TNPSC Current Affairs April 2017
1.TU-142M, long range Maritime Patrol aircraft of the Indian Navy was decommissioned.
TU-142M, one of the long range Maritime Patrol Aircraft of Indian Navy which was de-inducted after 29 years of service and arrived at INS Dega , Vishakhapatnam ,which will be turned into a museum.
N Chandrababu Naidu ,Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh received the aircraft. Vice Admiral HCS Bisht ,Flag Officer Commanding-in-chief, Eastern Naval command and other officials attended the ceremony.
- The TU-142M has taken part in all major exercises and operations including Operation Cactus in Maldives, Op Vijay in 1998, Op Parakram in 2002 and Anti-piracy Operations.
- It is nick named as Bear by NATO,it has the capability to detect and destroy enemy submarines moving deep and stealthily in sea.
- It was the heaviest, fastest and highest flying turbo prop with max flying speed of over 800 Kmph.
2.Kolkata- Khulna-Dhaka bus and Train 3 services launched from Kolkata
With aim to increase the bilateral relation between India and Bangladesh, Kolkata- Khulna-Dhaka bus services launched from Kolkata by Prime minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime minister Smt.Sheikh Hasina and chief minister of West Bengal Smt Mamata Banerjee.
This is an initiative taken to strengthen bilateral relations and provide better road and rail connectivity for people from both India and Bangladesh.
- Apart from bus services , Train services between two nation also launched named Maitree-2 Express.
- He Train service which had been discontinued since 1965, was restored when the Maitree Express between Kolkata and Dhaka was operationalised in 2008 between two countries.
- The train service named Maitree- 2 express which launched today is second betweenKolkata and Dhaka, will pass via Khulna.
- The new service will operate through the Benapole-Petrapole border
3.India Mongolia joint exercise – Nomadic Elephant
The 14 day Joint military exercise –Nomadic Elephant between India and Mongolia underway at Vairengte in Mizoram from 05 April 2017 and will ends on 18 April 2017.
About the Exercise.
- This was the 12th “iteration of Indo-Mongolian Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant” exercise aimed in training troops in counter-insurgency and counter terrorism operation.
- The joint exercise will help in strengthening the defence cooperation and military relation between both India and Mongolia.
- The exercise will help both the armies in sharing their experience and gain mutually.
- The exercise includes convoy protection, room intervention drills, ambush/counter-ambush drills while jointly conducting counter-terrorist operations under the United Nations mandate.
- The Mongolian army is represented by 9 officers and 36 soldiers of the elite 084 special forces task Battalion and the Indian Army represented by 3 officers,4 JCOs and 39 soldiers of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles.
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