A two-day exercise for defending the coasts of Kerala, Lakshadweep, Minicoy Islands and Mahe from infiltrators was held here in which all agencies such as the Indian Navy, the Coast Guard, Coastal Police participated.
A 105-metre new generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), to help increase the Coast Guard's requirements for policing of the vast Indian Exclusive Economic Zone, was launched by the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) on Friday.
Coast Guard on Wednesday clarified that there was only one Pakistani boat, which is already seized along with 8 crew while ferrying narcotics in international waters off Gujarat coast, and said the other boat spotted along with it could be from India for receiving the illicit consignment.
Indian Navy along with the officials of Coast Guard on Monday evening detained three boats between the Jakhau and Porbandar ports here, on charges of suspected smuggling. One of them is allegedly a Pakistani boat.
Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday released a protocol prepared by the Goa State Pollution Control Board for dealing with oil spills, with action plan for all the concerned agencies including the Coast Guard and the National Institute of Oceanography.
BJP on Friday said that Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the nation for taking an "anti-India and pro-Pakistan stand" after the Coast Guard released a video of the Dec. 31 operation involving the Pakistan boat.
DIG BK Loshali, who had bragged that the Pakistani terror boat, which blew itself up on the night of December 31, 2014 off the Porbandar coast, was actually destroyed by the Coast Guard, was on Wednesday reportedly issued a show cause notice by the Defence Ministry.
Congress on Wednesday sought to corner the NDA government over the Pakistan terror boat issue and charged that the Defence Ministry had treated the matter casually as the row over it deepened in the wake of remarks by a senior Coast Guard officer contradicting the official version of the incident.
Congress leader Manish Tewari on Wednesday asked Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to verify whether there were Pakistani terrorists on the boat that was intercepted by the Coast Guard on December 31 last year off the Porbandar coast.