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Surgical strikes video: Manohar Parrikar lauds Army’s valour, reveals the toughest part of making the decision

Surgical strikes video: Manohar Parrikar lauds Army’s valour, reveals the toughest part of making the decision Jun 28,2018

In the wake of Congress’ accusation that the Modi government used the surgical strike carried out in September 2016 as “political fodder” to garner votes, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said raising a question about surgical strike just to score a point was actually demeaning the armed forces. Parrikar was the Minister of Defence when the strikes were carried out. On Wednesday, Times Now had released the video footage of the Indian Army’s surgical strike when troops

US backs India’s membership in Nuclear Suppliers Group: Haley

US backs India’s membership in Nuclear Suppliers Group: Haley Jun 28,2018

US Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley, who is on a three-day visit to India, on Thursday, said the United States supports India’s membership in Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).Addressing a press gathering, Haley said, “India, a nuclear state, is respected widely because it is a responsible democracy. US also supports India’s membership in Nuclear Suppliers Group.” The NSG is a group of nuclear supplier countries controls the export of materials, equipment and technology that can be

US tells India, China to end oil imports from Iran by November 4

US tells India, China to end oil imports from Iran by November 4 Jun 28,2018

The United States has told India and other countries to cut oil imports from Iran to “zero” by November 4 or face sanctions, making it clear that there would be no waivers to anyone. Iran is India’s third-largest oil supplier behind Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Iran supplied 18.4 million tonnes of crude oil during April 2017 and January 2018 (first 10 months of 2017-18 fiscal). Last month, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the landmark Iran nuclear deal, re-imposing US

Chinese general to visit India as re-set in ties gathers pace

Chinese general to visit India as re-set in ties gathers pace Jun 28,2018

A senior Chinese general will soon visit India, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday, as the neighbours step up efforts to reset ties following an ice-breaking summit between their leaders.Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed in April to open a new chapter in ties, just months after a dispute over a stretch of their high-altitude Himalayan border rekindled fears of war. Speaking at a monthly news briefing, Chinese Defence Ministry Spokesman Wu Qian said

US won’t tolerate Pakistan becoming haven for terrorists: Nikki Haley

US won’t tolerate Pakistan becoming haven for terrorists: Nikki Haley Jun 28,2018

Pakistan becoming a haven for terror groups cannot be tolerated and the US has already delivered the message to Islamabad, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley today said.”We cannot turn a blind eye to those harbouring terrorists… Communicating to Pakistan that this cannot be tolerated,” she said while delivering a lecture at a think tank here. She also said that India and the US must be global leaders in the fight against terrorism adding “we can and must do more.”Touching upon a

India among top 5 friends, Beijing Moscow's top Ally : Russia Poll

India among top 5 friends, Beijing Moscow's top Ally : Russia Poll Jun 28,2018

Despite a significant cooling between traditional strategic partners Russia and India + , India can still count itself as one of the top five "friends" of Russia. And for all the talk about Russia moving towards Pakistan, an annual opinion poll by one of Moscow's most respected think tanks shows Pakistan does not yet cross Russian consciousness. The Levada Centre, the only non-governmental pollster in Russia, and labelled a "foreign agent" by the Kremlin in 2016 is distinguished by the

Govt approves Phase-II Strategic Oil Storage facility for emergency stockpile

Govt approves Phase-II Strategic Oil Storage facility for emergency stockpile Jun 28,2018

The government on Wednesday gave in-principle approval to the proposal, announced in the 2017-18 budget, to build two more underground crude oil storages with private partnership to raise emergency stockpile cover by 12 days to 22 days. The proposal envisages building a 4-million tonne (MT) storage at Chandikhole in Odisha and 2.5 MT storage at Padur in Karnataka, finance minister Piyush Goyal told reporters. This is Phase-II of the country’s strategic storage plan, first drawn up during the

India supports Russia at Chemical Weapons Meet

India supports Russia at Chemical Weapons Meet Jun 28,2018

India on Wednesday voted against UK at the Special Session of the Conference of State Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in Hague in what can be viewed as support for Russian position. It was convened by UK to propose that Organisation for Prohibition for Chemical Weapons (OPCW) should be empowered not just to investigate whether chemical weapons have been used in an incident but also to identify the group or government responsible for it. India voted against UK proposal along with 23

Indian Military to set up Defence Cyber Academy

Indian Military to set up Defence Cyber Academy Jun 28,2018

The Indian military is all set to get a new body which would tackle cyber warfare. IT would comprise around 1,000 personnel drawn from all three wings of the military. The Defence Cyber Academy would defend military assets and also use its capabilities to fight proxy cyber warfare. It may be recalled that Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat stressed on exploiting cyber space for advantage of defence forces, saying the "tech-savvy" terrorists operating from across the borders are using it for their

