Indian Navy’s 5th Scorpene-class submarine hits the water

first_img Photo: Vagir Submarine; Image by Indian Navy The 5th Scorpene Class submarine of the Indian Navy (Project 75) was launched today at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders in Mumbai. The 5th of #IndianNavy’s Kalvari Class submarines (Project 75) launched today #12Nov 20.Named ‘Vagir’ in accordance with the Naval traditions by Smt Vijaya Shripad Naik. Hon’ble Rajya Raksha Mantri @shripadynaik, was Chief Guest & joined via VC.#[email protected] https://t.co/gLWR3Hnj4Z pic.twitter.com/6QOK5AJ3BZ— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) November 12, 2020 The submarine integrates superior stealth features and can operate in various types of missions including anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, mine laying, and area surveillance. The submarine, named Vagir, was launched in accordance with the naval traditions by Vijaya Shripad Naik, wife of India’s Minister of State for Defense. Vagir Submarine; Image by Indian Navy #WATCH The fifth Scorpene #submarine Vagir of Project 75 being launched into the sea at Mazagon Dock #Mumbai#MakeInIndia #AatmaNirbharBharat @DDNewslive @PIB_India @SpokespersonMoD @indiannavy pic.twitter.com/PDdxkoODkE— PRO Defence Mumbai (@DefPROMumbai) November 12, 2020 View post tag: Indian Navy View post tag: submarine Share this article The first two ships from the series, Kalvari and Khanderi, have been already commissioned into service, while the third submarine Karanj and the fourth one named Vela are undergoing sea trials. Construction is underway on the final vessel from the series as well. The vessel is part of a series of six Kalvari-class submarines that are being built in India and the ships have been designed by French DCNS. View post tag: Scorpene-classlast_img read more

