India and Israel are likely to finalise a major defence deal, which would see two more Phalcon AWACS (airborne warning and control system) and four aerostat radars, in a deal worth almost $1.5 billion or ₹9,330 crore.Israel’s defence minister Moshe Ya’alon will visit Bangalore for the Aero-India show (18-22 February) and will be accompanied by the director-general Major General (retd) Dan Harel and the CEOs of major Israeli defence companies. During the visit, he will meet with India’s defence minister Manohar Parrikar. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (front) stands in front of a Patriot missile battery as he speaks to U.S. and Israeli troops as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel looks on after viewing the Juniper Cobra 14 military exercise at Hatzor Israeli Air Force Base in central Israel, near Hatzor kibbutz May 15, 2014.ReutersYa’alon’s visit is the first such visit by an Israeli minister, since the two nations set up full diplomatic ties in 1992. India for long has kept the long-standing policy of expansive bilateral military ties under wraps, worried about international and domestic political sensitivities.Israel today ranks amongst India’s top three defence equipment suppliers, the other two being US and Russia.Israeli WeaponsSince the Kargil War of 1999, Israel has supplied India with Harop “killer” drones, Crystal Maze precision-guided munitions, Heron and Searcher UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), Green Pine radars to Python and Derby air-to-air missiles, and the two countries have also worked together on many projects. The Israeli supply of weaponry is said to have cost India almost $10 billion. An Ilyushin-76 plane modified with the Israeli Phalcon strategic airborne radar system is parked at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport seen in this April 12, 2000 file picture. Israel is close to signing a deal to sell India a more than $1 billion strategic airborne radar system in the biggest arms deal since diplomatic ties were established, an Israeli official said.ReutersThe finance ministry recently allocated funds for the acquisition for two more Phalcon AWACS.The AWACS have a 400 km range and a 360 degree sweep coverage, which allows detection of airborne enemy aircraft, cruise missiles and drones, much before ground-based radar can. The AWACS also acts as a potent force-multiplier, by directing air defence planes and missiles to be directed at enemy air force.”The CNC (contract negotiations committee) has been concluded. After the finance ministry, it will be sent to the cabinet committee on security for the final nod,” EconomicTimes quoted a source as saying. India currently has three Israeli made Phalcon AWACS fitted onto Russian IL-76 aircraft. The tripartite deal in 2004 saw India, Israel and Russia come together under the $1.1 billion contract.Indian Weapons ContractsIndia is poised to finalise four additional aerostat radars – sensors mounted on large balloons tethered to the ground. India already has two EL/M-2083 radars, bought from Israel in 2004-2005 for $145 million.India recently agreed to acquire 250 Israeli Spice missiles, an stand-off autonomous air-to-ground weapon system for fighter jets and also Heron medium altitude, long endurance UAVs.It rejected a hard-sell by US for its Javelin anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), choosing to go with the initial purchase of 321 Israeli Spike ATGM launchers and 8,356 missiles at a cost of ₹3,200 crore.With the US continuing to offer India the chance to co-develop and co-produce the next generation of Javelin ATGMs, India could go to Israel for its large-scale indigenous manufacture of ATGMs by the state-owned Bharat Dynamics.The Indian Army has chosen to equip its 382 infantry battalions and 44 mechanised infantry units with ATGMs to counterbalance enemy tanks and other military infrastructure.
CHAMPION MARE BEHOLDER ATTENDS SPECIAL AFTERNOON SCHOOLING SESSION IN SANTA ANITA PADDOCK; ALL SYSTEMS ‘GO’ FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE I ZENYATTA STAKES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2015)–Two-time Eclipse Award winning Beholder stood out among a group of five Richard Mandella trainees as the sure-to-be Hall of Famer partook in a special early afternoon schooling session at 12:30 p.m. in Santa Anita’s paddock–her final “classroom” assignment prior to her engagement in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, the 5-year-old Henny Hughes mare comes off a devastating 8 ¼ length win versus males in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22 and she seeks a record third consecutive win in the Zenyatta, one of five Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge races at Santa Anita Saturday.A winner of 10 of 11 starts at The Great Race Place, Beholder is the prohibitive 2-5 favorite amongst a field of nine fillies and mares set to compete at 1 1/16 miles. She has 14 wins from 19 career starts and has amassed earnings of $4,256,600.Providing she runs to her odds in the Zenyatta, it is widely expected that she will then be pointed to a likely epic showdown with Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah and others in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky.
