Air shots fired in LAC
The Indian Army reports that PLA troops have fired air shots in Chushul, Ladakh – an intimidation tool used by the Chinese army to send warnings to the Indian Army. The event makes it the first time in 45 years that LAC has witnessed firing, since October 20, 1975. However, the PLA troops’ denial accuses India to fire shots. Article VI of the Military confidence building measures (CBMs) signed between India and China in November 1996 explicitly forbids the discharge of firearms within 2 kilometers of the Line of Actual Control.
Trilateral dialogue between India, Australia and France
With the aim of enhancing co-operation in the Indo-Pacific region and strengthening multilateralism, the foreign ministers of India, Australia and France held first senior officials’ trilateral dialogue. The discussion majorly revolved around economic and geostrategic challenges and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, specifically in the context of COVID-19. China’s aggressive actions both in LAC and South China Sea are reportedly responsible for the members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad along with India and the US, to forge greater cooperation among countries that have a stake in the Indian Ocean and with members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
India ranks 19th among top defence exporters in the world
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat reveals India’s all time high ranking of the 19th position among top defence exporters in the world. The nation has witnessed a staggering 700% growth in defence exports from Rs 1521 crores in 2016-17 to Rs 10,745 crores in 2018-19. The initiative of Atmanirbhar Bharat is gradually growing on the defence sector as the Union Defence Ministry has produced a draft – Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 – aiming to achieve a turnover of Rs 1,75,000 crores, including export of Rs 35,000 crores, in aerospace and defence goods and services by 2025.
PLA responds to India’s hotline message affirming that the five missing are on their side
Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) responds to India’s hotline message with the news of having found the five Arunachal youth on their side of the border. Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju, also representing the Arunachal East Parliamentary constituency, have informed of the Chinese authorities being engaged on the modalities to hand over the youths to the Indian authorities.
Corporatization of the Ordnance Factory Board
With the intention of indigenisation, the need arises of reformation of India’s ordnance factories and defence public sector undertakings (PSUs). India has been one of the biggest global importers of defence items, however, reducing the import dependency is a necessary factor in growth of the nation. With the incompetent functioning of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and also to rip off it’s monopolistic advantage on the supplies, the conversion of the OFB into the Ordnance Factory Corporation Limited has been recommended by various committees. The corporatization of the OFB will enable them to rely on their own strengths, revenues and surpluses for growth, reduce cost to the armed forces, and finally, cater to the world with a new sharper approach.