Business School launches action plan for racial equity

first_imgThe Harvard Business School Action Plan for Racial Equity, an ambitious plan to advance racial equity both within and beyond the School, was announced today in a message from HBS Dean Nitin Nohria to the community. “This moment has made urgently clear that the School must redouble its commitment to combat racism — and anti-Black racism in particular — to create meaningful and enduring change that will enable every member of our community to thrive” said Nohria in a message to faculty, students, staff, and alumni. “Our Action Plan for Racial Equity reflects our highest aspirations for the School and the role it can play in business and society.” The plan was drafted by the Dean’s Anti-Racism Task Force, a group of 25 members of the community tasked with developing an action plan to advance anti-racism education and research, support the Black community at HBS and beyond, engage the broader business community, and change the School’s culture and organization. Chief Information Officer of HBS Ron Chandler, Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community Jan Hammond, and Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the MBA Program Jan Rivkin led the effort.  “Crafting the plan was a major effort undertaken in the midst of a long overdue racial reckoning across America and around the world,” said Rivkin. “I can’t recall a time when so many people at HBS came together with such a shared sense of urgency and conviction for real change. I think everyone understands that the work to which we are committing will make Harvard Business School better — for every member of our community. Now that it is launched, the hard but fulfilling work of executing the plan begins.” Creating a shared visionThe Task Force first met on July 1 to begin to build consensus around a common vision and identify the cornerstones of a plan for racial equity at HBS. It settled on seven key areas and set up work streams for each, casting a wider net to engage more members of the community. What began as a 25-person Task Force quickly expanded to 72.   Each work stream was asked to generate two or three bold but achievable ideas for how the School could advance racial equity. The recommendations were discussed and refined through multiple iterations, and the Task Force co-chairs sought broad input from the community before finalizing the action plan.  “The Task Force leaders were certain from the start that a successful action plan would emerge only by including, and carefully listening to, a broad set of voices of Black members of our community,” said Hammond. “The ideas the work streams developed emerged out of thoughtful, candid, and sometimes difficult discussions — the kind of discussions we will have to continue having to make progress and meaningful change.” Highlights from the planThe plan describes seven steps the School has committed to take to improve racial equity on its campus and in the business world more broadly, beginning with an unambiguous rejection of racism, and anti-Black racism in particular, and a vision for HBS to become an institution that exhibits racial equity itself and educates leaders who advance racial equity in other organizations.The second step calls for establishing enduring structures that will sustain HBS’s work on racial equity, beginning with hiring a Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer who reports to the highest levels of the School. The School will also establish and fund a Racial Equity Initiative to serve as a hub for research, course development, convening, and outreach related to race in business and the economy.  The third step focuses on attracting additional Black talent to the School’s faculty, student body, and staff. Efforts include reaching more thoroughly into talent pipelines and pools, confronting current practices that impede diversity, reducing financial barriers for promising students of all backgrounds, developing programs that meet the professional needs of Black talent, and creating a culture that makes HBS a particularly attractive place for diverse faculty, students, and staff to do their best work. The fourth step involves supporting the development and dissemination of research and course material that advances racial equity in business. The Racial Equity Initiative will play an important role in this effort, working closely with HBS and visiting scholars to strengthen research, promote collaborations between HBS faculty and faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and develop more cases with diverse protagonists and course material relevant to racial equity.  Step five calls for equipping HBS’s students to become leaders for racial equity by better training faculty to lead sensitive discussions about race, mandating program chairs to outline and improve how diversity, equity and inclusion issues are addressed in their educational programs, and increasing the diversity of speakers, panelists, and attendees at HBS convenings.  The sixth step centers on engaging with the broader business community to promote racial equity. Initial steps will include adjusting purchasing practices to include a greater share of Black-owned businesses and enabling and encouraging companies that recruit at HBS to reveal how well they are performing on diversity metrics. Future steps may include, for example, convening roundtables of Black executives and allied leadership to deepen the community’s understanding of best practices for creating and managing a diverse workforce. Step seven describes how the School will hold itself accountable to meaningful, measurable progress. Ownership of every aspect of the plan has been assigned to a senior faculty or staff member responsible for launching the work and defining a timeline. A regularly updated public report and an internal dashboard will track HBS’s progress on its racial equity work. And a Board of Advisors will be assembled to review the School’s progress, advise HBS’s leaders, and keep the racial equity efforts on track.  The path forwardThe Task Force leaders note that the most difficult work is about to begin. To support this critical work, Nohria has committed $25 million dollars during the next 10 years, and the School will seek additional support from donors to sustain the plan over time.  “The plan is a really important step in what now has to be a sustained effort.” said Chandler. “I’ve seen firsthand the passion of our community for this work on racial equity. There is real recognition that we all own this.”  “To be true to our mission, we must enlist the full spectrum of human talent and educate leaders who will make the most of the differences that enrich us individually, and societies globally,” added Nohria.The complete Harvard Business School Action Plan for Racial Equality can be found here.   Read Full Storylast_img read more