DRDO’s unique surveillance system to guard border at high altitude

DRDO’s unique surveillance system to guard border at high altitude Jun 28,2018

Surveillance along the border, which has been a concern for the security forces, can now be intensified with a new system developed by India’s premier Research and Development agency – Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The border surveillance system designed and developed by Dehradun- based Instruments Research and Development Establishment (IRDE) has many unique features for monitoring border areas at high altitude. The system facilitates monitoring and surveillance of

Russian Helicopters delivers 6 overhauled MI-17 1V to BSF

Russian Helicopters delivers 6 overhauled MI-17 1V to BSF Jun 28,2018

Russian Helicopters, a part of Russia’s Rostec State Corporation, has delivered six Mi-17-1V helicopters to India’s Border Security Force after a major overhaul, the company said in a statement. An overhaul performed at Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant (NARP) not only include repairs or change of engine, but also avionics and hydraulics. “While the Novosibirsk has been regularly performing overhaul for Mi-8/17 type helicopters for the wide range of foreign operators, this was the first

Amid Nikki Haley’s visit, US-India 2+2 Dialogue postponed due to ‘unavoidable reasons’

Amid Nikki Haley’s visit, US-India 2+2 Dialogue postponed due to ‘unavoidable reasons’ Jun 28,2018

The first India-US strategic 2+2 Dialogue involving External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and their US counterparts that was scheduled to have been held in Washington on July 6 has been postponed, the External Affairs Ministry said on Wednesday. The news came even as US Permanent Representative to the UN Nikki Haley met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here.External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar

Army must conquer cyber space to counter tech-savvy terrorists : Army chief

Army must conquer cyber space to counter tech-savvy terrorists : Army chief Jun 28,2018

Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat today stressed on exploiting cyber space for advantage of defence forces, saying the “tech-savvy” terrorists operating from across the borders are using it for their benefit and if the armed forces don’t stay ahead of them, they may never be able overcome terrorism. Addressing a conference on cyber security here, the Army Chief said the cyber space is important not only in conventional warfare, but is equally relevant in the sub-conventional warfare or proxy

Sitharaman raises financial powers of DRDO

Sitharaman raises financial powers of DRDO Jun 28,2018

In line with delegation of financial power to armed forces, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has also enhanced the financial powers of various authorities in an effort to bring more efficiency and effectiveness of Defence Research establishments. The financial powers of Secretary, Defence R&D for sanctioning of projects and procurements has been enhanced from Rs 75 crore to Rs 150 Crore and for the Directors General (DG) increased from Rs 50 crore to Rs 75 crore, the ministry of defence

Maoist gunned down in Jharkhand

Maoist gunned down in Jharkhand Jun 28,2018

A Maoist was killed on Wednesday in a combing operation launched by police following the death of six Jharkhand Jaguar jawans in a landmine blast triggered by the rebels a day earlier.The operation was underway in the Budha Pahar area on the borders of Latehar and Garhwa districts in Jharkhand. Police said other rebels had been hit and the casualty count could go up. “We have gunned down a Maoist in Budha Pahar area and one INSAS rifle has been recovered from the spot,” said IG

Xi says China not 'expansionist' but won't give up territory

Xi says China not 'expansionist' but won't give up territory Jun 28,2018

President Xi Jinping told US Defense Secretary James Mattis Wednesday that China would not create chaos in the world, but he defended its claim to disputed islands in the South China Sea. "Chinese people must build a strong socialist modernised country, but we insist on taking the path of peaceful development. We will not follow the path of expansionism and colonialism, we will not bring chaos to the world," Xi told the visiting Pentagon chief. But Xi, quoted by Xinhua news agency, added:

Indian army's new mission: To realise acting dreams of Kashmiris

Indian army's new mission: To realise acting dreams of Kashmiris Jun 28,2018

The Indian Army has embarked on a new mission to realise the acting dreams of Kashmiri boys and girls. The Army has roped in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, to teach acting to the young boys and girls in North Kashmir's Baramulla district, in order to help them to make it to the entertainment industry of the country. Army in collaboration with FTII has zeroed in on three courses — Screen Acting, Smartphone Film Making and Screenplay Writing — to churn-out budding

US needs to understand India Russia defence ties

US needs to understand India Russia defence ties Jun 27,2018

Twenty years ago, India tested five nuclear bombs at Pokhran, triggering US sanctions. India is facing a similar situation today due to the US’ Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (Caatsa). If imposed, these sanctions would have severe negative consequences for the US-India defence relationship. To understand why, it is imperative to delve into the historical growth of the Indian Armed Forces and India’s relationships with its various partners. Following India’s

Indian Ministry of Defence plans to strengthen the country's cybersecurity

Indian Ministry of Defence plans to strengthen the country's cybersecurity Jun 27,2018

On 19 June, the Department of Defence held a workshop on the development of the Cyber Security Framework. It was inaugurated by the Minister of Defence, Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman and more than a hundred representatives from the Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA), the Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) and the Defence Public Sector Undertakings and Ordnance Factories attended the workshop. In an official press statement released by the Ministry, according to