Panex-21-  Today Current Affairs

  • Recently a curtain raiser event called PANEX-21 was organized for the member countries of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) countries.
  • This exercise is planned to be conducted by the end of this year (2021).


  • It is a humanitarian aid and disaster relief exercise.
  • Subject experts and representatives from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand will participate.
  • There will also be a static demonstration multi-agency exercise showcasing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HDR) equipment employed by the Indian Armed Forces and various civilian agencies.


  • Promoting joint planning and building regional cooperation to deal with natural disasters.
  • Natural disasters are sudden ecological disturbances or hazards that affect the adjustment capacity of the affected community and require external assistance.
  • Natural disasters can be broadly classified into categories including geophysical, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions; hydrology such as floods; meteorology such as hurricanes; Meteorology such as heat and cold waves and droughts; and biological epidemics.

Importance of practice:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic, along with other natural disasters, has provided new lessons, including changes in practices and procedures for disaster mitigation and disaster management.
  • The exercise is being conducted keeping in mind these changes and post-pandemic challenges.

BIMSTEC- The Hindu Analysis

  • It is a regional organization consisting of seven countries.
  • Out of its 7 members, 5 members – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are from South Asia and two – Myanmar and Thailand are from South-East Asia.
  • It provides a new platform for India to engage with its neighbor’s, as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has become insignificant due to differences between India and Pakistan.
  • With a focus on inter-regional cooperation, BIMSTEC has also built a common forum with SAARC and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries.
  • Secretariat: Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Here we mention all detail information about Panex-21 Today Current Affairs. The Hindu Analysis.

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