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Your Morning News Updates From Across The Media Space
BUSINESS AND DEFENCE
New procurement plan, strategic projects key to PM’s defence push
A new procurement procedure in the works and strategic manufacturing projects will be key to implementing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to position India among the top defence producing nations in the world and give a boost to the economy as it battles with Covid-19.
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/new-procurement-plan-strategic-projects-key-to-pms-defence-push/
PM asks for re-sizing of budgeted defence expenditure
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for re-sizing the budgeted defence expenditure in order to channelise the savings for the acquisition of strategic but expensive defence equipment.
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/pm-asks-for-re-sizing-of-budgeted-defence-expenditure/
India-Russia Defence Ties Amid COVID-19
The pandemic appears not to have had much impact on India-Russia relations. The relationship was showing signs of strain even before to the pandemic, mainly because both countries are drifting toward different sides in the emerging competition between the United States and China.
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/india-russia-defence-ties-amid-covid-19/
MoD for giving one-day salary every month to PM-CARES Fund
After the contribution of one-day salary of all the employees of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to the PM CARES Fund to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, a proposal has been moved to contribute one-day salary every month of this financial year to the Fund, defence sources said.
Read More- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/mod-for-giving-one-day-salary-every-month-to-pm-cares-fund/
INDIAN ARMED FORCES
Frontline Warriors Salute Corona Warriors And Vow To Continue Supporting The Fight
A press conference was conducted in Delhi today wherein Gen Bipin Rawat, CDS accompanied by Gen MM Naravane, Chief of Army Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Naval Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria
Read More- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/frontline-warriors-salute-corona-warriors-and-vow-to-continue-supporting-the-fight/
No COVID-19 case in IAF: Indian Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has not reported any COVID-19 case so far, informed Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria on Friday. He also ensured that the IAF will not lower its guard against the coronavirus.
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/no-covid-19-case-in-iaf-indian-air-force-chief-rks-bhadauria/
Coronavirus | Armed forces to express gratitude to corona warriors
To express gratitude to all those involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic across the country, the Armed Forces have planned a series of activities on May 3 from morning till evening, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said on Friday.
Read More- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/coronavirus-armed-forces-to-express-gratitude-to-corona-warriors/
Ready to contribute in bringing back Indians stranded abroad: Military
The top military brass on Friday said the armed forces were ready to play their role in evacuation of thousands of Indians stranded in the Gulf and other regions as a sizeable number of aircraft and naval ships have been put on stand-by for the mission.
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/ready-to-contribute-in-bringing-back-indians-stranded-abroad-military/
Fighter jets to do fly-pasts, choppers to shower petals on Sunday to thank corona warriors
The Indian armed forces will conduct fly-pasts, light up ships at sea, play military bands and shower flower petals on hospitals treating coronavirus patients on Sunday in a grand display of gratitude to lakhs of people like doctors, paramedics and policemen engaged in the country’s fight against the pandemic.
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/fighter-jets-to-do-fly-pasts-choppers-to-shower-petals-on-sunday-to-thank-corona-warriors/
No need of military deployment in COVID-19 hotspots, police doing very well: CDS Rawat
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, on May 01 hailed the efforts of the police during the lockdown. Watch Here
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/no-need-of-military-deployment-in-covid-19-hotspots-police-doing-very-well-cds-rawat/
Not proper to conclude that coronavirus result of biological warfare: CDS
Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat on Friday said it was not proper to conclude that the coronavirus is the result of a biological warfare and there was a need to wait for finding the answer about its origin. He made the comments while replying to a question on the issue at a press conference in presence of the three service chiefs.
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/not-proper-to-conclude-that-coronavirus-result-of-biological-warfare-cds/
J&K: Two jawans martyred as Pakistan violates ceasefire in Baramulla
Two Army soldiers were martyred as Pakistan violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday by resorting to unprovoked firing, a defence spokesperson said in Srinagar.
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/jk-two-jawans-martyred-as-pakistan-violates-ceasefire-in-baramulla/
Counter terror ops in J-K increase in lockdown
The nationwide lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic did not affect counter-insurgency operations in Jammu & Kashmir. The operations were rather intensified and resulted in the killing of the highest number of terrorists belonging to different Pakistan-based outfits in April.
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/counter-terror-ops-in-j-k-increase-in-lockdown/
Three soldiers injured in Pak firing on LoC
Three Indian soldiers were injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan at the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir”s Uri on Saturday, the army said. ccording to an army statement, Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Rampur sector of Uri on Saturday afternoon.
