Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved setting up of a Committee under the Chairmanship of Director General (Acquisition) to review the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 and Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) 2009. The Committee will 'Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved setting up of a Committee under the Chairmanship of Director General (Acquisition) to review the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 and Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) 2009. The Committee will revise and align the procedures with the aim of ensuring seamless flow from asset acquisition to life cycle support. The DPP 2016 and DPM 2009 have been due for revision. Aligning the procedures will ensure seamless flow from asset acquisition to life cycle support and strengthen the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government. Apart from DG (Acq) 11 other members, not below the rank of Joint Secretary/Major General equivalent, are part of this high-level committee. Terms of reference of the Committee include to: Revise the procedures as given in DPP 2016 and DPM 2009, so as to remove procedural bottlenecks and hasten defence acquisition. Align and standardise the provisions in the DPP 2016 and DPM 2009, wherever applicable, to optimise life cycle support for equipment. Simplify policy and procedures to facilitate greater participation of Indian Industry and develop robust Defence Industrial base. Wherever applicable, examine and incorporate new concepts, such as life cycle costing, life cycle support, performance-based logistics, ICT, lease contracting, codification & standardisation. Include provisions to promote Indian start-ups and research & development. Any other aspect which will contribute towards refining the acquisition process and support the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The Committee has been given six months to submit its recommendations.'
Landline connections have been made operational on Saturday in 17 telephone exchanges in the Kashmir Valley, the officials said. The phone lines were restored after a period of about 12 days of lockdown. Seventeen out of a little over 100 telephone 'Landline connections have been made operational on Saturday in 17 telephone exchanges in the Kashmir Valley, the officials said. The phone lines were restored after a period of about 12 days of lockdown. Seventeen out of a little over 100 telephone exchanges in Kashmir were made operational. According to officials, 20 more exchanges would be operationalised soon. The landline services have been restored in Sonamarg, Budgam and Manigam areas of central Kashmir. The services have been restored in Gurez, Tangmarg, Uri Keran Karnah and Tangdhar areas of north Kashmir. In Srinagar, exchanges are back in the Civil Lines area, Cantonment area and near the airport. Meanwhile, mobile internet services have been restored in five districts of Jammu region. Telephone line services, including mobile phones and landlines were suspended on August 5 when the Central government abrogated Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and also split into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left for a two-day state visit to Bhutan. This is PM Modi’s second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election as the Prime Minister. “The Prime Minister emplanes for Bhutan. During this important 'Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left for a two-day state visit to Bhutan. This is PM Modi’s second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election as the Prime Minister. “The Prime Minister emplanes for Bhutan. During this important visit, PM will take part in several programmes. This visit would further cement the bond between India and Bhutan,” Prime Minister’s office said in a tweet. Prior to his departure, PM Modi said, “I will be on a State Visit to Bhutan on 17-18 August 2019. My visit to Bhutan in the beginning of the current term reflects the high importance that the Government attaches to India’s relations with Bhutan, our trusted friend and neighbour.” “India and Bhutan enjoy excellent bilateral ties exemplified by our extensive development partnership, mutually beneficial hydro-power co-operation, and strong trade and economic linkages. These are, reinforced by a shared spiritual heritage and robust people-to-people ties,” he said. “India-Bhutan partnership today is of a special character and substance and forms an important pillar of Government of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy,” he added. Modi said, “I look forward to having fruitful discussions with the King, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Prime Minister of Bhutan on the entire gamut of our bilateral relations. I also look forward to addressing young Bhutanese students at the prestigious Royal University of Bhutan. “ “I am confident that my visit will promote our time-tested and valued friendship with Bhutan and consolidate it further for the prosperous future and progress of the people of both our countries,” he said.'
