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  • India's first indigenously-built Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette 'INS Kamorta' has been inducted into the Navy. Commissioning the submarine at the Naval Dockyard, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said, “I am sure INS Kamorta will serve this country effectively for a very long time. In recent months, amongst the various initiatives that the government has undertaken is indigenous manufacturing of our defence deployment. Jaitley also said that effective defence preparedness was the key to maintaining peace and stability in South Asia." Our effective preparedness is always the best guarantee for peace in this region. Our armed forces have been effectively discharging that function," he added. INS Kamorta, which would carry short-range Surface-to-Air missiles (SAM) and Active Towed Array Decoy System (ATDS), has been built by M/s Garden Reach Shipyard (GRSE), Kolkata.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged neighbouring Sri Lanka to ensure equality, dignity, justice and self-respect for Tamil minority living in the country. The appeal was made by Modi when a six-member delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party, called on him. "The prime minister stressed the need for a political solution that addresses the aspirations of the Tamil community for equality, dignity, justice and self respect within the framework of a united Sri Lanka," an official statement said.
  • The Supreme Court has rejected a plea to postpone the UPSC preliminary examination in the wake of the aptitude test controversy. Dismissing the petition, Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who headed the bench, refused to postpone and reschedule the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination, which are scheduled for August 24. Aspirants protested last month demanding to scrap the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), claiming that it is discriminatory towards those from Hindi background.
  • Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has said the Indian army would respond to ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. "Our army is prepared to respond to each violation. The country has full faith that they (army) are effectively protecting both the territory and the national interest," Jaitley said. "The loss of civilian lives is considered condemnable even in war. During peace, it is even more condemnable,” he added. Jaitley added that the army and the Defence Ministry were collecting information on the latest violation in Jammu and Kashmir and will act accordingly.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reportedly chair a meeting on August 26 to finalise the outlines of the new body that will be replacing the Planning Commission. Member of Parliament (MP) Suresh Prabhu, top economist Arvind Panagariya and Bibek Debroy could possibly be in the eight-member panel that will replace the Planning Commission. The other names being suggested are E. Sreedharan, former Indian Air Force Chief during the Kargil incursion, A.Y. Tipnis, and chairman of HDFC, Deepak Parekh. The government is working to set up a body that will replace the Planning Commission. The panel, which will be headed by the Prime Minister or a chairman, will act as a think tank and will advise government on reforms and to resolve issues between the states and the Centre.
  • All systems in central hospitals in India are now under critical review to bring an end to systemic and symptomatic corruption, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said. "In my first 90 days in office, hardly a day has passed without inquiring into the transparency of the ministry and its outposts. Very soon, the results are going to be in the public domain," Vardhan said in a statement. "There are many aspects to corruption in hospitals which as a medico I know exist. If money is made in the allocation of beds or as kickbacks from suppliers, it is sleaze. What is equally corrupt is the silent practice of reserving beds and facilities for employees or VIPs. I intend rectifying both these forms of corruption," he added.
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Last Updated on August 25, 2014, 4:41 am