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A group of researchers from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has given proposals to improve the Indian Ocean Observing System. (Unsplash)

Researchers offer guide to improve ecological perceptions in Indian ocean

ANI, Florida [us]
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 01:26 PM IST
The study published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society says enhancements to the observing system are urgently needed with the accelerating pace of climatic and oceanic change.
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Cishermen work at a beach in the backdrop of a rough sea due to Cyclone Amphan, at Mamallapuram in Chengalpattu district.(PTI)
Cishermen work at a beach in the backdrop of a rough sea due to Cyclone Amphan, at Mamallapuram in Chengalpattu district.(PTI)

115 people, over 17000 livestock killed in cyclones in 2020: IMD

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar | New Delhi, Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 10:33 PM IST
Five cyclones formed over the north Indian Ocean -- Amphan (super cyclonic storm), Nivar and Gati (very severe cyclonic storms), Nisarga (severe cyclonic storm), and Burevi (cyclonic storm) -- in 2020.
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Locals in Chennai pay floral tribute to 2004 tsunami victims on the 16th anniversary at Marina Beach.(ANI)
Locals in Chennai pay floral tribute to 2004 tsunami victims on the 16th anniversary at Marina Beach.(ANI)

16 years of Indian Ocean tsunami: What India has learnt

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Deepali Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 01:13 PM IST
The Sumatra earthquake and tsunami are considered to be an eye-opener for India as it introduced the Indian coastline to tsunami and its destructible power.
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The two clusters that emerged in October — one centered on a garment factory and other on a fish market — account for most of Sri Lanka’s outbreak.(AP)
The two clusters that emerged in October — one centered on a garment factory and other on a fish market — account for most of Sri Lanka’s outbreak.(AP)

Sri Lanka locks down 3 towns as coronavirus spread persists

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Colombo
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 06:31 PM IST
Kosgama, Awissawella and Ruwanwella, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of Colombo, were locked down from Thursday noon.
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The researchers believe they have discovered what is likely a previously unrecognised population of blue whales in the western Indian Ocean.(Unsplash)
The researchers believe they have discovered what is likely a previously unrecognised population of blue whales in the western Indian Ocean.(Unsplash)

New population of blue whales discovered in western Indian ocean: Study

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kale | Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 10:22 AM IST
The researchers believe they have discovered what is likely a previously unrecognised population of blue whales in the western Indian Ocean.
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A submarine of the Indian Navy participating in the Second Phase of Malabar 2020 Naval exercise in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean Region.(ANI)
A submarine of the Indian Navy participating in the Second Phase of Malabar 2020 Naval exercise in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean Region.(ANI)

Well positioned to undertake vital role in Indian Ocean region: Army Vice Chief Saini

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 09:37 PM IST
In an address at a military think-tank, he said India believes that adherence to rule of law, transparency, respect for all nations and peaceful resolution of disputes are non-negotiable aspects to harness the vast potential of Indian Ocean.
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HMS Queen Elizabeth. The 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth, which can carry up to 40 aircraft, was commissioned in late 2017 but next year’s deployment will mark its maiden voyage in international waters.(Reuters)
HMS Queen Elizabeth. The 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth, which can carry up to 40 aircraft, was commissioned in late 2017 but next year’s deployment will mark its maiden voyage in international waters.(Reuters)

Britain to send largest warship, carrier strike group to Indian Ocean next year

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 05:35 PM IST
The deployment comes against the backdrop of growing interest in the Indo-Pacific in Europe amid concerns over China’s increased assertiveness
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In his annual comments in the run-up to Navy Day, naval chief Admiral Karambir Singh outlined the orientation of the IN as a force that is ”combat-ready, credible and cohesive”(PTI)
In his annual comments in the run-up to Navy Day, naval chief Admiral Karambir Singh outlined the orientation of the IN as a force that is ”combat-ready, credible and cohesive”(PTI)

To preserve its edge, the silent service must innovate | Analysis

By C Uday Bhaskar
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 08:00 PM IST
India’s hi-tech human talent needs to be given the necessary incentives to irrigate the Indian techno-strategic ecosystem in a more effective manner
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Two Indian Ocean humpback dolphins spotted off Malabar Hill.(Photo: Darshan Khatau)
Two Indian Ocean humpback dolphins spotted off Malabar Hill.(Photo: Darshan Khatau)

Dolphins spotted along Mumbai coast earlier than usual this year

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 06:39 PM IST
Sporadic sightings of dolphins were usually seen from the second or third week of December annually up to last week of May but this year, they arrived during the third week of November
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NSA Ajit Doval.(PTI File)
NSA Ajit Doval.(PTI File)

India, Sri Lanka, Maldives to revive trilateral maritime security dialogue

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 07:13 PM IST
As part of efforts by the three countries to expand maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean, three more countries—Bangladesh, Seychelles and Mauritius—have been invited as observers for the meeting
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As far as regional cooperation is concerned, Italy is aware that the Indo-Pacific region plays a crucial role(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
As far as regional cooperation is concerned, Italy is aware that the Indo-Pacific region plays a crucial role(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

