Thursday, 11 August, 2022
TopicIndian Ordnance Factories

Topic: Indian Ordnance Factories

AK-203 rifle deal with Russia finally cleared, to be inked when Putin comes calling next month  

Under deal approved by Defence Advisory Council, first 20,000 AK-203 rifles will be imported from Russia, and then, more than 6 lakh rifles will be manufactured in India.

What is essential defence services Bill and how it will impact ordnance factories and others

Strike proposed by employees’ federations of ordnance factories from 26 July, against Modi govt decision to corporatise them, perhaps triggered introduction of the Bill.

Ordnance factories are now a ‘hurdle’ for armed forces. Corporatisation is the way out

OFB is a strategic asset that would flourish post ‘modification and modernisation’. Modi govt’s May 2020 announcement is a step in the right direction.

Ordnance factories hit back at Army claims, cite export orders, accidents of other equipment

In a statement, OFB said only 19 per cent of the accidents involving defence ammunition between January 2015 and December 2019 could be attributed to the board.

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.

By amending Arms Act, Modi govt will make way for Gangs of Wasseypur-style gun possession

The amendments to the Arms Act are as illogical as demonetisation. India is not going to be any safer by reducing licensed ownership of firearms.

On Camera

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File photo of Sterlite copper unit at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu | By special arrangement

Shut since 2018 violence, TN Sterlite plant’s closure cost economy Rs 14,749 cr, says study

Copper plant in Thoothukudi was closed after protests turned violent & police firing left 13 people dead. Job losses one of major impacts, says study by NGO CUTS International.

Defence

Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.
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