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ISRO recalls mega GSAT-11 from Kourou for re-tests

ISRO recalls mega GSAT-11 from Kourou for re-tests Apr 25,2018

Just over a fortnight after flying GSAT-11 out to Kourou for launch, the Indian Space Research Organisation has recalled the heaviest communication satellite it has built. The reason is said to be for conducting additional technical checks in Bengaluru, where it was built. The 5,700-kg high-throughput or Internet broadband satellite had reached French Guiana in South America on March 30 and was slated for launch on May 26 (IST), according to its launch agency Arianespace. ISRO’s spokesman

India-made Tejas proves its mettle in IAF’s biggest combat exercise

India-made Tejas proves its mettle in IAF’s biggest combat exercise Apr 25,2018

Notwithstanding few snags they developed during Indian Air Force (IAF) combat exercise Gagan Shakti, a fleet of eight indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft convinced the top brass of the IAF that the homemade combat jet is ready for operation. Tejas LCA undertook 6 sorties a day. Each mission, lasting for 45 minutes on the lower side to one and half hours, proved the indigenous fighter jet’s efficiency in an operational role. There were technical snags, but none were repetitive in nature.

IAF tests capability to handle nuclear, biological war with Gagan Shakti

IAF tests capability to handle nuclear, biological war with Gagan Shakti Apr 25,2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF) tested its capability in dealing with a possible scenario of nuclear and biological warfare during a 13-day-long mega military exercise whose aim was to sharpen its war waging capability in the wake of fast evolving regional security situation. Official sources said the focus of the Gagan Shakti exercise from April 8-20 was to check the viability of IAF’s operational plans to deal with any kind of challenge including nuclear warfare and a possible situation of a

LCA Tejas has capability to engage hostile fighter jets: IAF

LCA Tejas has capability to engage hostile fighter jets: IAF Apr 25,2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday said that the home-made Light Combat Aircraft (LAC) Tejas have performed well in the recently concluded 14-day ‘Gaganshakti’ exercise and also have ability to intercept and engage hostile fighter jets. “We have done trials and validation of operational efficiency of LCA Tejas. We were able to generate six sorties per platform per day. In this exercise, we had deployed eight platforms,” said an IAF official who was associated with this

Reforming defence planning in India

Reforming defence planning in India Apr 25,2018

Finally, a significant change seems to be in the offing in India’s defence planning architecture with the Narendra Modi government deciding to establish an overarching defence planning committee (DPC) under the national security adviser. The aim is to leverage this cross-governmental body—comprising the chairman of the chiefs of staff committee, three service chiefs, the defence, expenditure and foreign secretaries—to enhance India’s ability to do some long-term strategizing. The DPC

Five reasons why Prime Minister Modi’s visit to China is unusual

Five reasons why Prime Minister Modi’s visit to China is unusual Apr 25,2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Wuhan, capital of the central Chinese province of Hubei, 27-28 April for an “informal” summit with president Xi Jinping is unusual for several reasons. One, given the Chinese penchant for protocol and ‘atmospherics’, this informal summit, and that too barely a month before Modi visits China again for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, is unprecedented. “This is not only unusual, but also a sign that Xi is a new kind of Chinese

Chinese air force monitored IAF’s biggest exercise closely

Chinese air force monitored IAF’s biggest exercise closely Apr 25,2018

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) closely monitored different aspects of the Indian Air Force’s Gaganshakti-2018 exercise that concluded in the eastern sector on Sunday, said people involved in the drills. The IAF clocked more 11,000 sorties during the two-phase air manoeuvres that saw the concentration of the air force’s deployed assets move from the western sector to the eastern front in less than 48 hours, an official said. “Gaganshakti-2018 was the biggest IAF

The fighter for India’s future: Going back to the beginning

The fighter for India’s future: Going back to the beginning Apr 25,2018

The Indian Air Force has just released an RFI (request for information) for 110 fighters not very much after the Narendra Modi government scrapped the MMRCA deal for 126 fighters to buy 18 ready for combat Rafale fighters and 108 to be built in India. The French Rafale was chosen as the fighter for the future after an almost decade-long process of contemplation, examination, evaluation and a competition that came to be called the “shoot-out”. We still haven’t got to know why it really was

US?sanctions on Russia puts the brakes on $6 billion India missile deal

US?sanctions on Russia puts the brakes on $6 billion India missile deal Apr 25,2018

US sanctions on Russian military exports have put the brakes on a $6 billion deal with India and may derail the arms purchases of other US allies around Asia, experts say. Under a law that US President Donald Trump signed in August, any country trading with Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors will face sanctions. The law is designed to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, involvement in the Syrian civil war and meddling in the 2016 US

4 Jaish militants gunned down in J&K

4 Jaish militants gunned down in J&K Apr 25,2018

Four militants, a soldier and a policeman were killed in a day-long encounter in Tral area of Pulwama district, 50 km south-east of Srinagar, on Tuesday. Police said the militants belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and their identities were being ascertained. Sources in the police said two of the slain militants were believed to be Pakistan nationals, while the other two were locals, one of them a constable’s son. The slain Army man has been identified as Sepoy Ajay Kumar of Sirmaur,

