new products has been recognized as the key to success in the new millennium”, he added.
    • Observing that the culture of innovations has to be supported and sustained through investments, the Vice President said that there was a great scope for private sector investments to promote Research & Development in universities and academic institutions.
    • The Vice President asked institutions such as the NIT Surathkal to play a key role in making India a global hub of knowledge, innovation and skilled manpower. He stressed the need equip the youth with skills in tune with the requirements of the digitally-driven, knowledge-based 21st
    • Given the demographic advantage enjoyed by India, he said “we have the capability to not only meet the requirements in the country but also many other nations, particularly those with aging population.”
    • Observing that achieving sustained economic growth, improving the quality of life of people were the purpose of science and technology, the Vice President asked premier institutes to create a world-class pool of scientists and technologists who could provide innovative solutions to pressing problems such as climate change and pollution
    • Stating that protecting the environment, combating the effects of climate change and ensuring social equity were the critical issues that must be factored into modern engineering designs, the Vice President said that there was a need to redefine, restructure and reorganize our technical and engineering systems to ensure sustainable development.
    • Shri Naidu stressed that students must be provided opportunities to develop social and emotional skills along with cognitive skills. “Students should develop cultural awareness, empathy, perseverance, grit, teamwork and leadership, among others,” he added.
    • Shri Naidu also called for integrating rich legacies and traditions of India with modern education to help develop creativity and originality of students and to encourage them to innovate.
    • The Minister of Fisheries, Ports and Inland Transport, Govt. of Karnataka, Shri Kota Srinivas Poojary, Prof. K Balaveera Reddy, Chairperson, Board of Governors, NITK-Surathkal, and Prof. K. Uma Maheshwar Rao, Director NITK-Surathkal were among the dignitaries present at the event along with the students of NIT Surathkal.

    7. Assembly Elections in the State of Jharkhand 2019

    • The Election Commission of India today organized a Briefing Meeting for Observers to be deployed for the forthcoming Jharkhand Legislative Assembly Elections, for which schedule has been announced on 1st November 2019.  Jharkhand is to go for polls in five phases on the poll dates of 30thNovember, 7th December, 12th December, 16th December and 20th December, 2019. Nearly 300 officers drawn from IAS, IPS as also from Indian Revenue Service and few other Central Services are being deployed as General, Police and Expenditure Observers.
    • Addressing the Observers, Chief Election Commissioner Sh. Sunil Arora emphasized that the role of Observers is very crucial for smooth, fair and impartial conduct of elections. He said, the Observers are particularly empowered by the Commission to take necessary decisions as per assessment of on-ground situation. He assured the Officers that the Commission would always back up bonafide actions taken on field duty. Shri Arora directed the Observers to be visible, accessible and available in the field and particularly directed the Observers to be empathetic in their dealings with people and facilitate all stakeholders. The Chief Election Commissioner said the ECI team would shortly be visiting the State and the Commission would also be holding reviews with the Observers through video conferencing to assess the actions being taken.
    • Speaking to the group, Election Commissioner Sh Sushil Chandra drew the attention of the Officers that as Observers they have a statutory duty to perform on behalf of Election Commission of India. He said while the Observer duty in Jharkhand will have its specific challenges, the Officers so deputed, need to be neutral and impartial in discharge of their duties and “be the actual face of ECI on the ground”. Since all local machinery looks upto the Observers as friend, philosopher and guide, the Observers need to be vigilant and accessible to all stakeholders. He stated that the Observers should ensure strict compliance of ECI’s rules and Standard Operating Procedures like amenities at the polling booths, vulnerability mapping or compliance of Non-Bailable Warrants, deposition of licensed arms and strict compliance of expenditure management norms.
    • It was particularly pointed out to the Observers that for the first time ECI will be introducing Postal Ballot Facilitation for the octogenarians and PwD voters, after the recent amendments by Law Ministry in the Conduct of Election Rules 1961. Such identified voters will have the option of voting through Postal Ballot if they want to exercise this option. Else they can vote at the Polling stations. IT applications like the Enabling Communication in Real-time Environment (ENCORE), an integrated portal to be used by Election Officers for overall management of aspects such as Candidate nominations, uploading of affidavits, Assigning symbol, Scrutiny of candidates nominations, Scrutiny of Candidate Permissions, Counting of Votes and Results dissemination etc. will be utilised for efficient and faster functioning. Other Apps to facilitate Queue-less Voting System, QR Code reading of Photo Voter Slips etc. would also be put in use to ensure free, fair, peaceful, inclusive, accessible, ethical and participative election.

