DefExpo 2018 kicked off in Thiruvidanthai, Chennai on Wednesday with much fanfare, as it a platform for India to showcase its defence prowess. The expo has seen the participation of many global and domestic firms who hope to secure contracts. While the expo kicked off on Wednesday, it was formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.
The 10th edition of the event, this is the first time that the event is being held in Chennai. The government, with this edition, wishes to position itself as a military manufacturer rather than just as an importer.
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The DefExpo comes amid heightened protests across the southern state demanding setting up of the Cauvery Management Board. There is widespread anger over the central government dragging its feet in implementing the Supreme Court guidelines.
With IANS inputs