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No power can influence New Delhi’s defence plans

No power can influence New Delhi’s defence plans May 18,2018

In the light of concerns that any American sanctions on Russian military exports could affect the supply of badly-needed Russian military equipment to India, sources have said New Delhi is “not going to allow our defence requirements to be dictated by any other country”. India is, however, lobbying with the Trump administration and the US Congress on the matter to convince them of the importance of crucial Russian military equipment that India proposes to acquire. The issue assumes

150-billion INR deal to revamp Indian Army’s stockpile

150-billion INR deal to revamp Indian Army’s stockpile May 17,2018

Sun Tzu, the great Chinese general once stated, “The line between disorder and order lies in logistics”. His words were as significant for the medieval battles as it is for contemporary wars. A war is won by not a nation’s ability to send men to the frontlines but by its ability to provide those men with essentials such as ammunition, foods. Numbers won’t matter if the magazines are empty. If reports are to be believed, India, it seems, is waking up to this revelation made by the

Pakistan’s envy, India’s pride: PM Narendra Modi to dedicate 330 MW Kishanganga power project to nation

Pakistan’s envy, India’s pride: PM Narendra Modi to dedicate 330 MW Kishanganga power project to nation May 17,2018

A long-cherished dream is becoming a reality on Saturday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the 330 Mega Watt (MW) Kishanganga Hydro Power project to nation. An engineering marvel, the project, constructed near Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez, saw many ups and downs and international arbitration after Pakistan’s objections. Constructed at a cost of Rs 2726 crore, the work on this power project started in 2007 in the geologically complex Himalayan region. Spread over 379 hectares

Beijing wants six carriers, but won’t compete with the US

Beijing wants six carriers, but won’t compete with the US May 17,2018

Shortly after China’s first homemade aircraft carrier set off for sea trials on its maiden voyage this week, the Chinese media starting making waves, saying the country’s navy needed four more such vessels to advance the country’s interests in the western Pacific and northern Indian oceans. Some Chinese papers said the People’s Liberation Army needs a total of six carriers to form convoys and strike groups to project and advance China’s interests in the western Pacific and northern

India’s nuclear submarine INS Arihant fully operational with N-tipped K-15 missiles

India’s nuclear submarine INS Arihant fully operational with N-tipped K-15 missiles May 17,2018

India has bolstered its second strike capability by operationalising submarine-launched nuclear and conventional missiles which can hit targets over 700 kilometres away. Only four other countries – United States of America (USA), Russia, China and France – have such a strategic capability at present. But with Indian Navy’s nuclear submarine INS Arihant getting the K-15 Sagarika (B05) nuclear-tipped missiles in its arsenal, the country has joined a select club. Defence Minister Nirmala

Will India buy more upgraded Su-30 MKIs

Will India buy more upgraded Su-30 MKIs May 17,2018

The Indian defense contractor Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) has voiced its interest to produce more Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets. The HAL manufactured Sukhoi makes up the backbone of India’s Air Force. Its fleet would grow to 312, if the company’s proposal external link to produce 40 more planes is accepted by the Ministry of Defense. India originally received standard Su-30MKs, while its government and industry worked with the Russians to develop the more advanced Su-30MKI, complete with

Proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre stalled due to political wrangling, opposition from various states

Proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre stalled due to political wrangling, opposition from various states May 17,2018

Terrorism remains a highly subjective and multifaceted phenomenon that defies a universally accepted definition. If highly politicised nature of terrorism leads to different interpretations, the multiplicity of its nature and manifestations is another important reason for the lack of consensus on the definition of terrorism. Moreover, the threat of terrorism differs from country to country, occurring in many guises with the acts justified by different ideologies and grievances. This makes

IAF helicopter team to display aerobatic show in Pune

IAF helicopter team to display aerobatic show in Pune May 17,2018

The Sarang Helicopter Aerobatic Team of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will put up an aerobatic show at the passing out parade of 134th course of National Defence Academy (NDA) in the last week of May in Pune. A senior NDA official told TOI, “The Sarang has been performing its show for the past two years on the day of the PoP. The show has not only mesmerised people but also inspired larger number of youngsters to join the force.” The Sarang team has evolved from the ALH Evaluation Flight

Ceasefire or no ceasefire: Hizbul Mujahideen in huddle with top commanders

Ceasefire or no ceasefire: Hizbul Mujahideen in huddle with top commanders May 17,2018

The Hizbul Mujahideen is seeking feedback from its commanders before taking a final call on whether to accept the conditional ceasefire announced by the Centre during Ramzan. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Home Affairs accepted Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s ceasefire proposal and asked security forces not to launch operations against terrorists during the holy month. But it clarified that security forces reserved the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to

Anti-Terrorism Court resumes hearing of 2008 Mumbai terror attack in Pakistan

Anti-Terrorism Court resumes hearing of 2008 Mumbai terror attack in Pakistan May 17,2018

In Anti-Terrorism Court in Islamabad resumed hearing of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case on Wednesday, summoning the last two Pakistani prosecution witnesses and asking the government about the availability of 27 Indian witnesses in the next hearing “so as to conclude the trial expeditiously”. District Police Officer Dera Ghazi Khan Sohail Habib Tajik recorded his statement before Judge Shahrukh Arjumand, the Dawn reported. The statements of two more Pakistani witnesses, Federal

