The inauguration of the Kimin-Potin road shall be remembered by posterity as a momentous step towards strengthening connectivity in North East India: Himanta Biswa

Himanta Biswa Sarma – Chief Minister, Assam:

We are grateful to Adarniya RM Sri Rajnath Singh Ji for his gracious presence at this historic occasion and inaugurating the Kimin-Potin road.

It shall be remembered by posterity as a momentous step towards strengthening connectivity in North East India.

Border Road Organisation (BRO) has been playing a pivotal role in constructing & maintaining operational road infrastructure for armed forces in difficult, far flung border areas.

The 20 km Kimin-Potin road is yet another marvel by BRO towards facilitating connectivity.

The inauguration of Kimin Potin Road along with 11 other roads will help in smooth movements of goods & people in inaccessible areas b/w Assam & Arunanchal Pradesh.

It will also lead to all round development of the region as per vision of PM Sri Narendra Modi.

Better road connectivity won’t only accelerate the pace of development in the NorthbEast but will also enable us to respond to emergencies swiftly.

Long pending cherished wishes of the people are coming true, thanks to the vision of PM Sri Narendra Modi Ji

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases first batch of Anti-COVID drug ‘2DG’ developed by DRDO

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan releases the first batch of Anti Covid drug ‘2DG’.

The drug has been developed by DRDO’s Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS) in collaboration with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories.

This is a great example of the scientific prowess of our country. I extend my congratulations and best wishes to all the institutions involved in the making of this anti-covid drug

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I would say that this drug is a new ray of hope for all of us.

But right now, nor can we relax not is the time to get tired and stop. Because this wave has come for the second time, and there is nothing definite about this too. We have to take steps with full caution.

We have always taken the situation quite seriously. Whether it is oxygen supply, or medicines, ICU beds or arranging cryogenic tankers, a collective effort has always been made which has yielded good results.

The election in West Bengal has now gained massive momentum in BJP’s favour: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh – Union Defence Minister:

Addressed three election meetings in West Bengal today.

The election in West Bengal has now gained massive momentum in BJP’s favour. I am confident that it will lead to ‘Asol Parivartan’ in the State. Now, even Mamata Di has realised that TMC is going out and BJP is coming in.

If the law and order situation in any State deteriorates, the prime responsibility lies on the Chief minister of the State.

West Bengal has witnessed unprecedented crime and violence in Mamata Didi’s regime. When BJP will come to power in WB the people will feel safe and secure.

Mamata Di is asking a community to come together and vote. This is politics of appeasement and polarisation. Development of West Bengal cannot be ensured with such kind of politics, Development of West Bengal is possible only through politics of inclusion.

We don’t do politics of division and polarisation, based on caste, creed, religion. We do politics of humanity and inclusion. We consider everyone as human, we don’t see anyone from prism of caste creed, religion.

Once we form government here in West Bengal, the system of “tolabaazi” and “cut money” that has been institutionalised under the TMC government, it will be wiped off completely.

In a democracy voting right is the biggest weapon in the hands of people. It can lead to major change. And, I firmly believe that in this election the people of West Bengal will use their votes to bring a great and positive change by voting out TMC out of power.

Paid a visit to Sivagiri Mutt: Rajnath Singh

Paid a visit to Sivagiri Mutt, a revered spiritual centre established by the renowned 20th century Saint and Social Reformer, Sree Narayana Guru.

I offered my obeisance to him at his ‘Samadhi’.

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In an unprecedented move, the Kerala cabinet decided to go for a judicial inquiry against the central agencies investigating the gold smuggling and related cases. This is an attack on federalism of India: Rajnath SIngh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed a public meeting at Irinjalakuda in Kerala. Speech Excerpts:

Kerala has an important place in India when it comes to Art, Culture & Tourism. It is also a very significant state in terms of politics.

Even though in terms of area Kerala is considered as a small state but its political voice churning is heard and felt clearly in Delhi.

I want to ask the leadership of LDF and UDF why in spite of being the first state with 100 percent literacy, Kerala is facing backwardness. When the entire country is redefining the aspiration and development trajectory why is Kerala lagging behind in this exercise.

In spite of there being everything in Kerala there is lot missing here. It is because even after seven decades of independence, Kerala has not been able to come out of the clutches of LDF-UDF.

LDF and UDF has been alternatively forming the government here and busy criticising each other, but, now people want an alternative. And, that alternative can only be BJP led NDA. In the last 7 years we have strengthened the presence of NDA and we have created an alternative.

LDF and UDF have been playing a friendly football match and the people of Kerala have been kicked around. The point is that no matter who wins the match, be it LDF or UDF but ultimately it is the people of the state who always end up on the losing side.

