BRO conducts final blast concluding all excavation on Sela Tunnel Project

 The final blast for the 980-metre long Sela Tunnel (Tunnel 1) was conducted by Director General Border Roads (DGBR) Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry through an e-ceremony from New Delhi on January 22, 2022. This marks the culmination of the excavation works on the complete Sela Tunnel Project. This feat has been achieved by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) amidst inclement weather and heavy snowfall.

The Sela Tunnel Project is located in the West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh. Once completed, it will be a lifeline as it will provide all weather connectivity to Tawang. The project comprises of Tunnel 1, which is a 980 m long single tube tunnel and Tunnel 2, which is a 1555 m long twin tube tunnel. Tunnel 2 has one bi-lane tube for traffic and one escape tube for emergencies. It will also be one of the longest tunnels to have been constructed above altitude of 13,000 feet. The project also includes construction of an approach road of seven kilometres to Tunnel 1, which takes off from BCT Road and a link road of 1.3 kilometres, which connects Tunnel 1 to Tunnel 2.

The foundation stone of the Sela Tunnel Project was laid by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in 2019. On January 15, 2021, after the first blast was conducted by the DGBR, excavation work on Tunnel 1 commenced. Thereafter, on October 14 2021, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh carried out the breakthrough blast of the 1,555 meter Tunnel 2, through an e-ceremony from India Gate, marking the end of excavation on Tunnel 2.



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DRDO conducts flight demonstration of Controlled Aerial Delivery System

Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), Agra conducted a flight demonstration of Controlled Aerial Delivery System of 500 kg capacity (CADS-500) on December 18, 2021. ADRDE, Agra is an R&D laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the flight demonstration is part of a series of activities organised towards celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, commemorating 75 years of Independence. 

The CADS-500 is used for precise delivery of payload upto 500 kgs at predetermined location by making use of manoeuvrable capabilities of Ram Air Parachute (RAP). It uses Global Positioning System for the coordinates, altitude and heading sensors for the heading information during its flight. The CADS, with its onboard electronics unit, autonomously steers its flight path using waypoint navigation towards target location by operating controls. 

System performance was demonstrated at Drop Zone, Malpura from an altitude of 5000m. The system was para-dropped from AN32 aircraft and then steered to the predesignated landing point in autonomous mode. Eleven paratroopers of Indian Army and Indian Air Force chased the CADS-500 in air and landed simultaneously.


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Hong Kong – FEHD conducts joint operations with Police to take stringent enforcement actions relating to obstructions in public places (with photos)

FEHD conducts joint operations with Police to take stringent enforcement actions relating to obstructions in public places (with photos)


     A spokesman for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) said today (October 5) that the FEHD has conducted joint operations with the Police in the past week or so in Kowloon City, Kwun Tong and Tsuen Wan against shop owners and other stakeholders placing goods or articles in public places or on carriageways, causing obstruction to pedestrian and vehicular flow. Operation is ongoing.

     During the six operations, the FEHD and the Police inspected the vicinity of Yeung Uk Road Market, Tsuen Wan, To Kwa Wan Market, Kowloon City and Shui Wo Street, Kwun Tong. The FEHD issued fixed penalty notices to 26 persons causing obstruction in public places in contravention of the Fixed Penalty (Public Cleanliness and Obstruction) Ordinance (Cap. 570), and took out summons action against six persons under section 4A of the Summary Offences Ordinance (Cap. 228) and four persons for obstructing scavenging operations. In addition, the FEHD issued fixed penalty notices to 14 persons for public cleanliness offences, and took out two prosecutions for hawking in public place without licence. The two departments also removed over 5.7 tonnes of goods and commodities on the carriageway and cleared about 18 tonnes of waste. During the joint operations, the Police also took enforcement actions, including issuing fixed penalty notice against obstruction in public places.

