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10 Questions the Standing Committee on Defence needs to ask MoD
Amit Cowshish | 17 Feb , 2017 0 comments

Restructuring of the demands for grant of various ministries, including the Ministry of Defence (MoD) last year, and further tinkering with the MoD’s demands this year is inexplicable, to say the least. These changes neither present “a holistic picture of budgetary allocations” nor facilitate “effective expenditure monitoring”. Such...

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New Highways in Xinjiang ..for Pakistani fish?
Claude Arpi | 16 Feb , 2017 0 comments

Beijing has decided to invest US $ 24.8 billion (170 bn yuan) for constructing a network of highways in Xinjiang …for improving connectivity with Pakistan. This is the official justification. China plans to also use this huge amount (some 50% the amount of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor) to build a “trade hub by linking countries...

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Would a Non-Lapsable Defence Modernisation Fund Work?
Amit Cowshish | 15 Feb , 2017 0 comments

One idea that keeps resurfacing in discussions on the defence budget is the creation of a non-lapsable defence modernisation fund (DMF) to harvest the money that remains unspent, especially under the capital segment, at the end of the financial year. In 2015-16, a sum of Rs. 85,894.44 crore was allocated for capital expenditure of the three...

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Capt Bharat Verma – A Personal Remembrance
Sumit Walia | 14 Feb , 2017 2 comments
Capt Bharat Verma – A Personal Remembrance

Long before Prime Minister Modi gave a vision of ‘Make in India’ initiative to make India global hub of manufacturing, Capt. (R) Bharat Verma was the first person who in 2005-2006, advised government of the time to take necessary steps to make India a global hub of weapon’s manufacturing. Being founder and Chief Editor of prestigious...

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How do we Modernise the Indian Military in Times of Inadequate Defence Budgets?

With the announcement of Budget 2017-18 on Feb 01, 2017, yet another opportunity to modernize the Indian military has come and gone unutilised, without as much as raising a whimper among the masses, the media and those in authority. Paeans have been sung about the government’s alacrity in coming up with a visionary yet realistic annual...

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