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India, Singapore to mark 25 years of SIMBEX with military drills

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New Delhi, Nov 9 :India and Singapore have planned “unprecedented” military drills during SIMBEX (Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise) to be undertaken between November 10-21 off Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal as the joint drill completes 25 years.

A Defence Ministry release said that SIMBEX 2018 will be the “largest since 1994 in terms of scale and complexity”.

The initial harbour phase will be held at Port Blair from November 10 to 12 followed by Sea Phase in the Andaman Sea.

The second harbour phase from November 16 to 19 will be held at Visakhapatnam.

The final sea phase would be held in the Bay of Bengal from November 19 to 21. High-level delegations, including respective Defence Ministries, are also scheduled to observe the exercises including advanced weapon firings, marking a new high in the series.

“The 25th edition will witness a diverse range of exercises at sea ranging from live weapon drills including multiple missile firings, Heavy Weight Torpedo (HWT) and medium range gun/ anti-submarine rocket firings; advanced anti-submarine warfare exercises, submarine rescue demonstrations; integrated surface and anti-air warfare (AAW); Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operations and cross deck helicopter flying among others,” the release said.

“The number of missiles and torpedo firings being undertaken are in fact unprecedented and perhaps the largest the Indian Navy has undertaken with any foreign Navy. This year would also witness the highest numbers and variety of platforms fielded by both sides,” it added.

A Silver Jubilee Commemoration Ceremony, various professional and training interactions, 10 km ‘Friendship Run’ during the Annual Vizag-Navy Marathon, social evening and joint cultural programmes would be held during the harbour phases to commemorate the 25th anniversary.

The Indian Navy will be represented by the Ranvir class destroyer, INS Ranvijay; two Project 17 multi-role stealth frigates – INS Satpura and INS Sahyadri; the Project 28 ASW corvette INS Kadmatt; Project 25A missile corvettes, INS Kirch; Fleet Support Ship INS Shakti; a Sindhughosh Class submarine, INS Sindhukirti; the P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol and ASW aircraft; Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol aircraft; Mk 132 Hawk AJTs and integral helicopters such as the UH3H, Seaking 42 B, Seaking 42C and Chetak utility helicopters.

The Singapore Navy will be represented by two Formidable Class stealth frigates, RSS Formidable and RSS Steadfast; one Littoral Mission Vessel RSS Unity; two Missile Corvettes, RSS Vigour and RSS Valiant; an Archer class Submarine, RSS Swordsman; a Deep Sea Rescue Vehicle (DSRV); a Fokker F50 maritime reconnaissance aircraft; embarked S70B helicopters and Scan Eagle unmanned aerial systems.

The Indian Navy has recently inducted its own DSRV and proved the capability at sea on the western seaboard.

The sea phase of this year’s edition is being conducted under the Command of Rear Admiral Dinesh Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, who will take on the mantle of the Commander Task Group.

The Deputy Commander Task Group from Singapore Navy will be Ho Jee Kien, CO 188 Missile Corvette Squadron for Sea Phase 1 and Col Lim Yu Chuan, CO 185 Formidable Class Frigate Squadron for Second Sea Phase.

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GATE Mock Test 2021 released, check full details here

IIT Bombay has released the mock test of GATE 2021 for the candidates at gate.iitb.ac.in on November 25.

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IIT Bombay has released the mock test of GATE 2021 for the candidates at gate.iitb.ac.in on November 25. The candidates must note that the mock test will help the students to understand the Computer Based Test or CBT Mode.

The type of questions, pattern, and format may vary in the real examination.

This is the first time GATE would have an exam in Humanities and Social Sciences. Admit Cards for GATE 2021 would be made available on the official website from January 8, 2021. All candidates who have registered for the examination are advised to keep a check on the official website for the latest updates and information regarding the examination.

This is the first time GATE would have an exam in Humanities and Social Sciences. Admit Cards for GATE 2021 would be made available on the official website from January 8, 2021. All candidates who have registered for the examination are advised to keep a check on the official website for the latest updates and information regarding the examination.

IIT Bombay has introduced two new subjects namely Environment Science and Engineering as well as Humanities and Social Sciences. This year for the first time candidates have the option of appearing for more than one subject based on the permitted combinations.

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Coronavirus: India inches closer to 93 Lakh Covid-19 cases

Apart from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka have reported the highest number of cases.

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New Delhi, Nov 26 : With 44,489 new cases of Covid infections, India’s total cases reached 92,66,705 on Thursday. It is the 19th straight day when India reported less than 50,000 cases in a day.

The last time daily new cases crossed the 50,000-threshold was on November 7.

According to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 524 new deaths occurred due to the deadly virus in the last 24 hours taking the toll to 1,35,223.

While the active cases stood at 4,52,344, a total of 86,79,138 have recovered from the virus and have been discharged of which 36,367 were discharged in the last 24 hrs.

While the recovery rate stands at 93.66 per cent, the fatality rate is at 1.46 per cent, the Ministry data revealed.

Maharashtra remains the worst-hit state with 84,464 active cases and 46,748 deaths so far. The recoveries in the state stand at 17,95,959.

Apart from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka have reported the highest number of cases.

The National capital is also witnessing a surge.

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Cyclone Nivar to weaken further into cyclonic storm before noon today

Puducherry recorded rainfall measuring 237mm between 8.30am Wednesday and 2.30am Thursday. During the same time, Cuddalore recorded 246mm and Chennai 83mm.

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Cyclone Nivar crossed the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast around the union territory as a severe cyclonic storm between 11.30pm Wednesday and 2.3 am Thursday with a wind speed of 120-130kmph, the India Meterological Department (IMD) said.

Nivar’s intensity has weakened into a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 110-120kmph. It will further weaken into a cyclonic storm before noon Thursday, according to the weather office.

Also Read: Cyclone Nivar makes landfall, rain hits Tamil Nadu

Puducherry recorded rainfall measuring 237mm between 8.30am Wednesday and 2.30am Thursday. During the same time, Cuddalore recorded 246mm and Chennai 83mm.

The Tamil Nadu disaster management authority sounded a flood warning along the Arani river in Tiruvallur district.

The Greater Chennai Corporation said that civic workers were working to clear several uprooted trees and electric poles and inundated localities in the city as well as coastal and delta districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Officials are awaiting reports on the extent of damage from districts.

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