Infiltration falling, says Bangladesh (GS-2) (Page-1) The chief of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) said here on Friday that there was no large-scale infiltration from Bangladesh to India and in the past six months, only 100 infiltrators were intercepted along the border. On a visit here for biannual talks with the Border Security Force (BSF), Major-General Shafeenul Islam, Director- General of the BGB, denied the presence of any Indian insurgent groups (IIGs) in Bangladesh. "There is no IIG hideout in Bangladesh and the country does not allow its soil to be used by any entities or elements hostile to any country," he told BSF chief K.K. Sharma during the biannual talks
Can India take SAHI road to urban mobility? (GS-3) (Page-1) * What should the future of mobility be for India?"Safe, Adequate, Holistic Infrastructure or SAHI" That is the recommendation of a report presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Global Mobility Summit, Move, in New Delhi on Friday i-Transforming India's Mobility:A Perspective, prepared by the NITI Aayog and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) calls for efficient and convenient public transport to answer the twin problems of pollution and congestion. The report quickly attracted attention amid daily increases in fuel prices. * Mr. Modi reiterated the 'mantra' in his speech at the Summit. "Public transport must be the cornerstone of our mobility initiatives." he said. The audience included CEOs of global car makers, including the Chairman of Japanese major Suzuki, Osamu Suzuki,Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor, Chung Euisun, Toyota CEO Takeshi Uchiyamada, and Chen Zhixin, President of largest Chinese car maker SAIC Mr. Modi elaborated on his '7Cs' for the future of mobility: it stands for common, connected, convenient, congestion-free, charged, clean and cutting-edge.
Familiar travails The Prime Minister touched upon the familiar travails that cities face: motorised personal vehicles requiring more roads, parking, and traffic."While mobility is critical to preserving our planet, road transport accounts for one- fifth of global CO2 emissions. This threatens to choke cities and raise global temperatures," he said. The number of motor vehicles in India has grown 40-fold in 44 years, from 1981 to 2015, the NITI Aayog-BCG report says. The reason: absence of a public transport system, leading to a rapid rise in private vehicle ownership. The four big metros in the country lose "over $22 billion annually" on congestion, the report said
IMA moots ethics code overhaul (GS-3/4) (Page-5) * Marking a bold departure from the existing code of ethics that covers the medical profession, the Indian Medical Association is in the process of redefining the code in order to ensure a much more contemporary outlook * It has recommended advertisement by doctors and mandatory cadaver organ donation.
COMCASA to help keep a watch over Indian Ocean (GS-2/3) (Page- 8) The foundational agreement Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) which India d with the U.S. at the 2+2 dialogue will enable Indian military to get a better picture of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) which is seeing increasing Chinese movements, officials said. "With ClSMOA [COMCASA is an India-specific version of cisMOA], Indian armed forces will get to fully exploit the capability of the military platforms procured from the US. For instance, the P-81 reconnaissance aircraft of the Navy which have emerged as a major force multiplier are currently operating at limited capacity." a defence official said. As a consequence of CISMOA, India will get access to Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System or CENTRIXS for short which is the secure communication system network of the US
Navy ships with CENTRIXS systems on board can communicate securely with the US. Navy when needed and can benefit from the wider situational picture of the region as they have a large number of ships and aircraft deployed. "This will reduce the stress on our assets and allow us prioritise our deployments more efficiently," one officer said. Even within the system there are also specific codes/keys which have to be verified by both sides to enable communication or access information, the officer said. According to information on the US. Navy website,"CENTRIXS consists of a collection of coalition wide area networks (WAN) known as enclaves" and is a "great the two nations in text and web-based formats." enabler,allowing ship-to-ship operational dialogue between However, there are persistent concerns that this would allow U.S. Navy access to India's own secure communication network and also that the information shared with the U.S. will be accessible by Pakistan.
Safeguards in place' s Officials brushed aside these fears as specific measures have been incorporated in the agreement to "have full access to the relevant equipment and there will be no disruptions." * "Data acquired through such systems cannot be disclosed or transferred to any person or entity without India's consent," another official said, adding this is an enabling instrument and does not commit India to acquire U.S. platforms. So far in joint exercises, Indian Navy used to temporarily plug in portable CENTRIXS systems to communicate with U.S. assets.
China plays down 2+2 dialogue (Page-8) (GS-2) India's inaugural 2+2 ministerial dialogue with the United States on Thursday has "symbolic" significance, but is unlikely to yield a structural change in regional security, says a posting on a People's Liberation Army (PLA) website "From a long-term perspective...it's unlikely to have any significant impact on the regional security layout and strategic balance," says an article in China Military Online, underplaying the talks. 'Regular exercise' The Chinese Foreign Ministry in its regular media briefing described the 2+2 dialogue as an exercise of"normal bilateral relations between the two sides." "We also hope that in this process they will do mnore to regional peace and regional stability. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying observed
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