June 26, 2012 3:19:21 am
Pointing out that India needs a retaliatory strike capability that is credible and invulnerable given its policy on no first use of nuclear weapons,Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma has said that the Indian Navy is set to complete the nuclear triad for strategic deterrence.
Delivering an address at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London,Admiral Verma has said that Indias nuclear insurance would come from a sea-based deterrence,referring to the upcoming induction of the Arihant nuclear missile submarine.
The Indian Navy is poised to complete the triad,and our maritime and nuclear doctrines would then be aligned to ensure that our nuclear insurance will come from the sea, Admiral Verma said. Speaking on Indias perspective to maritime affairs,the officer pointed that that by 2025,three of the worlds four largest economies will be in Asia and the region has been recognised as the primary loci of non-state threats in the world.
The officer said that to meet the security challenges in coming years,the Navy has adopted a capability-based approach and is adding platforms and equipment at a rapid pace with 47 ships and submarines on order,44 of them from Indian shipyards.
Elaborating on the indigenous Aircraft Carrier programme,Admiral Verma said that the programme will continue over the next decade-plus with the Indian Navys medium-term aim being to have at least two fully operational and combat-worthy carriers available at any given time.
Pratapgarh DM suspended
The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday suspended Pratapgarh District Magistrate Y K Bahal,SP Om Prakash Sagar,Kunda Circle Officer Veer Sain Singh Rana and Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ram Prakash Mishra,following the violence in Asthan village after the rape and murder of a minor girl. The officials were suspended for laxity in handling the situation. The girl went missing on June 20 and her body was found next morning in Nawabganj area. Family and locals attacked the houses of four of the accused and later torched 46 houses on June 23. Four of the accused were arrested on June 21.
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