Preparatory Meeting of the First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ (Download PDF)

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The two-day Preparatory Meeting of the First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ marks the first phase of the First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ organized by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). This Exercise will provide a platform to share the Best Practices on comprehensive aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), strengthening regional response and coordination for Disaster Management among the BIMSTEC nations.

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  • Disaster Management Exercise of BIMSTEC to help in the augmentation of capacities, especially response capacity, besides promoting cooperation and coordination in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

  • Regional and International Cooperation in DRR critical to Disaster Management

  • India at forefront of DRR by hosting the South Asian Annual Disaster Management Exercise (SAADMEx) and the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR)

  • India offered expertise and capabilities in DRR such as South Asia satellite, GSAT-9, and the Tsunami Early Warning Centre.

  • Sharing of Best Practices in DRR including Prevention, Mitigation and Resilience critical to Disaster Management.

  • Impact of natural disasters increasing due to growing population and urbanization.

  • Requirements of the First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ were worked during the two-day Preparatory Meeting. Shri

  • Exercise to be conducted in two phase in Delhi and NCR.

About National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is a specialised force constituted “for the purpose of specialist response to a threatening disaster situation or disaster” under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

  • Works under the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), which lays down the policies, plans, and guidelines for disaster management.

  • Consists of eight battalions of Central paramilitary forces - two battalions each from the Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for the purpose of specialist response in disaster situations.

  • Eight NDRF battalions positioned at Arrakonam (Chennai), Mundali (Bhubneshwar), Greater Noida, Chandigarh, Barasat (Kolkata), Guwahati (Assam), Pune (Maharashtra), and Gandhinagar (Gujarat).

  • 16 Regional Response Centers (RRCs) of NDRF battalions set up across the country for immediate response to natural calamities.

15Th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting in Kathmandu (International Relations)

The 15th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) meeting was held in Kathmandu, Nepal.

  • Review the progress and achievements in areas of cooperation and discuss the ways to partner under the BIMSTEC process.

  • Areas of focus include trade, investment, energy, transport, tourism, poverty alleviation and counter-terrorism.

  • Main agenda is to finalize a free trade agreement among the BIMSTEC member countries and negotiate market access for professionals and reduce duty on trading goods.


Sub-regional grouping of seven countries of South Asia and South East Asia- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal

  • Established on 6 June 1997 through the Bangkok Declaration.

  • Headquartered at Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  • Objectives are technological and economical cooperation among south Asian and south East Asian countries along the coast of the Bay of Bengal.

  • Covers cooperation in commerce, technology, investment, agriculture, tourism, human resource development, fisheries, transport and communication, textiles, and leather

- Published/Last Modified on: September 8, 2017

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