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Avalanche Strikes Army Post In Siachen, 10 . Armymen Killed

Category : Education , Technology

A major avalanche struck an Indian Army post in the Northern Siachen Glacier area on February 3, 2016. The army post that bore its brunt was manned by one junior commissioned officer (JCO) and nine soldiers. The 10 soldiers from the Madras Regiment were deployed at the section-level post at an altitude of 19,600 feet on the Northern Glacier when the freak accident took place. The rescue operation, with specialised teams and Cheetah, Dhruv and Mi-17 helicopters of the Army and IAF deployed from Siachen base camp as well as Leh and Thoise, was launched as swiftly as possible. But all ten soldiers who were hit by a massive avalanche at Siachen were declared dead by the Army. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi mourned the demise of the soldiers and offered condolences to their families.

The Northern Glacier has some of the mbst treacherous terrain in the forbidding heights of the region, which go up to almost 22,000 feet at the famous Bana post held by the Indian troops. Over 900 Indian soldiers have died in the region since April 1984 when India’s ‘Operation Meghdoot’ pre­empted Pakistan’s ‘Operation Ababeel’ to occupy the heights by a whisker. Around three-fourths of the casualties have been caused by the severe climatic conditions, with temperatures sometimes even dipping to minus 60 degree Celsius. India has stopped haemorrhaging at the glacial heights like it used to in earlier years with better infrastructure and logistics in place. The erstwhile firing duels along the 110-km Actual Ground Position Line (the un-delineated stretch between the last-marked grid reference point NJ-9842 on the Line of Control and the Karakoram Pass) in the region have also become negligible after the ceasefire with Pakistan in 2003. But avalanches, “white-outs”, blizzards and accidents continue to take a toll, with soldiers also having to constantly battle high-altitude pulmonary oedema, cerebral oedema, hypothermia, hypoxia and frostbite. Around 3,000 Indian soldiers are deployed in the northern, central and southern glaciers in the region. India has been steadfast that Pakistan needs to provide ironclad guarantees and foolproof authentication of troop positions before any disengagement and final demilitarisation of the icy heights. This is bas’ed on the Indian Army’s position that if Pakistani troops occupy the heighfs vacated by it, dislodging them would be virtually impossible. Indian soldiers deployed on the Saltoro Ridge effectively prevent Pakistan from the west and China from the east joining up through the Karakoram Pass to threaten Ladakh. China, as it is, is expanding its footprint in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

India, France Sign
14 Agreements, Including
36 Rafale Aircraft Deal

India and France on January 25, 2016 inked 14 Agreements/MoUs in Delhi. The agreements, including an MoU on the purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft were signed during the State Visit of President Mr. Francois Flollande of France to India from January 24 to 26, 2016. Mr. Hollande was the Chief Guest at the 67th India’s Republic Day celebrations. PM Mr. Modi said at a joint

French President Mr. Francois Flollande with Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on ]anuary 24, 2016. Mr. Flollande was the Chief Guest at India’s 67th Pxpuhlic Day celebrations.


press event with Mr. Flollande that leaving out financial aspect, India and France had signed Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) on the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets. The French President termed the signing of the IGA as a decisive step. The two countries were in negotiations for 36 Rafale fighter jets in fly away conditions since the announcement for the deal was made by PM Mr. Modi in April 2015 during his visit to France. French President Mr. Francois Hollande and Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi oversaw the signing of a preliminary pact on the Rafale deal.

All the deals signed were worth an estimated $15 billion. In addition, French companies will invest $10 billion in India over the next five years. The deals spanned several sectors, including aviation, nuclear energy, space, urban development and railways, and many checked in under the Modi government’s campaigns such as Smart Cities and Make in India. Another key agreement inked was in railways, with Alstom signing a preliminary pact with Indian Railways to produce 800 electric locomotives in Madhepura in Bihar. Indian Railways and French railway company Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer (SNCF) signed another agreement to conduct a joint feasibility study for the development of the Ludhiana and Ambala stations. Nuclear energy was another focus area. According to a joint statement released at the end of the Modi-Hollande talks, the two leaders encouraged their industrial companies to conclude techno-commercial negotiations by the end of 2016 for the construction of six nuclear power reactor units at Jaitapur. Besides this, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed three pacts with its French counterpart Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, including one for hosting the French Argos-4 payload on board India’s Oceansat-3 satellite.

