India, with the induction of its first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, ‘INS Vikrant’ is set to contain China’s iniquitous intentions to control the Indo-Pacific region.
As preparations for India’s third aircraft carrier have already been set in motion, it is a clear message to China and Pakistan of its nefarious design in keeping with the theme of being a ‘Combat Ready, Credible and Cohesive force’ in the Indian Ocean Region. On 2 September, India got its first indigenous aircraft carrier, ‘INS Vikrant’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned the aircraft carrier at the Cochin Shipyard in Kerala.
A CNN report claimed the aircraft carrier had put India into “an elite league of the world’s naval powers,” and an AFP article hailed it as “a milestone in government efforts to counter China’s growing military assertiveness in the region”.
The INS Vikrant is a force multiplier that will be a ‘game-changer’ in the current regional maritime security dynamics as the IAC will boost India’s maritime defence capabilities with the in-service carrier INS Vikramaditya.
It is well-known that China, which has been demonstrating an increasingly aggressive posture along the land boundary with India, is also attempting to get a foothold in the Indian Ocean, which is increasingly becoming a stage of rivalry between India and China.
Towards this, China has already acquired a naval outpost in Djibouti and invested in developing the Gwadar port in Pakistan. The Chinese Navy will use these basing facilities to support its ships.
Recently, China also launched its third aircraft carrier, Fujian, and is rapidly building two more aircraft carriers, including its fleet of destroyers and frigates. The vessel – with a flight deck that is approximately 320m long and almost 80m wide according to satellite imagery estimates – is referred to as a Type 003 carrier.India and China were recently at odds over the docking of a Chinese ‘’spy ship” in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port for a seven-day replenishment, which India had vehemently opposed due to security concerns.
Sri Lanka initially requested a delay in the ship’s arrival over India’s objections, but eventually, it got approved following “extensive consultations at a high level.” These developments are a cause for concern in the Indian security establishment.While India has become a preferred security provider for its littoral countries, it cannot be the case with China for the nations in the Southeast Asia region.
China’s contentions in the IOR are to protect its sea lines of communication through the Straits of Malacca and the Hormuz Straits. The Hormuz Straits account for 40 per cent of China’s oil imports, and the Straits of Malacca accounts for 82 per cent of China’s oil imports, popularly known as the ‘Hormuz-Malacca Dilemma’, and that is the reason why China is attempting to encircling India by building a string of naval bases to surround India’s neighbours and various neighbouring island states.The String of Pearls is a network of Chinese military and commercial bases from the Chinese mainland to Port Sudan in the Horn of Africa.
This network passes through crucial maritime choke points that include the Strait of Malacca, Strait of Hormuz, Strait of Mandeb, Gwadar Port in Pakistan, and Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka.
China has long wanted to control the Indo-Pacific region, which is essential for its security and commercial shipping. The String of Pearls is one such initiative by China in this direction. But with the induction of INS Vikrant, India is now well poised to contain China’s String of Pearls.
Notably, INS Vikrant is “the largest ship ever built in the maritime history of India” and can operate a fleet of 30 aircraft, including fighter jets and multi-role helicopters. It is designed with a high degree of automation for machinery operations, ship navigation, and survivability.
Designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house Warship Design Bureau (WDB) and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, a Public Sector Shipyard under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Vikrant has been built with state-of-the-art automation features and is the largest ship ever built in the maritime history of India.Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “INS Vikrant is not just a warship. This is a testament to the hard work, talent, influence, and commitment of 21st century of India”.
With the commissioning of ‘Vikrant’, India has joined a select group of nations such as the US, the UK, Russia, China, and France with the niche capability to design and build an aircraft carrier indigenously.
He further added that the carrier has filled the nation with “new confidence” and declared India had taken one more step toward becoming a developed nation.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the commissioning of Vikrant demonstrates that India is “fully capable of meeting the collective security needs of the region” and that India’s navy is ready to respond to any crisis.
INS Vikrant, built at the cost of around Rs 20,000 crore, successfully completed its fourth and final phase of the sea trials last month. With the construction of ‘Vikrant’, India has joined a select group of nations having the niche capability to indigenously design and build an aircraft carrier.
At a top speed of about 28 knots and an endurance of 7,500 nautical miles, the IAC can readily be deployed to an area of potential threat. The 262-meter-long and 62-meter-tall aircraft carrier can carry 1,600 sailors and displaces about 43,000 tons of water will bolster its navy capabilities amid growing concerns over the Chinese regime’s assertiveness in the region.
The ship has over 2,300 compartments, designed for a crew of around 1,700 people, including specialised cabins to accommodate women officers.
