Indian First Missile Tracking Ship VC 11184; Ready to Sail

First of its kind VC 11184- a missile tracking ocean surveillance ship; extoled India’s status to a country with sophisticated ocean surveillance ship after the US, Russia, China, and France. Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) will launch the ship off the coast of Visakhapatnam in the first week of October.
The VC 11184 is designed to strengthen the country’s defence, as a part of the country’s strategic weapons programme. It will also be the first ship to be a dedicated resource for Phase-II of India’s ballistic missile defence. Apparently, the government is planning to induct it into the Indian Navy.

As of now, the VC11184 is being built for the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO). This technical intelligence agency works directly with the Prime Minister’s Office and the National Security Advisor.

There isn’t a lot to say about the VC 11184 since it’s a ‘topmost secret project’ entailing strict confidentiality but the Hindu does report that the project has cost a total ₹7.5 billion ($100 million) so far.

Powered by two diesel engines, the VC11184 can carry a crew of 300 and has a large deck which can accommodate a helicopter landing. Basin trials were already successful a while ago. The ship’s also equipped with hi-tech gadgets and communication equipment.

The objectives of the VC11184 are two-fold. One, track missiles using the two sensors on-board, the X-Band AESA primary radar and S-Band AESA secondary radar. And, two, gather electronic intelligence.

Between those two tasks, the VC1184 will be the most advanced tracking and surveillance ship in India’s arsenal.

Assam Hub: A Step Ahead in Assam Startup Policy

Industries and Commerce Department at the Assam Administrative Staff College at Khanapara in Guwahati on Thursday undertook a discussion on the expansion of Startups in Assam.

Seeing the growing success rate of Startups in India, the Assam Government has recently launched the start-up policy and will soon inaugurate the start-up incubation centre named, Assam Hub at Ambari, which will facilitate in translating new innovative ideas into reality.

“Assam Hub will be an ignition of the start-up movement in Assam by way of providing office space, support services and other amenities,” said Ravi Capoor, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department (ICD).

The Department also signed an MoU with Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta Innovation Park, in connection with the running of operation and maintenance of start-up of the Incubation Centre.

The Department intends to tie-up with educational institutions to form a pool which will become a reference point for the upcoming start-ups.

Ostensibly the Government will provide a grant up to Rs 50 lakh per start-up, which will include Rs 5 lakh for idea to proof of concept, and the rest of the grant will be utilized towards purchase of raw materials, marketing and cost of commercialization of products and services of start-ups.

The Department will soon launch Start-Up Yatra – an awareness campaign in colleges of various districts to create a start-up ecosystem in the State and generate an entrepreneurial mind-set among the students.

‘Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey’ New Cloud Version to Release in Japan

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is going to release the new version of the game. It will also land on the Switch, but in a way that probably wouldn’t please a lot of people. The upcoming title is following in Resident Evil 7’s footsteps and will be available for the platform as a cloud game on October 5th, 2018. Yes, that means players will have to stream it to play it and won’t be able to download the whole game in one go. Also, the Switch version seems to be scheduled for release in Japan only for now.

Nintendo has announced the title for its hybrid platform during its Direct livestream event for September, where it also revealed that Animal Crossing is finally getting a Switch version. While it’s disappointing that the upcoming Assassin’s Creed title won’t be available for everyone with a Switch, Ubisoft will still have tons of potential customers, since the game will also be released on the PS4, Xbox One and Windows.

iPhone 6s Is Now Available at Rs.29,900; Apple Revised Its Rate List

After the launch of its 2018 iPhones, Apple has normatively reduced the prices of its products globally. The Indian price of Apple’s iPhone series now starts with the iPhone 6s 32GB variant that gets a new price tag of Rs. 29,900, iPhone 6s Plus now starts at Rs. 34,900 in the country.

iPhone X now starts at Rs. 91,900 for the 64GB storage model, while the 256GB variant is now available for Rs. 1,06,900. This is a reduction from the handset’s previous official India pricing of Rs. 95,390 and Rs. 1,08,930, respectively. The iPhone 8 now starts at Rs. 59,900 for the 64GB storage variant and Rs. 74,900 for the one with 256GB of inbuilt storage. This compares to Rs. 67,940 and Rs. 81,500 before the September 12 price cut.