The two countries also signed a series of preliminary pacts on the development of Chandigarh, Nagpur and Puducherry as “smart cities”, besides another clutch of pacts on urban development, water, waste treatment and solar energy. This was besides the big push given to Mr. Modi’s Make in India programme with the Airbus Group signing a pact with Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. for the manufacture of helicopters. Apart from defence cooperation, the talks between the two leaders primarily focusecjj on ways to boost counter­terrorism cooperation in the aftermath of attack in Paris in November 2015 and Pathankot terror strikes in January 2016. The two countries, in a joint statement, reiterated their call for Pakistan to bring to justice their perpetrators and the perpetrators of the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which also caused the death of two French citizens, and to ensure that such attacks do not recur in the future. The two sides resolved to step up their joint effort to counter violent extremism and radicalisation, disrupt recruitment, terrorist movements and flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters, stop sources of terrorist financing, dismantle terrorist infrastructure and prevent supply of arms to terrorists. France reaffirmed its strong and long-standing support for India’s candidacy to the international export-control regimes, particularly to the NSG and welcomed


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India, Afghanistan Sign Pact For Visa-free Travel By Diplomats

Category : Banking , Education

India and Afghanistan on February 1, 2016 inked a pact for visa-free travel by their diplomats. The agreement was signed after Afghan Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Abdullah Abdullah’s meeting with Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi during which they discussed key bilateral and regional issues, including security cooperation. Both the leaders also discussed the role of international community to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan and to defeat the challenge of terrorism. They also shared views on further deepening the India-Afghanistan relationship in the bilateral and regional contexts and also to re-energise the strategic partnership between the two countries. During the meeting Mr. Abdullah Abdullah thanked PM Mr. Modi for consistent assistance from India in various spheres, including defence and for meeting his country’s developmental needs. India had given three multi-role Mi-35 helicopters to Afghanistan in December 2015 for
combating terrorism in the war-torn country.
Later, the visiting leader held talks with External Affairs Minister Ms. Sushma Swaraj during which they discussed the security situation, Afghan peace process, internal political situation in the strife- ravaged country as also the regional security situation. The two leaders also discussed the role of international community to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan and to defeat the challenge of terrorism. Ms. Swaraj informed the Afghan Chief Executive about India’s efforts to expedite implementation of as many as 92 small developmental projects in Afghanistan that are nearing completion. The Afghan leader’s visit comes nearly a month after PM Mr. Modi’s trip to Kabul during which he inaugurated the new Afghan Parliament building, constructed with India’s aid. Opening the parliament building in Kabul, Mr. Modi had pledged India’s support for the Afghan government and urged regional powers to work together to foster peace.

★ India, Afghanistan Sign Pact For Visa-free Travel By Diplomats
★ Avalanche Strikes Army Post In Siachen, 10 Armymen Killed
★ India, France Sign 14 Agreements, Including 36 Rafale Aircraft Deal
★ International Solar Alliance Headquartered In India With UN As Strategic Parmer
★ India, Brunei Ink Three MoUs
★ President’s Rule Imposed In Arunachal Pradesh, SC Intervenes
★ Union Government Shortlists 20 Cities Under Smart Cities Mission
★ PM Narendra Modi Launches Start-up India Initiative
★ Ministry Of Shipping Initiates Project Green Ports
★ Union Government Launches Phase-I Of River Information System
★ Sikkim Declared First Organic Farming State Of India
★ Union Cabinet Approves Amendments In Power Tariff Policy
★ MGNREGA Completes Ten Years Of Implementation

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IM III CZ Mumbai

PGDIE aims at developing professionals with cross functional skills. NITIE for over four decades has been systematically training PGDIE students in providing solutions to the complex industrial and business problems. Including core courses, the programme covers subjects from areas like Operations and Supply Chain Management, Operations Research and Quantitative Techniques, Ergonomics, Strategic Management, Information Technology, Finance, Economics, Environmental Management, HR & OB and Marketing


PGDMM aims to develop professionals capable of designing and redesigning the most effective manufacturing system as per business needs. This programme has been designed in line with the manufacturing policy of India. This covers subjects from areas like Manufacturing and Design, Manufacturing and Operations Management, Integrated Manufacturing and specialized courses like Ergonomics of Manufacturing, Production Planning and Control, Facilities Planning, Work System Design and Quality Engineering & Control.


