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Metal birds dazzle at Bengaluru air show Wed, 03 Feb 2021 11:22:54 +0000


BENGALURU: India on Wednesday displayed the prowess in military aeronautics at the opening session of the 13th edition of the biennial Aero India-2021, inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singhat the Yelahanka Air Force Station here.
While the indigenously developed Tejas-LCA helicopters and Surya Kiran aircraft stole the show, Sukhoi, Rafale, Hawk and the American B-1B Lancer heavy bomber were among the star attractions.
For the B-1B, of the 28th Bomb Wing Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, this is a historic moment and marks the first time an American bomber has touched down in India in the history of the Republic, according to U.S. officials.
The B-1B Lancer carries the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the U.S. Air Force and is considered the backbone of Americas long-range bomber force, they said.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited came up with ‘Aatma- nirbhar Formation Flight’ consisting its products such as LCA trainer (LIFT Trainer), HTT-40, IJT, Advanced Hawk Mk 132 and Civil Do-228 which flew in a special formation showcasing the spectrum of trainers and signifying self-sufficiency in the trainer segment.
There was a scintillating display of ‘Dhanush’ formation by the Light Combat Helicopters and ‘Netra’ formation showcasing the Defence Research Development Organisations flying display of Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C).
The jaw-dropping manoeuvres by the Surya Kiran light combat aircraft left the audience spellbound.

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India to spend USD 130 bn on military, prepared to defeat misadventures at border: Rajnath Singh Wed, 03 Feb 2021 11:17:52 +0000


BENGALURU: India is vigilant in the face of attempts to change status quo at its border and prepared to defeat any misadventures to defend its territorial integrity, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday, amid the continued military standoff with China.
“We have long witnessed unfortunate attempts to employ force to change the status quo at our unresolved borders”, he said at the inaugural ceremony of Aero India-2021, the country’s premier Defence and aerospace show, at Yelahanka Air Force Station here.
“India is vigilant and prepared to counter and defeat any misadventures to defend our people and territorial integrity at all costs,” the Minister asserted.
China and India are locked in a military standoff in eastern Ladakh since May 5 last. The two countries have held several rounds of military and diplomatic talks to resolve the face-off, but no significant headway has been made so far.
Dubbed as Asia’s largest military aviation exhibition, the three-day Aero India event commenced amid the COVID-19 pandemic with buzz around “Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India) and “Make in India” push.
With a combination of both physical and virtual exhibition, the 13th edition of the biennial international event is said to be the world’s first hybrid aerospace show.
Singh also said India plans to spend USD 130 billion on Defence modernisation in the next 7-8 years with the focus on domestic manufacturing of bigger and complex platforms.
The government has since 2014 brought in many reforms in the defence sector to create a conducive ecosystem for exports, Foreign Direct Investment and offset discharge, he noted.
To achieve the twin goals of self-reliance and exports, the government has set a target to achieve a turnover of Rs 1,75,000 crore in the field of Defence manufacturing, including export of Rs 35,000 crore in Aerospace and Defence goods and services, by 2024, Singh said.
“We plan to spend USD 130 billion on Defence modernisation in the next seven to eight years”, he added.
Like many of its friendly countries, India also faces threats and challenges emanating from multiple fronts, the Defence Minister said, adding, the country was a “victim of state-sponsored and state-inflicted terrorism which is now a global threat”.
The government has taken several steps to strengthen the country’s security apparatus recently.
Domestic manufacturing of bigger and complex defence platforms has now become the focus of our policy under the ‘Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan’, he said.
Singh said he has been informed that about 540 exhibitors, including 80 foreign companies, Defence Ministers, Delegates, Service chiefs and officials from more than 55 nations are participating in the Aero India event.
“It reflects the growing optimism of the global community”, he said.
Singh also expressed gratitude to the Defence Ministers from Maldives, Ukraine, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Comoros and Madagascar who have attended this show in person, and many others who are joining virtually.
Noting that India today offers a unique opportunity in defence and aerospace manufacturing, he said, this opportunity comes as a ‘Sangam’ of rising demand, greater innovation, conducive policies and maturing ecosystem in defence and aerospace manufacturing sector.
Over the years, the government has facilitated establishment of wide-ranging production facilities, of various defence equipment through Defence Public Sector Undertakings and Ordnance Factories, he added.
Pointing out that India is one of the fastest growing civil aviation markets in the world, the Defence Minister said, with rising passenger and cargo traffic, demand for aircraft and the related supply chains is increasing.
“India therefore holds a huge potential for investments in the aerospace sector, particularly in manufacturing of aero engines and sub-assemblies as well as in Maintenance Repair & Overhaul, of Aircraft,” he said.
Singh invited business leaders from across the globe to take advantage of the various initiatives of the government and set-up manufacturing units in the country.
With focused attention being laid on promotion of exports of defence products from the country, India is steadily marching from Make in India towards Make for the World, Singh said.
A high-level committee has been constituted for authorising exports of major indigenous platforms to various nations, leading to faster approvals, he added.
“Our vision is to make India one of the biggest countries of the world in the Defence sector, from design to production, with active participation of public and private sectors”, he added.
Noting that India has a vast coastline and its interests also lie beyond the shores, Singh said it included people who reside and work across continents, especially in the Indian Ocean Region.
It was the government’s bounden duty to remain capable and willing to assist them in times of natural calamities and security challenges, he added.
Indian Ocean Region Defence Ministers Conclave, themed on “Enhanced peace, Security and cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region” is being held during the Aero India.