It is perplexing that how the Left parties and the Congress are here engaged in a ‘Vakpaayte’ (war of words) but 2000 kilometre away in West Bengal they are saying ‘Avar Premathilanu’, that they are in love.

Time of Congress & Left parties is now over. These Parties do not understand the new aspirations of Kerala. Change is very much needed here. Kerala has been an important part of the ancient culture & civilization of India, and it should contribute equally in the future of India.

LDF has made many false promises to the people. I want tell LDF that they should bring an “Action Taken Report” to show what work they have done and how far they have been able to fulfil their promises made during last assembly elections.

Anyone can go through the BJP’s election manifestos and see, we have done what we promised. In 1951 we have said that we will repeal article 370 and we did that. If we promised about construction of Ram Mandir, Ram Mandir is being built.

Kerala has a glorious past. Because of the regressive ideology of UDF and LDF, Kerala has been left behind. But, now we wont let this happen.   Our PM says ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwaas’ But LDF and UDF engage in appeasement politics.

The state government here in Kerala has lost the trust of youth. Kerala has higher employment rate then the national average.   If we come to power in Kerala, we will provide employment to at least one member of each household.

We will bring a law to safeguard the tradition and practices of Sabarimala in Kerala.

He drowned Amethi and now have now come to Wayanad to do the same. He says he will make a dedicated ministry for fisherman. I am amazed how ignorant he is. In 2019 we have already created a department dedicated to the welfare of fishermen communities.

I am happy to be in ‘God’s own country’. This land is an amazing mix of rich cultutal heritage and natural beauty. This is the land of Adi Shankaracharya. Kerala is the land of great Chera dynasty and also the land of sacred Sabarimala temple

In an unprecedented move, the Kerala cabinet decided to go for a judicial inquiry against the central agencies investigating the gold smuggling and related cases. This is an attack on federalism of India.

Two helicopters from the Armed Forces have been moved from Bareily to Joshimath for rescue and relief operations: Rajnath Singh on Glacier burst

Rajnath Singh – Defence Minister:

I have been watching the visuals from Chamoli district about the damage caused by Glacier burst.

In this difficult time, we stand shoulder to shoulder with the people affected by the tragedy. Praying for the well-being of the people of Uttarakhand.

The loss of precious lives due to the Glacier burst in Chamoli is deeply painful. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Two helicopters from the Armed Forces have been moved from Bareily to Joshimath for rescue and relief operations

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128 MoUs, 19 Transfer of Technologies, 4 handing over, 18 product launches and 32 major announcements – Aero India 2021 has been a grand success: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh – Defence Minister:

I express my gratitude to the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind for gracing the Valedictory session of Aero India show in Bengaluru.

It is an honour for all of us that the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces has complimented the MoD & Forces for Aero India 2021’s success.

This year’s Aero India show has offered a unique platform not only to the Indian public and private sector industry, but also to the global OEMs to forge partnerships, showcase their products and technologies to the potential customers and investors.

I must add that 128 MoUs, 19 Transfer of Technologies, 4 handing over, 18 product launch and 32 major announcements is the vindication that aero India 2021 has been a grand success.

This is evident as more than 16 thousand people have attended Aero India physically and more than 4.5 lakh virtually.

This platform hosted for 540 companies including 84 foreign companies from 55 nations

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I can proudly say that we have reached an inflection point in domestic defence manufacturing and the trajectory from here on would only be upwards: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh – Defence Minister:

Attended the Chiefs of Air Staff Conclave at Aero India show.

The CAS Conclave brings together senior dignitaries from Air Forces around the world.  

It is but befitting to have such a conclave as part of Aero India which is primarily focused on Air Power & associated technologies.

The IAF has launched a major indigenisation drive for sustenance of all aircraft fleets and maintenance aspects and it is my belief that this will prove to be the growth engine for India’s domestic aerospace manufacturing capability.

I can proudly say that we have reached an inflection point in domestic defence manufacturing and the trajectory from here on would only be upwards.

Had a good meeting with my Iranian counterpart, Brigadier General Amir Hatami: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath SIngh – Union Defence Minister:

Had a good meeting with my Iranian counterpart, Brigadier General Amir Hatami on the sidelines of Aero India show.

We discussed issues pertaining to defence cooperation and other regional issues.

We reviewed the progress in bilateral cooperation between both the countries.

Attended the inaugural ceremony of the Aero India show in Bengaluru today : Rajnath Singh

Aero India 2021 inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the presence of Chief Minister of Karnataka B S Yediyurappa today at the Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru.

Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister :

Attended the inaugural ceremony of the Aero India show in Bengaluru today. Despite the constraints posed by the global pandemic, I am pleased to see such a large number of participants in this year’s event.

