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After France, India likely to ink pact with Russia for Gaganyaan

After France, India likely to ink pact with Russia for Gaganyaan Sep 24,2018

After an agreement with France, India could ink a pact with Russia for sharing of expertise on ISRO’s ambitious human space mission project ‘Gaganyaan’ during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi next month, official sources said.Besides ‘Gaganyaan’, the two sides are currently engaged in talks to establish ground stations for Glonass, the global positioning system of Russia, and NaVIC, India’s home-grown GPS in the other country, the sources added. The subject

India to Gift Airworthy Made in India Mig-21 to Russian President Putin

India to Gift Airworthy Made in India Mig-21 to Russian President Putin Sep 23,2018

Russian president Vladimir Putin flies into New Delhi in his customised IL-96 jet on October 4 to participate in the 19th instalment of what will be one of the most closely watched Indo-Russian summits. Geopolitical shifts this year have fuelled such uncertainty-India’s perceived tilt towards the US after a recently concluded ‘Two Plus Two’ dialogue in New Delhi last month and the prospect of US sanctions being applied to India if it buys Russian defence equipment. This would

Moon mission a calculated risk: ISRO chairman K Sivan

Moon mission a calculated risk: ISRO chairman K Sivan Sep 23,2018

ISRO’s moon mission Chandrayaan 2, a ‘calculated risk’ undertaken in the knowledge that 50 per cent of such launches have failed, will land at a spot where no country has gone before, its chairman K Sivan said Saturday.”Though half of lunar missions have failed, ISRO is taking a calculated risk, because calculated risk along with innovation is absolute essential if we want to be a major player in the space industry. Chandrayan 2 is also a calculated risk,” he said. He said the

We Know Price Of Peace,” Pak Army Responds To General Rawat: Report

We Know Price Of Peace,” Pak Army Responds To General Rawat: Report Sep 23,2018

The Pakistan Army on Saturday said it is “ready for war” but chooses to walk the path of peace in the interest of its people, comments which came in response to Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s remark that “stern action” is needed to “avenge” the brutal killing of Indian soldiers. In an interview to Dunya TV, Pakistan Army spokesperson Asif Ghafoor said the country has a long-standing record of fighting terrorism and “we know the price for peace”, The Dawn

Imran is PM on orders of Pak Army, no talks while our soldiers are being killed: BJP

Imran is PM on orders of Pak Army, no talks while our soldiers are being killed: BJP Sep 23,2018

The ruling BJP on Saturday lashed out at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan saying he is in the chair on the directions of his country’s army and India will not hold talks with the neighbour till its soldiers are being killed.The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) remarks came after Khan hit out at India for cancelling a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York this month. “..all my life, I have come

Dassault’s deal with Anil Ambani dates back to 2012: Defence Ministry

Dassault’s deal with Anil Ambani dates back to 2012: Defence Ministry Sep 23,2018

In a bid to absolve PM Modi of securing the Rafale offset contract to Anil Ambani as alleged by former France President, the Defence Ministry on Saturday clarified that the aircraft’s manufacturer Dassault Aviation, had entered into a pact for partnership with Ambani”s Reliance Industries back in February 2012, “within two weeks of being declared the lowest bidder for 126 aircraft” by the previous government. It also endorsed Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s contention that the

India calls off talks with Pakistan in New York

India calls off talks with Pakistan in New York Sep 21,2018

The Indian government has called off the meeting of foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, which was scheduled in New York on the sidelines of the United Nation’s General Assembly next week. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed that India has decided not to go forward on the meeting between Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi. On September 14, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a letter had proposed “a meeting

US punishes China for buying Russian arms; may have implications for India

US punishes China for buying Russian arms; may have implications for India Sep 21,2018

The United States has imposed sanctions on the Chinese military for buying Russian weapons, including the S-400 air defence missile that is also on India’s shopping list. The Trump administration, without naming anyone, said other countries with similar shopping lists should “think twice” about their plans.. The punitive actions come under a Russia-related law that requires the US to sanction anyone undertaking significant transactions with Russian intelligence and military services,

US Worried S-400 May Obtain Sensitive Data on American Fighter Jets – Analyst

US Worried S-400 May Obtain Sensitive Data on American Fighter Jets – Analyst Sep 21,2018

A defense analyst has suggested that America’s reservations against India acquiring the Russian air defense system is mainly borne out of the fear that if the S-400 is used to test the stealth capabilities of American fighter jets, India would have access to the data of American jets and that data could be leaked to Russia or other adversaries of the US. Former squadron leader of the Indian Air Force and an independent defense analyst Vijainder K Thakur confirmed that S-400 systems can be

India’s S-400 deal likely to invite US sanctions, says Washington

India’s S-400 deal likely to invite US sanctions, says Washington Sep 21,2018

The purchase of major military equipments like the multi-billion-dollar S-400 Triumf from Russia would be considered as a “significant transaction” and has a potential for imposing tough US sanctions, the Trump administration said Friday, as India mulls buying the air defence systems. Trump on Thursday signed an executive order, paving the way for slapping crippling sanctions on countries and foreign entities and individuals violating the Countering America’s Adversaries Through

