Travel Limerick to Nenagh and back on the bikeTHE value for money of a cycle way between Limerick and Nenagh, costing around €880,000, has been called into question. The cycle lane is to be developed as a joint project by Limerick County Council and North Tipperary Council along the old R445, and is due to be completed by the end of the year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, sustainable travel groups have suggested that the money could be spent on more worthwhile projects.James Nix of Plan Better, a joint initiative promoting sustainable transport, told the Limerick Post that if the cycle lanes are not maintained, the money will have been wasted.“If the bulk of the money went on realignment and taking out hazards, fair enough”, said Mr. Nix, who ran in the local elections in 2009.“But if most of the €880,000 is going on red paint that the councils won’t later machine sweep, the whole exercise will be counterproductive”.The funding has been secured as part of a €4million Department of Transport plan to create cycle lanes on national roads, which has been criticised by cycling lobby group cyclist.ie, whose belief is that the plans are a poor use of public money.But Pat O’Neill, senior engineer at Limerick County Council, told the Limerick Post that if the money was not spent on this project, it would be lost.“This is an opportunity that we would have been foolish to ignore.“There will always be criticism of projects, but it wasn’t a matter of choosing where to spend the money. It was use it or lose it.“We are tying the project in with Limerick’s City of Sport title and have had a lot of favourable submissions during the period of public observation”.Mr. O’Neill said the project is to begin in early October, and is to be finished by the end of the year.Providing a preliminary breakdown on where the money will be spent, Mr. O’Neill explained that removing existing road markings would cost around €440,000, signage would be an estimated €80,000, survey work a further €90,000 and civil work about €220,000.“There are 32km of cycle way on each side of the road, so 64km in total. “The existing hard shoulder will be incorporated and we will accommodate existing traffic on the normal road.“We had a lot of submissions querying safety, but there are many measures being taken to ensure this is paramount, such as ‘vibra lines’, which make cars vibrate when they drive over them, to remind them they are too far over.“A lot of cyclists already use the route because it is a flat surface with beautiful scenery, but we will include cycle counters to assess the increase of its use with the completed cycle lanes in place”. The route will run from the Stereame Roundabout on the R445 via the Carrigatoher Junction in Birdhill, through to the Carrowkeel Junction on the east side of Limerick city and from there to the Annacotty Roundabout, immediately west of the Mulcair River. NewsLocal NewsCycle lane critics told ‘use it or lose it’By admin – September 6, 2011 648 Advertisement Linkedin Email WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleHenry Martin on hurling legend Mick MackeyNext articleLimerick drivers skimping on car maintenance admin Print
When it comes to the playing squad, the transfer period has been completed by the engagement of Semir Bajraktarevic for Celik that has been reinforced during the winter break, in order to avoid the struggle for survival in the Premier league.On the preparations in Medjugorje will also travel the experienced stopper Jovo Kojic, who is confirmed by the president of Celik, Senad Sarajlic, for SportSport.ba.“Kojic came back from Turkey and will travel with the squad to Medjugorje. I have talked with him and he said that coach from Kazakhstan is satisfied, and that the president of that club comes on Friday and if he accepts our and his conditions about the compensation, we will give him releasing papers. Until then Kojic will train with the team in case of the transfer fails because we had a lot of bad cases in past with the waiting for foreign engagements“ says the first men of Celik.Talented player from Turkey, Yunus Gulnar, will also travel with the team and we count on him seriously in the future.“Gulnar is a young player, who has a great potential and he will travel with the team in Medjugorje. We are planning for him to stay in Celik and hope that he will be useful to us because he is talented and we have seen it in the match against Gorazde, where he showed enviable technique and quality for about 30 minutes. We made a good job in the transfer period and we are expecting good plays in the further championship“, said Sarajlic for the end.(Source: sportsport.ba/ photo oslobodjenje)