The Aero India 21 will display the vast potential of India, and the multifarious opportunities that our country offers in the field of defence and aerospace sector. It also promises to be the World’s First Ever Hybrid Aero and Defence exhibition.

With blue sunny skies AFS Yelahanka welcomes you to Aero India 2021

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The Aero India 2021, will help forge enormous global engagement with Indian defence industry, in the form of partnerships and investments : Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the ‘Curtain Raiser’ event for Aero India 2021​ in Bengaluru :

The state of Karnataka with its excellent ecosystem of entrepreneurial spirit and industrial infrastructure needs a special mention here. Karnataka is long known for its leadership in software industry.

The association of Aero India show with Karnataka has been built over the years. And experience tells us that it has proved to be most appropriate. The State has some of the finest institutions that are associated with the aviation industry.

Set against the vibrant defense and aerospace backdrop of Bengaluru, Aero India would offer unprecedented access, insights and opportunities to connect and collaborate with India and global industry leaders, visionaries, academicians, central and State administrations.

We all are aware, that the world is passing through one of the worst pandemics caused by COVID-19 which has compelled several countries including India to impose unavoidable restrictions.

Due to preventive measures and social distancing norms in place, this edition of Aero India will be a purely Business Event. There will be no Public days. However, limited access will be provided to the Public to the Aero shows based on Online bookings.

Aero India – 2021 promises to be World’s First Ever Hybrid Aero & Defence exhibition with a concurrent Virtual exhibition which will integrate the Seminars, B2B interactions, product display etc.

The global business community has responded enthusiastically to Indian economy’s revivalist fervor and Aero India will further showcase the nation’s accomplishments in defence manufacturing and position India as investment, innovation and defence manufacturing hub.

Hosting this event in the IT capital of India will not only help consolidate the State’s position, as one of the favoured destinations for foreign and domestic investors, but also reinforce itself as one of the gateways to defence and economic engagement with India.

The highlights of Aero India 2021 would be the Inauguration of India Pavilion, based on the theme – Rotary Wings, Conclave of Defence Ministers of IOR, Conclave of Chiefs of Air Staff of various countries, India – Russia Military Industrial Conference, Startup Manthan etc.

The Indian Ocean Region Defence Ministers Conclave would reinforce the relevance of the region and its continued importance for stake holders, from the perspective of trade, security and freedom of navigation.

Over 600 exhibitors including 80 Foreign companies, would showcase their defence manufacturing prowess at #AeroIndia2021 exhibition.

The Aero India 2021, will help forge enormous global engagement with Indian defence industry, in the form of partnerships and investments, paving the path for a transformation of the world’s largest democracy into the world’s most powerful defence economy.

I have no hesitation in saying that our robust stance, immediate and calibrated response and the unrelenting spirit of the soldiers on the borders led to stabilisation of the situation and we showed our resolve to defend the sovereignty and integrity of our country.

Unveiled India’s first indigenously developed Driverless Metro Car: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh – Defence Minister :

Visited the BEML manufacturing facility at Bengaluru and unveiled India’s first indigenously developed Driverless Metro Car.

I’m proud of the good work the team of engineers and technicians are doing at BEML.

They are the real warriors of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, taking India ahead.

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Spoke to the US Acting Secretary of Defence Mr Christopher C. Miller today: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh – Defence Minister :

Spoke on phone to the US Acting Secretary of Defence Mr Christopher C. Miller today.

India-US partnership in the field of Defence sector has matured into a strategic nature over the last decade.

The year 2020 was landmark year in the India-US defence relationship.

India-US were able to sign the historic agreements this year.

Conclusion of BECA is a powerful signal of our future direction of high-end cooperation for capability enhancement.

A strong foundation has been laid for the India-US relations over the years.

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Fire Detection and Suppression System developed by DRDO for Passenger Buses

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari witnessed the demonstration of Fire Detection and Suppression System (FDSS) developed by DRDO for Passenger Buses at DRDO Bhawan here today.

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Demonstrations were given on Water Mist Based FDSS for Passenger Compartment and Aerosol Based FDSS for engine fire.

DRDO’s Centre for Fire Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES), Delhi has developed the technology, which can detect the fire in passenger compartment in less than 30 sec and then suppresses it in 60 sec thereby reducing the risk to life and property to a significant extent.
The FDSS for passenger compartment comprises of a water tank of 80 litre capacity, a 6.8 kg nitrogen cylinder pressurized to 200 bar installed at appropriate location in the bus and a network of tubing with 16 number of atomizers inside the passenger compartment.

The FDSS for engine comprises of aerosol generator with which the fire suppression could be achieved within 5 sec of the system activation.

