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For the first time in the country, a team of six female Indian Navy officers embarked on a journey to cover a distance of more than 21,600 nautical miles in eight months around the globe.youtube.com The INSV Tarini, manned by Lt. Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lt. P Swathi, Lt. Vijaya Devi, Lt.youtube.com Payal Gupta and Lt. Their voyage, which is expected to end in March next year, aims to showcase the empowerment of women in the Navy. Although women are not allowed on board warships and submarines as part of military protocol, it is believed that such voyages will promote future gender parity.


The mission, titled Navika Sagar Parikrama and led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, was flagged off by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lamba were also present as the boat set sail. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is a staunch advocate of promoting women in the forces, also offered his wishes to the crew. The Navika Sagar Parikrama mission, which is being undertaken by boat, aims to highlight gender equality in the armed forces, as female officers are currently not allowed on board warships and submarines. It can happen once in five years, once in 10 years. This is a historic day for India. A historic day, which will be marked in navigation history and globally,' said Sitharaman after the vessel embarked on its global journey. During their voyage the crew will make four stops in different countries.


The first stop would be in Free- Mantle in Australia, New Zealand and then to Falklands before reaching their final stop in Cape Town, South Africa. Share The mission will see the 6-women crew pass through the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans. During their journey, INSV Tarini will be monitored by a Naval command center, apart from the Indian embassies in the countries from where these lady officers would be passing. The rescue zones of the different countries have also been appraised. Senior Navy officers said that the crew would not be passing through piracy hot spots and are prepared for meeting any eventuality in the sea. The crew have established a close bonding with each other in the run up to the mission.


So far none of its infractions have extended to a ban. On a recent visit by Reuters to its Goa plant, blue-uniformed employees could be seen working on giant machines, then making notes in hardbound registers. These are being phased out as Lupin transitions to more secure e-files. Employees are often videotaped to ensure they follow standard operating procedure. Manufacturers have cut back to focus on quality over quantity: five years ago, Lupin was making one billion pills a month at one of its Goa plants. Now it makes just 450 million. Both the company and employees needed to be willing to acknowledge errors, Desai said. The first impulse in the past was often "don't tell anyone", he said. Amol Kolatkar, a production head at the Goa site. As recently as three years ago, training was a "formality", Desai said. Now, when an error is traced to an employee, the entire team undergoes fresh training. Lupin quality control officer, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the media.youtube.com The quality control role is key. Amey Chalke, an analyst at HDFC Securities. The companies also have to be willing to spend big.


Life is full of responsibilities and limitations that always hold us with it. We rarely get time to make some memorable moments with our loved ones. Holiday is the only option left with people of this contemporary world to spend some time with dear ones. So, run for the place which offers you every possible opportunity to live your life utmost. No bondage, no work load, inspire your sense, discover novel experiences and find the essence of natural beauty from surroundings. This is what holiday is meant for. And Goa is the ideal choice for actual gratification for vacation trip. The very first question that will pop your mind will be why to visit Goa? Just imagine a day filled with tranquility and a shinny golden ray of sun passed by the silvery beach of Goa, touched your eye lashes will surely give the essence of heaven.


Additionally, divine temples and outstanding churches; an exclusive cultural fusion of east and west,lush greenery, Swaying palms, a barely credible cultural tradition, a typical mingle of the past and present are the other alluring facts for visitors. The past and present of Goa is being maintained by their natives and travel experts. They actually appreciate that how rare combination Goa is for every type of visitors. The riot of colors in festivals, enthusiastic natives, history, supportive of both industrialization and small scale industries make Goa most excellent for journey. The known traditional look of Goa will excite you for sure somehow; there are some other important places that make Goa famous around the world for tourists. The Indo-Portuguese culture and architecture of Goa is something that makes it exceptional from rest of the tourist places on this planet.


Beaches of Goa are amongst those places where visitors can take deep sun bath after long journey to different place of it. Some the most known beaches that clutches attention of most tourists are Colva and Benaulim beach, Candolim beach, Goa, Vagator beach, Arambol beach, Baga beach, Anjuna Beach Goa and list goes on. You will never find entertainment going out of your mind after stepping this place of spontaneous beauty. Apart from being an ultra-modern town, Goa perfectly managed its diversified point of attractions for its visitors in traditional culture also. Apart from being an ultra-modern town, Goa perfectly managed its diversified point of attractions for its visitors in traditional culture also. After reaching this place you will surely make up your mind to answer the question what is Goa famous for? Maintaining the purity and exceptionality of place is not an easy task for natives of that land.


