‘Corporatisation’ was listed as one of the 167 transformational ideas to be implemented in the first 100 days after coming to power in the NDA’s manifesto for the 2019 general elections. The delay in announcing the corporatising of 41 ordnance factories is understandable, given its antiquity and the powerful and entrenched unions that they have with 81,500 employees.

In 2000, the T.K.A. Nair committee suggested converting the Ordnance Factory Board, created in 1979, to OF Corporation Ltd. In 2006, economist Vijay Kelkar had recommended that the new corporation should be given Navaratna status like Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which would have helped them enter into arrangements with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and gain from technology transfer.

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With Isro racing against time to launch the first uncrewed mission as part of Gaganyaan, the space agency’s other big-ticket mission aimed at landing equipment on the lunar surface — Chandrayaan-3 — may have to wait its turn even as work on the project continues across centres.

Multiple scientists associated with Chandrayaan-3 told STOI that testing and fabrication of the lander and other systems that’ll be part of the Moon mission is ongoing at various Isro centres and that the design changes have been finalised.

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Vice-President of ISKCON, Kolkata, Radharaman Das on Saturday condemned the attack on the ISKCON temple in Bangladesh and urged Prime Minister Modi to hold talks with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to end the cycle of violence.

“We called PM residence and requested his secretary to inform PM that he should speak with Bangladesh PM to end this cycle of violence. Yesterday, around 500 mobs entered our temple premises and broke deities, brutally injured devotees. Two of them died,” Mr Das, said while speaking to ANI.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is not going to climb down anytime soon from the aggressive stand that he has taken against India in the last 18 months. Much of this posturing has been attributed to the closeness between India and the United States that has developed in the last few years.

According to China watchers, Xi Jinping is using the prevailing border situation with India to give a message to domestic and global audiences that under his command, China is now ready to push the US to the background and emerge as the new superpower.

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Ties between China and Pakistan, fostered with Beijing supplying a range of modern armaments to Islamabad’s defense forces, have come under strain over unreliable Chinese military hardware and poor, substandard servicing and maintenance. Writing in a blog post in Al Mayadeen, Nisar Ahmed says that China and Pakistan often extend and express their support for each other’s stance in areas of disputed/occupied territories.

Recently in a display of cooperation, three armed drones, designed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group of China and sold by China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC), were inducted into the Pakistan Air force (PAF) in January 2021, reported Al Mayadeen.

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Military historian and author Shiv Kunal Verma has just released his own take on the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965 in a best-selling book—1965: A Western Sunrise. Major Agha H Amin, a retired Pakistani military officer writes his critical review of Verma’s book: “This is a very interesting new addition to books on 1965 war. The writer gives very interesting background details to each relevant person or subject.”

And it is even more relevant today in light of the escalation of tensions once again along the Line of Control with Pakistan.

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The grandson of pro-Pakistan separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was terminated from government service on Saturday for allegedly aiding terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The grandson, Anees-ul-Islam, who is the son of Altaf Ahmed Shah alias Altaf Fantoosh, was sacked using special provisions under Article 311 of the Constitution, they said.

In 2016, he was appointed as a research officer in the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre.

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Amidst an inter-service friction on the creation of proposed theatre commands, top officers of the Indian Navy will meet in the national capital next week for a Commanders Conference during which the Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat would talk to the Navy commanders on the “convergence” of the three services in an operational environment.

Besides Gen Bipin Rawat, Army chief Gen M M Naravane and IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari would interact with the naval commanders on a range of issues, including ways to enhance tri-services synergy in view of the evolving regional security scenario, a Navy spokesperson said on Saturday.

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The Sela Tunnel in Arunachal has reached its final stages of construction. The record-breaking tunnel at 9,800 ft will ensure all-weather connectivity between Assam’s Guwahati and Arunachal’s Tawang. It avoids the winter snowfall on the Sela Pass, in addition to cutting the travel time to Tawang by an hour at least.

In a recent development, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had virtually conducted the final breakthrough blast of the Sela tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh and flagged off a 20,000 km-long motorcycle expedition of the BRO on Thursday, October 14.

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Amid a spate of civilian killings in the Valley, a street vendor and carpenter were killed in separate attacks by unidentified terrorists on Saturday evening in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar and Pulwama. Both the victims have been identified as Arvind Kumar from Bihar’s Banka district and Sagir Ahmed from Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur.

Kumar, a gol gappa vendor, was attacked on the streets of Srinagar. While Ahmed, a carpenter by profession, was killed by the terrorists at his rented room in Pulwama.

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The Army has retrieved the bodies of the two soldiers, including a junior commissioned officer (JCO), who went missing during an encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Thursday evening.

The bodies were recovered two days after the Army launched a major combing operation in the area. “GOC, White Knight Corps and all ranks salute the braveheart Subedar Ajay Singh and Naik Harendra Singh, who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty on 14 October at Poonch during a search operation and offer deep condolences to the family,” said 16 Corps, Indian Army.

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After a retired Indian Army officer pointed out an error in the poster of Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film, Gorkha, the actor promised to ‘take utmost care’ to maintain authenticity during shoot. Major Manik M Jolly, a former officer of one of the Gorkha Rifles regiments, tweeted that the shape of the khukri (a type of machete) was incorrect on the Gorkha poster.

“Dear @akshaykumar ji, as an ex Gorkha officer, my thanks to you for making this movie. However, details matter. Kindly get the Khukri right. The sharp edge is on the other side. It is not a sword. Khukri strikes from inner side of blade. Ref pic of Khukri att. Thanks,” he wrote, attaching a photo of a khukri alongside the Gorkha poster.

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The National Security Guard (NSG) has deployed anti-drone systems at Srinagar and Jammu air force stations to counter any drone attacks, the Director General of specialized commando force – M A Ganapathy said on Saturday.

People familiar with the development said that the NSG’s anti-drone measures have been successful so far as they have managed to detect a few drones in last few months and alert the relevant agencies on time. The development comes in the backdrop of a twin-drone attack at the Jammu Air Force Station on June 27, in which two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) travelled from across the border and dropped two 3 kg to 5 kg improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at the air facility, damaging a portion of the building. An offshoot of Lashkar-e-Taiba – The Resistance Front (TRF) – has been found to be involved in the drone attack and the case is being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

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India’s defence exports increased by 325 per cent in the last five years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, as he pointing out that both private and public sectors are working hand in hand for national security. Speaking at an event organised by the Defence Ministry to dedicate the seven new defence companies to the nation, Modi said the decision to create these companies was stuck for a long time, adding that these seven new companies would form a strong base for the military in the country in the times to come.

Noting the glorious past of Indian ordnance factories, the Prime Minister said that upgradation of these companies was ignored in the post-Independence period, leading to the country’s dependence on foreign suppliers for its needs.

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A team from 4/5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) which represented the Indian Army at the prestigious Cambrian Patrol Exercise at Brecon, Wales, UK from 13th to 15th October 2021 has been awarded Gold medal. Ex Cambrian Patrol organised by the UK Army is considered the ultimate test of human endurance, team spirit and is sometimes referred as the Olympics of Military Patrolling among militaries in the world.

The Indian Army team participated in the event and competed against a total of 96 teams which included 17 international teams representing Special Forces and prestigious Regiments from around the world. During the exercise, teams were assessed for their performance under harsh terrain and inclement cold weather conditions which presented various challenges in addition to the complex real world situations painted to them so as to assess their reactions in combat settings.

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