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TNPSC Current Affairs 2017 March 8 (All)

TNPSC Current Affairs March 2017

1.Union Cabinet approves India's accession to global customs convention

Union Cabinet has given approval for accession to the 'Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods' which will help in faster movement of export goods.  The union Cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

It will help traders to get easy, fast, reliable, hassle free international system for movement of goods by road or multi-modal means across the territories of other contracting parties. By official statement.

About Customs Convention on International Transport of Good

The Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets, 1975, TIR is an international transit system under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe to facilitate the movement of goods among the parties to the convention. Currently there are 70 members.

By joining the convention, inspection of goods at intermediate borders as well as physical escorts can be prevented due to reciprocal recognition of customs controls.

It also helps to avoid the congestion in ports because it makes customs clearance to take place in customs location, which will avoid clearance in border crossing point.

Convention also ensure enhanced security in supply chain as it allow only the recognised transporters and vehicles are allowed to operate
Benefits under TIR

Any movement under TIR will check only the seal and outer condition of load or container which reduce the time delay in borders , transaction cost, transport cost, which will increase the growth in trade and transport sectors

2.11th Indo-Nepal joint military exercise 'Surya Kiran-Xi' begins

11th Indo-Nepal joint military exercise 'Surya Kiran-Xi' began in the Pithoragarh area of Uttarakhand .Surya kiran exercise series being conducted biannually, alternatively in India and Nepal.

Nepal Army is being represented  DURGA BAKSH Battalion and the  EKTA SHAKTI Battalion of The Punjab Regiment is participating on behalf of the Indian Army.

About Exercise:

  • This is a battalion level joint exercise between two countries. It is a 14 days exercise which will conclude on March 20. 
  • 2 week long exercise is the 11th exercise between the two countries aimed in training of both the troops in the area of various counter insurgency operations in mountain terrain.
  •  It also focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and environmental conservation
  •  It will also enhance defence co-operation and military relations between both India and Nepal.

3. Indo-Oman joint army exercise Al Nagah-Ii 2017 begins in Himachal Pradesh

The Second edition of Indo-Oman Joint Army Exercise AI Nagah-li 2017 begins with the Opening Ceremony at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh. The last edition of Exercise held at Muscat, Oman inn 2015
About Exercise:

The 14 Day joint military exercise “Al Nagah-II between India and Oman Army from Mach 6-19 objective is to build and enhance bilateral Military relations, enhance interoperability in conducting joint operation during insurgency or counter terrorism between the Indian Army and Royal Army of Oman.

Around 60 troops from both India and Oman army will participate in this Exercise. The Training Contingents comprise of platoon strength troops from both India and Oman Armies and it will be validated by senior military observers

India and Oman already have extensive cooperation in the defence arena (Maritime domain). The Navies of both the countries have been holding bilateral maritime exercise Naseem Al Bahr since 1993

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