     The spokesman said, “Some shop operators, for the sake of convenience, illegally placed goods that were delivered to shops directly on the roadsides and even on the carriageways, thus extending their business areas illegally. This practice has not only caused illegal occupation of public places and obstruction of passageways, but also jeopardised the safety of road users. This has not only attracted public complaints, but also given rise to concerns from the local community and society at large.
     “To tackle the illegal shop extension and obstruction problems in a more effective manner, apart from stepping up prosecution against offenders, the FEHD together with the Police launched a trial scheme in the above-mentioned three districts in late September to early October. The Police exercises its statutory powers in removing obstructions, and the FEHD arranges to remove the obstructions (including goods) placed on carriageways or in public places. The two departments work together to tackle the illegal shop extension problem,” the spokesman added.

     The FEHD reminds shop operators not to extend business areas illegally by putting goods and articles in public places or they may be liable to prosecution and would be required to bear the loss caused by the removal operations.

NTPC conducts Vaccination Drive at SCOPE Complex

To combat second wave of COVID Pandemic and ensure safety and good health of its employees, their family members and associates, NTPC  a Maharatna CPSU under Ministry of Power has been organising Vaccination drives at its various locations and offices.

A total number of 2013 persons have been vaccinated at NTPC SCOPE Office in New Delhi, over five days in a phased manner. The vaccination process was conducted under strict COVID protocol.

NTPC has already vaccinated over 70,000 of its employees, workers and their family members across its operations. NTPC aims to cover all eligible employees and their dependents under the protection of the vaccine. The vaccination drive has been running across 72 locations of NTPC which includes the JVs and subsidiaries.



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Canada – HMCS Calgary Conducts Port Visits on Operation PROJECTION Asia-Pacific

Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

As identified in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Asia-Pacific region is increasingly important to Canadian security and prosperity. Canada is committed to being a reliable partner in the region and upholding the rules-based international order. Operation (Op) PROJECTION contributes to making the world more secure, prosperous, and stable.  It also demonstrates the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) readiness to support Canada’s values and interests around the world, as well as those of our allies and partners.

This year’s deployments under Op PROJECTION demonstrate Canada’s enduring commitment to regular engagement in the Asia-Pacific region despite the pandemic, and support the strengthening of Canada’s defence and security partnerships. HMCS Calgary recently completed the first part of its deployment to the region to conduct forward naval presence operations.

During this deployment, and in full respect of COVID-19 restrictions, HMCS Calgary conducted a number of port visits, including in Brunei, Vietnam, and Singapore. These visits reflect the importance of our bilateral relationships with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It also shows our enduring commitment to strengthening defence and security partnerships in Southeast Asia and to working together to uphold the rules-based international order.

HMCS Calgary is now on its way to the Middle East to participate in Op ARTEMIS, the CAF’s contribution to Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). CTF 150, a multinational task force conducting maritime security and counter-terrorism operations in Middle Eastern waters, has been under Canadian leadership since January 2021. Later this year, on her return to Canada, HMCS Calgary will transit back through the Asia-Pacific region and conduct additional port visits, as well as training, exercises, and engagements with allied and partner navies.

“As a Pacific nation, we are committed to contributing to security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and standing alongside our allies and partners in upholding the rules-based international order and international law. Canada looks forward to working more closely with ASEAN as a reliable partner to help promote security and stability across the region. ”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

The Royal Canadian Navy has a long history of deploying around the world in peacetime and during conflicts. In line with Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s Defence Policy, Canada’s naval forces work both independently and in support of allied or partner missions. While deployed on Operation PROJECTION, they help promote regional security and stability.

Royal Canadian Navy vessels always operate in full respect of international law, including the rights of navigation, and the rights and jurisdiction of coastal states. Canada supports lawful commerce, navigation and overflight rights exercised in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

HMCS Calgary is a Halifax-class frigate. HMCS Calgary is deployed with an embarked helicopter air detachment operating a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter.

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces takes the health and well-being of the Defence Team very seriously. As such, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Canadian Navy has taken several steps to mitigate the risk to the naval team, both in sea-going and shore-based units, ensuring Canada’s naval forces remain “Ready to Help, Ready to Lead, Ready to Fight.”  A number of precautionary measures were put in place to protect our sailors and their ability to deploy, when needed.

Todd Lane

Director of Communications

Office of the Minister of National Defence

Phone: 613-996-3100


Media Relations

Department of National Defence

Phone: 613-904-3333