Ready to join dialogue with India: Pak. Army

Ready to join dialogue with India: Pak. Army May 17,2018

The Pakistan Army is ready to formally inject itself into any dialogue process with India, the country’s military spokesman indicated to a group of visiting South Asian journalists in a rare on-the-record conversation on Sunday. Pakistan’s Army chiefs have engaged with India after assuming power directly but have shied away from talking to New Delhi when a civilian government holds power in Islamabad. Other foreign leaders routinely meet the current Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa in

Pakistan Will Get A Dose Of Its Own Medicine

Pakistan Will Get A Dose Of Its Own Medicine May 17,2018

Terror is terror, and there can be no differentiation between a Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed or Umar Khorasani. Till Pakistan accepts this fundamental truth, global terrorism will keep raising its head Pakistan is a land where proverbial home-grown chickens come home to roost. From its genealogically flawed ‘two-nation’ theory to its deliberate attempts to ‘Shariaze’ itself during the 1980’s regime of dictator General Zia-ul-Haq — the consequences of its surrender towards puritanical

Rs 27,000-crore anti-aircraft missile deal hits hurdle

Rs 27,000-crore anti-aircraft missile deal hits hurdle May 17,2018

A mega deal to procure shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles for the Indian Army has hit controversy after competitors alleged that a Russian system was qualified even though it failed to meet technical requirements and could not fully demonstrate capabilities during trials. The Rs 27,000 crore deal to procure Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) missiles was initiated in 2010 under the previous UPA government and has gone through several twists and turns over the years that has left the

North Korea assures India against proliferation impacting Delhi’s security

North Korea assures India against proliferation impacting Delhi’s security May 17,2018

Indian MoS External Affairs VK Singh visited North Korea on May 15-16 as India sought to expand its ties amid the assurance by the reclusive Far-East Asian country of not allowing any proliferation activities that impact India’s security interests ahead of the proposed Trump-Kim summit on June 12 in Singapore. Singh is the first high-level Indian minister to visit Pyongyang in two decades. The Modi government aims to step up engagement as North Korea seeks to enter mainstream international

Massive BSF operation to uncover tunnel across International Border in Kathua-Samba sector

Massive BSF operation to uncover tunnel across International Border in Kathua-Samba sectorl May 17,2018

The BSF has launched a massive operation along International Border(IB) to uncover a tunnel through which armed infiltrators are suspected to have sneaked inside the Kathua district, a senior official said today.”An operation has been started to uncover the tunnel. It is going on,” BSF’s IG, Jammu Frontier, Ram Awtar, told PTI here. He said the BSF has inducted several JCB machines, a large number of troops and other types of manpower into the area and a search was going on. The terrain

A reluctant Army agrees to suspension of ops in J&K after two main concerns addressed

A reluctant Army agrees to suspension of ops in J&K after two main concerns addressed May 17,2018

The Army has agreed to the government’s decision to suspend counter-insurgency operations in J&K during Ramzan with some reluctance because of misgivings that similar initiatives have flopped in the past, with terror outfits using the interregnums to regroup, re-arm and unleash further violence. Initially opposed to any “unilateral” suspension of operations in the absence of any reciprocal signal from Pakistan-controlled terror outfits or “at least tacit understanding” with others

BSF makes mental well-being tests and training mandatory for its personnel; here’s why

BSF makes mental well-being tests and training mandatory for its personnel; here’s why May 17,2018

The Border Security Force (BSF) has made it compulsory for all its security personnel and other paramilitary forces to undergo an annual mental health test to determine their well-being. The test aims at assessing the soldiers’ mental fitness and will also try to bring in corrective measures based on their scores. The annual tests that were conducted earlier were only determining soldiers’ physical fitness. However, now this additional test which will be introduced, will also look into the

India's Nuclear Submarine INS Arihant carrying B-O5 Nuclear Tipped Missiles Fully Operational

India's Nuclear Submarine INS Arihant carrying B-O5 Nuclear Tipped Missiles Fully Operational May 17,2018

The INS Arihant is India’s lone nuclear submarine equipped with a B-O5 Submarine Launched Strategic Missile (SLBM) having a range of 650 km. Indian scientists have been developing longer range SLBMs which will provide the country with a much-needed capability to take down long-range targets from underwater. India has joined the league of select countries that have fully operational submarine-launched strategic missile systems capable of hitting targets with nuclear warheads at a range of 650

Decline in strength of Afghan forces less sharp than thought: US watchdog

Decline in strength of Afghan forces less sharp than thought: US watchdog May 17,2018

The quarterly report from SIGAR had incorrectly stated that Afghan security forces had been depleted by about 10 per cent over the course of a year. The strength of Afghanistan's security forces has declined less sharply than previously reported, a US watchdog says, citing incorrect figures given by the American military last month. The quarterly report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), released in April, had incorrectly stated that Afghan security

Does V.K. Singh’s visit to North Korea mean India is okay with its nuclear links with Pakistan?

Does V.K. Singh’s visit to North Korea mean India is okay with its nuclear links with Pakistan? May 16,2018

The ongoing visit of minister of state V K Singh to North Korea is both odd and mystifying.Mystifying, because it has taken place behind a pall of secrecy, although he is the senior-most Indian minister to visit the capital of the Stalinist regime in more than 20 years. Singh’s visit is also decidedly odd. After Delhi issued a laudatory statement on the recent historic meeting between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, it quickly followed it up by