Naval Chief Hosts Naval Veterans



Naval Chief Hosts Naval Veterans

Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff hosted a reception this afternoon 22 Feb 15 (Sunday) at the Naval Officers’ Mess, Varuna for the naval veterans residing in and around Delhi NCR. Admiral and Mrs. Minu Dhowan interacted with the retired naval officers and their spouses.


Being an important activity of the Navy Week celebrations every year, the event affords an excellent opportunity for interaction between the serving and the retired naval fraternity. Over the years this event has provided a platform that facilitates not only exchange of ideas but also helps in obtaining feedback on the various initiatives implemented by the service for its retired community.


The gathering comprising those in uniform and those who have re-attired into different outfits post retirement from active service, represented a vast pool of knowledge, experience and wisdom that is collectively leveraged for the benefit of the Navy in particular and for the country at large. The event was well attended by retired officers comprising largely from those residing in the NCR and a few veterans from outstations as well. In addition, senior serving officers in station were also present.

During the event, CNS apprised the veterans on the naval activities, the future plans and other initiatives taken towards developing a blue water Navy that is fully integrated with network centric operations and space based capabilities. In addition, the veterans also got an opportunity to interact with the professional teams {from IHQ MoD (Navy)} on issues related to pension, welfare and medical facilities etc.


The event also witnessed the release of ‘Quarterdeck’ – a magazine published yearly by the Navy Foundation. The magazine has over the years established itself as a conduit between the veterans and the serving communities and enriches with the memoirs of our veterans. It facilitates a virtual walk down the memory lane.


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Aero India-2015 Draws to a Close

Curtains on the five-day aerial extravaganza at Aero India 2015 came down at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, in Bengaluru, today.

With the business part earlier winding up in the first three days, the weekend show witnessed more than 100,000 people thronging the venue on each days.

With ‘Make in India’ being central to Aero India 2015 theme, defence manufacturing, airport infrastructure, aerospace, defence and civil aviation sectors were among the focus at the event.

While tangibles from the several business-to-business and round table meetings that took place will take time to be assessed, Aero India 2015 ends on a successful note.

Barring a mid-air collision between Red Bull members, which was handled with a very high degree of professionalism with no injury to anyone on ground or air, aerial displays continued to enthral audiences till the end.

Debuting on social media platforms, an effort was also made by the Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence to reach out to the ever-increasing social media followers worldwide providing updates and glimpses from the air show venue.


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Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Makes One of the Biggest Seizure of Recreational Drug worth Rs.30 Crore in National Capital

In a major operation spanning across States, the officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Ministry of Finance detected and seized here a big haul of contraband psychotropic substance of the amphetamine class suspected to be Mephedrone weighing 500 Kgs around mid-night of 20th February, 2015. This is one of the biggest seizures of a psychotropic substance in recent times and the biggest seizure of Mephedrone, a stimulant of the amphetamine class, which gets its street name Meow Meow, from its chemical name 4-methylmethcathinone, or M-CAT. This is one of the biggest seizure of drugs in the country and certainly the biggest of Mephedrone.

The seized consignment is believed to be heading towards the West where its value is estimated to be worth more than US $5 Million (Approx. Rs. 30 crore). The contraband is suspected to have been loaded at Kurutuwadi in Sholapur ,Maharashtra.

Acting on a specific intelligence, a truck coming from Kurutuwadi in Sholapur District in Maharshtra was intercepted after a hot chase after it reached the national capital, Delhi. The truck was stated to be carrying a consignment of papayas, but detailed search resulted in recovery of 13 sacks containing 500 kgs of the psychotropic substance Mephedrone along with the cover cargo of fruits. The contraband was kept along with papaya and was concealed under the tarpaulin used for covering the truck.

Two persons including the driver of the truck and a person who accompanied the truck after it reached Delhi have been arrested and produced before the Saket Court, New Delhi which has remanded both the accused to the judicial custody. The factory, where the seized drug was manufactured, has also been located in Sholapur. Further investigations are in progress.

In view of its abuse, Mephedrone was included under the NDPS Act on 5th February 2015 after a prolonged campaign by various enforcement agencies / state governments and the High Court, Mumbai. This is the first case in the country after its inclusion in the schedule to NDPS Act. Commercial quantity for this drug is fixed at 50 gm.

