Current Affairs 2015, GK 2015 - Army, Navy, Airforce Exercises
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Current Affairs 2015, GK 2015
DRDO successfully tests advance EW suite in Tejas-PV1 Aircraft
Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully tested an advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite. It was tested onboard of the country’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas-PV1.
It is developed by Defense Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) of DRDO.
Army Day is being observed on 15 January:
Significance of Day: In 1949, on this day Lt. General (later Field Marshal) Kodandera Madappa Cariappa became the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army (of the independent India) by succeeding British Army General Roy Butcher.
Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully tested an advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite. It was tested onboard of the country’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas-PV1.
It is developed by Defense Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) of DRDO.
Army Day is being observed on 15 January:
Significance of Day: In 1949, on this day Lt. General (later Field Marshal) Kodandera Madappa Cariappa became the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army (of the independent India) by succeeding British Army General Roy Butcher.
It aims to strengthen coastal security measures in 9 states and 4 Union Territories which have a sea-line running along their borders. The scheme of issuing Cards is being implemented by the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner– an office under the aegis of Union Home Ministry.
IAF gets first indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft Tejas
Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas was handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at ceremony held at Bengaluru, Karanataka.
For first time all-women contingent marches on 66th Republic Day parade
For the first time in the history of India’s Republic Day, all-women contingent from the three forces Army, Air Force and Navy marched down in the parade. Army contingent was led by Capt Divya Ajith. Navy contingent was led by Lieutenant Commander Priya Jeyakumar.
Scientist V K Saraswat joins as full-time member of NITI Aayog
Former DRDO chief Vijay Kumar Saraswat has taken charge as full time-member of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog
First Canister-based Agni-V missile successfully test-fired
The missile was launched from sealed canister, mounted on a TATRA truck. It was carrying dummy payload. Test showed that dummy payload withstand temperatures more than 3,0000 C and hit the target at pre-designated point in the Indian Ocean.
Pakistan successfully test-fires new cruise missile Ra’ad
Pakistan has conducted a successful flight test of the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) Ra’ad.
Designed to operate with Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft’s like Dassault Mirage III ROSE and JF-17 combat aircraft. Range of 350 kms and stealth capabilities due to its cruise technology.
2nd prototype of naval variant of LCA-Tejas successfully tested
The Naval Prototype 2 (NP2) of indigenously developed light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas undertook its successful maiden flight in Bengaluru, Karnataka. This successful maiden flight is considered as significant milestone in the India’s indigenous carrier borne aircraft development programme.
Indian Coast Guard inductes high-speed patrolling ship Amogh
Indian Coast Guard has inducted a high-speed patrolling ship Amogh into its fleet. Amogh will be stationed off Paradip coast in Odisha. It can travel at maximum speed of 63 km per hour
Indian Navy conducted HADR Exercise in Lakshadweep Islands
Indian Navy had conducted Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster relief (HADR) exercise in Lakshadweep Islands (Kavaratti, Aggatti, Kalpeni and Androth). HADR was Indian Navy’s large scale exercise to test its readiness for handling a tsunami like disasters in order to provide immediate succour and relief to the affected people.
India successfully test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from INS Kolkata
India has successfully test-fired its 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Navy’s indigenously built destroyer INS Kolkata. The successful test fire of missile took place off the Goa coast after it met all its designed test parameters. Thus, showcasing INS Kolkata’s capability of firing the BrahMos missiles.INS Kolkata was commissioned by the Indian Navy on 16 August 2014. The ship was indigenously built by Mazagon Dockyards Limited under Project 15-Alpha series.
China opens largest embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan
China has opened new embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. It is the largest overseas diplomatic mission of China. An opening ceremony of this embassy was held on 13 February 2015, during China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi ‘s three day visit to Pakistan. During the opening ceremony Wang Yi has described its largest overseas embassy as a symbol of friendship between China and Pakistan.
India successfully test-fires N-capable Prithvi-II missile in Odisha
India successfully test-fired its nuclear capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha. Test- It was conducted by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
-Surface to surface ballistic missile.
-Variants: Prithvi-I for the Army;
-Prithvi-II for the Indian Air Force;
and the Dhanush for the Navy. Single-stage, Liquid-propelled.
-Advanced inertial navigation, control and guidance system.
-It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvering trajectory. Payload capacity: 500-1,000 kg. ---Range: 350 km.
US, Turkey ink deal to train, arm Syrian rebels to fight IS militants
United States (US) and Turkey have signed an agreement to train and arm moderate Syrian opposition forces taking on Islamic State (IS) militants. The deal was inked by Turkey’s foreign ministry undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu and US ambassador to Ankara John Bass.
44 Armoured Regiment of Indian Army honoured with President’s Standards:
44 Armoured Regiment of Indian Army on 25 February 2015 was honoured with President’s Standards for its meritorious and distinguished service to the nation for more than three decades. The honour was bestowed on 44 Armoured Regiment by Chief of the Army Staff General Dalbir Singh on behalf of the President Paranb Mukherjee at function held at Suratgarh military station in Srigangangar district of Rajasthan. Chief of the Army Staff also released a Special Day Cover to commemorate this historic event.
Annual exercise TROPEX 2015 of Indian Navy concludes
Indian Navy’s Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX) exercise concluded on 27 February 2015. TROPEX-2015 was a month long exercise aimed at validating the Indian Navy’s Concept of Operations and the area of operations spanned the Arabian Sea and Northern Indian Ocean. It also encompassed all dimensions of maritime warfare.
India and Spain sign agreement on Mutual Protection of Classified Information
India and Spain have signed an agreement on Mutual Protection of Classified Information. This agreement provides the framework for enhanced cooperation in the defence sector between both countries. Mutual Protection of Classified Information is a primary pact that a country agrees to before embarking on deeper talks on defence cooperation.
Pakistan successfully test-fires nuclear capable Shaheen-III ballistic missile
Pakistan on 9 March 2015 successfully conducted the first test of surface-to-surface Shaheen-III ballistic missile off the Arabian Sea. The missile, also called White Falcon-III in English has been developed by Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and NESCOM along with its subsidiary NDC.
