12 years old naval child swims 36 kilometers to create awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder

Meet Jiya Rai, a 12-year-old daughter of a Naval sailor Madan Rai who created history by swimming from Bandra-Worli Sea Link to Gateway of India, a distance of 36 Km in 08 hrs and 40 minutes on 17 Feb 2021. She is a known case of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and dedicated the swimming feat to raise awareness about Autism.

She commenced her record-setting feat in the early morning hours of 17 Feb 2021 at 0350 hrs from Bandra-Worli Sea Link and completed at Gateway of India at 1230 hrs.

The swimming event was conducted under the observation of the Swimming Association of Maharashtra, a recognized body of the Swimming Federation of India. The event was also associated with FIT India Movement by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affair.

Jiya Rai was felicitated with a trophy by Zarir N Baliwala, President of Greater Mumbai Amateur Aquatic Association (GMAAA).

Jiya had earlier swam from Elephanta Island to Gateway of India, a distance of 14 Km in 03 hrs 27 minutes and 30 sec on 15 Feb 20 and holds the world record for the youngest girl with ASD to swim 14 km in open waters.

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Capital outlay increased by nearly 19 per cent giving defence modernization historic push

Defence Minister thanks Prime Minister & Finance Minister for increasing defence budget to 4.78 lakh crore

Union Budget for the Financial Year 2021-22, presented by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Parliament on February 01, 2021 has given a historic push to defence modernisation by increasing defence capital outlay by 18.75 per cent.

Defence allocation in the budget has been increased to Rs 4,78,195.62 crore for the Financial Year 2021-22. Excluding Defence Pension, the total allocations for Defence Services and other organisations/Departments under Ministry of Defence for the FY 2021-22 is Rs 3,62,345.62 crore which is an increase of Rs 24,792.62 crore over the Current FY 2020-21.

The allocation under capital expenditure which relates to modernisation and infrastructure development of Armed Forces has been significantly increased. The allocation under Capital of Rs 1,35,060.72 crore for FY 2021-22 represents an increase of 18.75 per cent over FY 2020-21 and 30.62 per cent over FY 2019-20. This is the highest ever increase in capital outlay of Defence in the last 15 years.

(Rs in Crore)
Capital Outlay on Defence Services
Year Capital BE Increase %age increase
2019-20 1,03,394.31 9,412.18 10.01
2020-21 1,13,734.00 10,339.69 10.00
2021-22 1,35,060.72 21,326.72 18.75

Allocation under Non-Salary Revenue to meet operational requirement has been increased to Rs 54,624.67 crore. This is 6 per cent growth over FY 2020-21.

The Capital allocation for DRDO has been increased to Rs 11,375.50 crore. This is an increase of 8 per cent over 2020-21 and 8.5 per cent over 2019-20. The allocation for Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has been increased to Rs 6004.08 crore which is 7.48 per cent increase over FY 2021-22 and 14.49 per cent over FY 2019-20.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for increasing the defence budget to 4.78 lakh crore for the Financial Year 2021-22 (FY21-22), which includes capital expenditure worth Rs 1.35 lakh crore. It is nearly 19 per cent increase in Defence capital expenditure. This is the highest ever increase in capital outlay for defence in the last 15 years.

Defence Minister said special attention has been paid to economic reforms, employment generation, capital formation and creating infrastructure in India. “Based on 6 pillars of good governance this Budget will usher India into a new era of inclusive growth and prosperity,” he said.

Rajnath Singh in a series of tweets said, “Several new policies & programmes to support India’s farmers, agriculture, infrastructure and reinvigoration of Human Resource have also been announced. I am glad that the Budget has proposed the opening of 100 new Sainik Schools in the country.” These schools will be set up in partnership with States, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and private institutions.

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Change of Command of Indian Army’s Gajra Corps

The command of the Indian Army’s Frontier Gajraj Corps today changed hands from Lt Gen Shantanu Dayal, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM to Lt Gen Ravin Khosla, AVSM, SM, VSM.

Lt Gen Ravin Khosla brings with him immense operational experience and has served in important command and staff appointments both in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East. He comes to Gajraj Corps from Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), New Delhi where he was holding the appointment of Director General (Manpower Planning & Personnel Services). The General Officer has served in Srilanka during Operation PAWAN. For his illustrative service, he has been awarded Ati Vishist Sewa Medal, Sena Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal. In addition to his professional pursuits, the general officer is also a keen sportsperson and an avid reader.

