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Top 10 Most Powerful Militaries in the World 2017

Athira Jishnu

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Top 10 Most Powerful Militaries in the World 2017

In today’s world, the militaries of many countries are allied. With coalitions, partnerships and plenty of combined force usage, the idea of a singular country fighting another is almost as foreign to us as a tank may have been to the armies of the American Revolution. However, many countries still take pride in being among the best around, without the strength of allies lent to them. Here, we take a look at the 10 most powerful militaries in the world. To properly measure for this rating, we will take into account such factors as overall military force, recruitment, potential draft pool, technological and logistic capacities, and finally, territory as a determination of invasion defense capacity (though this measure will be somewhat muted given the modern nature of war). Due to the deterrent nature of such weapons, the world’s nuclear arsenal are not included in this ranking set.

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10. Turkey

 

Budget: $18.2 billion
Active frontline personnel: 410,500
Tanks: 3,778
Total aircraft: 1,020
Submarines: 13

It was perhaps the struggle of the other countries sharing borders with the regions where the Islamic State has a strong presence, the struggle in Syria or the probability of clashes with the Kurdish separatist organization, PKK, which made Turkey realize that it needs to prepare itself to face danger head on, if and when it approaches, and decide to increase its investment in defence in 2015 by 10%. Its defence budget is at $18.18 billion. Its army size, including regular troops and reserves, is just above 660,000. Turkey’s air force has 1000 aircraft. The military also claims to 16,000 land weapons. It has strong diplomatic ties with the US, and partakes in initiatives around the world.

9. Israel

 

Budget: $17 billion
Active frontline personnel: 160,000
Tanks: 4,170
Total aircraft: 684
Submarines: 5

Starting off our list of the top 10 most powerful militaries of the world is the Israeli military. Despite being last on this list in terms of supply and power within borders, Israel plenty of power in terms of partnerships, having created a mutually beneficial partnership with nearly every nation on this list hereafter. Most of the army of Israel is very well equipped and being one of the most research intensive domestic economies in the world, new defense measures are nearly always being developed. At time of writing, most aircraft for the Israeli Air Force is either given or on loan from the United States, while many drones, land carriers and weapons are made within the country. Most renowned for their intelligence and special operations groups, Israel’s defense is one of practicality; The larger numbers may not always determine the winner in war, but the apt use of what you do have may turn the tide of battle.

8. Germany

Budget: $40.2 billion
Active frontline personnel: 179,046
Tanks: 408
Total aircraft: 663
Submarines: 4

Next up is Germany, often considered one of the top powerhouses in Europe regarding military might. Having built itself back up from the days of East and West Germany, this nation is one of the only NATO nations to ever use Russian manufactured military aircraft in their service. With an annual defense budget of over $36 billion, Germany is well funded, and despite having both a lower aircraft and naval count, the overall forces are significantly higher in terms of raw numbers. With a high number of both active and reserve personnel, as well as highly advanced training against terrorist measures, Germany certainly is well founded to be within the top 8 of the worlds militaries.

7. South Korea

Budget: $62.3 billion
Active frontline personnel: 624,465
Tanks: 2,381
Total aircraft: 1,412
Submarines: 13

South Korea shares its border with North Korea which has an extremely powerful army at its disposal, and hence, is a constant threat to South Korea. But, its offensive neighbour is not its only problem. To meet the increasing armament of China and Japan, South Korea has been increasing its defence expenditure, which is now $34 billion. It maintains a large army of over 640,000 active personnel and 2,900,000 additional personnel in the reserve, alongside the 6th largest air force with 1,393 aircraft, as well as a small 166 ships. The country has about 15,000 land weapons, including rocket systems, as well as 2,346 tanks. It routinely participates in military training with the US.

6. France

Budget: $62.3 billion
Active frontline personnel: 202,761
Tanks: 423
Total aircraft: 1,264
Submarines: 10

While often made fun of as the “White Flag Army”, France has a remarkably powerful military. Having the 2nd largest force in the EU, the 10th largest budget for it worldwide, and (though not counted here) the third largest nuclear arsenal worldwide makes it quite the powerful force. Of particular renown are the French Foreign Legion , whose candidates come from all over the world to prove themselves to be some of the toughest soldiers in the world, often refusing to give an inch until their last man has fallen. The forces of the French military (active and combined) reach just over 400,000 and nearly 1,300 aircraft, there are plenty of soldiers for France which don’t believe surrender is an option. Another of these groups is the famous GIGN, which acts both as a specialized counter terrorist force, as well as a special police service for particularly bad situations within the country.

