3 Key Events
1. Pune to host first joint military exercise with BIMSTEC countries
The first joint military exercise of the seven member countries of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), with a focus on counter-terrorism in semi-urban areas commenced in Pune on September 10. The week-long field training exercise, named MILEX-18, is to be held between September 10 and 16 at the city’s Aundh Military Station. The exercise will include training in search-and-cordon operations and handling and neutralisation of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) among other things.
2. India – Mongolia joint exercise Nomadic Elephant 2018 conducted
India – Mongolia joint exercise Nomadic Elephant 2018 was conducted at Mongolian Armed Forces (MAF) Five Hills Training Area in Ulaanbaatar. The Nomadic Elephant exercise is designed to strengthen the Indian Army and Mongolian Armed Forces. It is an annual bilateral military exercise, started in the year 2006, and this was the 13th edition of the exercise.
This year, the aim of the exercise is to develop mutual understanding and respect between the armies of both countries. It also aims to tackle the world wide phenomenon of terrorism by working together. The 12 days long joint exercise began on 10 Sep and will conclude on 21 Sep 2018. This exercise will improve tactical and technical skills in joint counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations.
3. World Hindu Congress held in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
The second World Hindu Congress was held in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. from September 7 – 9, 2018. Inspired by the Hindu principle, Sumantrite Suvikrante or THINK COLLECTIVELY, ACHIEVE VALIANTLY, the World Hindu Congress 2018 promises to be a movement not to be missed. On the eve of the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s historic address to the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago, Hindus from around the world and of all backgrounds are invited to actively participate.
The World Hindu Congress (WHC) is a global platform for Hindus to connect, share ideas, inspire one another, and impact the common good. It offers Hindus an opportunity to introspect towards improvement and tap into our collective resources to seek tangible solutions to the most pressing issues of our age. Held once every four years, WHC’s seven parallel conferences showcase how the values, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit of the global Hindu community find expression in a variety of spheres, including economic, education, media, organizational, and political, as well as the unique leadership and contributions of Hindu women and youth. WHC also serves as a platform to address critical issues impacting Hindus worldwide, including human rights, discrimination, and cultural assaults.
The inaugural WHC, held in November 2014, saw 1800 delegates from 53 countries.