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India-US Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018: Why it is important amid deepening defence ties between two sides

India-US Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018: Why it is important amid deepening defence ties between two sides Sep 16,2018

Over 350 US Army personnel and the same number of soldiers from the Indian Army will participate in the 14th Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018. The annual exercise which was conducted at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington last year highlights growing defence ties between India and the US. Yudh Abhyas exercises, which started in 2004 under US’ Pacific Partnership Program, are meant to increase interoperability between the armies of the two nations. The exercises will be conducted in the foothills

Airports now have sharper vision, thanks to desi Drishti

Airports now have sharper vision, thanks to desi Drishti Sep 16,2018

Descending from the puffy clouds as the runway slowly looms into sight, the first-time flyers in the aircraft cabin and pilots in the cockpit would be silently praying for a perfect weather and safe landing.For, poor weather has been the cause of many accidents in the aviation sector. The visibility haze is still a main issue. However, aircraft turning back due to bad weather is a thing of the past. Even in dense fog, pounding rain or raging sandstorm, when visibility in an airport dips to as

Successfully prevented Rohingya influx into country: BSF DG KK Sharma

Successfully prevented Rohingya influx into country: BSF DG KK Sharma Sep 16,2018

The Border Security Force has successfully prevented the influx of Rohingyas into India after they fled Myanmar, Director General of the force K K Sharma said Saturday.He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event at the BSF’s Central School of Weapons and Tactics here.”As you know, about eight to 10 lakh Rohingyas (after fleeing Myanmar) have entered Bangladesh. We have successfully prevented their illegal influx in the country (India),” Sharma said. The BSF chief said the

Indigenous Truck Mounted Howitzer to undergo firing trials in November

Indigenous Truck Mounted Howitzer to undergo firing trials in November Sep 15,2018

An indigenously designed, developed and manufactured truck mounted howitzer is to undergo its maiden firing trials in November this year.The Mounted Gun System (MGS) developed by the Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) Jabalpur was first unveiled at the Defexpo in Chennai this April. Senior Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) officials told India Today that the internal firing trials at the Proof Establishment in Balasore would validate not just the gun but also its integration with the 8×8 Tatra vehicle on

RInfra to deliver parts prototypes for Arjun Mark II ahead of schedule

RInfra to deliver parts prototypes for Arjun Mark II ahead of schedule Sep 15,2018

Reliance Infra is planning to deliver prototypes of the hull and turret for the Arjun Mark II main battle tank (MBT) to the Combat Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) six month ahead of the deadline. The prototypes are being manufactured at the company’s facility in Silvassa. RInfra had won the contract to manufacture the prototypes in 2017 through a competitive bidding process. Other bidders included L&T, Bharat Forge, the Mahindras and Godrej. “We are ready to deliver

Russia offers to train Indian astronauts

Russia offers to train Indian astronauts Sep 15,2018

The Russian state space corporation, Roscosmos, during a meeting with Indian delegation on Friday, made a proposal for the participation of Russian specialists in the selection and training of Indian astronauts for a spaceflight, a source in the rocket and space industry told Sputnik. India had earlier announced plans to send a national crew into orbit in 2022. “Talks were held with the Indian side. A proposal was made about Russian specialists’ assistance in conducting various stages of

New Coast Guard ship to check possible Rohingya influx

New Coast Guard ship to check possible Rohingya influx Sep 15,2018

With intelligence inputs suggesting that Rohingyas could enter India via the sea route, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Friday inducted ICGS Vijay, which would be deployed in the Bay of Bengal along the Odisha coast. The 2,200-tonne ship, built by private sector shipyard Larsen & Toubro under the ‘Make in India’ scheme, will maintain surveillance in the eastern seaboard, including both Bay of Bengal and Odisha, to prevent any possible influx of Rohingyas, officials said. The 98-metre-long

Ajit Doval holds talks with Pompeo, Mattis on ‘future direction’ of Indo-US ties

Ajit Doval holds talks with Pompeo, Mattis on ‘future direction’ of Indo-US ties Sep 15,2018

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Friday held “broad-based” talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defence Secretary James Mattis and his American counterpart John Bolton during which they discussed the “future direction” of the strategic Indo-US ties. Doval’s meeting with the top three officials of the Trump administration came a week after the successful India-US 2+2 Dialogue between the defence and foreign ministers of the two countries.This was Doval’s first

Russia, India discuss site for constructing second NPP in India, says Russian Dy PM

Russia, India discuss site for constructing second NPP in India, says Russian Dy PM Sep 15,2018

Russia and India discussed the possibility of designating a site to construct another Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in India, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said on Friday.”We will continue to cooperate in the area of construction and maintenance of Russia-designed NPP. We have discussed the possibility of designating a new site for the construction of another such plant,” Borisov told reporters after the Inter-Governmental Commission’s meeting between Russia and India. He noted that the

India pushes US for green signal to sign missile deal with Russia

India pushes US for green signal to sign missile deal with Russia Sep 15,2018

India is pushing the Donald Trump administration to execute the certification of the S-400 deal before Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India on October 4 and 5, so that New Delhi can go ahead with the signing of the deal without attracting economic sanctions from the United States. India and Russia are discussing the purchase of S-400 Triumf — NATO calls it SA-21 Growler — which is a mobile, surface-to-air missile system (SAM) designed by Russia. It is the most dangerous

