"The PMO is planning to review the progress made in the Make in India scheme with all stakeholders, including officials from the defence ministry and department of defence production," a government source told Mail Today.
Sources said the focus of the meet would be on ongoing and long-pending projects under the Make in India category, which have been stalled or slowed down due to different issues, and ways on which they can be pushed towards completion at a faster rate.
The meeting will give special focus on armoured vehicles to be provided to the Indian Army , which has been working on its futuristic infantry combat vehicle project for over a decade now. Efforts are being made to revive the project where big industrial players, including Tatas and L&T are in the fray, along with the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).
The meeting is also likely to discuss the strategic partnership policy that was announced this year and also suggest new additions to it. The defence ministry has brought the manufacturing of submarines, helicopters, fighter aircraft and armoured vehicles and tanks under the project for promoting local military industry indigenously for complex weapon systems and platforms.
While former defence minister Arun Jaitley had decided in favour of indigenous Akash surface-to-air missiles over systems offered by foreign vendors, new minister Nirmala Sitharaman decided to try DRDO developed light machine guns when the case was stuck due to a single vendor situation after trials.
The government is also moving fast on the Air Force's project to manufacture 114 single-engine Made in India jets under the strategic partnership policy where Indian companies would tie up with American or Swedish firms to build the planes in India.
Ambassador-designate Thomas Kolly was summoned by the Foreign Office after some posters, reading "Free Balochistan", were displayed in Geneva. The poster campaign was apparently orchestrated by the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), a banned entity in Pakistan.
The Foreign Office in a statement said that Kolly met Additional Secretary (Europe) Zaheer A Janjua.
"A strong protest was lodged with the ambassador on allowing the use of Swiss territory by elements linked with a terrorist organisation perpetrating terrorism and violence in Pakistan," it said.
It was underlined that these posters had been "sponsored by a terrorist organisation proscribed by Pakistan as well as some other countries."
The envoy was asked to convey to his government Pakistan's strong protest on allowing its space to a terrorist organisation to carry out activities against Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity, in contravention of the UN Charter and international law, the statement said.
The Swiss government was urged that as host country and a close partner, action should be taken against the perpetrators of such a malicious campaign.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's Permanent Mission to United Nations at Geneva demanded Swiss government to take strict actions against the culprits involved in this act.
In his letter, the Permanent Representative of the Mission, Farrukh Amil, said the use of Swiss soil by terrorist and violent secessionists for nefarious designs against Pakistan and its 200 million people is totally unacceptable.
He said that the terrorists or elements linked with terrorists operate openly in the peaceful and serene city of Geneva for their propaganda campaigns is a matter of grave concern.
The ambassador said that "Swiss authorities should be alert about presence of Balochistan Liberation Army terrorists or elements linked with such terrorists in Geneva."
Amil also demanded an investigation into the campaign with a view to blocking its recurrence and expressed hope that Swiss authorities will proceed against the local accomplices of the BLA for supporting a terror group.
Honourable Minister for Industries, Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of Kerala, Shri A.C. Moideen unveiled the Winner’s Trophy of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 today at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, in front of enthusiastic Keralites.
Present on the occasion were P. T. Thomas (Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly), T J Vinod (Deputy Mayor Kochi Municipal Corporation), K. M. I. Mather (President of Kerala Football Association), C N Mohanan (GCDA Chairman), Joy Bhattacharjya (Project Director of the LOC, FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017) and other dignitaries including former international players.
"FIFA U-17 World Cup would be a great leap in the football development of Kerala, which is now is 100% ready to welcome the World Cup extravaganza. We are getting ready with world class infrastructure facilities.
“Before the tournament kicks off, we are going to have various kind of promotional activities throughout the state including celebrity football match, one million goals, along with other activities," said Moideen.
The vibrant, rich and colourful cultural heritage of the Kerala was on display at the stadium in front of a large crowd that gathered to participate and kick-start the Trophy Experience in Kochi.
On Saturday, 23rd September, the Winner’s Trophy will be placed at Ambedkar Stadium at a Mission XI Million festival between 9:30 am and 1 pm.
Concluding the Trophy Experience in India, Fort Kochi will host the Trophy on Sunday, 24th September between 3 and 8 pm.
