Indian Navy has awarded a contract to Bharat Electronics Limited
Indigenously developed Laser Dazzlers will be provided by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) to the Indian Navy. The contract was signed in New Delhi under which 20 units of indigenously developed Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation Dazzlers will be supplied to the Indian Navy.
The prominent Research and Development wing of India Defence Research and Development Organization has developed the Laser Dazzlers. The manufacturing part will be done by BEL in its Pune based plant. It is a non-lethal weapon that will give warnings to vehicles boat aircrafts UAVs to stop. It is the first of its kind weapon developed for the Armed Forces. The weapon is able to temporarily blind a person if not stopped. It is portable, can be operated through the shoulder and rugged body structure, which enables its use in hard terrains and climate.
Bharat Electronics Limited (A Public Sector Undertaking)
HQ = Bengaluru, Karnataka
Chairman and Managing Director- MV Gowtama
New Humanitarian Cell for Indian Army headed by a Major General
Major General Gautam Chauhan will be leading the newly created Humanitarian Cell of the Indian Army. Maj Gen Chauhan will be the first Additional Director General (ADG), Human Rights. The officer will be operating under the Vice Chief of Indian Army Lt Gen SK Saini. The appointment is a part of ongoing structural reformation being conducted in the Indian Army. It will the first occasion when a Maj Gen rank officer will be appointed to examine the human rights issues to maintain the best track record of the force.
To offer investigative expertise and to coordinate with Home Ministry and other public organizations for necessary facilitation, an Indian Police Service officer of the rank Superintendent of Police will be on deputation in his office.
The Human Rights cell will be the nodal agency to look into any violation of rights which will help the force to have better transparency and integrity in its functioning.
Maj Gen Chauhan-
- An infantry officer, from Gorkha Rifles.
- He has served as a Brigadier in North East Region handling brigades and in Directorate of Military Operations.
- He was a nodal officer for COVID related issues for tri services.
e-Governance Portal – “e-office” launched by IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria
To meet the filing system requirements of the Indian Airforce, an indigenous portal has been designed. The indigenous portal “e-office” is designed and developed and implemented by National Informatics Centre (NIC).
The e-Governance portal has been launched by the IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria. The project was started in April 2020. It was completed on the deadline of Dec 31, 2020.
The project is a part of the e-governance initiative of the Union government and Digital India Campaign. “e-office” will help Indian Airforce to transform into a paperless workforce.
Col “Bull” Kumar who secured Siachen Glacier passed away at 87 due to age related ailments
An iconic mountaineer and a vigilant soldier who played a vital role in protecting Siachen Glacier have passed away due to age-related ailments at the age of 87. He was born in pre-independence India in Rawalpindi on 8th Dec 1933 town which is situated in present day Pakistan. In 1964, he climbed the mountain Nanda Devi.
In 1965, he was amongst the first Indians who have ever reached the top of Mount Everest including the peaks of Mount Blanc and Mount Kanchenjunga.
He was famously known as “Bull Kumar”. He convinced the Army and Political leadership of the nation about the strategic and military importance of the Siachen Glacier. The Glacier from which Indian Armed Forces still operate. His article on his expedition was published in “The Illustrated Weekly of India” in the year 1983. Next year India launched an operation named “Operation Meghdoot”. Col Narendra “Bull” Kumar was responsible for the maps and videos used by the Army during the Operation.
Awards given to him by the government:
1) He was awarded Padma Shri in the year 1965.
2) He was awarded Arjun Award in the year 1965 for his contribution to mountaineering.
3) Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) was given by the Indian Army with distinctions in all three forces.
4) Kirti Chakra and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal were also awarded to him.
5) To honor him, Siachen Battalion Headquarter was named after him as “Kumar Base”.