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- The Indian Navy on October 13, 2018 inducted its first Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) at its base in Mumbai, enhancing its operational capabilities. The second DSRV would be added to its base in Vishakhapatnam by 2019. With the move, India joined a select list of international navies with the ability to search, locate and provide assistance to downed or disaster-struck submarines at high sea.
- The first India-U.S. tri-services exercise is likely to take place in 2019 and may include the special forces of the two countries in the drill. The three forces of each country already take part in bilateral exercises separately — their Armies participate in an annual drill called Yudh Abyaas and the Air Forces take part in a bilateral drill called Cope India and the Navies participate in an exercise in Malabar, involving Japan.
- The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi has announced that a four-member committee will be set up to examine all the #MeToo cases. The committee will look into the legal and institutional framework that is in place for handling complaints of sexual harassment, including some of the complaints if required and advise the ministry on how to strengthen these. The #MeToo campaign first began as a hashtag on Twitter in 2017.
- Windmills are seen as a source of green energy, but researchers say they pose a threat to wildlife in forests through collisions and noise. The impact of the giant structures in Karnataka was studied by researchers from Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON) during a two-year project. They found that windmills killed birds and bats in collisions, and that birds and mammals also moved away due to the noise.
- Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will celebrate Dussehra and perform ‘shastra puja’ in Bikaner along the India-Pakistan border on October 19. This is for the first time a senior Union Minister will conduct worship of weapons along the border with Pakistan. Last year, he celebrated Dussehra at Joshimath in Uttarakhand, along the border with China.
- The Centre is planning to bring legislation to fast-track inter-State river water dispute resolution. The proposed River Basin Management Bill will replace the River Boards Act 1956. The legislation proposes to set up 13 river-basin authorities. Each authority will have a two-layer system comprising a governing council and an executive board. The chairperson of the governing council will be the Chief Ministers from the river-basin States, who will share the post on rotation.
- Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri will lay the foundation for a museum of Prime Ministers at the Teen Murti Estate, the official residence of the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The new museum will include the memorabilia of the Prime Ministers, and is expected to cost ₹270 crore.
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