Monday, 4 July, 2022

Topic: drones

Aviation ministry eases drone operations rules, reduces operator fees and forms required

PM Narendra Modi said on Twitter that the new drone rules usher in a landmark moment for the sector in India and will tremendously help start-ups and youth working in this sector.

Aviation ministry permits Karnataka govt, Mahindra & Mahindra, SAIL, 7 others to use drones

The ministry said it has granted conditional exemption to the 10 organisations & the permission is valid for a period of one year.

Heron, Searcher, Sea Guardian, SWITCH — the many UAVs that make up India’s drone arsenal

UAVs are not just meant for long range surveillance but also for carrying out precision strikes. ThePrint gives you a roundup of the various drones in India's unmanned aerial squadrons.

Drone policing during Covid exposes India’s need for data protection law

Modi govt's Draft Drone Rules 2021 do not have any of the incremental provisions of the Unmanned Aircraft System Rules 2021 or any mention of safeguards to privacy.

Project Cheetah set to take off, India to get upgraded & armed drones from Israel

Under the project, the Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Israeli Herons will be upgraded to undertake specialised and longer surveillance missions & precision strikes.

Suspected Pakistani drones spotted at 3 different places in J&K’s Samba

The officials said BSF personnel fired a couple of rounds towards one of the drones before it returned to the Pakistani side. The other 2 disappeared shortly after hovering.

Pakistan trying to supply arms, ammunition to terror groups using drones: J&K Police chief

The J&K Police Friday shot down a hexa-copter, which had come from Pakistan carrying an IED and could cause heavy casualties.

J&K police shoots down drone carrying 5 kg IED material in border belt of Jammu

After receiving information on drone flying over border belt of Kanachak along the International Border, a quick reaction team shot it down Thursday night, police official said.

Why India’s drone market could become a multi-billion-dollar industry in next decade

The Indian drone market is expected to reach $1.21 billion in 2021, and 2022 will be the year the country will witness widespread usage of drones.

LoC, cameras, action — how hi-tech equipment is helping Indian Army guard the border better

Emergency financial powers besides existing special financial powers have helped the Army make technological upgrades to infantry soldiers along the LoC and LAC.

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Attendees pose for a group photo at the 48th G7 Summit on 26 June | PTI

G7 infra plan a lifeline developing nations can’t ignore but first crack this code, like BRI

Silk roads are getting bumpier but Beijing will maximise its pursuit of global leadership as long as it perceives that Washington seeks to deny it any.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Army personnel give military honours to the soldiers of Territorial Army's infantry 107 battalion who lost their lives in the Manipur Landslide, 2 July 2022, Siliguri | Credits: ANI Photo/ ANI Pic Service

A look at the Territorial Army — The Indian military’s task force hit by the Manipur landslide

The Territorial Army, a part-time military organisation for Indians who may have other jobs, is essentially a volunteer force that can be quickly mobilised in the defence of a state.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.