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TNPSC Current Affairs 2017 March 3 (All)

TNPSC Current Affairs March 2017

1.Pakistan’s Ajmad Hussain B Sial assumes office as New SAARC secretary general

Ajmad Hussain B Sial from Pakistan has assumed the office of Secretary General of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) , he was replaced Arjun Bahadur Thapa from Nepal.

He is a seasoned Diplomat has worked as ambassador for to Tajikistan and Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations.


SAARC summit was cancelled due to terror attack in URI, Indian Army Camp and India blamed Pakistan based group for this attack last November.

He has to convene the 19th SAARC Summit in Pakistan, and also both India and Pakistan have differences over some of the SAARC initiatives like, Motor Vehicle Agreement, SAARC Energy Grid and the SAARC Satellite programme proposed by India.

 About SAARC

The South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an Economic and Geopolitical Organisation which is founded in Dhaka on 1985, headquarters is in Kathmandu, Nepal.

It has 8 members include India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, The Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. SAARC Comprises 21 % of World’s population and 3.8 percent of world Economy. SAARC promotes development of economic and regional integration and also plays the guiding force for the member countries

 2.Indian Navy successfully test-fires Anti-ship missile from Kalvari submarine

The Indian Navy successfully test-fired anti-ship missile from indigenously built Kalvari submarine.          

It is Indian Army's significant milestone in enhancing its Sub-suface warfare ability. the missile successfully hit a surface target at extended ranges during the trial firing, this is significant milestone which will enhancing the Navy's sub surface warfare capability.

According to Official statement_The weapon was fired from the submarine, the first of six Scorpene-class submarines built under the project 75 and it successfully hit a surface target.

All the  6 diesel-electric attack submarines will be equipped with the anti-ship missile which has proven record in combat.

These missile will provide the submarined the ability to neutralise surface threats at extended ranges.

About Kalvari

Kalvari is submarine built for Indian navy based on Scorpene-class Submarine. It is designed by French naval defence and Energy DCNS and being manufactured at Mazagon Dock ltd in Mumbai.
The submarines can move with the speed of 15 knots on surface and 20 knots when it submerged. It has superior stealth technology can launch massive attacks through precision guided weapons.

3. India’s first weapons locating radar Swathi handed over to Indian Army by DRDO

Indian Army get its first weapons Locating Radar Swathi handed over by state-run military weapons developer DRDO( Defence Research and development Organisation).

It also handed over NBC (Nuclear Biological and Chemical) recce vehicle and NBC drugs to the Indian Army.

About the Weapons:

  • Radar Swathi provides fast and accurate location of enemy artillery including shells, rockets and mortars. It also capable of adjusting the fire of our own artillery weapon.
  • For nuclear Attack, DRDO have also developed a special vehicle - the nuclear , biological, chemical Reconnaissance vehicle (NBCRV), also handed to Indian Army
  • The NBC Recce Vehicle Mk-I is capable of collecting solid and liquid samples of biologically contaminated areas, mark the nuclear and chemical contamination zone and transfer the recce data speedily to support formations, it is developed by VRDE (Vehicles Research & Development Establishment.)
  • The NBC Drugs are radio protectors, de-corporating agents and antidotes for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) emergencies

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