1st Edition of BIMSTEC Military Exercise MILEX-18 Inaugurated in Pune

BIMSTEC Military Exercise (MILEX-18), the first edition of Military Field Training Exercise for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) nations, started at Aundh in Pune. 
The aim of MILEX-18 is to practice the BIMSTEC Nations in planning and conduct of counter terrorist operations. Participating countries are Armies of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand. Nepal is not taking part in MILEX-18, owing to its policy of keeping equal distance from its neighbours, without being part of a regional bloc militarily. 
Source- The Hindu

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 
  • The BIMSTEC was formed in 1997 and it brings together Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand. 
  • The grouping accounts for 22% of the global population. 
  • Sri Lanka is the current chair of BIMSTEC.