CFEES has unique competency in the areas of fire risk assessment, fire suppression using different extinguishing mediums, modelling and simulation. They have developed system for Battle tanks, ships and submarines. The active fire protection system has been developed by CFEES as a defence spin-off technology for providing a solution to the fire incidents in passenger buses. Although, the fire threat is present in all the vehicles, the highest concern emanates from special vehicles particularly the school buses and the sleeper coaches for long distance travel. As on date, only the engine fire is regulated for fire safety.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh appreciated the innovative accomplishment of the team of scientists.

Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari described the development of FDSS as a very significant step towards Bus Passenger Safety. He expressed satisfaction over the fact that fire safety has drawn attention of DRDO and said that it would be very important to take forward the development.

Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated DRDO scientists for the endeavour

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India is determined to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of unilateralism and aggression, no matter what the sacrifice : Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the gathering at the National Defence College on the occasion of its Diamond Jubilee celebrations :

It gives me immense pleasure to address the National Defence College, which is the highest seat of strategic learning in our country on the occasion of its Diamond Jubilee. Congratulations to the Commandant and NDC staff on completing 60 years of dedicated service to the Nation.

The NDC has produced many strategic leaders not only from India, but also from many friendly foreign countries. Some of the alumni have risen to become Heads of their respective countries and many have occupied prominent positions of responsibility in their respective fields.

Perhaps the most fundamental lesson that the roller coaster of the rise and fall of nations taught us was that peace cannot necessarily be achieved by a desire for peace but by the ability to deter war.

The last six years provide a blueprint for India’s approach towards national security over the next decade. Let me try and outline four broad principles that are likely to guide our quest for national security in the future

  • The first is the ability to secure India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty from external threats and internal challenges.
  • Second, the ability to create secure and stable conditions that can facilitate India’s economic growth, thereby, creating the resources for nation building and to meet individual aspirations.
  • Third, we remain steadfast in the desire to protect our interests beyond the borders in areas where our people reside and our security interests converge.
  • And finally, we also believe that in a globalised and interconnected world, a country’s security interests are interlinked by shared and secure commons.

Based on these principles, we have brought about drastic changes in our security policy which are oriented towards strong, legally and morally tenable actions.

One of the most important elements of India’s foreign and security policy is characterised by the “Neighbourhood First” initiative

With the exception of Pakistan, given its agenda of fuelling terrorism, India has improved its relations with all neighbours. We have invested heavily to help and support our friends to forge a relationship of mutual-respect and mutual-interest.

Recently, India has been facing other challenges on its borders. India is a peace-loving country. We believe that differences should not become disputes. We attach importance to the peaceful resolution of differences through dialogue.

India is determined to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of unilateralism and aggression, no matter what the sacrifice.

Signing of Basic Exchange Cooperation Agreement – BECA today is a significant achievement: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh – Defence Minister:

Participated in the Ministerial Level India-US 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi today with US Secretary of State Pompeo, Secretary of Defence Dr Mark Esper and my colleague Dr S Jaishankar.

During the meeting we have had comprehensive discussions on key aspects of our bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

I met Dr Esper yesterday to discuss bilateral defence issues. We continued our discussions on larger regional and global perspective today over the 2+2.

Signing of BECA today after signing of LEMOA in 2016 and COMCASA in 2018 is a significant achievement in that direction.

In today’s meeting we also explored probable capacity building and other joint cooperation activities in third countries, including our neighbourhood and beyond.

In our meeting, we shared assessment of the security situation across the Indo Pacific. In that process, we reaffirmed our commitment to peace, stability and prosperity of all countries in this region.

We also agreed that upholding the rules based international order, respecting the rule of law and freedom of navigation in the international seas and upholding the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states are essential.

We appreciate the visit of US Secretary of State Pompeo, Secretary of Defence Dr Esper to India.

We had a very constructive dialogue and will continue to work together to strengthen our engagement in defence security and other areas.

India’s first indigenous anti-radiation missile tested successfully: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh – Defence Minister:

The New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile (Rudram-1) which is India’s first indigenous anti-radiation missile developed by DRDO India for Indian Air Force was tested successfully today at ITR, Balasore.

Congratulations to DRDO & other stakeholders for this remarkable achievement.

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We remain committed to enhancement of IAF’s combat capability through modernisation and indigenisation: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s message on Air Force Day:

My felicitations and best wishes to the air warriors and their families on the occasion of Air Force Day-2020.

Eighty eight years of dedication, sacrifice and excellence mark the journey of the IAF which is today a lethal and formidable force to reckon with.

The Nation is proud of its men and women in blue and salutes the prowess of the IAF as it stands ready to face challenges and deter adversaries.

We remain committed to enhancement of IAF’s combat capability through modernisation and indigenisation.

I am confident that the IAF will always guard the Nation’s skies, come what may. Here’s wishing you blue skies and happy landings always.