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said that with the removal of Article 370, the Government has fulfilled Sardar Patel’s dream of a united India. Addressing a public rally in Jind, Haryana, Shah said this was a step that previous governments 'Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said that with the removal of Article 370, the Government has fulfilled Sardar Patel’s dream of a united India. Addressing a public rally in Jind, Haryana, Shah said this was a step that previous governments did not take, but now, with this step taken, Kashmir becomes an integral part of India. “Government of the day has fulfilled the dream of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the abrogation of Article 370,” he added. He also said that the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A is a big step forward for the unity and integrity of India. Moreover, this step has removed all obstacles in the path of holistic development of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Shah emphasized that such a courageous step can be taken only by those who think in terms of national interest. Focusing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff, Shah said that the creation of the post will ensure greater synergy among forces. He hailed the decision as a force multiplier for India’s armed forces. Shah further praised PM-KISAN scheme, which provides minimum income support up to ₹6,000 per year to all farmers. He also applauded the Government’s pension scheme for small retail traders as an unprecedented step. Speaking on the newly created Jal Shakti Mantralaya, Shah said that the creation of such a ministry will harmonize and coordinate all efforts for water conservation and water resource augmentation. Praising the Haryana Government’s successful efforts to reverse the decline in sex ratio, Shah said that Manhoar Lal Khattar Government’s successful implementation of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao has led to an increase in the state’s sex ratio from 871 to 918 in three years. The Home Minister commended the Haryana Government for ensuring increased remuneration for ASHA and aanganwadi workers. He also hailed the government’s decision to increase remuneration to the families of martyrs from rupees 20 lakh to 50 lakh. He congratulated Khattar for ensuring 24×7 state-wide availability of electricity and the successful implementation of the policy of providing two times the MSP to farmers.'
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that India strictly adhered to ‘No First Use’ policy for nuclear weapons for now but it may change in the future. Speaking at an event in Pokhran, Rajnath said, “At present, our nuclear policy is 'Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that India strictly adhered to ‘No First Use’ policy for nuclear weapons for now but it may change in the future. Speaking at an event in Pokhran, Rajnath said, “At present, our nuclear policy is ‘No First Use’ but what happens in future depends on the circumstances.” Rajnath in a tweet said, “Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atal Ji’s firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of ‘No First Use’. India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in future depends on the circumstances.” Singh was at Pokhran where he paid homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the latter’s first death anniversary. “Visited Pokhran today and paid homage to the former Prime Minister of India and one of the stalwarts of Independent India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji on his first death anniversary,” Rajnath said. “India attaining the status of a responsible nuclear nation became a matter of national pride for every citizen of this country. The nation will remain indebted to the greatness of Atal Ji,” Rajnath added.'
China has formally requested for ‘closed consultations’ in the UN Security Council to discuss India’s decision to rescind Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan wrote a letter seeking a meeting, according to a top 'China has formally requested for ‘closed consultations’ in the UN Security Council to discuss India’s decision to rescind Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan wrote a letter seeking a meeting, according to a top diplomat at UN. A request for the meeting was made in a letter by China and came up during the Council’s informal consultations on Wednesday, the diplomat said. Pakistan will not be present in room during the closed-door consultations, the diplomat added. The diplomat said Poland, president of the council for August was working out the details for holding the meeting and when it was to be held. Pakistan had asked for a meeting of the UNSC to discuss India revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi recently said. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during his recent bilateral meeting with China’s foreign minister Wang Yi in Beijing, conveyed that the decision to revoke Article 370 was an internal matter of India. After India revoked Article 370 on August 5 and announced the bifurcation of the state into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, Islamabad had said that it will approach the UN Security Council against New Delhi’s decision. India has categorically told the international community that its move to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter.'
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will visit Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia from August 17-21. Naidu will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State for HRD, Communications and Electronics & Information 'Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will visit Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia from August 17-21. Naidu will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State for HRD, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Ranee Narah, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Manas Ranjan Bhunia, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Ramesh Bidhuri, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and senior government officers, the release said. India and Baltic countries have historical connect and common linguistic roots. The cutting edge technology and innovation ecosystems of the Baltic countries complement India’s huge market and appetite for these technologies. Vice President Naidu’s visit will be the first ever high-level visit to the three Baltic countries. The visit takes place in the context of increasing political engagement, as well as intensified trade and commercial engagement. Naidu will visit Lithuania from August 17-19, during which he will have a detailed bilateral meeting with President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda and will meet Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament). He will also interact with Indian community and address the India-Lithuania Business Forum, it said. India and Lithuania relations are based on mutual trust, understanding and support to each other on issues of core interest. Thereafter Naidu will visit Latvia from August 19-20 and will have a bilateral meeting with President of Latvia Eglis Levits. He will also