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Quad’ of India, US, Japan, Australia to meet soon

Quad’ of India, US, Japan, Australia to meet soon Sep 13,2018

The next round of meeting of the Quad countries (India, US, Japan, Australia) will probably be held by this autumn, which would be the second time the group would be meeting this year. India wants it to stay at the joint secretary level, though the US and Japan have asked for it to be elevated to a foreign secretary/foreign minister level. For the time being, India has prevailed, as was decided after the 2+2 meeting last week. Indian officials said they would like the coming rounds to focus on

Was Trump influenced by PM?Modi’s remarks on?Afghanistan?

Was Trump influenced by PM?Modi’s remarks on?Afghanistan? Sep 13,2018

President Donald Trump, an opponent of the involvement of US troops in Afghanistan, was apparently influenced by a remark from Prime Minister Narendra Modi while aides debated the administration’s policy for the war-ravaged country in the summer of 2017. He was leaning towards leaving, or a change in strategy if the decision was to stay. As he grilled his top officials – defence secretary James Mattis, then secretary of state Rex Tillerson, then National Security Adviser HR McMaster and

An L&T-Russian partnership for India’s 30-year submarine plan

An L&T-Russian partnership for India’s 30-year submarine plan Sep 12,2018

Embattled by the controversy over the procurement of 36 Rafale fighters from France, the defence ministry is initiating a slew of defence acquisitions, worth almost Rs 4 trillion. These would take years to fructify but would allow the Bharatiya Janata Party to claim while campaigning for elections that it was safeguarding India’s defence. These include the procurement of 110 fighter aircraft worth about Rs 1.25 trillion, 57 naval fighters worth Rs 750 billion, S-400 air defence systems worth

First 2+2 Dialogue ‘defining moment’ for Indo-US relations Mattis

First 2+2 Dialogue ‘defining moment’ for Indo-US relations Mattis Sep 12,2018

The “highly successful” first 2+2 Dialogue between India and the United States was a “defining moment” and the defence co-operation between the two countries is on the right track, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said here Tuesday.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held the crucial talks with Mattis and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New Delhi on September 6. “Last week I did go to India for what could only be considered highly

IOC to invest Rs 170 crore in strategically vital Siliguri oil terminal

IOC to invest Rs 170 crore in strategically vital Siliguri oil terminal Sep 12,2018

State-owned Indian Oil Corporation is going to invest Rs 170 crore in capacity augmentation at its Siliguri storage terminal that supplies fuel to a vast area and important defence establishments such as the 33 Corps. With three mountain divisions, the corps has snow clad high-altitude Sino-Indian border within its responsibility area. “It is more of an operational, strategic step that we are taking to augment the capacity of this terminal,” said Dipankar Ray, IOC’s executive director

India’s first missile tracking ship is readying for sea trials

India’s first missile tracking ship is readying for sea trials Sep 12,2018

Once ready, it will be India’s first, a force multiplier and cruise the country into a global elite club. Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) is gearing up to undertake sea trials of India’s first missile tracking ship by the first week of October. The keel of the ship, which was laid on June 30, 2014, is being built for the National Technical Research Organisation, the technical intelligence agency working directly under the supervision of the Prime Minister’s Office and the National

India, Russia likely to sign warship deal at Modi-Putin meet next month

India, Russia likely to sign warship deal at Modi-Putin meet next month Sep 12,2018

India and Russia are expected to hammer out a deal for four more Krivak/Talwar class stealth frigates for the navy in October when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and president Vlamidir Putin meet in New Delhi for an annual summit between the two countries,two senior officials familiar with the matter, said on Tuesday. Two of the warships will be constructed at the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad and the remaining two at the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL). GSL chairman Shekhar Mita, a retired rear

China watching, India cautious to US move on talks with Japan and Australia

China watching, India cautious to US move on talks with Japan and Australia Sep 11,2018

WITH BEIJING watching the India-US engagement closely, India decided to cautiously approach its engagement with the quadrilateral countries — including Japan and Australia — in the Indo-Pacific region, where an increasingly proactive and assertive China is active in the maritime domain. Sources told The Indian Express that the United States wanted to upgrade the level of engagement between the quadrilateral grouping to the level of foreign secretary, but the Indian side politely told them

US wants India-Pakistan talks in conducive atmosphere

US wants India-Pakistan talks in conducive atmosphere Sep 11,2018

The United States wants India and Pakistan to engage in dialogue but feels a conducive atmosphere needs to be created first, a senior State Department official said on Monday. “We have frequent conversations with our Indian partners on (Pakistan) bringing down cross-border terrorism,” said Alice Wells, the US Principal Deputy Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs, while briefing the Indian media over telephone from the US on the the first-ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial

India-US Logistics Support Pact fully operational now

India-US Logistics Support Pact fully operational now Sep 10,2018

The India-U.S. foundational agreement for mutual logistics support, the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), has been fully operationalised over the past few months, official sources said. Earlier this week, India concluded the third foundational agreement, Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), which is meant for secure encrypted communications. Exchange of SOPs :: “We had to inform them [U.S.] our standard operating procedures (SOPs). They had

