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Section of Indian media reports is claiming that Government of India will soon announce the successor of Kaveri engine program by the end of this year . The proposed new engine will be used to power LCA-Tejas MK-1A in next three years, Government is also likely to clear fresh investment of Rs 2,600 crore to develop the successor engine which will still incorporate many of the technologies already developed for Kaveri engine, to shorten its development time .

It is not clear if French Rafale offset offer to help India develop turbofan engine with 90kN thrust class will be accepted by Indian defence ministry but after reviewing and holding discussions with all stakeholders Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to take call said a well-informed source close to . Continue reading


India has unofficially told the Sri Lankan government that it is concerned about the Pakistan High Commission-organized anti-Indian demonstration on Kashmir held here on July 21.

About 20 people, including members of the Pakistan-embassy sponsored Kashmir Study Forum, demonstrated before the UN office on Bauddhaloka Mawatha, holding placards asking the UN Secretary General and the UN Human Rights Council to take up with India the “grave violations of human rights” in Kashmir. Continue reading


On 26 October, 1947, VP Menon was joined at his Delhi residence by the then British deputy High Commissioner for a drink. Menon, who had just returned from Srinagar, poured out a stiff drink, smiled and exulted: “We have Kashmir. The bas…d signed the Act of Accession. And now that we have got it, we will never let it go.”

This incident, narrated by authors Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre in Freedom at Night should be enough to remind Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of the futility of his dream of seeing Kashmir become part of Pakistan some day. “Waiting for the day Kashmir becomes part of Pakistan,” Sharif said while celebrating his party’s victory in elections in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Continue reading


Russia is the biggest contributor to India’s ‘strategic uranium reserve’. India’s Prime Minister’s Office, in a written reply to Parliament, said “Russian firm JSC TVEL Corporation is supplying uranium to India.In 2015-16, India imported 303.78 megatons of Natural Uranium Di-oxide Pellets while 42.15 megatons in the form of Enriched Uranium Di-oxide Pellets from Russia. In 2014-15, imports from Russia totaled 296.54 megatons.”

Apart from Russia, Kazakhstan and Canada also supply uranium to India. India imported 250.74 megatons of Natural Uranium Ore-Concentrate from the Canadian firm Cameco in 2015-16. No consignment arrived from Kazakhstan during the same period. Continue reading

SOURCE: Sunday Standard

The photograph of a tense Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar peering down at the waters of the Arabian Sea through the window of an Indian Air Force Boeing P8i, a maritime surveillance aircraft, looking for the AN-32 that went off the radar off Chennai on Friday, defines the poignancy of the search.

He could well have been staring at disaster. No less than 42 military aircraft and helicopters have crashed since 2011 and as many lives have been lost.Twenty-eight aircraft, including 20 fighter jets, of which 14 were MiGs, went down; 14 helicopters were lost in accidents since 2011. Continue reading


The Indian Air Force plane which went missing with 29 people on board over the Bay of Bengal is one of the 105 AN-32s the IAF uses. The sturdy AN-32s can withstand extreme weather conditions and has excellent high manoeuvrability, all thanks to its designer Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov (AN stands for Antonov). He was one among the best. Here’s looking at the Russian genius and the elite ‘company’ he was in:

Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov

Antonov, who was born in 1906, started taking a keen interest in aviation projects in school. He scoured shops for books on aviation and would study aircraft wreckage pieces at a local military base. He submitted his first aircraft design in early 1920s. It was approved and published in Smena, then the most popular Soviet youth magazine. His first flying object—the OKA-1 ‘Pigeon’ glider—won the first prize in the 1924 Crimea competition. Continue reading


India will make a concerted effort with the United States to force Pakistan to take stern action against Hafiz Saeed, particularly what the intelligence agencies describe as his role in instigating recent violence in the Kashmir Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter.

Government sources said home minister Rajnath Singh will personally take up the issue with the US authorities during his visit, which is likely to take place sometime in August end. Both Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim, who is also said to be operating out of Pakistan, have been designated as global terrorist by the United Nations following consistent efforts by Indian security agencies. Continue reading


Wars forge heroes out of soldiers and the Kargil war was no different. Heroes were forged, and while some are sung enough, many are still unsung. Captain Kambampati Nichiketa, a Flying Lieutenant back then in 1999, was one of the many heroes of Kargil who remained mostly unsung.

No, he didn’t die while serving the mother. Instead he lived on, survived the torture of Pakistanis as a Prisoner of War (PoW), returned to India, got the Vayusena medal, and kept doing what he does best – flying planes for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Continue reading


A top United Nations counter-terrorism official has expressed the hope that a resolution of the decades-old Kashmir conflict between Pakistan and India could lead to a reduction in acts of terrorism in the region.