meet Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins and Inese Libina-Egnere, the Acting Speaker of the Saeima (Latvian Parliament), it added. Naidu will also attend the Business Forum co-organized by Latvian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Indian Chamber ASSOCHAM. The Vice President will lay the wreath at Freedom Monument of Latvia and will unveil the bust of Mahatma Gandhi in National Library of Latvia. He will also interact with the Indian community, it said. The vice president will visit Estonia from August 20-21, where he will meet President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Prime Minister Juri Ratas and the President of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament), Henn Polluaas, the statement said. As a special privilege, Naidu will also address the Estonian Head of Mission’s conference on India’s role in the Indo-Pacific region and address an India-Estonia business forum led by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from Indian side. He will also meet with members of the Indian community in Estonia, it added. The visit of Vice President Naidu to the three Baltics countries is to advance India’s outreach to the important countries in the region. This visit will provide an opportunity to brief the Baltic countries and their views on enhanced opportunities for cooperation, thus further strengthening our existing friendly ties.'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on India’s 73rd Independence Day said a Chief of Defence Staff will be the head of the three services. “Our forces are India’s pride. To further sharpen coordination between the forces, I 'Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on India’s 73rd Independence Day said a Chief of Defence Staff will be the head of the three services. “Our forces are India’s pride. To further sharpen coordination between the forces, I want to announce a major decision from the Red Fort: India will have a Chief of Defence Staff- CDS. This is going to make the forces even more effective,” PM Modi announced from the Red Fort. PM Modi also talked on the abrogation of Article 370, he said, “We do not believe in creating problems or prolonging them. In less than 70 days of the new Government, Article 370 has become history, and in both Houses of Parliament, 2/3rd of the members supported this step. We want to serve Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh.” “The old arrangement in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh encouraged corruption, nepotism but there was injustice when it came to rights of women, children, Dalits, tribal communities. The dreams of sanitation workers were incomplete. How can we accept such a situation,” PM added. PM Modi further said, “Those who supported Article 370, India is asking them: If this was so important and life changing, why was this Article not made permanent. After all, those people had large mandates and could have removed the temporary status of Article 370.” “We think differently and it is India First for us. Politics comes and goes but steps in the interest of the nation are paramount,” PM said'
In his address to the nation on the eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday expressed confidence that Abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh in to two UTs will be of immense benefit 'In his address to the nation on the eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday expressed confidence that Abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh in to two UTs will be of immense benefit to the people of these regions. President Kovind said, “I am confident that the recent changes made in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh would be of immense benefit to those regions. They will enable the people to access and enjoy the same rights, same privileges and same facilities as their fellow citizens in the rest of the country. These include progressive, egalitarian laws and provisions related to the Right to Education; accessing public information through the Right to Information; reservations in education and employment and other facilities for traditionally deprived communities; and justice for our daughters by abolishing unequal practices such as instant triple talaq.” President Kovind also said, “The illustrious generation that led us to freedom did not perceive independence only in terms of transfer of political power. They considered it a stepping stone in a longer and larger process of nation building and national welding. Their objective was to improve the life of each individual, each family and of society as a whole.” Expressing confidence and belief that India will never lose its capacity to listen to the feeblest voice, President Kovind said, “I say this with the confidence and belief that India will never lose its capacity to listen to the feeblest voice; that it will never lose sight of its ancient ideals; that it will forget neither its sense of fairness nor its sense of adventure. We Indians are a people who dare to explore the moon and Mars. We are also a people who persevere to create a loving habitat for three of every four wild tigers on our planet, because it is characteristic of Indianness to empathise with nature and with all living beings.”'
India’s second moon mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’ left the earth’s orbit on Wednesday and is moving towards the moon following the successful completion of a crucial manoeuvre by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). “The final orbit raising 'India’s second moon mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’ left the earth’s orbit on Wednesday and is moving towards the moon following the successful completion of a crucial manoeuvre by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). “The final orbit raising manoeuvre of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was successfully carried out on Wednesday at 02:21 am. During this manoeuvre, the spacecraft’s liquid engine was fired for about 1203 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory,” the statement said. “Today (August 14, 2019) after the Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) maneuver operation, #Chandrayaan2 will depart from Earth’s orbit and move towards the Moon,” ISRO said in a tweet. Chandrayaan-2 will approach Moon on August 20 and the spacecraft’s liquid engine will be fired again to insert the spacecraft into a lunar orbit. Following this, there will be further four orbit manoeuvres to make the spacecraft enter into its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon’s surface, it said. Subsequently, Vikram lander will separate from the orbiter on September 2. Two orbit manoeuvres will be performed on the lander before the initiation of powered descent to make a soft landing on the lunar surface on September 7, it added. Earlier, the spacecraft’s orbit was progressively increased five times between July 23 to August 06, it said. The health of the spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Byalalu, near Bengaluru. Since its launch on July 22, 2019 by GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle, all systems onboard Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft are performing normal, it added.'
