Current Affairs in Short: 6 June 2019
Prakash Pant, Uttarakhand finance minister passed away on June 5. He was undergoing a treatment for lung ailment in the United States.
India test fires ‘Brahmos’, world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile
• India test-fired its supersonic cruise missile ‘BrahMos’ on June 4, 2019 from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.
• The anti-ship version of the missile was launched from the launch complex-3 of the ITR.
• BrahMos, which is described as one of the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile with high rate of precision and accuracy, can be fired from land, sea and air.
• The missile, with a strike range of around 290 km, is a strategic asset for India as it would act as adeterrence against any possible threats from China and Pakistan.
Prakash Pant, Uttarakhand finance minister passes away
• Prakash Pant, Uttarakhand finance minister passed away on June 5, 2019. He was undergoing a treatment for lung ailment in the United States.
• A three-day state mourning was declared in Uttarakhand after the death of finance minister Prakash Pant.
• Prakash Pant was said to be one of the front runners in race to be chief minister of Uttarakhand in 2017.
• In February 2019, Prakash Pant had almost fainted twice while reading his budget speech in state assembly.
India, France to conduct mega air exercise
• The Air Force of India and France will carry out a two-week-long mega air exercise in July, one of the largest air exercises between the two strategic partners.
• The mega exercise, which will begin from July 1 in France, aims to boost military-to-military ties between the two countries.
• A fleet of Sukhoi 30 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force will engage in dogfights with France's Rafale multirole aircraft in simulated scenarios as part of the 'Garuda' exercise.
• Besides this, a large number of other assets including mid-air refueller will also be sent to France by the Indian Air Force.
Indian Navy’s DSRV successfully undertakes ‘live mating’ exercise
• The Indian Navy’s Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) has successfully undertaken "live mating" exercise with a submarine in Visakhapatnam. The exercise was carried out on June 2, 2019.
• The exercise included personnel transfer from the bottomed submarine, INS Sindhudhvaj, simulating a distress submarine to surface using the DSRV.
• The entire evolution was done by the Indian crew and marks the culmination of the training phase on the East Coast.
• Though DSRVs are used for rescue of personnel in downed submarines, they are also deployed for various other missions including to lay cables on the sea bed.
Taiwan confirms request to purchase 100 US tanks
• Taiwan has confirmed it has requested to purchase more than 100 US tanks, along with air defence and anti-tank missile systems in a major potential arms sale with the US. The deal could possibly worsen the relations between the US and China.
• Taiwan’s Defence Ministry stated that it has submitted a letter of request for 108 cutting-edge M1A2 Abrams tanks, 1,240 TOW anti-armor missiles, 409 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 250 Stinger man-portable air defense systems. The request is reported to be proceeding as normal.
• The United States is key supplier of defensive weapons to Taiwan, which China considers its own territory. The requested of the new tanks could mark a significant upgrade in Taiwan’s army from its aging fleet of tanks.
Russia launches first Arctic train service
• Russia has launched the first tourist train to Arctic region. The train will travel through Russia's Arctic region on to Norway. It set off from St. Petersburg station on June 5 with 91 passengers aboard.
• The tourists came from seven countries including the US, Germany, Norway and Russia.
• The train, named, Zarengold has two restaurant cars and the whole trip is expected to take 11 days and will allow passengers to discover areas difficult to access by other means.