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Indian Railways, Indian Army among world’s biggest employers:  WEF Study

Two Indian organizations, India Army and Indian Railways are among the world’s biggest employers.

It was revealed in a research published by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Both organisations employ around 2.7 million people together.

Indian Railways was placed at 8th position with 1.4 million staff, while Indian Army was placed at 9th position with 1.3 million employees in the list of world’s biggest employers.

Top 10 world’s biggest employers are:

  • US department of Defense: It is the world’s biggest employer with over 3.2 million employees.
  • People’s Liberation Army (PLA): Chinese military is 2nd biggest employer with 2.3 million employees.
  • Walmart: US supermarket giant is 3rd biggest employer with 2.1 million workers.
  • McDonald’s: Fast food giant is the 4th biggest employer with 1.9 million employees.
  • National Health Service of UK: It is 5th biggest employer with 1.7 million.
  • China National Petroleum Corporation: It is 6th biggest employer with 1.6 million employees. It is Chinese state-run company.
  • State Grid Corporation of China: It is 7th biggest employer with 1.5 million employees.
  • Indian Railways: 1.4 million staff.
  • Indian Army: 1.3 million employees.
  • Hon Hai Precision Factory: It is known around world as Foxconn, a leading electronics manufacturer. It is placed at 10th position with 1.2 million employees.


Light Combat Helicopter successfully clears hot weather trials at Jodhpur

Indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) prototype has been successfully cleared hot weather trials at Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

The testing involved temperature survey of engine bay and hydraulic system apart from handling qualities, assessment of performance and loads at different all up weights etc.

With this successful test it will pave way for the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC), which is expected  to receive it by the end 2015 and is likely to enter production from 2017-18.

Earlier in March 2015, LCH had successfully cleared cold weather trials at Leh at a temperature of -180 C and at an altitude of 4.1 km.

LCH is indigenously designed and manufactured by Bengaluru based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It is an armed helicopter designed specifically to meet the requirements of Indian Army and Air Force.

It weighs around 5.8-tonne and has twin-engine. Its successful induction in Armed Forces will add a new milestone in the development of an indigenous attack helicopter which can fight in the treacherous and mountainous fronts of north and east of country.


Sri Lanka, China begin joint military training exercise ‘Silk Route- 2015’

Joint military training exercise code named ‘Silk Route- 2015′ between China and Sri Lanka has begun at Buttala in Central Sri Lanka.

It is three-week long joint military training exercise will be conducted in three phases. Phase 1 will be held June 22-28, 2015; Phase 2 will be held from June 28-July 5, 2015 and Phase 3 will be held from July 5 – July 13, 2015.

In the first phase of the 2nd joint exercise involves Sri Lankan Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China have participated.

This training will focus on weapon handling, live firing, VIP protection study and other warfare and battle skills related fields.

It will also cover other exercises such as backup vehicle movement and training, ambush drills, special mission planning, combat tracking techniques, jungle warfare and basic battle skills, aircraft and building option training, vehicle ambush drills etc.

The first stage of the ‘Silk Route – 2015′ exercise was conducted in China earlier between March 29 and April 17, 2015 following successful negotiations between armies of both nations.