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Friday, November 11, 2011

Indian Army emerges as the best patrolling force in the World

The Indian Army has emerged the best patrolling force in the world with a team from the Gorkha Rifles regiment winning an international competition  called as the Olympics of Patrolling. 

The 4th Battalion of the 9 Gorkha Rifles regiment from the Bhopal-based 21 'Sudharshan Chakra' Corps participated in the annual Cambrian Patrol Competition at Wales in England last month.
It emerged the gold medal winner beating 100 teams, including 14 teams from national armies of foreign countries.

Exercise Cambrian Patrol, run by 160 (Wales) Brigade, is both physically and mentally demanding and is a highlight in the Army’s training calendar. More than a third of this year's entrants failed to finish, highlighting its reputation as one of the sternest tests a modern-day soldier can face.

The six gold medals were awarded to:
1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, SP Company
Household Cavalry Regiment, B Squadron
2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, Recce Platoon, Team 1
The King’s Royal Hussars, Team 2
9 Gorkha Rifles, (India)
2 Engineer Regiment (New Zealand)




Friday, November 04, 2011

Finally our Thorium Gets the Recognition

India, which has about 25% of the world's thorium reserves. announced plans to construct a new nuclear power plant that make use of thorium instead of uranium

India's Kakrapar-1 reactor is the world's first reactor which uses thorium rather than depleted uranium to achieve power flattening across the reactor core.
The new plant is expected to produce around 300 megawatts, as opposed to more than 1 gigawatt for traditional nuclear power plants. At present officials are searching for a site for the generator and project that the plant could be operational within six to seven years.

India plans to go ahead with the new plant in part because of the potential thorium-based technologies offer for plentiful energy without many of the serious safety concerns involved in traditional nuclear generators.

Thorium is both more plentiful and less radioactive than uranium, with the byproducts of the material lasting only hundreds of years as opposed to thousands in uranium. The lower levels of radiation also allow simpler designs that require less complex backup systems.

India currently envisages meeting 30% of its electricity demand through thorium-based reactors by 2050.