Vikrant has a top speed of around 28 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots with an endurance of about 7,500 nautical miles. The aircraft carrier is 262 metres long, 62 metres wide and it has a height of 59 metres. Its keel was laid in 2009.
The commissioning of India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier is a momentous occasion during the ‘Amritkaal of India’s 75 years of independence and signifies the country’s confidence and prowess.
This indigenous aircraft carrier is proof of the country’s technical acumen and engineering skills. This demonstration of India’s self-sufficiency to produce an aircraft carrier warship will reinforce the country’s defence indigenization programs and ‘Make in India’ campaign.
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Shah Rukh Khan gets relief from Supreme Court in 2017 stampede case
The Supreme Court on Monday granted relief to Shah Rukh Khan as it upheld Gujarat High Court which quashed the case against him related to the 2017 stampede in Vadodara Railway Station.
A bench of Justice Ajay Rastogi and Justice CT Ravikumar rejected the plea filed by a complainant against Shahrukh Khan. The complainant had challenged a Gujarat High Court order. The Supreme Court refused to interfere with the order passed by the High Court of Gujarat quashing the complaint filed by the complainant against the actor.
On April 27, 2022, Gujarat High Court ordered quashing the criminal case against Shah Rukh Khan for allegedly causing a stampede at Vadodara Railway Station while promoting his film Raees in 2017. The actor along with his production team was travelling from Mumbai to Delhi to promote their Hindi feature film ‘Raees’.
The complainant, Jitendra Madhubhai Solanki had filed a private complaint against Khan before the Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Vadodara, alleging his presence at the Vadodara Railway Station coupled with him throwing T-shirts and smiley balls at the crowd assembled at the station led to the alleged stampede.
On an application preferred by Shah Rukh Khan seeking a quashing of the said complaint, the High Court of Gujarat had to vide order dated April 27, 2022 quashed the complaint filed against Khan.
The Petitioner was represented by Senior advocate Vijay Kumar while Shah Rukh Khan was represented by Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, briefed by a team from Karanjawala and Company Advocates led by Ruby Singh Ahuja and Sandeep Kapur, Senior Partners.
BSF organises eight-day ‘Bharat Darshan’ tour for 35 children of Jammu
The Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday started an eight-day ‘Bharat Darshan’ tour of children hailing from remote border areas of the Jammu region.
The tour, which will commence from September 27 to October 4, includes 35 children– 20 boys and 15 girls. These students belong to a humble background and were selected from remote border areas, said the BSF in a statement.
“During the tour, children will get an opportunity to visit various monuments in Gujarat like Kamala Nehru Zoo, Sabarmati River Front, Sabarmati Ashram, Statue of Unity, Sardar Sarovar Dam, Akshardham Temple, Gujarat Science City, Amul Dairy and Narendra Modi Stadium. During this tour children will also get a chance to meet the Governor and Chief Minister of Gujarat,” mentions the statement.
The aim of organizing the tour is to give exposure to the children hailing from the border areas about the rich heritage, culture and grandeur of our nation and help them to understand the unity in diversity of India, it said.
Inspector General, BSF Jammu, D K Boora flagged off the ‘Bharat Darshan’ tour.
Boora interacted with children and said that it is a “great opportunity for these children, not only to enhance their knowledge but also to know about different culture and traditions of our country”.
He further added that besides guarding the borders, BSF Jammu is also playing an active role in national integration by way of conducting such types of tours for the children of remote areas. These tours have garnered huge popularity among the masses of remote border areas of the Jammu region.
22-year-old killed with sharp weapons in Mumbai
A man was allegedly murdered with sharp weapons in the Sion Koliwada area in Mumbai, police said on Monday.
The deceased has been identified as 22-year-old Tushar Wag, who was a resident of PMC Colony in Dharavi. The police have registered a case under sections 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and started the investigation.
According to the police, Tushar was going to his grandmother’s place on Saturday night. The accused knew about it and were already waiting for Tushar. As soon as he came there, the three accused attacked Tushar with sharp weapons, after which he died.
The police sent the body of the deceased to Sion Hospital for post-mortem. Police suspect old enmity as the reason for the murder.
Further investigation is underway in the case.
SC rejects plea challenging HC’s order on demolishing Rane’s bungalow
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea challenging the Bombay High Court order which directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to demolish unauthorised construction at Union minister Narayan Rane’s bungalow in Mumbai’s Juhu.