India-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran VIII concludes
8th edition of India-Nepal Combined Exercise Surya Kiran VIII concluded on 8 March 2015 at Salijhandi in Nepal. The exercise was carried out under the aegis of Nepalese Army and had started on February 23, 2015. 14-day-long Surya Kiran VIII exercise aimed at Creating a greater understanding between Indian Army & Nepalese Army. Working together in Jungle Warfare and Counter Terrorism operations in mountainous terrain. It also Focused on basics of disaster management in the field of pandemic/ epidemic control and aviation aspects.
Pakistan tests 1st indigenous armed drone Burraq and laser guided missile Barq
Pakistan successfully tested its first indigenously built all-weather armed drone named Burraq and a laser guided missile named Barq. By successfully testing of Burraq, Pakistan became the 9th country in the World to develop an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) domestically.
Indigenously Developed Astra successfully test-fired from Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft
India’s indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile Astra was successfully tested on 18 March 2015 from a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft. The test was undertaken at the Integrated Test Range located at Chandipur in Odisha.
President Pranab Mukherjee gives away Chakra Awards to Defence Personnel
Pranab Mukherjee on 21 March 2015 conferred one Kirti Chakra awards and 11 Shaurya Chakra awards on armed forces personnel. Among these 11 awardees three were conferred posthumously for gallantry. The awards were given to defence personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty at a Defence Investiture Ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
Sri Lankan President awards Field Marshal title to former Army Chief Sarath Fonseka
Former Sri Lankan Army Chief Sarath Fonseka was conferred the highest military rank of Field Marshal by the Government. He was awarded this title by President Maithripala Sirisena at a state ceremony held in the Colombo. With this Fonseka became the first Sri Lankan to receive this highest military title which is honorary in nature.
Three Immediate Support Vessels Commissioned in Indian Navy
Three Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs) were commissioned on 24 March 2015 in Indian Navy at the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) base in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. These three ISVs are second batch of the vessels and have joined the 84th ISV Squadron of the Indian Navy located at ENC. With commissioning of these vessels, ENC now has full complement of six ISVs. These ISVs were built under the joint collaboration project between Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Indian Navy and the ship builders. They were designed and built by Abu Dhabi Ship Builders (ADSB) and Spain’s Rodman 78.
Features of Immediate Support Vessels
-(ISVs) ISV is a lightly armed surface craft.
-It is capable of operating at high seas as well as in coastal waters.
-These vessels are armed with Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs).
-They are also fitted with state-of-the-art radar and navigation equipment.
-These vessels are capable of carrying out day and night surveillance.
-They also can be used for rapid insertions and extraction of MARCOS (Marine Commandos) for military intervention.
Vice Admiral Cheema takes over as new Commanding-in-chief of Western Naval Command
Vice Admiral Surinder Pal Singh Cheema on 31 March 2015 took over the reins of the Western Naval Command as Flag Officer Commanding-in-chief. He took charge from Vice Admiral Anil Chopra at a ceremonial parade held at INS Shikra in Mumbai. With this, he has the unique distinction of shouldering responsibilities as commanding-in-chief for the fourth time. Earlier, Cheema while serving in Mumbai had commanded INS Nishank, INS Trishul and INS Virat. Prior to this appointment SPS Cheema was Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Naval Command.
First indigenously-built Scorpene Submarine Kalvari undocked
First indigenously-built Scorpene Submarine on 6 April 2015 was undocked at the Mazagaon Dockyard Limited (MDL) in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The undocked submarine was named Kalvari and is expected to be commissioned into Indian Navy by September 2016. The submarine is part of the Indian Navy’s ambitious submarine programme- Project 75. This programme is undertaken in collaboration France to build fleet of six such submarines.
India successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Dhanush missile from ship
India on 9 April 2015 successfully test fired nuclear weapons-capable Dhanush missile from a ship, off the Odisha coast. Test- The ship-based missile was launched from an Offshore Patrolling Vessel (OPV), deep inside the Bay of Bengal to test its full range. It successfully hit the target point with high degree of accuracy.
Retired Lieutenant General Hanut Singh, a 1971 Indo-Pak war hero passes away
Lieutenant General Hanut Singh (retd) on 12 April 2015 passed away in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. He was 82. He was a 1971 Indo-Pak war hero and one of the most famous officers of the Indian Army.
BSF launches nationwide tele-medicine programme for troops
Border Security Force (BSF) on 14 April 2015 launched nationwide satellite-based tele-medicine programme for its troops. The programme will address medical and health-related problems of its troops deployed in far-flung frontier areas and difficult regions in the hinterland in case of an emergency or illness.
India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile
Nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-III ballistic missile was successfully tested on 16 April 2015. The test was conducted from Wheelar Isalnd off the Odisha coast in the Bay of Bengal by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) with support of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Facts about Agni III missile
- It is surface-to-surface nuclear capable intermediate-range ballistic missile.
-Indigenously developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
-Range: 3000 km. Dimensions: 17 metres in length, 2 metres in diameter.
-Launch weight is around 50 tonnes.
- Payload: It can carry a nuclear warhead of 1.5 tonne and is protected by carbon all-composite heat shield.
- It is a two-stage solid-propelled missile.
-Equipped with the hybrid guidance, navigation and control systems along with advanced on-board computer.
- At present India has arsenal of Agni-I, II and III and Prithvi missiles with strike reach of over 3000 km, giving an effective deterrence capability.
INS Visakhapatnam, stealth destroyer of Indian Navy launched
Indian Navy’s new stealth destroyer named INS Visakhapatnam was launched on 20 April 2015 at the Mazgaon Docks Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Visakhapatnam is the Kolkata-class warship and the first of P15-B stealth destroyers which is designed indigenously and fitted with advanced features. It is the largest destroyer commissioned in India.
First battalion of Gorkha rifles celebrates Bicentenary year
First Battalion the First Gorkha Rifles (1/1 GR) on 24 April 2015 celebrated its Bicentenary at Pathankot, Punjab. To mark this day, hundreds of serving and veteran Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks of the battalion both from India and Nepal attended the function. Bicentenary celebrations of the battalion commenced with a solemn memorial service in honour of the martyrs.
The First Gorkha Rifles Battalion was raised on 24 April 1815. It was raised from the remnants of Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa’s forces that had valiantly fought the British at the Malaun Fort near Shimla in the Anglo Nepal War of 1814-16.
