National Conference on Agriculture for Zaid (Summer) Campaign:Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister chaired the conference.The objective of the Zaid conference is to review and assess the crop performance during the preceding crop seasons and fix crop-wise targets for the summer season in consultation with State Governments.
Zaid crops: Zaid or summer crops are grown in the short season between Kharif and Rabi crops, between March and July.These crops are mostly grown on irrigated lands and therefore, the farmers do not wait for the monsoon.Zaid crops require warm soil and high temperatures (cooling at night) to grow.They require warm, dry weather as a vital growth period and longer day length for flowering.Most of the vegetables and hybrid cereals are grown in the zaid season.
Major crops: Paddy, corn; pumpkin, cucumber, tomato; almonds, peanuts, cashews; Gram, lentils, etc.Zaid crop is significant for farmers as it gives fast cash to the farmers and is also known as a gap-filler between two chief crops, Kharif and Rabi.
Exercise Dustlik 2023:It is a military-to-military exchange program between the Indian Army and UzbekistanIt is the fourth edition of the biennial training Exercise.The Indian contingent will be represented by the 14th Battalion, The GARHWAL RIFLES, part of Western Command in this bilateral exercise.
The Uzbekistan Army will be represented by troops of the North Western Military District of Uzbekistan Army.This joint exercise is aimed at enhancing military capability to undertake multi-domain operations in a Sub Conventional scenario under United Nations Mandate.
NAVDEX 23 and IDEX 23:INS Sumedha reached Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to participate in Naval Defence Exhibition – NAVDEX 23 and International Defence Exhibition – IDEX 23.
IDEX and NAVDEX, and the International Defense Conference are organized by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and the General Command of the UAE Armed Forces.IDEX/NAVDEX takes place biennially.
The exhibitions showcase the latest technologies and innovations in the global defense sector, support the growth of UAE’s defense industry, and forge new relationships between major international companies.IDEX is the only international defense exhibition and conference in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa region) region.
India and UAE Defense Relations:
- Desert Eagle II, air force exercise.
- GULF STAR-1, naval exercise.
INS Nireekshak: The Chief of Naval Staff awarded ‘on the spot’ Unit Citation to the INS Nireekshak, a first in Indian Navy for deep sea diving and undertaking salvage operations. This is the deepest salvage carried out in the country’s waters. Nireekshak is a Dive Support and Submarine Rescue Vessel of Indian Navy. Built by Mazgaon Shipbuilders in 1985, the ship has been in service with the Navy since 1989 and was commissioned in the year 1995. INS Nireekshak has been part of various diving operations and holds the record for the deepest dive carried out in the country to a depth of 257 m.