Mega Military Exercise Of ASEAN Plus Countries Begins In Pune

The multinational mega Military Exercise Force 18 conducted by Indian Army has started in at Pune, Maharashtra from 2nd MarchTheme of the exercise is `Humanitarian Mine Action’ (HMA) and `Peacekeeping Operations’ (PKO). The exercise will conclude on 8th March, 2016 with around 300 participants from 18 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations ) Plus countries.

Participating ASEAN countries along with ASEAN Plus nations namely – India, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Russia and US . The ten ASEAN countries from South East Asia are Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Exercise Force Eighteen is the largest multinational exercise ever conducted by the ground on Indian soil on Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) and Peace Keeping Operatios (PKO). It is conducted by India as part of its ambitious Look (Act) East policy. The exercise will allow the armies of these countries to develop a common understanding in handling any complex situation.

Indian Army contingent of 40 soldiers is being led by a woman officer Lt .Colonel Sofia Qureshi. She is the first women officer to lead Indian contingent in such exercise. The exercise is part of a concerted attempt by India towards constructive joint efforts of ASEAN Plus militaries to enhance the peace and security of the region. 

Exercise Force Eighteen The multinational military exercise is an outcome of 2015 ADMM Plus (ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting). During this meeting all participating countries had planned to conduct two separate exercises for Humanitarian Mine Action and UN Peace Keeping Operations in 2016.

Extra Info : 
ASEAN Headquarter : Jakarta , Indonesia
ASEAN Moto : “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”
So lets do some exercise based on this article which can be asked in the upcoming exams:
1. The multinational military exercise of ASEAN 18 plus countries has satrted at which place ?
2. Expand the term ASEAN, HMA , PKO & ADMM.
3. Name the person who is leading the Indian contingent in the Exercise force eighteen the Multinational Military Exercise ?

Courtesy : Business Standard 

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