Goa government puts its full effort in making it a fusion of modern and traditional culture. They feel privileged by providing the most excellent facilities to visitors to discover its beauty. Luxurious hotels, casinos, great availability of deep green parks and well-organized services on tourist place are the main concentration areas of natives and government as well. The spellbound beauty and terrific fusion of two cultures of Goa not only makes you realize the essence of Goa life but also helps you to celebrate your coming up life with gusto and blissfulness. This place you will definitely bind you to visit again and again and understand that what life is all about. Spend few days in Goa, revitalize and heal your inner self.


Goa is a city that includes a variety of pursuits whether you are looking for winter holidays as beach trips, spa treatments, Christmas and New Year celebrations or looking to experience luxury accommodation in Goa. Goa, which is the entertaining city of India and has been voted to be one of the best tourist destinations in India thanks to its picturesque scenery, breathtaking architecture and the vivid festivals throughout the year. If you are planning a visit there then you can choose among luxury accommodation in Goa from the many 5 star hotels, luxury beach resorts or boutique hotels as you please.


Only make sure that you know that the price for a room at the luxury hotel during peak season will be a lot higher as compared to other times of the year. The purpose of a weekend at a luxury accommodation in Goa is to be able to indulge in gratifying pursuits that you don’t often get to experience. If you are looking for best accommodation in Goa, besides booking at a luxury hotel, you may look for membership holiday at any star hotel. Being one of the excellent Indian city and one which attracts visitors by the thousands, a luxury accommodation in Goaat north side is not difficult to find. Among various accommodations, Hyde by Toshali resort near Candolim beach is famous for their magnificence and lavishness besides the convenience of them being in an attractive location.


Must book your stay at this Goan hotel and spend a great trip to this beach city. Hyde by Toshali is a good Goa luxury accommodation that is located amidst beautiful surroundings near the popular Candolim beach. The hotel is located close to all the major points in Goa like the railway station and airport. The hotel enjoys a customer recommendation of nearly 96% which speaks volumes about the hotels service quality. The hotels service, staff and facilities are well appreciated by previous guests. The hotel offers well-furnished and centrally air condition rooms equipped with all major amenities. Hyde by Toshali also offers multi cuisine restaurant and bar, lounge and travel desk. The hotel also provides complimentary breakfasts and pick/drop service. Whether you’re going there for long-term or short-term stay, you can rest assured about the superior level of hospitality services in these hotels. They leave no stone unturned to make your stay the most perfect one.youtube.com Once stayed here you would definitely like to come here again and again.


Goa is the smallest but beautiful state of India. It is a dream destination for everyone who loves traveling. It is perfect destination for everyone - young, old, children, honeymooners etc. Every year large gathering of tourists from all over the world come to India for making their Goa holidays. Goa, a tiny emerald land, with its breathtakingly beautiful beaches, natural scenic beauty, architecturally beautiful temples & churches, feasts and festivals and above all welcoming people, is also family vacation destination. You Goa tours to India will take you to a destination which is an enduring abode of scenic charm and copious tourist spots dotted with lovely beaches and historical monuments that have kept the legacy of Portuguese alive.


Goa is known for a destination which is full of fun and elation.youtube.com Goa tour offers you a range of fun and elation. Fun and elation are the part of Goa life. While you will be on your Goa holidays tours, you will observed that in the Goa everyday is a celebration with full of music, dance, fun and elation. There are a lot of options for entertainment in Goa. One of the best ways to enjoy entertainment in Goa is taking part in musical parties which are celebrated on [https://www.goa.biz/goa-beaches/ Goa beaches]. Musical parties which are celebrated on Goa beach through out the night are also known as trance parties. Goa, popularly described as the beach capital of India, is also very popular among honeymooners or newly-wedded couples. Beaches of Goa and its scenic charm create a romantic ambiance for honeymooners to celebrate their honeymoon holidays in Goa, India.


Goa holiday tours also offer wonderful opportunity for shopping. During your Goa tours you should not forget to engage yourselves in shopping activities. While you will explore Goa beaches you will find several stalls selling exotic handicrafts, fabrics, sea-shell items, mouthwatering cuisine, etc. Hotels in Goa also play a major role in Goa tourism. There several magnificent hotels in Goa which offer world-class accommodation. So, if you too want to enjoy the unique charm of Goa tours, welcome, explore this beautiful land with a range of attractions. There are several Goa tour packages available which enable you to explore this tiny but beautiful land in more and more convenient ways.


