- Hostile Activity Watch Kernel (HAWK) system: It is Cloud Based Information Management System designed to manage interlinked databases of wildlife crime, wildlife criminals, and wildlife mortality. It will help officials analyse the information and develop actionable intelligence to prevent wildlife crimes and curb Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT).The system connects the entire state forest department in real-time and the access is restricted through access levels. This is a large ERP model cloud based system that uses mobile and desk top interfaces to manage data. The entire HAWK system is divided into various modules that are interconnected with individual stand alone functions. This enables the system to be scaled up or down as per the needs of the state forest department and ensures customization opportunities for each state to accommodate the changes in procedures and also to accommodate the interface in regional languages. All the data managed by the HAWK system is secured with the government and industry standard security measures are applied to ensure data security. The development of HAWK started in 2017 in the state of Kerala by a joint team of Kerala Forest Department Wildlife Trust of India. The system was officially launched in 2019 in Kerala, and since then it has been the official system of the state forest department. The implementation of a customised version of HAWK was initiated in 2022 in Karnataka in partnership with the ICT cell of Karnataka forest department, and the system is being implemented across the state.
- Exercise KAZIND-2023: It is the 7th edition of Kazind exercise. The Joint Exercise between India and Kazakhstan was instituted as ‘Exercise PRABAL DOSTYK’ in the year 2016.
After the second edition, the Exercise was upgraded to a company-level exercise and renamed as ‘Exercise KAZIND’. The Exercise has been further upgraded as a Bi-service Exercise this year by including the Air Force component. In this edition of the Exercise, both sides will practise conduct of Counter Terrorism operations in a sub-conventional environment under United Nations mandate. The contingents will jointly rehearse various tactical drills to include Raid, Search and Destroy Operations, Small Team Insertion and Extraction operations, etc. The scope of the Exercise also includes conduct of Counter Unmanned Aerial System Operations. ‘It will provide in opportunity for both sides to gain insight into the tactics, battle drills, and procedures of each other, which is a prerequisite while operating under the ambit of the United Nations. The joint training will develop the necessary skills, resilience, and coordination to conduct joint military operations in Semi-Urban and Urban environments.
- United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon : Originally, UNIFIL was created by the Security Council in March 1978 after Israel’s invasion of Lebanon. According to Security Council resolutions 425 (1978) and 426 (1978) of March 1978, UNIFIL was established to: Confirm the withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon, Restore international peace and security, Assist the Government of Lebanon in ensuring the return of its effective authority in the area. The mandate had to be adjusted twice, due to the developments in 1982 and 2000.It has around 10,500 peacekeepers coming from 48 troop contributing countries. The mission maintains an intensive level of operational and other activities amounting to approximately 14,500 activities per month, day and night, in the area of operations. Seventeen percent of activities are carried out jointly with the Lebanese Armed Forces. UNIFIL is complemented by a five-vessel Maritime Task Force. UNIFIL is funded through a separate account approved on an annual basis by the General Assembly. It is a part of UN peacekeeping force.