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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that India is a responsible maritime stakeholder.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday addressed the naval commanders during the inaugural session of the Commanders’ Conference and interacted with them on matters pertaining to national security.

The Defence Minister said the role of the Indian Navy becomes more important in ensuring the security of the Indian Ocean Region and expressed happiness at the Navy effectively carrying out these responsibilities.

The conference is being attended by all operational and area commanders of the Indian Navy to review major operational, materiel, logistics, human resource development, training, and administrative activities.

“This conference is a very important opportunity to share our views on the key issues facing our country and our Navy. The geographical location of our country is something that makes it unique in many ways. Surrounded by the vast expanse of ocean from three sides, our country is very important from the point of view of strategic, trade and resources,” the minister said.

He said that as a responsible maritime stakeholder, India supports consensus-based principles and a peaceful, open, rules-based and stable world order.

The minister said it envisions the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) with the universal values of rules-based freedom of navigation and free trade in which the interests of all participating countries are protected.

“Being an important country in this maritime route, the role of our Navy becomes more important in ensuring the security of this region,” he said.

According to a Defence Ministry release, the minister expressed happiness at the Navy effectively carrying out these responsibilities.

Speaking about rapidly changing economic and political relations across the world, Rajnath Singh said that these economic interests do cause some stress in the relations and there is a greater need to maintain peace and stability within the Indian Maritime Zones in order to boost the trade and economic activities.

He said Indian Navy’s role in ensuring maintenance of this peace and stability in the region is going to increase manifold in the times to come.

“Only those nations have been successful in gaining dominance across the world, whose Navies have been strong and I am happy to say that our Navy is playing an important role in our maritime and national security,” he said.

The minister said that in consonance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’, the Navy has been ahead in the field of self-reliance, indigenisation in shipbuilding, and manufacturing of submarines.

In the last five financial years, more than two-thirds of the Navy’s modernisation budget has been spent on indigenous procurement.

“It is a matter of great pride to know that out of 41 ships and submarines ordered by our Navy, 39 are from Indian shipyards. This is a testament to the Navy’s commitment to ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’. It is important for us to maintain the momentum of the success we have achieved so far and I am sure that the steps taken by the government will give it more strength,” he said.

Rajnath Singh also launched the ‘Integrated Unmanned Road Map for Indian Navy’.

This publication aims to provide a comprehensive unmanned systems roadmap in consonance with the Indian Navy’s Concept of Operations and chart out a capability development plan for the Indian Navy.

A reference version of this roadmap will also be promulgated for the benefit of industry, which will promote India’s ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ mission, the release said.

It said that the conference will focus on addressing the contemporary security paradigms while seeking ways to enhance the combat capability of the navy and make operations more effective and efficient.

A detailed review of the performance of weapons, sensors, the readiness of Indian Navy’s platforms, ongoing naval projects with a focus on ways to enhance indigenisation through ‘Make in India’ will also be undertaken by the commanders.

The conference would also dwell upon the dynamics of the geostrategic situation of the region in the backdrop of recent events.

The Chief of Defence Staff and the chiefs of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force would also interact with the Naval Commanders to address the convergence of the three services vis-a-vis the operational environment, and on avenues for augmenting tri-Service synergy.

The second edition of the Naval Commanders’ Conference of 2021 commenced on Monday.



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New ‘Made-In-India’ Missile Successfully Tested, To Strengthen Navy – dot newz

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The missile has an operational range of 50 to 60 km, said DRDO.

Balasore:

India on Tuesday successfully flight tested the indigenously developed new Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VLSRSAM) from the coast off Balasore, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official said.

The quick reaction surface-to-air-missile missile developed by DRDO was test launched from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur at about 3.08 pm from a vertical launcher against an electronic target at a very low altitude.

The flight path of the missile along with its health parameters were monitored using a number of tracking instruments deployed by ITR, Chandipur.

All the sub-systems performed as per expectation and the test launch was monitored by senior DRDO and Indian Navy officials, the DRDO said.

The missile has an operational range of 50 to 60 km and features mid course inertial guidance through fiber optic gyroscope and active radar homing in terminal phase, it said.

The launch was conducted to validate integrated operation of all weapon system components including the vertical launcher unit with controller, canisterised flight vehicle, weapon control system and others required for future launches of the missile from Indian Naval ships.

The test launch was monitored by senior officials from the DRDO and Indian Navy, it said. The first trial was conducted on February 22, 2021 and Tuesday’s fight test was a confirmatory trial to prove the consistent performance of the configuration and integrated operation, it said.