When you have a lot of keyframes generated by using any of the trackers, there are a few settings that can help you finesse your tracking keyframes.The Average menu option will allow you to smooth out a curve by performing Average on the keyframes based on the slider value. The Jitter menu option works much like the Average option, but is used when you want to smooth out jitter but keep the overall tracking motion when stabilizing a clip. While in the Stabilizer, and after tracking, you can select the SHIFT data and smooth out the tracking data by remvoing the jitter.Removing jitter in Smoke is a process of trial and error. Try different values until you find one that gives you good results. As a general rule, start with a large value over n frames to remove slow jitter, and start with a small value to remove fast jitter.Simplify is great for when you have been creating a complex animation with lots of keyframes. By selecting the channel, you can select Simplify, and by increasing the numeric slider, you can decrease the number of keyframes needed to generate the animation curves. This helps to clean up the curves and make it easier to adjust individual keyframes.The Tangents, Interpolation, and Extrapolation options tell you what the current settings are, and gives you options to select different interpolation styles for individual keyframes if selected or for entire channels.With extrapolation set to Cycle or Rev+Cycle(Reverse Cycle), with only a few keyframes you can create a nice looping animation or ping-pong effect.On the far right of the UI you will find more keyframe tools (see image below). These are the basic, cut, copy, paste of selected keyframes or channels. You can copy whole channels like Postion X,Y, Z and paste them into another channel as long as it too has the same number of channels.For example you could paste it into Rotation X,Y,Z or Scale X,Y,Z. You can also Copy and Link, creating a simple link expression of one channel to another. The Keep button will clear all keyframes for the selected channels and keep the current value for the channel regardless if there is a keyframe there. Its a quick way to clear out rogue keyframes on a channel. There is also a Reset Channel or Reset All Channels button.The Auto Select button will automatically select the animation channel in the channel editor whenever you adjust a numeric value while working with the tool. This is best seen when the Animation Channels are open in 2 up view.In a future post I’ll show you some tips in displaying only animated channels and creating selection sets for channels that you are working on, as well as slipping keyframes by using the tracks view.Until then… feel free to share any Smoke keyframing tips you may have! Animations are only as good as your keyframes. Find out how to get the most out of the Channel Editor in Autodesk Smoke.Autodesk Smoke gives you great power in adding effects to your edits. But great effects are only as good as the keyframes that control them.Smoke’s Animation Channel Editor is often overlooked, but I find it to be one of the video editing application’s strongest features. Working with Smoke’s animation curves allows you to easily tweak an animation so that it flows naturally and has just the right feel. Smoke’s Animation Channel Editor is similar to the Graph Editor in Adobe After Effects or the F-Curve editor in many 3D software.There is a lot to the Smoke Channel Editor, so in this post we will take an in-depth look at the Channel Editor and the Keyframe Tab. The User, Filter, and Audio Tabs will be covered in a future post. Whether you work with AutoKey On or manually setting keyframes, eventually you need to adjust your animation. Within the nodes in ConnectFX, almost every parameter is keyframeable. This means that the Channel Editor often has lots of information to look at… sometimes too much. When you have lots of nodes in a ConnectFX setup, each node and every property of that node is accessible in the channel editor. Figuring out what’s what can be a challenge (click image for larger view).You can access the Channel Editor with the aptly named ANIMATION button found in the main CFX Menu (and is also accessible within every node). This will bring up the Channel Editor in the lower part of the UI. This allows you to easily see your curves, along with your schematic and result views (2-up view).If you hold SHIFT and double-click in a numeric field that has a keyframe set, then the Channel Editor will open up full screen at the top of the UI and switch to 1 up view. The numeric field you clicked on will be highlighted and framed.If you hold SHIFT and single-click in a numeric field, and then open up the Channel Editor, that numeric field with it’s keyframe curve will be selected and framed for you.You can expand and collapse the keyframe channels by clicking on the