PGDPM develops Project Managers responsible for the cost effective, timely and safe delivery of a broad range of projects in industry. Apart from core courses, the programme covers subjects from areas like Project Initiation and Planning, Project Execution and Special Project Management courses. This also offers specialized courses like Project Appraisal and Feasibility Analysis, Project Planning and Control, Project Cost Estimation, Project Finance and Portfolio Management, Project Execution Management and Plant Design & Layout.



For all the above Programmes, applicant should be GATE(Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) qualified [2015/2016] with 60% aggregate marks (relaxable by 5% in case of SC/ST/PwD (Person with Disability) candidates) at graduation in Engineering/Technology. For PGDIE. applicant with any branch in Engineering/Technology can apply. For PGDPM and PGDMM, candidates with following engineering disciplines only can apply – mechanical, production, automobile, chemical, civil, textile, electrical, electronics and other relevant branches such as industrial engineering, instrumentation and industrial electronics. However, applicants with Civil Engineering background will not be considered for PGDMM.

Final year Engineering/Technology students can also apply, provided they qualify the above criteria for exams appeared till date. Students appearing for final year exams in2016will be permitted to submit their result by September 30,2016. Their admission will stand cancelled in case they fail to meet the qualifying requirements.

As per Govt, of India rules, reservation of seats exists for SC/ST/OBC-NC (Non-Creamy) and PwD candidates.

SC/ST candidates are granted Central Sector Scholarship as per the scheme of Govt, of India vide letters No.11016/19/2005-SCD-1 dated 21.06.2007 and No. 19012/36/-5-Education dated 27.06.2007 Subject to the satisfactory fulfillment of terms and conditions mentioned therein.

Sponsored Seats: Few seats in PGDIE, PGDMM and PGDPM are available for Sponsored Candidates. Sponsored Candidates must be from reputed Industrial Organizations/Academic Institutions. The Candidates must have aggregate 60% marks in Engineering/Technology with two years of full time work experience as on June 15,2016. GATE score is not required for sponsored candidates. However, they are required to attend a written testto be conducted at the institute. Sponsored candidates should aiso fill-in the Sponsorship Form available on the NITIE website. No teaching assistantship is granted to Sponsored candidates. INTERNATIONALSTUDENTS:

15% of the approved intake (in supernumerary quota) will be reserved for international students in the above PG programmes offered by NITIE. Entry level qualification shall be at par with that of Indian students as specified above. Admission cut-off will be based on valid GRE scores. Students from non<nglish speaking countries should have a valid IELTS/TOEFL score if applicable.


Admission is based on Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI) with appropriate weightage to GATE/ GRE score (as applicable), academic performance and relevant experience of reputed Industrial Organization/Academic Institution. All the shortlisted candidates will be called for GD and PI at NITIE, Mumbai. International students should attend the interview along with Indian students: if not feasible, there is an option for interview through video conferencing.

Teaching Assistantship: Only GATE qualifiers will get Teaching Assistantship (at present @ Rs. 12400/- per month) and contingency expenditure as per rules.


Interested candidates should apply through ONLINE mode only.

Application Fee: Application Fee for each programme is Rs.1000/- (Rs.500/- in case of SC/ST/PwD candidates)for applicants from India and SAARC countries and USD 50 for International students, plus bank charges as applicable. Online payment option is available.

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Indeed, there cannot be a better partner for India’s development than the country that was the first non-western society to modernise and emerge as a world power, spearheading Asia’s industrial and technology advances since the 19th century.

Japan’s heavy-manufacturing base and India’s services-led growth—as well as their contrasting age structures—make their economies complementary, opening the path to generating strong synergies. India’s human capital and Japan’s financial and technological power can be a good match to help drive India’s infrastructure development and great- power aspirations, and catalyse Japan’s revival as a world power.

Japan and India, as energy-poor countries heavily reliant on oil imports from the unstable Persian Gulf region, are seriously concerned over mercantilist efforts to assert control over energy supplies and the transport routes for them. So the maintenance of a peaceful and lawful maritime domain, including unimpeded freedom of navigation, is critical to their security and economic well­being.

