INDIA-ALGERIA MARITIME COOPERATION.

  • Recently, the Indian and Algerian navies participated in a maiden naval exercise off the Algerian coast in a bid to increase maritime cooperation.
  • The naval exercise with Algeria is crucial for India as it is strategically located in the Maghreb region (region of North Africa bordering the Mediterranean Sea and is the largest country of Africa.

Important points:

  • Indian Naval Ship (INS) Tabar took part in a Maritime Partnership Exercise with Algerian Navy ship ‘Ezzadjer’.
  • INS Tabar, is a Talwar-class Stealth Frigate built for the Indian Navy in Russia.
  • India has been focussing on boosting defence and security ties with various African Nations in the last few years.

Maritime Domain Awareness:

To monitor the activities in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), Maritime Domain Awareness, a robust information sharing mechanism has been set up by India, and efforts have been made to encourage African participation in various multilateral frameworks in the IOR.

SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT

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TOPICS COVERED: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

UMNGOT HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT

Recently, the Meghalaya government has scrapped an agreement with private power developers to execute the proposed Umngot hydroelectric project on river Umngot.

Important points:

  • Popularly known as Dawki river, the Umngot river in Meghalaya is undisputedly the cleanest river in Asia with its crystal clear water. It originates from the Eastern Shillong Peak, which is located 1,800 m above sea level.
  • The river is in the village of Mawlynnong (“God’s Own Garden”) in Meghalaya, close to India’s border with Bangladesh, which is touted as Asia’s Cleanest Village.
  • Alongside cleanliness, the village has also achieved a rare feat — a 100% literacy rate.
  • It acts as a natural divide between Jaintia and Khasi hills, before finally flowing into Bangladesh.

SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT

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