triangles. The nodes are broken down by name and contain channels organized by feature properties.You can also choose to place the Channel Editor (F5 Hotkey) in one of the multi-view views which gives you access to the Curve editor, your Result View, and the numeric controls.By activating the REGEN button in the Animation menu, any adjustments made to the curves will be instantly seen in the Result View. So tweaking a curve will show you instant feedback on screen.You can manually select and move an individual keyframe by selecting it [Shift+S], and then moving it [Shift+M]. You can also CTL+Drag and box select multiple keyframes to move them together.Holding [ALT] will move the keyframes in whole numbers.You can also adjust the in and out tangents on the keyframe to really finesse the movement of your animation.By default the tangents auto adjust, but you can break them [Shift+B] and then move them individually to get just the right look to your animation.You can Add [Shift+A] and Delete [Shift+D] keyframes directly in the channel editor. Adding keyframes on the curve is really nice as it gives you some very detailed control in the middle of your animation.But sometimes you need to do more with your keyframes and the curves, and that’s where the Keyframe Tab and it’s menu controls become important. By selecting a single channel or group of channels, you can perform multiple functions depending on the menu selection.You can change the color of the selected keyframes for easy identification, and adjust them using the numeric field to give you more precise control.You can select a channel, highlighting the curve, then switch to Translate X, and then type a number or drag in the the numeric slider a give number of keyframes, positive or negative, and the keyframes or curve will slide along the X axis than many frames. This will affect when the keyframes happen in time.The same thing can be done in the Y axis, by choosing Translate Y. This will move the curve up and down, affecting the magnitude of the animation.Tangent R and Tangent L will allow you to adjust the tangents of multiple selected keyframes the same amount. When the tangents are broken, then the specific L or R (Left or Right Tangent) choice becomes relevant.With a Keyframe or Channel selected, when the menu button is then set to Negate, the curve will invert the values for the keyframes, and thereby inverting the movement in the animation.The Reverse function works when 2 or more keyframes are selected. If you have a simple animation where an image moves left to right, by selecting the Position X Channel, and selecting Reverse, it will now move right to left.The Insert Key and numeric field next to it will allow you manually set a keyframe and then advance the time-bar the number of frames selected in the the field.With this, you can easily set a keyframe every 10 frames for 90 frames. With the keyframes set you can then adjust the values for the keyframes as desired.So for example, if you did this with Scale, you can easily create a bounce animation.
Kamworor holds off fellow Kenyan Kipsang to win NYC Marathon CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Alyssa Valdez may be miles away from home in Taiwan, but that didn’t stop her fans from showing their appreciation for their sporting hero.The three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player got a much-needed lift as Filipino fans made their presence felt during one of her games over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Valdez took the time and posed for pictures with the fans who went out of their way to cheer for her, paying off the support she got as she shook everyone’s hands.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 24-year-old is currently seeing action in Taiwan, serving as an import for Attackline. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:57Taiwan bridge collapses, at least 14 injured; rescuers fear six trapped01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next
Two New Zealand radio personalities have been suspended for broadcasting a conversation with the mother of England cricketer Ben Stokes when she believed they were off air.On Tuesday, Radio Hauraki’s Jeremy Wells and Matt Heath were discussing the final over in the World Twenty20 final in India where New Zealand-born Stokes was hit for four consecutive sixes by Carlos Brathwaite to give the West Indies an unlikely four-wicket victory.When Deborah Stokes, Stokes’ mother, was made aware of their discussion, she called the radio station to complain, saying they “bagged” her son. She asked to talk to someone off air.Local media reported that Heath twice told Stokes she was off air, but continued the conversation despite realizing she was the mother of the English allrounder.