India—the world’s largest arms importer that desperately needs to develop an indigenous arms-production capability—is forging closer defence ties with Japan, including co-developing weapon systems and working together on missile defence.

Going ahead__

First andforemost, the India-Japan Global and Strategic Partnership, which hitherto was largely confined to Japanese assistance in infrastructure projects in India, is now set for a push in the political aspects of the bilateral relationship with security and strategic overtones. This has been institutionalised by a mechanism of regular consultations between the two sides’ national security advisors.

Secondly, the two countries also reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate in the rare earths sector and shared “the strong resolution” that the commencement of commercial production of rare earths by Indian and Japanese enterprises should take place at the earliest. India and Japan also agreed on paving way for civil nuclear agreement giving boost to India’s ambitious nuclear powerjarogramme.

Thirdly, the two countries decided to put a deeper emphasis on military-to- military exchanges, joint exercises and prepared an ambitious road map in this regard. Consequently, Indian Navy (IN) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) are engaged in regular bilateral exercises.

Fourthly, the two countries are in the process of finalising defence deals. India’s navy is also reportedly interested in Japanese patrol vessels and electronic warfare equipment. The deal is significant for a variety of reasons. On the surface, it is another indicator of burgeoning cooperation between India and Japan on security matters. The deal is doubly significant in the context of India’s relations with Japan, because once India clinches the deal, it will become the first country to purchase defence equipment from Japan since the latter’s self-imposed ban on defence exports began in 1967.

Fifthly, in the regional context, India has invited Japan to participate in infrastructure development programmes of the country’s northeast States, an area where China is sensitive to even Indian actions given its contested territorial claims in the State of Arunachal Pradesh. India is hoping that a new economic and transport corridor involving India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and possibly even Thailand would take shape in the future.

Sixthly, on the recent Chinese policy of declaring an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ), the two countries jointly underscored the importance of freedom of overflight and civil aviation safety in accordance with the recognised principles of international law and the relevant standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). With this, India has finally sided with Japan at the expense of China on the ADIZ controversy.

Recent agreements post-Shinzo Abe’s visit to India in December, ,2015

The biggest surprise was a breakthrough on a nuclear cooperation agreement under negotiation since 2010. A breakthrough was seen on nuclear energy cooperation that paves the way for companies such as Westinghouse Electric Co. and General Electric Co. to sell equipment to India.

The deals are bringing India, whicf formally avoids security alliances, further into the US military orbit. Japan woulc join India and the US as a regular member in the biannual Malabar nava. exercises to “help create stronger capabilities to deal with maritime challenges in the Indo-Pacific region,’ the two leaders said in a joint statement. Next year, India and Japan will hold a second round of trilateral diplomatic talks with Australia, another US ally.

Both signed pacts to share classified intelligence and paved the way for a long-pending deal to export japan’s US-2 amphibious aircraft to India.

Japan agreed to help finance infrastructure projects in India, including roads in its northeastern States, one of which is the disputed area of Arunachal Pradesh. In recent months, India has pushed ahead with plans to build a $6-billion highway and populate the remote region it has neglected since fighting a war over it with China five decades ago.

A $15-billion deal for Japan to help build India’s first high-speed rail link and $12.4 billion in Japanese financing and export insurance to spur investment in India were also finalised. CONCLUSION

Indo-Japan relations have gone from strength to strength in recent years. In fact, Japan is the only country in India’s foreign policy outreach in the past one decade with which India’s relations have constandy been on an upswing.

India ^ias been speciallv chosen for an imperial visit to signal Japan’s commitment to forge closer ties. Japan is already doing more for India than any other economic partner of this country: it is the largest source of aid, and is playing a key role in helping India to improve its poor infrastructure.

India’s relations with japan have begun to take the flavour of India’s relations with Russia and the US where the two sides are cooperating on virtually everything under the sun—defence, energy, nuclear, trade, investment, science and technology, infrastructure, health, people-to-people contacts, railways, cyber security and tourism, apart from political and strategic issues.

These are just one sign of a shift from emphasising shared values to seeking to protect common interests. This camaraderie is poised for growth and acceleration in near future.    PEffi