With increasing Indo-Chinese competition in the Indian Ocean, their respective military relationships with Sri Lanka play an important part in this maritime great game. This article will examine this relationship from an Indian perspective, looking at the current scenario and what this means for the future geopolitical scenario in the region. China has been the largest supplier of arms to Sri Lanka since the 1950s. These transactions have included small arms, ammunition, landmines, naval vessels, and aircraft. China and Sri Lanka’s defense and security cooperation intensified during the Sri Lankan civil war, where China’s support came in several forms. 37.6 million deal to purchase Chinese Jian-7 fighter jets, anti-aircraft guns, JY-11 3D air surveillance radar, armoured personnel carriers, and other weaponry.


In the more recent past, high-level visits between Chinese and Sri Lankan military officials have also furthered ties. 100 million was given for the construction of army camps. China has also provided military training to Sri Lankan officers. From an Indian perspective, the growing transfer of arms and cooperation between China and Sri Lanka is a cause for concern. Such concerns became a reality in 2014 when Sri Lanka allowed two Chinese submarines and a warship to dock at its port in Colombo. This rang alarm bells — while China’s counterpiracy contingents have been a regular presence in the Indian Ocean region for over a decade, sightings of Chinese submarines in the region were until recently a relatively uncommon occurrence.


Although India did not protest aggressively, this was seen as a major breach of trust between New Delhi and Colombo and also heightened tensions with Beijing. Although this does not imply that Chinese submarine deployments are provocative in nature, they do cause anxiety and can be viewed as diminishing India’s naval superiority in the region. India has not been left in the dust when it comes to Sri Lankan security cooperation, however. For the first two decades after independence, Sri Lankan military officers trained in Indian military academies, and in 1971, India helped Sri Lanka put down a countrywide rebellion when the government asked for external assistance. Although India was politically constrained from selling offensive weapons to Sri Lanka, it facilitated arms deals, sold defensive weapons, and provided critical naval and intelligence support to help Sri Lanka target the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.


More recently, New Delhi has particularly provided support in the maritime realm. Last year, the Indian Coast Guard gifted an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) to the Sri Lankan Coast Guard for training and surveillance purposes. 74 million each, the country’s first-ever purchase of a new AOPV from a foreign builder. Navy." India providing these ships to Sri Lanka can be perceived as strengthening Sri Lanka’s maritime security, which is in India’s own national security interest. India has also held numerous joint military exercises with Sri Lanka, grouped under three different types. The "Mitra Shakti" bilateral exercises, conducted between the two armies, started in 2013. The 2017 exercise focused on counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations, with an emphasis on increasing the use of modern communication, reconnaissance and weapon technologies. "SLINEX" is a series of naval exercises between the two navies.


First conducted in 2005, these exercises help the two navies understand each other’s procedures. The goal is to enable the navies of both countries to rehearse and improve their own capabilities and enhance operational effectiveness, which is imperative for maintaining maritime security in the region. The 2017 edition of SLINEX, held near Vishakhapatnam, focused on anti-piracy, fleet work, seamanship, communication, and helicopter operations. SLINEX 2018 took place in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka and saw a significant boost in its scope, with the Sri Lankan Air Force participating for the first time. The third joint exercise, called "Dosti," is a trilateral coast guard exercise that includes the Maldives.


Originally started in 1991 between India and the Maldives, it expanded in 2012 to include Sri Lanka and is aimed at achieving interoperability. Due to the geostrategic importance of the area, it is important for the coast guards of the three countries to establish the safety and security of the Indian Ocean region. Apart from these, India and Sri Lanka have also participated in larger joint military drills with other countries. India has also successfully imparted training to the Sri Lankan military across the three branches of the armed forces for years. Although there has occasionally been opposition to such ties from India’s Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka has asserted that it is committed to training its defense personnel in India and prioritized India over sending officers to other countries.


Between 2011 and 2013, almost 1,700 Sri Lankan officers trained in India, and around 80 percent of Sri Lankan naval officers received training from India. In 2012, an agreement between the Indian and Sri Lankan prime ministers led to the inauguration of the Annual Defense Dialogue between the two countries. This dialogue, attended by high ranking officials, evaluates a range of defense cooperation initiatives, including maritime security, to further bilateral defense ties. Thus, through these various confidence-building measures, the Indian military currently enjoys a level of cooperation with Sri Lanka that China most likely never will. Therefore, India is still an important player with reference to Sri Lanka’s defense and security and in the recent past has significantly stepped up its defense cooperation with Colombo.


