The defence ministry needs to focus keenly on "Made in India" projects without being distracted by "Make in India" slogans, says Ajai ShuklaIn the manner of government and entities dependent upon it, everyone in defence production from the ministries of defence and commerce, the defence industrial estate and even the military has jumped on to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bandwagon of "Make in India". How "Make in India" plays out is evident from the Sukhoi-30MKI assembly line in Nashik, where Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd builds the air force's front-line fighter. In contrast, a "Made in India" aircraft like the Tejas could be continually upgraded without licensing issues, altered and supplied anywhere in the world.Read more defence news HERE … [Read more...] about Why ‘Make in India’ is a distraction!
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said there was no controversy in the sacking of Avinash Chander as Defence Research and Development Organisation chief and it was he who recommended that the position should be held by someone from a “slightly younger generation” and not by someone on contract.Noting that the tenure of Chander had ended in November, he said it was extended on contractual basis due the previous government’s decision.“At these senior positions, they should not be on contract. There are so many eligible, (someone) should be brought among them,” he said. The defence minister maintained that there was no controversy in this decision. “I had recommended that this position should not be held by a person on contract. We should introduce in scientific world, slightly younger generation,” he told reporters outside the North Block. Asked who will head DRDO, he said the senior-most person of the cluster head will hold the post … [Read more...] about DRDO chief was removed to bring in someone younger: Parrikar
'It is certainly time for New Delhi to open up. Not only should it go ahead at full steam with the roads to the LAC, but the government must also allow tourists to visit these stunningly beautiful areas of Indian territory,' says Claude Arpi.China is unhappy about India's plans to build a road on the southern side of the McMahon Line in Arunachal Pradesh. A couple of weeks ago, Hong Lei, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, stated 'The boundary issue between China and India is left by the colonial past. We need to deal with this issue properly. Before a final settlement is reached, we hope that India will not take any actions that may further complicate the situation.' 'We should jointly safeguard peace and tranquility of the border area and create favourable conditions for the final settlement of the border issue,' he further asserted. The proposed billion dollar project on the Indian side of the India-Tibet border was announced by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren … [Read more...] about Why India needs to get tough with China
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is schedule to arrive in Brazil on Wednesday on a two-day visit to attend the 11th BRICS summit, will focus on strengthening ties among the world`s five major economies in key areas such as digital economy, science, and technology, and also build mechanisms for counter-terrorism cooperation. The Prime Minister, accompanied by an official delegation, left for Brazil on Tuesday afternoon to attend the BRICS summit, with this year`s theme of "Economic Growth for an Innovative Future," for the sixth time since taking office. A large business delegation from India is also expected to be present during the visit especially to attend the BRICS Business Forum where the business community of all five countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) are represented, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. After his arrival in Brasilia, the Prime Minister is scheduled to have bilaterals through the day. He will then attend … [Read more...] about Digital economy, counter-terrorism high on agenda for PM Narendra Modi at BRICS meet
LEH: Former defence secretary RK Mathur was on Thursday sworn-in as the first Lt Governor of strategically located Union Territory of Ladakh, which came into existence after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir. Mathur, who will be turning 66 later this month, was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir high court Gita Mittal at a function held at Sindhu Sanskriti auditorium at Tisuru. The warrant of appointment was read by a senior official at the function after which the oath ceremony took place. Mathur, an IAS officer of 1977 batch from Tripura, later inspected a guard of honour of local police. A post graduate in Industrial Engineering from IIT, Mathur retired as defence secretary in 2015 and was appointed as Chief Information Commissioner in December the same year. He completed his tenure in November last year after attaining the age of 65 years. Ahead of the swearing-in, the Union Home Ministry revoked notification of December last year of imposition … [Read more...] about RK Mathur sworn in as Ladakh LG