26th Mela of Ladakhi-Kisan-Jawan-Vigyan Mela inaugurated in Leh

The 26th Ladakhi-Kisan-Jawan-Vigyan Mela was recently inaugurated by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Leh, Jammu and Kashmir. It was organised by Leh-based Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). About Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) It is constituent laboratory of DRDO. It was established in 1960 to meet fresh food requirement of soldiers deployed in the harsh terrain of Ladakh. It has core competence in cold arid agro-animal technology. It aims to meet fresh food requirement of the soldiers at…

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Home Ministry fixes the retirement age of CAPF personnel at 60 years

The Union Home Ministry has fixed the retirement age of all Central Armed Police Force personnel at 60 years. MHA has issued the order following the 2019 Delhi High Court verdict. The high court verdict asked the Ministry to fix a retirement age that would be uniform for all members of the CAPFs “irrespective of rank”. Know More  All personnel in the Central Industrial Security Force and the Assam Rifles retire at 60. However, in the other four forces—Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police…

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High-Level Meeting held between Indian and Sri Lankan Coast Guards

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) held a High-Level Meeting (HLM) with Sri Lanka Coast Guard at Coast Guard Headquarters in New Delhi to discuss issues of mutual safety and security. The Indian side was led by K Natarajan, Director General, Coast Guard while Sri Lankan delegation was headed by Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge. A four-member delegation of Sri Lanka Coast Guard is on an official visit to India from 19–23 August 2019. Highlights HLM took place under provisions of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between two sides (India-Sri Lanka) for…

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DRDO transfers design of Mobile Metallic Ramp (MMR) to Indian Army

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) transferred the design of Mobile Metallic Ramp (MMR) to Indian Army. The designs of were handed over by Chairman of DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy to Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Devraj Anbu at an event held at DRDO Bhawan in New Delhi. Mobile Metallic Ramp (MMR) MMR has been designed and developed by Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES), DRDO’s premier research laboratory. It has a load bearing capacity of 70 metric ton (MT). It has been designed and…

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High-level committee constituted to review Defence Procurement Procedure

A 12-member high-level committee has been formed by the Union government to revise and deal out the procedure of Defence procurement with the aim of strengthening the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The panel headed by the Director-General (Acquisitions) has been tasked to review the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2006 and the Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) 2009. Key Highlights The panel will examine and incorporate new concepts, such as life cycle costing, life cycle support, performance-based logistics, Information Communication Technology (ICT), lease contracting, codification and standardization. Advantageous factors The panel will…

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Govt. Signs Memorandum of Settlement with National Liberation Front of Twipra

A Memorandum of Settlement was signed in New Delhi the Government of India, Government of Tripura and National Liberation Front of Twipra led by Sabir Kumar Debbarma (NLFT-SD).  NLFT has been banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act since 1997 and has been involved in violence, operating from their camps across the international border. NLFT has been responsible for violent activities including 317 insurgency incidents in which 28 security forces and 62 civilians lost their lives during the period 2005-2015. Peace talks with NLFT were initiated in 2015 and there…

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approves child care leave for male service personnel

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved extending benefits of child care leave to single male service personnel, the defence ministry the decision is in sync with an order by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).  The minister has also given his nod for giving certain relaxation in child care leave (CCLNSE 1.31 %) provisions in case of women officers in defence forces. Highlights At present, CCL is granted only to women officers in defence forces. Recently, DoPT has made certain amendments to allow CCL to civilian employees, whereby the CCL…

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Defence Ministry clears acquisition of 2 BrahMos supersonic missile batteries for Navy

To give a boost to indigenisation, the Defence Acquisition Council (Dac), chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, accorded approval for procurement of indigenous Software Defined Radio and Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries for the Indian Navy. he Ministry of Defence (MoD) cleared acquisition of two BrahMos supersonic cruise missile coastal batteries for the Indian Navy on Thursday. The MoD has also cleared acquisition of indigenous software-defined radios for the armed forces.To give a boost to indigenisation, the Defence Acquisition Council (Dac), chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, accorded approval…

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