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DAILY NEWS ANALYSIS from THE HINDU 25TH September 2017 By Jatin Verma Educator Unacademy
Page-11 : lapan keen on friendship with northeast. Japan is reciprocating India's move of allowing Japanese FDI in North-eastern states of India. At the 4th Northeast Connectivity Summit in Kohima in September2017, a representative of the Embassy of Japan said Tokyo would invest in the region's infrastructure, education and people-to- people sectors. It was announced that Tokyo would invite 25 young people from Manipur and Nagaland to Japan this year. Japanese embassy officials said the northeastern region is located at a strategically and economically important juncture between India and Southeast Asia as well as within the Bimstec community. The summit included diplomatic participation from Bhutan, Russia, Bangladesh, Laos and Thailand. Road network: For the northeast, Japan had undertaken works on road connectivity, energy projects, water supply and sanitation, forest resources management, Japanese language education and post-war reconciliation, which aimed to build a deeper understanding of the actions of Japanese forces in the region during the Second World War.
During the latest visit of Prime Minister Abe to Ahmedabad, Japanese officials said Tokyo was committed to undertaking two major road and infrastructure building projects in Mizoram and Meghalaya. The next edition of Connectivity Summit in Tawang,Arunachal Pradesh is expected to take Japan's representation into the strategically located region that borders China Myanmar's interest The summit also indicated Myanmar's interest in the potential of the region. Myanmar's Minister of Cultural Affairs Sai Kyaw Zaw urged people from Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur to forge closer ties with Myanmar as the country shared long borders with all four States. Nagaland's Chief Secretary also urged improved connectivity with Myanmar for unlocking the regional trade potential.
BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative on Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) The BIMSTEC is the sub-regional group of seven countries in South Asia and South East Asia lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal They are India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka from South Asia and Myanmar,Thailand from South East Asia. Established: 6 June 1997 through the the Bangkok Declaration. Headquarters: Dhaka, Bangladesh. Objectives: Technological and economical cooperation among south Asian and south East Asian Asian countries along the coast of the Bay of Bengal It also covers cooperation in commerce, technology, investment, agriculture, tourism, human resource development, fisheries, transport and communication VIndia is going to conduct first BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017 (DMEx-2017) from October 10-13, 2017.
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Page-l l: Navy's dilemma: US-2 planes or helicopters? India and Japan have been negotiating a deal for 12 ShinMaywa-built US-2 amphibious aircraft at a cost of around $1.3 billion, but differences over the pricing offset clause have held it up. The Joint Statement issued after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, earlier this month noted Japan's readiness to provide its state- of-the-art US-2 amphibian aircraft, and the two governments decided to continue their discussions in this regard. The Navy's urgent priorities include helicopters and minesweepers, while India continue discussions with Japan for buying the US-2 amphibious aircraft. The US-2 is a good capability addition, but it is not a top priority. There is a constraint of resources and there are other things on that list. The Navy is in urgent need of helicopters, minesweepers and submarines among others. . While the aircraft will be a great force multiplier for the Navy, they will divert precious resources from other pressing needs. Of these, the most pressing need is for helicopters, which are crucial in clearing way for ships and are also the first responders in any emergency on the seas.
Surprisingly, while the force is inducting modern stealth ships, most of the decks lie vacant because of a lack of copters. Beyond the off-shore patrol vessels, all ships can accommodate two helicopters each. To meet these, there is a requirement of over 123 naval multi-role helicopters. These helicopters are needed to santise the area around the high-value assets and carry out attacks against enemy submarines at stand-off ranges. Early this month, the Request for Information (RFI) was issued to global vendors for procurement of 123 NMRH and I I Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH). The procurement would be under the recently approved Strategic Partnership (SP) model of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). Past efforts to acquire new helicopters have repeatedly failed. In addition to helicopters, the Navy recently floated the tender for a new line of six submarines under Project-751, estimated to cost over 50,000 crore. Talks for procurement of 12 minesweepers estimated at 2,000 crore are in advanced stages.
Page-11: M777 broke due to faulty shell Last November, India signed a $737 million deal with the U.S. government under the Foreign Military Sales Program for 145 M777 guns at a cost of $737 million. As part of the agreement, two guns arrived in India in April for calibrating range tables and three more would arrive in September 2018 for training. On September 2, the gun manufactured by BAE Systems of the U.S. was undergoing field firing for compilation of range tables when the accident occurred.The ammunition exiting the barrel broke into multiple pieces damaging it. A preliminary investigation has found faulty ammunition to be the cause of the accident involving an M777 ultralight Howitzer during firing trials early this month . A preliminary inquiry has found that the explosion took place due to faulty ammunition supplied by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), and a further probe into the matter is orn. Any such failure is attributable to a complex phenomenon pertaining to internal ballistics as the shell moves at a very high speed inside the barrel
Page-12: Merkel wins 4th term as Chancellor . German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a German govt after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right. The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AID) stunned the establishment by winning 13.1% of the vote, projected results showed, a result that will bring a far-right party into Parliament for the first time in more than half a century. Lowest vote share Ms. Merkel's conservative bloc emerged as the largest parliamentary party but, with just 33.2% of the vote, saw its support slump to the lowest since 1949 Anchor of stability After shock election results last year, from the Brexit vote to the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, leaders of Europe's establishment have looked to Ms. Merkel to rally the liberal Western order. . But after acting as an anchor of stability in Europe and beyond, she now faces an unstable situation at home as she must now form a coalition, an arduous process that could take months.
Page-13: Nasscom sees green shoots, demand uptick Industry body Nasscom is expecting the $150-billion Indian IT sector to deliver a strong performance next scal on revival in tech spends of the nancial sector and demand growth from the U.S. clients. The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) is a trade association of Indian Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. Established in 1988, NASSCOM is a non-profit organisation
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