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We Are ‘Not Interested’ in US F-35 Fighters – Indian Air Force Chief

We Are ‘Not Interested’ in US F-35 Fighters – Indian Air Force Chief Apr 27,2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has once again denied reports that it is interested in procuring Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets. IAF chief B. S. Dhanoa has categorically rubbished such reports in a section of the Indian media. “There is not talk on F-35. The Indian Air Force has not evinced interest and not talked to anyone. It is incorrect to report that we are interested in F-35,” Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa said at a program organized by a think tank in New Delhi on Thursday

Imposing sanctions on India over defence deal with Russia will hit US: Defence Secretary Jim Mattis

Imposing sanctions on India over defence deal with Russia will hit US: Defence Secretary Jim Mattis Apr 27,2018

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis today appealed to the Congress to urgently provide India national security waiver, saying imposing sanctions on it under a newly-enacted law for buying the S-400 air defence missile system from Russia would only hit the US. During a Congressional hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mattis told American lawmakers that the national security waiver should be urgently provided to India and other countries which are trying to turn away from formerly

Indian Army needs more snipers

Indian Army needs more snipers Apr 27,2018

Reports have surfaced recently about the Indian Army starting the process of importing 5,000-6,000 modern sniper rifles for ?982 crore to replace the Dragunov sniper rifle that is in service currently. It may take three to five years for the import/manufacture to fructify. There were also reports of long-range sniper ‘kills’ being achieved by Western armies, with a Canadian sniper team having achieved an astounding 3540-metre ‘kill’ in Iraq. Both reports evinced a lot of public

Chhattisgarh: Seven Maoists shot dead in encounter with security forces

Chhattisgarh: Seven Maoists shot dead in encounter with security forces Apr 27,2018

Seven Maoists, including 5 women cadres, were killed in a fierce gun-battle with security forces in the insurgency-hit Bijapur district, close to the border areas of Chhattisgarh and Telangana on Friday morning. Three jawans also sustained injuries in the encounter that continued for over an hour. The gunfight, which again resumed a little while ago, occurred in the remote inhospitable forested terrain of Aikpenta about 380 km south of Raipur. Based on a tip-off about the heavy presence of

Dawood Ibrahim aide Tariq Abdulkarim Parveen arrested in 20-year-old murder case

Dawood Ibrahim aide Tariq Abdulkarim Parveen arrested in 20-year-old murder case Apr 27,2018

The Thane Police have arrested Tariq Abdulkarim Parveen, an aide of fugitive mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, in connection with a 20-year-old murder case, an official said here on Friday. A secret operation carried out by the Anti-Extortion Cell of Thane Police succeeded in nabbing Parveen from his hideout in Mumbai. “From our informers, we got a tip-off that the accused was hiding in the Ashoka Shopping Centre, near GT Hospital in south Mumbai. Out team lay in wait and arrested him,”

Dr Sudhir Mishra, BrahMos Aerospace MD, conferred with Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT Madras

Dr Sudhir Mishra, BrahMos Aerospace MD, conferred with Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT Madras Apr 27,2018

Dr Sudhir Mishra, the Managing Director and CEO of BrahMos Aerospace, has been conferred with the prestigious “Distinguished Alumnus Award” by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. The award was conferred on April 26, during the 59th Institution Day – Founding of IIT Madras celebration. The award was given away by Dr. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director of IIT Madras. According to IIT, distinguished alumni are selected based on their contribution to science & technology, society and

Chinese defence ministry underlines need for closer military ties with India

Chinese defence ministry underlines need for closer military ties with India Apr 27,2018

A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s informal meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping – scheduled for Friday afternoon in Wuhan city, the Chinese defence ministry expressed a strong desire to build close ties between Chinese and Indian military. Underlying tensions have persisted between India and China since the face-off between forces in Doklam last year. The meeting between Modi and Jinping then promises a thaw in relations with the Chinese defence ministry stating that deeper

Armed CISF commandos take over security of crucial Aadhaar database centre in Gurgaon

Armed CISF commandos take over security of crucial Aadhaar database centre in Gurgaon Apr 27,2018

An armed squad of CISF commandos on Friday took over security at the vital UIDAI centre, the repository of the Aadhaar data, in Gurgaon to protect it against a terror strike or any other threats.The Central Industrial Security Force had been guarding the facility as a temporary duty task and the government has now regularised the deployment and granted it the status of a full unit under protection. The Unique Identification Authority of India centre is located in Manesar in Haryana’s Gurgaon

Aamir Khan to be appointed India’s brand ambassador to China? Here is what China has to say

Aamir Khan to be appointed India’s brand ambassador to China? Here is what China has to say Apr 27,2018

Amid reports that the Indian government may appoint Bollywood star Aamir Khan as brand ambassador to China to boost trade between the two countries, China has hailed the idea. Responding to questions, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s said: “We all know that Aamir Khan is a famous Indian actor. Many Chinese people, including myself, have watched his film Dangal which tells the inspirational story of how Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters strived and persisted until

Parmanu’ teaser gives a glimpse into India’s little-known secret

Parmanu’ teaser gives a glimpse into India’s little-known secret Apr 27,2018

The teaser of the much-awaited movie, ‘Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran’, has given a glimpse into the secret mission of the Indian government to test a nuclear bomb in 1998. John Abraham took to his twitter and wrote, “Turning impossible into possible for the nation was Ashwat and Ambalika’s life, not a job. Presenting #ParmanuTeaser The lead actress of the movie, Diana Penty also tweeted, “Nothing about this mission was ordinary. Here’s the #ParmanuTeaser.

