Combined Commanders Conference on INS Vikramaditya Combined Commanders Conference, an annual tri-services event chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was held on board INS Vikramaditya about 50 kms off Kochi coast. This is the first time when the conference was held outside New Delhi. It was attended by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, all three services chiefs and other senior officers of three armed services. The Conference is also known as the Unified Commanders’ Conference (UCC). During this conference India’s defence policy, doctrine and operational challenges are discussed in detail. Prime minister also reviewed exercise like firing of surface-to-surface missile by INS Nirghat during this conference. Prior to conference PM revived the tri-services guard of honour at Southern Naval Command.
34-nation Islamic Military Coalition to counter terrorism Saudi Arabia on 15 December 2015 announced the launch of Islamic Military Coalition to counter terrorism. The coalition will be led by Saudi Arabia and see the participation of 34 nations. It will have a joint operations center based in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh. The coalition includes nations with large and established armies such as Pakistan, Turkey and Egypt as well as war-torn countries such as Libya and Yemen. More than ten other Islamic countries have expressed their support for this alliance and will take the necessary measures in this regard, including Indonesia.
Apurvi Chandela won Gold at 59th National Shooting Championship Rajasthan’s Apurvi Chandela on 15 December 2015 won a Gold medal in the 10-metre Air Rifle event on the final day of the 59th National Shooting Championship in Delhi. While Geetakshi claimed the silver, Anjum had to settle for a Bronze. Army man Chain Singh won the Gold in the 50-metre Rifle 3 Positions event at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range.
Arun Kumar Jain appointed Central Board of Direct Taxes Chairman Senior revenue service officer Arun Kumar Jain on 15 December 2015 was appointed Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). Jain will have short tenure of two months, till January 2016. Arun Kumar Jain is a 1978 batch Indian Revenue Services officer. He was made acting Chairman of the board following superannuation of Anita Kapur on 30 November 2015.