With all major import deals being either put on hold or scrapped by the Narendra Modi government, the Indian Air Force is now planning to go ahead with its Project Cheetah under the “Make in India” route, where Indian defence manufacturers would arm the Israeli Heron drones with strike capabilities.
Under the ambitious Project Cheetah, the Indian Air Force wants to upgrade its existing fleet of Israeli-origin Heron unmanned aerial vehicles with better communication facilities and missiles that can target enemy positions from long range. As per plans, the project was to be completed with Israeli weapon manufacturers.
“Now, the IAF is planning to go ahead with the upgrade of its drones by involving Indian defence firms under Make in India in defence,” government sources told the press.
The IAF is the main lead in the project under which the Israeli drones in the Navy and the Army are also planned to be upgraded with strike capabilities and better surveillance and reconnaissance pods.
The three services have for a long time depended upon IAF-made Searcher II and Heron UAVs for reconnaissance and snooping purposes.
With the upgrade in snooping capabilities, the forces on the ground would also be able to get pinpoint intelligence about hideouts in areas where men have to be involved in operations.
The upgrades would also enable the ground stations to operate these aircraft from far-off distances and control them through a satellite communication system.
The surveillance capabilities of the UAVs planned to be upgraded would be similar to those that have been acquired by the Indian Army and IAF under the emergency acquisition powers granted to the forces by the government in wake of the ongoing military standoff.
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Punjab police arrests gangster associated with Canada-based Lakhbir Landa Gang
As part of the ongoing war against anti-social elements waged on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Police has arrested an operative of Canada-based gangster Lakhbir Singh alias Landa gang from Bihar for his involvement in several heinous crimes pertaining to murder, attempt to murder, assault, robbery and snatching, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here on Wednesday.
The arrested gangster, identified as Karan Malik alias Karan Mann of Amritsar, is said to be a close aide of the main perpetrator in the IED planted under SI’s car case identified as Yuvraj Sabharwal alias Yash, who is an associate of Canada-based gangster Lakhbir Landa. Karan Malik is a history-sheeter and wanted by the Punjab Police.
DGP Gaurav Yadav said that following reliable inputs that gangster Karan Malik has been taking shelter somewhere in District Jamui of Bihar, the team of Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) of Punjab Police in a joint operation with Central agencies and Bihar Police launched the search operation and managed to round up the accused at village Darima in District Jamui of Bihar.
Divulging details, he said that accused Karan Malik along with his associates had killed a person identified as Karan during a fight in July 2021. An FIR No. 184 dated 18.07.21 had been registered under sections 302, 148, and 149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act at Police Station B-Division Amritsar City.
Further, accused Karan Malik along with his accomplices had looted 530gm gold, 6 kg silver, and Rs 1 lakh cash from Lal Chand Jewellers at Fairland Colony in Amritsar in August 2021. A case FIR No. 149/2021 had been registered at Police Station Majitha Road, Amritsar in this regard.
The DGP said that during the preliminary investigations, it has come to light that the accused Karan Malik used to purchase weapons of .32 bore from an arms smuggler identified as Sahil for an amount of Rs 40,000 per weapon. Pertinently, Sahil along with his accomplice Himmat of Amritsar had been arrested by Punjab Police a few days back, and four weapons were recovered from their possession.
Meanwhile, the Police are conducting raids to nab Karan Malik’s younger brother identified as Arjun Malik alias Arjun, who is also involved in various criminal activities. Further investigation is going on to unravel their network.
Gangster Abu Salem sentenced to 3-year imprisonment
A special court in Lucknow has sentenced gangster Abu Salem and his associate Mohd Pervez Alam to three years of simple imprisonment in connection with a fake passport case, the CBI said on Wednesday.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered a case on October 16, 1997, against Abu Salem Abdul Qayoom Ansari and others. It was alleged that after the Bombay bomb blast in 1993, Abu Salem was absconding and he fraudulently obtained a passport from the Passport office, Lucknow, in the assumed name of Akil Ahmed Azmi, with a view to flee the country.
His wife Samira Jumani also fraudulently obtained a passport in the assumed name of Sabina Azmi. The passport was obtained through a passport agent, Mohd Parvez Alam. Abu Salem and his wife Samira Jumani were absconding, a statement released here said.