    8.   Robotic surgery facility in Safdarjung Hospital dedicated to the Nation

    ·        The robotic surgery facility in the Safdarjung Hospital (SJH) New Delhi was dedicated to the nation by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan.

    ·        Safdarjang Hospital is one of the biggest tertiary care referral centre of India, under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare catering to all poor patients of uro-oncological cancers like prostate, kidney, bladder cancers and kidney failures, from different parts of country.

    ·        It is also the first Central Government hospital in India to start this latest Robot Surgery facility for all poor patients for free. Robotic surgery has the advantage of providing minimally invasive surgery, reducing significantly the morbidity & mortality of critically ill, cancer and kidney failure patients. The Robotic system provides 7 degrees of freedom, 3-D vision, 10 times magnification and better dissection with more precision. The operating time also decreases resulting in improvement in turnover of patients and decrease in waiting list of patients for surgery significantly.

    ·        Already 25 surgeries have been done using robotic system including prostate, kidney, bladder cancers and advanced reconstructive surgeries by Dr Anup Kumar, Head of Department (HOD), Urology and Renal Transplant, SJH and VMMC.

    ·        Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the Department of Urology and Renal Transplant of SJH has already started the First International LIVE 3-D Laparoscopic Surgeries Web Cast, showing complex uro-oncology and reconstructive surgeries, twice in a month. This has been integrated with the E-Health online education programme of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which is now connected with 52 Medical colleges across India. This is the first such program in Urology in India. The department is going to start international LIVE webcast of robotic surgeries from the second week of November, 2019. A National Robotic training centre has also been set up for training of young doctors.

    9. Maps of newly formed Union Territories of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh, with the map of India

    • On the recommendation of Parliament, the President effectively dismantled Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and gave assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and supervision of Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah, the former state of Jammu & Kashmir has been reorganized as the new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the new Union Territory of Ladakh on 31stOctober 2019.
    • The new Union Territory of Ladakh consists of two districts of Kargil and Leh. The rest of the former State of Jammu and Kashmir is in the new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
    • In 1947, the former State of Jammu and Kashmir had the following 14 districts – Kathua, Jammu, Udhampur, Reasi, Anantnag, Baramulla, Poonch, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Leh and Ladakh, Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilhas and Tribal Territory.
    • By 2019, the state government of former Jammu and Kashmir had reorganized the areas of these 14 districts into 28 districts. The names of the new districts are as follows – Kupwara, Bandipur, Ganderbal, Srinagar, Budgam, Pulwama, Shupian, Kulgam, Rajouri, Ramban, Doda, Kishtivar, Samba and Kargil.
    • Out of these, Kargil district was carved out from the area of ​​Leh and Ladakh district. The Leh district of the new Union Territory of Ladakh has been defined in the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Removal of Difficulties) Second Order, 2019, issued by the President of India, to include the areas of the districts of Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilhas and Tribal Territory of 1947, in addition to the remaining areas of Leh and Ladakh districts of 1947, after carving out the Kargil District.


    10.          Prime Minister to participate in East Asia and RCEP Summit in Bangkok

    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the East Asia and RCEP summits in Bangkok. Besides he will also hold meetings with Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, Vietnam PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Australian PM Scott Morrison in Bangkok, before he returns to Delhi.
    • Prime Minister would be steering India’s negotiations at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership or the RCEP. RCEP is a comprehensive free trade agreement being negotiated between the 10 ASEAN Member States and ASEAN’s free trade agreement partners Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea and New Zealand.
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to dispel the notion that India is as reluctant to join the RCEP trade deal. In a detailed interview to Bangkok Post he said, India remains committed to a comprehensive and balanced outcome from the ongoing RCEP negotiations but India would like a win-win outcome.
    • He added that addressing India’s concerns over unsustainable trade deficits is important.
    • Prime Minister expressed that a mutually beneficial RCEP, in which all sides gain reasonably, is in interests of India and of all partners in the negotiation.
    • RCEP negotiations which began in Cambodia in 2012 covers areas, including trade in goods and services, investment, market access, economic cooperation, intellectual property and e-commerce.

