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SOURCE: ASIAN AGE

India and its eastern neighbour Myanmar have resolved to actively cooperate to combat terrorism and insurgent activities in the region, with the two countries on Monday “reiterating their commitment to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other” — something that is being viewed with much interest, given the Indian Army’s operations against Naga rebels in areas along the Indo-Myanmar border.

The countries also decided to continue the “policy of not allowing any insurgent groups to use their soil for hostile activities against the other side”. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

 

India’s participation in a day-long international conference being held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Monday on the theme “Building a nuclear weapon free world, has been declared as significant by that country’s envoy to New Delhi, Bulat Sarsenbayev.

“2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and the commemoration of the United Nations International Day against nuclear tests. We always try to attract the attention of the world to consistently meet this challenge of doing away with nuclear weapons permanently. We are very glad that India is participating at such a high level in this international conference on nuclear disarmament and for a nuclear weapons free world. The United Nations General Assembly’s decision to declare August 29 as the international day against nuclear tests is a major recognition of Kazakhstan’s input to the process of global nuclear disarmament,” Ambassador Sarsenbayev told ANI in an interview. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The US Air Force is optimistic about the future of co-developing and co-producing defence systems with India, US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has said after her trip to the country.

“We are excited about our part of the Defence Technology Trade Initiative (DTTI). Between discussion in working groups and the growing presence of US defence industry in India, we are optimistic about the future of co-developing and co-producing defence systems,” James said in a statement yesterday. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

J&K Police and Central government forces had tested and approved in 2012 the acquisition of low-lethality riot-control equipment that could have prevented many casualties in the ongoing street violence in Jammu and Kashmir, according to documents obtained by The Indian Express.

But the acquisition process got stuck in bureaucratic red-tape, despite a public commitment made by the then prime minister Manmohan Singh after police shot dead 110 protesters across Kashmir during the unrest in 2010. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Countering terrorism is an important objective shared by India and the United States, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said here, while appreciating American support in India’s efforts to eliminate extremism in its neighbourhood.

“We resolved to continue our cooperation on counter-terrorism. Our open and diverse societies are committed to peace. However, as the United States has shown, there can be no compromise when we are faced with terrorism,” Parrikar said at a joint news conference with US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter yesterday. Continue reading

SOURCE: TRIBUNE INDIA

At 10.30 am on 28th August, 51 years ago, a group of soldiers of the Army’s 1 Para led by Major (later Lieutenant General) Ranjit Singh Dayal wrested control of the Haji Pir Pass in Jammu and Kashmir, which for 18 years after partition had been under Pakistani occupation. A Pakistani counter attack the next day was effectively repulsed and by August 30, the Indian Army had established complete control over the Pass along with most peaks in the vicinity.

It was, however, only with the capture of Kahuta in the vicinity on September 10 that the mouth of the Haji Pir Bulge was closed, the entire sector sealed and Pakistani resistance in the area brought to an end.The initial victory had come after a 37-hour pitched battle by a stubbornly brave and innovative 1 Para against all odds comprising rain, slush, fog, a steep hostile terrain and, of course, enemy fire. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

To keep a hawk’s eye on the long porous border with Pakistan and thwart incursions in the Northeast by the Chinese PLA, India may soon get pilotless Predator XP drones used by the US Navy.India has sought from the US 100 latest unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), both armed and surveillance versions, worth USD 2 billion to bolster its arsenal.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who left for a tour of the US on Sunday, is likely to give his final approval regarding the purchase of these state-of-the-art flying machines during his trip. Parrikar will be meeting US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter for the sixth time on Monday and the deal may be finalised after that, officials said. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Amidst talk of India possibly inviting people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir living outside Pakistan for a Pravasiya Bharatiya Diwas (celebration of overseas Indian community) in January 2017 in Bengaluru, one can’t help wondering what Arif Shahid would have thought of the idea had he been alive.

