SOURCE: THE HINDU
China on Monday urged India to abide by the Line of Actual Control (LAC) position of 1959, following last week’s scuffle between troops of the two countries along the Pangong lake in Ladakh.To a question, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying accused Indian troops of undertaking “violent actions” and injuring Chinese personnel.
The Ministry urged India to abide by the “1959 LAC” — an apparent reference to the alignment espoused by former Chinese Premier Zhou en Lai in a letter to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. In his 2016 book, Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy , former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon points out that in the proposal of November 1959, the Chinese describe the LAC “only in general terms on maps not to scale”. India rejected the proposal in 1959 and 1962. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
Most of the border trespasses or infringements by troops occur due to overenthusiastic local commanders, who just go overboard. The senior poeple or the decision makers in the government come into the picture a little later and take a stand with certain objectives in mind. But, Doklam seems to be a different case .
As reports from the ground suggest, Doklam standoff began after Chinese troops pulled down a couple of watchtowers and followed it up by destroying two bunkers built by the Indian Army for logistic support for patrolling in the region. Chinese troops were in the region to construct a highway. Continue reading
The Indian Army had submitted a requirement for UAVs that could fly continuously for a minimum of ten hours at the height of up to 20000 feet, covering a range of two hundred kilometers from the control station. The army is in favor of locally developed systems but it would be a big challenge for private defense firms that lack the technology.
India is planning to purchase remotely controlled aerial surveillance platforms which would provide real time inputs in the form of imagery and electronic data to fighting formations during operations. The defense ministry announced that it would be spending approximately $461 million on the purchase of forty four such aerial vehicles. Continue reading
SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Since the creation of Indian Army Aviation Corps (AAC) in 1986, a tussle has been brewing for the ownerships of Rotary Platforms between Indian Army Aviation and Indian Airforce. The first instance was when Indian Army wanted to ownership of Mil Mi-25/Mi-35 attack Helicopters and Mi-26 heavy transport helicopter which is administered by the Indian Air Force but were under the operational control of the Army and procured from their Budget.
Indian Army for long pitched for its own dedicated fleet of attack helicopters which has been opposed by Indian Air Force (IAF) which feels it role will diminish and in future Indian Army Aviation might demand separate Transport aircraft fleet to meet its operational needs. Continue reading
US President Donald Trump has said that he wants to further develop strategic partnership with India to achieve country’s goals in Afghanistan, saying American troops “will fight to win” and “from now on victory will have a clear definition.”
“We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade from the United States, and we want them to help us war with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development,” CNN quoted Trump as saying on Tuesday. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
China on Tuesday said there will be “chaos” in the region if it follows India’s “ridiculous” logic and enters Indian territory to disrupt construction projects along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that Beijing perceives as a security threat.
Beijing has blamed New Delhi for the military standoff at Doklam or Donglang near the Sikkim border – now into its second month – and accused Indian soldiers of trespass and preventing Chinese soldiers from building a road in the region, which is claimed by Bhutan. Continue reading
SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES
President Trump may have been uncomfortable with his teleprompter, but his speech will have sounded mellifluous to ears in New Delhi, mainly because he went farther than any American President in identifying Pakistan as one of the main causes of Afghanistan’s problems. This open acknowledgment of reality is long overdue, and most welcome: good not only for Afghanistan, India and the US, but just possibly also for Pakistan, which has needed a bracing reality check for many years.
But what is Delhi to make of Trump’s invitation to play a bigger role in Afghanistan? India has many interests in that country, that benefit them both. These have been developed painstakingly, against difficult odds, and for the most part bilaterally. One of the strengths of India’s involvement in Afghanistan is that it is seen unambiguously as INDIAN involvement. Continue reading
The Islamic State claimed on Monday that an Indian suicide bomber killed a “number” of people in an attack in Syria’s north west Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the terror group.In a statement in Arabic via its Amaq propaganda agency, the IS identified the Indian suicide bomber as Abu Yusuf al- Hindi, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, a US-based monitoring firm.
The terror group claimed killing and wounding a “number” of what it described as “Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) apostates” in the suicide attack involving the Indian bomber. Continue reading
SOURCE: Korea Herald
The explosion of a self-propelled howitzer that killed South Korean soldiers last week has sparked controversy over the reliability of the weapon system designed to counter North Korea’s long-range artillery units across the border.
Two South Korean soldiers were killed and five injured in an explosion inside a K-9 Thunder during artillery training Friday in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province. The training was designed to improve the accuracy of counter-artillery attacks in the event of a war with North Korea. Continue reading
Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Air Force Gen. Khin Aung Myint today called on Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and deliberated on ways to deepen security ties between the two countries.Myint also held extensive talks with Chief of Air Staff BS Dhanoa on possible areas of cooperation between the air forces of India and Myanmar.
A range of issues, including expanding cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries, were discussed at the meeting between Jaitley and Gen. Myint, official sources said. Continue reading
A data buoy believed to be of Chinese-origin has been located by the Indian Coast Guard and Para Military Force (PMF) on the shores of Kamrota island in Nicobar district of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Indian National Centre for Oceanic Information (INCOIS), Hyderabad, director Dr Satheesh C Shenoi told The New Indian Express that Chinese officials informed INCOIS about the buoy drifting towards Indian waters.
THE petitioner behind the second challenge to Article 35A of the Constitution, which accords special rights and privileges to residents of Jammu and Kashmir, says she has “anecdotal evidence” to suggest her family is originally from Kashmir, and that they had left it 200 years ago.
Charu Wali Khanna, a lawyer and former member of the National Commission for Women, filed the petition against Article 35A in the Supreme Court after the J&K government refused to identify her as a permanent resident because she didn’t have any documentary evidence to prove her claim. The apex court has clubbed her plea with a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the provision. Continue reading
Japan found same cause with India when its envoy to Delhi publicly took a dig at China for attempting to unilaterally alter the status quo at the disputed tri-junction point in Doklam.
Tokyo is no stranger to the Chinese strategy of unilaterally attempting to change status quo along disputed territories having faced a similar situation over Senkaku Islands. China and Japan were locked in a prolonged standoff over the islands between 2012 and 2014. Chinese belligerence is far from over as it continues its intransigence over Senkaku islands.
Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast who was granted bail by the Supreme Court, will be attached to an Army unit but will remain under suspension from service, informed sources said on Monday.
The Supreme Court earlier on Monday granted bail to Purohit, who spent nine years in prison. The Malegaon blast had killed seven people. Purohit was suspended from service on January 20, 2009, after his arrest. Continue reading
One militant was killed as the Army foiled an infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir’s Gurez Sector on Saturday, reported PTI. A weapon has been recovered from the militant so far. The operation is still underway.
An Army official told PTI that the troops guarding the Line of Control observed movement of militants trying to sneak into the valley from across the border and challenged them. During the brief fire exchange, a militant was killed, said the official. With the latest operation, the number of militants killed in encounters along the LoC in north Kashmir in the past four days has gone up to 14. An Army jawan also lost his life in one of the encounters. Continue reading