“RM Shri @rajnathsigh has congratulated @DRDO_India, @indianavy and industry for the successful flight test of Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile. He said that this system would further enhance defence capability of Indian naval Ships against aerial threats,” RMO (defence ministry) India said in its official twitter post.

Secretary to the department of defence research and development and DRDO chairman G Satheesh Reddy complimented the teams involved in the successful flight test and said that this has paved the way for integration of the weapon system onboard Indian Naval Ships.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted “Congratulate @DRDO_India and @indiannavy on successful flight testing of Vertical Launch Shrort Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from Chandipur, off the coast of #Odisha.”

On Tuesday morning ahead of the test firing of the tactical missile, the Balasore district administration as a safety measure temporarily shifted more than 4,500 people residing within 2.5 km radius of the launch pad No 3 of the ITR from where the weapon with a dummy pay load was positioned and launched.

A district revenue official said, “On the request of ITR authority these people residing in six hamlets in close proximity to the ITR launch site had to be temporarily shifted to nearby shelter centers with compensation. They will return to their homes after DRDO gives the green signal for it.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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India Is No.1 Food Supplier To Arab Nations After 15 Years – dot newz

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The Arab world is among Brazil’s most important trade partners.

Sao Paulo:

India surpassed Brazil in food exports to the League of Arab States for the first time in 15 years as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted trade flows in 2020, according to data provided by the Arab-Brazil Chamber of Commerce to Reuters on Tuesday.

The Arab world is among Brazil’s most important trade partners, but its distance from those markets took its toll as the pandemic rattled global logistics.

Brazil accounted for 8.15% of the total agribusiness products imported by the 22 League members last year, whereas India captured 8.25% of that trade, ending Brazil’s 15-year advantage, the data showed.

Despite remaining competitive “from the farm gate in,” Brazil lost ground to India and other exporters such as Turkey, the United States, France and Argentina amid a disruption of traditional shipping routes.

Brazilian shipments to Saudi Arabia that once took 30 days could now take up to 60 days, according to the Chamber, whereas India’s geographic advantages allow it to ship fruits, vegetables, sugar, grains and meat in as little as week.

Brazil’s agricultural exports to the Arab League rose just 1.4% by value to $8.17 billion last year. Between January and October this year, sales totaled $6.78 billion, up 5.5%, as logistics problems subsided, Chamber data showed.

China’s push to boost its own food inventories during the pandemic also diverted some of Brazil’s trade with the Arabs, leading countries such as Saudi Arabia to step up promotion of domestic food production, while seeking alternative suppliers.

“It’s a turning point. The Saudis are still big buyers, but they are also net re-exporters of food,” the Chamber said in a statement.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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“BJP Development? Coconut Breaks A Road Open!” Akhilesh Yadav Sneers – dot newz

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Lucknow:

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, ally Jayant Choudhary at his side, berated Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the BJP on multiple issues today — including development, which the ruling party placed front and centre of the coming election. “What infrastructure has the BJP created,” he questioned, citing a recent headline from Bijnore that has raised many a chuckle in the state.

“The older tradition was — hit the coconut on the road and the coconut breaks. The new tradition they have started is hit the coconut on ground and the ground must break,” he told NDTV, speaking on the sidelines of a rally in Mathura attended by thousands.

Suchi Mausam Chaudhary, the BJP MLA from Bijnor Sadar, was left furious earlier this month at the traditional inauguration when bits of a 7-km road, renovated at a cost of Rs 1.16 crore, came off when struck by a coconut.

Challengers to the BJP government which came to power in the state with a sweeping mandate, the two leaders made a prediction. “Looking at anger among the people, BJP can even lose 400 seats. They will be wiped out in the western UP,” Akhilesh Yadav said.

Their sharpest barbs were reserved for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

In his address, Mr Yadav had spoken of the BJP “misrule” in terms of jobs, education development and farmers’ issues. Asked about his remark that the “Baba (Yogi Adityanath) just sits in Gorakhpur and rings a bell (while all this is happennig),” and how it would be received by the state’s Hindu voters, Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary spoke up.

“Adityanath is not a symbol of Hindu unity, he can be questioned,” Mr Chaudhary said. “This is not an issue about Hindu pride but issues like unemployment. Adityanath said he will give 70 lakh jobs. Today, their own posters say they have given only four lakh jobs,” he added.

Akhilesh Yadav had other questions. “The Chief Minister should answer whether the man sitting in the jeep that mowed down farmers (in Lakhimpur Kheri) was the Union Home Minister’s son or not… Yogi must answer how many cases were against him that he removed himself after becoming the Chief Minister,” he added.



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