India and France begin naval exercise ‘Varuna’
10-day naval exercise ‘Varuna’ between India and France began on 23 April 2015 off the Goa coast. It is the fourteenth edition of this naval exercise which will host of naval assets of both countries and will conclude on 3 May 2015. Scope of exercise: It will include the entire gamut of various maritime operations from aircraft carrier operations, maritime interdiction operations, anti-submarines warfare exercises to multi-ship replenishment exercise.
India’s rescue operation in quake-hit Nepal named as Operation Maitri
Indian Army has named the rescue and aid to Nepal ‘Operation Maitri’ or friendship which was aftermath of 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal. This operation will involve number of Indian military aircraft and choppers along with bus services through road route. Along with them more than 1000 trained personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will also take part in this operation. Under the operation, a Multi-National Coordination Centre (MNCC) has been set up. In addition, for relief operations Head-quarters has been established in PPO Pokhra.
Indian Army conducts Akraman–II defense exercise in Rajasthan
Indian Army on 26 April 2015 conducted a major exercise ‘Akraman-II’ in Rajasthan. The exercise was conducted by the Chetak Corps, a part of South Western Command based in Bhatinda, Punjab. The exercise aimed to test a new generation of weaponry and platforms which are employed in the desert region to provide ‘real time battle and situational awareness’ to its commanders. In this exercise more than 300 Combat Vehicles including Main Battle Tanks, Long Range Artillery Guns participated along with 10,000 troops. The Akraman-II exercise also tested the capabilities of Indian Air Force in launching deep insertion of helicopter-borne and airborne army units.
14th edition of Indo-French naval exercise VARUNA concludes
14th edition of Indo-French naval exercise Varuna concluded on 2 May 2015 in Goa. The naval exercise concluded in the presence of Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar along with Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command. The ten day long exercise commenced on 23 April 2015 and included both a harbour and sea phase in Goa. In this edition of exercise, French Navy was represented by the Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle and Indian side was represented by Aircraft carrier INS Viraat.
Akash missile inducted in Indian Army
Indian Army inducted the first regiment of the indigenously-developed surface-to-air Akash missile system. Each regiment of Akash missile in the Indian Army consists of six launchers with each launcher having three missiles. Indian Army had placed orders for two regiments worth about 19,000 crore rupees. The first regiment will be ready by July 2015 and the second one by the end of 2016.
Indian Army and Bank of India ink MoU on Defence Salary Package
Indian Army and Bank of India (BOI) on 8 May 2015 signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Defence Salary Package. The signed MoU is a revised version of previous and first MoU which was signed in 2011 between both parties and was valid for a period of three years.
Indian Navy commissions INS Sardar Patel naval base in Porbandar
Indian Navy has commissioned INS Sardar Patel naval base in Porbandar, Gujarat in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and Admiral RK Dowan. The aim of this new naval base at Porbandar is to beef up security along the 1600 km coastline of the state. It will also increase the maritime security on western coast and strengthen surveillance and security in the region. The newly commissioned naval base is christened after India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Patel. It is second naval base of Indian Navy on Gujarat coast, the first one is INS Dwarka at Okha in Dwarka district.
BrahMos land-attack cruise missile successfully test-fired from Car Nicobar Islands
Land-to-land configuration of BrahMos missile was successfully test-fired from the Car Nicobar Islands. BrahMos Block–III version i.e. land-to-land configuration of missile was launched from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) for its full-range of 290-km test. The missile flight test met all flight parameters, including high-level manoeuvres. It also hit the designated land- based target with the desired accuracy. This launch was the 47th test-firing of the missile and follows an unsuccessful test which was conducted on April 9, 2015 when the missile had failed to hit the target.
INS Kavaratti, anti-submarine warfare ship launched in Kolkata
INS Kavaratti, Indian Navy’s latest anti-submarine warfare class stealth corvette was launched on 19 May 2015 in Kolkata. Kavaratti is the last of the four anti-submarine warfare class stealth corvettes being built for India under Project 28.
Features of INS Kavaratti
It weighs 3,300-tonne and has a length of 109.
1 metres and measures 13.7-m at beam.
Propelled by four diesel engines and can reach a speed of over 25 knots.
It has an endurance of more than 3,400 nautical miles.
It is 90 percent indigenous, thus adding feather to the cap of the domestic manufacturing for the Indian Naval forces.
Yamuna Expressway becomes India’s first road runway after IAF Mirage 2000 jet successfully lands:
Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh had become India’s first road runway after Indian Air Force (IAF) Mirage 2000 fighter jet successfully landed as part of trials to use national highways for emergency landing. The first of its kind initiative in India’s aviation history took place on Yamuna Expressway near Mathura with active support from Uttar Pradesh government, Yamuna Expressway Authority. It should be noted that Yamuna Expressway is the longest Greenfield expressway in the country.
India-Singapore bilateral naval exercise SIMBEX-15 commences in Singapore
Bilateral naval exercise SIMBEX-15 between India and Singapore commenced on 23 May 2015 in Singapore. It is 3 days exercise which will conclude on May 26, 2015. This edition of naval exercise will give traditional emphasis on anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and more complex maritime exercises. It will involve various facets of naval operations such as air and surface practice firing, air defence, maritime security and search & rescue operations.
India and Vietnam Sign a Joint Vision Statement on Defence Cooperation
India and Vietnam signed a Joint Vision Statement on Defence Cooperation for the period 2015-2020. It was signed by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his Vietnamese counterpart Minister for National Defence General Phung Quang Thanh in New Delhi.
Pinaka Mark-II rockets successfully tested at Pokhran
Advanced version of indigenous Pinaka mark-II rockets were successfully tested on 30 May 2015 in Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan. They were test-fired using a multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL). In the test six rounds were successfully tested which had hit the target situated 53 kms from the firing point. The MBRL version of Pinaka has high operational mobility, flexibility and accuracy which is capable of acting as a force multiplier and has been developed to supplement artillery guns.
India, US ink new 10-year Defence Framework Agreement
India and United States (US) have signed a new strategically important 10-year defence framework agreement on 3 June 2015. The agreement was signed between Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and visiting US Defence Secretary Dr. Ashton Carter in New Delhi. The framework agreement provides avenues for high level strategic discussions between both nations along with continued exchanges of armed forces and strengthening of defence capabilities.
