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CURRENT AFFAIRS FOR 15 MAY 2016
May 18, 2016
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TARGET TO RAISE INDIA’S DEFENCE EXPORTS TO $2 BILLION: MANOHAR PARRIKAR

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said the government will take into account the concerns while forging strategic partnership in the critical sector and set a target to raise India’s defence exports to $2 billion in the next two years from the current over $330 million.

Mr. Parrikar, however, took a dig at defence players who were objecting to proposed strategic partnerships, saying it seems they have realised that they will not be able to “go through the window.”

INDIA AND U.S. FLY ‘RED FLAG’ HIGH

The Air Forces of India and the U.S. concluded their four-week “Red Flag” aerial combat exercises at Alaska in the U.S. on Saturday. The two forces simulated realistic aerial combat scenarios in a networked environment.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) flew 10 aircraft: four Su-30MKIs, four Jaguars and two IL-78 aerial refuelling tankers. A team of over 170 personnel was part of the exercises held from April 28 to May 13. “The objective of this inter-continental deployment was not only to showcase the IAF’s capability in undertaking integrated air ops but also to imbibe operational lessons from the exercise engagements, which will help us add more teeth to our overall war waging capabilities,

AFRICAN RHINOS TO BE FLOWN TO AUSTRALIA TO ESCAPE POACHERS

A retired South African sales executive who emigrated to Australia 30 years ago is hatching a daring plan to airlift 80 rhinos to his adopted country in a bid to save the species from poachers.                                                                                                                          Flying each animal on the 11,000-kilometer (6,800-mile) journey will cost about $44,000, but Ray Dearlove believes the expense and risk is essential, as poaching deaths have soared in recent years.

The rhinos will be relocated to a safari park in Australia — which is being kept secret for security reasons — where they will become a “seed bank” to breed future generations.

“Our grand plan is to move 80 over a four-year period.