A Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft of the Indian Navy with three officers on-board crashed off the Goa coast with two officers still missing.The navy has ordered a Board of Inquiry into the crash that occurred off the Goa coast last night. One pilot has been rescued while another pilot and an observer who were on-board are missing, the navy said. "Six naval ships and four aircraft were immediately deployed for search which is still continuing to locate the two officers. The Navy has ordered a Board of Inquiry into the accident," a navy press release said. The Dornier surveillance aircraft was on a routine training sortie when it 'ditched' at sea, about 20 nautical miles south west of Goa on Tuesday night. The Naval air station at Goa lost communication with the aircraft at 10.02 pm, the release said. The aircraft is feared to have ditched soon thereafter, it added. … [Read more...] about Navy surveillance aircraft crashes in Goa; 1 rescued, 2 missing
'I never imagined that there would come a day when the NBA game would be seen and heard by Indian fans in their own language.' IMAGE: The NBA's Hindi commentator Akshay Manwani analyses games on the popular show Around the Hoop. Photograph: NBA India Growing up in the 1990s, Akshay Manwani watched a lot of NBA games on cable telly, but little did he know that someday he'd be an NBA pundit while leading the Hindi commentary team for the NBA in India. Manwani, 38, with his team of commentators, has brought a much-needed desi punch to NBA fans in the country. Sample these: During the NBA India Games -- at the first of two pre-season games played between the Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers at the NSCI dome in Mumbai last month -- appreciating Malcolm Bogden's 3 pointer, one commentator quipped: 'Navi Mumbai se Dome mein kiya score!' 'Yeh pehla dunk! Baayein haath ka khel, Sabonis ka' went another piece of Hindi commentary pointing out the Pacers's Domantas Sabonis's conversion off … [Read more...] about Hindi commentators add spice to NBA in India
Traditional prayers, chants of 'Ganpati Bappa Morya' and sweet offerings of 'laddoos' and 'modaks' by devotees marked the commencement of the Ganesh festival in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on Monday. IMAGE: An idol of Coconut Cha Raja being placed in the pandal ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi, in Mumbai. Photograph: PTI Photo The 10-day long festival is being held this year amid the looming clouds of economic slowdown and the devastation caused by floods after heavy rains in some parts of the state. Several Ganesh mandals have contributed funds to help those affected by floods in the state, particularly in Kolhapur and Sangli districts.As the festival began on Monday morning, idols of different shapes and sizes of the elephant-headed God, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and considered as a symbol of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune, were installed at the sarvanjik (community) mandals and at homes by devotees. While many devotees brought the idols at home by … [Read more...] about Ganesh fest begins; devotees open heart to welcome God
Assuming the official defence allocations represent the true picture, the $142 billion figure still represents a phenomenal increase and surpasses that of Japan ($42 billion), India ($40 billion), South Korea ($33 billion) and several other Asian countries put together and shows that China is flexing its military muscle, says Srikanth Kondapalli.The latest hike in China's defence budget allocations to about $142 billion represent double digit increase -- a feature consistently maintained for the last more than two decades to make China the second largest defence spender in the world after the United States. Assuming the official allocations represent the true picture -- and cooking up the books in China had been rampant with its auditing system still rudimentary in nature -- the $142 billion figure still represents a phenomenal increase and surpasses that of Japan ($42 billion), India ($40 billion), South Korea ($33 billion) and several other Asian countries put together.Firstly, it is … [Read more...] about What China’s hiked defence spending means for India
'Imagine a situation where the army's top brass is annihilated in one fell swoop with colonels, brigadiers and generals shedding their ranks and their place being taken by others from arms and services which are not even remotely connected to the working of the fighting arms.' 'The government must make clear once and for all that promotions in the Indian Army are not the right of individuals, but a privilege given in accordance with role and function,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). Some time ago while writing about the challenges for newly-appointed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar I had pointed out how the entire armed forces structure/expenditure is geared towards the most unlikely possibility of World War II type conventional conflict. As the defence minister settles down to tackle these issues, a bolt from the blue in the shape of a tribunal ruling has thrown a giant size spanner in the works. This whole chain of thought has been triggered by the Armed Forces Tribunal's … [Read more...] about Let the army decide whom to promote!