As for the iPhone 8 Plus, the Alphablet’s base 64GB variant is now priced at Rs. 69,900 in India, down from Rs. 77,560, while the one with 256GB storage gets a price tag of Rs. 84,900, down from Rs. 91,110 previously.

Additionally, even 2016’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now available at more attractive price points in the country. The iPhone 7 is priced at Rs. 39,900 for the 32GB storage model (down from Rs. 52,370) and Rs. 49,900 for the 128GB storage model (down from Rs. 61,560). Accordingly, the iPhone 7 Plus now comes in at Rs. 49,900 for the base 32GB variant and Rs. 59,900 for the one with 128GB storage. This compares to their pre-iPhone 2018 event pricing of Rs. 62,840 and Rs. 72,060, respectively.

Finally, the iPhone 6s is available for Rs. 29,900, down from Rs. 42,900, for the 32GB variant, and Rs. 39,900 for the 128GB model, down from Rs. 52,100. The iPhone 6s Plus starts at just Rs. 34,900, down from Rs. 52,240. The phablet’s 128GB storage model gets a price cut and is now available for Rs. 44,900, down from Rs. 61,450.

To recall, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be available in India starting September 28. The iPhone XS has been priced at Rs. 99,900 for the 64GB storage variant, Rs. 1,14,900 for the 256GB model, and Rs. 1,34,900 for the top-end 512GB storage model. Next, the iPhone XS Max comes in at Rs. 1,09,900 for the 64GB variant, Rs. 1,24,900 for the one with 256GB storage, and a hefty Rs. 1,44,900 for the 512GB model.

Lastly, the iPhone XR is the most affordable of the lot, and will go on sale in India from October 26. It has a starting price tag of Rs. 76,900 for the 64GB variant, Rs. 81,900 for the 128GB model, and Rs. 91,900 for the 256GB storage variant. The Apple Watch Series 4 was also introduced, but India pricing is yet to be made official.

Panipat Old Industrial Area’s Infrastructure to Gain Momentum

With almost 300 small and big industries, Panipat’s old industrial area, was in a pathetic condition without basic amenities for years. Now the state government has come to its rescue by sanctioning a grant of Rs 30.99 crore for the development of its infrastructure.

Industries Minister Vipul Goel had on July 28 last year announced a grant of Rs 31 crore for improving infrastructure including roads, footpaths, streetlights, sewerage and drains in the area. The Haryana State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) authorities claimed that detailed project report had almost been finalised and tender would be allotted in a month.

Industrialists in the Old Industrial Area had complained of poor sanitation, choked sewers, broken roads and non-functional streetlights for many years.

Vinod Dhamija, exporter and member of the Old Industrial Area Manufacturers’ Association, said they had raised the issue of pathetic condition of basic amenities many times. “We feel ashamed many times when buyers visit our plants,” he said.

Rajbeer Singh, XEN, HSIIDC, said the sector was established in 1949 and handed over to the HSIIDC in 2012. “The Industries Department in August sanctioned a project to improve infrastructure,” he said. Some industrialists had raised issues, which were resolved, he said. All roads would be laid using cement and concrete, he added. Vinod Katyal, Estate Manager, HSIIDC, said the government had sanctioned the grant for Rs 30.99 crore and work tender would be allotted soon.

Toyota and Suzuki’s Joint Venture Set to Sweep the Market

Last month sanctioned Joint Venture of Toyota and Japan based company Maruti Suzuki is vigorously blooming with a new revelation going viral that Toyota is going to produce cars for Suzuki which will be sold with Toyota’s name.

Suzuki invested $1 Billion into the Toyota plant on the outskirts of Bengaluru in order to expand the facility for its joint venture. The increased capacity will be used for the shared vehicles, the first of which will be 25,000 Maruti Suzuki Baleno’s which will be restyled and rebadged as Toyota cars and sold sometime next year. However, Toyota will also now be making cars for Suzuki to make the most of its unutilised capacity at its second factory. The factory currently makes the Toyota Etios sedan and the Etios Liva hatchback.

