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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

India Test Fires Tactical Ballistic Missile Akin to American MGM-140

India Test Fires Tactical Ballistic Missile Akin to American MGM-140 Sep 21,2018

India’s state-owned defense lab has successfully test-fired surface-to-surface tactical ballistic missile Prahaar on Thursday paving the way for its induction. The test was conducted at a defense test facility located in the eastern part of the country at about 1.35 p.m. (Indian Standard Time). The first test of the missile was conducted on July 21, 2011. “All systems functioned normally and hit the target in copybook style. It will be inducted into the Indian Army after a few more

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

IAF Deputy Chief, Who Struck Pakistani Intruders In Kargil, To Fly Rafale With India Specific Upgrades Tomorrow

IAF Deputy Chief, Who Struck Pakistani Intruders In Kargil, To Fly Rafale With India Specific Upgrades Tomorrow Sep 20,2018

Deputy Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar will tomorrow fly a Dassault Aviation-owned Rafale fighter jet which reportedly has India-specific enhancements and software, Livefist has revealed.These India-specific enhancements include an Israeli satellite communications system, a low band jammer, towed decoy system, upgraded engine, additional modes in the radar and higher resolution in the Front Sector Optronics. By some accounts, these upgrades make the Rafale that India has

Successful flight test of MPATGM conducted for second time

Successful flight test of MPATGM conducted for second time Sep 18,2018

A successful flight test of the indigenously developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) was conducted for the second time from the Ahmednagar range on Sunday, the Army said. All the mission objectives were met and two missions on September and 15 and 16 were successfully flight tested for different ranges, including the maximum range capability, an official statement said. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the team DRDO, the Indian Army and associated industries

Tata Motors Showcases Two Indigenously Built Defence Vehicles

Tata Motors Showcases Two Indigenously Built Defence Vehicles Sep 18,2018

Tata Motors has showcased two indigenously built defence vehicles during the two-day Bimstec Army Chief’s conclave in Pune on September 15, 2018. The two new combat vehicles from Tata Motors are 4X4 Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) and the WhAP 8×8 Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV). The Tata WhAP 8×8 is India’s first infantry combat vehicle which is designed for optimised survivability, all-terrain performance and increased lethality. The ICV is jointly developed by Tata Motors and Indian

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

Dead End for Spike-MR Deal: India Tests Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile

Dead End for Spike-MR Deal: India Tests Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile Sep 18,2018

Indian defense scientists have successfully conducted back-to-back tests of the new indigenously designed and developed man-portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM). The tests were conducted at the Ahmednagar test range in the western state of Maharashtra.The MPATGM is a third-generation anti-tank guided missile which is fitted with a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead. The MPATGM reportedly boasts a top attack capability and has a maximum engagement range of about 2.5 kilometers. Eight

1965 War: IAF recalls how Hunter jets destroyed Pakistna’s tanks and armoured vehicles

1965 War: IAF recalls how Hunter jets destroyed Pakistna’s tanks and armoured vehicles Sep 18,2018

The Indian Air Force on Monday relived the 1965 war against Pakistan, where the Hunter jets were used for ground attacks. “Hunters of No.7,20 & 27Sqns proved extremely effective in the war. The aircraft were deployed for ground attack role & they destroyed a number of Patton tanks & armoured vehicles. In the aerial combat, they shot down six Sabre Jets,” the IAF tweeted on Monday.Earlier, the IAF paid tribute to the iconic Arjan Singh, who was the first officer to receive five

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

Lightning warning for F35-A fighters

Lightning warning for F35-A fighters Sep 18,2018

Australia’s new F-35A strike fighters are subject to “operational control measures” to minimise flights around thunderstorms, the Defence Department says.But the fighters have had modifications to install “effective lightning protection systems”.The fifth generation plane ironically called the Lightning II has been subject to concerns over its vulnerability to a lightning strike which has led to a requirement for more modifications. Protective systems in the fuel tank had to be

India clears way for $2.2-billion frigates deal with Russia

India clears way for $2.2-billion frigates deal with Russia Sep 18,2018

Two weeks after India significantly upgraded its defence ties with the United States through the Comcasa (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement), the Modi government has cleared the way for one of the biggest purchases from Russia — $2.2-billion frigates deal. The agreement, which will allow India to procure from Russia four new warships for the Navy, will be signed during a summit between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Capital in October.

ISRO likely to launch Chandrayaan-2 on January 3

ISRO likely to launch Chandrayaan-2 on January 3 Sep 18,2018

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan has said that India’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2 would be launched most probably on January 3, 2019.Addressing the media following the successful launch of PSLV C-42 into orbit, Sivan talked about the slew of launches scheduled over the next few months. He said, “Chandrayaan-2 is planned for a window from January 3 to February 16, 2019, that we are targeting. It can happen anytime during that window. But we are aiming for

Ajit Doval talks future direction with US after 2+2 success

Ajit Doval talks future direction with US after 2+2 success Sep 16,2018

National security advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval held talks about the future of bilateral ties with the US in a string of meetings with top American officials on Friday, including with his counterpart John Bolton, as India pressed its case for the purchase of Russian-made S-400 missile systems. India conveyed to the US that the integrity of American military platforms in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF) and future acquisitions will not be compromised if New Delhi goes ahead with the purchase,