India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant undocked at Cochin
India’s first indigenously-built largest aircraft carrier INS Vikrant was successfully undocked at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) in Cochin district of Kerala. The ship will undergo a series of fitment and trial processes along with series of static and dynamic trials before inducting it into the Indian Navy in end-2018. With successful completion of construction of INS Vikrant India joins elite group of four nations in the world viz United States, Russia, United Kingdom and France that are capable of designing and constructing aircraft carriers. The carrier was officially launched in August 2013 after its first phase of construction was completed. It was first left its dry dock in December 2011.
Facts about INS Vikrant
-It name Vikrant, means “courageous” in Sanskrit or “bold” in Hindi, The carrier has a length of over 260 metres and breadth of 60 metres.
- It weighs around 40,000 tonne.
-It has two take-off runways and a landing strip with three arrester wires having short-take off but arrested recovery (STOBAR) system.
-On completion it will carry up to 36 fixed-wing jets, including MiG-29 K and indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.
- It will additionally carry ten helicopters such as Kamov Ka-31s, Westland Sea Kings, or indigenously-built Dhruvs.
Sri Lanka, China begin joint military training exercise ‘Silk Route- 2015’
Joint military training exercise code named ‘Silk Route- 2015′ between China and Sri Lanka has begun at Buttala in Central Sri Lanka. It is three-week long joint military training exercise will be conducted in three phases. Phase 1 will be held June 22-28, 2015; Phase 2 will be held from June 28-July 5, 2015 and Phase 3 will be held from July 5 – July 13, 2015. In the first phase of the 2nd joint exercise involves Sri Lankan Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China have participated.
Light Combat Helicopter successfully clears hot weather trials at Jodhpur
Indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) prototype has been successfully cleared hot weather trials at Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The testing involved temperature survey of engine bay and hydraulic system apart from handling qualities, assessment of performance and loads at different all up weights etc.
Indian Railways, Indian Army among world’s biggest employers: WEF Study
Two Indian organizations, India Army and Indian Railways are among the world’s biggest employers. It was revealed in a research published by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Both organisations employ around 2.7 million people together. Indian Railways was placed at 8th position with 1.4 million staff, while Indian Army was placed at 9th position with 1.3 million employees in the list of world’s biggest employers.
Top 10 world’s biggest employers are:
-US department of Defense: It is the world’s biggest employer with over 3.2 million employees.
-People’s Liberation Army (PLA): Chinese military is 2nd biggest employer with 2.3 million employees.
-Walmart: US supermarket giant is 3rd biggest employer with 2.1 million workers.
-McDonald’s: Fast food giant is the 4th biggest employer with 1.9 million employees.
-National Health Service of UK: It is 5th biggest employer with 1.7 million.
- China National Petroleum Corporation: It is 6th biggest employer with 1.6 million employees. It is Chinese state-run company. State Grid Corporation of China: It is 7th biggest employer with 1.5 million employees.
- Indian Railways: 1.4 million staff.
- Indian Army: 1.3 million employees.
-Hon Hai Precision Factory: It is known around world as Foxconn, a leading electronics manufacturer. It is placed at 10th position with 1.2 million employees.
Indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash Missile inducted in IAF
Indigenously developed supersonic surface-to-air Akash Missile has been inducted in Indian Air Force (IAF). The Akash missile was inducted by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at a function held at Maharajpur Airbase in Gwalior after he handed over the symbolic key of Akash defence system (ADS) to Air chief Marshal Arup Raha. It should be noted that Akash missile already has been included in Indian Army. It was inducted in Army in May 2015.
Lt Gen Man Mohan Singh Rai appointed as new Vice-Chief of Army
Lt Gen Man Mohan Singh Rai has been appointed as new Vice-Chief of the Indian Army. He is presently the Eastern Army Commander and will succeed Lt Gen Philip Campose who superannuates on 31 July 2015. Rai is from the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers. It should be noted that Army General Dalbir Singh Suhag too was the Eastern Army Commander before taking over the top post. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune and was commissioned from the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun in 1976
Nag anti-tank missile tested from helicopter platform
Indigenously developed Nag anti-tank guided missile was successfully tested from a helicopter platform. Test: During the test, three-round trial of helicopter-launched Nag (HeliNa) missile were conducted at a Chandhan firing range in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. The two of the trials successfully had hit the target while one had reportedly missed the target.
INS Astravahini decommissioned after 31 years of service
INS Astravahini, indigenously built torpedos launch and recovery vessel was decommissioned after its service for almost 31 years to the nation. It was decommissioned in a ceremony held at the Ship Building Centre (V) at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The vessel had immensely contributed in the trials of indigenous torpedoes developed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL). INS Astravahini was an auxiliary vessel of the torpedo launching and recovery (TLRV) class. It was commissioned in Indian Navy in 1984, at Visakhapatnam and served for about 31 years.
Ottappalam in Kerala to have India’s first Defence Industrial Park
India’s first defence industrial park will be set up at Ottappalam in Palakkad district of Kerala. In this regard, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) of Union Government has approved a proposal for this defence park forwarded by the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation. The proposed defence park will be established as part of Union Government’s flagship Make in India programme and state government’s Make in Kerala project.
Kalyani Group partners with Israel’s Rafael to make Spike Missile
India’s Kalyani Group and Israel’s Rafael have partnered to produce Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) in India. In this regard both the entities have formed a manufacturing Joint Venture (JV) and this move is considered to deepen India-Israel strategic cooperation.
India’s first Harbour Defence System commissioned in Kochi
India’s first Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS) was commissioned in Kochi, Kerala. First of its kind system in the country is part of initiatives to strengthen and beef up coastal security in the western coastline.
YUDH ABHYAS 2015, India-US joint military training exercise will be held in September
India-US Combined Military Training Exercise YUDH ABHYAS 2015 will be held from 9th September 2015 at Joint Base Lewis McChord in United States. It was announced Union Defence Ministry in New Delhi. This exercise will be the 11th edition of such event in the Yudh Abhyas series.
US launches biggest NATO airborne drills since Cold War in Europe
The US military has launched the largest NATO airborne drills dubbed as Swift Response 15 since the end of the Cold War to enhance security and stability in the European region. Swift Response 15 will be month long simultaneous multinational airborne operations drill in which around 5,000 soldiers from 11 NATO member states will participate.
