• 4 military personnel awarded Shaurya Chakra on Independence Day eve

The Defence Ministry reports that President Ram Nath Kovind has approved 84 awards and decorations to the armed forces personnel and members of the paramilitary forces. The four awardees of the Shaurya Chakra include Maj. Anil Urs from the Maratha Light Infantry, Havildar Alok Kumar Dubey from the Rajput Regiment, Lt. Col. K.S. Rawat from the Para Special Forces, and with 44 Rashtriya Rifles and Wg Cdr Vishak Nair. Lt. Col. Rawat and Maj. Urs were awarded for their actions in foiling infiltration on the Line of Control (LoC).


  • CBI receives 32 medals for meritorious and distinguished services

The Central Bureau of Investigation takes 32 President’s Police Medals for meritorious and distinguished services. The awardees include Additional Superintendent of Police Prasenjit Roy, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Surinder Singh Bhullar, and head constables Vijay Goswami, Vazir Singh, S. Ravi and Shyambir Singh.

The medal for meritorious service has been awarded to DSPs K. Lokho Moses and Diwas Kumar; Inspectors Ashok Kumar Jha, Rajesh Bhonsle and Manoj Kumar; Assistant Sub-Inspector Mahesh Vasant Patil; and head constables Brijesh Kumar Tripathi, Chandra Shekhar Pandey, Kanwal Krishan Pandith, Shyam Chandra, Pradeep Kumar Dash, Ram Ratan Gurjar, Santosh Pralhad Mahajan, Supriya Kumar Dutta, T. Thirusarvanan, Uttamrao Nagorao Aagle, Budhdeo Oraon and Sanjit Kumar Roy.


Constables Ajeet Kumar Singh, Bhaiya Ranjan Kumar Singh, Dalbir Singh, Joginder Singh, Pop Singh, Hem Chander Tiwari, Rayapa Raju Mantena, and Personal Secretary Vasantha Rangachari have also been awarded medals.


  • Jammu and Kashmir Police receive 81 gallantry awards

Honoured with the highest number of medals, Jammu and Kashmir Police numbers at 81, followed by U.P. police at 23, and Delhi Police at 16. 215 policemen and paramilitary personnel have been awarded police medals for gallantry, 926 police personnel have also been recognised for their services with 80 personnel awarded the President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service, 55 to the CRPF, and one to the BSF.


  • Five start-ups that are elevating India’s defence sector

In order to meet the self-reliant goal of the nation, several start-ups have surfaced to aid the defence sector with hi-fi technical support such as drones, image analysis, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Gurugram-based CRON Systems are developing to aid the border security systems, Bangalore-based Asteria Aerospace providing drone-based service for security and surveillance, Ahmedabad-based Optimized Electrotech, Iowa and Chennai-based Vinveli providing solutions to aerospace and robotics industry, and Chennai-based defence tech start-up Big Bang Boom Solutions (BBBS) developing integrated intellectual properties.


  • India bans Chinese ships from oil trade

In order to strain the feud further, China-flagged and owned vessels have been barred from bidding on tenders for chartering tankers to import crude into India, or export products such as diesel out of the country. It is an undertaking to ask the major oil traders and suppliers not to send shipments to India using Chinese vessels.