F-16 Plant May Move To India

F-16 Plant May Move To India Sep 10,2018

Lockheed Martin has reached a deal to shift production of F-16 wings to India, sparking speculation it might be planning to build the entire aircraft there in the near future. Tata Advanced Systems Ltd., of Hyderabad, already makes airframe components for the C-130J and Sikorsky S-92 helicopter but the F-16 deal is a major step up from that involvement. Initially at least, all the production would be for export but stock analyst website Motley Fool says it might be just the first step in a

Why Maoists are surrendering: Leadership living a ‘good life’, cadre being ‘treated like animals’

Why Maoists are surrendering: Leadership living a ‘good life’, cadre being ‘treated like animals’ Sep 10,2018

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has said in a report that the lower and middle cadres of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) have become disenchanted with the top leadership, as they believe the latter have become money-minded. The paramilitary force said the resentment among the cadre is growing and this is the reason why the number of Naxalites surrendering before the security forces is on the rise. The CRPF has stated these findings in its assessment report after

Why The 36 Rafale Meant For India Are The Most Potent In The World

Why The 36 Rafale Meant For India Are The Most Potent In The World Sep 10,2018

A lot has been written and spoken about the 7.878 Billion Euros deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets that can even fire strategic weapons. It has been drawn into a political slugfest with both opposition, led by Congress and the ruling NDA government led by BJP indulging in a war of words almost every day. In between all this, the IAF had been maintaining a steady silence. However, it chose to break its silence this week and surprisingly swayed into the controversy. So even while the government

Intelligence agencies tighten noose around Dawood; prepare special report on D-Company

Intelligence agencies tighten noose around Dawood; prepare special report on D-Company Sep 07,2018

Indian intelligence agencies, in collaboration with Mumbai police, will soon hand over a detailed report on world’s ‘most wanted’ criminal mastermind Dawood Ibrahim and his properties in America to the Home Ministry. The ministry will share this report with Ministries of External Affairs and Defense, who will further share it will American agencies, sourced told Zee Media. The report will also consist of details Dawood’s business operations and bank accounts in the US. Sources added

If US imposes sanctions against India over S-400 deal, all three countries lose — expert

If US imposes sanctions against India over S-400 deal, all three countries lose — expert Sep 07,2018

If the US decides to implement sanctions against India due to their purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems, then all three countries will lose, Indian political expert and distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation Nandan Unnikrishnan told TASS on Thursday. “If the United States implement sanctions (against India due to S-400 deal with Russia – TASS), all three countries will be losers,” the expert said, commenting upon the results of the first India-US 2+2 summit, which

India ‘joins’ Nato — well, almost

India ‘joins’ Nato — well, almost Sep 07,2018

India and the United States signed a landmark military communication pact — Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) — that is one of the four foundation agreements the US signs with its allies. The agreement was signed during the inaugural 2+2 dialogue defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has with their US counterparts US defence secretary Jim Mattis and secretary of state Mike Pompeo.India had already signed two agreements:

COMCASA?to help India get access to real-time encrypted information, defence technologies from US

COMCASA?to help India get access to real-time encrypted information, defence technologies from US Sep 07,2018

India on Thursday signed a path-breaking agreement with the US which will allow Indian defence forces to receive military-grade communications equipment from the US and ensure access to real-time encrypted information. The Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) will also help India to obtain critical defence technologies from the US and gain access to critical communication network of the US armed forces, officials said. They said the pact, which came into effect

After joint military exercise, army chiefs of 7 BIMSTEC countries to meet in Pune

After joint military exercise, army chiefs of 7 BIMSTEC countries to meet in Pune Sep 07,2018

The army chiefs of seven BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries will meet towards the end of the first joint military exercise of member countries in Pune, which starts next week. Through the exercise, “India is looking forward to initiate a process of sharing counter-terrorism strategies” among the armies of the member nations, said Southern Army Commander Lieutenant General D R Soni. The field training exercise, named MILEX-18,

France to provide life support and medicine for ‘Gaganyaan’ crew

France to provide life support and medicine for ‘Gaganyaan’ crew Sep 07,2018

The national human space mission ‘Gaganyaan’ will get French support in the form of life support and medicine for the Indian crew.The French space agency CNES head Jean-Yves LeGall announced that an enabling agreement would be signed on Wednesday with his ISRO counterpart K. Sivan. He was at the bi-annual Bengaluru Space Expo BSX 2018 which opened here on Thursday.ISRO wants industry to drive the production of routine launch vehicles in two years, Dr. Sivan said on Thursday. “We are not

Why engine ‘breakthrough’ for China’s stealth fighter should worry India

Why engine ‘breakthrough’ for China’s stealth fighter should worry India Sep 07,2018

Even as the Indian Air Force on Wednesday reiterated the necessity of the controversial Rafale fighter deal, a Hong Kong-based daily reported that China has achieved a breakthrough in its J-20 stealth fighter programme by ironing out flaws in its indigenous engine. The daily noted that the development could help fulfil China’s plan to put the J-20 into mass production by the end of the year. While China has built a range of indigenous fighters over the past five decades, the country has