Lt Gen Shantanu Dayal had an eventful tenure of a year at Tezpur during which the formation enhanced its capabilities in an exemplary manner both in the Kameng Sector as well as in the counter-insurgency operations in Lower and Central Assam. In the Unified Command HQ Mechanism, he chaired the Operational Group, which was responsible for executing the Counter Insurgency/ Counter-Terrorism operations in Assam.

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Indian and U.S. Defence Delegations conduct Virtual Discussion on Defence Cooperation

Guwahati: The 10th Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Group Meeting was held virtually on September 15, 2020. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Raj Kumar, Secretary, Defence Production, from the Indian Ministry of Defence and Ms. Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment, from the U.S. Department of Defence. DTTI Group Meetings are normally held twice a year, alternating between India and the United States. This time, meeting was held via VTC on account of COVID pandemic.

The aim of the DTTI Group is to bring sustained leadership focus to the bilateral Defence trade relationship and create opportunities for co-production and co-development of Defence equipment. Four Joint Working Groups focused on land, naval, air, and aircraft carrier technologies have been established under DTTI to promote mutually agreed projects within their domains. The groups reported to the co-chairs on ongoing activities and collaborative opportunities including a number of near-term projects targeted for completion on priority.

As evidence of their commitment to demonstrating the success of DTTI, the co-chairs signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) that declared their intent “to strengthen our dialogue on Defence technology cooperation by pursuing detailed planning and making measurable progress” on several specific DTTI projects.

The co-chairs were also pleased to note that since the last DTTI Group meeting in October 2019, a DTTI Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the identification and development of cooperative projects under DTTI has been completed. The SOP will serve as the framework for DTTI and allow both sides to reach and document a mutual understanding on how to define and achieve success. A publicly releasable extract of key elements of the SOP was also published in July as the DTTI Initial Guidance for Industry, and distributed through Indian and U.S. industry associations.

Further efforts to encourage U.S. and Indian industry to cooperatively develop next-generation technologies under the DTTI Group were highlighted by the 1st DTTI Industry Collaboration Forum (DICF), which took place virtually on September 10, 2020. The DICF was convened by Shri Sanjay Jaju, Joint Secretary (Defence Industries Production), Mr. Michael Vaccaro, Director, International Armaments Cooperation, and Ms. Amy Murray, Director, Small Business Programs. This forum offers an opportunity for Indian and U.S. industry to be directly involved in DTTI and facilitates dialogue between government and industry on issues that impact industrial collaboration. The results of the discussion were briefed to the DTTI Group co-chairs.

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MoD's big push to Atmanirbhar Bharat Initiative

'Import embargo on 101 items beyond given timelines to boost indigenisation of defence production'

GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the Nation on May 12, 2020 had given a clarion call for a self-reliant India based on the five pillars, i.e., Economy, Infrastructure, System, Demography & Demand and announced a special economic package for Self-Reliant India named ‘Atamnirbhar Bharat’. Taking cue from that evocation, the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), Ministry of Defence (MoD) has prepared a list of 101 items for which there would be an embargo on the import beyond the timeline indicated against them, as indicated in the attached Annexure.

