Govt’s top priority Services’ preparedness: Sitharaman

Complimenting the tri-services for their performance and achievements in the past, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday assured the Army, Navy and Air Force that preparedness of the Services would be a top priority for the government. Speaking at the two-day Unified Commanders’ Conference 2018 that commenced on Monday here, she stressed on the need for greater synergy and jointmanship amongst the Services as well as between the Services and the ministry.

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BRICS nations sign aviation partnership agreement

The five BRICS countries have signed a memorandum of understanding on Regional Aviation Partnership to expand and deepen cooperation among competent authorities in the field of regional aviation. “We have signed this agreement on the basis of understanding and mutual benefits in order to bolster our regional aviation transport sector, to share good practice and open socio-economic and development opportunities amongst the member states,” said South African minister of transport, Bonginkosi Blade Nzimande.

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Developing countries should make use of digital technology: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said developing countries should be ready to make opportune use of the digital technology and key aspects like big data analysis and artificial intelligence. “The revolution in digital technologies has opened new opportunities. We are again at a historical point as we missed out on first phase of industrial revolution,” Modi said addressing BRICS-Africa outreach and the BRICS plus outreach here.

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Boeing completes first flights of India’s Apache and Chinook helicopters

Boeing India on Friday announced the completion of first flights of multi role attack helicopter Apache and troop transport Chinook helicopters to be delivered to the Indian Air Force next year. Announcing this significant step Boeing India President Pratyush Kumar in a statement said, “First flight of India’s Apache and Chinook helicopters are important milestones towards strengthening Indian armed forces capabilities.”

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BRICS 2018: India, Russia hold wide-ranging talks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday, said India’s friendship with Russia is deep-rooted and both the countries will continue working together in multiple sectors. After bilateral talks with President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg, the prime minister  in a tweet said he had “wide-ranging and productive” talks with the Russian president and emphasized on the historical ties and friendship between Russia and India.

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