The contraband is extremely popular in the West and increasingly becoming a major drug of abuse in India. Extremely addictive with several debilitating side effects , its popularity in India is due to the fact that it was not considered a psychotropic substance and available easily

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Prime Minister says Budget session of Parliament important as people look at it with lot of hopes

Says it is collective responsibility of all parties to ensure effective functioning of Parliament

PM assures leaders of several parties all their concerns will be discussed

Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu says broad consensus on Ordinances; Land concerns can be discussed

Several parties call for smooth functioning of Parliament at All Party Meet on Budget session

Leaders welcome Prime Minister’s statement on religious freedom



            Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has stressed on the importance of the Budget sesson of Parliament beginning February 23, 2015 saying that the people of the country look at the session with lot of hopes and expectations. He addressed the leaders of various parties in both the Houses of Parliament at a meeting convened by the Government for mutual consultations on the Budget session today.

            Prime Minister said that it is the collective responsibility of all parties and leaders to enable the people fulfill their hopes and aspirations through proper functioning of both the Houses of Parliament. Shri Modi assured the leaders that all the issues and concerned raised by them will be discussed in an appropriate manner keeping in view their importance and priority. He expressed the hope that there would be a collective effort during the Budget session in the interest of the common man.

            Prime Minister has attended the leaders’ meeting for over an hour and later had lunch along with all the leades.

            In his opening remarks, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs gave detailes of the 44-item agenda of the Government for the Budget session including financial, legislative and non-legislative business. He said that of the six Ordinances to be converted into Acts of Parliament by April 5, 2015, there has been a broad consensus on five of them relating to Citizenship for Overseas Indians, Introduction of e-rikshaws, allocation of coal blocks and non-coal mines through open bidding. On the Insurance Ordinance, he said that further to the suggestion of opposition parties, a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha has been set up and the same had submitted its report which amounts to a broad view of the House and there is no reason for two  views in the matter.

            Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that the Government is willing to address concerns if any, on the Land Acquistion Ordinance. He noted : “Several state governments cutting across partyline have expressed difficulties in land acquisiton for development projects under the Act of 2013 and sought modifications. Subsequently, the central government sought to facilitate land acquistion for notified puposes like infrastructure and affordable housing projects etc., in an easy manner without compromising on the remuneration to be paid to farmers and rehabilitation measures to be taken up for displaced persons. The Government is ready to address apprehensions, if any in this regard’.

            Shri Naidu further said at the all party meet : “I would like to assure you all that the government is always willing to sit with opposition to resolve any differences on any issue. I don’t think there is any issue that can’t be resolved if approached with open mind. What is required is the spirit of mutual cooperation in the true spirit of Parliamentary democracy. Let us collectively strive to build a conducive environment for effective functioning of Parliament during the Budget session’.

            Over thirty leaders from both the Houses of Parliament expressed their views with most of them highlighting the need for smooth functioning of Parliament to enable discussion on all issues of concern both for the Government and the Opposition.

            Several leaders have welcomed Prime Minister’s recent statement on religious freedom and right to promote one’s religion and his call for respecting all religions.

            Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Shri Mallikarjuna Kharge said, “Parliamentary democracy is all about deciding on issues through discusssion. Different parties will convey their views on Ordinances and other issues whenever taken up’.

            Leader of Nationalist Congress Party Shri Sharad Pawar said, “Budget session is important and we need to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament.”

            BJD leader Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab noted :”There has been undue focus on the Ordinaces in the media in general while it should have been on the Budget and economic issues. We need to focus on budget issues. We want both the Houses to function smoothly and decide on major issues. Efforts shall be made to move forward on important issues throgh rapproachment’.

            Leaders of different parties from Tamil Nadu suggested that during the forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister to Sri Lanka, a conducive atmosphere may be created for protecting the rights of Tamil fishermen and Tamils in Sri Lanka.

            People’s representatives from Andhra Pradesh sought necessary action for fulfilling the assurances given to the state in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act including the Special Status and Special Package for the state. TRS leaders also spoke of the need for doing the needful for the state of Telangana.

            Leaders from North-East suggested that they be given sufficient time in both the Houses putting aside the principle of time allocation based on numerical strength.

            Issues suggested for discussion during the ensuing Budget session  by leaders of different parties include: agrarian crisis, safety and security of women, espionage issue, communal harmony, free academic environment, passing on the benefit of declining international oil prices to public, Swine flu outbreak, Election reforms, price rise, natual calamities, development of North-East, reservation for women in legislatures etc.

            Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu later said that the all pary meet concluded on a very positive note and thanked the leaders for their views and suggestions.



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Union Sports Minister congratulates Indian Cricket Team

The Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge), Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has congratulated Indian Cricket Team on winning the pool match against South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

In a message, he also congratulated ‘player of the match’ Shikhar Dhawan.
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