Skip to main content

Lt Gen Bipin Rawat named new army chief; Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa to head IAF(livemint)

New Delhi: Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat, the vice chief of the Indian Army, will be the next army chief, succeeding General Dalbir Singh Suhag. Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa will be the next Indian Air Force (IAF) chief after Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha relinquishes office on 31 December, the defence ministry announced on Saturday.
Although the ministry makes the announcement 60 days before the officer relieves office, the government put an end to speculations that had earlier been doing the rounds about probable successors to the post. However, Lt Gen Rawat has 13 days to acquaint himself with the office of the Army chief, before General Suhag steps aside. Likewise, Air Marshal Dhanoa has just the same amount of time before his predecessor Air Marshal Arup Raha retires.
Lt Gen Rawat was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978, from Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, where he was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’. Following that, he gained significant experience in high altitude warfare and counter insurgency operations. He commanded an Infantry battalion along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern sector, a Rashtriya Rifles sector and an Infantry Division in the Kashmir Valley. He has also been Major General General Staff at HQ Eastern Command.
“Lt General Rawat’s military career has spanned 35 years, during which he has accomplished many feats. He is well capable of taking on the office of the Army chief and he will surely prove to be a good guide for the forces,” said a senior army officer on condition of anonymity.
A qualified fighter pilot and a Kargil-war veteran, 59-year-old Air Marshal Dhanoa is expected to have a tenure of about three years as the chief of Air Staff.
Prior to serving as the vice chief of the Indian Air Force, he was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command. Air Marshal Dhanoa is a qualified flying instructor and during the Operation Vijay in 1999 (Kargil Operations), he famously commanded a fighter squadron and led several night strike missions during the war.


Popular posts from this blog

SC asks Centre to strike a balance on Rohingya issue (.hindu)

Supreme Court orally indicates that the government should not deport Rohingya “now” as the Centre prevails over it to not record any such views in its formal order, citing “international ramifications”.

The Supreme Court on Friday came close to ordering the government not to deport the Rohingya.

It finally settled on merely observing that a balance should be struck between humanitarian concern for the community and the country's national security and economic interests.

The court was hearing a bunch of petitions, one filed by persons within the Rohingya community, against a proposed move to deport over 40,000 Rohingya refugees. A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, began by orally indicating that the government should not deport Rohingya “now”, but the government prevailed on the court to not pass any formal order, citing “international ramifications”. With this, the status quo continues even though the court gave the community liberty to approach it in …

Khar’s experimentation with Himalayan nettle brings recognition (downtoearth)

Nature never fails to surprise us. In many parts of the world, natural resources are the only source of livelihood opportunities available to people. They can be in the form of wild shrubs like Daphne papyracea and Daphne bholua (paper plant) that are used to make paper or Gossypium spp (cotton) that forms the backbone of the textile industry.

Nothing can compete with the dynamism of biological resources. Recently, Girardinia diversifolia (Himalayan nettle), a fibre-yielding plant, has become an important livelihood option for people living in the remote mountainous villages of the Hindu Kush Himalaya.

There is a community in Khar, a hamlet in Darchula district in far-western Nepal, which produces fabrics from Himalayan nettle. The fabric and the things made from it are sold in local as well as national and international markets as high-end products.

A Himalayan nettle value chain development initiative implemented by the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiati…

India’s criminal wastage: over 10 million works under MGNREGA incomplete or abandoned (hindu)

In the last three and half years, the rate of work completion under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has drastically declined, leading to wastage of public money and leaving villages more prone to drought. This could also be a reason for people moving out of the programme.

At a time when more than one-third of India’s districts are reeling under a drought-like situation due to deficit rainfall, here comes another bad news. The works started under the MGNREGA—close to 80 per cent related to water conservation, irrigation and land development—are increasingly not being completed or in practice, abandoned.

Going by the data (as on October 12) in the Ministry of Rural Development’s website, which tracks progress of MGNREGA through a comprehensive MIS, 10.4 million works have not been completed since April 2014. In the last three and half years, 39.7 million works were started under the programme. Going by the stipulation under the programme, close to 7…