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International Current Affairs April 1st Week 2021

Exercise SHANTIR OGROSHENA 2021 - Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, the Indian army took part in the multinational military exercise SHANTIR OGROSHENA. 

About Ex Shantir Ogroshena: 

♦ To celebrate the 100th birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujipur Rah Mann, a multinational military exercise called "SHANTIR OGROSHENA 2021" (Front Runner of the Peace) will be conducted in Bangladesh. 

♦ In April 2021, the DOGRA Corps will take part in exercises with the Royal Bhutan Army, the Sri Lanka Army, and the Bangladesh Army. 

♦ "Robust Peacekeeping Operations" is the theme of this exercise.

 ♦ Military observers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Singapore will be present in the exercise.

Naval Exercise of India and France:
This month, India will take part in French naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal. This would be the Indian Navy`s first participation in a French naval exercise. La Perouse is the name of the exercise.  
♦ The exercise will include Japan, Australia, and the United States of America. According to the French Embassy, two French navy ships, Surcouf and Tonnerre, docked in Kochi from March 30 to April 1. After that, they`ll set out for the Bay of Bengal to take part in the exercise. From April 5th to 7th, the French naval exercise La Perouse will take place.
♦ This exercise would include France, India, the United States, Australia, and Japan. The Surcouf and Tonnerre were the two French ships that competed in the La Perouse competition at Kochi port. In 2019, France, the United States, Australia, and Japan hosted the first La Perouse. The Indian and French naval exercises are known as the Varuna Naval Exercises. It was done for the first time in 1983. Then came La Perouse, and then the Arabian Sea`s Varuna.

India Joined E9 Initiative:

India has teamed up with eight other countries to speed up digital learning.
About E9 Initiative: 
♦ Nine nations, including India, China, and Brazil, will examine the possibility of co-creating and expanding digital learning in order to meet the UN`s quality education targets for sustainable growth. 
♦ The E9 initiative is the name of this consultation "The first of three phases in a three-phase process to co-create a digital learning and skills initiative for marginalised children and youth, especially girls. The plan seeks to facilitate rapid reform in the education system in order to speed up recovery and advance the SDG 4 agenda." 
♦ India, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Pakistan are the E9 nations. 
♦ Countries will partner to encourage improvements in teacher support, expertise investment, and closing the digital divide. 
♦ The meeting will concentrate on success, sharing knowledge and lessons learned, and looking for ways to collaborate and expand digital learning and skills. 
♦ This work was done in response to the COVID pandemic, which disrupted learning and, according to UNESCO, presented an opportunity to improve interconnected and digital economies.

International Current Affairs April 1st Week 2021

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