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Daily PIB Summary - 12 September 2018

Press Information Bureau India

PIB Summary

INDO-US joint military exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018
  • As part of the ongoing Indo-US defence cooperation, a joint military training Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 is scheduled to be conducted in the foothills of Himalayas at Chaubattia in Uttarakhand from 16 September to 29 September 2018.  
  • This will be the 14th edition of the joint military exercise hosted alternately by both countries.
  • The joint exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 will simulate a scenario where both nations will work together in counter insurgency and counter terrorism environment in mountainous terrain under United Nation charter.
  • Over the years the two countries have decided to progressively increase the scope and content of this joint exercise. Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 will witness a Division Headquarter based Command Post Exercise, an Infantry Battalion carrying out Field Training Exercise and discussions on issues of mutual interest by experts of both countries.
Indo-Kazakhstan Joint Exercise KAZIND 2018
  • Exercise KAZIND-2018, a joint military exercise between Indian and Kazakhstan Armies, commenced in Otar Military Area, Kazakhstan. 
  • This is the third edition of joint military training exercise between Indian Army and Kazakhstan Army. 
  • The 14 day long joint exercise is being conducted from 10 Sep to 23 Sep 2018.
Apsara – U Reactor Becomes Operational at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay
  • “Apsara”, the first research reactor in Asia became operational in Trombay campus of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in August 1956.  
  • After providing more than five decades of dedicated service to the researchers, the reactor was shut down in 2009.
  • Nearly sixty-two years after Apsara came into existence, a swimming pool type research reactor “Apsara-upgraded”, of higher capacity was born at Trombay on 10th September 2018 
  • The reactor, made indigenously, uses plate type dispersion fuel elements made of Low Enriched Uranium (LEU).
  • By virtue of higher neutron flux, this reactor will increase indigenous production or radio-isotopes for medical application by about fifty percent and would also be extensively used for research in nuclear physics, material science and radiation shielding.
  • This development has re-emphasised the capability of Indian scientists and Engineers to build, complex facilities for health care, science education and research.

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