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Ahead of Modi-Xi meet, India joins Quad group opposing China's moves in Indo-Pacific

Ahead of Modi-Xi meet, India joins Quad group opposing China's moves in Indo-Pacific Jun 08,2018

India on Thursday once again joined United States, Japan and Australia to call for free and open Indo-Pacific – a euphemism often used to oppose hegemonic aspirations of China. Even as it seeks to mend its ties with Beijing; New Delhi made an attempt to strike a delicate balance by sending its diplomats to a meeting with representatives of United States, Japan and Australia in Singapore on Thursday for “consultations on issues of common interest in the Indo-Pacific region”. The move

ISRO gets nod for Semi-Cryogenic Engine, will boost GSLV’s lift capability by 1 Tonne

ISRO gets nod for Semi-Cryogenic Engine, will boost GSLV’s lift capability by 1 Tonne Jun 08,2018

The Space Commission has given approval to Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) to develop a semi-croygenic engine, which will increase the lifting capability of its GSLV Mk III rocket by one tonne. Talking to TOI about the new project, Isro chairman K Sivan said, “After a presentation before the Space Commission, Isro has got the approval for developing the semi-cryogenic rocket stage. The deadline to develop this stage is 29 months. Once the stage is ready, the carrying capability of

State-run MDL to lead the way in India’s P-75 (I) Submarine Project

State-run MDL to lead the way in India’s P-75 (I) Submarine Project Jun 08,2018

The Defence Ministry is likely to finalise in the next few days the broad contours of Indian Navy’s ambitious project to build six advanced submarines under the multi-billion P-75 (I) programme. Sources said that the state-run Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) is likely to be given the responsibility to implement the project as against the government’s earlier indication that private shipbuilders would be involved in constructing the submarines. A meeting of the Defence Acquisition

lack of Next-Gen Multi-role Helicopters blunts Indian Navy edge in war game

lack of Next-Gen Multi-role Helicopters blunts Indian Navy edge in war game Jun 08,2018

Indian warships have reached the Pacific island of Guam for the first naval exercises here that will focus on hunting submarines and operating jointly with the US and Japanese forces. The Indian ships lack a critical asset – a naval multirole helicopter – that will limit their ability to track American nuclear-powered submarine and a Japanese conventional submarine that are part of the war games. The Indian Navy has been trying to procure these helicopters, which enable warships to locate

India hopes frosty ties between Iran, US won’t hurt Chabahar project

India hopes frosty ties between Iran, US won’t hurt Chabahar project Jun 08,2018

India today said it hoped that the frosty ties between Iran and the US would not hurt the Chabahar port project as it provided an alternative route to not only Afghanistan but also Central Asia. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had made clear India’s position on the issue and also elucidated on how the relations between the two countries would grow despite the sanctions. Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister of Iran, held

CISF, NSG get home ministry nod to shoot down UFOs near Indira Gandhi airport

CISF, NSG get home ministry nod to shoot down UFOs near Indira Gandhi airport Jun 08,2018

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and National Security Guards (NSG) can shoot down so-called Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) seen near Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, where several such instances have been reported in the past year. A committee set up the home ministry has authorised the shooting of these objects. While the term UFOs is generally used in the context of alien aircraft, in this case, they refer to any unidentifiable object flying near the airport.

Nepal Army Chief to review IMA passing-out parade

Nepal Army Chief to review IMA passing-out parade Jun 08,2018

Nepalese Army Chief General Rajendra Chhetri will be the reviewing officer for the June 9 passing-out parade at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.Inviting army chiefs of friendly SAARC countries for reviewing the parade has been a tradition of Indian Military Academy. Bangladesh Army Chief had come to review the last passing-out parade. This is because a large number of Gentlemen Cadets from friendly countries come to the Indian Military Academy for training. The friendly countries include

PM to attend India’s first Summit as full member of SCO in China

PM to attend India’s first Summit as full member of SCO in China Jun 08,2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads for Qingdao, a city in eastern Shandong Province on China’s east coast, to attend India’s first Summit as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on June 9-10. India and Pakistan were admitted as full members of the economic and strategic grouping in June 2017. This will be Modi’s second visit to China in just over a month, after his April 28 and 29 “informal” summit in Wuhan. Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with China’s

Government accords ‘top priority’ to securing release of 6 Indians abducted in Afghanistan: MEA

Government accords ‘top priority’ to securing release of 6 Indians abducted in Afghanistan: MEA Jun 08,2018

The government has accorded “top priority” to securing the release of six Indians abducted by gunmen in Afghanistan last month and is in touch with all the stakeholders involved, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said here today. He said there could be a meeting next week between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the family members of the abducted and that dates were being worked out.”We are according top priority to the problem. We are seized of the

Image emerges of China’s stealthy Dark Sword UCAV

Image emerges of China’s stealthy Dark Sword UCAV Jun 07,2018

An image of what appears to be a full-scale model or technology demonstrator of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)’s An Jian (Dark Sword) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) emerged on Chinese online news portals and social media on 5 June – nearly 12 years after a conceptual model of the platform was revealed at the Airshow China 2006 exhibition – fuelling a flurry of debate on its development status. The undated photograph shows in the background a large, elongated,

CRPF commando, policeman killed in encounter with Naxals in Jharkhand

CRPF commando, policeman killed in encounter with Naxals in Jharkhand Jun 07,2018

