APRIL-MAY 2016,

  • TO MODERNIZE, WE MUST WIDEN OUR CHOICES, NOT LIMIT THEM
    Posted in: APRIL-MAY 2016,

    Ever since independence, almost every major defence deal that has been initiated by India, has run into a controversy. And though the current tightly worded Indian ‘Defence Procurement Procedure’ has clauses to keep out middlemen and to ensure integrity of the supplier (OEM) of weapons platforms, we have the AugustaWestland scandal that is now causing […]

  • A TREK TO THE END OF THE MOUNTAIN
    Posted in: APRIL-MAY 2016,

    The scene was straight out of the Jungle Book, a dense forest teeming with insects and other living beings, humidity threatening to dehydrate you slowly but surely. And thus began our adventure trek to Nongriat village, roughly 70 km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya (literally the abode of clouds). In short we were gearing […]

  • Tamatar Kadhi aur Kurkuri Bhindi: A Great Desi Dish
    Posted in: APRIL-MAY 2016,

    After a phase of trying out various world cuisines, I need to get back to my roots and try something Indian. I recalled a recipe I came across a while back for tamatar kadhi and really craved the delicious flavour of sour tomato curry. But to add a bite to it, I paired it with […]

  • THE FOURTH STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS
    Posted in: APRIL-MAY 2016,

    Lost wisdom of the Swastika by Ajay Chaturvedi is an intriguing read, yet another in a series of semi fictional, semiau to biographical books that leverages a personal narrative of pain & loss to reveal deep esoteric gems. The title and the book cover reinforce the elusive myth of a powerful & often misunderstood symbolism. […]

  • A FUSION OF CULTURES
    Posted in: APRIL-MAY 2016,

    Before Pakistan became the new centre of global terrorism and reactionary Islamic forces, the region had a fusion of different religions/cultures/philosophies that emanated or were derived from Hinduism and other religions that it interacted with over the centuries. This book by Haroon Khalid is an attempt to study these religious traditions – those that have […]

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
    Posted in: APRIL-MAY 2016,

    The Reserve Bank of India (the Reserve Bank) oversees disbursement of pension by its agency banks. In the process, it receives queries/complaints from pensioners in regard to fixation, calculation and payment of pension including revision of pension/Dearness Relief, transfer of pension account from one bank branch to another, etc. The Reserve Bank has analysed the […]

  • DEFENCE PROCUREMENT POLICY (DPP-2016) UNVEILED
    Posted in: APRIL-MAY 2016,

    The new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP-2016) was unveiled on 28 March 2016 by the Raksha Mantri, Shri Manohar Parrikar at the inaugural ceremony of the Defence Expo (Defexpo)-2016 at Quepem town, about 50 km from Panaji. DPP-2016 aims to ensure transparency, fast-track acquisitions and to lend a push to the “Make in India” initiative. To […]

  • NEWS
    Posted in: APRIL-MAY 2016,

    INDIA GETS ITS OWN GPS With the launch on 28 April 2016 of IRNSS-1G,the country’s seventh navigation satellite, India entered the exclusive club of five nations that have their own satellite navigation and positioning systems. IRNSS is similar to the global positioning system (GPS) of the US (24 satellites), Glonass of Russia, and Galileo of […]

  • DEFENCE DEVELOPMENTS AND FOLLOW-UPS
    Posted in: APRIL-MAY 2016,

    During the financial year 2015-16, 44 contracts worth Rs. 39,955.36 crore have been signed for capital procurement of defence equipment (including helicopters, radars, rockets and simulators) and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) issued 61 Industrial Licenses (ILs) for manufacture of various defence equipment under IDR Act 1951, till December 2015. 2016 began with […]

  • SAGARMALA PROGRAMME – A GAME CHANGER BUT NATIONAL MARITIME AUTHORITY REQUIRED
    Posted in: APRIL-MAY 2016,

    ‘Sagarmala’, the government’s flagship programme to promote port-led development in the country aims to deliver impact through over 150 projects and initiatives in four broad areas. Modernising India’s port infrastructure, improving port connectivity, tapping the potential of port led industrialisation to boost industrial and export growth along the coastline and harnessing the potential of coastal […]