Defence Ministry Current Affairs - 2019

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India to host 20th SCO’s CHG meeting in 2020

The Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh addressed the Council of Heads of Government of SCO at Tashkent in Uzbekistan. He represented as a Special Envoy of PM Modi at the conference. During the meet, it was decided that the next meeting of Council of Heads of Government in 2020 is to be conducted in India


  • The military exercise “CENTER 2019”, SCO joint military exercise that was held by Russia was congratulated at the summit. 20,000 units of military equipment, 128,000 soldiers and 600 aircraft participated in the event. The military chiefs from China, Kazakhstan, India, Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan participated in the event.
  • India called upon the member countries to strengthen and implement existing international laws and mechanisms to combat terrorism.
  • India listed its recent initiatives to provide an enabling economic ecosystem for partner countries to invest and do business in India. It includes allowing 100% foreign investment in coal mining, easing sourcing norms for single brand retailers, approving 26% overseas investment in digital media, etc
  • India also announced that it is ready to share its experience and expertise in skill development, tele medicine, resource mapping, launching satellites, affordable pharmaceuticals, hospitality, tourism, finance, etc.

AYUSH, Defence ministry inks MoU to provide traditional medicine

Union Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy) and Ministry of Defence signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for integration of AYUSH under health establishments of Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS) i.e. to provide traditional medicine services at the armed forces’ hospitals and dispensaries. The MoU was signed on the occasion of inauguration of Ayurveda Palliative Care Unit at Palliative Care Centre at the Base Hospital, Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi by Union Minister of AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik.

Key Highlights of MoU

Under the MoU, Ayurveda Units will also be established at the Palliative Care Centres at the Army Research and Referral Hospital, Air Force Hospital, Hindon (Ghaziabad) and 5 identified Ex- Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) Polyclinics (in Delhi –NCR).

Significance:  Indian soldiers work in challenging environmental conditions right from glaciers of Siachin to desserts of Thar, which takes a toll on their physical as well as mental health, thus Ayurveda and Yoga can help Indian army soldiers to attain best of physical and mental health and improve their endurance. Ayurveda medicines and Panchkarma procedures such as Snehana and Swedana are very effective in treating work-related musculoskeletal disorders.