Launching of “Land Management System” to manage Defence Land

Rajnath Singh, Union Minister, launched a portal called Land Management System (LMS) through the virtual system. The Department of Defence, Director General Defence Estates (DGDE), and Armed Forces developed the first LMS portal. It is integrated with Geographic Information System tools, and BISAG provided technical support.

It will digitize the processes of Defence Land Management. It will bring greater speed, efficiency, and transparency and will improve the decision-making process. The data since 2016 will be available in the portal. It will capture textual details with Raksha Bhoomi Software. Encroachment removals are carried out under the Public Premises Act, 1971, and the Cantonment Act, 2006.

The reason for launching was to reduce encroachment on Defence lands as Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Maharashtra reported 56.48 acres land encroachment between the years 2017 and 2020.



Despite the pandemic, missile scientists continue with the development of complex technologies for the HSTDV mission

During the changes period over several designs of HSTDV,  the focus has been on cruise vehicle ejection mechanism and panel separation. The challenging technologies India mastering include Aero-propulsion integrated design, scramjet engine technology, twin vehicle concept, thermal barrier coating technology, and aerothermodynamics design of cruise vehicle.

The objective of the HSTDV mission is the demonstration of the free flight mode of a hypersonic vehicle flight. The work even during covid-19 pandemic has been continuously and tirelessly going on. The sports lover team- 12 scientists and 15 technical engineers has shown great team spirit with support and encouragement.



Saudi Arabia likely to withdraw banknote over India’s concerns on incorrect map

Before the G20 summit, Saudi Arabia acts and likely to stop circulation and withdraw the new 20 Riyal currency note over the raised concerns by India on an incorrect map.

The global map in a banknote was not featuring Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as the parts of India. Therefore, India showed serious concerns and asked for corrective measures from Saudi Arabia through their Ambassador in New Delhi and Riyadh.

The Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia is virtually taking place on November 21-22. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will represent India in the meeting.



Indian Navy share photos of advance air operations as part of Malabar 2020 phase II

On November 22, the Indian navy shared photos of advance air operations with F-18s of the US Navy and MiG 29Ks of Indian Navy along with two participating aircraft carriers- INS Vikramaditya and USS Nimit. It was known as the part of the Malabar 2020 Phase II exercise.

The phase II of the Malabar exercise started on 17 November in the Northern Arabian sea. The Japan Navy is taking part with destroyer JS Murasame and Australian with its warship HMAS Ballarat.

The first phase of Saudi exercise took place featuring complex drills from November 3-6 in the Bay of Bengal.



Drones: Important in the New Era; India must spend military modernisation money on technology

There has been a constructional try to fight off machines that can track the activities from the sky, according to the video available on Twitter as the new age of warfare. The idea and the defeat of Armenia in the conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh are good lessons for countries like India- revamping its military.

Armenia won the war using the drones and munitions procured from Turkey and Israel. Drones are small and inexpensive. It is posing the end to the traditional tank system and making ready its space in the new era. Now it is the time for India to come up with technological weapons and not just manpower to face the enemy in a battlefield.

ISRO sending Bhutan satellite in space next year, PM Modi says

On November 20, Narendra Modi announced while launching the second phase of RuPay card that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to send Bhutanese satellite in space next year. It is working on its progress in fast speed.

Besides, a total of 11000 successful RuPay transactions has been done in Bhutan.



India’s Space Agency aims to launch Venus orbiter Shukrayaan in 2024

India’s space agency aims to launch Venus orbiter Shukrayaan in 2024. Shukrayaan will study Venus for more than four years. It will be India’s first mission. T. Maria Antonita drafted a new 10-year plan for NASA’s planetary science program.

It is to launch on India’s GSLV Mk II rocket. The objective of the mission is to map Venus surface and subsurface along with studying the atmospheric chemistry.

Shukrayaan will be carrying an instrument suite that would be capable of spectroscopic observations in any wavelengths.



70% of women considered to be commissioned in the army have been selected permanently

The special Selection Board has selected almost 70% of women officers considered to be commissioned in the army. They will serve a full term in the military. It means 422 out of 615 women have been selected in 10 streams by the board according to the results declared on November 19.

The Army had set the deadline of August 31 for SSC women officers to submit their applications for commissioning. Though the women officers have more than 14 years of service, they will be entitled to the permanent commission.



India offers Indian made equipments-LCA Tejas, Akash Missiles, ALH, and Naval Boats to Bangladesh

India has recently offered Bangladesh a list of Indian made defence equipment like LCH, ALH Helicopters, LCA- Tejas fighter jets, LUH, naval boats, and other types of Defence equipment. Bangladesh can purchase them under India’s $500 million line of credit.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Indian Foreign Secretary highlighted in the seminar at the Bangladesh Institute for International Studies (BIISS) the potential for defence cooperation between the two countries. India is ready to train its officers at premier military institutions of Bangladesh.

However, Bangladesh does not seem too much interested due to geopolitical aspects. It has asked India to wait until its decision after consultation with ministries on the needs of its military.



First crewless Gaganyaan flight in 2021

The first crewless flight as part of the Gaganyaan project is finally planned to be launched in 2021. ISRO will also launch the second crew flight scheduled for 2022. There have been many postponements due to COVID effects.

Human rating process for the heavy-lift launcher, GSLV MkIII is progressing well. 100% reliability is vital for the crew escape system.



Launching of five vessels at one go by Cochin Shipyard

Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) launched five vessels in one go at Kochi on November 19. It also laid the keel for two vessels from its building dock.

The launched vessels are 3 Floating Border Outpost Vessels for the Indian Border Security Force and two 8000 DWT Mini General Cargo Ships for JSW Shipping & Logistics Pvt Ltd. The vessels are with the length of 122 metres, the height of 7.20 metre, and a speed of 10 knots. The ships will be used for transportation of dry bulk cargo. The vessels will act as the fast patrol boats and will supply provisions to the smaller boats on India’s Eastern and Western borders.

CSL has started ship repair units at Kolkata, Mumbai and Port Blair. It is also beginning its infrastructure in Kochi.



MEA S Jaishankar will represent India at the International humanitarian conference

S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs will represent India at the international conference on November 23-24. The conference is about humanitarian help to be given to Afghanistan in Geneva. The government of Afghanistan, Finland, and the United Nations will co-host the conference.

India has increased its reach with all stakeholders in Afghanistan. New Delhi has always been the close partner of the Afghanistan government and assisting it. Even it sent 75,000 MT of wheat via the Chabahar port in Iran during the covid-19 pandemic.



No Microwave weapons used to drive away from the Indian army

The Indian Army denied an article in the British daily newspaper, which reported that the Chinese army had used “microwave weapons” to force Indian soldiers back from their places in eastern Ladakh.


Over the last 6 months, India and China have been engaged in a tense standoff at the LAC in Ladakh. 20 Indian soldiers and an undisclosed no. of Chinese were wounded in a violent clash between the 2 armies in the Galwan Valley on 15th June.