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Friday, 19 December 2014

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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/army-chief-general-dalbir-singh-suhag-in-vietnam-to-boost-defence-ties/articleshow/45568479.cms
Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag in Vietnam to boost defence ties

NEW DELHI: Indian Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag is in Vietnam on a four day visit (Dec 17-20) to intensify its defence and strategic cooperation amid rising tensions in the South China Sea (SCS) region after Beijing ignored last Monday's deadline given by an international court to make its official territorial claims in the hotly disputed region.

This is first time that an Indian Army chief is visiting Vietnam since a robust defence partnership was launched few years back. Offici ..



http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-15/india-s-19-billion-weapons-blitz-wooing-global-companies.html
India’s $19 Billion Weapons Blitz Lures Global Companies
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared $19 billion of arms procurement proposals since taking power in May, almost double India’s spending on weapons in the last fiscal year as he tries to modernize the country’s military.

The blitz of 41 approvals spans heavy guns to submarines as Modi seeks to counter China’s rising military heft and take a firmer stance on border disputes with Pakistan. The vice chief of the Indian Air Force, for one, has never seen anything like this pace from the nation’s Defence Acquisition Council.

“I don’t recall the council clearing these many number of procurement proposals within six months and in four meetings,” Air Marshal R. K. Sharma, who has served in the air force for four decades, said in an interview in New Delhi on Dec. 4. “The indication from the government is that this trend in decision-making will continue.”

The approvals add to Modi’s other steps, such as allowing more foreign investment in defense and trying to overcome a history of graft scandals that slowed purchases. The changes are stirring interest: Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (LT), India’s largest engineering business, said Europe’s Airbus Group NV (AIR) is assessing whether to boost its stake in their defense joint venture. Boeing Co. (BA) is already looking for investment options.

Modi in July increased the limit on foreign-direct investment in defense to 49 percent from 26 percent.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nashik/650-engineering-students-register-for-army-screening/articleshow/45558223.cms
650 engineering students register for army screening
NASHIK: Around 650 students from the third year engineering degree courses in city colleges on Tuesday registered for the University Entrance Scheme (UES), an Indian Army initiative, allowing eligible candidates to appear directly for the Services Selection Board (SSB) interview.

The three-day drive started on Tuesday.

Colonel Sunil Upadhyay said the Indian Army conducts the drive to screen applicants, who wish to enroll for training at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun. "The drive is conducted in two phases. The first phase includes delivering motivational lectures to students and spreading awareness. This proves effective in attracting more students, who register through offline method," he added.

Students can register online on the Army's website and manually during the start of the drive. Upadhyay said the entire activity is done by the Motivational Pre-Selection Team (MPST), who screen candidates by interviewing them and recommend the best talent to the senior authorities. The candidates are then shortlisted for the SSB interview.

"The added benefits are that defense persons are able to reach out directly to potential talent by visiting various colleges. This helps in selecting best candidates available," he said.

He added the biggest advantage is that a direct contact between students and the Army is established unlike through the process, when students have to appear for the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Command Defence Services (CDS) exams.

"During screening, students interact with Army officials, who can clear their doubts. Officials also explain the entire process and give them maximum inputs about how and why SSB interviews are conducted. This helps students to prepare better," he added.

Akshay Nara, a computer engineering student in a city-based private college, said he took admission to engineering to be able to join the Army. "I always wanted to join the Army through the UES as it is the best opportunity to join the Army without appearing for the entrance exam," he added.

Another student Abhishek Dubey from the mechanical engineering branch said the UES has its own set of benefits as one is able to interact with Army officials.

The drive will also be conducted in districts like Dhule, Nandurbar and the Union territories of Daman, Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

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