Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed on Saturday alleged that the US has made a plot against his “charities” and that is the reason why the Pakistani government is acting against them.

Days before the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Paris where Islamabad avoided being placed in a terror financing watch-list, Pakistan had amended the anti-terror legislation through a presidential ordinance to include all UN-listed individuals and groups in the national listings of proscribed outfits and persons. Continue reading


A suspicious object the size of a laptop was found in Arunachal Pradesh today. The device recovered from the Arunachal Pradesh village in Kamle district appears to be an instrument which is used to measure atmospheric conditions.

The object, possibly a part of a Chinese weather balloon, somehow managed to get detached from it and landed in the village. The object was found some 100 km from the border with China in Arunachal Pradesh, local police said.According to a few reports, the local villagers found the object on a tree Continue reading


A day after Pakistan took envoys of six key countries to the volatile Line of Control (LoC) to show them the “damage” caused by firing from the Indian Army, the Pakistani army on Saturday used loudspeakers at its Chakothi post – adjoining the Uri sector in Baramulla district – urging the residents of the villages it intended to target to vacate the inhabitations.

Moments before intense firing and shelling on Saturday morning that caused havoc in the twin villages of Silkote and Churanda, the Pakistani troops were heard announcing through loud speakers, “The villagers of ‘maqbooza Kashmir’ (the part of Kashmir under Indian control) are asked to shift to safer places in order to escape response to Indian firing and shelling.” In a while, the two villages came under heavy firing and shelling in which five houses were completely destroyed. The Indian troops retaliated as shelling and firing continued since morning. Continue reading


A high-level meeting of Army, state police and Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) was held in Jammu and Kashmir’s Awantipora to review the security situation, intelligence gathering and operational preparedness to counter the design of terrorists.

The meeting was chaired by Lieutenant General AK Bhatt and the 15 Corps Commanderon Saturday. Continue reading


Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale has held across-the –board talks with top Chinese officials on advancing ties between India and China, which have encountered several points of friction.

Mr. Gokhale’s visit is also seen as part of preparations for talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping at the June summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) at the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao. The Foreign Secretary met Polit Bureau member and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, China’s top foreign policy official, as well as Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Vice Foreign Minister Mr. Kong Xuanyou. Continue reading


Prior to the formation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and its military occupation of Tibet, there was hardly any friction between the two ancient civilisations of China and India. They enjoyed cultural exchanges for millennia and kept a politically safe distance from each other, thanks to the natural barrier of the Himalayas.

But since the 1950s, as Tibet was swallowed by the dragon and ceased to be the buffer, the dominant theme driving bilateral relations between the Asian giants is of threat. The militaries of the two Asian neighbours stands face-to-face with no resolution to a simmering border dispute. Ideology, geopolitics and ambition have pushed China and India into a permanently edgy confrontation. Continue reading


The former Vice President of the Maldives, Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, has raised concerns over the growing political unrest in his country and has called for an urgent intervention by the international community.

The 48-year-old lawyer-turned-politician has asked India to lead the international efforts to restore democracy in the island country. India has expressed “deep dismay” over the Maldivian parliament accepting President Abdulla Yameen’s recommendation of extending the state of emergency by another 30 days, in a manner that New Delhi dubbed as a matter of concern. Continue reading


A new act is unfolding in Pakistan’s theatre of the absurd. The rogue state has been put in a state of suspended animation by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money-laundering and terror financing watchdog. The manner in which Pakistan was reinstated in the ‘list of shame’ reinforces the belief that the world has reached a point of exasperation over the failed state and is running out of ideas.

The FATF’s proceedings at plenary sessions are private. After three days of intense negotiations, official documents carried no mention of Pakistan’s name in the “grey list” that included the names of countries such as Ethiopia, Iraq, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Vanuatu and Yemen. Continue reading


This looks like China, doesn’t it?”

Deputy Inspector General Mandip Shrestha has his chest puffed out as he gives a tour of Nepal Armed Police Force’s freshly minted training academy. A swanky sprawl complete with a helipad, swimming pool, football ground, shooting range, soundproof meeting rooms, giant auditoriums and elegant red brick buildings, the hilltop campus with a sweeping view of the Kathmandu Valley is not your regular government installation in poorly developed Nepal. Shreshta can be forgiven for his house pride. Continue reading


Three years after an Indian Army convoy was ambushed in Manipur’s Chandel district where 18 personnel were killed, investigators have, for the first time, stitched together a detailed account of the attack.

One of the militants involved, who was arrested last month, told investigators that the group was in India for five days after the attack, before they crossed over to Myanmar on foot. Naorem Premkanta Singh, 31, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in January when he came to visit his family in Manipur. He said the party moved together and were able to escape even though an Army helicopter hovered above to look for the suspects. Continue reading


Another controversy has hit Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to India as a map misrepresenting Jammu and Kashmir was put up at the event he was speaking at. A map showing a distorted Jammu and Kashmir – without the entire PoK area including Gilgit and Baltistan – was placed at an event in New Delhi where the Canadian PM and his wife were speaking at.

India has firmly maintained that Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir is a part of India and has been encroached upon by Pakistan. The distortion of the map will come as further embarrassment for the Canadian government. Continue reading


There is a lot that India and Canada can do together, and yet the relationship has not lived up to its potential. India’s economic growth in the past two decades has drawn international attention, and leading countries have sought to enhance trade and investment ties with it. Canada is a G-7 member and advanced Western economy.

India’s nuclear programme was initiated with Canada’s assistance in the 1950s, when Ottawa provided India an experimental small nuclear reactor in the context of the Atoms for Peace programme. And yet, India-Canada relations need to be worked upon, primarily by Ottawa. Continue reading



After its failure to inject into the orbit the eighth of the navigation satellite, IRNSS-1H that was to replace the faulty IRNSS-1A in the Indian Navigation Satellite Constellation or NavIC in August last year, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up to launch another IRNSS satellite in April.

“The next launch will be in March end or April, but NavIC is already in full scale as four satellites are sufficient for navigation and we already have six. Adding more satellites, however, will guarantee better accuracy,” ISRO chairman K. Sivan told The Hindu on the sidelines of an ongoing International Conference on Sonar Systems and Sensors organised by the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), a Defence Research and Development Organisation facility. Continue reading


Howitzers booming in Sikkim near the China border would normally be cause for alarm, especially after last year’s tense 73-day standoff on the Doklam plateau. But last month, it was an occasion to celebrate. Two indigenously designed, developed and manufactured (IDDM) howitzers successfully concluded high-altitude trials at the army’s firing ranges situated at 12,000 feet near the Tibetan plateau.

The two gun prototypes, G1 and G2, shot hundreds of shells across the test range to meet consistency and accuracy trials. It hasn’t been an easy process, the DRDO-designed and private sector-produced guns have had to fight for development funds and protect themselves against competition from imported platforms. Continue reading

SOURCE: DH News Service

Indian Army on Friday issued a Request for Information to procure 5.5 lakh assault rifles under the Make in India category.

In addition, a RFI for 6,000 sniper rifles has also been released. The armed forces require 8.1 lakh assault rifles for the three services, out of which Army alone needs 7.6 lakh rifles to replace the home made Indian Small Arms System (INSAS), which was inducted in 1978 to maim the enemy. Continue reading

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