According to the release by the CBI, a charge sheet was filed after an investigation on July 1, 1997, in the Court of Special Judicial Magistrate, CBI, Lucknow.
“Abu Salem Abdul Qayoom Ansari was also an absconding accused in another case related to Bombay Bomb Blast. He was declared as Proclaimed Offender by the Trial Court. A Non Bailable Warrant of arrest was also issued against him. The IPSG (Interpol) had also issued a Red Corner Notice Control against Abu Salem,” said the release.
On September 18, 2002, Abu Salem was detained in LISBON (Portugal). After long drawn proceedings in the Court of Appeal, Lisbon and Constitutional Court of Portugal, the extradition of Abu Salem was granted and his custody was handed over to Indian authorities on November 10, 2005.
“Abu Salem was brought to India and produced before the Designated Court, Mumbai on November 11, 2005, and thereafter in the Hon’ble Court of Special Magistrate, CBI, Lucknow.
The Trial Court at Lucknow found both the accused guilty and convicted them,” said the release.
Amit Shah to embark on 3-day visit to J-K
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will embark on a three-day visit to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir kickstarting on October 3.
Shah will hold a couple of meetings with the leaders of the J-K unit of the BJP on October 3 night. However, he will make a special visit by offering prayers in the Mata Vaishnodevi Temple on October 4 morning, which will be his first visit to the holy shrine after being appointed as the Union Home Minister. This visit will be on the 9th day of the ongoing Navaratri festival. Shah will then hold a public meeting in Rajouri and offer prayers at the Raghunath Temple in Jammu.
He will also inspect various developmental projects in Jammu before proceeding to the Kashmir valley. Later in the evening, the Home Minister will hold a number of crucial meetings including the ones regarding the security situation in the region. On October 5, Shah will address a public meeting in Baramulla. He will again review the developmental projects in the Kashmir region.
Various programmes have been scheduled to take place during his visit to the valley including the ones which will be held by communities like Bakarwal and Gujjars to honour Shah on behalf of the Modi government for working for the welfare of these communities. In a surprising move, the Modi government recently nominated Ghulam Ali to the Rajya Sabha. Ali joined BJP in 2008 and hails from the Gujjar tribe.
Several organisational meetings are on the cards too including the state core group meeting and meeting with party MPs and MLAs.
Calcutta HC declares ‘Duare Ration’ scheme illegal, against food Act
Calcutta High Court on Wednesday declared the West Bengal government’s “Duare Ration” scheme as illegal and against the National Food Security Act.
A division bench of Justices Aniruddha Roy and Chitta Ranjan Dash said, “We are, therefore, constrained to hold that the State Government has transgressed the limit of delegation by obliging the Fair Price Shop dealers to distribute the rations to the beneficiaries at their doorstep in absence of any authority to that effect in the enabling Act i.e. ‘NFS Act’.” “If the ‘NFS Act’ is amended by the wisdom of the Union Legislature i.e. Parliament for doorstep delivery of food grains to the beneficiaries or invest any such power to the State Government then only such a scheme can be made by the State and that can be said to be in sync with the enabling Act.,” the court said.
The Court noted that the outer limit of delivery of the State having been fixed in the enabling Act, the State on the pretext of welfare or to supplement the enabling Act cannot transgress that outer limit.
“The sovereign parliament in their wisdom have fixed the outer limit of delivery of foodstuffs after due regard to the aims and objectives of the Act. Various provisions have been made, which are essentially “machinery provisions” for proper monitoring, check on pilferage and reach out of the benefits to actual beneficiaries. The wisdom of the legislature cannot be questioned as to why fair price shop was chosen by the Act as outer limit of delivery and why they did not explore little further to fix it at the doorstep of the beneficiaries. We cannot hold that the distance from the fair price shop to the doorstep of the beneficiaries is an unexplored distance or an extra mile only. The legislature has not covered this extra mile or unexplored distance in it’s wisdom that legislative wisdom can 34 neither be questioned in “Judicial Review” nor the gap can be filled up by exercise of plenary power under Article 226 of the Constitution of India,” the HC said.
