DRDO has developed a 16 ton capacity Heavy Drop System (HDS) to improve Army’s para-dropping capacity. The system (HDS) consists of a platform and a highly advanced system of parachutes to drop loads consisting of military stores such as vehicles including BMP class, supplies and ammunition from IL-76 heavy lift aircraft.
Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE),an Agra-based laboratory of the DRDO designed and developed the three prototypes of the system. These systems are re-usable type to provide drop practice to the troops during their regular military training during peace time.
The bulk production of 146 numbers is being initiated at L&T for the mechanical platform and OPF Kanpur for the parachute systems.
About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
Formed in 1958,works under the Department of Defence Research and Development of Ministry of Defense.
Aim: To make India prosperous by establishing world-class science and technology base and provide our Defence Services decisive edge by equipping them with internationally competitive systems and solutions.
Note: The system is extension of technology developed by DRDO for ‘P-7 HDS’, the 7-tonne capacity Heavy Drop System developed earlier and already accepted by Indian Army for induction
Mobile makers should install “SoS” button for women safety: Finance Minister
December 18, 2013
On the first anniversary of December 16 brutal act that jolted the country, the Centre approved several proposals for improving women’s safety under theNirbhaya Fund.
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram announced that mobile handset makers will have to introduce an SoS alert buttonto ensure that women in distress can be reached by the police in the minimum possible time.
Proposal from the Ministries of Home Affairs and Information Technology:
The police administration will be integrated with the mobile phone network to rapidly respond to distress calls. The scheme will be launched in 157 cities in two phases (55 in phase I and 102 in phase II).
Proposal fromthe Road Transport Ministry:
A programme ‘Security of women in road transport in the country’ will be launched in 32 towns, each with a population of over 1 million. The expected cost is about Rs. 1,700 crore. Under this scheme, public transport vehicles will have GPS for easy tracking, CCTVs and more women drivers and conductors, among others measures.
Proposal from the Railway Ministry:
It proposes to start a public scheme for establishing an SoS alert system in trains in select zones. The facility will cover all service providers from all telecom circles. It will have a call recording facility and a call centre.
What is Nirbhaya Fund?
NirbhayaFund is a Rs. 1000 crore fund was announced by Finance Minister P Chidambaram in Budget 2013-14. The fund is aimed at enhancing the safety and for empowerment of women. It was named after Nirbhaya- the pseudonym given to the victim of the incident to hide her identity.
What is SoS?
SOS is the widely used description for the International Morse Code distress signal (· · · – – – · · ·). Earlier, SOS was used as the maritime radio distress signal but from 1999 it was replaced by the Global Maritime Distress Safety System. SOS is still recognized as a visual distress signal.
What is the composition of SOS?
The SOS distress signal is a continuous sequence of three dits, three dahs, and three dits, all run together without letter spacing. The three dits form the letter S, and three dahs make the letter O, so “SOS” became an easy way to remember the order of the dits and dahs. SOS is the only 9-element signal in Morse code, making it more easily identifiable, as no other symbol uses more than 8 elements.
What is the full form of SOS?
It must be noted that SOS is not an abbreviationand there it does not stand for anything. Although some phrases like “save our ship“, “save our souls” and “send out succour”were popularly associated with SOS, these may be regarded as mnemonics.
C.V.R Rajendran is new CMD of Andhra Bank
December 18, 2013
The Union Ministry of Finance, Government of India appointed C. V. R. Rajendran as Andhra BankChairman and Managing Director. Previously, he was Executive Director of Bank of Maharashtra. As CMD of Andhra Bank, Rajendran will have a 5-year term or until superannuation, whichever is earlier.
Centre appoints Harsh Bhanwala as new NABARD Chairman
December 18, 2013
Harsh Kumar Bhanwala has been appointed as Chairman of the National Bank forAgricultureand Rural Development (NABARD)by the Centre. Bhanwala, succeeds Prakash Bakshi, who retired as NABARD Chairman. Previously, Bhanwala was an Executive Director at IndiaInfrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL), a state-owned infrastructure lender.