ANNEXURE

IMPORT EMBARGO LIST OF DEFENCE WEAPONS/PLATFORMS

With Effect From Dec 2020

SNo Name of Platform/ Weapon/

System/ Equipment

Indicative Year- Import Embargo
1. 120mm Fin Stabilised Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS) Mark II Ammunition Dec 2020
2. 7.62x51 Sniper Rifle Dec 2020
3. Tracked Self Propelled (SP) Gun (155mm x 52 Cal) Dec 2020
4. Towed Artillery Gun (155mm x 52 Cal) Dec 2020
5. Short Range Surface to Air Missiles (Land variant) Dec 2020
6. Shipborne Cruise Missiles Dec 2020
7. Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) (Pinaka Variant) Dec 2020
8. Simulators Presenting Smart Ranges And Multi-Function Targets Dec 2020
9. Battalion Support Weapons Simulators Dec 2020
10. Container-based Simulators for Live Fire Training Dec 2020
11. Tailor-made Simulators for Counter Insurgency (CI)/Counter Terrorism (CT) based Training Dec 2020
12. Force-on-force Live Tactical Simulators / Infantry Weapon Dec 2020
13. Tank Simulators (driving, as well as, crew gunnery) Dec 2020
14. 155mm/39 Cal Ultra-Light Howitzer Dec 2020
15. Successor of Flycatcher &Upgraded Super Fledermaus (USFM) / Air Defence Fire Control Radar (ADFCR) Dec 2020
16. Component Level Repair Facility for Tank T-90 Dec 2020
17. Shipborne Close in Weapon System Dec 2020
18. Bullet Proof Jackets Dec 2020
19. Ballistic Helmets Dec 2020
20. Missile Destroyers Dec 2020
21. Multi-Purpose Vessel Dec 2020
22. Offshore Patrol Vessel Dec 2020
23. Next Generation Missile Vessels Dec 2020
24. Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts Dec 2020
SNo Name of Platform/ Weapon/ System/ Equipment Indicative Year- Import Embargo
25. Water Jet Fast Attack Craft Dec 2020
26. Ammunition Barges Dec 2020
27. 50ton Bollard - Pull Tugs Dec 2020
28. Survey Vessels Dec 2020
29. Floating Dock Dec 2020
30. Diving Support Vessels Dec 2020
31. Pollution Control Vessels Dec 2020
32. Anti-Submarine Rocket Launchers Dec 2020
33. Shipborne Medium Range Gun Dec 2020
34. Torpedo Tube Launcher for Light Weight Torpedoes Dec 2020
35. Magneto - Rheological Anti Vibration Mounts Dec 2020
36. All variants of Depth Charges Dec 2020
37. Shipborne Sonar System for Large Ships Dec 2020
38. Hull Mounted Submarine Sonar Dec 2020
39. Short Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft Dec 2020
40. Anti-Submarine Rocket Dec 2020
41. Chaff Rockets Dec 2020
42. Chaff Rocket Launcher Dec 2020
43. Integrated Ship’s Bridge System Dec 2020
44. Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) MK I A - Enhanced Indigenised Content  

Dec 2020

45. Light Combat Helicopters Dec 2020
46. General Purpose Pre Fragmentation Bombs between 250-500 Kg  

Dec 2020

47. Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) for Transport Aircraft  

Dec 2020

48. Ground Based Mobile ELINT System  

Dec 2020

49. Transport Aircraft (Light)  

Dec 2020

50. GSAT-6 Satellite Terminals  

Dec 2020

51. Aerial Delivery Systems for Transport Aircraft Dec 2020
SNo Name of Platform/ Weapon/ System/ Equipment Indicative Year- Import Embargo
52. Digital Tropo Scatter/LOS Communication System  

Dec 2020

53. Low Level Transportable Radar Dec 2020
54. High Power Radar (HPR) Dec 2020
55. CBRN Detection & Monitoring System  

Dec 2020

56. CBRN Decontamination & Protection System Dec 2020
57. Parachute Tactical Assault (PTA)- G2 Dec 2020
58. Dragunov Upgrade System Dec 2020
59. PKMG Upgrade System Dec 2020
60. Simulators for A Vehicles / B Vehicles Dec 2020
61. Simulators for Towed and Self Propelled Guns of Air Defence Dec 2020
62. Simulators for Correction of Fire by Observers Dec 2020
63. Military trucks of 4x4 and above variants: 12x12, 10x10, 8x8, 6x6 Dec 2020
64. Fixed Wing Mini UAVs Dec 2020
65. 500 Ton Self Propelled Water Barges Dec 2020
66. Software Defined Radio (TAC) for IN Dec 2020
67. Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Battery (Long Range) Dec 2020
68. Advance Landing Ground Communication Terminals (ALGCTs)for AGLs  

Dec 2020

69. Field Artillery Tractor (FAT) 6X6 for Medium Guns Dec 2020

With Effect From Dec 2021

SNo Name of Platform/ Weapon/ System/ Equipment/ Indicative Year- Import Embargo
70. Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) Dec 2021
71. Light Machine Gun Dec 2021
72. 125 mmFin Stabilised Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS)New Generation Ammunition Dec 2021
73. Assault Rifle 7.62 x 39mm Dec 2021
74. 30 mm Ammunition for Infantry Fighting Systems Dec 2021
75. Mine Fragmentation Dec 2021
76. Mine Anti-tank Dec 2021
77. Mine Anti-Personnel Blast Dec 2021
78. Multipurpose Grenade Dec 2021
79. Inertial Navigation System for Ship Application Dec 2021
80. Conventional Submarines Dec 2021