5 terrorists killed in encounter in J&K

5 terrorists killed in encounter in J&K Sep 15,2018

SRINAGAR: Five terroristsbelonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir Saturday, officials said. Five terrorists have been killed in the operation at Chowgam in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, an Army official said here. He said weapons and war-like stores have been recovered from the encounter site. The operation is over, the official said. The encounter between the

3 More Terrorists Shot Dead, 2 Trapped In Encounter At Kulgam. Gunfight On

3 More Terrorists Shot Dead, 2 Trapped In Encounter At Kulgam. Gunfight On Sep 15,2018

Three terrorists have been shot dead by security forces in an encounter at Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam. A gunfight is on, the police said. Two more terrorists are trapped in the area, the police said. The encounter is going on. Train services between Baramulla and Qazigund have been stopped, the police said. The security forces launched a search operation on getting intelligence inputs that more terrorists have been hiding at Chowgam in the south Kashmir district, 72 km from Srinagar. The

Doklam final report lauds government

Doklam final report lauds government Sep 15,2018

A report by the parliamentary panel on External Affairs, headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, has expressed concern that Chinese infrastructure built close to the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction has not been dismantled, but “commended” the overall handling of the Doklam crisis by the Narendra Modi government. The committee was unable to table the report in the monsoon session of Parliament after protests from BJP members.The members objected to reproduction of the testimony of the

ISRO set for PSLV-C42 mission tomorrow

ISRO set for PSLV-C42 mission tomorrow Sep 15,2018

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set for dedicated commercial mission – PSLV-C42 – on Sunday night carrying two international customer satellites. It is the first launch after a gap of five months and is said to be a prelude for busiest months ahead for the national space agency. PSLV-C42 mission in its Core Alone configuration, is scheduled to launch two satellites S1-4 and NovaSAR from United Kingdom. In this configuration, the rocket will be without six solid strap-on

Vladimir Putin likely to visit India next month

Vladimir Putin likely to visit India next month Sep 15,2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit India in early October, an official source said on Friday.The visit of the Russian leader was discussed during the Moscow trip of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday where she held talks with the newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov. Mr. Putin’s visit is expected to lead to major bilateral deals. However, final details of the visit are still being worked upon. E-visas welcomed Ms. Swaraj also thanked Russia

Indian Air Force ready for space challenge

Indian Air Force ready for space challenge Sep 15,2018

The Indian Air Force and its arms are fully geared up for supporting the first Indian human space mission of 2022, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal B.S.Dhanoa said on Friday. Coming at a short notice, the Human Space Flight Programme or HSP is daunting and throws a different kind of challenge at the IAF, he said. “We have in-house capabilities at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine [IAM]; we have selected our cosmonauts in the past. IAM will play a key role in human engineering support and the

Vajra hits target during Pokhran test

Vajra hits target during Pokhran test Sep 15,2018

On Thursday, Army successfully test fired from indigenous advanced gun K9-Vajra-T (long range) which hit the target at Pokhran field firing range in Jaisalmer. The gun has a range to fire up to 40-50km. On Thursday, 6 rounds were fired successfully from the Howitzer after the 13 modifications were done in the gun. Senior officers of army and L&T were present during the trial. The gun developed and built by developed by Larsen and Toubro (L&T). The gun has detection advanced system of chemical

Coast Guard commissions patrol vessel ‘Vijaya’

Coast Guard commissions patrol vessel ‘Vijaya’ Sep 14,2018

The Indian Coast Guard commissioned the indigenously built patrol vessel ‘Vijaya’, fitted with advanced navigation and communication equipment, here Friday.The 98-metre ship will be based at Paradip in Odisha for extensive surveillance in the Exclusive Economic Zone, an official release said. Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra and Coast Guard Director-General Rajendra Singh took part in the commissioning ceremony. “The induction of this patrol vessel will give a fillip to the maritime

India NSG Bid: ‘India’s NUKE Membership Blocked Due To China’s Veto’, US Takes Stand For India

India NSG Bid: ‘India’s NUKE Membership Blocked Due To China’s Veto’, US Takes Stand For India Sep 14,2018

China on Thursday used its veto to block India from securing the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group even though the sub-continent fulfilled all the criteria, a senior Trump Administration official said. He asserted that the US will continue to advocate for New Delhi’s membership in the elite group. Nuclear Suppliers Group is a 48-member nuclear club controls nuclear trade and China is repeatedly stonewalled its bid against India. Even though India has been successful in winning the

India should shed ‘world’s largest arms importer’ tag Def Production Secy

India should shed ‘world’s largest arms importer’ tag Def Production Secy Sep 14,2018

Secretary in the department of defence production (DP) Ajay Kumar Friday said India has overtaken China as the world’s largest arms importer and should shed the tag.He said the public-private partnership in defence in the country is being encouraged to step up arms exports and licensing system in some items had been liberalised. “India is the world’s largest arms importer, a place which earlier belonged to China”, he said over video conference from Delhi at a seminar organised by