Current Affairs – November, 2013

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Indian Navy gets another P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft from Boeing

Screenshot_3The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has delivered the second P-8I aircraft to Indian Navy. With the help of this aircraft Indian Navy’s long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities is likely to get a boost. Boeing, which is manufacturing eight P-8I aircrafts for India, delivered the first one in May 2013.

P-8I Aircraft:
  • It’s a variant of the P-8A Poseidon possessed by the US Navy
  • Manufactured by US based company Boeing
  • Long-range, multimission maritime patrol aircraft
  • To replace the ageing fleet of Tupolev Tu-142 aircraft in the Indian Navy.
  • Designed to protect the vast coastline and territorial waters of India.
  • Can conduct Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (AsuW), intelligence, maritime patrol, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
  • Design is based on the Boeing Next Generation 737-800 aircraft.
  • Equipped with a CAE AN/ASQ-508A magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) system, APS-143C(V)3 multimode radar and a global version of the Raytheon APY-10 surveillance radar.
  • The APY-10 radar provides precise information in all weather, day and night missions.
  • BEL Data Link II communications system, Avantel mobile satellite system and a speech secrecy system from Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL).
  • Can be loaded with Mark 54 torpedoes, depth charges, free-fall bombs.
  • Can be equipped with Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles which can be fired against land and sea targets.

‘International Indian of the Decade’ award to Lord Swaraj Paul

Screenshot_2Eminent NRI industrialist and educationist, Lord Swraj Paul was conferred with the ‘International Indian of the Decade’ award on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the publication of India Link International, a monthly magazine published from London. He was presented this award for his outstanding achievements in the fields of industry, education and philanthropy.

Who is Lord Swaraj Paul?

  • Swraj Paul (82) is an India-born, UK-based business baron, philanthropist, and Labour politician.
  • Founded UK-based steel and engineering multinational company Caparo which employs around 10,000 people worldwide principally in the UK, USA and India.
  • In 1996, became a life peer, a member of the House of Lords, as a Labour memberwith the title Baron Paul, of Marylebone in the City of Westminster.
  • 1983: Awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India
  • 1999: Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton
  • 2000-2008: Member of the London Development Agency
  • 2005-2008: Chaired the LDA Olympics Delivery Committee responsible for delivering the land and infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
  • 2006: Chancellor of the University of Westminster
  • 2008: Became first Indian-born Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords
  • 2009: Appointed to the Privy Council.
  • Awarded with 15 honorary degrees by universities in the UK, India, USA and Switzerland including the Corporate Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.