Exercise Aviaindra-18 Commences at Lipetsk (Russia)
Exercise Aviaindra is an Air Force level exercise between India and the Russian Federation.
First Aviaindra was conducted in 2014 and has been planned as a bi-annual exercise.
Exercise Aviaindra 18 is being conducted at Lipetsk, Russia from 17 Sep to 28 Sep 18 and will be conducted in Jodhpur, India from 10 Dec to 22 Dec 18.
The aircraft that would participate in the exercise include Su-30 SM, Mig-29, Su-25, Mi-8 and An-26.
The aim of the exercise is focused towards anti-terrorist operations in a bi-lateral scenario.
Visit of President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India
President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan paid a visit to India on September 19, 2018 at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The two leaders reviewed and positively assessed the progress of the multi-faceted India-Afghanistan strategic partnership.
They expressed satisfaction at the increase in bilateral trade that has crossed the US $ 1 billion mark.
The two leaders also appreciated the successful conclusion of the India-Afghanistan trade and investment show in Mumbai from September 12-15, 2018 and expressed determination to strengthen connectivity, including through Chabahar port and Air-Freight Corridor.
It was agreed to deepen the New Development Partnership in the areas of high impact projects in this field of infrastructure, human resources development and other capacity building projects in Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister reiterated India’s support to an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled peace and reconciliation process that would enable Afghanistan to continue as a united, peaceful, inclusive and democratic nation and emerge as an economically vibrant country.