‘Duare Ration’ scheme was launched by the West Bengal government under which ration items were provided at the doorsteps of the beneficiaries.
‘Duare Ration’ scheme was part of the election manifesto of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government and was running in various places.
Last year in November, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched ‘Duare Ration’ scheme for doorstep delivery of rations.
The Chief Minister said that the scheme would benefit over 10 crore people in the state. It was one of the major poll promises of the Trinamool Congress during the 2021 state elections held in March-April.
According to the state government, the food grain will be supplied to the people through mobile vans. The van will reach 500 metre away for every locality in the state. The government has asked the panchayat, municipality and Municipal corporations to issue a helpline number for booking the foodgrain.
Chandigarh Airport named as Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport
On the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Chandigarh International Airport was named Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport in a ceremony held at the airport on Wednesday.
The airport handled 17,936 international passengers and 2,271,233 domestic passengers in the years 2021–2022. In addition, the airport handled approximately 11000 MT of domestic air cargo in fiscal year 2021-2022.
Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister, unveiled the plaque in the presence of Bandaru Dattatreya, Governor, Haryana; Banwarilal Purohit, Governor, Punjab & Administrator of Chandigarh; Bhagwant Mann, Chief Minister, Punjab; Dushyant Chautala, Deputy Chief Minister, Haryana and General (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Singh, Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways and Civil Aviation, Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament, Chandigarh, Shri Anil Vij, Minister of Home Affairs, Haryana Government.
During the naming ceremony, Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister, said, “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav today is reaching all corners of the country. Every time we see the faces of our worthy freedom fighters, their names on our public buildings, we remember the sacrifices done by their generations. We don’t take our freedom for granted”.
Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon’ble Governor, Haryana, and Banwarilal Purohit, Governor, Punjab, expressed happiness on the occasion and said that Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s true devotion towards our motherland will remain an inspiration forever.
While addressing the audience, General (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Singh, said that the naming of Chandigarh Airport after Bhagat Singh by the Hon’ble PM is a prestigious moment for the whole nation. Bhagat Singh is an inspiration for millions of youth in the country, and this is a befitting tribute to his glorious memory.
Hon’ble Shri Bhagwant Mann, Chief Minister, Punjab, thanked the Prime Minister and welcomed the decision to name the Chandigarh airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh ji , and urged the FM to start many international flights from this airport.
Simultaneous Kidney Pancreas Transplant Recipient from Uttarakhand delivers baby in PGIMER
Accomplishing one more milestone, PGIMER writes another success story in transplant surgery as a 32-year-old simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant recipient from Uttarakhand delivered a baby girl, 4 years after undergoing a simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant here in PGIMER.
Prof. Ashish Sharma, Head, Deptt. of Renal transplant Surgery, PGIMER while enumerating PGIMER’s milestones in transplant surgery shared, “Less than 150 pancreas transplants have been carried out in India so far. Out of these, PGIMER alone has contributed 38 of these. This is the first childbirth happening after pancreas transplant at our institute and possibly the first in India. While globally pancreas transplant remains fairly common with nearly 35,000 pancreas transplant having been performed in United States, It has just started in our country.”
Expressing her happiness at the successful delivery in this high risk case, Prof. Seema Chopra, Obsetrics In-charge at PGIMER stated, “There were different opinions as she was considered to be a high risk patient given her past history of diabetes, hypertension and kidney failure. Ultimately, after consultation with obstetrics team, she decided to proceed ahead. Fortunately, her glucose, blood pressure and kidney function remained within normal limits throughout the pregnancy. However, in view of high-risk status it was decided to perform a Caesarean section at nine months and she delivered a female baby of weight 2.5 kg with uneventful recovery.”
The mother to the newly born baby girl was diagnosed to be suffering from type one diabetes since the age of 13, i.e. from 2005 when she developed loss of consciousness and had been under treatment of Deptt. of Endocrinology, PGIMER since then.
Detailng about the case management, Prof. Sanjay Bhadada, Head, Deptt. of Endocrinology, PGIMER, shared, “The mother’s diabetes was labile and required 70 units of insulin every day along with strict monitoring of blood glucose.”
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