Pakistan, Russia ink landmark defence deal
Pakistan and Russia have signed a landmark defence deal including the sale of 4 advance Mi-35 ‘Hind E’ combat helicopters to Pakistan. The agreement was signed by top defence officials from both countries in Rawalpindi as per negotiations for the deal which had taken place in 2014. Earlier in November 2014, both countries had signed a bilateral defence cooperation agreement to strengthen military-to-military relations between them.
India gifts former Indian Coast Guard Ship Varaha to Sri Lanka
ndia has gifted its former Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Ship Varaha to Sri Lanka. The ceremonial of handing over of the ship took place at the port of Colombo in keeping with naval customs and traditions. The patrol ship had been in service with Sri Lanka Navy as Sri Lanka Naval Ship Sagara since 2006. It will now help the island nation to further maintain maritime security in the region.
50th anniversary of 1965 Indo-Pak war observed
50th anniversary of 1965 India-Pakistan war was observed across the country on 28 August 2015. President Pranab Mukherjee paid rich tributes to the war martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti, New Delhi. Army Chief, General Dalbir Singh, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan also paid their tributes to the martyrs.
Delhi High Court allows permanent commission for women in Indian Navy
Delhi High Court in its landmark judgment has allowed women to get permanent commission in Indian Navy and allowed them to board on warships. The ruling was given by a Division Bench of Delhi HC headed by Justice Kailash Gambhir on the writ petition moved by a group of women naval officers both retired and serving.
Union Government gives nod to One Rank One Pension scheme
Union Government has given its nod to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for ex-servicemen. It was announced by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar in New Delhi.
Facts about One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme
- OROP will provide ex-servicemen of same rank and same length of service uniform pension regardless of date of retirement.
- The benefit will be given with effect from 1st of July 2014 and it will benefit all three services- Army, Navy and Air Force.
- Pension will be re-fixed every five years and future enhancements in rates of pension would be automatically passed to the past pensioners. Armed forces personnel who retire voluntarily would be not covered under OROP scheme.
-However, it will be applicable to personnel who have already retired prematurely.
-All arrears will be paid in four half-yearly installments and all widows will be paid arrears in one installment.
Estimated cost to implement OROP scheme would be around 8000 crore rupees to 10,000 crore rupees at present and it will increase further in future.
China, Pakistan launch joint ‘Shaheen (Eagle) – 4’ Air Drill
China and its strategic partner Pakistan have launched a joint air exercise called Shaheen (Eagle)-4 in China. It is fourth edition of air exercise between the air forces of both countries which was launched as part of a series of military exchange programmes between two countries. In this edition of exercise, Chinese contingent was represented by fighter jets, fighter bombers and early warning planes. Pakistani counterpart included fighter jets and early warning planes.
6th Indo-Maldives Joint Military Exercise, KUVERIN 2015 begins in Thiruvananthapuram
The sixth Indo-Maldives joint Training Exercise, KUVERIN 2015 has commenced at Pangode Military Station in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. Aim of the Joint Exercise is to acquaint forces of both countries with each other’s operating procedure and increase understanding and interoperability between Armies of both countries.
AUSINDEX15, first Australia and India maritime exercise begins in Visakhapatnam
Inaugural bilateral maritime exercise between India and Australia AUSINDEX15, commenced off coast of Visakhapatnam. The inaugural biennial exercise began with briefings and practical demonstrations ashore between Royal Australian Navy and Indian Navy before moving to sea.
Anti-Tank guided Amogha-I Missile test fired
An indigenously developed second generation anti-tank guided missile, Amogha-I was successfully test fired. Test: Test firing was carried out on September 10, 2015 at Babina Army Range, Madhya Pradesh. In the test two missiles were fired and both hit targets placed at 2.8 km as well as 2.6 km respectively. Both missile flights met all design parameters and designed path profile without any deviation.
About Amogha-I Missile
Indigenously developed by state owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).
It has maximum target range of 2.8 kms.
The missiles will be inducted into Indian Army after due qualification and validation trials.
Two Indian Coast Guard ships Apoorva & C-421 commissioned
ndian Coast Guard has commissioned two new ships named Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS Apoorva and Interceptor Boat C-421. The ships were commissioned by Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of Western Naval Command (Mumbai) off the naval dockyard in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
CCS clears Military helicopters deal with US aviation giant Boeing
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has given its approval to a multi-billion dollar deal to purchase Military helicopters from United States aviation giant Boeing. Under this deal, India will purchase 22 Apache Attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers from Boeing.
Apache Attack helicopters: These attack helicopters are equipped with Longbow gunships and are armed with deadly Hellfire and Stinger missiles. They are potent as fighter helicopters and are capable of destroying enemy helicopter and tank forces. There addition in Indian Air Force (IAF) will help to replace the ageing fleet of 15 Russian Mi-35 attack helicopters which already have undergone life extension upgrades.
Chinook heavy-lift choppers: It will help IAF to enhance its heavy-lift chopper capabilities and replace existing fleet of Russia made four gigantic Mi-26s. These choppers will play important role in warfront as well humanitarian operations for proving logistics support.
Union Government gives nod to IAF’s Integrated Air Command & Control System
Union Government has given its approval for implementation of Integrated Air Command & Control System (IACCS) project of Indian Air force (IAF) with allocation of 8,000-crore rupees. Decision in this regard was taken by Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the proposal forwarded by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC). Earlier in November 2014, DAC had given its nod for addition of 4 more nodes IAF’s IACCS.
Reliance Defence inks strategic partnership MoU with Emirates Defence Industries Co.
Reliance Defence has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC) in defence sector. The MoU seeks to boost partnership between both countries for manufacturing, knowledge transfer, services and technology development from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Both companies will partner to jointly explore the opportunity for manufacturing and building capabilities in Aviation, defence vehicles and associated areas.
India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2015 begins in Pune
India-Sri Lanka joint military exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2015 has begun at Aundh Military Station in Pune, Maharashtra. It is third edition of the joint training exercise between both countries that seeks to build Military to Military co-operation and interoperability.
Indigenously built INS Astradharani commissioned into Indian Navy
INS Astradharani was commissioned into Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It is Indian Navy’s first totally indigenously-designed and built Torpedo launch and recovery vessel (TRV). It is advanced replacement for INS Astravahini which was decommissioned from India Navy in July, 2015.
