Current Affairs 28 March 2019 Digest 1: MoU between India and Indonesia; Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary breaks world record
Story 1: Cabinet approves MoU between India and Indonesia on illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Indonesia on March 27, 2019.
This MoU subjects combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and its precursors. India has signed similar Conventions/MoUs/Agreements with the 37 countries.
The MoU will help in mutual cooperation in regulation of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and in combating drug trafficking. It will come into force on the date of signing and will remain in effect for a period of five years.
Salient features of the MoU
- The MoU shall facilitate and enhance the cooperation between the two countries in combating illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and its precursors as defined by the United Nations International Drug Control Conventions.
- The cooperation under this MoU includes the exchange of information on existing legal instruments of national legislation of both countries in combating the illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs psychotropic substances and its precursors, allowing and assisting each other in the use of controlled delivery operation with a view to identifying persons involved in illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and its precursors and essential chemicals, prevention of money laundering.
- Under the MoU, there is a provision of maintaining the secrecy of information and documents obtained in accordance with this MoU.
India and Indonesia have shared two millennia of close cultural and commercial contacts. The Hindu, Buddhist and later Muslim faith travelled to Indonesia from the shores of India. The Indonesian folk art and dramas are based on stories from the great epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The shared culture, colonial history and post independence goals of political sovereignty, economic self- sufficiency and independent foreign policy have unifying effect on the bilateral relations.
During our respective struggles for independence, the national leaderships of India and Indonesia led by Jawaharlal Nehru and President Sukarno collaborated closely in supporting the cause of independence of Asian and African countries and later laid the foundation of the Non-Aligned Movement at the Asian-African Conference held in Bandung in 1955. Since the adoption of India’s ‘Look East Policy’ in 1991, there has been a rapid development of bilateral relations in political, security, defence, commercial and cultural fields. The current Government wants to further deepen the relationship with East Asia and has therefore rightly titled its policy as “Act East”.
Act East Policy
India's Act East Policy focusses on the extended neighbourhood in the Asia-Pacific region. The policy which was originally conceived as an economic initiative, has gained political, strategic and cultural dimensions including establishment of institutional mechanisms for dialogue and cooperation. India has upgraded its relations to strategic partnership with Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Republic of Korea (ROK), Australia, Singapore and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and forged close ties with all countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Objective: The Objective of ''Act East Policy” is to promote economic cooperation, cultural ties and develop strategic relationship with countries in the Asia-Pacific region through continuous engagement at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels thereby providing enhanced connectivity to the States of North Eastern Region including Arunanchal Pradesh with other countries in our neighbourhood.
Story 2: Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary breaks world record at Asian Airgun Championship
Indian shooting players Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary smashed the qualification world record at 12th Asian Airgun Championship on March 27, 2019. They clinched the 10m air pistol mixed team gold at Asian Airgun Championship in Taoyuan, Taipei.
Manu Bhaker (17 years) and Saurabh Chaudhary (16 Years) shot a combined score of 784 in the qualification round, breaking the record set by Russians Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov at the European Championships five days ago.
Before this feat, they won the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup stage gold in the same event in Delhi in February 2019.
About 12th Asian Airgun Championship
- Hwang Seongeun and Kim Mose of Korea won the silver with a score of 481.1.
- Wu Chia Ying and Kou Kuan-Ting claimed the bronze for the host country with a score of 413.3.
- Second Indian team comprising of Anuradha and Abhishek Verma also reached the finals and finished fourth with a score of 372.1.
Asian Shooting Confederation
Asian Shooting Confederation organises Asian Airgun Championship. The formation of the Asian Shooting Confederation was fully supported in principle by Members of the Asian countries present at the 18th Olympic Games held in Tokyo in 1964. It was finalized at the 5th Asian Games held in Bangkok in December, 1966. The first General Assembly meeting was held on July 20, 1967, at the Tokorazawa Ranges near Tokyo, Japan.