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A case for genuine defence reforms A decade after the Kargil Review Committee (KRC) submitted its recommendations not much has changed. The report had argued that India’s defence structures are woefully outdated and need to be modernised in a purposeful, determined manner. Yet, in the second decade of the twenty-first century, the way India organises, equips, manages, employs and rewards its armed forces has remains largely the same as Lord Mountbatten’s staff officer had recommended in the 1940s. Big-ticket arms purchases, development of indigenous weapon systems, new procurement policies and a token change in the form of a integrated defence headquarters might provide political, bureaucratic and military leaders with talking points on military modernisation, but they fall short even by the standards of the 2002 KRC report.
Never before has a road meant so much to external relations: there’s a move to re-open Stilwell Road, which connects India, Myanmar and China, and which passes through Thailand and Cambodia. Hence the feeling of keen anticipation, bordering on euphoria, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh embarks on a three-day official visit to Myanmar from May 28. The reluctance of the Myanmar government to open the road with India had to do with the fact that it passes through the country’s Kachin region, home to an age-old insurgency. Dr Singh’s visit comes at a time when Indo-Myanmar relations are on a rising trajectory after the recent withdrawal of sanctions by nearly all the advanced economies against Myanmar.
India is counted as the 4th nation world wide amidst all the nations producing wind energy. India's potential to produce wind power is estimated to be 45000 MW. The wind resource estimation has been done at the wind-monitoring stations in India, which spreads to more than twenty states. Almost 221 Wind Monitoring stations in India show that the density of wind power is over 200 W/m2 at a ground level of 50 m. Several agencies have come forward in helping the country with its wind power generation capacity. India's wind monitoring stations help the country immensely in calculating, estimating and generating wind power efficiently.
New Delhi, May 22: Israel's largest national water company, Mekorot, is in talks with the West Bengal Government for setting up water infrastructure projects. A top-level team of the State-owned Israeli company met senior officials in the West Bengal Government in Kolkata on Monday.
Integrated hydrological data book (non-classified river basins) by Central Water Commission, Ministry of Water Resources | India Water PortalThis data book published by Central Water Commission (CWC) is a compendium of important hydrological information on major basins in India . It provides updated site wise data for 12 non-classified basins that covers aspects such as location, drainage area, population, temperature, average runoff, seasonal water flow, historical water levels, average sediment load, water quality parameters and land use statistics. The statistics of year 2006-07 to 2009-10 are used as the base for the data mentioned in the book.
Kai Ryssdal: There are, plus or minus, 7 billion people now living on this planet. By the middle of the century, the United Nations tells us it's gonna to be 9 billion. Among the many, many questions that raises is how we're gonna feed them all. The answer is complicated -- a mix of politics, culture, science, and traditions all affecting the global food supply. Here's part of the science.
By B. Raman -- (April 22, 2012) We don’t need Agni-V, the intermediate range ballistic missile that we successfully tested on April 19,2012, to give ourselves a deterrent capability against Pakistan.
(Corrects designation in first paragraph.) Devendra Pant, a director at Fitch Ratings in New Delhi, comments after India’s central bank reduced interest rates for the first time since 2009. Pant spoke today in a telephone interview.
ARUN MAIRA Apr 19, 2012, 12.00AM IST The rise of regional parties along with problems of coalition management is causing concern for the governance of the country, the process of reforms, and economic growth. By 2000, coalitions and regional parties had already become the norm and there was a yearning for political unity across the country. In that year, Indians from many walks of life came together to understand the systemic forces shaping India and the world and project scenarios of India's future.