@Eden_RichardsThe 2017 Men’s Elite Eight grand final will be an all-Queensland affair after two thrilling semi-finals at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.The Queensland Titans and the Queensland Cowboys will play-off in the decider and it is sure to be an intense clash between the two rivals.The Cowboys have an opportunity to write their own history in this 21st event and go back-to-back after winning the 2016 competition. But they will know the tough task ahead of them after having been made to work extra hard for their spot in the grand final.They were pushed all the way by the New South Wales Mets, with the team that finished in 4th position on the ladder playing well above their weight.The Mets ended up going down 7-5 to the reigning premiers, but they can hold their heads high after an outstanding tournament.The 2017 competition also ended for the New South Wales Scorpions after a spirited display saw them fall just short of upsetting the Titans.The Titans had their fans on the edge of their seats as the Scorpions almost pulled off a huge upset, falling one-touchdown short of the win.The heartbreaking 6-5 defeat will be hard to take for the Scorpions, but they too can take solace knowing they were beaten by a very good touch football team.The grand final promises to be a thriller, with the Titans being the only team to beat the Cowboys in this tournament.That match ended 9-8 in what was arguably the match of the tournament, with neither team giving an inch for the full 40 minutes.Touchdown machine Shaun Francis will be hoping to add to his regular season tally of 14 for the Cowboys, but he will face strong opposition in the form of the Titans’ Drumayne Dayberg-Muir who found the line nine times in the regular rounds of the tournament.It promises to be one of many exciting match-ups in the grand final beginning at 7:00PM.Related LinksSemi Final Wrap
Scientific evidence and documentation of communities’ lived experiences reveal that climate-induced impacts in the form of extreme weather events are increasing. German Watch, a German think-tank, ranks India second globally for the number of fatalities occurred and fourth for revenue loss ($13,789.86 million) at purchasing power parity, as a result of extreme weather events in 2017. Moreover, poor and vulnerable communities are disproportionately affected owing to livelihood-related greater dependence on natural resources. Tamil Nadu is a case in point — several types of research confirm the increasing vulnerability of coastal communities and those on the Eastern Ghats. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn the Indian context, State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) serve as the primary policy document at the sub-national level to address vulnerabilities and increase resilience. To implement the plans and targets laid out under SAPCCs, several pilots and demonstration projects are conducted, with funds from designated agencies and by the national government under the National Adaptation Fund on Climate Change. We refer to one such pilot/demonstration project. Between 2011 and 2013, under Indo-German bilateral cooperation, GIZ implemented an innovative pilot with the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation on Integrated Mangrove Fish Farming. Also Read – Insider threat managementBy building bunds and developing new mangroves to provide a protective shield to the coastline from storm surges, cyclones and sea-level rise, the project focused on additional and sustainable sources of livelihoods to reduce vulnerabilities of communities. With the ensuing success, the project was later up-scaled using funds from the global Adaptation Fund Board and replicated in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Gaps and loopholes in SAPCC implementation Based on our experiences of working with several state governments, we have identified certain challenges in the implementation of SAPCCs which needs careful reconsideration. First, in most states, SAPCCs have functioned as a stand-alone document with limited recognition of the activities of other line departments, which if integrated, can bring forth collective climate action. Moreover, the scope of SAPCCs is largely restricted to state jurisdiction, without a clear vision at further de-centralised governance systems. Districts and cities are still largely neglected areas for climate action in the SAPCCs. Second, pilots and demonstration projects, in general, have emerged as a useful tool, but nevertheless suffer from lack of in-built design of upscaling. We found that our practice with upscaling and replication of demonstration is not a prevalent one. Further, for undertaking climate actions and replication, while the focus is largely concentrated on finance, its access and its mobilisation within means of implementation and capacity building need a greater focus. Building institutions and structures are a crucial component of capacity building – an aspect largely marginalised. With such limitations, SAPCCs have not been able to achieve the original intent of providing a directional shift