Newly Created 6th Battalion ITBP Headquarter Inaugurated in Jalalpur

Newly Created 6th Battalion ITBP Headquarter Inaugurated in Jalalpur Apr 24,2018

Newly built 6th Battalion ITBP Headquarter of Jalalpur in Bihar has been inaugurated by Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister and Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Bihar today. Sushil Kumar Modi, Dy. Chief Minister, Bihar, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, MP, Janardan Singh Sigriwal, MP, Janak Ram, MP, Om Prakash Yadav, MP and many MLAs and MLCs were present on the occasion. R K Pachnanda, DG ITBP welcomed the eminent guests and described the efforts being made by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the

Chinese President hails relations with Russia

Chinese President hails relations with Russia Apr 24,2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called Chinese-Russian relations valuable heritage of the two states at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the Chinese Foreign Ministry reported on Monday. "Relations between the two countries are at a high level and are valuable heritage of the two countries. Chinese-Russian comprehensive strategic partnership is actively developing," the Chinese Foreign Ministry quoted the president as saying. "Our countries should continue to help

South Korean yard again offers to build minesweepers in India

South Korean yard again offers to build minesweepers in India Apr 24,2018

South Korean company Kangnam Corporation has responded to India’s expression of interest to build minesweepers in the country under a Rs 32,640 crore programme, a senior government official said on Tuesday, after an earlier deal failed on the grounds of high costs. The government issued an expression of interest on March 21 after earlier negotiations with Busan-based Kangnam to build 12 mine-countermeasure vessels (MCMVs) at the state-owned Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) collapsed at the final

CRPF to replace 12,000 older troops with young personnel in Chhattisgarh

CRPF to replace 12,000 older troops with young personnel in Chhattisgarh Apr 24,2018

The CRPF has decided to replace about 12,000 of its aged troops with young and freshly inducted recruits to bring agility and renewed strength in its anti-Naxal operations in the LWE-hit areas of Chhattisgarh. The paramilitary, designated as the lead force against Left Wing Extremism (LWE) in the country, has recently recruited and trained about 20,000 fresh troops and has now planned to deploy the 'young blood' in these strenuous operations that require personnel to be out in jungles for

China fails to get Indian support for Belt and Road ahead of summit

China fails to get Indian support for Belt and Road ahead of summit Apr 24,2018

China failed to get India’s support for its ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project at the end of a foreign ministers’ meeting of a major security bloc on Tuesday, ahead of an ice-breaking trip to China this week by India’s prime minister. The Belt and Road is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s landmark scheme to build infrastructure to connect China to the rest of Asia and beyond, a giant reworking of its old Silk Road. India has not signed up to the initiative as parts of one key

In Agra, Cops Mull Buying ‘Drone Killer’ For Taj Security

In Agra, Cops Mull Buying ‘Drone Killer’ For Taj Security Apr 24,2018

Flying a drone in or around the Taj Mahal may land you in jail, but simply booking offenders under strict laws may not be enough. Agra Police is now mulling buying ‘Drone Killers’ to make sure that drones that we are too close to the monument is neutralized almost immediately after takeoff, officials told News 18. Vijay Kumar, Additional Director General (ADG) for Agra Zone, visited the historic monument on Tuesday to review the security situation. One of the problems facing cops in-charge

Delay in building ships, cost escalation hit Navy’s upgradation plans

Delay in building ships, cost escalation hit Navy’s upgradation plans Apr 24,2018

Defence public sector undertaking (DPSU) shipyards like Mazagon Dock in Mumbai (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers in Kolkata (GRSE) as well as Cochin Shipyard have several ships under construction, and are currently handling four P-15B Destroyers, seven P-17A Frigates, one P-28, five Landing Craft Utility MK IV, five P-75 Submarines and five Catamaran Hull Survey vessels, among others. Amit Cowshish, former financial advisor (acquisition) in the Defence Ministry, told

After mega drill, IAF hints at readiness for two-front war

After mega drill, IAF hints at readiness for two-front war Apr 24,2018

The Indian Air Force effectively achieved relocation and re-balancing of its assets from one sector to another during a recently concluded mega exercise, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Monday, hinting at its preparedness to deal with a two-front war. The IAF carried out Gagan Shakti exercise — the biggest such drill in three decades — from April 8 to April 20 with a focus on borders with China and Pakistan. “We achieved things beyond our stated objectives,” Air Chief Marshal

India caught in crossfire of sanctions on Russian arms

India caught in crossfire of sanctions on Russian arms Apr 24,2018

US sanctions on Russian military exports have put the brakes on a $6 billion deal with India and may derail the arms purchases of other US allies around Asia, experts say. Under a law that US President Donald Trump signed in August, any country trading with Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors will face sanctions. The law is designed to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, involvement in the Syrian civil war and meddling in the 2016 US

1 jawan, Jaish-e-Mohammad militant and 1 police officer killed in Tral encounter

1 jawan, Jaish-e-Mohammad militant and 1 police officer killed in Tral encounter Apr 24,2018

In Indian Army jawan, a Jaish-e-Mohammad militant and a police officer have been reported dead in the ongoing encounter at Pulwama’s Lam Tral in Jammu and Kashmir. The encounter broke out between Indian security forces and the militants in Lam Tral, Pulwama, earlier today after militants fired upon an army patrol from a nearby orchard.Earlier, a jawan was reported injured. Two to three militants are believed to have been trapped during the encounter. Police and the CRPF have cordoned off