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Parrikar admits 'security lapses' lead to terror attack
Pathankot : Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar admitted on Tuesday that "security lapses" led to the terrorist attack on the IAF base here that left seven security personnel and six terrorists dead.
 
Parrikar also told the media after visiting the base that combing operations were still going on but "this is only for safety purposes" and that no more terrorists were believed hidden in the huge complex.
 
Some gaps led to security lapses, leading to the pre-dawn terror attack on Saturday, the minister said. He did not elaborate.
 
"What is worrying is how they (terrorists) entered the base," he added.
 
Parrikar visited the Pathankot Indian Air Force base in Punjab on Tuesday along with the chiefs of the army and air force.
 
The head of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the audacious terrorist strike, also visited the base separately.
 
"Combing operations are (still) going on," Parrikar said. "This is only for safety purposes."
 
He said the body of one of the terrorists still had a suicide vest, with a grenade sticking out.
 
"I am very, very clear that they (our officers) should not take any risk," he said, recalling how a National Security Guard (NSG) officer lost his life earlier while trying to reportedly shift a similar body.
 
Parrikar admitted that the entire operation "is a very difficult" one.
 
"It is tedious. This has been done without compromising any assets... Not just the strategic assets but even a building."
 
He said barring one building where the terrorists took shelter, no other building was even damaged because the security personnel managed to corner the raiders in a corner of the sprawling base.
 
He said the terrorists had AK-47 rifles, pistols, Swiss knives, commando knives besides 40-50 kg of bullets. They also had improvised mortars. "They had high quality explosives."
 
The minister said the NIA had started investigation into the attack. He said it would find out "who sent them".
 
"They have got initial leads, where they have come from, how they have come."
 
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Meenal Mamdani

1 year ago

I am glad that Parrikar has admitted that there were lapses rather than hide behind evasive replies. It shows that he is a good politician as well as a responsible administrator, willing to take responsibility for the failure of people under his charge. After this admission I feel more confident that the errors will be thoroughly examined and corrected.

Reliance Asset get nod to buy Goldman Sachs's Indian fund arm
Mumbai : Reliance Capital Asset Management, part of the Anil Ambani-led group, on Tuesday said it has got the Competition Commission of India's nod for acquiring Goldman Sachs's onshore business in India like mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.
 
In a statement issued here, Reliance Capital Asset Management said it has received approval from the Competition Commission of India's (CCI) for acquiring Goldman Sachs's onshore asset management business in India.
 
In October, 2015 Reliance Capital Asset Management had said it is acquiring Goldman Sachs's onshore asset management business for Rs.243 crore ($37.5 million) in an all-cash deal.
 
The boards of both the companies have approved the transaction.
 
Reliance Capital Asset Management has also applied to Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for approval of the acquisition.
 
According to Reliance Capital Asset Management, it is the country's largest asset manager managing assets over Rs.2,54,517 crore ($39.15 billion) across various funds, schemes and managed accounts.
 
Goldman Sachs Asset Management (India) recorded an average asset under management of Rs.7,132 crore ($1.1 billion) as of September 30, 2015.
 
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Green technologies can save airlines $250 billions: NASA
Washington : New green-related technologies developed and refined by NASA’s aeronautics researchers during the past six years can help commercial airlines save more than $250 billion dollars.
 
These new technologies, developed under the purview of NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project, could cut airline fuel use in half, pollution by 75 percent and noise to nearly one-eighth of today’s levels, the US space agency said in a statement.
 
“If these technologies start finding their way into the airline fleet, our computer models show the economic impact could amount to $255 billion in operational savings between 2025 and 2050,” said Jaiwon Shin, NASA’s associate administrator for aeronautics research.
 
Created in 2009 and completed in 2015, ERA’s mission was to explore and document the feasibility, benefits and technical risk of inventive vehicle concepts and enabling technologies that would reduce aviation’s impact on the environment.
 
Project researchers focused on eight major integrated technology demonstrations falling into three categories - airframe technology, propulsion technology and vehicle systems integration.
 
By the time ERA officially concluded its six-year run, NASA had invested more than $400 million, with $250 million more in kind resources invested by industry partners who were involved in ERA from the start.
 
Tiny embedded nozzles blowing air over the surface of an airplane’s vertical tail fin showed that future aircraft could safely be designed with smaller tails, reducing weight and drag.
 
This technology was tested using Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator 757 flying laboratory.
 
Also flown was a test of surface coatings designed to minimize drag caused by bug residue building up on the wing’s leading edge.
 
NASA developed a new process for stitching together large sections of lightweight composite materials to create damage-tolerant structures that could be used in building uniquely shaped future aircraft that weighed as much as 20 percent less than a similar all-metal aircraft.
 
NASA also worked with General Electric to refine the design of the compressor stage of a turbine engine to improve its aerodynamic efficiency and, after testing, realised that future engines employing this technology could save 2.5 percent in fuel burn.
 
The US space agency also worked with Pratt & Whitney on an improved design for a jet engine combustor, the chamber in which fuel is burned, in an attempt to reduce the amount of nitrogen oxides produced. While the goal was to reduce generated pollution by 75 percent, tests of the new design showed reductions closer to 80 percent.
 
New design tools have been developed to aid engineers in reducing noise from deployed wing flaps and landing gear during takeoffs and landings.
 
Information from a successful wind-tunnel campaign, combined with baseline flight tests, were joined together for the first time to create computer-based simulations that could help mature future designs, the agency added.
 
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