Defence Current Affairs 2017

Renowned scientist Selvin Christopher appointed as DG of DRDO

Eminent scientist Dr. Selvin Christopher has been appointed as the Director General (DG) of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with the rank of a secretary.

As a DG of DRDO, he will also severe as Secretary at Department of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D) for a period of 2 years from the date of taking over the charge.

About Selvin Christopher

  • Prior to this appointment, S Christopher was Director of DRDO’s Centre for Air-Borne Systems (CABS), Bengaluru.
  • Presently, he is also Programme Director of Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system. He was first pioneer first Indian scientist who had directed the manufacturing of India’s first indigenous AEW&C system.
  • Awards: Padma Bhushan, DRDO Outstanding Scientist award (2012).

Apart from this, renowned scientist GS Reddy has been appointed as the Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister with tenure of two year.

Presently, Mr. Reddy is Director of Research Centre Imarat (RCI) and Programme Director of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) in the DRDO.

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90 % of global chemical weapons stockpile destroyed: OPCW

Nobel peace prize winning organisation OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) has achieved major milestone of destroying 90 per cent of the global chemical weapons stockpile.

OPCW has mentioned that around 65,000 metric tonnes of declared chemical weapons, mostly from US and Russian arsenals of cold war era have been destroyed in a safe manner. It also includes total of 1,300 metric tonnes of chemical weapons removed from Syria in 2014.

The remaining stockpile is underway in phase of destruction and is scheduled to be completed before the end of 2020 and 2023. The weapons stockpiles included caches containing chemicals needed to make deadly nerve agents like Sarin.

About Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

  • OPCW is an intergovernmental organisation, headquatered in Hague, Netherlands.
  • The organisation promotes, administers and verifies the adherence to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction (CWC).
  • This convention outlaws the production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons and their precursors.
  • 190 member-states have signed and ratified this convention including India. Six states- Angola, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, North Korea and South Sudan are still outside the CWC.
  • It was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.

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