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First M777 ultra light artillery gun to reach India this weekend

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New Delhi, May 17, 2017: After three decades, the Indian Army will receive its first heavy ordnance as the first two guns out of the 145 M777 ultra light artillery guns it ordered from the US are expected to arrive, a month ahead of schedule, over this weekend, said a company statement.

A BAE Systems spokesman said in a statement that “In fulfilment of the United States’ Foreign Military Sale of 145 M777 ultra light weight howitzer to India, we are pleased to confirm that the first two weapon systems will land in India ahead of schedule over this weekend.”

“We continue to support the US government in integrating this new weapon system with the Indian Army’s artillery modernisation program,” he added.

The guns were expected to arrive in June.

On November 30, India signed the Letter of Agreement and Acceptance (LOA) with the US to purchase 145 M777 ultra-light artillery guns, through the foreign military sale (FMS) route.

The Union Cabinet on November 17 approved the much-awaited deal, which would add tremendous firepower to the Indian Army, especially against China in the eastern front.

The air portable 155mm/39 calibre gun, with a maximum range of 30 km, is manufactured by BAE Systems.

The $737 million contract has a 30 per cent offset clause worth around $200 million.

Out of 145 guns, BAE will deliver 25 guns and rest 120 will be assembled in India by Mahindra.

The ultra light howitzer is being purchased primarily to deploy on mountains in eastern border with China to provide the much-needed fire power to the Indian Army in the region.

The last artillery guns that India purchased were the much-controversial Swedish Bofors guns in the mid-1980s.

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SpiceJet announces 14 new flights starting July 1

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New Delhi, June 18: Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet on Monday announced 14 new domestic flights and enhanced frequency on some routes effective from July 1.

“Effective July 1 the airline is all set to introduce new direct flights on the Pune-Patna, Chennai-Rajahmundry, Hyderabad-Calicut and Bengaluru-Tuticorin sectors,” SpiceJet said here in a statement.

The airline would also enhance its operations on the Delhi-Patna (second frequency), Bengaluru-Rajahmundry (second frequency) and Mumbai-Bengaluru (fifth frequency) sectors, it said.

The new flights introduced on the Delhi-Patna, Mumbai-Bengaluru, and Chennai-Rajahmundry sectors would be operational daily, the airline said, whereas the frequencies introduced on the Hyderabad-Calicut, Bengaluru-Tuticorin and Bengaluru-Rajahmundry routes would be operational on all days except Tuesdays.

Patna-Pune will be operational on all days except Saturday, it added. SpiceJet further said bookings for the new flights are currently open.

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Money laundering: Enforcement Directorate files charge sheet against Vijay Mallya

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New Delhi, June 18: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday filed a charge sheet against Liquor baron Vijay Mallya in connection with money laundering case. 

The 62-year-old is facing a trial in the UK Court, to rule if he can be extradited to India to face charges for financial irregularities involving a total amount of Rs 9,000 crores, as well as money laundering cases.

Earlier in May, Mallya lost a lawsuit filed in London by a consortium of Indian banks seeking to collect the amount of Rs. 10,000 crore amid allegations that he committed massive fraud.

In its order, the Court had said the consortium of lenders, including IDBI Bank, can impose an Indian court’s decision against Mallya, who was found to have willfully defaulted on $1.4 billion in loan taken by his now-defunct airline Kingfisher, news agency ANI reported.

Judge Andrew Henshaw also refused to overturn a countrywide freeze placed on Mallya’s assets.

The Businessman was nabbed by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant in April 2017. Presently he is out on bail on a bond worth 650,000 pounds.

Besides this case, the High Court of London on February 12 ordered Mallya to pay an estimated USD 90 million to a Singapore-based carrier leasing firms in claims.

The case involves a number of aircraft leased by Vijay Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines from BOC Aviation in 2014. However, the business denied the allegations levelled against him and claimed they are “politically motivated”.

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Army chief General Bipin Rawat meets family of martyr Aurangzeb

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Jammu, June 18: Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday visited the family of rifleman Aurangzeb who was abducted and killed by militants in Jammu and Kashmir on June 15.

Gen Rawat went to the village of the slain soldier in Mendhar area of Poonch district.

“He spent 45 minutes with the bereaved family, consoling them and lauding the exemplary courage and bravery of the martyred soldier who faced death in the true tradition of a brave soldier,” a Defence Ministry statement said.

“The Army chief assured the family that the killers of Aurangzeb would be brought to justice and the death of the Braveheart would be avenged at all costs.”

Aurangzeb was brutally killed in Pulwama district in the Kashmir Valley.

He was on way to join his family on the occasion of Eid when the militants intercepted the private vehicle in which the soldier was travelling to Shopian town, from where he would take another vehicle for Poonch.

A video released by the militant group that abducted Aurangzeb showed him bravely acknowledged that he was a soldier of the Indian Army and had participated in anti-militancy operations in south Kashmir.

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