Business Economy

UP invites investments in defence corridor at EXPO2020

Dubai [UAE]: The largest state of India, Uttar Pradesh is developing defence corridor to create a manufacturing ecosystem that will not only support the domestic defence enterprises but will also develop products for exports.The defence corridor policy is one of the major policies of the state government that is on display in the India Pavilion at EXPO2020 Dubai during the ongoing ‘State Week’, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday. Outlining the business-friendly initiatives associated with the state’s Defence Corridor policy, Dr Muthukumarasamy B, Special Secretary, Infrastructure & Industrial Development Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh said, “We are developing six nodes – Aligarh, Agra, Jhansi, Chitrakoot, Kanpur and Lucknow under Defence Corridor. We have strong ancillary base to support the needs of defence manufacturing and ensuring continuous supply of raw materials, labour and other needs of the industry.”“The state has existing…

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Centre approves plan to manufacture 5 lakh AK-203 rifles in UP’s Amethi

Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : The Centre has approved the production of over five lakh AK-203 assault rifles at Korwa in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi to boost the self-reliance in defence manufacturing, the Government of India sources said.According to sources, this endeavour will be done in partnership with Russia and reflects the deepening partnership between the two countries in the defence sector. It reflects the ever-increasing paradigm shift in defence acquisition from buy global to Make in India. The project will provide business opportunities to various MSMEs and other defence industries for the supply of raw materials and components, which will lead to the generation of new employment opportunities. The project marks a significant stride towards making Uttar Pradesh a key contributor to the ascendant defence manufacturing prowess of India, sources said.The 7.62 X 39mm caliber AK-203 Rifles will replace in-service INSAS Rifle inducted over…

International US News

Defence Ministers of US, Japan agree to hold meeting in 2+2 format

Washington [US] : US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi have held a phone conversation, during which they agreed to hold a meeting in a 2+2 format with the nations’ foreign policy chiefs, the US Department of Defence said.During the conversation, Austin and Kishi expressed commitment to security and stability in the Asia Pacific region, as well as pointed out the strength of the US-Japanese alliance. “Secretary Austin and Minister Kishi discussed efforts to deepen defence cooperation to maintain regional deterrence, and agreed to hold a Security Consultative Committee ‘2+2’ meeting at an early date,” the Pentagon said in a statement on late Friday.The ministers also stressed the importance of close trilateral cooperation between the US, Japan and South Korea. 

International US News

US calls for greater cooperation with its allies to counter Chinese threat in Indo-Pacific region

Washington [US] : In a bid to promote peace in the Indo-Pacific region, the US on Monday (local time) called for additional cooperation with its allies to deter potential military aggression by China.The statement came from the US Department of Defence (DOD) while summing up the conclusions of ‘Global Posture Review’, initiated by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in March. “In the Indo-Pacific, the review directs additional cooperation with allies and partners to advance initiatives that contribute to regional stability and deter potential Chinese military aggression and threats from North Korea,” the DOD said.These initiatives include seeking greater regional access for military partnership activities; enhancing infrastructure in Australia and the Pacific Islands; and planning rotational aircraft deployments in Australia, as announced in September.The review also informed Secretary Austin’s approval of the permanent stationing of a previously-rotational attack helicopter squadron and artillery division headquarters in…

International US News

Former US Secretary of Defence sues Pentagon for withholding parts of his memoir

Washington [US] : Former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has sued the Defence Department accusing Pentagon officials of blocking parts of his memoir.“Significant text is being improperly withheld from publication in Secretary Esper’s manuscript under the guise of classification,” Esper’s lawsuit filed in Federal District Court in Washington, DC, says, as quoted by The New York Times on Sunday. According to the suit, the withheld text is “crucial” to telling certain important stories about his tenure under former US President Donald Trump.“I am more than disappointed the current administration is infringing on my First Amendment constitutional rights. And it is with regret that legal recourse is the only path now available for me to tell my full story to the American people,” Esper said in a statement on Sunday.According to The New York Times, the Pentagon is aware of the former defence secretary’s…

International US News

Biden expresses hope Japan would increase defence spending amid China’s rise

Washington [US] : US President Joe Biden expressed his hope that Japan would increase its defence budget during a phone call with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in October, Japanese media reported on Saturday.Biden’s remarks came as Kishida is showing eagerness to ramp up Japan’s defence outlays amid China’s rise, Kyodo News reported citing a diplomatic source. So far, Japan has kept its defence budget around 1 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product in view of the passive Constitution.On Saturday, the Japanese Prime Minister vowed to strengthen the country’s defence capabilities.Kishida’s remarks came during a speech at a Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) base, where he expressed concern about North Korea’s rapid development of missile technology and China’s military expansion, Kyodo News reported.When Japan revises its foreign and security policies, Kishida said all options will be on the table including the idea of giving…

City News Delhi

CBI files 3rd chargesheet against defence officers in connection with navy classified info leak

New Delhi [India] : Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against the serving and the retired Defence officers in connection with navy classified information leak, informed sources.As per the sources, “CBI on November 20 filed the third charge sheet against the serving and retired Defence officers. in connection with Navy classified information leak.” “Six people have been arrested in the case and two charge sheets have already been filed into the matter so far”, informed the sources.

