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MoS Home Affairs Presides Over Assam Rifles Commanders’ Conference at Shillong

He lauded the efforts of the Assam Rifles for the selfless service in far-flung border areas.

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SHILLONG (Meghalaya): Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said that the development of the North East region has been the priority for the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was on his maiden visit to the Headquarters Directorate General, Assam Rifles at Shillong on the occasion of the Annual Assam Rifles Commanders’ Conference today.

Addressing the media, the minister said that the North East has undergone a revolutionary transformation in the last five years because of the concerted efforts of the Union Government.

North East is today competing both at National and International level in different spheres and there have been efforts to bring this region at par with rest of the country in different spheres, be it sports, art and culture, infrastructure, production of essential commodities, education, industrial development among others, he added.


Acknowledging the abundance of natural resources in the region, the Minister said that if these huge potentials present in the Northeast region are tapped adequately there is scope for setting up of a lot of industries in the region.

He also said that improved connectivity and infrastructure has removed bottlenecks in the development process, giving a boost to the region’s economy and promoting industry.

With the pace at which the development activities have been progressing because of the fast-track thrust by the Union Government, the Northeast will soon become the most unique, developed and preferred destination in the entire country and a region whose development model would be replicated in the rest of the country, the Minister opined.



Earlier in the day, Rai was given the Ceremonial Guard of Honour by the mixed contingent comprising of Male and Female soldiers of Assam Rifles.

He later paid homage to the martyrs of the Force at the Laitkor War Memorial.

The Minister also attended the Special Sainik Sammelan comprising of all Ranks of Assam Rifles. In his address, Rai complimented Assam Rifles for playing a pivotal role in guarding the national frontiers and facilitating various Government schemes in North Eastern States leading to infrastructure development.

He lauded the efforts of the Assam Rifles for the selfless service in far-flung border areas like Vijaynagar in Arunachal Pradesh and remote areas of Nagaland and Manipur.

He appreciated the efforts of all Assam Rifles battalions engaged in skill development of the youth leading to employment generation opportunities under Skill India Mission and also towards organising sports-related activities like local tournaments and coaching camps for talented youths.

The Minister complimented the Force for spreading awareness about Swaccha Bharat, Jal Shakti Abhiyan and Fit India Movement in the entire region.


Rai exhorted the troops of the oldest border guarding force to continue their good work in all spheres including being an ever alert force and countering Insurgency in the most challenging terrain of the North East.

Later in the day the Minister also inaugurated the newly constructed OPD wing of Assam Rifles Multi Speciality Hospital at Laitkor (Shillong).

During the Conference, Lt Gen Sukhdeep Sangwan (SM), DG Assam Rifles, briefed the Minister about the general security situation in the North East, the activities of the Force while guarding the Indo Myanmar border and about counter-insurgency operations being undertaken.

He also highlighted various developmental and welfare initiatives taken by Assam Rifles in the region.

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India Successfully Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable K-4 Ballistic Missile

K-4 is one of the two underwater missiles that are being developed by India for its submarine force.

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VISHAKHAPATNAM (Andhra Pradesh): India has successfully test-fired a 3,500-kilometre range nuclear-capable missile that can be launched from a submarine. The test of the K-4 ballistic missile was conducted off the Vizag coast in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.

With this test, India has moved one more step towards the induction of this ballistic missile on the INS Arihant class of nuclear submarines. The missile was developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Only the US, Russia and China have submarine-launched ballistic missiles of 3,500-kilometre range.


The three-metre-tall missile carries a nuclear warhead of over one tonne with a circular error probability far lower than that of Chinese ballistic missiles.

The K-4’s circular error of probability (the radius of the missile’s point of impact which is also a measure of the efficacy of its guidance systems) was 40 meters or less. This makes it ideal to strike targets from stand-off ranges.

The submarine-launched ballistic missile is the most important part of the air, land and sea nuclear triad and is at the front of India’s second-strike capability.



In November 2018, India had announced that its first nuclear-armed submarine Arihant had successfully completed its first deterrence patrol, heralding India’s entry into an exclusive club of powers with land, air and sea-based nuclear weapons delivery platforms.

