Pocast | Quick look 18: Kozhikode Air India Express plane crash, India's defence production indigenisation plans

Siddharth Mathew Cherian | Updated on August 09, 2020 Published on August 09, 2020

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On August 7, An Air India Express flight from Dubai with 190 people on board overshot the runway at the Kozhikode Airport in rainy conditions and went down 35 feet into a slope before breaking up into two, killing at least 18 people.

India’s COVID-19 tally zoomed past 21 lakh on Sunday, while the death toll climbed to 43,379 with 861 more fatalities.

The total coronavirus cases have mounted to 21,53,010 and the number of recoveries surged to 14,80,884 cases with record 53,879 more people recuperating in the past 24 hours, taking recovery rate to 68.78 per cent.

There are 6,28,747 active cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), comprising 29.20 per cent of the total caseload in the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a financing facility of Rs 1 lakh crore under the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund for agri-entrepreneurs, start-ups, agri-tech players and farmer groups for post-harvest management and nurturing farm assets.

He also released the sixth instalment of ₹17,100 crore to more than 8.55 crore farmer beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) will introduce an import embargo on 101 items beyond a given timeline to boost indigenisation of defence production.

It is estimated that contracts worth almost ₹4 lakh crore will be placed upon the domestic industry within the next 6 to 7 years after this step.

Until next week, this is Siddharth signing off

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Published on August 09, 2020