India using remote-sensing tech developed by NASA to find rare earth elements

India using remote-sensing tech developed by NASA to find rare earth elements Sep 21,2018

An advanced remote-sensing technology developed by US space agency NASA to map minerals on the moon and Mars is being used in India for the first time to prospect for gold, diamonds, platinum and rare earth elements. Rare earth metals are a group of 17 elements with many similar properties and are often found together in geologic deposits. They’re in high demand across the world because of their use in high technology devices such as smart phones, digital cameras, computer hard disks,

India’s first indigenously developed fast breeder reactor at Kalpakkam may achieve criticality in 2019

India’s first indigenously developed fast breeder reactor at Kalpakkam may achieve criticality in 2019 Sep 21,2018

The country’s first indigenously developed 500-megawatt (mw) prototype fast breeder reactor at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu is expected to achieve criticality next year, a senior official said. The project, which was earlier expected to be commissioned in 2012, has missed several deadlines. “Our indigenously developed prototype fast breeder reactor of 500 mw is now under going sodium commissioning. We expect criticality next year,” Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) secretary Sekhar Basu said

India And Pak Foreign Ministers Meeting In New York “Terrific News”: US

India And Pak Foreign Ministers Meeting In New York “Terrific News”: US Sep 21,2018

The United States Friday hailed India’s acceptance of Pakistani proposal for talks between the foreign ministers on the sidelines of the ongoing annual UN General Assembly session in New York and termed it as a “terrific news”.”We saw that (reports of meetings between Indian and Pak leaders). I think that’s a terrific news for the Indians and Pakistanis to be able to sit down and have a conversation together,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at her daily

Ahead of Putin visit, final work on to seal air defence shield deal

Ahead of Putin visit, final work on to seal air defence shield deal Sep 21,2018

Work is on to seal a symbolic deal for air defence systems with Russia ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s visit, which had become a prestige point with the US. However, there are no assurances yet that the contract would be signed at the bilateral summit early next month. The .`39,500-crore deal to procure the S 400 system that Indian Air Force believes has the potential to virtually ground its adversaries in Pakistan, is in the final stage with an approval note ready for a decision by the

Indian Economy to reach $5 trillion-mark by 2022 : PM Modi

Indian Economy to reach $5 trillion-mark by 2022 : PM Modi Sep 20,2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday the size of Indian economy will double to $5 trillion by 2022 with manufacturing and agriculture contributing $1 trillion each. Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of India International Convention and Expo Centre here, he cited this week's announcement of merger of Dena Bank, Vijaya Bank and Bank of Baroda to create the country's third largest lender to say that the government will not shy away from taking tough decisions in the national

India successfully test fires short-range tactical ballistic missile Prahaar

India successfully test fires short-range tactical ballistic missile Prahaar Sep 20,2018

Amidst downpour, India successfully test-fired surface-to-surface short-range tactical ballistic missile Prahaar from a defence facility off Odisha coast on Thursday paving the way for its induction.Mounted on a mobile launcher the indigenously developed missile was flight tested from the launching complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 1.35 pm. “The missile blasted off from a canister travelled the desired range before zeroing on the target. All systems functioned normally.

US praises India for its counter terrorism actions; says Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed & Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfits continue to pose regional threat

US praises India for its counter terrorism actions; says Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed & Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfits continue to pose regional threat Sep 20,2018

The Trump administration has praised India for its significant counter terrorism acts and said Pakistan-based militant groups continued their terror attacks in the country.In its annual ‘Country Report on Terrorism’ the US State Department said the Indian leadership has expressed resolve to prevent terrorist attacks domestically and to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorism. The report further said India, continued to apply sustained pressure to detect, disrupt and degrade terror

Pakistan PM Imran Khan writes to ‘Modi Sahab’ seeking resumption of Indo-Pak peace talks

Pakistan PM Imran Khan writes to ‘Modi Sahab’ seeking resumption of Indo-Pak peace talks Sep 20,2018

In a letter to Prime minister Narendra Modi, Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan has proposed a meeting between foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pak counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the last week of September. “I wish to propose a meeting between Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the External Affairs Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, before the informal meeting of the SAARC Foreign Ministers at the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly in New

PM Narendra Modi to address military brass on anniversary of surgical strikes

PM Narendra Modi to address military brass on anniversary of surgical strikes Sep 18,2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Combined Commanders Conference on September 28, the second anniversary of 2016’s surgical strikes against terror pods in Pakistani territory by Indian forces.The conference will be held at the Jodhpur Air Force Station and focus on operational preparedness, the need for jointmanship (the military term for integrated planning and operation of the three services) and theatre commands (or unified commands) for better response. South Block officials

India’s defence ties with Russia will not be impacted by US sanctions: Nirmala Sitharaman

India’s defence ties with Russia will not be impacted by US sanctions: Nirmala Sitharaman Sep 18,2018

Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s India visit next month, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has clearly indicated that India will not allow its time-tested defence and security ties with Russia to be impacted by the US sanctions on military transactions with Moscow. She also said negotiations on the S-400 missile deal with Russia are almost complete, hinting that India is on course to finalise it soon. “India has maintained its sovereignty as regards to its relationship with