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Melodia Conduct a Christmas Evening on 14th December!

Roselin Ravikrishnan

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Melodia Conduct a Christmas Evening on 14th December!

Melodia Conduct a Christmas Evening on 14th December, Saturday held at Co-Bank Towers, Near Mascot Hotel, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram. The Function stats at 5.00 pm. Melodia Christmas evening celebrated with the presence of carol songs by various churches in Thiruvananthapuram. They also are extending a helping hand to a few persons.

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Christmas Evening will be graced by the distinguished presence of Shri. Ramesh Chennithala(Hon. Leader of Opposition, Kerala Legislative Assembly), Shri. Gopinath Muthukad, Shri. Ousepachan, Shri. Jacob Kurien(NRI Friends Forum, Sharjah, UAE, and Founder Jordan Valley), and Shri.S.P Subramonian(Ex. Director, SP Group, Thiruvananthapuram).

Programme 

Welcome: Smt. Maria Oommen
Melodia Annual Report 2019: Pro. Shijo Philip
Presidential Address: Prof. Alex Thomas
Inaugural Address: Shri. Ramesh Chennithala (Hon. Leader of Opposition, Kerala Legislative Assembly)
Christmas Message: Gopinath Muthukad
Felicitations: Shri. Jacob Kurien
Shri.S.P Subramonian
Shri. Ousepachan
Musical Tribute to Shri. Ousepachan: Smt. Rajalakshmi Abhiram and Shri. Rakesh Brahmanandan
Choir: Melodia
Vote of Thanks: Smt. Smitha George
Musical Fusion: Shri. Balu and Team

All are Welcome to this Wonderful Evening

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Miss Universe 2019: winner is Miss South Africa!

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Miss Universe 2019 from South Africa

south Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi is the Miss Universe 2019. Zozibini and Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson were the best two competitors for the Miss Universe position. Miss Universe Mexico is the second-next in line. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray delegated Zozibini Tunzi at the occasion held in Atlanta on Sunday night.

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Miss Universe 2019

Miss Universe 2019

26-year-old Zozibini Tunzi is from Tsolo, South Africa. She is quite active in the fight against gender-based violence. Her Miss Universe boi describes her as, “She has devoted her social media campaign to change the narrative around gender stereotypes. She is a proud advocate for natural beauty and encourages women to love themselves the way they are.”

The 2019 Miss Universe pageant was held on Sunday night in Atlanta, the capital of the US state of Georgia. The pageant brought 90 women together to see who will bring home the title. Contestants competed in swimsuit, evening gown and on-stage question rounds.

Miss Universe 2019 from South Africa

Miss Universe 2019 from South Africa

The last question that won Miss Universe South Africa the crown was: “What is the most significant thing you ought to show little youngsters today?” One thing new this year was that every challenger was allowed the chance to own the last expression for the group of spectators and judges.

Making to the top five were: Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Thailand and South Africa. After Zozibini Tunzi won the Miss Universe crown, Oprah Winfrey tweeted to congratulate her. She wrote, “Congratulations Miss South Africa, the new Miss Universe @zozitunzi! Agree with you…leadership is the most powerful thing we should be teaching young women today. We welcome your visit to #OWLAG, our Leadership Academy for Girls (sic).”

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From India to England; The snake traveled 5000 miles, hiding in a lorry

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A snake has reached England about 5,000 miles from India. The legendary snake traveled to England on a freight truck. The snake was found in the back of a lorry heading to the town of Purfleet in Essex, southeast England. It was a snake known as the Snake Cat Snake found in India.

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The snake traveled 4700 miles, or 7600 km, without food or water. David Exworth, a member of the animal welfare organization RSPCA, said the snake had no significant health risks. The snake was found by David Exworth at the Essex Depot after employees reported it. He said it was a light poisonous snake.

David Exworth said he received a number of phone messages stating that the creatures were found in vehicles, travelers’ bags, and other things while traveling overseas for vacation. Therefore, the drivers of freight trucks operating in the international service are warned to check the vehicles and the goods properly.

The snake traveled 4700 miles, or 7600 km, without food or water. David Exworth, a member of the animal welfare organization RSPCA, said the snake had no significant health risks. The snake was found by David Exworth at the Essex Depot after employees reported it. He said it was a light poisonous snake.

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