1. Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane inaugurates the first Coastal Security Conference in Chennai
Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane inaugurated the first Coastal Security Conference organised by the Indian Coast Guardunder the aegis of Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) at Chennai on 1 December 2022. Director General, Indian Coast Guard V S Pathania was also present at the occasion.
Defence Secretary called upon the member countries to take concerted measures to counter transnational crimes and address identified areas to make the seas safer.
The two day (1-2 December) conference is being attended by India, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Mauritius.
Theme of the conference: Collaborative Efforts for Coastal Security.
A range of issues including coastal security threat, collaborative response, international maritime law and role of empowered agencies, technological solutions for coastal security etc were discussed at the conference.
Colombo Security Conclave (CSC)
The CSC started as a trilateral maritime cooperation mechanism between India, Maldives and Sri Lanka in 2011. The membership of the Group was enlarged with the addition of Mauritius in March 2022.
The Secretariat of the CSC is located in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The members have identified five pillars for cooperation, namely-
- Maritime Safety and Security;
- Countering Terrorism and Radicalization;
- Combating Trafficking and Organised Crime;
- Cyber Security, Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Technology and
- Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.
2. 12th edition of Agni Warrior exercise between Indian and Singapore Armed Forces Concludes at Devlali
The 12th edition of the bilateral Agni Warrior Exercise between the Indian and the Singapore Army concluded at Field Firing Ranges, Devlali (Maharashtra) on 30 November 2022.
The exercise which commenced on 13 November 2022 involved showcasing joint firepower planning, execution and use of New Generation Equipment by the Artillery arm of both armies.
Exercise also included participation by both sides in a joint computer war-game as part of joint planning process.
3. G-20 Finance Ministers meeting to be held in Bengaluru in February 2023: Nirmala Sithraman
The Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced that Bengaluru, Karnataka will host a meeting of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in February 2023. India assumed the Presidency of the G-20 on 1 December 2022.
She announced this at the Vananam Startup Inclusivity Summit in Bengaluru.
Mr Sitharaman has asked the Start-ups to utilise this event to showcase their profile to the visiting international guests. The Finance Minister said, different cities in India have been selected to host G-20-related meetings next year.
4. Exercise Sudarshan Prahar conducted by Army’s Sudarshan Chakra Corps in Rajasthan
Indian Army’s Sudarshan Chakra Corps carried out Exercise Sudarshan Prahar in the deserts of Rajasthan. The exercise focussed on the synergised application of combat power through the integration of force multipliers & practicing new battle techniques in an integrated all arms environment showcasing high level of professionalism and offensive spirit.
General Officer Commanding In Chief of the Southern Command: Lieutenant General A K Singh
Command structure of the Indian Army
The Headquarter of the Indian Army is at New Delhi with the President being the Commander in Chief of the Army.
Headquarters of the Indian Army: New Delhi
Chief of Army Staff: General Manoj Pande
The Indian Army has 6 operational commands and one Training command. Each command is headed by a General Officer Commanding in Chief with the rank of Lieutenant General.
Kolkata (West Bengal)
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
South -Western Command
Jaipur (Rajasthan )
Army Training Command
Army Day is observed on 15 January every year.
5. 17th International Conference on Cement, Concrete and Building Materials to be held in New Delhi
The National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCB), under the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry, will organize the 17th International Conference on Cement, Concrete and Building Materials.
The biennial Conference will be held in New Delhi from 6-9 December 2022.
The theme of the Conference is: Moving towards Net Zero Carbon Emission”.
The conference will be inaugurated by Anurag Jain, Secretary to Government of India, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
More than 80 leading equipment manufacturers and service providers of India and the world, will also showcase their technological prowess, new products and services in a Technical Exhibition, in sync with the conference.
6. Union Agriculture minister attends the 2nd Sustainable Agriculture Summit & Awards held in New Delhi
Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was the chief guest of the 2nd Sustainable Agriculture Summit & Awards organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) in New Delhi on 30 November 20222.
Speaking on the occasion he said that the educated youth are getting attracted towards the Agriculture sector and the government is continuously encouraging them through various schemes and programmes to join the Agriculture sector.
According to FICCI the objective of these awards is to recognize and showcase programs that promote sustainable agriculture development and those that focus on improving farmers’ income.
Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
It is a business lobby group of top business houses in India which was founded by Ghansyham Das Birla.
It was set up in 1927
It articulates the views and concerns of industry and tries to influence the government to make policy which is in favour of the industry and business.
Headquarters: New Delhi
President: Sanjiv Mehta
7. External Affairs Ministry to organize the International Lusophone Festival in Goa from 03-06 December 2022
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in partnership with Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Government of Goa is organizing the International Lusophone Festival in Goa from 03-06 December 2022.
The International Lusophone Festival will be inaugurated on 03 December 2022 by Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister of Goa and Smt Meenakashi Lekhi, Minister of State for External Affairs and Minister of State for Culture would be the Guest of Honour.
What is Lusophone World?
The Lusophone world are countries that speak Portuguese as their official language and were colonized by Portugal. With 300 million speakers, Portuguese is the sixth most spoken language on the planet.
The Portuguese speaking countries set up the ‘Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP)’, in 1996.
The member countries of the CPLP are Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, Timor Leste and Equatorial Guinea.
India joined CPLP as an associate observer in July 2021. As part of India’s engagement with CPLP, the Ministry of External Affairs celebrated the World Portuguese Language Day in Delhi on 05 May 2022, soon after joining CPLP.
Goa was also a colony of Portugal and it was liberated by the Indian government in 1961 through an action of the armed forces code named Operation Vijay.
8. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh appeals for generous contribution to ‘Armed Forces Flag Day Fund’ during CSR Conclave in New Delhi
The Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has appealed to the nation to contribute generously to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund. Addressing the 4th edition of the Armed Forces Flag Day CSR Conclave, organised by Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence, in New Delhi on 29 November 2022. He asked the corporates to donate fulfilling their Corporate Social Responsibility.
Armed Forces Flag Day
Every year 7 December has been observed as the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund since 1949. It is managed by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare under the Ministry of Defence. It was set up by the government so that the public can contribute to this fund.
The fund is used by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare for the welfare and rehabilitation of war widows, wards of martyred soldiers and Ex-Servicemen, including disabled ones by providing financial assistance for their identified personal needs such as penury grant, children’s education grant, funeral grant, medical grant and orphan/disabled children grant.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Under CSR certain public or private sector companies have to spend a minimum 2% of the average net profits made during the 3 immediately preceding financial years on certain sectors identified by the government.
CSR funds are spent on measures for the benefit of armed forces veterans, war widows and their dependents, community development programmes related to safe drinking water, education, conservation of natural resources, setting up of orphanages, old age homes etc.
It was implemented on 1 April 2004 under the Companies Act 2003.
9. World's largest active volcano Mauna Loa erupts in Hawaii
The world’s largest active volcano, Hawaii's Mauna Loa, has erupted after 40 years. The US Geological Service (USGS) has upgraded the situation from advisory to “warning” which is the highest classification for a volcanic eruption. At present the lava flow is mostly contained within the summit, but residents have been placed on alert.
Mauna Loa is located inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park which covers half of the US state's Big Island. The volcano rises 13,679ft (4,169m) above sea level and spans an area of more than 2,000 sq miles (5,179 sq km).
The eruption began on 27 November 2022 night at Moku'āweoweo, the volcano's summit caldera. Calderas are hollows that form beneath the summit at the end of an eruption.
According to the USGS, Mauna Loa has erupted 33 times since its first documented eruption in 1843. The previous eruption in 1984 sent lava flows within 5 miles of the city of Hilo, the island's most populous town.
10. Seventh edition of Global Technology Summit to be held in New Delhi from 29 November
The 7th Global Technology Summit will be held in New Delhi in a hybrid format from 29 November - 1 December 2022. The Summit which focuses on Geotechnology will be co-hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs and Carnegie India. The Minister for External Affairs S.Jaishankar will participate in the inaugural session of the Summit.
Geotechnology is the use of scientific study and methods in activities related to the earth, rocks, and soil, especially to the earth's mineral resources such as oil and metals.
The theme for this year’s Summit is ‘Geopolitics of Technology.
The summit will see the participation of more than 100 speaker’s .Ministers and senior government officials from the US, Singapore, Japan, Nigeria, Brazil, Bhutan, the European Union, and other countries will also participate in the Summit.