Marshal Arjan Singh cremated with state honour

The nation bade a teary farewell to the Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, the legendary warrior who was laid to rest with full state honours at Brar Square in the national capital on Monday. In the honour of the national hero, the Tricolour Flew past at half-mast in all government buildings in Delhi.

In honour of the 1965 India- Pakistan war hero, A 17- gun salute was given to Singh while his body was consigned to flames amid chanting of Sikh hymns The 98-year-old Singh’s body was consigned to flames amid chanting of Sikh hymns. Several senior political leaders including Former Prime minister Manmohan Singh, BJP veteran LK Adwani and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman paid last respect to the war hero at the crematorium.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid glowing tributes to the war hero and visited Singh’s Residence on Sunday.

Singh, who died of the cardiac arrest, is the only officer to attain the highest post of Marshal of the Air Force, a rank equivalent to Army’s five-star field marshal.

Sources:

The Indian Express, India Today

100 Indian Army personnel move to SC over discrimination

Over 100 Indian Army personnel have moved to the Supreme Court, alleging discrepancies in the promotion of officers of the services corps. The issue has come to light just days after Nirmala Sitharaman took over as the nation’s new Defence Minister.

As per the report in Times of India, the officers stated in the petition, “This act of Army and Union Government has created tremendous injustice to them and others which are detrimental to the morale of the officers and, in turn, to the defence of the country.”

In a joint petition, the group of lieutenant colonels and majors affirmed that despite services corps officers being stationed in operational areas and facing issues similar to combat arms corps officers, they are being deprived of promotions, which are available to officers of combat arms. Expressing their disappointment over this discrimination, the petitioners said that this inequality is affecting the morale of officers who have dedicated their service to Indian army for 10-15 years.

In February 2016, the apex court of India settled an earlier petition, wherein services corps officers complained of in adequate allocation of Colonel posts for promotion. However, the officers have stated that this time they are challenging the partial treatment, without questioning the court’s 2016 judgement.

 

Sources: TOI, Zee News

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

 

China gets nod to set up industrial parks in the country

New Delhi: The Indian government on Wednesday gave a green signal to its northern neighbour China to set up industrial parks in the country. The move comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meet with China’s Premier Xi Jinping at the BRICS summit to be held in July.

Vice President Hamid Ansari. AFP
Vice President Hamid Ansari. AFP

The Cabinet approved in principle a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and China to set up industrial parks in order to boost relations and pump up the manufacturing sector growth. According to Law and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, “Cabinet today has approved in-principle an MoU with China with regard to establishment of industrial parks. The details and the contours of the MoU would be given once it is signed.”

The MoU is expected to be finalised when Vice-President Hamid Ansari visits China between June 26-30 along with Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Signing of the MoU with China will help India improve a $40 billion trade deficit and reduce imports of Chinese goods. Through this agreement the new Modi-led government aims to grow the manufacturing sector of India in order to revive the county’s economy.

Earlier the UPA government had not cleared the MoU partly because of security concerns about Chinese firms setting up plants and industries inside the country and also as the general elections were just around the corner.

In 2013 during the fifth India-China strategic dialogue both nations had recognised five states- Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka where the parks could possibly be set up.

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