    11.          India-Myanmar-Thailand

    • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the ‘Sawasdee PM Modi’ community event in Bangkok, Thailand today. Thousands of members of Indian diaspora from all over Thailand attended the event.
    • Historic India-Thailand relations
    • Prime Minister welcomed the audience in several Indian languages, reflecting the diversity of the Indian diaspora in Thailand. Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister said that this was his first official visit to the country to participate in the India-Asean Summit. He reflected on the age old historic relations between India and Thailand which were forged thousands of years ago through trade relations of Indian coastal states with South-East Asia. These relations have only gained in strength over time reflected in cultural and lifestyle similarities between the two counties.
    • Prime Minister said that it has been his endeavour to meet people of Indian community in the country he travels to. He appreciated the people present for being the perfect ambassadors of India culture and tradition.
    • Thai translation of ‘Tirukkural’ and Commemorative Coins marking Guru Nanak’s 550th Birth Anniversary released
    • Prime Minister unveiled the Thai translation of Thiruvalluvar’s Tamil classic ‘Tirukkural’. He said that the book is a guiding light for living one’s life. He also released commemorative coins minted to  mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, adding that the teachings of Guru Nanak are heritage for entire humanity. He said that from 9th November, direct connectivity will be established to Kartarpur Sahib via the Kartarpur Corridor, welcoming everyone to come and visit.
    • Boosting Tourism & Commitment to Act East Policy
    • Prime Minister narrated steps being taken to develop Buddha circuit for promoting tourism. He highlighted that India has jumped 18 ranks in the last 4 years in travel and tourism global index, stating that government has been focussed on promoting heritage, spiritual and medical tourism along with developing connectivity infrastructure for boosting tourism.
    • Outlining the contours of India’s Act-East Policy, he said that India is focussed on deepening North-East’s connect with Thailand. He said that the government is working towards developing the region as gateway of South-East Asia. Prime Minister added that the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway will establish seamless connectivity between the countries, which will boost the development of the entire region.
    • Government committed to welfare of people
    • Stressing on India’s commitment to democracy, Prime Minister narrated the story of the historic General Elections 2019 which catapulted his government to a second term with an even bigger majority.
    • Prime Minister listed some of the recent major decisions and achievements of the government including abrogation of Article 370. He said that in the last three years, 8 crore households have been given LPG connections – the number of beneficiaries is more than the population of entire Thailand. Ayushman Bharat scheme has been launched to provide health care benefits to over 50 crore Indians. He added that the government is committed to ensure the availability of water for everyone and a household for all by 2022.

    12.          Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh calls upon SCO to strengthen existing international laws to combat terrorism

    ·        Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh today called upon the member countries of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to strengthen and implementall existing international laws and mechanisms, without exceptions or double standards, to combat terrorismand its enablers. Raksha Mantri was addressing the 18th meeting of Council of Heads of Government (CHG) of SCO at Tashkent in Uzbekistan as the Special Envoy of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

    ·        “Terrorism continues to disrupt our societies and undermine our developmental endeavors.It is important for SCO countries to come together to deal with this menace,” said Shri Rajnath Singh. He congratulated Russia for successfully holding the SCO joint military exercise ‘CENTER 2019’ in Orenburg aimed at evolving drills of the participating armies in the fight against international terrorism.

    ·        Raksha Mantri stressed that the process of globalisation has opened up immense opportunities for the growth of SCO members, but also brought to the fore multidimensional, complex and transnationalthreats affecting developing countries. He urged the SCO to work together in defeating challenges liketerrorism, climate change, endemic poverty, under development, pandemics and inequality.

    ·        Shri Rajnath Singhalso voiced the Government’s resolveof providing an enabling economic ecosystem for partner countries to invest and do business in India. He listed out various initiatives taken by the Government in this regard including relaxing FDI reforms, allowing 100 per cent foreign investment in coal mining and contract manufacturing, easing sourcing norms for single-brand retailers and approving 26 per cent overseas investment in digital media.

    ·        Highlighting the Government’s ‘Make in India’ programme,Raksha Mantri invited SCO countries to enter into collaborative joint ventures in India, saying that significant work has already been undertaken towards improving ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in the country. “We strongly support the initiative to facilitate cooperation among small and medium-sized enterprises within the SCO.Food industry is another potential area of collaboration. SCO members can work together for technology and investment support to food processing and put in a supporting logistics chain,” he said.

    ·        Shri Rajnath Singh also said, India is ready to share its experience and expertise in skill development and capacity building in areas such as telemedicine, medical tourism, resource mapping, launching of satellites, agricultural education and effective and affordable pharmaceuticals. Finance, hospitality and tourism services also present significant opportunities.

    ·        Emphasising that ‘unilateralism and protectionism has done good to none’, Raksha Manrti reiterated the Government’s commitment to a transparent, rules-based, open, inclusive and non-discriminatory multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organisation at its centre. “We need approaches, which are inclusive, transparent and firmly anchored in multilateralism.Successful multilateralism also needs adherence to core principles of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-interference and mutual cooperation,” he added.