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/three-soldiers-injured-in-pak-firing-on-loc/
POLITICS AND NATION
Kashmir a bilateral issue, should not divide communities in UK: Labour leader Starmer
Keir Starmer, the UK’s newly-elected Leader of the Opposition Labour Party, on Thursday said Kashmir is a bilateral issue for India and Pakistan to resolve peacefully and stressed that such divisive issues from the subcontinent should not be allowed to divide communities in Britain.
Read More- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/kashmir-a-bilateral-issue-should-not-divide-communities-in-uk-labour-leader-starmer/
India lodges strong protest with Pakistan over killing of civilian along LoC
India on Friday registered a protest with Pakistan at killing of innocent Indian national in unprovoked firing by Pakistan forces along the border in Kashmir. A person familiar with the matter said India’s protest was conveyed via email to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
Read More- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/india-lodges-strong-protest-with-pakistan-over-killing-of-civilian-along-loc/
INDIA AND NEIGHBOURS
Jaishankar discusses India-Central Asia foreign ministers’ meet through videoconferencing
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday held a video conference with Indian ambassadors in Central Asia and discussed preparation for India-Central Asia foreign ministers’ meet. “Regional reviews continue.
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/jaishankar-discusses-india-central-asia-foreign-ministers-meet-through-videoconferencing/
China Enters Indian Ocean at Time of COVID-19 Crisis, India’s Navy Hurting More Than Expected
At a time when global shipping, including that of China’s trade, has fallen to a record low due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Beijing has started deploying warships to the Indian Ocean. The Indian Navy has announced its operational preparedness, but there are severe costs for the anti-China maritime posture in the region.
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/china-enters-indian-ocean-at-time-of-covid-19-crisis-indias-navy-hurting-more-than-expected/
Pakistan using Covid window for cross-border militancy in Kashmir, weaponising social media
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 lives, Pakistan’s evil designs in Kashmir have got a sudden flip. As the attention of the world remains focused on defeating the coronavirus,
Read More- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/pakistan-using-covid-window-for-cross-border-militancy-in-kashmir-weaponising-social-media/
Watchdog group says US not releasing data on Taliban attacks
The U.S. mission in Afghanistan has for the first time refused to publicly release its data on insurgent attacks amid the implementation of a peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban, an American watchdog said Friday.
Read More- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/watchdog-group-says-us-not-releasing-data-on-taliban-attacks/
A Hypothetical Scenario in the China Sea
It is generally known that the modern world has a great interest in the East Asia region, were some of the greatest super powers in terms of economy, strength, population, and military capabilities, are focused. For instance, Japan is a technological and economic giant,
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/a-hypothetical-scenario-in-the-china-sea/
If Kim Jong-un Dies President Moon Could Suffer
Rumors over the whereabouts and health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have been mounting over the past weeks following his absence from a ceremony marking the birth of his grandfather Kim Il-sung, the country’s founding leader. The ceremony was held on April 15 at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang.
Read More- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/if-kim-jong-un-dies-president-moon-could-suffer/
Lockdown 3.0: No flights, trains, inter-state road movement allowed
The Union Home Ministry today announced that the nationwide lockdown has been extended for two weeks, starting May 4. During the extended lockdown, no flights, trains and inter-state road movement will be allowed.
Read More- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/lockdown-3-0-no-flights-trains-inter-state-road-movement-allowed/
Indian carriers, except IndiGo, need to raise $2.5 bln to survive grounding
Indian airlines, excluding market leader IndiGo, will need to raise a minimum of $2.5 billion to survive the grounding due to the lockdown imposed to contain covid-19 pandemic, aviation consultancy firm CAPA India said in a report on Friday.
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/indian-carriers-except-indigo-need-to-raise-2-5-bln-to-survive-grounding/
Lockdown 3.0: Ban on Domestic and International Flights Extended Till May 17
Following the latest directions by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the ongoing lockdown that was expected to end on May 3 has been extended for two more weeks. In light of the same, the ban of domestic as well as international flights will be extended as well.
Read More- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/lockdown-3-0-ban-on-domestic-and-international-flights-extended-till-may-17/
Govt’s king-sized repatriation plan for stranded Indians to begin from UAE
India’s king-sized effort to repatriate tens of thousands of Indians stranded abroad will start from the Gulf countries and will entail deployment of not just commercial planes but also the biggest warships and planes of the defence forces,
Read More- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/govts-king-sized-repatriation-plan-for-stranded-indians-to-begin-from-uae/
After curbs are lifted, air journeys in India may become quicker
When flying starts post lockdown, flying times may come down significantly with passenger airlines set to get access to defence airspace. Senior aviation officials have confirmed to Hindustan Times that Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Read more- https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/05/after-curbs-are-lifted-air-journeys-in-india-may-become-quicker/