Koreans rejoice as North meets South for the first time in over a decade

Koreans rejoice as North meets South for the first time in over a decade Apr 27,2018

Solding hands, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met at the heavily fortified demilitarised zone between the countries on Friday in the first summit for the two Koreas in over a decade. The meeting, aimed at ending their decades-long conflict and easing tensions over the North's nuclear weapons programme, comes weeks before Kim is due to meet U.S. President Donald Trump. Moon greeted Kim at the military demarcation line at 9:30 a.m. (0030 GMT), making Kim

Australia snubbed by India over naval exercises: Australian Media

Australia snubbed by India over naval exercises: Australian Media Apr 27,2018

Australia’s push to re-join India’s major Malabar naval exercises has failed ahead of a meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in China tomorrow. Defence has confirmed Australia will not be a part of Exercise Malabar in 2018, despite Canberra lobbying New Delhi to be a part of the major multilateral naval drill. “Australia does not expect to participate in Exercise Malabar in 2018,” a Defence Department Spokesman told The Australian. In

PM Narendra Modi arrives in China, his goal clear: Bridge the trust deficit

PM Narendra Modi arrives in China, his goal clear: Bridge the trust deficit Apr 27,2018

PAST MIDNIGHT Thursday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in this picturesque city of lakes, parks and gardens along the Yangtze river, the big question that followed him was this: Can he bridge the trust deficit with China, and its powerful President Xi Jinping? The answer, The Indian Express has learnt, could possibly lie in a new “modus vivendi”, an arrangement for two conflicting sides to co-exist in peace, that the two leaders will work on over the next two days. “The modus

With all eyes on Inter-Korean Summit, a forgotten slice of history about Indian Army’s role in Korean War

With all eyes on Inter-Korean Summit, a forgotten slice of history about Indian Army’s role in Korean War Apr 27,2018

On Friday, the world will watch when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Panmunjom village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides both their countries. Also keeping a watchful eye on this Inter Korean Summit will be India-a country whose role in bringing the Korean War to an end in 1953 was recognised internationally at that time with even United Nations observers having paid tributes to India’s voice that had called for moderation to end the

India and Saudi Arabia have very strong anti-terror cooperation’

India and Saudi Arabia have very strong anti-terror cooperation’ Apr 27,2018

Saudi Arabian ambassador to India Dr Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati said that the kingdom has a very strong cooperation with India on countering terrorism, extremism and against terror financing. Speaking at an interactive meeting with academics during his visit to Calicut University on Wednesday, Al Sati said that the Middle East region was going through a turbulent period and facing lot of challenges including terrorism. “Saudi Arabia is doing all its best internally, regionally and

US shouldn’t sanction India if it buys defence missiles from Russia: American lawmakers

US shouldn’t sanction India if it buys defence missiles from Russia: American lawmakers Apr 27,2018

Top American lawmakers and experts have warned that imposition of sanctions on India under a newly-enacted law if it buys the S-400 air defence missile system from Russia could be disastrous for the Indo-US ties. Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which was signed into law in August 2017 and went into effect in January this year, mandates the Trump administration to punish entities engaging in significant transaction with the defence or intelligence sectors of

Paks JF-17 aircraft of present, but Tejas aircraft of future : IAF chief

Paks JF-17 aircraft of present, but Tejas aircraft of future : IAF chief Apr 27,2018

Air Force Chief B S Dhanoa today said if Pakistans fighter jet JF-17 is an aircraft of the present, then indigenously developed Tejas is the future. JF-17 is a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by Pakistan and China. “There is a very good article in one of the aviation journals. He (the author) says JF-17 is not as technologically advanced as Tejas. So, he said JF-17 aircraft is of today because they have fielded much more squadrons than us, and Tejas

India reveals P-17A frigate configuration

India reveals P-17A frigate configuration Apr 27,2018

Indian naval shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL) unveiled a scale model of the Project 17A (P-17A) frigate at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition. MDSL is building four ships in the class, while the remaining three are being constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE). The P-17A platform has been described as an enlarged, stealthier variant of the three-ship Project 17 (P-17) Shivalik class frigates. The new ships are 149 m long, with a beam of 17.8 m, a draught of

Can’t afford to put my children in Ivy league colleges like Pakistani generals: IAF chief

Can’t afford to put my children in Ivy league colleges like Pakistani generals: IAF chief Apr 27,2018

Indian Air Force Chief B S Dhanoa Thursday took a dig at the Pakistani military, saying in most countries the “state has an Army but in Pakistan the Army has a state.” “Pakistan is a different kettle of a fish…I can’t afford to put my children in Ivy league colleges and settle in London like many of their generals do,” he said in an address at a think-tank in New Delhi. He said India needs to work on deterrence on sub conventional domain to thwart attacks originating from

Mega boost to India’s firepower likely as army looks to seal Israel missile deal

Mega boost to India’s firepower likely as army looks to seal Israel missile deal Apr 27,2018

A mid ongoing efforts to further boost ties between India and Israel, the defence ministry on Friday will decide on an army proposal worth over Rs 2,000 crore to buy around 5,000 Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Tel Aviv, which will meet the urgent requirement of these missiles for the force. “To meet the immediate requirements of the infantry battalions of the army, a high-level meeting of the defence ministry chaired by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is expected to discuss the