    ·        Shri Rajnath Singh also invited SCO Member states to join the ‘Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure’. India has taken the initiative of launching thecoalition to assist countries in upgrading their capacities for developing resilient infrastructure. It will address the loss reduction targets under the Sendai Framework, besides contributing to climate change adaptation. “India would be holding Joint Urban Earthquake Search and Rescue exercise of SCO member States along with SCO Expert level meeting on disaster prevention later this week,”, he added.

    ·        Raksha Mantri also said, India is honoured to host the next meeting of Council of Heads of Government in 2020. In the run up to the meeting, he said, Indiais planning to organise a series of events aimed at enhancing trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation among SCO Members.

    ·        Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Mr Abdulla NigmatovichAripov, Prime Ministers and Heads of Delegation of SCO Member States, Secretary-General of SCOVladimir Norovand Executive Director of Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure(RATS) Mr JumakhonGiyosov also participated in the meeting.

    13.          Union Minister of Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah to inaugurate SCO Joint Urban Earthquake Search & Rescue Exercise (SCOJTEX)-2019

    ·        Union Minister of Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah will inaugurate the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Joint Exercise on Urban Earthquake Search & Rescue (SCOJtEx-2019) on 04th November, 2019 at 1500 Hrs at Dr. Ambedkar International Center, New Delhi. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai will be the chief guest for closing ceremony scheduled for 07th November, 2019.

    ·        On the initiative of Government of India, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is hosting “Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Joint Urban Earthquake Search & Rescue Exercise (SCOJtEx.)-2019” of all 08 SCO member countries, with the aim to rehearse the disaster response mechanism, share knowledge, experience, technology & also for  mutual coordination, etc.  This exercise shall also provide an opportunity to enhance the coordination & co-operation involving multi-agency operations in an earthquake scenario.

    ·        The four day long simulation exercise shall be held from 4-7 November, 2019 at Delhi. The participants of all 08 member countries namely China, India, Kazakhastan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan shall be participating in this exercise.

    ·        The four day long simulation exercise shall be conducted as per the International Search & Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) methodology & guidelines.  There will be a Joint Urban Earthquake Search & Rescue Exercise for Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states followed by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization experts meeting of Ministries responsible for Prevention and Elimination  of Emergency Situation. During the exercise, role & responsibility of Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) at National & International Level, Emergency Medical Team (EMT), Humanitarian System/The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC)/Emergency Response & Assessment Team (ERAT), On-Site Operations Coordination Centre (OSOCC), Establishment of Emergency Operation Centre (EOC)/Integrated Command Post (ICP)/Response Cluster, Local Emergency Management Authority (LEMA) & Cluster Meetings, Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (CM-Cord) will be discussed and practiced among the representatives from all 8 member nations.

    ·        The main focus of Shanghai Cooperation Organization Joint Exercise on Urban Earthquake Search & Rescue (SCOJtEx-2019) shall be to test the region’s preparedness and resilience towards effective activation of Inter- governmental interaction for immediate response.

    ·        Besides above, representatives from International Search & Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), Asian Coordination Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA), Brazil, Mongolia, South Africa have been invited as observers. Representatives from the embassies of all SCO member nations, heads of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and representatives of other stakeholders shall also be participating in this exercise.


    14.           Lakshya Sen wins SaarLorLux Open badminton tournament in Germany

    • India’s Lakshya Sen has won the SaarLorLux Open badminton tournament at Saarbrücken in Germany. He defeated Sen Weng Hong Yang of China in an exciting final .
    • World number 51 Lakshya took 59 minutes to overcome Weng in the summit clash. The 18-year-old from Uttarakhand had entered the final beating Kiran George in an all-Indian semifinal.


    15.        Korea Open Badminton: Maisnam Meiraba Luwang wins boys’ singles U-19 title

    • Maisnam Meiraba Luwang clinched the boys’ singles U-19 title at the Woncheon Yonex Korea Junior Open Badminton International Challenge 2019 in Miryang, Korea.
    • The top seed from Manipur needed just 36 minutes to brush aside the challenge of 15th seed Lee Hak Joo of Korea in a 21-10 21-13 win.
    • Meanwhile, eighth seed, Sathish Kumar Karunakaran, who had bowed out to Luwang 16-21, 22-24 in the semi-final yesterday claimed bronze in the same category.
    • It is the 16-year-old Luwang’s third international title this year following his triumphs at the Russian Junior White Nights 2019 and India Junior International 2019.



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