India celebrates 83nd Air Force Day
ndian Air Force (IAF) on 8 October 2015 celebrated its 83nd foundation day as Air Force Day at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
Significance of Day:
-It was celebrated for first in 1932 as an auxiliary air force of Indian Empire. The celebration of day seeks to increase the awareness about the importance of IAF as an important part of the national security. Celebrations: The Air Force Day Parade was held at the base along with the investiture ceremony. The Air Force Warrior drill team including women officers displayed rifle handling skills along with march past as part of the parade. Various airplanes of the IAF were on display.
Indo-China Joint Military Exercise Hand-In-Hand 2015
India-China Joint Military Training Exercise HAND-IN-HAND 2015 will be conducted at Kunming Military Academy of Yunnan province in China from 12 to 23 October 2015. It will be the fifth joint military exercise in the Hand-in-Hand series between armies of both countries which had started in 2007.
France to deploy its largest warship against IS in Syria and Iraq
France is set to deploy its largest warship (aircraft carrier) named Charles de Gaulle (R91) in order further boost its operations against Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq. Since September 2014, France has been targeting IS targets in Iraq and Syria as part of the US-led international coalition. The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle can carry upto 40 aircraft and support 100 flights a day. Its involvement in the coalition campaign will shorten the time taken by French jets to carry out air strikes. The deployment of aircraft carrier is also described as a rational choice of France which inturn would allow the country to be more efficient in coordination with the allies. The aircraft carrier already has been deployed in the coalition’s fight against IS. It is France’s only such vessel which can be used as base for French jets in the Gulf. Currently, France is using six Mirage jets stationed in Jordan and six Rafale jets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to target IS.
Heena Sidhu wins Gold medal at 13th Asian Shooting Championships
Ace Indian shooter, Heena Sidhu has won Gold medal in 10 metre Air Pistol event in women’s category at 13th Asian Shooting Championships held in Kuwait. In the final match, Heena shot 198.2 score to defeat Gundegma Otreyad of Mongolia who shot 198 winning Silver medal. Jangmi Kim of South Korea won the bronze with a score of 176.2. Other medal winners at 13th Asian Shooting Championships 10m air pistol junior women’s event: Shri Nivetha of India won a gold medal with a score of 195.8. She defeated Shinemurun Nyamdorj of Mongolia (195.4) and Heesun Kim of Korea (174.4) who have won the silver and bronze medals respectively. 10M air pistol uouth women’s team event: Indian trio of Harshada Nithave (374), Nayani Bharadwaj (374) and Malaika Goel (365) won the gold medal in this team event. Mongoloia won the silver medal and South Korea won the bronze medal. 25m pistol men’s junior event: Shivam Shukla of India won gold medal by shooting a score of 576. Jungwoo Park (575) and Jaekyoon Lee (572) both from South Korea claimed the silver and bronze medals respectively. Junior skeet men’s competition: Angad Bajwa of India won the individual gold medal. In the team event of this category, Angad Bajwa (121), Anant Naruka (112) and Arjun Mann (114) shot a total score of 347 winning team gold medal.
Indian Railways wins 32nd Indian Oil Surjit Hockey Tournament
Indian Railways has won 32nd edition of Indian Oil Surjit Hockey tournament for the first time. In the final match played at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium in Jalandhar (Punjab), Indian Railways team defeated defending champions Indian Oil Mumbai by 4-3 score. Score Indian Railways: Captain Vinod Kumar (18th minute), Malak Singh scored two goals (34th minute and 43rd minute), Affan Yusuf (45th minute). Indian Oil Mumbai: Captain Deepak Thakur scored two goals (13th minute and 63rd minute), Sunil Yadav (55th minute).
New species of tree frog named Ghatixalus magnus discovered in Western Ghats
Researchers have discovered a new species of tree frog named as Ghatixalus magnus in the Western Ghats in Kadalar High Ranges of Idukki district, Kerala. It was discovered by team of researchers comprising of Robin Abraham and batrachologis Anil Zachariah during their recent exploration in the Western Ghats. The discovery has been published in the latest issue of International Taxonomic Journal Zootaxa. Ghatixalus magnus is species of Rhacophorid tree frog of the genus Ghatixalus. It is large in size and biggest known tree frog from the Western Ghats.
Indian-American Swati Dandenkar appointed as US Director of ADB
India-born Swati Dandekar has been appointed as the United States director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She was nominated to this position by US President Barack Obama and was designated with rank of an ambassador. She would replace Robert M Orr who has held this position since 2010. About Swati Dandekar Swati Dandekar was born on March 6, 1951 in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Along with her husband Arvind, she had migrated to the US in 1973. She had received her BS degree in Biology and Chemistry from Nagpur University and a graduate diploma from Mumbai University in dietetics. Dandekar was the first Indian-born American citizen to win a state legislature seat in the United States.
Indian Junior Hockey team wins 2015 Men’s Junior Asia Hockey Cup
ndia’s junior men’s hockey team has won the Eight edition of Men’s Junior Asia hockey cup. In the finals played at Kuantan (Malaysia) India defeated arch rivals Pakistan 6-2 goals. For Indian team Harmanpreet Singh scored highest four goals followed by Armaan Qureshi and Manpreet Singh scoring 1 goal each. Captain of Indian team was Harjeet Singh, while Captain of Pakistan team was Ahmad Shakeel Butt. In the history of this Cup which is considered as Asia’s Premier Junior tournament both arch rivals had reached the final of for record six times in the last 27 years. South Korea won the bronze medal by defeating Japan by 2-1 goal score in this edition of Cup. Eight international teams had participated including India, Malaysia, Japan, China, Korea, Pakistan, Oman and Bangladesh in the 8ht Men’s Junior Asia Cup.
Railway Ministry inaugurates landmark Silchar-Lumding broad gauge rail line in Assam
Union Railways Ministry has inaugurated the landmark Silchar-Lumding broad gauge rail line in Assam. It was inaugurated by Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu by flagging off a passenger train from New Delhi via video-conference. Key facts Silchar-Lumding broad gauge rail line brings Assam’s underdeveloped but strategically important Barak Valley on the broad gauge map. The broad gauge line is also a milestone for connectivity in the northeast region and one of the largest gauge conversion projects of Indian Railways.