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Bring bill for restoring J&K statehood: Azad to government Wed, 03 Feb 2021 11:07:20 +0000


NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday asked the government to bring a bill in Rajya Sabha proposing restoration of statehood for Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking during the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Azad said, “I appeal to you, if Jammu and Kashmir has to progress and if we have to fight our enemies at the borders, we need to take our own people into confidence and give them love.”
He said the government should “bring a bill in the House and statehood to be restored” adding that legislative assembly elections must be held after statehood is restored for Jammu and Kashmir.
He said any measure that upsets the people residing in the Northeast and border areas, including Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Punjab, should not be taken.
Referring to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Azad said she taught him that “we cannot fight on multiple fronts with Pakistan and China”.
The Congress leader claimed that the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are not happy as outsiders can now buy their land and work there, unlike in the past.
Arguing against Jammu and Kashmir being converted into a Union Territory, he also claimed that the law and order situation in Kashmir was 100 times better when it was a state as compared to now, militancy was at its lowest and development works were at their best, irrespective of whichever government was in power in the state.
He alleged that tourism industry in Kashmir was now finished, along with education as schools and colleges are closed for almost two years, while it also lags behind in key parameters like health.
However, Azad congratulated the Narendra Modi-led government for executing the long standing demand that panchayati raj system be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking after him, A Navaneethakrishnan of the AIADMK expressed gratitude to the prime minister for enacting the Tamil Nadu Protected Agricultural Development Zone Act, addressing the apprehensions of farmers in the Cauvery delta.
The Act prohibits all kinds of activities that are harming agriculture in the Cauvery delta, he said, adding that as many as 15 members from both Houses are from the Cauvery delta area.
In 2019, the Centre revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

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Mehbooba criticises barricading at farmers’ protest sites Wed, 03 Feb 2021 10:28:26 +0000 STATE TIMES NEWS

SRINAGAR: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday criticised the multi-layered barricading by police at the farmers’ protest sites on the borders of the national capital.
Taking to Twitter to express solidarity with the farmers agitating against the new agri laws, Mehbooba said while concertina wires and trenches around farmer protest sites have shocked everyone, the sight is far too familiar for the people of Kashmir.
We understand the pain & humiliation inflicted on our farmers & stand in solidarity with them, the former chief minister said in another tweet, adding the government cannot “run roughshod” over those who protest.

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Awantipora Police books drug peddler under PSA Wed, 03 Feb 2021 09:22:36 +0000 STATE TIMES NEWS

SRINAGAR: Police in its recent action against drug dealings in Awantipora, booked a notorious drug peddler under Public Safety Act.
Officers in Awantipora had earlier seized huge quantity of contraband substance from the possession of a notorious drug peddler identified as Waseem Ahmad Trag resident of Tral of which a case vide FIR No. 201/2020 stands registered at Police Station Awantipora.
Accordingly the case was duly processed and the arrested drug peddler was detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) after obtaining sanctions from the concerned authorities.
Pertinently, the said drug peddler is involved in many drug related cases.

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Crime Branch arrests fraudster; fake appointment racket busted Wed, 03 Feb 2021 09:20:37 +0000 STATE TIMES NEWS

