Defence, National Security and Terrorism

Defence, National Security and Terrorism

Exercise Garuda Shakti (8th Edition) 2022

  • The 8th edition of the India-Indonesia bilateral joint training exercise “Garuda Shakti” began at the Sangga Buana training centre in Karawang, West Java, Indonesia.
  • Garuda Shakti 2022 is a part of military-to-military exchange programs.


  • The first edition of Exercise Garuda Shakti was conducted in 2012 in India.

About Indonesia

  • Capital – Jakarta
  • Currency – Indonesian rupiah
  • President – Joko Widodo

Awards and Honour 

Kuvempu Rashtriya Puraskar Award 2022

  • The Tamil Writer Annamalai has been selected for the Kuvempu Rashtriya Puraskar Award 2022 by the Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Prathishtana (Trust), Kuppali, Karnataka. 
  • The national award was instituted in memory of the late poet laureate Kuvempu of Kannada Literature
  • Since 2013, the memorial foundation named after him has been honoring the best writers in each language with the Rashtriya Puraskar National Award.
  • The award carries a cash award of 5 lakh, a silver medal and a citation.

About Annamalai

  • Annamalai writes under the pen name Imayam.
  • He has authored seven novels, six short story collections and a novella.
  • He has brought new sensibilities to his writings in Tamil.
  • His debut novel ‘Koveru Kazhudaigal’ has been translated into English, French and and many other Indian languages.

About Kuvempu

  • First Kannada writer to receive the Jnanpith Award in 1967.
  • Rashtrakavi (“National Poet”) in 1964.
  • Karnataka Ratna in 1992.
  • Padma Vibhushan in 1988.
  • He penned the Karnataka State Anthem Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate.
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