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Agni-V set to be for another pre-induction test

Agni-V set to be for another pre-induction test Aug 14,2018

Agni-V, India’s long-range ballistic missile with a range of 5,000-5,500km will undergo one more pre-induction test, perhaps as soon as October, and be inducted into the country’s strategic arsenal shortly after, before the end of the year, senior defence ministry officials said on condition of anonymity. The missile, which completes India’s missile portfolio, underwent its penultimate pre-induction test in June and was expected to be inducted by next year. It is being built by the

India-made passenger aircraft to fly in 3 years: Minister

India-made passenger aircraft to fly in 3 years: Minister Aug 14,2018

State-run National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL)’s 19-seater “Saras” passenger aircraft will be ready within next three years, Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan said on Monday. “The implementation process of 19-seater modification to Saras will begin soon and the aircraft will be ready for commercial use within next three years, giving a boost to regional connectivity,” Vardhan told reporters here.The Minister was speaking on the sidelines of an event to unveil a

Chilling I-Day alert: Intelligence agencies fear of unmanned aerial vehicle attack

Chilling I-Day alert: Intelligence agencies fear of unmanned aerial vehicle attack Aug 14,2018

A high-level meeting took place today in North Block regarding the aerial threat on Independence Day by any unmanned aerial vehicle – whether paraglider, paramotor or drone. The drone threat has been a serious cause of concern for the security agencies and the Indian Air Force has been tasked with the responsibility of tracking and neutralizing any attacks outside the 30 km no-fly zone. According to reports, top officials from the Indian Air Force, Defence Ministry, Intelligence Bureau,

PMO Keen on Shifting Aero India Venue to Lucknow Despite Oppn From Air Force, HDK

PMO Keen on Shifting Aero India Venue to Lucknow Despite Oppn From Air Force, HDK Aug 14,2018

As and when the announcement comes, it will be the first time since its inception in 1996 that the Aero India show will fly out of Bengaluru. The new venue is widely speculated to be the Bakshi Ka Talab air force base on the outskirts of Lucknow, though an official announcement has been delayed given the politics that is swirling around the flagship event. While Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy has now officially written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, making a case for

India to launch two space missions every month, says ISRO Chairman K Sivan

India to launch two space missions every month, says ISRO Chairman K Sivan Aug 14,2018

India is ready to launch two space missions every month, with 31 launches slated to take place over the coming 16 months, a top official said on Sunday. “The space agency has a tight schedule ahead, as we are targeting nine launches over the next five months and 22 missions from February to December in 2019, aiming at two per month,” the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan told reporters here. In all, ISRO is looking at 31 space missions in a span of

Indian navy lacks submarine damage control, firefighting training: report

Indian navy lacks submarine damage control, firefighting training: report Aug 14,2018

The Indian navy lacks training facility for its crew on different aspects of damage control and firefighting inside a submarine, the country’s Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) has observed in one its reports tabled before the parliament recently, English daily “The Hindu” quoted the CAG report as saying on Monday. According to the report, a proposal for requirement of a simulator to train in damage control and firefighting had been hanging in balance for nearly four years, and was

Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri visits Fiji

Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri visits Fiji Aug 14,2018

In an attempt to strengthen bilateral relations with Fiji, an Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sahyadri which was on a good will visit to the island nation entered the Port of Suva there on Monday.The naval ship is visiting the Republic of Fiji en route to India after participating in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC)-2018 organised at Hawaii. During the visit, the Indian naval ship personnel will have professional interaction with their Republic of Fiji counterparts and the ship will have an

PM Modi takes on Mamata Banerjee over NRC: Only those who have lost faith, will use words like ‘civil war’, ‘bloodbath’

PM Modi takes on Mamata Banerjee over NRC: Only those who have lost faith, will use words like ‘civil war’, ‘bloodbath’ Aug 13,2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an exclusive interview with news agency ANI, touched upon important issues concerning the nation like mob lynchings, Goods and Services Tax (GST), women empowerment, and jobs. Besides, the prime minister also spoke about BJP’s plans to tackle the united Opposition in 2019 as well as the path ahead for India-Pakistan relations in the light of the imminent change of government in Islamabad. But, perhaps the most anticipated remarks from the PM came on Assam’s

MoD approves procurement of 6 Next Gen Made in India Offshore Patrol Vessels

MoD approves procurement of 6 Next Gen Made in India Offshore Patrol Vessels Aug 13,2018

The defence ministry today approved a long-pending proposal to procure six indigenously manufactured next generation offshore patrol vessels (NGOPVs) for the Navy at a cost of Rs 4,941 crore, officials said. The go ahead for the project was given by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the ministry's highest decision making body on procurement. The meeting of the DAC was chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The DAC accorded approval for the procurement of six indigenously

India needs 45 more Satellites in Space’: ISRO Chairman

India needs 45 more Satellites in Space’: ISRO Chairman Aug 13,2018

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Sivan has been attracting flak for the controversial removal of a senior colleague and director of ISRO’s, Space Application Centre, Tapan Misra, in Ahmedabad and attempts to privatise the space research agency. In an interview to Hindustan Times, the ISRO chairman takes on the controversies head on and talks about the ongoing research and mission to moon, Chandrayaan-2, which he says is no less than the Apollo mission. He also talks about

