Defence Minister to flag off Indian Navy women crew’s circumnavigation expedition

On Sunday, September 10, the newly appointed Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will flag off the very first attempt of the Indian Navy women crew to circumnavigate the globe in Panaji.

According to a release issued by the Press Information Bureau, the women crew will be managing the whole operation on a sailing vessel in the first-ever global journey. It also stated that the flagging off of ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ will be held at INS Mandovi Boat Pool, Verem, near Panaji.

In the circumnavigation that will finish in March 2018, the crew will be circumnavigating on an Indian built sail boat, INSV Tarini, reported The India Express.

INSV Tarini is the sister vessel of INSV Mhadei, a sail boat that was used by naval officer Dilip Donde to undertake a solo circumnavigation in 2009-10.

A naval spokesperson said that the entire distance will be covered in five legs and the crew will have stopovers at four ports: Fremantle (Australia), Lyttelton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands) and Cape Town (South Africa), for repairs and replenishment of ration.

As per the reports, this project is being considered essential towards promoting ocean sailing activities in the Navy while depicting Government of India’s thrust for ‘Nari Shakti’.

Sources: India Today, The India Express

Image source: PTI


17th Kargil Vijay Divas celebrated with aplomb

The Indian Army kicked off a week-long celebration on July 21, to commemorate 17th Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26. Army Chief General Dalbir Singh remembered the sacrifices of the soldiers of the 1999 war against Pakistan, along with prominent dignitaries like General officer Commander in Chief of Northern Command Lt Gen D S Hooda and General Officer Commanding of Ladakh—based Fire and Fury Corps Lt Gen S K Patyal, at the war memorial in the Dras sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Army Chief also took part in a one to one interaction with the near and dear ones of the war heroes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter to glorify the slain soldiers, and said that “their heroics inspire us,” who paid homage at a memorial service at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. He was accompanied by Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar and the chiefs of  the Army, Navy and Air Force.
A host of other politicians along with Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, took to the micro-blogging site voicing similar sentiments.
“Operation Vijay” was launched by the Indian Army to clear out infiltration of Pakistani soldiers on Indian soil, especially in the Kargil sector. The three-month (May-July) war, at the one highest altitude battle ground, resulted to 527 casualties on the Indian side as per official figures shared by the army, which saw India once again gaining control of lost ground.


Sources: The Hindu, The Indian Express

Monsoon clouds shadow OROP bill

Image Courtesy: NDTV
Image Courtesy: NDTV

New Delhi: The much awaited One Rank One Pension (OROP) Bill may not see the light of the day this Monsoon Session at the Parliament, which is scheduled to start from July 21.

“Our commitment to implement the OROP remains intact. I cleared the file as soon as it came to my notice. However, since other ministries are involved, hence it is taking sometime. But, I assure you that the issue would be effectively addressed,” said Manohar Parrikar, Union Defence Minister to Times of India, while fielding specific questions on the issue. He further assured the Centre’s dedication towards ensuring a speedy execution of the OROP, saying that “there will be good news soon”.

There has been a high level of unrest among the ex-servicemen community regarding the bill, who have been pressing for it’s implementation from earlier this June. Touted as one of BJP’s key vehicles during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the OROP bill aspires to provide for a mechanism where jawans of a certain rank who retired earlier will receive the same amount as the jawans who retire now. Currently, army officials are paid on the basis of pay commission recommendation on the date of their retirement. This results in a disparity between the pay of officers from same rank because of different dates of retirement.

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