Defence Ministry inks Rs 5,000 cr project with L&T, Tata
The Defence Ministry is signing a Rs. 5.000 crore project with Larsen & Toubro and Tata Aerospace and Defence to manufacture indigenous Pinaka multi barrel rocket launchers for the Army, resulting to generate several hundred jobs in the coming months. L&T has been endowed with the responsibility of four regiments and Tata with two, hence maintaining the balance and making the decision to be one of the biggest deals with the private sector.
China’s attempt to capture Ladakh’s Pangong Lake blocked by India
Chinese troops deployed along the south bank of the Pangong Lake moved westward to change the status quo of the area overnight. The Chinese were sufficiently numbered, but the Indian soldiers were prepared and had blocked their way. There was no fight, and no face-off situation prevails as of now.
Flybig, a new airline service to be launched in the pandemic
Flybig, a regional airline, is gearing up to have its first commercial flight by mid-October under the Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) project, and is being promoted by the Big Charter. It has received a No Objection Certificate from the Ministry of Civil Aviation. It is in the process of getting Air Operators Certificate with a fleet of aircraft comprising ATR-72-500s and the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)-manufactured Dornier Do-228 (Upgraded) civil aircraft. Under the UDAN scheme, flight services will be to many sectors in the North East and Central India which are typically not airports but airstrips where the ATRs cannot operate.
India and Russia tie up for 6 lakh AK 203 rifles
India signs a long-pending contract with Russia, for the production of 6 lakh rifles, manufacturing to begin by the end of this year under the Make in India scheme. The first 20,000 AK 203 rifles, which will be the mainstay of the armed forces for years to come, will be imported from Russia at the cost of about $1,100 (or Rs 80,000) a piece depending on the conversion rate. The rest of the guns are to be manufactured in India as part of a joint venture — Indo-Russia Rifles Private Limited — established between the Indian Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Kalashnikov Concern, and Rosoboronexport, the Russian state agency for military exports.
Modi’s settler plan for Indian Kashmir
The change in residency laws for the first time since 1947 under the Modi government is expected to create stability in the much disputed land of Jammu and Kashmir. Previously, the land laws that were limited to government property, are now being extended as civilians have to register for their domicile. In comparison with the Israeli tactics in the Palestinian regions, the move is intended to change the demographic make-up and identity of the Muslim-majority region.