Indian Air Force land heavy lift aircraft in Daulat Beg Oldie

The Indian Air Force landed its C-130J Super Hercules transport plane at the world’s highest and recently opened airstrip at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) in Ladakh that is close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) where Indian and Chinese troops had witnessed a three week stand-off in April 2013.

What does India’s landing C-130J Super Hercules at DBO show?

The landing of the heavy lift aircraft at the world’s highest and recently opened airstrip at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) demonstrates its ability to use the heavy-lift aircraft to induct troops, supplies, improve communication network and will also serve as a morale booster for maintenance of troops positioned at such heights in Ladakh region. It will put IAF in a better position to meet the requirements of our land forces which are heavily dependent on the air bridge for sustenance in these higher and inhospitable areas.

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EC to use VVPAT system in Nagaland by polls

The Election Commission of India has decided to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) for the first time with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in the September, 2013 by-poll to the Noksen Assembly constituency in Nagaland.

The Government of India amended the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 in order to use VVPAT Systems.

What is Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPAT)?
  •  The VVPAT system is a new initiative of the Election Commission of India to ensure free and fair elections.
  •  The VVPT will enable voters to see a printout of their ballot thereby displaying the name, election symbol and serial number of the chosen candidate. However the voter will not be permitted take the printout home.
  •  In case there is a dispute about the voting and a petition is filed, the votes can be tallied electronically and physically with the ballot slips that fall into the compartment.
  • The cost of each VVPAT manufactured by Bharat Electronic Ltd. (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL) is estimated at about Rs. 12,000.

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