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Chief of Defense Staff to be appointed: PM

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New Delhi: The Chief of Defense Staff is a proposed position who will serve as the combined head of the Indian Army, the Air Force and the Indian Navy.Addressing the nation on Independence Day on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the armed forces in India will have a Chief of Defense Staff.

The CDS is a combined head of the Indian Army, the Air Force and the Indian Navy and will act as the single-point military advisor of the Defense Minister of India. The appointment is likely to be someone who is senior to the three serving chiefs or one of the three serving chiefs in rotation. General VP Malik, who was the Army Chief during the Kargil War, calls this a major step in the national security organization which was being considered for the last 20 years but nobody took a decision.

He adds that the appointment may be more economical because it may do away with a certain amount of duplication that we have among the three services. The Chief of Defense Staff is a proposed position that was recommended by a Group of Ministers – led by the then Deputy Minister LK Advani – set up in 1999 after the Kargil War.

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ALERT : Cyclonic storm could reach coastal states of Maharashtra and Gujarat next week

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Sunitha Devi, in charge of overseeing cyclone conditions at IMD, said, “A low pressure area has formed over southeast and adjoining east central Arabian sea and Lakshadweep area. It is very likely to concentrate into a depression during the next 24 hours and intensify further into a cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours.”

She added, “It is likely to move nearly northwards and reach near north Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts by 3rd June.”

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A low pressure area and a depression are the first two levels on the IMD’s eight-category scale used to classify cyclones based on their intensity.

The weather bureau said that the sea condition will be very rough and advised fishermen not to venture into the sea till June 4. It has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall over south coastal Maharashtra for June 2-4, on north coast on June 2-3 and in Gujarat, Daman and Diu and Dadar and Nagar Haveli on June 3-5.

IMD said that under the influence of likely formation of a low pressure system over Arabian Sea, conditions will become favourable from June 1 for onset of monsoon over Kerala.

PM Modi addressed countrymen through radio program ‘Mann Ki Baat’

 

 

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