7th Central Pay Commission submits report, proposes 23.55% salary hike
7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) headed by Justice AK Mathur has recommended 23.55 percent hike in pay and allowances of government employees. In this regard the commission has submitted its report to Union Finance Ministry in New Delhi and the recommended pay revision will come into effect from 1 January 2016. Recommendations of 7th CPC Minimum basic pay of 18 thousand and maximum of 2.5 lakh rupees per month. Abolition of grade pay and pay band structure. The rate of annual increment for employees will be three percent. The pay will go up by 16 percent, allowances by 63 percent and pension by 24 percent. Abolition of 52 allowances and introduction of a Health Insurance Scheme. One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for central government staffers, para military as well as armed forces personnel. Increase in military service pay and revised pension formula for civil employees including Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and Defense Personnel retiring before 1 January 2016. Implications The pay revision will impact 47 lakh serving employee and 52 lakh pensioners of the Central Government including in the Defence and Railways. It will cost public exchequer over 1 lakh crore rupees annually. The implementation of Pay Commission will impact fiscal deficit by 0.65 percent. Finance Ministry is setting up committee headed by Expenditure Secretary to go through the report for its implementation.
India, China agree to deepen defence ties, maintain peace at LAC
India and China have decided to deepen bilateral defence ties and maintain peace and tranquillity at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Both neighbouring countries also have decided to strengthen cooperation to fight the menace of terrorism, including at the international level. These decisions were taken in a meeting between Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and General Fan Changlong, Vice-Chairman of China’s powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) in New Delhi.
5 New long-haired wasp species discovered in India
Researchers from India have discovered 5 new long-haired species of wasps from different parts of the country. They were discovered by researchers from National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources.
Siril Verma wins silver medal at 2015 World Junior badminton Championships
Ace Young Indian shuttler Siril Verma has won silver medal at the prestigious 2015 BWF World Junior badminton Championships. In the final match played at the Peruvian capital of Lima, the 15-year-old Siril lost to Taipei’s Chia Hung Lu Chia by 21-17, 10-21, 7-21 score. By winning silver medal, Siril has joined the elite list of Indians shuttlers such as Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, RMV Gurusaidutt, HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma who have won medals for India in the Junior World Championships.
India, Bangladesh sign SOP for operationalising Agreement on Coastal Shipping
India and Bangladesh have signed the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for operationalising the Agreement on Coastal Shipping between both countries. The agreement was signed in June 2015 in order to improve the bilateral trade by reducing the logistic costs of EXIM transport. Key facts of SOP The SOP has been framed as per the terms and conditions of the Agreement on Coastal Shipping and its provisions have been agreed by both the countries. It would pave the way to promote coastal shipping between India and Bangladesh and further enhance bilateral trade by bringing down the cost of transportation of export-import (EXIM) cargo.
Saina Nehwal wins silver medal at 2015 China Open
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has won silver medal at 2015 China Open Superseries Premier Badminton tournament after finishing at second position in the Women’s Singles category. In the final match played at the Haixia Olympic Sports Centre in Fuzhou, the defending champion and top seeded Saina lost to sixth placed Xuerui Li from China by 12-21, 15-21 score. Saina and Li had met 12 times against each other and Saina has won just 2 of those games. The final of China Open tournament was overall Saina’s fifth final of the year 2015 and the third instance in 2015 that the World No. 1 has come out second best. Note: In year 2014, India’s Srikanth Kidambi and Saina Nehwal had created history by winning 2014 China Open in Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles category respectively.
PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Ambedkar memorial in London
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the recently acquired Ambedkar memorial by Maharashtra Government at King Henry’s Road in London, United Kingdom. On this occasion, Prime Minister unveiled a plaque to mark the dedication of the Memorial and was accompanied by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Background Maharashtra government had bought this house in London where social reformer and architect of the Indian Constitution Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar had stayed as a student in the 1920s. In September 2015, Maharashtra Government had purchased the house for 32 crore rupees and had converted into an international memorial consisting of a public museum and a library owing to its cultural and national importance and pride of millions of people of India.
DECEMBERLegendary actor Dilip Kumar conferred with Padma Vibhushan
Legendary actor Dilip Kumar (93) has been conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan, country’s second highest civilian award. It was bestowed upon him by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at his residence in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Union Government had selected veteran actor for the Padma Vibhushan on the eve of 66th Republic Day. About Dilip Kumar He was born in Peshawar, Pakistan in 1922 and his original name was Muhammad Yusuf Khan. He spent his childhood in Maharashtra and left home to start a canteen before he was picked up as a potential actor.
Losar festival beings in Ladakh region of J&K
The festival of Losar has begun in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir to mark the beginning of New Year in this Himalayan region. 10 day long festival began with illumination of religious and residential places and by visiting monasteries for prayer. Losar is Tibetan word for ‘new year’ and this festival is an important social and religious celebration in Ladakh.
Ahmad Javed appointed as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has appointed senior IPS officer Ahmad Javed as India’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. His appointment will fill the vacancy of the post of Ambassador in Indian Embassy in Riyadh since April 2015 after retirement of Hamid Ali Rao. He is IPS officer of 1980 batch from Maharashtra Cadre. Prior to this appointment Mr. Ahmad Javed was serving as Mumbai Police commissioner.
Wipro awarded 2015 Aegis Graham Bell Award
Global software major Wipro has been awarded 2015 Aegis Graham Bell Award for developing a solution for the Internet of Things (IoT). The award has been bestowed upon Wipro’s IoT solution ‘Universal Data Parser’ (UDP). The UDP enables flexible adaptation of data streams from a wide range of end devices to IoT platforms and data stores. Presently, Wipro is India’s third-largest software services firm after Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys.
India and Japan ink 14 agreements in various fields
India and Japan have inked fourteen agreements in various fields to enhance bilateral co-operation between both countries. These agreements were signed during ninth annual Indo-Japan summit talks held in New Delhi. The summit was jointly held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. Some important agreements signed are Agreement in transfer of Defence Equipment and Technology Cooperation: Provides a framework to enhance defence and security cooperation. Agreement on security measures for the protection of classified military information: Ensures the reciprocal protection of classified military information transmitted to each other. Agreement on Amendment Protocol of Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement: Amends the Convention between both countries for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to Taxes on Income, signed in 1989. MoC on Technological Cooperation in Rail Sector: Establishes areas for comprehensive technological cooperation including sharing of information and best practices.
