11 Dec 2013
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Tags: BrahMos, Dassault Mirage 2000, Daulat Beg Oldi, HAL, HAL Tejas, IAF, INDIA, Indian Air Force, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, Multirole combat aircraft, russia, Sukhoi/HAL FGFA
The Indian Air Force is aiming to become the premier Air Force of the world. Currently, the IAF is making use of improved technology and is aiming to improve it further.
The plans for upgrade on technology and equipment can be seen under the following fields:
1. Fighter aircraft:
- IAF plans to phase out the aged fleet of MiG 21s. All variants will be phased out by 2014, except the Bison variant, which will see last of service in 2019.
- IAF is upgrading the its fleet of Dassault Mirage 2000 to the the Mirage 2000-5 Mk-2 variants.
- The pride of the IAF, 40 Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs will be upgraded for carrying and delivering the BrahMos-II nuclear capable missiles.
- LCA(Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas, manufactured by HAL, would hopefully be inducted in IAF by2014. It has currently been granted operational clearance. LCA is a single seater multi-role aircraft. It’s operational capabilities were displayed in the IAF firepower display, Iron Fist-2013.
- The MMRCA( Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) deal was bagged by Dassault Rafael. This is an advanced 4.5 gen aircraft. Running computer simulation battles with the F-22 Raptor, it was able to hold its own.
- India and Russia are, currently, working on a “50-50 partnership, involving sharing of technology and intellectual property” to jointly develop the Sukhoi-HAL FGFA( Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft). This aircraft would be a more advanced version of the PAK T-50 stealth fighter recently developed by Russia.
- India is also developing an indigenous 5th Generation fighter aircraft AMCA( Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft), whose first flight deadline has been set as 2015 and would be inducted by 2020.
2. Transport Aircraft
09 Dec 2013
in Android, Awareness, Bank, Business, Career, Daily Mail, FDI, Food, Gadgets, GDP, Google Doodle, GOSF, Ice Cream Sandwich, India, India Today, Inflation, iOS7, iPhone, iPhone5, Jelly Bean, JOB, Kit Kat, Money, Motivation, NEWS, people, Retail, Samsung Galaxy S4, The Guardian, The Newyork Times, The Sun, Times of India, Wall Street JOurnal, weird, WikiLeaks
Tags: cybermonday, E-commerce, Google, GOSF, Great Comet, INDIA, Intel, Online shopping
Google, yet again launches its most anticipated ‘India’s Great Online Shopping Festival’ (GOSF) commencing on the 11th to the 13th of December this year. GOSF is a festival for online shoppers in India stretching out for three days inspired by a similar online consumer activity which is promoted by retailers in the US by giving good discounts to customers called the ‘Cyber Monday’, reports watblog.
Last year, Google had conducted a similar activity which created a lot of buzz in the online shopping sector, bringing together almost all e-commerce companies together in India. It has been continuously innovating in India to make internet accessible to all and to get all shoppers under one single roof.
It is reported that, last year GOSF saw a massive user-engagement which had directly increased the sales and traffic of all major e-commerce portals which had associated with it. Contradicting to that, few users and certain publications have reported discrepancies such as discounts amounts not being significant, boring items and overcharging.
This year, Google announced that Intel, Airtel and PayTM will be its preferred partners and that it has lots of new e-commerce startups lined up with massive offers. Though Google is cutting the cheese in the internet sector with ideas like never before, it would only be admirable if it doesn’t repeat the performance it showcased like last year.
26 Nov 2013
in 2G Scam, Adharsh housing, Awareness, BSNL, Chopper Scam, Corruption, CWG, Daily Mail, Google, Helicopter Scam, India, India Today, Suresh Kalmadi, The Guardian, The Newyork Times, The Sun, Thorium, Times of India, Tourism, Wall Street JOurnal
Tags: bangalore, Bribery, Chennai, INDIA, Janaagraha, Kolkata, Mumbai, Non-governmental organization
The IT capital of India, Bangalore, tops the list of the most corrupt cities in the country, followed by another southern state, Chennai, according to an anti corruption website ipaidbribe.com. This anti-corruption site has been set up by Bangalore-based NGO Janaagraha, reports Christin Mathew Philip of TOI.
The website reveals that more than 22,000 people “confessed” of having paid bribe in some way or the other. Bangaloreans have paid 16 crore as bribe followed by Chennaiites with 7 crore, Mumbai- 6.97 crore, Delhi 4.4 crore, Hyderabad 2.9 crore, Kolkata 1.6 crore and Kochi 56, 101.
As stated by Joylita Saldanha, product manager of Janaagraha, Bangalore tops the corruption index mainly due to better knowledge about the organization and the website. He further exclaimed “There is also a good response from Chennai for the website. Most people are using the website to vent their anger at the system,” reports TOI.
“We get an average of 12,000 visits a day from across 544 cities in India. More than 20 ‘bribe experiences’ are reported on a daily basis from all parts of India. The amount varies from 4 lakh (for a seat in a medical college) to 20 (to be let off for a traffic offence),” Saldanha added.
The campaign is an initiative by Janaagraha with an aim to uncover the “market price of corruption” and help people to express their views about a leap in the current system, give them a platform to share their experiences related to bribe and people even ‘confess’ to have bribed someone.