SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
The much awaited Rafale fighter aircraft will be a major boost to India’s firepower as the fighters will come fitted with Meteor and Mica missiles from Europe.
These missiles will give immense advantage to Rafale fighter aircraft as these are ‘beyond visual range’ weapons. In simpler terms, the pilot of the fighter plane will be able to target enemy plane even if he cannot physically see the enemy craft. Continue reading
Amidst the ongoing ‘controversy and confusion’ over whether the Indian Air Force (IAF) is keen to go ahead with the home-grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas programme beyond the first and second blocks of 20 each, the sixth series production variant from the hangars of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) took to the skies for the first time sans any fanfare, recently.
The maiden flight of SP-7, the sixth out of the total 20 to be delivered in the Initial Operational Clearance (ICO) standards, took place on December 12 at the HAL airport here, with zero snags being reported by the pilot after completing the Profile-1 of the flight envelope. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
The Indian Air Force’s mid-air refuelling capabilities will take a hit next year when its Russia-procured Ilyushin-78 tankers go for an overhaul, leaving the air force with little option as two attempts to buy new tankers have failed.
The IAF operates a modest fleet of six IL-78 aircraft bought from Russia in 2003-04 at a cost of Rs 132 crore each to expand the strategic reach of its fighter jets. Riddled with problems, only two or three planes from the tanker squadron are available for missions at any given time. Continue reading
Three officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad were recalled following attempts to honeytrap them by Pakistan’s spy agency ISI and they are now being investigated here about the entire episode.
According to sources, the three junior-level officials, who were working in the language department of the High Commission, returned recently to the headquarters of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) in New Delhi after they apprised senior officers in the mission about the attempt. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s message to India for maintaining border peace has been supplemented with fresh troop deployments to deter a confrontation in the Doklam area, says a Chinese blog.
Two postings in Xilu.com—an online publication covering Chinese military affairs — assert that Chinese troop presence has been permanently beefed up in the Doklam area, where Chinese and Indian troops were engaged in a 70-day standoff this summer. Continue reading
SOURCE: DNA INDIA
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has approved the visa applications of the mother and wife of Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on a death row in that country on charges of espionage.
The spokesperson for Pakistan’s foreign ministry shared the news on his Twitter handle on Saturday evening.Earlier, Pakistan’s foreign office sent a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs suggesting that Jadhav’s family can meet him on Christmas. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Newly-appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Lt Gen DR Soni, on Saturday, said that technology and economic issues have changed the face of war. Lt Gen Soni was interacting with the media during the Vijay Diwas celebrations at the National War Memorial.
Lt Gen Soni, said, “A large portion of the country doesn’t witness a war because they don’t have international borders. They have their sons and daughters in the army, navy and air force. But they don’t see the effects of war. War is a brutal engagement and kills people. To go through a war to just make your country safe, I think is the highest form of sacrifice. For that, I salute every single person in uniform or without uniform for he believes in sacrificing himself for the cause of the nation,” he said. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hosted a banquet for him, attended by NSA Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Dr. S. Jaishankar, on Saturday. In an exclusive interview to TheHindu during his visit to Delhi, Mr. Karzai, who holds no office but remains a powerful figure in Afghanistan, says the U.S’s South Asia policy has been a disappointment as it hasn’t backed it up with action against terrorist safe havens in Pakistan.
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SOURCE: Hindustan Times
The central government has advised the Jammu and Kashmir government to enure that genuine cases of Kashmiri youth applying for passport are not hindered by their relative’s name being connected to any militancy-related cases in the past.
A group of 8-10 youth from the Valley had approached Dineshwar Sharma, who made several visits to the state earlier this month as the Centre’s special representative, and claimed that the state’s Crime Investigation Department (CID) had refused security clearance to them, thus affecting their passport applications, an official from the Union ministry of home affairs said. Continue reading
Following an analysis of the March 11 Bhejji encounter in Sukma, Chhattisgarh, in which 12 CRPF jawans were killed in a Maoist ambush, the force has circulated a note to all its units, asking them to focus on night ambushes to trap Maoists and put technology to “optimal use”. It has also said troops must conduct slow road opening operations and that they should be wary of the Maoists’ diversionary tactics.
It was during a road opening exercise that over 100 men of CRPF’s 219 Battalion were ambushed by Maoists. Continue reading
Indian intelligence agencies have alerted security agencies, claiming that terrorists may attack US and Israeli nationals living in Delhi following the recent US announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. An alert has been sounded asking local police to review security measures and provide adequate security around the US and Israelis embassies, consulates and synagogues, which are visited by a large number of nationals of the two countries.
On December 6, Washington announced its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and initiated the process of relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. Continue reading
SOURCE: Tribune News Service
India and China have revived their long-pending issue of setting up a telephonic hotline at the level of Director-General Military Operations (DGMO).
The matter was revived at a meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs in Beijing last month. The two sides are now coordinating on how to have a Mandarin-to-English translator in India and the reverse of it in China. The telephonic talk between the two senior officers may be done like a conference call with translators listening in to transcribe, on either side. Continue reading
Panaji escaped destruction during “Operation Vijay’ and was liberated by late evening on December 18, 1961. At 5 pm on December 18, the columns of 2 Sikh Light Infantry had reached Betim where it could join hands with squadron of the 7th cavalry.
At that moment some boats anchored at Betim had attempted to escape and bullets had to be fired to stop their escape. Those were probably the last gunshots heard in Panaji on December 18 except some sporadic gunfire in the city by underground freedom fighters. The 2 Sikh Light Infantry unit had not come prepared to cross the 800 meters wide river channel. Otherwise by nightfall of December 18 itself they would have been in Panaji. Continue reading
SOURCE: DHAKA TRIBUNE
Thirty veteran fighters from India and Russia, who took part in the 1971 Liberation War, have paid a call on Bangladesh Navy Chief Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed. As part of their six-day visit to Bangladesh, the veteran fighters from the two nations met the chief of naval staff at Naval Headquarters in Dhaka on Sunday.
Lt Gen (retd) Jai Bhagwan Singh Yadava led the Indian delegation and Captain (retd) Stanislav Gorbachev led the Russian one during the meeting with Admiral Nizamuddin. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
Starting his Sunday with a rather quirky attack on the Left in Kerala, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted a CPI-M poster spotted somewhere- that has a picture of North Korean depot Kim Jong-Un on it. Drawing a unique analogy thereafter, Patra said that this reasons the mass killing of RSS cadres in the state.
Hoping that CPI-M does not launch missile attack on the BJP, RSS offices like Kim Jong-Un’s plans to nuke the United States, Patra added, “Hope the Left is not planning to launch missiles at the RSS, BJP offices as their next gruesome agenda.” Continue reading