Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the government is committed to facilitating the Army in their forward movement on the road to reforms and will help them in achieving advantages in all areas.Addressing the Army Commanders' Conference in New Delhi on Wednesday, he said, the initiatives undertaken by the Indian Army in the current security environment makes him proud. Singh asserted that the government will leave no stone unturned to strengthen the Armed forces.He said, the Indian Army has been successful in addressing several challenges to the security and sovereignty of the country since Independence.The Defence Minister added that the Army has played a significant role in neutralising threats of terrorism, insurgency or external attacks.
-Road Transport and Highways Ministry has issued a notification in respect of Construction Equipment Vehicles to address the issue of safety of the operator and to ensure safety while such machines are running on public roads.The Ministry said, currently, certain safety requirements are already mandated for Construction Equipment Vehicles.The notification aims to introduce Automotive Industry Standard, to introduce several safety requirements including Visual Display Requirements, Non-metallic Fuel Tanks, requirements for Operator Station and Maintenance Areas, handrail and handholds and Operator Seat Vibrations for suspended seats.Construction Equipment Vehicles are extensively used for carrying out various infrastructure projects.
-Maharashtra Government wrote a letter to the railways requesting to resume local train services for general public while ensuring adherence to following covid-19 protocols.The state government has also proposed a time table to start the local services for general public.The railway is yet to respond on the proposal given by the state government.The local trains in Mumbai were suspended for the general public since the lock down began on March 22.The Western Railway and Central Railway resumed their suburban services over mainline and Harbour line on June 15.These special suburban services were strictly meant for ‘essential staff’ as identified by the state government. Apart from this, a request has also been made by the state government to release women special local trains every hour.
-External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said India and Central Asia share ancient historical and cultural linkages and Central Asia is considered as India’s ‘extended neighbourhood. In his welcome remarks at the second meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue which was held Wednesday in digital video-conference format, he said, India shares a common geography which facilitated continuous exchange of people, ideas and goods in both directions and left indelible imprints on our customs, traditions and languages. He said, India was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the Central Asian countries and the relationship has grown since then from strength to strength.Dr S Jaishankar said, India and Central Asian countries face common challenges of terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and such other issues and all these commonalities make us a natural partner in developmental journey.The External Affairs Minister said, a new chapter in the relationship began nearly 30 years ago after the emergence of independent Central Asian countries.
-India has strongly deplored the personal attacks in unacceptable language on President of France Emmanuel Macron in violation of the most basic standards of international discourse. In a statement, External Affairs Ministry said, India also condemned the brutal terrorist attack that took the life of a French teacher in a gruesome manner that has shocked the world. It said, India offers the condolences to his family and the people of France. The Ministry said, there is no justification for terrorism for any reason or under any circumstance.