Current Affairs search results for: "ASEAN"
By admin: May 17, 2024

1. National Dengue Day - 16 May

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National Dengue Day is observed annually across India on May 16 to raise awareness about Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infectious disease, and to promote preventive measures.

An Overview of the News

  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) leads the observance of National Dengue Day.

  • The 2024 theme for National Dengue Day is "Connect with Community, Control Dengue."

Background of National Dengue Day:

  • The MoH&FW, Government of India (GoI) observes National Dengue Day on May 16 to initiate pre-monsoon activities and community sensitization.

  • Anti Dengue Month is observed in July to raise community awareness and encourage keeping homes and surroundings free from mosquito breeding.

Dengue Management in India

  • Program Management: Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) are managed under the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP).

  • Nodal Agency: The National Centre for Vector Borne Diseases Control (NCVBDC) administers NVBDCP and oversees prevention and control strategies for vector-borne diseases, including Dengue.

  • Other Diseases Covered: NVBDCP also addresses Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis (JE), Chikungunya, Kala-azar, and Lymphatic Filariasis.

  • 2023 Dengue Cases: As of November 30, 2023, NCVBDC reported 2,34,427 cases of dengue fever in India.

Related Observances

  • ASEAN Dengue Day: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) observes June 15th as ASEAN Dengue Day to raise awareness about Dengue.

    • Conception: The event was conceived in 2010 during the 10th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting in Singapore.

    • First Launch: Indonesia hosted the inaugural ASEAN Dengue Day in Jakarta in 2011.

  • WHO Involvement: In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) joined ASEAN in marking ASEAN Dengue Day on June 15th.

By admin: Sept. 4, 2023

2. 43rd ASEAN Summit to begin in Jakarta on September 5

Tags: Summits

The 43rd ASEAN Summit is scheduled to be held in Jakarta from September 5 to 7.

An Overview of the News

  • This summit is taking place in the context of increased tension in the South China Sea. Some ASEAN member countries have expressed protest over China's recent release of a new map claiming disputed areas.

  • Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will lead a delegation to the summit.

  • During the summit, ASEAN leaders will also discuss the crisis in Myanmar among other pressing regional issues.

  • Singapore's Prime Minister's Office issued a statement emphasizing that ASEAN leaders will focus on strategies to maintain the bloc's relevance and central role in the emerging regional landscape.

  • The leaders will also discuss strengthening ASEAN integration and enhancing cooperation in key areas such as the digital and green economy.


  • ASEAN was officially established on August 8, 1967, through the signing of the ASEAN Declaration by the foreign ministers of five countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

  • Brunei Darussalam joined ASEAN on 7 January 1984.

  • Vietnam became a member on 28 July 1995.

  • Lao PDR and Myanmar joined on 23 July 1997.

  • Cambodia became a member on 30 April 1999.

  • ASEAN currently consists of ten member states.

By admin: July 21, 2023

3. India and ASEAN Conference on Traditional Medicines in New Delhi

Tags: Summits

Association-of-Southeast-Asian-Nations-(ASEAN)The Ministry of AYUSH in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Mission in ASEAN organized a conference of India and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Traditional Medicines in New Delhi on 20 July 2023.

An Overview of the news:

  • Re-held a decade later, the conference pledged to strengthen sustainable and resilient health care systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and universal health coverage.

A total of 75 delegates included:

  • A total of 75 delegates from India and ASEAN including two ASEAN countries participated in the conference through virtual mode.
  • The Conference on Traditional Medicine between India and ASEAN countries provides a platform to deliberate on various dimensions of traditional systems of medicine to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and strategize on ways and means to take forward traditional systems of medicine.

Emphasis on Act East Policy:

  • India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the 'Act East Policy' at the 12th ASEAN India Summit in Myanmar in November 2014, giving a new impetus to the strategic partnership. The Act-East policy emphasizes connectivity, commerce and culture.
  • ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Cao Kim Horn highlighted three key points that reflect the synergy between ASEAN and India, covering various aspects, including cooperation on public health through traditional and complementary medicines.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN):

  • It was established to accelerate economic development, social progress and cultural development for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian countries.
  • Origin: Established in 1967 with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration).
  • ASEAN Day: 8 August.
  • Founding countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
  • Motto: 'One Vision, One Identity, One Community'.
  • Secretariat: Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Member States: 10 (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia).
  • India and ASEAN celebrated the 30th anniversary of their dialogue relations.

By admin: July 13, 2023

4. India to host ASEAN countries conference on traditional medicines

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The Ministry of AYUSH in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Mission to ASEAN and ASEAN Secretariat, is organizing a Conference on Traditional Medicines for ASEAN Countries on 20th July, 2023.

An Overview of the News

  • The aim of the conference is to strengthen cooperation and knowledge sharing between India and ASEAN countries in the field of traditional medicines.

  • The "Act East Policy" launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a new impetus to the strategic partnership between India and ASEAN.

