Wednesday, 18 May, 2022
TopicMinistry of Defence

Topic: Ministry of Defence

After 60,000 veterans fume about delayed April pensions, defence ministry promises payout today

The Ministry of Defence has granted 58,275 pensioners time until 25 May 2022 to get their identification data updated on SPARSH online system.

Modi govt gives go-ahead to buy 15 India-made Light Combat Helicopters with air-to-air missiles

Equipped with a 20 m gun, 70 mm rockets and air-to-ground missiles, the HAL-manufactured LCH will complement the heavier 22 Apache attack choppers purchased from the US.

SC allows widening of 3 ‘strategic stretches’ in Char Dham road project, cites security concerns

SC bench led by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud modifies top court’s September 2020 order that had restricted road width on entire highway in fragile Himalayan region to 5.5 m.

India successfully launches Supersonic Missile Assisted Torpedo System

It has been designed to enhance anti-submarine warfare capability beyond conventional range of torpedos. It was a textbook launch & full capability was demonstrated, DRDO said.

Al Qaeda will probably come back, warns UK defence secretary about Afghanistan crisis

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace was speaking on govt's decision to send in around 600 more troops to facilitate the safe exit of remaining UK personnel in Afghanistan.

Centre tables bill in Lok Sabha to ban agitation by essential defence services employees

The bill provides for disciplinary action, including dismissal, against employees participating in strikes as well as penalties for instigation and financial aid to such strikes.

Defence Ministry issues tender for over Rs 40,000 crore to build 6 submarines domestically

The project under the strategic partnership model will be the first that allows domestic firms to collaborate with foreign players to produce high-end military platforms in India.

MoD and IDSA no longer separate. How Manohar Parrikar’s name was added to the think tank

With the packing of Executive Council with favorites of the establishment, a major source of resistance to defend IDSA’s autonomy could get weakened.

Sea trials of first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in July, commissioning mid-2022

Though the original plans for the ship were floated in 1989, the design work began fresh in 1999. It was scheduled for commissioning in 2018 but has been delayed.

Rajnath Singh must look beyond ‘feel-good’ booklets. MoD lists reforms but quiet on threats

2020 has been a momentous year for policy decisions with respect to defence reforms. The challenge will lie in execution.

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Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Indian law needs to account for women, make finance inclusive

Indian women face multiple barriers in accessing finance in an equitable manner. Research suggests adding a gender lens to existing laws and financial products is crucial.
Vehicles at a petrol pump station in Bengaluru, on 4 March 2021 | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Heatwave sends Indians into air-conditioned cars for relief, petrol sales soar

Petrol sales have gone up 14% during 1-15 May from the corresponding period in April, a considerable amount especially in comparison to other fuels.

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Desi defence start-up helps Army go off decades-long dependence on imported cold-weather gear

While AROO does research on the product, manufacturing is handled by another company with which it has a tie-up. The first set of AROO gear was delivered in second half of 2021.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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