Asia International

Sri Lanka Begins Trials For 2019 Easter Attack

Colombo [Sri Lanka] : A Sri Lankan court on Monday began the first of three trials connected to bombings that killed nearly 270 people on the island in 2019, amidst appeals for greater accountability from victim support groups. In this trial, former national police chief Pujith Jayasundara is charged with failing to act on repeated intelligence warnings of a possible terror attack. A total of 855 charges of murder and attempted murder were read out as Jayasundara stood in the dock at the back of the courtroom. A total of 1,215 witnesses have been listed to give evidence but not all may be called, his lawyer said. “Our position is the former police chief is not guilty. He did not intentionally aid or abet the attacks and there was no omission on his part that caused the attacks,” attorney Ranjith Dehiwala told Reuters. Ex-Defence…


Primary objective of Indian Navy to keep Indo-Pacific route secure

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that Indo-Pacific being a key route is important for the world economy and it is the primary objective of the Indian Navy to keep it secure.“Indo-Pacific is a key route and it is important for the world economy. It is the primary objective of the Indian Navy to keep the route secure,” Singh said while speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the INS Visakhapatnam in Mumbai.“The entire world is increasing its Military power in coming years and expenditure on defence budget will increase. We have moved towards the development of an indigenous shipbuilding hub,” said Singh.“Out of 41 ships ordered by Indian Navy 38 ships have been developed in India. It is the best example of indigenisation,” he added.Singh on Sunday morning formally commissioned the INS Visakhapatnam in Mumbai. INS Visakhapatnam is the…

National News Politics

90% defence equipments to be made in India

Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Union Defence Minister Rajanth Singh on Friday said Defence Ministry is continuously working to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolution of ‘Self-reliant India’, and soon 90 per cent equipment of the country’s defence requirements will be made in India.Addressing an event in Jhansi today, Rajnath Singh said, “I want to assure the country that the day will come soon when 90 per cent of equipment of the country’s defence requirements will be made in India.” “Defence Ministry is continuously working in mission mode to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolution of ‘Self-reliant India’. At one time 65 to 70 per cent of the defence material in the country was being imported from outside. Today the picture has changed and we are buying 65 per cent of the defence items from India itself,” he noted.“Works are being started to strengthen the…

PMO Politics State's Latest

PM Modi lays foundation stone of UP Defence Corridor project worth Rs 400 cr in Jhansi

Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor project worth Rs 400 crores in Jhansi.The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the much-awaited significant project on the concluding three-day ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’ event being organized by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) along with the government of Uttar Pradesh here in the city. The Centre has decided to set up two Defence Industrial Corridors in the country– one in Tamil Nadu and the other in Uttar Pradesh. The Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor has nodes at Agra, Aligarh, Jhansi, Chitrakoot, Lucknow and Kanpur.For the Jhansi node of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor, the state government has made nearly 1,034 hectares of land made available.Bharat Dynamics Ltd, a Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU), is setting up a plant for the…


Defence, Home, RAW secretaries and IB Director can now get two-year extension

New Delhi [India]: The Central government on Monday issued the Gazette notification with respect to extending the tenure of Defence Secretary, Home Secretary, Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB), Secretary of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for the period of two years. The notification reads that the Central Government may, “if it considers necessary in the public interest so to do, give extension in service to the Defence Secretary, Home Secretary, Director of Intelligence Bureau, Secretary of Research and Analysis Wing and Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) appointed under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 (25 of 1946) and Director of Enforcement in the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) appointed under the Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003 (45 of 2003) in the Central Government for such period or periods as it may deem proper on a case-to-case basis for reasons to be recorded…

National News Politics

Indian Army Chief to visit Israel

New Delhi [India] : Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane On Sunday proceeded on a five-day visit to Israel.The visit aims to further strengthen strategic defence cooperation between both the countries, said Indian Army. “General MM Naravane #COAS proceeded on a five-day visit to #Israel. The visit aims to further strengthen strategic defence cooperation between both countries,” the Army said in a tweet.The visit comes weeks after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar travelled to Israel to strengthen ties.

National News Politics

Changes in family pension rules

New Delhi [India]: The Ministry of Defense has revised maximum ceiling limits of two family pensions payable to a child or children in respect of both the parents to Rs 1.25 lakh per month (ordinary family pension -enhanced rate) and Rs 75,000 per month (ordinary family pension – normal rate), the Indian Army said in a tweet.The new ceiling limits are effective from January 1, 2016, it added.