Growth and Achievements of Ministry of AYUSH:

  • The Ministry of AYUSH has seen significant growth since it became an independent ministry in 2014.

  • Collaboration with international organizations and national institutions has allowed high-quality research on AYUSH systems in various health conditions, including non-communicable diseases such as diabetes mellitus, cancer, mental health, and infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

  • The ASEAN conference will serve as a platform for sharing research results and experiences in the field of traditional medicine.

Conference Goals:

  • To facilitate exchange of best practices and recent developments in the regulatory framework for the promotion of traditional medicine in ASEAN member countries.

  • Strengthening international cooperation in AYUSH through collaboration and establishment of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ASEAN countries and other countries.

Participant Details:

  • A total of 75 participants will participate in the conference, including international delegates from eight ASEAN countries and two international delegates participating virtually.

  • Delegates will brainstorm and share ideas on traditional medicine during the one-day conference held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

About Ministry of AYUSH

  • It is a government ministry in India.

  • It is responsible for the development, promotion and regulation of traditional systems of medicine.

  • AYUSH is the abbreviation of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Society and aims to promote education and research of the above.

  • The ministry provides educational and training programs.

Establishment - 2014

Responsible Ministers - Sarbananda Sonowal, Cabinet Minister and Mahendra Munjapara, Minister of State

Ministry Executive - Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary

Ministry of Motherhood - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

By admin: June 13, 2023

5. 'Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana' as a ‘God Bharai' ceremony in Rajasthan

Tags: State News

'Pradhan-Mantri-Matru-Vandana-Yojana'-According to Jaskaur Meena, MP from Dausa, Rajasthan, people in Dausa, Rajasthan celebrate 'Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana' as a ‘God Bharai' (Baby Shower) ceremony.

An Overview of the News: 

  • In this ceremony all the pregnant women of the area come together and they are provided with 'nutritional kits' for the health of their babies.
  • According to MP Jaskaur Meena, about 3.5 lakh women have benefited from this scheme during 2022-23 only in Rajasthan.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appreciated the new initiative of celebrating 'Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana' as a 'baby shower' ceremony in Dausa, Rajasthan.
  • This unique initiative of Dausa will give new energy to 'Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana'. This initiative will ensure the health security of not only the mothers but also the babies.

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY):

  • PMMVY was launched on January 1, 2017 as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.
  • This scheme, run by the Union Ministry of Child Development, was done for the welfare of pregnant and lactating women across the country.
  • Under this, cash benefits are provided to pregnant women directly into their bank accounts to meet increased nutritional requirements and partially compensate for wage loss.
  • All pregnant women and lactating mothers who are in regular employment under the Central Government or State Governments or Public Undertakings or who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law.
  • Under this, five thousand rupees are given to all the eligible beneficiaries in three installments and the remaining amount of one thousand rupees is given after institutional delivery as per the conditions of maternity benefit under Janani Suraksha Yojana.
  • Thus on an average a woman is given Rs.6000.


  • Capital: Jaipur
  • Governor: Kalraj Mishra
  • Chief Minister: Ashok Gehlot
  • Number of seats in the Legislative Assembly: 200
  • Number of seats in Lok Sabha: 25
  • Number of seats in Rajya Sabha: 10

By admin: June 1, 2023

6. India, Vietnam hold 3rd Maritime Security Dialogue

Tags: International Relations International News

India and Vietnamese officials held the third Maritime Security Dialogue in New Delhi on 31st May.

An overview of the news

  • Both sides discussed ways to better maintain the marine environment which is helpful for theinclusive development of both the countries.

  • Senior officials from ministries and services dealing with maritime affairs participated in the dialogue.

  • The two sides also reviewed initiatives for maritime cooperation and ways to strengthen international and regional mechanisms for comprehensive maritime security.

  • The second India-Vietnam Maritime Security Dialogue was to be held in virtual format in April 2021 after the first round was held in Hanoi in March 2019.

India, Vietnam Relation 

  • Vietnam has become an important partner in India’s Act East policy and the Indo-Pacific vision as both countries have disputes with China.

  • Vietnam is involved in a dispute with China on the South China Sea Island. China  claims nearly all of the disputed South China Sea islands, though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea.

  • India favours free and open navigation right in the South China Sea which is threatened by China.

  • India has oil exploration projects in the Vietnamese waters in the South China Sea. India and Vietnam are boosting their maritime security cooperation in the last few years to protect common interests.

  • In 2016, during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Vietnam, the bilateral relations were further elevated to a “comprehensive strategic partnership”.

  • India and Vietnam signed an important Joint Vision Statement on defence partnership during the visit of the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Vietnam on 8 June 2022.

  • During the defence minister's visit India provided a $500 million defence loan to Vietnam.

About Vietnam

  • It lies in South East Asia and it is a member of Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN)

  • Prime Minister: Pham Minh Chinh

  • Capital: Hanoi

  • President: Vo Van Thuong

  • Currency: Dong

By admin: May 2, 2023

7. Maiden ASEAN-India Maritime exercise begins in Singapore

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Maiden ASEAN-India Maritime exercise begins in Singapore

The first ASEAN-India Maritime Exercise (AIME-2023) began on 2 May in Singapore.