“In preventive diplomacy and resolution of conflict, the role of the UN is to put people together and to continue to speak. Hopefully we will one day finish and resolve this conflict and hopefully we will have reduction of acts of terrorism,” UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate Executive Director Jean-Paul Laborde said, while responding to a question on the Kashmir dispute and the problem of terrorism in the region resulting from this unresolved conflict. “We also need a goodwill of member states. How can we resolve that without the goodwill of member states?” he said at a news briefing on Friday. Continue reading


The recent deadly terror attack in Dhaka might have been claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh, but the pointers are towards the banned local terror group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). This is of serious concern to India, not only because of JMB’s cross-border presence but also due to its linkage with the ISIS.1

The JMB, meaning ‘Assembly of Holy Warriors’, is a Bangladesh-based terror outfit formed in 1998. The principal objective of JMB is to establish an Islamic state in Bangladesh based on Sharia. Given its strong belief in Salafist ideology, JMB considers the modern principles of governance like democracy, liberalism, socialism and secularism as “anti-Islamic”. In the initial stages, funding for JMB came from various sources such as extortion, smuggling of drugs, donation from international Wahhabi charity groups based in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Kingdom (UK), patronage by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), contribution from its members and taxation on local business. Very soon, JMB turned towards more lucrative foreign sources of funding and also smuggling in counterfeit currencies. Continue reading


A joint operation by Kerala Police and Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has unearthed the role of controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) behind the missing of 21 Keralites, who reportedly left for Syria to join IS. The sleuths arrested a key IRF person on Saturday from Mumbai.

Police officers said the arrested identified as Rizwan Khan was nabbed from his residence at Kalyan in Thane. ADGP(Intelligence) R Sreelekha told Express that the details of the arrested and his role would be known only after the team communicates the probe aspects in detail. The Kerala Police team to Mumbai is led by Aluva DySP Y R Rustom. Continue reading


The Bush White House was against denying a US visa to the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2005, according to a former senior administration official who worked on the national security staff of the then Vice President Dick Cheney.”I do not believe anyone in (the George W Bush) White House spoke in favour of it (denying visa to Modi),” Stephen Yates, who served as the Deputy National Security Advisor to Cheney, told a group of Indian reporters here on Thursday.

“I do not believe anyone in (the George W Bush) White House spoke in favour of it (denying visa to Modi),” Stephen Yates, who served as the Deputy National Security Advisor to Cheney, told a group of Indian reporters here on Thursday. Continue reading


A young Saurabh was sitting in the open courtyard at his home in the small town of Palampur. It was a summer morning, and a pleasant breeze was blowing in this town in the hills. His father walked outside. ‘Saurabh, Breakfast is ready,’ he said, but Saurabh was lost in thought. Noticing this, his father stopped, walked up to him gently, kept a hand on his shoulder and inquired, ‘Where are you lost, beta?’.

Saurabh looked up to his dad and smiled, “Dad, this oak tree in our garden, it is so tall and surrounded by these tiny shrubs. Even though they all get the same sun and have the same soil to grow in. I was wondering how we humans are the same, we all get 24 hours, but some of us rise high and some don’t” Continue reading


The footprints of IS on Kerala soil are becoming clearer by the day. The latest IS faction to leave its indelible mark on areas in Kasargod adjoining Bhatkal in south Karanataka is Junud al Khalifa-e-Hind (Soldiers of the Indian Caliphate). Intelligence agencies have launched a probe into an extensive project of this faction that combines propaganda war and recruitment for IS in India.

Junud al Khalifa-e-Hind, which was floated by Bhatkal-native Yusuf Al Hindi alias Shafi Armar, has already managed to expand its activities by appointing aides in critical regions in the country in the last one year, according to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).  “Investigation is on to trace the link between Kasargod native Abdullah Rasheed (one of the 21 missing persons) and Yusuf Al Hindi,” a senior intelligence officer told Express, making clear the link between the present case of the 21 missing persons who have allegedly headed out to Syria to join the IS. Continue reading

SOURCE: Sunday Standard

Much has been written about the life of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy and the first Governor-General of Independent India, but no one knows that his personal pilot, Flight Lieutant Girardet was charged for smuggling gold for Americans at Karachi Airport in 1945.

The Ministry of Finance documents hidden from the world for the last 70 years and recently sent to National Archives of India for permanent preservation reveal that on June 10, 1945, Girardet was caught at Karachi Airport by Wing Commander Pyne. His entire smuggling plot in the file reads like a thriller. Continue reading

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