From multilateralism to Indo-Pacific, India and Italy deepen bonds

By Vincenzo de Luca
PUBLISHED ON NOV 12, 2020 07:41 PM IST
With the joint declaration and action plan, we laid before us the basis of our strategic partnership for the next five years and we are looking forward to working with our Indian friends to deliver on what has been agreed among our prime ministers
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The Malabar exercise will see warships exercising in the Bay of Bengal near the Malacca Strait, a natural choke point and later in the Arabian Sea, along some of the world’s busiest trade routes(REUTERS (Representative Image))
The Malabar exercise will see warships exercising in the Bay of Bengal near the Malacca Strait, a natural choke point and later in the Arabian Sea, along some of the world’s busiest trade routes(REUTERS (Representative Image))

US-backed Quad alliance starts joint naval exercises in Indian waters

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 03:49 PM IST
China has been uncomfortable with the Quad alliance, which was first formed in 2007 and revived in 2017, and has made clear its unease with the military drills.
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Shringla, who held back-to-back meetings in Berlin with his German counterpart Miguel Berger, other senior officials and representatives of think tanks, highlighted the scope of working together for trade and investment, creation of diversified supply changes and counter-terrorism.(File photo for representation purpose)
Shringla, who held back-to-back meetings in Berlin with his German counterpart Miguel Berger, other senior officials and representatives of think tanks, highlighted the scope of working together for trade and investment, creation of diversified supply changes and counter-terrorism.(File photo for representation purpose)

Germany to send warship to patrol Indian Ocean

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 06:29 AM IST
Germany’s defence minister announced one of the country’s warships will patrol the Indian Ocean as part of plans to manage China’s influence in the region even as foreign secretary Harsh Shringla held talks in Berlin on Monday to boost cooperation in areas ranging from post-pandemic recovery to the Indo-Pacific.
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Representational Image.(File photo)
Representational Image.(File photo)

German warship to patrol Indian Ocean from next year

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 11:33 AM IST
German defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said a German naval presence in the Indo-Pacific will help safeguard the rule-based world order
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India has one dedicated amphibious brigade spread between Thiruvananthapuram and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Command in Port Blair(Indian Navy)
India has one dedicated amphibious brigade spread between Thiruvananthapuram and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Command in Port Blair(Indian Navy)

Ladakh temperature drops to sub-zero, focus shifts to countering Chinese Navy

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 02:11 PM IST
Indian military planners have decided to give top priority to Eastern Naval Command and island territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Lakshadweep to counter any threat from Chinese PLA Navy
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint press briefing with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, Pool)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint press briefing with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, Pool)

Mike Pompeo brings Trump administration’s ‘anti-China’ campaign to Sri Lanka, Maldives

By Associated Press | Posted by Karan Manral | Colombo
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 01:17 PM IST
Noth Sri Lanka and Maldives are considered particularly at risk for ‘Chinese exploitation.’ Pompeo is visiting the two Indian Ocean island nations to press them to be on guard against potential ‘predatory’ lending and investment by China.
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US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark T Esper They will participate in third India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on October 27(ANI)
US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark T Esper They will participate in third India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on October 27(ANI)

India-US 2+2 dialogue to focus on regional security cooperation, defence trade

By Asian News International| Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 01:01 PM IST
As per the US State Department,with respect to military-to-military engagement,both India and the US are working to build greater interoperability by increasing the sophistication of their combined exercises.
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China has been suspicious about the purpose of the Malabar exercise as it feels that the annual war game is an effort to contain its influence in the Indo-Pacific region.(PTI file photo)
China has been suspicious about the purpose of the Malabar exercise as it feels that the annual war game is an effort to contain its influence in the Indo-Pacific region.(PTI file photo)

China ‘takes note’ of Australia joining Malabar naval drills

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Beijing
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 06:49 PM IST
India on Monday announced that Australia will join the upcoming Malabar exercise which effectively means that all the four-member countries of the Quadrilateral coalition will be participating in the mega drill, US and Japan being the other two participants.
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In picture - Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department.(REUTERS)
In picture - Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department.(REUTERS)

Mike Pompeo to visit Sri Lanka and Maldives to check Chinese influence

By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Colombo/Male
PUBLISHED ON OCT 20, 2020 02:35 PM IST
In recent years, Beijing has increasingly provided financing and construction for critical infrastructure in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, alarming traditional regional power India.
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Last month, India provided a soft loan of $250 million to the Maldives as budgetary support to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic, the latest in a string of support measures. (Photo @MEAIndia)
Last month, India provided a soft loan of $250 million to the Maldives as budgetary support to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic, the latest in a string of support measures. (Photo @MEAIndia)

Foreign secy Harsh Shringla expected to visit Maldives in November

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 08:52 PM IST
In recent months, India has unveiled a slew of measures to assist in the recovery of the Maldives from the economic impact of the pandemic and to bolster defence and security cooperation.
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Beyond China’s aggressive actions in the Indo-Pacific, there are other reasons for France’s focus on the region – the presence of 1.5 million French citizens on island territories, and the fact that 93% its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of more than 11 million sq km, the second largest in the world, is in the Indo-Pacific.(AP File)
Beyond China’s aggressive actions in the Indo-Pacific, there are other reasons for France’s focus on the region – the presence of 1.5 million French citizens on island territories, and the fact that 93% its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of more than 11 million sq km, the second largest in the world, is in the Indo-Pacific.(AP File)