in the business-as-usual development pathways. With SAPCCs being revised with a view to national and global climate commitments, we offer a few recommendations in the context of the above-stated gaps. Recommendations for climate actions Develop upscaling/ replication strategies for successful pilots in the planning stage: Such strategies cannot be developed ex-post facto. In the absence of such strategies, pilots would remain expensive investments of human and financial resources which could rather have been deployed more effectively in supporting approaches that have already been mainstreamed. Mainstream Adaptation in Line Departments: Currently, SAPCCs are being revised in view of the national and global climate targets. This provides a unique opportunity for coherent and integrated climate actions by mainstreaming adaptation in the activities of the line departments such as agriculture, water, environment, forests and rural development. A critical aspect in the mainstreaming is the allocation of finances from the development budget aimed at climate-proofing development programmes. Increase focus on institutional and human capacities: As the final point, strengthening of human and institutional capacities would be the critical driver for upscaling, replication and mainstreaming of climate actions. To this end, the role of state-run institutions and civil society organisations is crucial. Without strong structures and institutions of building human and institutional capacities, the challenges of alleviating the vulnerabilities of local communities would remain a distant unachievable goal. Our experience shows that states such as Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, which have stronger institutional structures have been able to deliver their SAPCCs and NAFCC projects more effectively. Localisation of State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC): As the first point of convergence for state and national programmes, the district level provides a unique entry point for strengthening decentralised climate governance. Once the current process of revising the SAPCCs is accomplished, renewed effort must be made to downscale the SAPCC to the district level. Conclusion Studies confirm that climate-induced impacts are already manifesting and are expected to increase in the near future. Such impacts would translate into increased stress of resources and livelihoods, loss of human life and capital, increased risk of poverty entrapment and migration. Such a scenario calls for urgent, integrated and effective climate actions where SAPCCS are a potentially impactful entry point. Against this backdrop, demonstrations and pilots by themselves, though useful, are not enough. To tackle the severity of the challenge of climate impacts, revision of SAPCCs must be accompanied with a long-term strategy for up-scaled and effective climate actions grounded in strengthened human and financial capacities as well as innovations in governance structures and institutions. (The authors – Ashish Chaturvedi, Vijeta Rattani and Kirtiman Awasthi – work in Indo-German cooperation on Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management (ECCNRM) programme at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), New Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Gurugram: With Cybercrimes seeing an upward trend with every passing year a two-day workshop was conducted for the Gurugram police.In the workshops, discussions of various ways of dealing with the crime that is occurring through digital means. A total of 60 officials participated in the process. The second day of the programme will be held on day two. Besides dealing with online thefts which still constitutes the highest form of crime, Complaints of fake news being posted in the social media have seen an upward trend even as it does not figure among the top list of cybercrimes. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe number of complaints pertaining to fake news being circulated on Facebook and Twitter his rising 40 per cent year on year . While in 2016, there were over 200 such cases that were registered by the cybercrime police in 2019 there have already been 250 cases that have come to fore. While this form of cybercrime is a new phenomenon, most of the criminals get emboldened by the fact there is still no stricter law that enables the law enforcement officials to penalize them. Further, digital media enable most of the users to be anonymous. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThere is no doubt that as the nation is progressing digitally criminals are taking to this route to carry out their nefarious acts. Today practically every citizen has a Smartphone and therefore it has become easy for everyone with wrong intent to be a part of this crime, “said a senior police official from Gurugram police. “Taking cognizance of this new form of crime our team is also trying to adapt to it. We too are adapting ourselves to deal with cybercrimes. It is however also important for citizens to be careful and responsible in their use of technology,” added the official.
