Telecom Commission Okays Higher Budget Allocation For Defence Network

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Telecom Commission Okays Higher Budget Allocation For Defence Network

Among other decisions that TC approved, were issuing Category B, or district level, licence for virtual network operators (VNOs) and approving Trai recommendations that included a licence period of 10 years at an entry fee of Rs 1.

Telecom Commission Okays Higher Budget Allocation For Defence Network

Among other decisions that TC approved, were issuing Category B, or district level, licence for virtual network operators (VNOs) and approving Trai recommendations that included a licence period of 10 years at an entry fee of Rs 1.

The telecom commission approved a higher budget allocation for Network for Spectrum (NFS), or defence network, of Rs 24,664 crore as part of multiple decisions taken on Tuesday.

The project cost was Rs11,330 crore earlier. It was decided that cost should be revised and that the work on the network should be expedited. This will go to the Cabinet for approval," a senior DoT official said.

Among other decisions that TC approved, were issuing Category B, or district level, licence for virtual network operators (VNOs) and approving Trai recommendations that included a licence period of 10 years at an entry fee of Rs 1. 65 lakh and limiting the licence scope to wireline services, the official added.

Other proposals approved include providing WiFi hotspots in three states — UP, Rajasthan and Himachal — as part of BharatNet project. also decided to enhance network in the Northeast, Jammu & Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

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Terror Inputs Puts Security Men On Alert In Border Areas In Punjab

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Terror Inputs Puts Security Men On Alert In Border Areas In Punjab

Security agencies were put on high alert in border areas of Punjab on Saturday after intelligence inputs on infiltration of terrorists into Indian territory from neighbouring Pakistan, informed sources said.

Terror Inputs Puts Security Men On Alert In Border Areas In Punjab

Security agencies were put on high alert in border areas of Punjab on Saturday after intelligence inputs on infiltration of terrorists into Indian territory from neighbouring Pakistan, informed sources said.

Security was tightened, particularly in border districts of Pathankot and Gurdaspur, including near Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, which bore the brunt of terror attack on January 2, 2016, as well as nearby Mamoon Cantonment of the Army.

India's international border with Pakistan falls in both districts that adjoin Jammu and Kashmir.

Apart from Punjab Police, men of the Border Security Force and personnel of different security agencies have been put on alert following intelligence inputs.

Suspected Pakistani terrorists had on July 27, 2015, attacked Dinanagar town in neighbouring Gurdaspur district, around 225 km from here, killing seven persons, including a Punjab Police officer, three Home Guards and three civilians.

The three terrorists were killed after a 11-hour gun battle with security forces at the Dinanagar police station.

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Indo-ASEAN Summit On January 25: India Ready To Play Host To 10 ASEAN Leaders

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Indo-ASEAN Summit On January 25: India Ready To Play Host To 10 ASEAN Leaders

The central government is preparing for the mega Indo-ASEAN show which will be attended by all the 10 leaders from SE Asia in January amid growing demand for Delhi to play a bigger role in the region to counter the hegemony of China.

Indo-ASEAN Summit On January 25: India Ready To Play Host To 10 ASEAN Leaders

The central government is preparing for the mega Indo-ASEAN show which will be attended by all the 10 leaders from SE Asia in January amid growing demand for Delhi to play a bigger role in the region to counter the hegemony of China.

The Indo-ASEAN commemorative Summit in Delhi on January 25 to celebrate 25 years of partnership will be followed by the presence of all 10 leaders as chief guests at India's Republic Day on January 26. This will be the first time that more than two leaders will be chief guests on India's Republic Day. It was only thrice since 1950s that India had invited more than one leader as the chief guest during Republic Day.

In 1956, the UK Chancellor of Exchequer and Chief Justice of Japan were Chief Guests on January 26; later in 1968, Soviet leader Alexei Kosygin and Yugoslav leader Tito were chief guests; and in 1974, Tito once again was the Chief Guest along with the then Sri Lankan PM Bandernaike.

The highlight of the Commemorative Summit on January 25 will be the Delhi declaration that will outline vision for India's ASEAN engagement for the next 25 years across sectors from security to economic partnership to India-led connectivity projects to centuries-old cultural links, according to persons familiar with the issue.

Some of the visiting SE Asian leaders will also hold their standalone bilateral meets with PM Modi on the sidelines of the Summit that promises to be as grand as the third edition of the Indo-Africa Summit here in 2015 and BRICS Summit in Goa in 2016.

Around 20 events are planned in the run-up to the Summit and Republic Day not just in Delhi but also in other states. While an inter-faith meet is planned in Rajgir between January 11and 13; Hyderabad will host ASEAN India Hackathon and Startup Festival between January 13 and 17; India-ASEAN Students exchange programme across five Indian cities.

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Agreement With France For Supply of Rafale Fighter Jets

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Agreement With France For Supply of Rafale Fighter Jets

An Inter-Governmental Agreement was signed on 23rd September, 2016 between the Government of India and French Republic for the procurement of 36 Rafale aircraft including weapons, long term maintenance support, simulators along with 10 years of annual maintenance and associated equipment.

Agreement With France For Supply of Rafale Fighter Jets

An Inter-Governmental Agreement was signed on 23rd September, 2016 between the Government of India and French Republic for the procurement of 36 Rafale aircraft including weapons, long term maintenance support, simulators along with 10 years of annual maintenance and associated equipment.

The Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) proposal was for procurement of 126 aircraft in which 18 aircraft were direct fly-away aircraft and 108 aircraft were to be License Manufactured in India. In the present procurement, 36 Rafale aircraft are being procured in direct fly-away condition under Inter-Governmental Agreement between the Government of India and French Republic. In the IGA, better terms have been achieved in terms of better pricing, better maintenance terms and better delivery schedule.

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1000 Naga Rebels Nabbed By Indian Security Forces In 2 years, Reports Says

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1000 Naga Rebels Nabbed By Indian Security Forces In 2 years, Reports Says

1000 Naga Rebels Nabbed By Indian Security Forces In 2 years, Reports Says

Indian security forces have nabbed more than 1,000 Naga rebels, since the ghastly attack on the Indian Army convoy by the banned outfit (NSCN-K) that killed 18 soldiers in Manipur two years ago, the report said.

According to sources, 531 underground cadres of NSCN-K and 542 over ground workers were arrested in Manipur and Nagaland following intensive operations which began after the June 4, 2015 attack on the Army personnel.

Meanwhile, a Home Ministry official said that the operations are continuing even now and security forces have been able to restrict the NSCN-K’s movement to a great extent.

The official reportedly claimed that it was for the first time in a decade that such a large number of Naga militants were arrested in just two years.

During the last two years, the security forces have also exterminated 34 NSCN-K militants and recovered 571 sophisticated arms from arrested cadres of the group.

After the June 2015 attack, the Indian Army had carried out a major surgical strike on the camps of NSCN-K, killing some militants and destroying the camps.

The Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland is a Greater Naga Revolutionist, Christian Naga nationalist insurgent group operating mainly in Northeast India, with minor activities in northwest Myanmar until 2012.

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