France appoints first envoy for Indo-Pacific, to focus on cooperation with India

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 06:17 PM IST
The move also reflects the priority given to the Indo-Pacific in France’s diplomacy and the need for a comprehensive approach to the region
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The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said 7,348 major disaster events had occurred between 2000 and 2019.(Unsplash)
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said 7,348 major disaster events had occurred between 2000 and 2019.(Unsplash)

Climate change spurs doubling of disasters since 2000: UN

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Geneva
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 11:02 AM IST
Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years.
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The Dornier aircraft arrives at Maldives.(High Commission of India, Maldives/Twitter)
The Dornier aircraft arrives at Maldives.(High Commission of India, Maldives/Twitter)

India provides Dornier to Maldives, will help monitor movement of Chinese vessels

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 04:32 PM IST
The Dornier aircraft will operate under the command and control of MNDF while running costs will be borne by India. It will assist in ongoing joint surveillance activities by India and the Maldives of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Indian Ocean archipelago
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Sri Lanka’s peace and reconciliation process figured in the first virtual bilateral summit between PM Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Image used for representation).(BLOOMBERG.)
Sri Lanka’s peace and reconciliation process figured in the first virtual bilateral summit between PM Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Image used for representation).(BLOOMBERG.)

PM Modi holds virtual bilateral summit with Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 05:06 PM IST
India recently provided a $400-million currency swap facility to Sri Lanka’s Central Bank to tackle Covid-19-related disruptions, and an additional request for a bilateral currency swap of around $1 billion and the deferring of debt repayments were being discussed among the two countries.
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The India-Japan maritime bilateral exercise (JIMEX) is conducted biennially. Its last edition was conducted off the coast of Visakhapatnam in October 2018. (Photo @JapaninIndia)
The India-Japan maritime bilateral exercise (JIMEX) is conducted biennially. Its last edition was conducted off the coast of Visakhapatnam in October 2018. (Photo @JapaninIndia)

India, Japan ‘non-contact’ naval drills in Arabian Sea begin today

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 01:05 AM IST
Just like the Indo-Australian drills, JIMEX-20 is being conducted in a “non-contact at-sea-only format”, in view of Covid-19 restrictions.
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Sanjeev Sanyal adapts ‘The Ocean of Churn’ for kids, to educate them about the history of the Indian ocean

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 07:46 PM IST
Principal Economic Advisor Sanjeev Sanyal has adapted his book “The Ocean of Churn” for young readers, in which he describes the history and geography of the majestic Indian Ocean and its significance and relevance through the ages.
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The financial aid was handed over at a ceremony in the Maldives’ foreign ministry attended by Shahid, finance minister Ibrahim Ameer, Indian envoy Sunjay Sudhir and senior State Bank of India official Bharat Mishra.(TWITTER/@HCIMaldives.)
The financial aid was handed over at a ceremony in the Maldives’ foreign ministry attended by Shahid, finance minister Ibrahim Ameer, Indian envoy Sunjay Sudhir and senior State Bank of India official Bharat Mishra.(TWITTER/@HCIMaldives.)

India provides soft loan of $250 mn to the Maldives

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 06:02 PM IST
The aid was welcomed by the Maldives’ foreign minister Abdulla Shahid, who said it would help bridge the revenue gap and meet his government’s immediate needs. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on the tourism industry, the mainstay of the Maldives’ economy.
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A low lying area submerged in floodwaters following heavy rainfall in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, earlier in September.(PTI)
A low lying area submerged in floodwaters following heavy rainfall in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, earlier in September.(PTI)

Spike in severe cyclones, extremely heavy rain over India: Earth sciences ministry to RS

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 10:39 AM IST
The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences has documented an increase in formation of severe cyclones over the north Indian Ocean and a spike in cases of extremely heavy rainfall in the past three years
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The move to join the grouping followed a high-level virtual meeting held on August 26, the external affairs ministry said.(AP)
The move to join the grouping followed a high-level virtual meeting held on August 26, the external affairs ministry said.(AP)

India joins Indian Ocean grouping against piracy as observer

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 02:19 AM IST
India has signed reciprocal military logistics support agreements with Australia and Japan this year to increase interoperability with the navies of those countries.
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US President Donald Trump aims to reduce China’s influence in Indian Ocean and South China Sea, the defence cooperation deal with Maldives reflects on that intent.(REUTERS)
US President Donald Trump aims to reduce China’s influence in Indian Ocean and South China Sea, the defence cooperation deal with Maldives reflects on that intent.(REUTERS)

US signs defence cooperation deal with Maldives amidst China’s growing presence in Indian Ocean

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Male
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 08:28 AM IST
The Indo-Pacific is a biogeographic region of Earth’s seas, comprising the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, the western and central Pacific Ocean.
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