Dec 2022 Onwards

SNo Name of Platform/ Weapon/ System/ Equipment Indicative Year- Import Embargo
81. 40mm UBGL (Under Barrel Grenade Launcher) Dec 2022
82. Lightweight Rocket Launcher Dec 2022
83. 155 mm Artillery Ammunition Dec 2022
84. EW Systems Dec 2022
85. Material Handling Crane 2.5 to 7.5 Tons (Vehicle Mounted) Dec 2023
86. GRAD BM Rocket Dec 2023
87. 30MM HEI/HET Dec 2023
88. ASTRA-MK I Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVR AAM) Dec 2023
89. EW Suit for MI-17 V5 Dec 2023
90. Communication Satellite GSAT-7C Dec 2023
91. Satellite GSAT 7R Dec 2023
92. Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) Dec 2023
93. Expendable Aerial Targets Dec 2024
94. Small Jet Engines with 120kgf thrust Dec 2024
95. Light Low Level Terrain Radar (LLLWR) Dec 2024
96. Close in Weapon System (Land based) Dec 2024
97. 23 mm ZU Ammunitions Dec 2024
98. 30mm VOG 17 Dec 2024
99. Electronic Fuses for Artillery Ammunitions Dec 2024
100. Bi- Modular Charge System (BMCS ) Dec 2024
101. Long Range – Land Attack Cruise Missile Dec 2025

This is a big step towards self-reliance in defence. It also offers a great opportunity to the Indian defence industry to rise to the occasion to manufacture the items in the negative list by using their own design and development capabilities or adopting the technologies designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces in the coming years.

The list is prepared by MoD after several rounds of consultations with all stakeholders, including Army, Air Force, Navy, DRDO, Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and private industry to assess current and future capabilities of the Indian industry for manufacturing various ammunition/weapons/platforms/equipment within India.

Almost 260 schemes of such items were contracted by the Tri-Services at an approximate cost of Rs 3.5 lakh crore between April 2015 and August 2020. With latest embargo on import of 101 items, it is estimated that contracts worth almost Rs four lakh crore will be placed upon the domestic industry within the next five to seven years. Of these, items worth almost Rs 1,30,000 crore each are anticipated for the Army and the Air Force while items worth almost Rs 1,40,000 crore are anticipated by the Navy over the same period.

The list of 101 embargoed items comprises of not just simple parts but also some high technology weapon systems like artillery guns, assault rifles, corvettes, sonar systems, transport aircrafts, light combat helicopters (LCHs), radars and many other items to fulfil the needs of our Defence Services. The list also includes, wheeled Armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) with indicative import embargo date of December 2021, of which the Army is expected to contract almost 200 at an approximate cost of over Rs 5,000 crore. Similarly, the Navy is likely to place demands for Submarines with indicative import embargo date of December 2021, of which it expects to contract about six at an approximate cost of almost Rs 42,000 crore. For the Air Force, it is decided to enlist the LCA MK 1A with an indicative embargo date of December 2020. Of these, 123 are anticipated at an approximate cost of over Rs 85,000 crore. Hence, there are highly complex platforms that are included in the list of 101 items, of which details of three examples are given above.

The embargo on imports is planned to be progressively implemented between 2020 to 2024. The aim behind promulgation of the list is to apprise the Indian defence industry about the anticipated requirements of the Armed Forces so that they are better prepared to realise the goal of indigenisation. The MoD has adopted many progressive measures to encourage and facilitate ‘Ease of Doing Business’ by the defence Production entities. All necessary steps would be taken to ensure that timelines for production of equipment as per the Negative Import List are met, which will include a co-ordinated mechanism for hand holding of the industry by the Defence Services.

More such equipment for import embargo would be identified progressively by the DMA in consultation with all stakeholders.

A due note of this will also be made in the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) to ensure that no item in the negative list is processed for import in the future.

In another relevant step, the MoD has bifurcated the capital procurement budget for 2020-21 between domestic and foreign capital procurement routes. A separate budget head has been created with an outlay of nearly Rs 52,000 crore for domestic capital procurement in the current financial year.

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