Critical Technologies For Human Space Mission On Track, Says ISRO

Critical Technologies For Human Space Mission On Track, Says ISRO Aug 13,2018

India’s plan to put a human in space is just one decision away from being made a reality. In an exclusive interview, K Sivan, chairman of space research organisation ISRO said several of the critical technologies are already in place, including a crew module and a crew escape system. A prototype space suit has also been developed. “ISRO is readying critical technologies for Indian human space programme. If the government wants, the Indian astronaut programme can be launched,” said Mr

Smart border with Pak, Bangla

Smart border with Pak, Bangla Aug 13,2018

The Border Security Force (BSF) has started sealing portions of the borders with Bangladesh and Pakistan with a “smart technology-aided fence”, sources in the Union home ministry said.A ministry official said the project was aimed at checking the increasing incidents of infiltration along the international boundaries with the two neighbouring countries. “This is a major step to plug the vulnerable gaps on the two frontiers and counter terrorism and the problem of refugees India is

Exercise Pitch Black: IAF contingent member flies onboard French Rafale fighter aircraft

Exercise Pitch Black: IAF contingent member flies onboard French Rafale fighter aircraft Aug 13,2018

An Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent member got an opportunity to fly onboard a French Rafale fighter aircraft, as part of the exchange sorties during the Integration Training week of Exercise Pitch Black in Australia. The IAF took to Twitter on Saturday early morning and said, “We are working together as a team & learning from each other.” It also tweeted pictures of the member inside the fighter jet. The Exercise Pitch Black is the Air Force’s premier air warfare exercise with 16

Another Congress Scam uncovered in P-8i aircraft deal for Indian Navy - CAG

Another Congress Scam uncovered in P-8i aircraft deal for Indian Navy - CAG Aug 09,2018

The P8I is the Indian Navy's most modern maritime reconnaissance plane. It was acquired by the Indian government after the deal with Boeing was done in 2009. Now, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the CAG has held the government responsible for "lack of due diligence/lack of proper internal checks... resulted in Boeing, USA being judged as L-1 incorrectly," saying unequivocally, the American firm's P-8I aircraft was favoured over the Spanish in the purchase of the Long Range

Politics holding up $3-billion Indian Warships deal : Report

Politics holding up $3-billion Indian Warships deal : Report Aug 09,2018

The Indian Navy wants to acquire warships that can carry at least 3,000 troops as well as battle tanks, but the government has not been able award a contract to either of the two companies competing for the contract. Choosing one company over the other could lead to political problems and the delay has forced the navy to wait for its plans to materialize, according to the Russian website Sputnik News. The issue involves four landing platform docks (LPDs) for the navy and the two competing

Taiwan embarks on spending spree on homemade subs

Taiwan embarks on spending spree on homemade subs Aug 09,2018

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has vowed to spend a lot more – NT$73.6 billion (US$2.4 billion), or more than one-fifth of the island’s defense budget next year – on the development of indigenous weapons. The president made the announcement at a ceremony at the Navy Command Headquarters to kickstart a new homemade assault submarine program. Next year’s defense budget will get a boost of NT$18.3 billion (US$597.5 million) and its share of the island’s GDP is set to break the 2%

BEL bags Rs. 9,200 crore missile order

BEL bags Rs. 9,200 crore missile order Aug 09,2018

State-owned aerospace and defence company, BEL will supply and services seven Long-range Surface-to-air Missile systems for MDL and GRSE. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) The company has entered into contracts with Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited to supply seven Long-range Surface-to-air Missile (LRSAM) systems to be fitted on seven ships to built by these two shipbuilders. The company informed the exchanges about the order receipt

Paltan: JP Dutta shot war sequence of upcoming film with 300 Indian Army soldiers in Ladakh

Paltan: JP Dutta shot war sequence of upcoming film with 300 Indian Army soldiers in Ladakh Aug 09,2018

JP Dutta’s upcoming war film Paltan is almost done filming. Paltan tells the story of the Indian armed forces facing off in an intense battle to ward off Chinese infiltration during the Nathu La military clashes of 1967, which took place along the Sikkim border. A new report in DNA, states that the filmmaker shot with 300 Indian Army personnel for the war sequence in the rugged terrains of Ladakh. Speaking about working with real soldiers, the Border filmmaker told DNA, “The movie focuses

Pakistan’s ISI provides terrorists 200 anti-thermal jackets to enter India undetected

Pakistan’s ISI provides terrorists 200 anti-thermal jackets to enter India undetected Aug 09,2018

In a major conspiracy against India, Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has reportedly provided terrorists with around 200 anti-thermal jackets to circumvent the thermal imaging devices at the India and Pakistan borders and enter India undetected. The terrorists can cross the border with great ease wearing the jackets as they cannot be traced. The security agencies have become alert after this report has surfaced. In an intelligence report sent to the Home Ministry, it

ISRO developing eco-friendly propellants for its rockets

ISRO developing eco-friendly propellants for its rockets Aug 09,2018

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is developing green propellants for future rockets, considering the harmful effects of exhausts released by rockets on the earth’s atmosphere. Currently, ISRO is conducting laboratory tests of environment-friendly replacements for existing propellants. The space agency is also looking to improve the energy efficiency of the fuel in the process. Research into the subject comes in the wake of global concerns regarding gases emitted by rocket