Archive for January, 2017

Says India aims at exporting $2b arms by 2019; warships being sent to Vietnam
The government will give final shape to a strategic partnership (SP) model with the private sector for major military systems this month that is likely to be initiated with the setting up of a Western origin single engine fighter jet production line, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said.Assuring that only final discussions on the SP model were left, which could be addressed in a meeting next week, Parrikar disclosed that the government will first select an Indian private sector company that would partner with a Western aerospace company to produce the muchneeded replacements for the MiG 21 fleet.Without going into details, Parrikar said the criteria for selection would be the amount of technology transfer that the western partner is willing to provide as well as the financial package on offer. He said once a product has been shortlisted, an intergovernmental agreement would also be signed. He said India will be exporting warships to Vietnam (Larsen and Toubro) and the target is to achieve an annual $ 2 billion arms export target by 2019.

Army Chief Selection Not Based Only on Seniority: Minister

New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Par rikar said due process was followed for the selection of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and that the procedure does not specify that seniority is the only criteria for selection. “If you go by seniority principle, then there would be no requirement of any procedure. There would be no requirement of any Raksha Mantri, there would no requirement of Cabinet Committee on Appointment because then it is a computer job.”

Source : The economic Times (Delhi)

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The government has referred the proposal to set up a hyperloop transportation system in the country to Niti Aayog, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday.

“Hyperloop had made a presentation to me which we have forwarded to Niti Aayog. Now they will call for a trial run for the technology at some small stretch after which we’ll be able to take a call on the matter,” Gadkari said.

He said acommittee under Niti Aayog member VK Sarawat is looking into the feasibility of having hyperloop transportation in the country where a pod-like vehicle is propelled through a near-vacuum tube connecting cities at speeds matching that of an aircraft.

US-based Hyperloop Transport Technology (HTT), during a recent meeting with Gadkari, had suggested such services to connect major Indian cities and had also sought land for a pilot project. Gadkari had shown interest in the project, given the leapfrog technology it offers.

The hyperloop concept is a brainchild of Tesla founder Elon Musk. HTT claimed it costs $40 million per kilometre to build a hyperloop system while building a high-speed train line would cost almost twice. The hyperloop system is being designed to transport passengers and freight.

PARKING PROOF

To tackle parking woes in Delhi, the government is considering a proposal to allow registration of vehicles only after production of parking space availability certificates. “All our colony roads have become parking lots. There’s no place for people to park their vehicles. The urban development minister has discussed the proposal to end parking woes with me,” Gadkari said.

The minister also said that the government could start a mobile app where people can post photos of vehicles parked at unauthorised spaces or on roads after which police can issue challans to the traffic rule violators.

“We are discussing all these ideas. However, we still have to look at their feasibility,” he said.

Source : The Economic Times (Delhi)