Japan’s leading conglomerate, the Softbank Group, on Tuesday shared with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singhs its plans to invest in Punjab’s real estate sector, with focus on student housing through their flagship OYO startup. A high-level 'Japan’s leading conglomerate, the Softbank Group, on Tuesday shared with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singhs its plans to invest in Punjab’s real estate sector, with focus on student housing through their flagship OYO startup. A high-level delegation of the Group, led by its MD Hiroki Kimoto, called on the Chief Minister, who extended his government’s full support in the realization of Softbank’s investment plans in the state. Captain Amarinder assured the delegation of seamless and smooth investment in the state through its single-window clearance platform, Invest Punjab, in the fast-track mode. The new Industrial Policy, coupled with lucrative incentives and facilities, was facilitating investors in a big way, with over Rs. 50,000 crore investment already realized on the ground during past over two years, he said. Earlier, briefing the delegation on the various investible projects, ACS Investment Promotion and Industries & Commerce Vini Mahajan said that Punjab had a vibrant real estate sector, with areas around Chandigarh seeing excellent growth. Punjab has witnessed over Rs. 2,000cr e-auctions over the last two years. Reputed international players are looking at affordable housing, student and senior citizen housing facility as a potential investment sector, she added. Taking part in the deliberations, Lovely Professional University Vice Chancellor Ashok Mittal said they were in advanced talks with Softbank for a potential collaboration for the construction of student hostels, as there was a huge demand for hostel facility for the domestic as well as international students. Notably, Softbank is one of the biggest investors in the Indian startup ecosystem, with approximately 20% of their investments in India-based businesses. The company has backed many of the domestic unicorns such as Ola, the largest ride-hailing aggregator; Oyo, the fast-growing hotel booking platform; and PayTM, the pioneer in electronic payment. Currently, the Group is investing from their technology focused $100 billion Vision Fund, with FinTech startups a key focus area. Last month, the Group had announced its second technology focused fund – Vision Fund II, with a committed capital of $108 billion which will focus on AI-based technology and Real Estate. Prominent amongst those present at the meeting were Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, and CEO Invest Punjab Rajat Aggarwal, while other members of the Softbank delegation included Senior Manager Nishad Kokate and Associate Softbank Aditya Dixit.'
Chandigarh, August 13, 2019: Punjab government is brining law soon entailing action against Punjabi artistes promoting drugs through their artistic performances. Stating this, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi on 'Chandigarh, August 13, 2019: Punjab government is brining law soon entailing action against Punjabi artistes promoting drugs through their artistic performances. Stating this, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday also appealed the artists hailing from Punjab to not encourage drugs in their songs and films. The minister expressed concern over the issue of Punjab youth caught up in cobweb of drugs and said that the films and songs by Punjabi artists have encouraged this trend. The minister emphasized that drugs should not at all be glorified. It is the duty of the Punjabi artists to present real picture of the Punjabi culture before the world so as to dispel the wrong notions about the State, he added. Committing his support to the government’s move, prominent Punjab folk singerr Pammi Bai on the occasion aired his view that strong action is needed against the glorification of drugs through Punjabi singers. He also called upon the art and music lovers to create a people’s movement against the menace of drugs and also called for the social boycott of the artists glorifying drugs.'
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday responded to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik by saying, that he, along with a delegation of opposition leaders will take up his ‘gracious invitation’ of flying to the state to take stock of the 'Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday responded to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik by saying, that he, along with a delegation of opposition leaders will take up his ‘gracious invitation’ of flying to the state to take stock of the situation provided they are given the freedom to do so. “Dear Governor Malik, A delegation of opposition leaders & I will take you up on your gracious invitation to visit J&K and Ladakh. We won’t need an aircraft but please ensure us the freedom to travel & meet the people, mainstream leaders and our soldiers stationed over there,” Rahul said in a tweet. Rahul’s response came a day after Malik invited him to visit the state. On Monday, Governor Malik hit out at Rahul Gandhi for his remarks that there had been reports of violence in Jammu and Kashmir in protest against the government’s move to end special status and split the state into two union territories. Malik said he will send Rahul an aircraft to visit the valley and observe the ground situation. “I have invited Rahul Gandhi to come here. I will send you a plane, to observe (the situation) and then speak up. You are a responsible person and you should not speak like this,” Malik said. The state has been under lockdown since the Central government had last week scrapped Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and divided Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh into two union territories.'