Although it is unclear which cars Toyota would make for Suzuki at the Bangalore facility, the automakers have recently agreed to share cars going forward as a part of their joint partnership. While Toyota will get the premium hatchback Baleno and the subcompact SUV Vitara Brezza from Maruti Suzuki for a cisual update and a rebadge, Maruti Suzuki will in turn get the Toyota Corolla as a part of the deal as a new flagship Maruti offering.

While Maruti Suzuki has two plants in India, one in Manesar and the other in Guragaon and a third plant in Gujarat that is run by Suzuki, an automaker is already stretched for capacity. The Gujarat plant is still not running on full capacity yet with a second and third line due to start production in the near future. With the help of Toyota’s Bangalore facility, Maruti could greatly benefit from the extra capacity. NDTV carandbike has reached out to both Toyota and Maruti Suzuki for a statement and is awaiting a response from the automakers on the same.

Singh Brothers Enter into Negotiations; Shivinder Singh Withdraws Case Against Malvinder Singh

After the intervention of their mother, Shivinder Singh withdrew the case he had filed against his elder brother Malvinder Singh and their family associate Sunil Godwani. Shivinder accused Malvinder of forging his wife Aditi Singh’s signature to continue illegal transactions.

The petition was filed in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). Shivinder and Aditi Singh and their company Shivi Holdings Pvt. Ltd. had alleged that RHC Holdings Ltd.’s affairs were conducted in a manner contrary to its interests, according to the petition filed on Sept. 4 with the NCLT. Both brothers, have equal stake in RHC Holdings, the erstwhile parent of Religare Enterprises Ltd. and Fortis Healthcare Holding Pvt Ltd. through their respective investment arms.

Apparently, the mother of Petitioner No. 2 (Shivinder Singh) and Respondent No.2 (Malvinder Singh) has requested both her sons to engage in mediation led by family elders respected by both her sons with a view to them settling inter-se issues between them.

The Singh brothers, heirs to the multi-billion dollar empire, have lost control of Fortis Healthcare Ltd. and Religare Enterprises after the lenders converted pledged shares and are now being investigated for alleged financial irregularities. They also face more than Rs 3,500-crore arbitration payment to Japan’s Daiichi Sankyo for allegedly hiding facts at the time of sale of erstwhile Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd.

Nambi Narayanan Acquitted from Spy Case; Appealed for Prosecution of Police

After getting clean chit from the Supreme Court I ISRO Espionage Scandal, former space scientist urged for the prosecution of the police officer for falsely framing him into the case.

Charges of leaking highly confidential “flight test data” from experiments with rocket and satellite launches to Maldivian intelligence officers were levelled against him in 1994.

The Supreme Court on Friday, 14 September, announced Narayanan’s acquittal from the spy scandal and granted Rs 50 lakh compensation to Narayanan for being falsely indicted.

Apart from the Rs 50 lakh compensation, the apex court also ordered setting up a constitutional committee headed by former Supreme Court judge, Justice DK Jain to look into the role of the police in framing the false charges against the ISRO scientist.

Narayanan had approached the Supreme Court after a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court refused his request to launch proceedings against the police. Narayanan accused Intelligence Bureau and Kerala Police of torturing him to extract information.

Later, when Narayanan approached the National Human Rights Commission, the NHRC awarded him a compensation of Rs 10 lakh in March 2001 after hearing both sides and taking the apex court’s judgment into account. The Kerala Government had tried to challenge this enhanced compensation, but had lost their cases.

‘Throw BJP Out of Power In 2019’: Urged Bhim Army Chief Chandrasekhar Azad

Hours after his release from jail, Pro-Dalit organization Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad, said in a press conference held on Friday, that he will not contest the 2019 polls but will appeal his people to throw the ‘fascist’ BJP out of power in 2019.

“All that I had to go through, I will return them with interest in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls” said Azad.

Azad was first arrested for his alleged involvement in Saharanpur riots on 8 June 2017. On 2 November 2017 the Allahabad High Court granted him bail. However, a day later, he was arrested again under the provisions of the National Security Act, as preventive detention.

After the constant appeals of his ailing mother. The Uttar Pradesh government ordered the early release of Azad on Thursday, but he was released from prison at 2:24 am on Friday, 14 September.