Shahid was the tallest leader of Pakistani Kashmiris. A pacifist, he raised the issue of atrocities on Pakistani Kashmiris in a democratic manner. Shahid was the President of the Jammu and Kashmir National Liberation Conference (JKNLC) and the Chairman of the All Parties National Alliance (APNA). In May 2013, this affable leader was assassinated in cold blood in his own home. No enquiry was ordered and his assassins walked free. There was no condemnation of Shahid’s killing. Pakistani politicians and civil society members maintained a conspiratorial silence. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

To coordinate next year’s Golden Jubilee celebrations of the induction of the first submarine in the Navy, more than 100 retired officers of the submarine branch started a WhatsApp group last month. This group, which includes three-star officers who have spent decades with submarines, went abuzz at midnight last Tuesday after The Australian newspaper reported that 22,400 pages of documents pertaining to India’s Scorpene submarine programme, called Project-75, had been leaked.

The veterans studied the few leaked pages — with redacted data — put out by the paper, and intense discussions followed in the group for the first three days. In the end, there was near unanimity that while such data being put out publicly was not a good thing, it did not affect Project-75 in any significant way. Continue reading

SOURCE: FIRSTPOST

George Fernandes as defence minister, once arriving at Srinagar, was informed that a large crowd had gathered at Baramula and was chanting “Azadi, Azadi”. In his characteristic style, he decided to drive down with minimum security to meet the crowd. On sighting him, the crowd got restive and the shouts got louder. He listened to them for sometime before raising his hand to indicate he wanted to speak. He then told them, “Hamen bhi azadi chahiye” (we also want freedom). There was a stunned silence following his statement. Fernandes then amplified “Hamen bhi azadi chahiye corruption aur berozgari se” (we also want freedom from corruption and unemployment).

Now the question is which government in Jammu and Kashmir has: Addressed unemployment; made efforts to industrialise the state; defined a roll-on-plan to create jobs; explained to youths that stable environment is essential for industrialisation in order to create jobs, and articulated conditions and unemployment in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and the rest of India. Continue reading

SOURCE: DAILY TIMES

The Indian authorities treat Pakistani high commissioner to New Delhi, Abdul Basit, as a ‘persona-non-grata’ and have not allowed him once to meet Indian external affairs minister or any other high profile dignitary during his tenure so far. Mr Basit was appointed the county’s high commissioner in New Delhi, in February 2014. Earlier, he served as Pakistan’s ambassador to Germany.

Foreign Office (FO) sources told Daily Times that Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj did not entertain repeated requests of Mr Basit for formal meetings. “Given his hawkish personality and unnecessary aggression, none of the policy makers in India feel like meeting him. He doesn’t enjoy personal rapport with any important Indian official,” sources said. The job of high commissioner in New Delhi is regarded one of the most important diplomatic assignments given the intricate nature of Pak-India relations. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Countering terrorism is an important objective shared by India and the United States, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said here, while appreciating American support in India’s efforts to eliminate extremism in its neighbourhood.

“We resolved to continue our cooperation on counter-terrorism. Our open and diverse societies are committed to peace. However, as the United States has shown, there can be no compromise when we are faced with terrorism,” Parrikar said at a joint news conference with US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter yesterday. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE WEEK

Another Baluch leader comes knocking on Indian door. It may be a co-incidence; Mir Mazdak Dilshad Baloch is in India for the next two months, following the footsteps of his mother Naela Qadri Baloch.

Mir Mazdak is in India looking to raise awareness about the Pakistani genocide in Baluchistan.Modi’s mentioning of the B-word from the ramparts of the Red Fort on Independence Day has been seen by Baluch leaders in exile as a sign of hope. Mir Mazdak is no different. “It is my hope,’’ he said. Continue reading

SOURCE: New Delhi Times

China has been building military infrastructure along Indo-China border over the last decade and currently it is far ahead of India. Now, there is a belated realisation in India that infrastructure built during peace time over months, years or even decades and not those built during conflict in haste will stand the country in good stead. As part of that policy framework, Indian Air Force planned construction of five Advanced Landing Ground (ALG). Earlier, two ALGs were activated in Ladakh at Daulat Beg Oldi and Nyoma,  and two more outside Ladakh at Zero and Walong. One at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh is the fifth ALG to be made operational on 19th August. Tuting ALG is expected to be ready by 31st December while Tawang will be operational by 30th April, next year.

These will raise the numbers of ALGs to seven which will somewhat reduce India’s stark military asymmetry with China. ALGs are ‘strategic assets’ capable of operating aircraft and helicopters that will improve response time to different operational contingencies as well as efficacy of overall operations.  Continue reading

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