NGT bans registration of new diesel-run vehicles in Delhi
National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered ban on registration of new diesel-run vehicles in Delhi to curb the growing menace of air pollution in the capital city. This ruling was given by NGT bench headed by Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar and also questioned Delhi government’s odd-even formula for vehicles to check pollution in the city. Key facts The ban on registration of new diesel vehicles will be valid till 6th January 2016 as interim steps i.e. till the next date of hearing of NGT on Delhi pollution. NGT also ordered the central and state government to stop buying diesel cars in Delhi. On Delhi government’s odd-even formula for vehicles, the tribunal mentioned that might encourage people to buy two cars.
Union Government inks MoU for establishing IIITs at Ranchi, Nagpur & Pune
The Union Government has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for establishing three Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) in the country. The agreement to this effect was signed between Department of Higher Education (DoHE) and private agencies including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Tata Motors, ADCC Infocad and Hubtown. Key facts These IIITs are being set up at Ranchi (Jharkhand), Nagpur and Pune (Maharashtra). Apart from the Central Government, these institutions will be operated on a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode with participation of state government and industry. These IIITs are expected to bring out high quality Information Technology (IT) manpower required for building up IT industry in the country. The admission process in all the three IIITs will be done through Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-2016 and shall have intake of 120 students in each institutions. With this, the total number of IIITs in the PPP mode has gone up to 16.
Anti-jamming capability of Astra missile successfully tested
Scientist from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently have successfully tested crucial anti-jamming capability of the Astra missile. During the trials missiles ECCM (electronic counter-counter measure) features to overcome any jamming was successfully evaluated. This test was conducted after the missile’s RF seeker and other electronic components were sought to be jammed in the earlier trials. With some more trials to be carried in future including air launch trial with a warhead, the missile will be inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2015.
Shiva Keshavan wins silver medal at Asian Luge Championship
Seasoned Indian luger Shiva Keshavan has won a silver medal at the 2015 Asian Luge Championship held in Nagano, Japan. In this edition of championship, the first place was claimed by Japan’s Hidenari Kanayama and the third by South Korea’s Dong Hyeon Kim. The race was conducted in two heats that were closely contested by athletes. In the first heat Shiva Keshavan was a mere 2/10th of a second behind, but in the second heat minor technical snags cost him the gold medal. In the previous editions of the event, Shiva had won two gold, silver and two bronze medals for India.
Indian Oil Corp tops in 2015 Fortune 500 companies in India list
State-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has emerged as the country’s biggest company in terms of annual revenue as per an annual list of 2015 Fortune 500 companies in India. IOC topped the list for consecutive sixth year with annual revenue of Rs. 4,51,911 crore. IOC was followed by Mukesh Ambani-led private sector Reliance Industries at the second place with a revenue of Rs. 3,82,565 crore. Top ten companies are Indian Oil Corp (IOC):4,51,911 crore annual revenue. Reliance Industries: Rs 3,82,565 crore annual revenue. Tata Motors: Rs 2,67,025 crore annual revenue. It has jumped to third slot from fifth place in 2014. State Bank of India (SBI): Rs 2,57,289 crore annual revenue. It was ranked sixth in 2014. Bharat Petroleum (BPCL): Rs 2,40,367 crore annual revenue. In 2014, it was placed at the third spot. Hindustan Petroleum: Rs 2,13,380 crore annual revenue. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC): Rs 1,65,161 crore annual revenue. Tata Steel: Rs 1,41,669 crore annual revenue.
Tech Mahindra launches contactless wallet MoboMoney
IT major Tech Mahindra has launched first of its kind ‘Tap N Pay’ contactless digital payment wallet MoboMoney for the Indian masses. MoboMoney has been billed as India’s first commercial NFC ecosystem rollout that would allow consumers to convert cash into e-cash for making payments. Key facts MoboMoney is a prepaid wallet issued in the form of a Near Field Communication (NFC) contactless tag that could be used to ‘Tap N Pay’ for goods and services. This facility would be available on a network of NFC enabled merchant point of sale (POS) machines. Customers without an NFC-enabled phone also can enjoy this facility to purchase goods. The e-money loaded into the customer’s digital wallets can then be used make payments, recharges, make bill payments as well as pay online.
PM Narendra Modi inaugurates new building of Afghanistan Parliament in Kabul
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new building of Afghanistan Parliament in the capital city Kabul built by India. It was inaugurated during Narendra Modi’s first official visit to Afghanistan after becoming Prime Minister. He also named one block of Parliament as Atal Block after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Prime Minister also handed over 4 Mi-25 attack helicopters to Afghanistan Air Force symbolising a shift in India’s position on supplying ‘offensive’ equipment. Afghanistan parliament building was constructed by India at a cost of US 90 million dollars as a symbol of India’s support to Afghanistan’s democracy and civil reconstruction.
Union Government links LPG subsidy to income
Union Government has announced to link LPG subsidy to income of consumers in order to ensure that the subsidy benefits go to the targeted group. Henceforth, the LPG subsidy will not be available to LPG consumers if the consumer or his/her spouse has taxable income of more than ten lakh rupees. This income would be as per the previous financial year computed under Income Tax Act, 1961. This decision will be given effect to initially on self-declaration basis of LPG consumers while booking cylinders January 2016. This move will affect at least 60 lakh LPG consumers of the total 16.5 crore LPG consumers in the country and Government will save upto Rs. 113 crore from this decision.
Reliance Jio launches 4G telecom service
Reliance Jio has launched 4G (4th Generation) telecom service using LTE (Long Term Evolution) Technology. The service was launched by company’s Chairman Mukesh Ambani on the 83rd birth anniversary of Dhirubhai Ambani, founder of the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) in Navy Mumbai, Maharashtra. This initial phase of 4G service was launched for limited to 85000 employees and their families of the company. However the commercial services to begin by April 2016 throughout country. Features The Jio 4G Service has three-pronged features focusing on broadband networks, affordable smart phones and the availability of rich content and applications. It seeks to provide unique combination of high speed data up to 1 gigabyte per second (Gbps), telecom, media, digital commerce and payment services.
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