Wednesday, 5 October, 2022
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Topic: Arms

US unveils $1.1-bn arms package for Ukraine war, includes 18 HIMARS launcher systems

The Biden administration will use funds from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative to procure weapons, including 150 vehicles, 2 radars to track unmanned aerial systems among others.

CBI carries out searches at 40 locations in J&K, Delhi in arms licence case

CBI confirmed that the exercise was being conducted in connection with allegations that between 2012 and 2016, deputy commissioners in J&K had fraudulently issued bulk arms licences.

Indian arms imports fell 33% over last five years, drop hits Russia the hardest

The new data published by Swedish think-tank SIPRI comes at a time when the Narendra Modi govt is taking steps to reduce imports with a focus on Make in India.

US approves $1.8 billion in arms sales to Taiwan amid tension with China

Tensions between Taiwan and China are rising as Beijing has steadily increased diplomatic & military pressure on Taiwan. The US has sought to push back on the Chinese pressure.

The African Union has failed to ‘silence the guns’

The African Union pledged in the Lusaka Road Map to end armed conflict by 2020. But it has only increased.

US to seek UN Security Council vote on extending Iran arms embargo this month

US ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft said the country is willing to reimpose wide-ranging UN sanctions if the vote failed.

Pompeo’s bid to extend arms embargo on Iran finds pushback at UN

China, Europe and Russia Tuesday disputed a US assertion that it holds the right to reimpose UN sanctions even though it quit the accord in 2018.

Funds shrinking, Army wants Budget 2019 to make special allowance for GST, customs duties

All three services have to currently pay customs duty as well as GST on defence imports.

China replaces the US as the big brother for Pakistan’s defence needs

After 2008, American exports fell sharply, while China’s picked up so much that it became the largest arms supplier to Pakistan, SIPRI data shows.

Pensions overtake modernisation, modest 7.8 % hike in defence budget

Bill for pensions zooms past Rs 1 lakh crore mark; sharp increase in fund to assist private sector

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File photo of Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar | Reuters

Ishaq Dar, new Pakistan finance minister—a Nawaz Sharif’s mole in Shehbaz Sharif’s cabinet

Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results, Albert Einstein said. But Paksitanis don't get it--Dar's been appointed FM for the fifth time.
Beneficiaries of the PM-GKAY PDS centre in Odisha | Representational image | ANI

Free grains, fuel tax deferred – Gujarat, HP on its mind, Modi govt puts politics over economy

RBI's rate hike also among decisions announced last week that might pay political dividends in state polls, but could come with commensurate economic costs, say economists.

Defence

IAF chief Air Chief Marshal V. R. Chaudhari with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Twitter/ @IAF_MCC

Need organisation structure best suited to Indian conditions, IAF on theatre commands

The IAF chief said the model of integration that India adopts must be future-ready, must reduce levels of decision-making, and capitalise on the strength of all three services.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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