New Delhi: The Indian Railways is mulling the idea of handing over operations of more trains to private players in the coming days on several important routes with improved services and amenities for passengers. The decision comes under the 100-day agenda of the national transporter to hand over operations of the trains to private players on key routes. Earlier, the Indian Railways had announced to grant operations of two of its luxurious Tejas Express trains to Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) between Lucknow-New Delhi and Mumbai-Ahmedabad. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh According to a railway ministry official, the national transporter has called a meeting of senior railway officials on September 27 under the chairmanship of Member, Traffic of the Railway Board to decide the operational issues relating to private operation of passenger trains. In a letter to all the Principal Chief Operations Managers of the Central, Northern, North Central, South Eastern, South Central and Southern Railway dated September 23, Principal Executive Director of Coaching of the Railway Board, A. Madhusudan Reddy said, “As part of the 100-day action plan, the ministry has proposed that private operation of passenger trains be introduced to provide world class services.” Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad He said, “Under the railways proposal, private operators would be identified through a participative bid process to run private passenger day or overnight trains connecting important cities.” “It is contemplated that the private operators shall induct modern passenger trains and operate them on paths allocated to them on payment of haulage charges,” Reddy said. “Thus in order to prepare the RFQ (Request for quote) and concession documents, it is necessary to identify the routes and the number of services that can be run,” he said. According to the railway ministry plans, besides the Lucknow-New Delhi and Mumbai-Ahmedabad being given to the IRCTC for operations, the national transporter is mulling to give trains to private operators on inter-city services on 14 routes, while 10 on overnight and long distance services and four suburban services. The railways has proposed giving trains to private operators on long distance or overnight journey trains on the routes of Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Jammu/Katra, Delhi-Howrah, Secunderabad-Hyderabad, Secunderabad-Delhi, Delhi-Chennai, Mumbai-Chennai, Howrah-Chennai and Howrah-Mumbai. It has proposed to invite the private players for the intercity express on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Mumbai-Pune, Mumbai-Aurangabad, Mumbai-Madgaon, Delhi-Chandigarh/Amritsar, Delhi-Jaipur/Ajmer, Howrah-Puri, Howrah-Tata, Howrah-Patna, Secunderabad-Vijaywada, Chennai-Bengaluru, Chennai-Coimbatore, Chennai-Madurai and Ernakulam-Trivandrum routes. The railways has also proposed the operation of suburban trains in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Secunderabad by private players. The railways had earlier clearly said that before engaging private operators to run the trains, the national transporter will consult the trade unions and other stakeholders. The IRCTC has started the booking of tickets for the Tejas Express between Lucknow-New Delhi from October 5 onward journey. The IRCTC’s Tejas Express will be flagged off from Lucknow on October 4. The minimum fare for the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express has been kept at Rs 1,125 for the AC chair car, while the fare for Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express AC chair car will be Rs 1,280. On the other hand, the ticket price for Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express Executive chair car has been kept at Rs 2,310 and the Delhi-Lucknow fare for Executive Chair Car will be Rs 2,450. The passengers travelling on Tejas Express from Lucknow to Kanpur in AC chair car will have to shell out Rs 320 and Rs 630 for the Executive Chair car (ECC). For Lucknow to Ghaziabad travel, the passenger needs to pay Rs 1,125 for the AC chair car, while Rs 2,310 for the ECC. On the return journey, the fare is Rs 1,155 for AC Chair car from Delhi to Kanpur while for the ECC it is Rs 2,155. All these fares are subject to the application of dynamic fare, just like airlines, the IRCTC has said.
New Delhi: India is capable of dealing with any situation, Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik said on Friday over incidents of drones from Pakistan airdropping weapons in Punjab. The Indian Army has emerged stronger after fighting terrorism, he said on the sidelines of India Defence and Security Expo (IDSE) 2019, held at IIT-Delhi. According to a recent Punjab Police probe, GPS-fitted drones capable of lifting up to 10 kilograms of weight flew in from Pakistan seven to eight times to airdrop several caches of arms, ammunition and fake currency which were seized in Tarn Taran district. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh It indicated the weapons were to be used for terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. Police officials said it is the first time that drones have been used to drop weapons in Punjab from across the border. “India is capable of dealing with it and there is no issue of concern,” Naik said about the incidents of drones airdropping weapons in Punjab and the country’s defence preparedness. Speaking at the inauguration of the two-day IDSE, he stressed on coupling the ‘Make in India’ initiative with ‘buy in India’ to make the government’s flagship programme successful. “I hope the defence industry is able to create holistic capabilities in various identified disciplines to take our nation towards strategic independence,” he said. Naik said the government is looking at the “big picture” of strategic independence and it can be effectively established only if India can reduce its dependence on imports.