Sleek package: The ‘Train 18’ will be inducted into the Railways after safety checks. The gleaming, blue-nosed train standing at Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has a cone-shaped frontage, similar to a bullet train. Facilities in new train The new train comes fitted with amenities on a par with the best in the world from … Continued
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What happened? On October 19, at least 60 people died and over 70 were injured after being run over by a train near Amritsar. The tragedy struck as a group of Dasara revellers gathered on the rail track to watch the burning of a Ravana effigy and were hit by a train from Jalandhar to … Continued
Government of India has taken an important decision to enhance its contribution in the State Disaster Response fund (SDRF) from 75% to 90%. w.e.f. 1st April 2018. Central Government will contribute 90 per cent and all States will contribute 10 per cent to the SDRF. The additional contribution by Central Government in SDRF on this … Continued
CBI and ED are hopeful that UAE will extradite the British citizen, alleged middleman in AugustaWestland helicopter deal. What role has he been charged with playing in the Rs 3,600 crore scam? NDA MPs protest on the Parliament complex in May 2016 over the alleged AgustaWestland scam. A court in the UAE is examining whether … Continued
Recently, Gauhati High Court quashed the appointment of a committee that had probed allegedly extra-judicial killings — often described as “secret killings” — in Assam during 1998-01 and held the then Home Department and sections of the government machinery complicit. Home was headed by AGP Chief Minister Prafulla K Mahanta during 1998-01; the commission headed … Continued
Govt. approves implementation of Strategic Partnership guidelines In a major step towards boosting private sector participation in domestic defence manufacturing, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved the implementation of Strategic Partnership guidelines. What is the aim of guidelines? “SP model aims to revitalise defence industrial ecosystem and progressively build indigenous capabilities in the private sector … Continued
All about the 2008 France-India security agreement What is the Rafale deal? In September 2016, India and France signed a €7.87 billion Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for 36 Rafale multi-role fighter jets in fly-away condition. Among other things, the deal also has a 50% offset clause to be executed by Dassault Aviation and its partners in … Continued
The Shekatkar Committee to enhance combat capability and rebalance defence expenditure submitted its report in December 2016. The Report was taken up by the Ministry of Defence to frame key action points and roadmap for implementation. Measures as recommended by the Committee and taken up for implementation include: – Optimization of Signals Establishments to include … Continued
Border disputes in the northeast are usually associated with China’s claim on Arunachal Pradesh and alleged intrusion by Chinese soldiers. The 1,643-km border with Myanmar along Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram often has more to do with smuggling of drugs, gold and wildlife body parts, as well as raids by the northeastern extremist groups … Continued
Alleged IS operative arrested for terror plot in Delhi. What kind of presence does the outfit have? On Wednesday, The Indian Express reported that in September 2017, Indian intelligence agents had arrested an Islamic State operative, who is an Afghan national, ahead of a planned plot to bomb New Delhi. The arrest throws the spotlight … Continued