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A 2-day seminar on 'Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Threat and Response'-a int effort of College of Military Engineering (CME) Pune, and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)-will kick off on Tuesday. "CBRN threat is requires swift and co-ordinated response from multiple agencies. Management of response to such incidents has assumed critical importance and requires specialised training and dedicated equipment. The Army being a vital link in the chain of responders, has already started capacity building and training to face the challenges. However, an effective response at the national level requires synergy among all stakeholders. A multi-agency synergized response is vital, and needs frequent deliberations. The seminar at CME Pune, is a timely step," said a Ministry of Defence release issued by the Press Information Bureau.
The seminar will be in four theme-based sessions and culminate in a Table Top Exercise focused on assessing current preparedness. Views of experts at the seminar will help develop the much-needed synergy and provide an impetus to the response and coordination among the NDMA, Armed Forces, Civil Administration, NGOs, media, medical system and the local populace, during any CBRN threat, the release said.
Lt Gen K Surendra Nath, GOC-in-C, Army Training Command will deliver the keynote address. Senior Armed Forces and NDMA officials will be among those who will attend. Senior officials of Maharashtra Government Disaster Management Authority are scheduled to attend the Table Top Exercise. Renowned manufactures of equipment to tackle CBRN threats will showcase state-of-the-art equipment/ technology, in an exhibition on the sidelines of the seminar.
'Aerospace Power' meet
The Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) and Head Quarters Maintenance Command (HQMC) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) are jointly organising seminar, 'Technological Domains of Aerospace Power' at 9 BRD, Air Force on Tuesday. Director-General of CAPS, Air Commodore Jasjit Singh and Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Air Marshal J Chandra of Maintenance Command will attend. Air Marshal Chandra will inaugurate the event. The seminar will highlight technological trends, technological challenges and indigenisation and partnership with the industry. CAPS has been established to undertake and promote policy-related research, study and discussion on problems of national security and defence in the evolving strategic and international security environment.