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  • Published
    21st Feb, 2023

International Relations

“DUSTLIK", joint military exercise between Indian and Uzbekistan

The fourth edition of "DUSTLIK", the joint military exercise between the Indian Army and the Uzbekistan Army started on in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. 

  • The first edition of the exercise was conducted in Uzbekistan in November 2019.
    • First edition- Uzbekistan’s Chirchiq Training Area.
    • Second edition- Foreign Training Node in Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
    • Third edition- Yangiarik, Uzbekistan
  • Objective:to enhance cooperation, understanding, and interoperability between the two armies.

Polity & Governance

International Mother Language Day

Every year, International Mother Language Day is observed on February 21 to highlight the cultural and linguistic diversity in the country.


  • The day was first observed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2000, following a resolution adopted at the 30th General Conference in November 1999.
  • Objective: to focus on the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable communities all over the map.
  • Theme 2023:Multilingual Education – A Necessity to Transform Education.

Polity & Governance

Centre approves construction of Shinkun La tunnel

In a significant step that will steel defence of Ladakh, government cleared a 4.1 kilometer tunnel under Shinkun La on Manali-Darcha-Padam-Nimu axis.


  • Length: 4.1 km.
  • Completion year: 2025
  • Benefits: 
    • would connect Ladakh’sZanskar Valley with the rest part of the country
    • allow all weather connectivity to the Union Territory
    • shortest route to the border areas of UT
    • continuous supply of troops and equipment in the worst case scenario with either of the two adversaries
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