An overview of the news

  • The maiden exercise is being conducted off the coast of Singapore.

  • It aims to enhance interoperability and exchange of best practices among the participating navies.

  • INS Satpura and INS Delhi, accompanied by RADM Gurcharan Singh, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, have reached Singapore to participate in the exercise.

  • AIME 2023 will provide an opportunity for Indian Navy and ASEAN navies to work together closely and conduct seamless operations in the maritime domain.

  • Indian Navy ships will also participate in the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) and the International Maritime Defense Exhibition (IMDEX-23).

  • The Philippine Navy has deployed its missile frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) with a 140-man crew of Naval Task Group 80.5 onboard in the exercise.

Phase of the exercise

  • Harbour Phase - to be conducted at Changi Naval Base. 

  • Sea Phase - to be conducted in the South China Sea.  

INS Delhi and INS Satpura

  • INS Delhi is India’s first indigenously-built guided missile destroyer. 

  • INS Satpura, is an indigenously built guided missile stealth frigate and are fitted with state-of-the art weapons and sensors.

  • Both are part of the Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam and are under the operational command of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command.

By admin: April 20, 2023

8. 8th India-Thailand Defence Dialogue

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8th India-Thailand Defence Dialogue

The 8th India-Thailand Defence Dialogue was held in Bangkok on 20th April. 

An overview of the news

  • The meeting was co-chaired by Nivedita Shukla, Special Secretary in the Ministry of Defense and General Nuchit Sribunsong, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Defense of Thailand.

  • They reviewed defence cooperation between the two countries and explored new initiatives to further strengthen bilateral ties.

  • The two sides also exchanged views on regional and global issues of common interest.

  • India and Thailand share a strategic partnership and defense is a major pillar of this cooperation.

India-Thailand relations

  • India and Thailand share a maritime boundary in the Andaman Sea.

  • Thailand was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with India in 1947.

  • Since 2001, India-Thailand economic and commercial relations have grown significantly.

  • India and Thailand have been cooperating in various multilateral fora such as ASEAN and BIMSTEC, a sub-regional grouping consisting of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan.

  • India is a member of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) initiated by Thailand in 2002 and the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) grouping of six countries.

  • The India-AESAN Agreement on Trade in Goods was implemented in January 2010. 

  • Since 2015, India has been participating in the largest Asia Pacific military exercise X-Cobra Gold.

  • Exercise MAITREE (Army) and exercise SIAM BHARAT (Air Force) are Bilateral exercises between both countries.

About Thailand 

  • Prime minister - Prayuth Chan-ocha

  • Capital - Bangkok

  • Head of State - King Vajiralongkorn

  • Official Language -Thai

  • Official Name - Ratcha Anachak Thai (Kingdom of Thailand)

By admin: March 30, 2023

9. Pranav Haridasan appointed as new MD & CEO of Axis Securities

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Pranav Haridasan appointed as new MD & CEO of Axis Securities

Pranav Haridasan has been appointed as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Axis Securities for the next three years.

An Overview of the News

  • B Gopakumar, currently MD & CEO of Axis Securities, has been transferred to Axis Asset Management Company as MD & CEO.

  • Pranav Haridasan is currently serving as the Managing Director and Co-Head of Equity at Axis Capital.

  • Pranav Haridasan has over 20 years of experience in financial markets, having served as Citigroup Director Global Markets and Head of India/ASEAN Execution Services prior to joining Axis Capital.

  • Axis Securities is a subsidiary of Axis Bank which operates retail broking services through Axis Direct.

  • Axis Capital provides investment banking and institutional equity services.

About Axis Bank

  • It is a leading private sector bank in India.

  • It was established in 1993 as UTI Bank, and later renamed as Axis Bank in 2007. The headquarter of this bank is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

  • It provides personal banking, corporate banking and international banking services and this bank is focusing on digitization and innovation to improve its services.

  • It has launched digital initiatives such as Axis Mobile App and Axis Direct for online trading.

  • Axis Bank is involved in several Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives through the Axis Bank Foundation.

  • Amitabh Choudhary is the MD and CEO of Axis Bank.

By admin: March 3, 2023

10. Vo Van Thuong elected as new President of Vietnam

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Vo Van Thuong, a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), was elected as the country's new President by the National Assembly of Vietnam.

Overview of the news

  • Thuong's election came after the sudden resignation of the previous president, Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

  • Thuong is the youngest member of the party's Politburo, the country's top decision-making body.

About Vo Van Thuong

  • Thuong began his political career in 1993.

  • In 2003, Thuong became secretary of the Communist Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Thuong was elected as a member of the SPV Central Committee for the third time in 2021 and became a member of the Politburo for the second time.

About Vietnam 

  • It lies in South East Asia and it is a member of Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN)

  • Capital: Hanoi

  • Currency: Dong

  • President: Vo Van Thuong