Adding more fuel to the debate on nationalism, Union Home Minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday made it clear that while nobody has the “absolute right” to define nationalism, but anyone seeking to divide India is an “anti-national.”
Rijiju also said that said under the guise of freedom of expression even some students “fantasize” about “breaking” India. “Nobody has the absolute right to define nationalism but anybody who wants to break India, supports Afzal Guru and terrorists is anti-national,” he said in a tweet. Continue reading
In an adroit manner Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced the arrival of India into the elite club of countries possessing the prowess of shooting down an incoming ballistic missile as he congratulated the defence scientists for the successful trial of the ballistic missile defence system
In an unprecedented acknowledgement of the Indian missile defence capabilities, the Prime Minister averred that it was a “cutting edge competency” that is possessed by only four or five countries. Continue reading
The family of Hafesudheen Theke Koleth, a Kerala resident believed to have left the country to live in Islamic State-controlled territory in Afghanistan’s war-torn Nangarhar district, has received information that he has been killed, police and intelligence sources have told The Indian Express. Family members learned of the death through a Telegram instant message sent to them by another Kerala jihadist living in Nangarhar on Sunday morning.
Hafesudheen, a resident of Padanna in Kerala’s Kasaragod who turned 24 last year, was part of a group of at least 25 Kerala residents known to have travelled together to Nangarhar, telling friends and family that they wished to participate in building what they considered to be a truly Islamic society. Continue reading
The Gujarat Anti Terror Squad (ATS) has arrested two brothers from the state for their involvement in activities related to the terror group ISIS. Wasim and Nathin were arrested from Rajkot and Bhavnagar respectively, in an operation launched by the ATS.
Earlier this month, the NIA arrested a Kerala resident, in connection with its probe in alleged ISIS module. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
The 22-year-old former student Joanna Palani quit studies in 2014, when she was still a teenager, to fight ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq. She fought for the Kurds but after returning to her home in Denmark, she was taken into custody. Joanna even faced a jail sentence.
Denmark received criticism over it and the country’s hypocrisy was strongly condemned. Continue reading
SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
Army Aviation is take upon itself in pursuing the indigenisation program for critical components and materials with industry participation to reduce the dependence on import for its Dhruv Fleet. Participating at Aero India 2017, At Indian Army Aviation stall, idrw.org was informed that Army has prepared a list which they think can be realised with the support of public and private sector industries.
Army Aviation is looking forward in indigenizing nearly 15 equipment which it feels should be done on priority and is actively scouting for public and private sector industries for possible partnerships. Continue reading
SOURCE: Tribune News Service
India has set a target of 2020 to ensure that its dominance cannot be challenged in the Indian Ocean, a region where China has been making repeated forays, including sending nuclear-powered submarines.The target has been discussed and agreed upon in the top echelons of New Delhi’s security architecture.
“We will be impregnable to ward off any threat in the Indian Ocean by 2020,” explained a top source, adding that control over Andaman Nicobar Islands would be crucial.The islands in Bay of Bengal sit on the western edge of Malacca straits through which ships carrying oil and other goods to India, China, Japan and Korea transit. Continue reading
SOURCE: TRIBUNE INDIA
It took us long to understand that defence is big trade: you give something and take something in return — for ever-evolving ‘strategic’ needs. That’s why so many ‘deals’ and so many arms manufacturers chasing the government for one contract or the other. For a layman, the Sweden-based think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released its five-year (2012-2016) assessment, saying “India was the largest importer of major arms in 2012-16, accounting for 13% of the global total.
”And in 2007-11, India purchased some $12.7 billion (about Rs 80,000 crore) in arms, 80% of that from Russia, said SIPRI. Uday Bhaskar, a retired commodore and leading strategic analyst, criticizes India’s weapons procurement policy. Continue reading
SOURCE: O HERALD
The response from Indian companies to tenders from the Defence Ministry is still tepid due to the absence of capability. This was articulated by RAdm Shekhar Mittal, Chairman & Managing Director, Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) on the sidelines of a session organized by the CII on Industry Defence linkages.
He expressed his frustration at the fact that major Indian companies in the industry were just not able to fulfill the requirements. He, however, conceded that as the years went by, the situation was gradually improving. PSUs, he said, were providing technology, handholding to increase the pace of this process and outsourcing was increasing significantly every year. Continue reading
SOURCE: NEWS 18
The crime branch of Thane Police detained over 350 students and 18 accused from Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Goa late on Saturday night on the suspicion of leaking question papers related to Army recruitment, a police official said.
Meanwhile, the Army on Sunday cancelled examinations in six centres in western India for some lower level posts following an alleged leak of question papers.The examination centres where the tests were cancelled include Kamptee, Nagpur, Ahmednagar, Ahmedabad, Goa and Kirkee, army sources said. Continue reading
The Indian Army has a major challenge in Jammu and Kashmir this year — to bring down its casualties which saw a steep rise last year compared to previous years. Experts said that the changing tactics of the militants, which include attacks on military installations and provoking civilians during gun battles, pose new challenges.
In the latest incident, three soldiers and a civilian were killed on Thursday when troops returning from a search operation in Kungnoo village were attacked by militants in Shopian district. The attack was owned up by Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest militant group in the state. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Indian Panorama
The Trump White House is coming to the rescue of a CIA agent of Indian-origin who is being extradited from Portugal to Italy following a conviction for her role in kidnapping an Egyptian cleric, igniting another flashpoint in the growing rift between the United States and the European Union. Sabrina de Sousa, who was born in Goa and grew up in Mumbai before emigrating first to Portugal and then to the U.S. (she has dual citizenship of both countries), was detained in Lisbon on Monday night, in a case that has dragged on for nearly a decade.
Portugal wants to comply with the Italian request for her extradition, following an European arrest warrant, for her alleged role in the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric as part of a secret United States rendition program during the Bush administration. Continue reading
SOURCE: Bellevision Media Network
The Indian Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel INS Sunayna, a state-of-the-art front line platform of the Indian Navy concluded its participation in the International Defence Expo (IDEX 17) and Naval Defence and Maritime Security Exhibition 2017 (NAVDEX 17) at Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) on Friday, February 24 morning. The ship had entered Mina Zayed Port, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on February 18.
Built at Goa Shipyard Limited, INS Sunayna showcased India’s warship building capability and the promoted ‘Make in India’ concepts in the international exhibitions. The vessel is built with stealth features and equipped with 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount, Close in Weapon System and Chaff launchers and is ideally suited for missions requiring sustained deployments at sea such as anti piracy patrols. Continue reading
The government is likely to come out with a notification shortly making it mandatory for Indian carriers to only induct aircraft which are compliant with the newly-developed GAGAN navigation system in their fleets from January 1, 2019.
GPS-Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) is an implementation of a regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS), developed by India. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
Dr K Ramamurthy, an Indian doctor who was kidnapped in Libya two years ago by world’s most dreaded terrorist organisation Islamic State, has been rescued by Indian security agencies.
Ramamurthy was reportedly abducted by Islamic State militants in Libya nearly 18 months ago in surge area and was put behind bars. Later he was pressed into medical services. The doctor who hails from a village in Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh spoke exclusively to India Today before flying to Vijayawada to see his family. Continue reading