In a major decision, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) today approved procurement of 111 Utility Helicopters for the Indian Navy at a cost of over Rs. 21,000 crores. This is the first project under the MoD’s prestigious Strategic Partnership (SP) Model that aims at providing significant fillip to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ programme, the Defence Ministry said in a official communication. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, today accorded approval for procurement for the Services approximately Rs 46,000 crores. The contract when finalised, would result in a vibrant and wide-spread Defence industrial eco-system in the Indian Aviation Sector withRead More →

Reacting to The Indian Express News about no official announcement regarding UAE Rs 700 aid so far, the CM Pinarayi Vijayan today said that “there is no ambiguity on UAE aid. This was discussed between the PM and the UAE Crown Prince. The information regarding Rs 700 crore aid was first shared with tycoon MA Yusuf Ali, he added. The controversy has surfaced after The Indian Express today carried the  story quoting UAE Ambassador Ahmed Albanna that there has been no official announcement so far by the UAE on any specific amount as financial aid. The assessment of relief needed for the flood and aftermath isRead More →

Over 36 000 people were rescued by army as part of its ‘Operation Madad’ in flood-hit Kerala according per to information released by Defence Ministry today. Here are all other details. #KeralaFloodRelief Efforts as on date: ▶️Approx 36000 lives saved▶️7000 persons provided medical aid▶️Connectivity restored at 49 locations, 22 landslides cleared, 18 temp bridges constructed▶️14 tonnes of relief material distributed More info below⏬@nsitharaman — Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) August 24, 2018 Please follow and like us:Read More →

Crisis brings out the best in man. In rare cases, the worst also. What Kerala underwent for a whole week was unprecedented. There are two opinions on whether the rains of 2018 were like those of 1924 when the state witnessed the worst-ever floods. It was known as the ’99 flood because it happened in the Malayalam year 1099 which corresponds to 1924. Whatever be the case, there is no doubt at all that no floods in the past caused as much destruction as this one.
To bring home the point, the Periyar rose in 1924 as much as it rose in 2018. The marshy fields in Nedumbassery, near Kochi, were inundated then as now except that in 2018 there stood a busy, international airport on the same paddy fields with all the attendant infrastructural facilities.Read More →

Facebook has removed 652 multiple Pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram. Some of this activity originated in Iran, and some originated in Russia. These accounts were targeting people across multiple internet services in the Middle East, Latin America, UK and US to influence elections. These were distinct campaigns and Facebook have not identified any link or coordination between them. However, they used similar tactics by creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing. Sharing information on the issue, Facebook head of Cyber security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher, revealed that the Fire Eye, a cyberRead More →

Rape of the river: Part-10 People across the world are worried about people of Kerala. As people in many areas are in the miserable state in the absence of basic amenities. People in many places are still crying for help. They need clean water, food and medicines. So far over 400 persons died and over 10 lakh persons displaced due to floods. Kerala has witnessed the worst flood in 100 years and suffered a loss of around 21 thousand crores. The heavy rainfall is not only the reason, but many reports suggest that poor management of the dams, unscientific mining of sand and stone, large-scaleRead More →

Chandigarh, August 21 Cricketer turned politician Navjot Sidhu said that he has done nothing wrong by hugging Pakistan’s Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa while talking to media persons today. He said that he was not the only one who had visited Pakistan for good cause. Everyone wants peace. If go by the past records, the late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji had taken ‘dosti bus’ to Lahore, invited Musharraf. PM Narendra Modi invited Nawaz Sharif to oath-taking, he also went suddenly to Lahore to meet Nawaz without informing anyone. Sidhu was criticsed by BJP for his action. Even the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh criticising Sidgu’sRead More →

 “The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has offered financial assistance of Rs 700 crore” said the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday. He also informed that Kerala Cabinet has decided to recommend to the Governor to convene a special assembly session on August 30th to discuss relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction.  Giving details the CM said that the United Arab Emirates has pledged $100 million (nearly Rs 700 crore) for relief work and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi has spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. Talking about the relief work, the CM said that the various people and organisations across the world haveRead More →