National News Politics

CBI arrests Navy officers

New Delhi [India] : In a significant development, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a serving Indian Navy officer along with two retired ones in connection with the leakage of confidential information related to the modernisation of a Kilo-class submarine going.Top government sources told ANI that after the developments took place last month, the Indian Navy also ordered a high-level probe under a Vice Admiral and a Rear Admiral to probe the leakage of information and look for ways to prevent any such incident in the future. “After getting inputs from agencies concerned, the CBI arrested a serving Navy officer of the rank of Commander (Lt Col equivalent in Army) who is currently posted in Mumbai for passing on unauthorised information related to the Kilo-class submarine modernisation project to retired officers,” said sources.The CBI has been questioning a number of other serving…

National News Politics

BJP slams Sanjay Raut

New Delhi [India] : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Jammu and Kashmir co-incharge Ashish Sood on Monday slammed the Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and claimed that those who once demanded proof of surgical strikes today feel that surgical strikes must be carried out against China.“Those who had once demanded proof for surgical strikes today feel that surgical strikes must be carried out. But they did not notice that the Union Defence Minister among other people started to work on a security review three hours after the incident,” Sood said. He further added, “Everyone was mobilising their respective political parties for a visit to Lakhimpur Kheri, but when fundamentalists and terrorists kill people in Kashmir, they all stay quiet on that. They only do vote bank politics.”The comments came in reaction to Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut’s concern over the attack on civilians in Jammu…

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PM to dedicate 7 defence companies

New Delhi [India] : In addition to the power of nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the seven new defence companies to the nation on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami today.He will deliver a video address at an event organised by the Defence Ministry. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and representatives from the Defence industry associations will be present on the occasion. According to a release by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Government has decided to convert Ordnance Factory Board from a Government Department into seven 100 per cent government-owned corporate entities, as a measure to improve self-reliance in the defence preparedness of the country.This move will bring about enhanced functional autonomy, efficiency and will unleash new growth potential and innovation, it said in a statement.The seven new Defence companies that have been incorporated are Munitions India Limited (MIL); Armoured Vehicles Nigam Limited (AVANI);…

South Asian Countries

Record 56 Chinese warplanes enter Taiwan’s air defence zone

Taipei [Taiwan]: China has flown a record 56 fighter aircraft towards Taiwan, continuing three days of sustained aggressive military posturing against the self-ruled island.Since Friday, China has sent almost 150 aircraft into Taiwan’s defence zone. Taiwan’s Ministry of Defence announced that People’s Liberation Army Aircraft’s (PLAAF) 34 Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, two SU-30 fighter jets, two Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare (Y-8 ASW) planes, two KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft (KJ-500 AEW&C), and 12 Xian H-6 bomber entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ).The aircraft all flew sorties in the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ, just to the northeast of the Dongsha Islands, Taiwan News reported.Since mid-September of last year, Beijing has stepped up its grey-zone tactics by regularly sending planes into Taiwan’s ADIZ, with most instances occurring in the southwest corner of the zone and usually consisting of one to three slow-flying…


CDS General Rawat meets US Maj Gen Brunson in Washington, discusses defence cooperation

Washington [US]: India’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday met US Army Major General Xavier T Brunson, Commanding General, I Corps, and discussed issues of bilateral defence cooperation.General Bipin Rawat visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a military installation in Washington. “General Bipin Rawat CDS is on a visit to US. CDS visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord JBLM, Washington and also discussed issues of bilateral defence cooperation with Major General Xavier T. Brunson, Commanding General, I Corps, USArmy,” the Indian Army said in a tweet.General Rawat had last week met Russian General Staff Army General Valery Gerasimov and discussed issues of bilateral defence cooperation.General Bipin Rawat was on a two-day visit to Russia. He attended the conference of the Chiefs of General Staff of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation SCO member states in Russia.

City News Delhi

Defence Minister approves proposal to publish relevant details of planned procurements

New Delhi, Aug 20: In a bid to provide more transparency in capital acquisition process, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a proposal mandating the Service Headquarters to publish the details on the website within a week of receipt of approvals. However, the details shared will be subject to sensitivities keeping the security aspect in mind, a Defence Ministry release said on Friday. It said the defence industry has regularly pitched for providing greater access to the details of procurements planned by the Ministry especially with regard to cost, quantity, offsets, trials and transfer of technology which are being envisaged at the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) stage. The release said the Minister gave the approval to promote ‘Ease of Doing Business’ and provide more transparency in capital acquisition process, aligning with the aspirations of industry. The relevant details should be published on the Service…

National News

Navy declares ‘No fly zone’

In wake of the recent Jammu Airport drone attack, the Eastern Naval Command (ENC), headquartered in Andhra Pradesh’s port city Visakhapatnam, on Friday designated an area of 3 km from the perimeter of naval installations as a “no fly zone”. “An area of 3 km from the perimeter of Indian Naval installations in Visakhapatnam is designated a ‘no fly zone’. All individuals and civil agencies are prohibited from flying any non-conventional aerial objects including drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) within these zones,” said a Navy official. In the event of a violation, the Navy will destroy or confiscate the drone, UAV or unauthorised flying object, he said. The violator will also be charged under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code. The Navy official reminded that approval for flying drones by any civil or government agency is governed by the guidelines issued by…