The Supreme Court dismissed the plea and gave three months time to Rane to comply with the laws relating to construction. Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi and Satish Manshinde argued the matter on behalf of Narayan Rane along with lawyers Shardul Singh, Prerna Gandhi, Shreeyas Lalit Advocates and Karanjawala and Co-Senior Partner Ruby Singh Ahuja and advocates Deepti Sarin, Hancy Maini, Lakshya Khanna, Narayan Rane, Union Minister has approached the Apex Court seeking a stay of the demolition of alleged unauthorised structures carried out in a residential premise namely ‘Aadish Bungalow’ situated at Juhu, Mumbai.
The petition was filed by Rane’s family-owned company, Kaalkaa Real Estates Pvt. Ltd., seeking interim directions that a stay be granted against order of Bombay HC on June 23 and September 20 this year. This petition was also filed against Municipal Corporation.
The petition is concerned with the land situated at Juhu, Mumbai totally admeasuring 2209 square meters of which the Petitioner owns 1187.84 square meters. After obtaining necessary permissions from the Municipal Corporation for Greater Mumbai (MCGM), Kaalkaa Real Estates carried out construction of residential premises known as ‘Aadish Bungalow’. After completion of the said construction, an Occupation Certificate was issued on January 23 in 2013.
MCGM issued various Notices under Section 351 (IA) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1881 alleging that some parts of the Bungalow were unauthorised and alleging a change of user of the said parts. The same was contested by the petitioner and MCGM passed orders on March 11 and 16 this year. These orders were not in favour of the petitioner and were thus challenged in a writ petition before the High Court. Various Petitions were filed challenging subsequent notices and orders and the Petitioner now left with no recourse was constrained to approach the SC, the petitioner said.
Malayalam actor arrested for abusing anchor during interview
The Maradu Police arrested Malayalam actor Sreenath Bhasi on Monday for allegedly misbehaving with a female anchor working for online media during an interview for his movie ‘Chattambi’.
A case was registered last week against Bhasi based on the journalist’s complaint that the actor used abusive words against her and other crew members during an interview to promote his latest movie Chattambi. Police will further record statements of the complainant and witnesses and also check the CCTV visuals of the hotel where the interview took place.’
Reacting to the incident, the actor said on Saturday that he “did not shout at anyone”. “It was my reaction as a normal human being,” he said.
Following the incident, another clip of an earlier interview with a male radio jockey surfaced on the internet in which Bhasi allegedly used abusive language.
Sreenath Bhasi will be playing the lead role for the first time in the movie Chattambi.
Mumbai court extends remand of 5 PFI accused till 3 October
A Mumbai court on Monday extended the remand of 5 PFI accused arrested in Mumbai for another 8 days.
The extension has been granted till October 3. The accused were produced before the court at the end of their 5-day remand today.
The accused were arrested on September 22 in raids by multi-agency teams led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) across several states for alleged support to terror activities in the country.
The National Investigation Agency, Enforcement Directorate and the state police forces jointly carried out coordinated searches at the houses and offices of the PFI leaders and members across India.
Searches were conducted at 93 locations in 15 states of India in which over 100 activists of the Popular Front of India (PFI) were arrested.
The states where the raids were conducted included Andhra Pradesh (4 places), Telangana (1), Delhi (19), Kerala (11), Karnataka (8), Tamil Nadu (3), Uttar Pradesh (1), Rajasthan (2), Hyderabad (5), Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar and Manipur.
The searches were conducted in connection with five cases registered by the NIA following “continued inputs and evidence” that the PFI leaders and cadres were involved in the funding of terrorism and terrorist activities, organising training camps for providing armed training and radicalising people to join banned organisations.
A large number of criminal cases were registered in different states over the last few years against the PFI and its leaders and members for their involvement in many violent acts.
Earlier on September 25, Pune Police registered a case against the protesters who allegedly raised pro-Pakistan slogans in Pune.
‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised outside the District Collector’s office on Friday in Pune city where Popular Front of India (PFI) cadres gathered against the recent arrests of its leaders across the country.
Some protestors were detained by Pune police and a case was registered for unlawful assembly against protestors. Police also arrested some protestors.
“Case registered under sections of rioting and for blocking the roads at Bund Garden police station. Probe underway pertaining to videos that went viral. Stringent action to be taken against culprits,” said Sagar Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone II, Pune.
Earlier, Pune Police had said they will probe and verify the videos and action will be taken accordingly.
“We have received some videos, we will investigate and verify them completely and take action accordingly,” the DCP had said.
Reacting to the sloganeering incident, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also the state Home Minister said stringent action will be taken. “We will take stringent action against any person raising Pakistan Zindabad slogans in Maharashtra,” Fadnavis said.
Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Nitesh Rane took to Twitter and warned those raising such slogans. He also sought a ban on PFI.
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