Zidane pleads for calm amid Real slump

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s coach from France Zinedine Zidane gestures during the match against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Sep 22 – In the space of just five games Real Madrid have gone from red hot La Liga title favourites to trailing rivals Barcelona by seven points ahead of Saturday’s trip to Alaves.When Madrid swept a crisis-ridden Barca aside 5-1 in the Spanish Super Cup last month, Zinedine Zidane’s men were expected to romp to the title. Instead, disappointing home draws against Valencia and Levante were compounded as Real failed to score for the first time in 74 games when Real Betis became the first side other than Barca or Atletico Madrid to win at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga for six-and-a-half years on Wednesday.“We have dropped seven points in a small number of games but there is a long way to go and we can’t throw everything we have done until now in the bin because of two or three average games,” insisted Zidane.“I know that many people don’t like this work when things go wrong, but we have to accept it and be calm.“The league is very long and we will stay calm within the group because we will lift ourselves and we know we will have better days.”Going on the road this weekend may come as a relief to Real as they have shone on their travels this season in wins at Deportivo la Coruna and Real Sociedad as well as beating Barca and Manchester United in the Spanish and UEFA Super Cups respectively.“It seems like if we don’t score early at the Bernabeu we start to get anxious,” admitted midfielder Isco.“It is something we have to improve and it is better that it happens now at the start of the season when there is more room for error.”And while Real have endured a rough start to their title defence, Alaves are suffering a nightmare start to the season themselves as they have lost all five matches so far and already sacked coach Luis Zubeldia.“We need to turn the page and think about the next game,” said Real captain Sergio Ramos.“We have come back from many points behind to win the league before. We need to stay calm because they are many games and points still to play for.”There won’t be a Zidane family reunion at Mendizorroza as Enzo Zidane, Zinedine’s oldest son, can’t feature for Alaves due to the terms of his loan move from Real.– Political all-Catalan clash –Madrid can reduce the gap on Barca to four points before the leaders travel to Girona for a first ever Catalan derby between the two in the top flight.Barca’s impressive start to the season on the field has been overshadowed this week as the club condemned the escalating political tension in the region in the build-up to an October 1 referendum on independence organised by pro-separatist politicians.A powerful symbol of Catalonia across the world, Barca called for respect for “democracy, to freedom of speech, and to self-determination.”Fourteen regional government officials were detained on Wednesday as part of the crackdown by the Spanish government on plans for the referendum.With Barca expected to rack up a seventh straight win in all competitions against newly-promoted Girona, attention will be focused as much on demonstrations that could take place by both sets of fans at Montilivi.The most enticing clash of the weekend comes at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday lunchtime as third hosts second when Atletico Madrid welcome Sevilla.Diego Costa is expected to be paraded on his homecoming after Atletico agreed a reported club record fee of 55 million euros ($66 million) to bring the man that fired them to the title in 2013/14 back to the club from Chelsea.Costa won’t be able to play until January, however.Fixtures (all times GMT)SaturdayAtletico Madrid v Sevilla (1100), Alaves v Real Madrid (1415), Malaga v Athletic Bilbao (1630), Girona v Barcelona (1845)SundayEspanyol v Deportivo la Coruna (1000), Getafe v Villarreal (1415), Eibar v Celta Vigo, Las Palmas v Leganes (both 1630), Real Sociedad v Valencia (1845)MondayReal Betis v Levante (1900)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Boxing Day Test: Shane Warne blasts Australia bowlers, reveals startling statistics

first_imgAustralian cricket fans, the media and experts have largely blamed the team’s batsmen as the reason behind their defeats against India in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series but legendary spinner Shane Warne thinks the bowlers are equally to be blamed for the downfall.Warne came down hard on the Aussie pacers, especially Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, for their failure to take wickets up front with the new ball and later on with the older ball this year in particular.Warne also had the relevant statistics to back up his claims as he analysed Australia’s performance in the Boxing Day Test, which the hosts lost by 137 runs against India, who took an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series on Sunday.”I put my CSI forensic hat on and in 2018 Australia have won three Tests and the numbers for bat and ball don’t lie.”Australia have only made 300 once in those Test matches. The bowlers who we all keep saying is one of the best attacks in the world are struggling as well.”The opposition seem to be making big first innings scores. So it’s all fine to blame the batsmen and yes they need to get a lot better, but the numbers for bowlers are quite interesting,” Warne, who is a part of Fox Sports’ expert panel, said on air.Thoughts out of Melb. The Boxing Day test should be a – D/N match next year. Pat Cummins is the all rounder Aust are looking for & is a future Aust Capt. Also, It’s not just the batting that needs serious attention, the bowling stats for 2018 aren’t good. In-depth column comingadvertisementShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 30, 2018Warne then went on to back up his criticism with statistics as he revealed the wickets and averages of the Australian bowlers against the opposition’s top-six batsmen since the past year.”The opposition number 1-6 batsmen when we are bowling has Mitchell Starc with 17 wickets in 10 Test matches at an average of 47. Josh Hazlewood has 18 wickets at 40. Nathan Lyon 29 wickets at 43. Pat Cummins 30 wickets at 23.”So if you lose a toss and the opposition decide to bat and you have to try and knock them over, our new ball bowlers in Starc and Hazlewood are averaging 47 and 40. That’s not very good at all and it is not good enough.”At times when the bowlers have done well and knocked a side over, Australia have actually made over 300 in the first innings.”But when the opposition have made 346, 488, 482, 443, 386 and I could keep going, that puts a lot of scoreboard pressure on our batsmen. “The pressure is on to come out and make a decent score to try and not give up a big lead,” Warne analysed.Also Read | Devastated by reactions to my comments, didn’t meant to insult Indian cricketers: Kerry O’KeeffeAlso Read | Virat Kohli gives away his pads to young fan at MCG after Boxing Day Test winAlso Read | Tim Paine cries foul after Australia lose: We served India pitches that suit themlast_img read more