JAMMU: The Crime Branch Jammu arrested a notorious fraudster viz Manzoor Hussain Qadri, son of late Ghulam Hassan Qadri, resident of village Poshwani, tehsil Pattan, district Baramulla, from Jammu City in case FIR No. 46/2020 u/s 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 120-B RPC P/S Crime Branch Jammu for his involvement in forging fake appointment orders and cheating unemployed youth in league with co-accused -(1) MushtaqAhmed Ganai R/O Bani Mulla, Kulgam (2) Fayaz Ahmed Dar R/O Chanpora, Pattan, who were operating a racket by inducing people, particularly unemployed youth on the pretext of arranging jobs in Forest Department and various other Govt. Departments.
A written complaint was lodged in Crime Branch Jammu by Raman Kattru and others, alleging therein that the above accused persons on the pretext of arranging Govt. jobs swindled huge money from them after issuing fake appointment orders in their favour. In 2013, the complainant met Fayaz Ahmed Dar who induced him that he had many links and enjoyed good relationship with them due to which he could arrange him Government job in J&K Forest Department. He was given appointment order with the post of Forester and asked him to pay Rs. 4,50,000/-.
The complainant managed money by selling jewellery of his wife besides taking money on interest from Mathoot Finance against some jewellery. He was purportedly rendered his services in the Forest Department without any salary for two years without salary. The accused also chained in many gullible youth on the same lines and duped them of their hard earned money.
During the course of investigation of the case, it has been found that the accused is a habitual offender and notorious criminal. Warrant U/S 512/Cr.PC standsissued against him by the Hon’ble Court. The accused has served as an employee of Forest Department but was later dismissed / discharged from the service. He is also involved in as many as 08 criminal cases registered in different Police Stations. The accused was produced before the Hon’ble Court of Law for seeking Police remand for further investigation of the case.

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FIRs against Tharoor, journalists figure in RS Wed, 03 Feb 2021 09:15:59 +0000 New Delhi: The Congress raised the issue of cases filed against its MP Shashi Tharoor and six journalists in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, demanding withdrawal of the sedition charges that were slapped to “intimidate independent journalism and free voice”.

Raising the issue through a zero hour mention, Digvijaya Singh of the Congress said FIRs had been filed against politicians, journalists and civil society activists under felonious sections in the past few days.

The FIRs have been filed in five states over their alleged “misleading” tweets on the violence and death of a protester during the farmers’ tractor parade in Delhi on Republic Day.

“Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor and journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Mrinal Pande, Mandeep Punia and several others have been charged with sedition on the basis of one person’s complaint,” Singh said.

Charges of sedition, criminal intimidation, promoting enmity, provocation to break public peace, criminal conspiracy, outraging religious feelings, among others, have been invoked in the FIRs lodged at Gurgaon, Bengaluru and in different districts of Madhya Pradesh.

Singh said sedition was a colonial law that British used to jail freedom fighters, including Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh and Ashfaqulla Khan.

“On the basis of similar worked complaints with identical content, FIRs have been registered in different police stations in three states,” he said. “This is a planned conspiracy to intimidate independent journalism and free voice. We condemn this.”

Stating that independent journalism is a pre-requisite for democracy, Singh asked the Home Ministry to withdraw sedition charges. (PTI)

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Snowfall disrupts flight operations in Kashmir Wed, 03 Feb 2021 08:55:25 +0000 Srinagar: The air traffic to and fro Kashmir was affected on Wednesday due to bad weather as most parts of the valley received fresh snowfall, officials said.

The snowfall began during the night and continued at many places when last reports came in, the officials said.

The snowfall affected the flight operations at Srinagar airport in the morning, delaying several flights.

Flight operations were hampered due to accumulation of snow on the runway and poor visibility due to bad weather, the officials said.

While the runway was cleared of snow, the visibility was low about 800 metres — for the flight operations to take place, they said.

The officials said the decision on the resumption of the operations at the airport would be taken after the weather improves.

However, they said, the bad weather caused flight delays and many flights have been rescheduled. (PTI)

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India invites global defence, aerospace companies to set up manufacturing units Wed, 03 Feb 2021 08:37:29 +0000 STATE TIMES NEWS

BENGALURU: India on Wednesday invited global defence and aerospace companies to set up manufacturing units in the country taking advantage of various initiatives taken by the government in the field.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India offers unlimited potential in defence and aerospace.
“Aero India is a wonderful platform for collaborations in these areas. The Government of India has brought futuristic reforms in these sectors, which will add impetus to our quest to become Aatmanirbhar,” Modi wrote on Twitter.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Aero India-2021, the country’s premier defence and aerospace show, at Air Force Station at Yelahanka here, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh invited global companies in the field to set up manufacturing units in the country by taking advantage of various initiatives taken by the government.
Since 2014, Singh said, the central government has brought in many reforms in defence sector to create a conducive ecosystem for exports, Foreign Direct Investment and offset discharge.
“I have been informed that about 540 exhibitors including 80 foreign companies, Defence Ministers, Delegates, Service chiefs and officials from more than 55 nations are participating in the event. It reflects the growing optimism of the global community”, he said.
Despite the constraints posed by the global pandemic, Singh said he is pleased to see such a large number of participants in this years event.
“The Aero India 21 will display the vast potential of India, and the multifarious opportunities that our country offers in the field of defence and aerospace sector.
It also promises to be the World’s First Ever Hybrid Aero and Defence exhibition”, the Minister added on Twitter.

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