STATIN said the decline is mainly attributable to an increase in the number of persons employed and a simultaneous reduction in the number of persons in the labour force. The country’s unemployment rate has fallen to a new record low of 8.4 per cent, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) Labour Force Survey for July 2018. The country’s unemployment rate has fallen to a new record low of 8.4 per cent, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) Labour Force Survey for July 2018.This out-turn is 1.3 per cent lower than the 9.7 per cent recorded for the April 2018 Survey. It is also 2.9 percentage points lower than the rate of 11.3 per cent for July 2017.STATIN said the decline is mainly attributable to an increase in the number of persons employed and a simultaneous reduction in the number of persons in the labour force.The Institute noted that the July 2018 out-turn reflects a fall in the rate for males, down 2.2 percentage points to 5.8 per cent, and females, down 3.8 percentage points to 11.4 per cent.Additionally, STATIN said the unemployment rate among youth, aged 14 to 24, decreased by 5.3 per cent to 22.2 per cent, relative to the 27.5 per cent out-turn recorded in July 2017.This, the Institute noted, was influenced by a decline in the number of young people in the labour force.The agency indicated that the rate for both genders declined by 5.2 per cent in July 2018, with the figure for males falling to 17.4 per cent compared to 28.1 per cent for females.The agency pointed out that the number of unemployed persons declined by 27.7 per cent to 111,800.This reflected a 28.6 per cent decrease in the number of unemployed males to 41,800 and a 27.2 per cent fall in the number of unemployed females to 70,000. The total number of unemployed youth decreased by 14,600 persons to 45,200.Meanwhile, STATIN said the overall number of employed individuals rose to 1,226,400 as at July 2018, representing an increase of 12,800 persons.A breakdown of the figures shows that the number of males employed increased by 5,900 to 681,800, while female employment rose by 6,900 to 544,600.STATIN advised that the total labour force stood at 1,338,200 persons, a decrease of 2.2 per cent in July 2018, compared to the corresponding period last year.“Accordingly, the participation rate declined from 65.5 per cent to 64 per cent. The male labour force, which comprised 723,600 persons in July 2018 decreased by 1.5 per cent relative to July 2017 while the female labour force decreased by three per cent to 614,600 persons,” a STATIN statement outlined. Story Highlights This out-turn is 1.3 per cent lower than the 9.7 per cent recorded for the April 2018 Survey. It is also 2.9 percentage points lower than the rate of 11.3 per cent for July 2017.
ICC World Cup India vs Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 moments: THAT Sachin Tendulkar six off Shoaib Akhtar
New Delhi: Saeed Anwar had become the first batsman to score a century in India vs World Cup contests. The 2003 World Cup clash in Centurion between India and Pakistan was already in the record books. Pakistan had scored 273/7 and India had to achieve the highest chase in World Cup contests against their arch-rivals. The contest between India and Pakistan always revolved on India’s batsmen taking on the might of the Pakistan bowlers. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag were facing off against Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar and Abdul Razzaq. The game was well truly on.After getting off the mark with a four off Wasim Akram, Tendulkar squared off against Shoaib Akhtar. Pakistan’s ace pacer, who had touched 100mph in the 2003 World Cup, was having momentum on his side. Ever since he dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for a golden duck in the 1999 Test in Eden Gardens with a reverse-swinging yorker, Akhtar had created an impression much like how Javed Miandad had done when he smashed Chetan Sharma for a last-ball six in Sharjah 1986. The Miandad six scarred India for a long time and it seemed Akhtar would have a similar effect.It was time for Tendulkar and Akhtar yet again, this time in Supersport Park, Centurion. After three pacy balls from Akhtar, Tendulkar unveiled his magic. Akhtar bowled a short and wide ball outside off at pace, Tendulkar used the pace, reached out for it and upper-cut the delivery for a six to the third man. That ONE shot tilted the balance firmly in India’s corner. That one shot undid the hoodoo what Akhtar could have established against Tendulkar.The next two balls, a flick to deep square leg and that magnificent Tendulkar straight drive resulted in 18 runs from the over. The Eden nightmare had been buried. Centurion erupted as Tendulkar showed his mastery. Pakistan did not help themselves when Abdul Razzaq dropped Tendulkar off Akram, with the left-arm pacer admonishing him by saying, “Tu jaanta hain tune kya kiya hai? (Have you realised what you have done)”.In 27 overs, Tendulkar carted the Pakistan bowling to all parts of the ground and looked set for a century. However, in a form of poetic justice, Akhtar produced the perfect bouncer and Tendulkar could only fend it to point to depart for 98 off 75 balls. Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid ensured India had achieved the highest successful chase against Pakistan in the World Cup.When one googles the statistics of Sachin Tendulkar in World Cup contests against Pakistan, he has scored 313 runs in five games at an average of 78 with 34 boundaries and just one six. However, that one six was ultra-special. Tendulkar might not have hit a century, but that 98 would be etched in the memories of billions of fans forever. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian cricketer to play in five India vs Pakistan contests.India has a 6-0 scoreline against Pakistan in World Cups.Tendulkar smashed 98 in the 2003 World Cup in Centurion.