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As a part of the ongoing Indo-Bangladesh defense cooperation, a joint military training exercise SAMPRITI-IX is being conducted at UMROI, Meghalaya, India from 03 Feb to 16 Feb 2020.
- Exercise SAMPRITI is an important bilateral defense cooperation endeavor between India and Bangladesh and will be the ninth edition of the exercise which is hosted alternately by both countries.
- During the joint military exercise SAMPRITI-IX, a Command Post Exercise (CPX) and a Field Training Exercise (FTX) will be conducted.
- For both the CPX and FTX, a scenario where both nations are working together in a Counter-Terrorism environment will be simulated under the UN Charter.
- The FTX curriculum is progressively planned where the participants will initially get familiar with each other’s organizational structure and tactical drills.
- Subsequently, joint tactical exercise will be conducted wherein the battle drills of both the armies will be practiced.
India-Bangladesh Defence Cooperation:
- In 2017, India and Bangladesh signed defence agreements in order to conduct military exercises. India since then has been assisting Bangladesh in training their officers.
- In October 2019, the countries signed MoU on coastal surveillance system. The MoU also included a Standard Operating Procedure for operating the ports of Chattogram and Mongola.
- Apart from this, it allowed India to use 1.82 cusec of water from Feni river of Bangladesh.
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