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SOURCE: SPUTNIK

State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has recorded a turnover of more than INR 21,100 crore ($3 billion) for the financial year ending on 31 March 2020. The company said that the production facility of Su-30MKIs is expected to continue to be in operation as the Indian Air Force may opt for more fighter jets.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has completed the production of all 272 Su-30MKIs contracted to HAL by the Indian Air Force (IAF) during the current year and is expecting to get a few additional orders for the multi-role fighter jet, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. India’s state-owned HAL was producing 272 Su-30MKI fighter jets on a license from Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation. The company, which is assembling each aircraft at $70.3 million, also expects to continue the Nasik facility for the assembly of additional Su-30MKIs for the IAF. HAL set up a Su-30 (MKI) Refuelling and Overhaul (ROH) project stores facility in Nasik city in Maharashtra state in 2014. Continue reading

SOURCE: Navy Recognition

Navantia is participating in the P75(I) project using as reference design our S80 plus, the only 3000 ton AIP submarine currently under construction worldwide. This baseline is very close to the requirements of the Indian Navy, possibly the closest among all shortlisted competitors, and meets the Indian ambition with minimum risk. For this reason, a technical effort at this stage is minimum and Navantia is focusing on other aspects such as the indigenization of major equipment and materials, and Transfer of Technology (ToT) opportunities.

More than 100 companies in India are already in contact with Navantia for the indigenization of equipment and materials, and around 200 are expected to participate in the event, which will be the forum for explaining areas of cooperation, and organizing one-to-one interviews. Key S80 Plus equipment suppliers shall also participate to explore indigenisation opportunities for components, or fabrication in India. All Indian suppliers are very welcome. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

Pakistan media has called out their Prime Minister — Imran Khan — for saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologised to the people of India for imposing a nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of Covid-19. PM Khan addressed the people of Pakistan on Monday, talking about why he thinks a nationwide lockdown in Pakistan is a bad idea.

During his address (from 3.23 – 3.47 minutes in the video below) Khan claimed that PM Modi announced a complete lockdown in India a few days ago but had to apologise to the people for imposing a lockdown without giving it much thought. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

A senior politician from Arunachal Pradesh has asked the Centre to file a case of Biological Warfare against China and ask for compensation. In his letter addressed to the External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Ninong Ering has written, “The Government of India must file a case in the International forums such as ICJ against China for waging bio war and ask for compensation to the tune of 22 Billion USD.”

Ninong Ering, MLA from Pasighat West was the Union Minister of Minority Affairs during the Congress government. Ninong Ering in his letter has asked to make an united effort with support of other countries. India must unite with other nations on this and also demand an international investigation on Wuhan coronavirus in China to ensure safety of the posterity from any such incidents, wrote Mr Ering. Continue reading

SOURCE:  The Tribune

The mounting anxiety and steadfast focus on the proliferating coronavirus pandemic has clearly eclipsed the assortment of material contracts that India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed over the past fortnight, alongside numerous others which are imminent.

Starting in late February, when the corona contagion was incipient, the MoD inked a $2.1-billion tender with TAIS, a consortium of five Turkish shipbuilders, to design and build five 45,000-tonne fleet support vessels (FSV) for the Indian Navy in collaboration with the state-owned Hindustan Shipbuilders Limited (HSL). Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Chinese nationals working in Nepal clashed with local Nepali people on Tuesday, defying the lockdown in the tiny Himalayan country, which has been put in place to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. The locals in Nepal’s Marsyangdi clashed with the employers of a Chinese company constructing a hydropower plant in Lamjung. The villagers protested the movement of trucks carrying construction materials of Nyadi Hydropower Project based at Thulobesi in Marsyangi Rural Municipality-6 of Lamjung district, a local online media portal, Khabarhub reported.

The locals were agitated as the Chinese workers had just returned from China- the country being held responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left thousands dead worldwide besides crippling economies. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

Tablighi Jamaat, the global organisation of Islamic missionaries, which may be the biggest carrier of Covid-19 infection in India, has had a long history of ties with Pakistan-based banned terror outfits like Harkat-ul-Mujahideen. The original founders of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), the terror group known for the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight 814 in 1999, were members of Tablighi Jamaat, as per Pakistani security analysts and Indian investigators.

Formed in 1985 as a splinter group of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI), HuM participated in the jihad backed by Pakistan against Soviet forces to overthrow the USSR-allied regime in Afghanistan. As per intelligence estimates, over 6,000 Tablighis were trained in HuM terror camps in Pakistan. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Around 35 lakh pairs of sterile surgical gloves were airlifted from the Cochin International Airport to Serbia on Monday, to bolster the east European country’s fight against Covid-19. The gloves — weighing 90,385 kg and packed in 7,091 carton boxes — were sent to Belgrade on the Boeing 747 cargo freighter aircraft of TransAVIAexport Airlines. The gloves were exported by St Mary’s Rubbers(P) Ltd, Kanjirapilly, said a release issued by the airport.