Though dubbed the technology demonstrator, analysts had been of the view that the 6,000-tonne Arihant with a range of about 750km nevertheless sent a powerful signal to Pakistan and China that New Delhi’s underwater nuclear deterrence was “credible”, potent and functional.

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Russia To Deliver S-400 Air Defence Systems To India By 2025

The S-400, an upgraded version of the S-300, had previously only been available to the Russian defence forces.

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NEW DELHI: Russia said it has started production of S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems for India, and all five units will be delivered by 2025.

Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin also said that a contract will be finalised shortly for joint production of Kamov lightweight multi-role military helicopters for India. He was addressing a joint press conference with Russian Ambassador Nikolai Kudashev in New Delhi yesterday.

Babushkin said that the Indian Armed forces will receive the first batch of 5,000 Kalashnikov rifles this year as well. These will be produced in India under a joint venture.


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will visit Russia on March 22 and March 23 to attend a meeting of the Russia-Indian-China trilateral, Kudashev said.

“Those having doubts over India’s approach on Kashmir can go there, we don’t have any doubt,” he said on not being invited to visit Jammu and Kashmir.

Asserting that the S-400 air defence missile systems are among best in the world, the diplomat said they will significantly bolster India’s air defence mechanism.



The S-400, an upgraded version of the S-300, had previously only been available to the Russian defence forces.

It is manufactured by Almaz-Antey and has been in service in Russia since 2007.

In October 2018, India signed a USD 5 billion deal to buy the air defence missile systems.

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Rajnath Singh Dedicates 51st K9 Vajra-T Guns To Nation

The L&T officials showed the minister the different manoeuvres of the K-9 Vajra-T, a tracked self-propelled howitzer.

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HAZIRA (Gujarat): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today dedicated to the nation the 51st K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer gun made by L&T at Hazira in Gujarat.

Also Read: MUSCLE RELOADED: Indian Army Inducts K9 Vajra (Thunder), M777 Howitzer

Rajnath Singh put ‘tilak’ and drew the auspicious ‘Swastik’ symbol with kumkum on the new artillery. During the puja, he also offered flowers to the gun and broke a coconut.


L&T had in 2017 won the Rs 4,500-crore contract from the Ministry of Defence to supply 100 units of K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 calibre tracked self-propelled gun systems to the Indian Army under the Centre’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

The K9 Vajra contract involves the delivery of 100 such systems in 42 months, which is the largest contract awarded to a private company by the Ministry of Defence.

The gun weighs 50 tonnes and can fire 47-kilogram bombs at targets up to a distance of 43 kilometres. It can also turn around at zero radius.

Speaking on this occasion at Hazira in Surat, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that K9 Vajra-T guns dedicated to the nation today are indeed future-ready combat vehicles.



Singh said in his speech that he salutes the commitment and hard work of employees of L&T as the company’s Hazira complex is a sign of “new thinking of new India”.

“I see this complex has a new and astonishing achievement…There were many sectors in India where the private sector’s participation was almost nil.

Defence sector was one such example,” he said.

He said that L&T’s Armoured Systems Complex (ASC) has a state of art complex to manufacture and integrate advanced armoured platforms.

He said, these future-ready combat vehicles meet the requirement of 21st-century warfare including deep fire support to the longer firing range.


He said that under the Make in India programme, India will be not only a manufacturing hub, but also a net defence exporter.

J D Patil, senior executive vice-president for the company’s defence segment, as well as A M Naik, chairman of the company, were present at the event.

“L&T has always been at the forefront for all the national causes…We collaborate with the DRDO and the armed forces to understand their requirement,” Naik said in his speech.

K9 Vajra-T gun dedicated today has been delivered ahead of the schedule. L&T’s Armoured System Complex at Hazira in Surat had been dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January Last year.

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a brief video of himself standing in a tank on his Twitter handle. “Checking out the tanks at L&T’s Armoured Systems Complex in Hazira,” Modi said in the tweet.

I congratulate the entire team of Larsen & Toubro for building the state-of-the-art K-9 Vajra Self Propelled Howitzer. This is a significant contribution towards India’s defence sector and protecting the country… Boosting ‘Make in India’ in the defence sector is our endeavour. I am glad that the private sector too is supporting this pursuit and making a valuable contribution,” the Prime Minister tweeted after the inauguration. He, however, did not address people at the inauguration.

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