The Trophy Experience will give football-loving Keralite fans a unique opportunity to come and witness the prestigious FIFA U-17 World Cup which will be lifted by the winning team on 28th October in Kolkata.
Kochi will kick-off the first FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 match on October 7, with the enticing tie between Brazil and Spain scheduled at 5 pm.
India is hosting a FIFA World Cup for the first time, and the team will be participating in the tournament, which begins on October 6 in Navi Mumbai and Delhi.
People who drink coffee have a lower risk of dying from a host of causes, including heart disease, stroke and liver disease, research suggests – but experts say it’s unclear whether the health boost is down to the brew itself.
The connection, revealed in two large studies, was found to hold regardless of whether the coffee was caffeinated or not, with the effect higher among those who drank more cups of coffee a day.
But scientists say that the link might just be down to coffee-drinkers having healthier behaviours.
“It is plausible that there is something else behind this that is causing this relationship,” said Marc Gunter, a co-author of one of the studies, from the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
But, he added, based on the consistency of the results he would be surprised if coffee itself didn’t play a role in reducing the risk of death.
About 2.25bn cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every day. While previous studies have suggested coffee might have health benefits, the latest research involves large and diverse cohorts of participants.
The first study looked at coffee consumption among more than 185,000 white and non-white participants, recruited in the early 1990s and followed up for an average of over 16 years. The results revealed that drinking one cup of coffee a day was linked to a 12% lower risk of death at any age, from any cause while those drinking two or three cups a day had an 18% lower risk, with the association not linked to ethnicity.
“We found that coffee drinkers had a reduced risk of death from heart disease, from cancer, from stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes and kidney disease,” said Veronica Setiawan, associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and a co-author of the research.
10 Brequet Pocket Watch 1970 BA/12 – $734,000.
Brequet Pocket watch is very elegant as it is made of 18 karat yellow gold. This watch is manually engraved on silver facial features of exquisite workmanship.
Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication is more than wonderful to wear. Its frame is made with platinum and the belt from crocodile skin. Most of the engine parts industry has been manually crafted and consisted of 740 pieces. Therefore, this is a unique clock of the most complex wrist watches in the world throughout the ages because of the infinite accuracy in handicrafts made
8 Louis Moinet Magistralis – $860,000.
This piece is unique one which has a special magnificent complex beauty. It is a watch for men which beautifully contains a piece of a real meteorite that was found on the surface of the moon. This watch is regarded as the most stylish and rarest watch in the world.
7 Hublot Black Caviar Bang – $1 million
Hublot Black Caviar was made in 2009. Its design came with high accuracy. It’s a classic clock hand, which covered with 501 baguette cut black diamonds and 18-carat white gold.
6 Chopard Super Ice Cube. $1.1 million.
This wonderful watch consists of 60 carats diamonds which cut into cubes. It is a watch and a luxury bracelet in the same time. It has not only a beautiful shape, but also is a water resistant to 100 feet and the resistance to scratches.
5 Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon. $1.3 million.
It is considered one of the most complicated wrist watches that was manufactured by Patek Philippe. This watch has a double face: one of them is about the aspects of the form of the night sky and the other front is also complex and consists of the time, date and moon phases. This gives spectacular views for the watch and makes it one piece of the modern art.
4 Vacheron Constatin Tour de I’lle. $1.5 million.
Tour de I’lle is the most complicated wristwatch in the world. It was manufactured by the manufacturer, Swiss Vacheron Constantin in 2005. This one was made of gold and blue sapphire. It is characterized by the presence of non-reflective glass, as seen from both sides.
3 Patek Philippe Platinum World Time. $4 million.
This watch was designed by Patek Philippe and was sold at auction for $4 million in 2002. It was the most expensive wristwatch in the world in this time. This watch has a wonderful variety of finishes to choose from: yellow, white, rose, gold and platinum.
2 Patek Philippe Super Complication. $11 million.
It was made by Patek Philippe for the banking Henry Graves Jr. in 1933. It is composed of 18 karat gold. It took more than five years of work to design this distinctive clock. It has many features such as mechanical timekeeping until after the basic.
1 Chopard 210 karat. $26 million.
This wonderful timepiece is the most expensive one in the whole world. It consists of various colored diamonds. It looks like the bracelet which encrusted by diamond. The jewelry in this watch make it seems as if flowers wrapped around it.