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Uttar Pradesh cancels 15 government holidays

Uttar Pradesh state government has cancelled 15 public holidays marking the birth or death anniversaries of eminent personalities. Alternatively, on these days, the school and college students would be taught about these public figures through various programmes. Out of the 42 public holidays observed by the state, 17 pertained to birth anniversaries. The move was taken at the backdrop of increasing concern over the shrinking academic session due to increased holidays. It is held that in the state 220-day academic session has been reduced to only 120 days due to the celebration of such holidays.

The previously ruled Samajwadi Party had declared holidays on the anniversaries of the following personalities: Former PM Chandrashekhar (April 17), Maharishi Kashyap and Maharshi Nishadraj Jayanti (April 5), Hazrat Ajmeri Garib Nawaj Urs (April 26), Maharana Pratap Jayanti (May 9) and the death anniversary of Ambedkar (December 6).

The state government would soon publish the revised list of holidays.

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Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar appointed CRPF chief

IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar has been appointed as the Director-General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The appointment has come two days after 25 CRPF personnel were ambushed by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. The CRPF was functioning without a head for the past two months after the retirement of K. Durga Prasad on February 28, 2017.

Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar is a 1983 batch IPS officer belonging to the Uttar Pradesh cadre. He is the Director General of the Narcotics Control Bureau.

In another key appointment, IPS officer R.K. Pachnanda has been named the director general of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). R.K. Pachnanda is a 1983 batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre. He will take charge after the retirement of Krishna Chaudhary in June-end.

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China launches first indigenously built aircraft carrier

China has launched its first indigenously built aircraft carrier following the 68th-anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Chinese navy. It is China’s second aircraft carrier built in the north-eastern port of Dalian. The new aircraft carrier will be able to operate China’s Shenyang J-15 fighter jets and will be more dedicated to military and humanitarian operations.

The design of the new aircraft carrier has been obtained from China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which was bought second-hand from Ukraine in 1998 and refitted in China.

Analysis

Although the aircraft carrier is not expected to enter service until 2020, it will tremendously boost the blue water capabilities of Chinese Navy. However, little is known China’s aircraft carrier program which is kept as a secret. As per the foreign military analysts, the presence of two aircraft carriers has made China the most powerful maritime force in the Asia-Pacific. As per the analysts, China’s aircraft carrier programme is aimed at eroding U.S. military prominence in the region.

A blue-water navy is a maritime force having the capability to operate globally across the deep waters of open oceans.

China has the second largest military budget in the world. Although, the design of China’s aircraft carriers would give its fighter jets enough lift to take off from their shorter decks they lack the powerful catapult technology for launching aircraft as seen in U.S. navy’s longer-range nuclear carriers.

With China’s ambitious claims of almost all the South China Sea in which other countries like Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims, experts feel that the country will need at least six carriers. The United States, for instance, operates 10 aircraft carriers and plans to build two more carriers in the future.

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