Although China is increasing its defense ties with Sri Lanka mainly through military sales at the moment, Beijing could potentially strengthen ties further if the Sri Lankan Navy’s Southern Command base is indeed shifted to the Chinese-run Hambantota port. However, the prime minister’s office has stated that China will not use the facility for military purposes. India on the other hand, although with limited military sales and exports, is still the top training destination for Sri Lankan officers. Furthermore, ties between the two militaries remain strong and continue to grow through annual joint military exercises covering all three services. With government assurance that Sri Lankan soil will not be used by anyone against India, it is imperative that the government in New Delhi continues to foster this relationship. Looking at the situation from the Sri Lankan perspective, Colombo needs to tread carefully on how it manages its defense relations. Growing too close to China could create problems with India while leaning too much in favor of India could affect Chinese military sales to the country and other aspects of their bilateral relationship. For Colombo, it is therefore imperative to try and maximize its own gains while not antagonizing either of the large powers. Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury is a recent graduate of the University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College who specialises in international relations of South Asia.


A tropical enclave popular among American hippies in the 1960s, Goa—a state in western India that hugs the Arabian Sea—is now home to as many rustic yoga retreats as there are luxury hotels. Over the last two decades, dual-personality Goa has earned a following among tourists for its all-night parties in the north and its calm disposition in the south (most style their holiday based on latitude). Relics of Goa’s past as a Portuguese province still color the architecture and cuisine; in its southern capital city of Margao—also the state’s cultural hub—Indo-Portuguese mansions and churches are most ubiquitous. India," explains chef Thomas Zacharias, executive chef of one of Mumbai’s hottest eateries, The Bombay Canteen, and who recently helped launch Goan-focused O Pedro. All in all, it’s a varied land of beach bungalows and cushy hotels, street-side ras omelets and Krug by the pool.


Below, how to ace a free-spirited Goa holiday. The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai is arguably India’s most historic and glamorous hotel. With history dating back to 1903 (countless celebrities, presidents, and royal families have called the place home) the brand now operates 99 venues spread around the world. In Goa, the Taj counts four properties, the most plush of which is southern Goa’s Taj Exotica Resort & Spa.youtube.com Overlooking the beach and counting a medicinal herb garden, the 138-room estate is spread over 56 acres and comes equipped with five-star amenities, from a tennis court and cricket grounds to an Ayurvedic spa.


The BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday sharpened his anti-Congress attack by singling out Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and former environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan. Modi lashed out at Shinde over his proposal to state governments to review terror cases against members of the minority community, saying the Congress was playing vote bank politics. The Gujarat chief minister said that when the Prime Minister is asked about such letters, he expresses surprise over them and says he will look into the matter. Modi made a veiled reference to the recent removal of Natarajan from the environment ministry, saying that for the first time he had heard of 'Jayanti tax'. Attacking the media blitzkrieg around the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Modi supported decentralisation of power, saying "powers will be given to public".


Modi, in his first public meeting in Goa after being announced as the BJP's PM candidate, toed a line of 'vote for country not for the party'. Gujarat CM Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the three-day International Kite Festival (IKF) 2014 at the Sabarmati riverfront in Panaji. The BJP's PM nominee said that the kite festival signifies love for nature, environment and tourism and a special energy is derived from such festivities. Modi stressed on the importance of tourism and the need for India to keep pace with the developments across the world in strengthening tourism.youtube.com Highlighting that the kite market in 2001- 02 was Rs 30-35 crore, Modi said it has today crossed Rs 500 crore and become a source of livelihood for the poorest of the poor.


Thinking of planning a honeymoon and cannot decide where to go? Then read this list of destinations that are picturesque, serene, romantic, and all you would need in their honeymoon mentioned below. Honeymoon is one amongst those events that is enjoyed for the remainder of our lives. To create it a really unforgettable event, you would like to arrange well beforehand, in order that you've got everything prepared by the day of your journey. Once you think about selecting the destination, you would like to keep you and your partner's tastes in mind.youtube.com If each of you keen on visiting places of natural beauty, then select an area wherever you'll pay time within the interior of nature, sort of a hill station or a beach. Also referred to as the Emerald islands, these are good alternative for your honeymoon.