Marking a major milestone towards capacity building and capability enhancement of the Indian Army, Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, dedicated the globally combat proven M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzers, K-9 Vajra-Tracked Self Propelled Guns and 6x6 Field Artillery Tractors to the service of the Nation. The Dedication Ceremony was held at Devlali Field Firing Ranges and was attended by Minister of State for Defence, Dr Subhash Bhamre, Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat and dignitaries from the Government of USA and South Korea. Senior Serving Officers of the Indian Army and Ministry of Defence, representatives of Manufacturing Industries were also present. The 155mm, 39 Calibre Ultra light Howitzers have been procured from USA under Government to Government Foreign Military Sales and will be assembled in India by BAE Systems in partnership with Mahindra Defence. The Gun System is versatile, light weight and can be heli-lifted, thereby providing the much needed flexibility in deployment in various terrains. The Howitzer is in service in the US, Canadian, Australian and Some other armies of the world. It has proven its mettle in difficult areas of Afghanistan and Iraq. The first ten K9 Vajra 155mm/52 calibre guns have been imported from Hanwha Techwin of South Korea in Semi Knocked Down state and have been assemble by L&T in India. The balance 90 Guns will be largely manufactured in India with some major assemblies coming from South Korea. Its induction will give a huge fillip to the firepower capability of Indian Army on our western borders. The 6x6 Field Artillery Tractor has been indigenously developed by Ashok Leyland and will provide the much awaited replacement for the ageing fleet of artillery gun towing vehicles. Dedication of these equipment to the nation also give a major impetus to ‘Make In India’ initiative of the government. The event included an impressive display of equipment and firepower by the guns of the indian artillery. Also on display were indigenous Gun Systems/Surveillance & Target Acquisition Systems that have been recently introduced in service.
The Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018 was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar.The three day event is being organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in association with Rehabilitation International Korea and their associated partner LG Electronics from 9thto 11th November, 2018. The objective of the event is to leverage IT skills among youth with disabilities and also to spread awareness about the application of Information and Computer Technology (ICT) in enhancing the quality of life of persons with disabilities especially in Asia-Pacific region. The award ceremony of the event will be held on 11th November.
The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on November 08, 2018 was 107.883 BCM which is 67% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at the same level for the week ending on November 01, 2018. The level of water storage in the week ending on November 08, 2018 was 102% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 98% of storage of average of last ten years. The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.993 BCM which is about 63% of the total storage capacity of 257.812 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country. 37 Reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Bhai Dooj. “भाई दूज के पावन पर्व की सभी देशवासियों को बहुत-बहुत बधाई। Greetings to you all on the special occasion of Bhai Dooj, a festival that celebrates the strong brother-sister bond”, the Prime Minister said.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh today shared his scathing assessment of demonetisation as intense political sparring between the government and the opposition marked the second anniversary of the cash ban, reports NDTV. "It is often said that time is a great healer. But unfortunately, in the case of demonetisation, the scars and wounds of demonetisation are only getting more visible with time," he said in a statement. "I urge the government to restore certainty and visibility in economic policies. Today is a day to remember how economic misadventures can roil the nation for a long time and understand that economic policymaking should be handled with thought and care," said the former prime minister, NDTV reported.
Four civilians and a CISF jawan were killed when suspected Maoists blew up a bus with an improvised explosive device (IED) in poll-bound Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, police said. Two personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) were also injured in the incident. “Seven people including three CISF jawans from Akash Nagar camp were going for routine purchase on a private bus, deployed for election duty, when they were targeted by the Maoists,” IG Bastar Vivekanand said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Kedarnath on Wednesday where he offered prayers at the shrine. He also reviewed the Kedarpuri project, the foundation stone for which was laid in October 2017, reports Hindustan TV. The temple was devastated in the 2013 flash floods that killed thousands. On Tuesday, 5,100 ‘diyas’ were lit together and arranged in rows around the temple and at all sacred spots close to it, Hindustan Times reported. Later in the day, he will fly to Punjab border to celebrate Diwali with army jawans.
The President Ram Nath Kovind has sent his greetings to fellow citizens on the eve of Deepawali. In his message, the President has said, “On the auspicious occasion of Deepawali, I extend warm greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and around the world. This festival is an opportunity to foster fraternity and unity among all citizens. Deepawali guides us from darkness towards light. On this occasion let us spread and share our happiness with those who are less fortunate than us. I also urge all citizens to commit themselves to celebrating a pollution-free and safe Deepawali”.
Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad district will be known as Ayodhya after the temple town that is home to the Ram temple, said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday to loud cheers from the 10,000-strong crowd gathered to hear his big speech on the eve of Diwali, reports Hindustan Times. Adityanath, who had promised “good news,” to devotees of Lord Ram, also announced a medical college named after King Dashrath, Ram’s father, and an airport to be called Raja Ram, Hindustan Times reported. “I assure you that no injustice will be done to Ayodhya,” said the saffron-robed Chief Minister, who is also head priest at the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur. He spoke about his numerous visits to Ayodhya and asked his audience if there was any other chief minister who had travelled to the town as frequently as him. “You must acknowledge the change Ayodhya is going through,” he said. Sharing stage with Yogi Adityanath at the ceremony in Ayodhya was South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook, who earlier laid the foundation stone for the Korean queen Heo Hwang-ok memorial park.
The Supreme Court ordered a Vigilance enquiry in an unprecedented CBI war after hearing a plea filed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Kumar Verma seeking a stay on the post midnight order divesting of him of duty and sending him on leave. The court also demanded that the enquiry should be completed in two weeks. As the opposition, particularly the Congress, attacked the Narendra Modi government over the leadership change in the agency, the CBI Thursday clarified that Verma continues to remain the director and Rakesh Asthana special director while joint director Nageshwar Rao will hold interim charge till the time Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) examines the allegations and counter allegations between the top two officials, Hindustan Times reported.