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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

ISRO not to fly any living being before actual manned space mission

ISRO not to fly any living being before actual manned space mission Sep 14,2018

The Indian space agency will not test fly any living being on its two experimental flights before its actual human space mission planned in 2022, said a top official. “We have no plans to test fly any living being like live animals in our two test flights before sending human beings into the space in our rocket,” K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), told IANS. “There are systems that monitor and relay the various conditions inside the rocket. Based on the

Tata Motors to showcase its Indigenously Build Combat Vehicles at BIMSTEC summit

Tata Motors to showcase its Indigenously Build Combat Vehicles at BIMSTEC summit Sep 14,2018

Tata Motors will showcase its two flagship vehicles at the BIMSTEC Nations Summit 2018 in Pune. The vehicles include the Tata 4X4 Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) and the WhAP8x8 ICV (CO developed with the DRDO). The company has recently signed military vehicle supply contracts with BIMSTEC Nations including the Tata Xenon GS 800 to Myanmar, Tata Mine Protected Vehicles for UNIFIL, MONUSCO & MALI Missions, Tata 2.5T GS LPTA 715 4×4 to Myanmar and Thailand, Tata 5T GS LPTA 1628 4×4 to Nepal and

Army officer proposes to girlfriend after passing out parade at OTA Chennai, photos go viral

Army officer proposes to girlfriend after passing out parade at OTA Chennai, photos go viral Sep 14,2018

September 8, 2018 turned out to be a big day for Army cadet Thakur Chandresh Singh. On this day, the 25-year-old became an officer of the Indian Army in the Rajputana Rifles after graduating from the Officer Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai. What made this day even more memorable for him was the moment after the passing out parade where he went down on his knees as he proposed to his long-term girlfriend, and she said yes! The photo of Chandresh and his lady love Dhara Mehta was posted on

Tejas trivialised – Indian Defence Research Wing

Tejas trivialised – Indian Defence Research Wing Sep 14,2018

Such is the political phobia which plagues the nation ~ issues of national security included ~ that all attention was focused on the Chief of the Air Staff “batting” for the Rafale combat aircraft at a seminar in the Capital that only marginal attention was paid to a possibly more pregnant observation of Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa. He dubbed the much-hyped indigenous Tejas LCA as a “medium technology” fighter, and said given the demands on the IAF the home-built bird “alone just will

Waiver for Chabahar, India From Iran Sanctions Under Review, Says Afghan Ambassador

Waiver for Chabahar, India From Iran Sanctions Under Review, Says Afghan Ambassador Sep 14,2018

Afghanistan’s ambassador to India Shaida Mohammad Abdali has said that a waiver against the US’s sanctions on the section of Chabahar Port that will directly connect India with Afghanistan was under review. The Chabahar port is being considered as a gateway to golden opportunities for trade by India, Iran and Afghanistan with central Asian countries, besides ramping up trade among the three countries in the wake of Pakistan denying transit access to New Delhi. In an interview with CNBC,

Rafale deal: Smear campaign to target Narendra Modi causes unacceptable damage to integrity of men in uniform

Rafale deal: Smear campaign to target Narendra Modi causes unacceptable damage to integrity of men in uniform Sep 14,2018

It is a little heartbreaking and depressing to see men in uniform come out in numbers to defend the Rafale and issue a clarion call not to ground the contract. Heartbreaking, because it couldn’t have been easy for former and serving air chiefs and other high-ranking officers — all accomplished and disciplined men — to wade into a political dogfight at the risk of being made into a target. That they felt compelled to do so points to the cynicism and wretchedness of our political discourse

Rajnath Singh to launch first smart fence project along Pakistan border next week

Rajnath Singh to launch first smart fence project along Pakistan border next week Sep 14,2018

The country’s first ‘smart fence’ pilot project, which entails deploying laser-activated fences and technology-enabled barriers to plug vulnerable gaps along borders, will be formally launched by Home Minister Rajnath Singh next week along the India-Pakistan border, an official said Thursday. Singh will travel to Jammu to inaugurate the ambitious project on September 17, he added. The technology is being implemented by the Border Security Force and senior officials of the paramilitary

Warning bells for India? China inducts ‘sniper platoon’ and ‘anti-jamming systems’ in PLA

Warning bells for India? China inducts ‘sniper platoon’ and ‘anti-jamming systems’ in PLA Sep 14,2018

In what can be seen as a security challenge for India, China has reportedly inducted ‘Sniper Platoon’ of a Mobile Infantry Battalion in the People’s Liberation Army. According to the sources in the Indian defence ministry, the ‘Sniper Platoon’ of the Mobile Infantry Battalion first made its appearance during the recently conducted exercise of the Western Theater Command. The Western Theater Command is one of the five war zones of the People Liberation Army. The headquarters of

Jammu Kashmir: Security forces gun down 8 Pakistani militants

Jammu Kashmir: Security forces gun down 8 Pakistani militants Sep 14,2018

Eight Pakistani militants were killed in three separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir.Two encounters took place in Jijhar and Sopore. The third one took place at Keran sector along the Line Of Control (LOC) In Jijhar 3 militants were killed by the security forces.The forces gunned down 2 militants in Sopore while the other 3 were killed in the Keran sector.Miltancy continues to plague the violence-hit state.The number of listed militants in Kashmir has gone up to 300 in the last one decade

Kalyani Group developed India specific Humvee for the Indian Army spied

Kalyani Group developed India specific Humvee for the Indian Army spied Sep 13,2018

Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd., a subsidiary of Kalyani Group specializing in defence vehicles and technology, is developing Light Specialist Vehicle (Kalyani likes to call it as Light Strike Vehicle) for the Indian Army. Kalyani LSV is based on AM General’s platform which also underpins the US Army’s iconic HMMWV (also known as Humvee or Hummer). Several variants of the LSV to suit different mission requirements are being developed. Automotive enthusiast Harshit Prajapati spotted

Russia spreading the AK-47 of missile systems worldwide to drive wedge between U.S., key allies : US Media

Russia spreading the AK-47 of missile systems worldwide to drive wedge between U.S., key allies : US Media Sep 13,2018

It may be Russia’s most successful military export since the Kalashnikov — at least at driving a wedge between the U.S. and some key allies. The S-400 advanced missile defense system, which has been a linchpin protecting Moscow’s military bases on the battlefields of Syria, is attracting renewed interest from countries such as India and Turkey — pitting Russia against the Trump administration’s drive to boost competing U.S. defense sales. Since entering the

India meets all qualifications to be member of NSG: US

India meets all qualifications to be member of NSG: US Sep 13,2018

India has not been able to secure membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group because of China’s veto, a senior Trump Administration official said on Thursday asserting that the US will continue to advocate for New Delhi’s membership in the elite grouping as it meets all the criteria. India has been seeking entry into the 48-member elite nuclear club, which controls nuclear trade, but China has repeatedly stonewalled its bid. While India, which is backed by the US and a number of