A commando of the Central Reserve Police Force and a policeman were killed in an encounter with Naxals in Jharkhand’s Saraikela area on Thursday, officials said. The gunbattle began around 7am in the Dalbhaga-Arki area of Saraikela-Kharsawan district when a joint team of the Jharkhand Police and the 209th Battalion of the CRPF’s CoBRA or Commando Battalion for Resolute Action was out for an operation, they said. Commando Utpal Rabha (27), hailing from Meghalaya’s North Garo Hills

New Coast Guard ship commissioned in Mumbai

New Coast Guard ship commissioned in Mumbai Jun 07,2018

The Indian Coast Guard's new indigenously-built Interceptor ship C-439 was commissioned at a ceremony here on Thursday. Coast Guard Additional Director General K. Natrajan, who is also Commander of Western Seaboard, commissioned the sleek vessel in the presence of Inspector General V.D. Chafekar, Commander of Coast Guard Region West and other top military and government officials. The C-439 is designed and built by L&T Marine and Ship Design Division. The vessel is 27.4 metres long with 136

India shows interest in modern combat vehicles from Ukraine

India shows interest in modern combat vehicles from Ukraine Jun 07,2018

The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of India is showing growing interest in the Ukrainian-made modern and upgraded combat armoured vehicles. SFTE “SpetsTechnoExport” *, part of Ukroboronprom, organized a visit of the official delegation of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of India to the SE “Kiev Armored Plant” on 4 June. According to the statement of the company, during the visit to the plant, Indian guests were acquainted with the new products of the Ukrainian defence

Indigenous device all set to track-and-kill enemy drones

Indigenous device all set to track-and-kill enemy drones Jun 07,2018

A working prototype of India’s first indigenous technology to search, track and kill enemy drones is ready in Bengaluru. With an ever-increasing threat perception — in 2015, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) issued alerts of drone attacks in Delhi and in 2016, the IAF Southern Command had reports of drone and other types of attacks by aerial vehicles — drone attacks cannot be ruled out. Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), which has the prototype, is now in talks with user agencies

Defence Ministry approves military purchases worth over Rs 5,500 crore

Defence Ministry approves military purchases worth over Rs 5,500 crore Jun 07,2018

The defence ministry today approved military purchases worth over Rs 5,500 crore, including 12 high power radars for the Indian Air Force. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The DAC, defence ministry's highest decision-making body on procurement, met here today and accorded approval for the procurement of equipment for the defence forces valued at over Rs 5,500

U.S., India, Japan Navies Start Malabar Exercise Tomorrow in Guam

U.S., India, Japan Navies Start Malabar Exercise Tomorrow in Guam Jun 07,2018

The U.S. Navy is hosting naval forces from India and Japan in Guam for the annual Malabar Exercise, set to start Thursday in the Philippine Sea. This is the first year Guam is hosting the annual exercise in which participants will practice surface and anti-submarine warfare operations, combined carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, and visit, board, search, and seizure operations, according to a Navy statement. The Malabar 2018 exercise represents the

Indian Defence To Develop AI-Enabled Weaponry To Keep Up With China

Indian Defence To Develop AI-Enabled Weaponry To Keep Up With China Jun 07,2018

The Indian government has green signalled a mega AI-project in the defence sector that will help equip the army with unmanned tanks, vessels, aerial vehicles, and robotic weaponry. Speaking to PTI, secretary, defence production, Ajay Kumar said the AI-based technology solution will be incorporated in all the three forces — army, airforce, and navy. A high-powered task force headed by Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran has been assigned to develop the specifics and the framework that

Escalating dangers of Indian missiles - Pak Media

Escalating dangers of Indian missiles - Pak Media Jun 07,2018

India is constantly arraying a variety of ballistic missiles in the region of three nuclear-weapons states. Through rapid developments in nuclear and missile technology, India is dragging the region into an impending arms race between the two countries. Notwithstanding, Pakistan has successfully managed to overturn India’s ambition for unabated arms race into a tit-for-tat cycle of India’s aggressive actions being responded with Pakistan’s appropriate defensive

Indian Company bags Rs 737-crore contract for Bangladesh nuclear power plant

Indian Company bags Rs 737-crore contract for Bangladesh nuclear power plant Jun 07,2018

Hindustan Construction Co (HCC) today announced that its JV with MAX Group has won a Rs 737 crore contract from Russia for a nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. The contract includes civil works of Turbine Island for Unit 1 of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). “HCC, in a joint venture with MAX Group, a construction company in Bangladesh has been awarded USD 110 million (Rs 737 crore) contract by Russia’s State Nuclear Company, JSC Atomstroyexport,” HCC said in a statement. HCC’s share

India, Thailand to engage in war exercise for closer relations between armies

India, Thailand to engage in war exercise for closer relations between armies Jun 07,2018

Defence cooperation between India and Thailand is set to get a boost with the armies of the two countries set to engage in a two-week annual war game to enhance the battle efficiency of the two Asian states. The joint exercise, called ‘Exercise Maitree’, between the Indian army and the Royal Thailand army is scheduled to take place in Mueang of Chachoengsao province in Thailand. It comes in tandem with the Modi government’s emphasis on India’s “Act East” policy. “In the series