In the wake of the 21- day lockdown, the Cochin Customs gave its clearance and the cargo department of CIAL made it ready for the flight on a war footing. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) recorded a turnover of over Rs 21,100 crore (provisional and unaudited) for the financial year ended on March 31, 2020, up from the previous year’s figure of Rs19,705 crore.

“The company has posted a revenue growth of around seven per cent during 2019-20 for the second year consecutively, post listing as compared to 3.8 per cent during 2017-18,” the Bengaluru-headquartered defence PSU said in a statement.The encouraging performance of the company in 2019-20 has been achieved despite difficulties in cash flows, interruptions in operations due to workmen agitation, and [possible disruptions in] March 2020 due to COVID-19 lockdown which has affected the final tests and certification of certain additional aircraft that were under final stages of production, it said. Continue reading

SOURCE:  RTV

While issuing an advisory, the Indian Army on Tuesday asked its serving Army personnel to refrain from disclosing their identity and posting images and videos on social media while in uniform. This comes amid multiple Tik-Tok videos that have flooded the social media, created by Army personnel while donning the uniform. The Twitter page of the Additional Directorate General of Public Information of the Indian Army requested the personnel to follow guidelines and refrain from doing so. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said Muslims should not be blamed for the spread of coronavirus in the country.
He was reacting to netizens” response to reports that several people who tested positive for COVID-19 had attended a congregation of Tabligh-e-Jamaat, a Muslim religious organisation, at Nizamuddin in Delhi earlier this month.

“Now the #TablighiJamat will become a convenient excuse for some to vilify Muslims everywhere as if we created & spread #COVID around the world,” Abdullah said in a series of tweets. “At first glance it would appear the #TablighiJamat were nothing if not irresponsible in the way they went about things but that”s not unique to them. The majority of Muslims in India have heeded government guidelines and advice the same as anyone else,” he added. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

From remotely monitoring and managing Covid 19 patients to digitalized detection of infection chains to improve population adherence to government social distancing guidelines — India has reached out to Israel for such medical tech solutions by companies working to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of coronavirus. The Department of Science and Technology has come up with a suggestive list of nearly 30 innovative technologies on Covid 19 from Israeli companies and has sought interest from Indian researchers and companies in this regards.

The move comes at a time when Israeli media reports said that country’s defence ministry plans to use software that analyses data gathered from mobile phones by the spyware firm NSO to help locate likely carriers of the coronavirus to test them. Both India and Israel have a joint USD 40mn Research and Development (R&D) fund managed by DST in India. The two countries have been collaborating on R&D in various sectors.     Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), which is manufacturing hand sanitisers at its various facilities across the country to meet the ever-rising demand in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday despatched 1,500 litres of the hand rub from its Cordite Factory at Aruvankadu in Tamil Nadu, an official said here.

The shipment, which was flagged off by Chairman of OFB Hari Mohan remotely from its headquarters here, is meant for Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, one of the worst-hit states in the country by the coronavirus outbreak. Central PSU Hindustan Lifecare, the erstwhile Hindustan Latex Limited (HLL), which has been nominated as the nodal agency, has placed an order of 13,000 litres of hand sanitiser, OFB spokesman Uddipon Mukherjee said. Continue reading

SOURCE: REUTERS

India and Pakistan sealed off centers belonging to a Muslim missionary group on Tuesday and began investigating how many coronavirus cases were linked to its activities. Tablighi Jamaat is a Deobandi Sunni Muslim missionary movement that preaches worldwide. Every year, tens of thousands attend its congregations in the Pakistani city of Lahore and other parts of South Asia.

India has so far registered 32 deaths from 1,251 confirmed infections, and Pakistan 20 from 1,914. The numbers are small compared with the United States, Italy or China but health officials say both countries have weak public health systems that could be overwhelmed by a surge in cases. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

It’s more or less now confirmed that India’s upgraded Tejas Mk1A fighter jet will be getting two new Air-to-Air missiles after one of the Israeli supplied Python-5 failed to get firing clearance due to unresolved inflight vibrations issues in its captive flight trials. Tejas Mk1A will also be getting locally developed Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile along with MBDA developed ASRAAM within visual range (WVR) missiles.

Israeli supplied Derby BVRAAM missile has been successfully integrated and tested with the current lot of 40 Tejas Mk1 fighter jets but that won’t be enough since Derby BVRAAM missiles came from the unused stock of Indian Navy’s Sea Harrier jets which now have been retired from its fleet. Continue reading

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