Daily : March 9, 2017

11th Indo - Nepal Joint Exercise

Surya Kiran-XI

Question: ‘Surya Kiran-XI’ is the name of …
(a) a genetically modified crop
(b) An Indo-Nepal joint training exercise
(c) Solar Energy Programme
(d) None of the above.
Ans: (b)

  • Indo – Nepal Joint Military Exercise ‘Surya Kiran – XI’ commenced on 7th March, 2017 at Pithoragarh Uttarakhand.
  • EKTA SHAKTI Battalion of The Punjab Regiment is participating on behalf of the Indian Army while Nepal Army is being represented by the officers and troops of the elite DURGA BAKSH Battalion in this 14 days long exercise.
  • The joint military exercise is conducted every year, alternatively in India and Nepal. The Surya Kiran X was held in Saljhandi of Dang last year.
  • Surya Kiran aims at promoting military relations while increasing interoperability in conducting joint counter insurgency operations in mountainous terrain.
  • This sort of military exercise will strengthen the friendly relation between Nepal and India since ancient times and build up understanding between the ranks and file of two armies.
  • Both armies stand to benefit mutually from each other’s experience in fighting insurgency, environmental conservation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.


International Yoga Fest

International Yoga Fest

Question: When is International Yoga Day celebrated?
(a) 21st June
(b) 27th September
(c) 23rd June
(d) None of the above.
Ans: (a)

  • A three days International Yoga Fest is being held from 8th-10th March 2017 at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.
  • The International Yoga Fest is being organized as a Curtain Raiser for International Day of Yoga (IDY) 2017.
  • The main purpose of the Fest is to sensitize the masses regarding celebration of International Day of Yoga held every year.
  • The three days event is being organised by Ministry of AYUSH, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in association with Indian Yoga Association and New Delhi Municipal Corporation.


Indo-Oman joint army exercise “Al Nagah-II”

Indo-Oman joint army exercise “Al Nagah-II”

Question: A joint Indo-Oman joint army exercise “Al Nagah-II” is being held in Himachal Pradesh. Where was the first Indo- Oman joint army exercise held?
(a) India
(b) Oman
(c) Sri Lanka
(d) None of the above

  • Second edition of the joint exercise between the Indian and Oman Armies commenced on 7th March, 2017 with the opening ceremony at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh.
  • Indo-Oman joint army exercise will conclude on 19 March in the Dhauladhar Ranges at Bakloh.
  • The training contingents comprises of platoon strength from both the Armies, which will be validated over 2-3 days by senior military observers of both the countries.
  • Approximately sixty troops from both countries will participate in the exercise
  • The previous edition of the Exercise was held at Muscat, Oman in 2015.
  • The aim of this exercise is to acquaint both forces with each other’s operating procedures, improve the interoperability in conducting joint operations in the backdrop of counter insurgency/ counter terrorism environment.
  • It also aims to enhance the existing military relationship between the Indian Army and the Royal Army of Oman.


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