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SOURCE : INDIA TODAY

A martyred Indian soldier’s belongings were with a terrorist group in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Terrorists from the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Taiba groups are part of Pakistani Border Action (BAT) teams that attack Indian security forces, exclusive photos accessed by India Today TV show.The photos (see above) are of a service rifle, a bulletproof jacket, a mobile phone and magazines which belonged to Narender Singh, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan who was killed at the International Border last month. His body was mutilated; his throat was slit, and his eyes gouged out.

Narender Singh’s belongings were with the Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.Here’s what the BSF said in a release last month: “…an unprovoked firing was started by Pakistan in Ramgarh sector, Jammu, on a BSF party which went ahead of fence [sic] for clearing elephant grass (Sarkanda). Such a tactical patrol is routinely sent to clear the wild vegetation for clearing the field of view along the International Boundary.” Continue reading

SOURCE : FE

Indian Navy will soon have home-made drones for its anti-piracy operations. Speaking to FE Online, Milind Kulshreshtha, Head, (International), Vortex UAS, Gurgaon based, said “we plan to work on various new proposals, like use of weaponized drones for the Indian Navy’s anti-piracy operations, as support for MARCOS units.”

“We were earlier working with the Indian Army (Northern Command) and were part of their R&D effort with drones (rotary & fixed wing). A specialized Hexa drone as per Army specs underwent successful trials at 20,000 feet, at temp of -20 deg C and was thereafter delivered,” Kulshreshtha said. Continue reading

SOURCE : THE PRINT

Beginning December, India will literally be pulling aircraft from a graveyard in France to keep the Indian Air Force flying.The Chateaudun base, about 70 kilometres from Paris, is a graveyard or ‘boneyard’ for the French Air Force’s decommissioned planes. Among these are variants of the Jaguar.

India will be crating the decommissioned French Jaguars to ‘cannibalise’ parts for spares, to keep the IAF’s six squadrons flying. India will have to bear the cost of crating and transport, while the French will not charge a fee for the retired planes. IAF sources said the decommissioned Jaguars would yield more than 3,000 lines of spares. Continue reading

SOURCE : ANI

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, one of the most-wanted terrorists in South Asia, has lashed out at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government for seeking aid from the Trump administration and walking into what he termed as an American trap of giving aid for the killing of Kashmiri and other ‘Mujahideen’ in the country.

“The US has ordered Pakistan to capture Afghan and Kashmiri Mujahideen with an aim to convert Pakistan into an extended territory of the US”, Saeed said while addressing a huge crowd at Markaz Al Qadsiya in Lahore city. He added, “The US puts pressure on Pakistan government to close the madrasas (Islamic seminaries) and stop teaching the Holy Quran. They say those studying here are all ‘jihadis’. The US gives such diktats while coming to Pakistan. They also want syllabus on religious teachings to be removed as it gives birth to ‘jihadis’. The government of Pakistan agrees on such orders and informs them about banning ‘jihadi’ outfits in return of receiving monetary aid and support.” Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

India on Thursday said the controversy surrounding the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from France has not impacted the strong ties between the two strategic partners at all.”We continue to enjoy very strong relationship with France. It is our strategic partner. I can say that this (Rafale controversy) has not impacted our relationship at all,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

He was asked whether the controversy relating to Rafale deal impacted the ties between the two countries.There has been a fierce political battle between the ruling BJP and the Congress over the procurement of the jets from French aerospace major Dassault Aviation under a Rs. 58,000 crore deal. Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said there is no plan to deploy ‘Black Cat’ commandos of the elite National Security Guard (NSG) in counter-terrorism operations in the state, saying that the elite force could be used only in the “gravest of grave” situations.
“This is absolutely wrong. The NSG chief had met me recently. God willing, I am sure that we may not have any such situation where we require a specialised force, but may be in the gravest of grave situation, we may request them and that too after consulting the centre,” Mr Malik said in an interview.

He was replying to a question whether there was any move to deploy the NSG and that such a proposal was under consideration of the Union Home Ministry. Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

The armies of India and Japan will hold their first ever joint exercise from November 1 at a jungle warfare school in Mizoram’s Vairengte with focus on strengthening counter-terror cooperation, officials said Thursday.The focus of the two-week-long exercise ‘Dharma Guardian” will be to increase interoperability between the two forces and enhance coordination in dealing with various security challenges, they said.

“Both sides will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well-developed tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in urban warfare scenario,” the Army said in a statement. Continue reading

SOURCE : MONEY CONTROL

News channel NDTV has been sued by Anil Ambani’s Reliance for Rs 10,000 crore in an Ahmedabad court for the channel’s coverage of the Rafale deal, CEO of the NDTV Group, Suparna Singh tweeted on October 18.

Calling this move a “brazen attempt at harassment and intimidation”, Singh said the news channel will fight back. An earlier report by NDTV stoked a controversy with the Opposition led by Congress President Rahul Gandhi accusing the Modi-led NDA government of corruption and crony capitalism. The opposition has attacked the ruling BJP over the procurement of jets from French aerospace major Dassault Aviation under a Rs 58,000 crore deal. Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

India Thursday said it was engaged with the US, Iran and other stakeholders on the issue of American sanctions on import of Iranian oil which will come into effect from November 4. Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar said India has already conveyed to the US about its position on the matter.Asked about how India will make the payments to Russia for the S-400 missile deal, Kumar said India is also engaged with the US on the issue.

“We are engaged with the US on the matter. We have shared our position with the US sides at different levels. These discussions have contributed to a better understanding by the US about our objectives and concerns as well as our sensitivities and expectations,” he said. Continue reading

SOURCE : ENS

India on Thursday said the onus was on Pakistan to create conducive conditions for talks by steps such as taking action against terrorists and terror infrastructure operating from its soil. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar reiterated India’s stand that talks and terror cannot go together, saying that this was one of the reasons why a scheduled meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in New York had been cancelled.

Last month, the government had called off the meeting, barely 24 hours after agreeing to the engagement, citing the brutal killing of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir, and Islamabad releasing postage stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After a gap of 7 years, DRDO developed solid-fuel road-mobile tactical ballistic missile Prahaar (“Strike”) once again made a comeback to the argument the offensive conventional firepower of the Indian Army against strategic and tactical targets. Prahaar which has a range of 150km was developed to provide superior offensive firepower to strike forces against both tactical and strategic targets after its first launch in 2011 it soon went to cold storage due to lack of interest by Indian Army then.

Prahaar only made a come back after Sino-India Doklam standoff when Indian Army felt the need for a battlefield support tactical weapon system due to the ever-increasing deployment of superior tactical weapon system by the Chinese army in the region which is close to the Indian border. Continue reading

SOURCE: BBC NEWS

The tropical beaches of India probably bring to mind sun-dappled palms, fiery fish curries and dreadlocked backpackers, but they also hold a surprising secret. Their sands are rich in thorium – often hailed as a cleaner, safer alternative to conventional nuclear fuels.

The country has long been eager to exploit its estimated 300,000 to 850,000 tonnes of thorium – quite probably the world’s largest reserves – but progress has been slow.  Their effort is coming back into focus amid renewed interest in the technology. Last year Dutch scientists fired up the first new experimental thorium reactor in decades, start-ups are promoting the technology in the West and last year China pledged to spend $3.3bn to develop reactors that could eventually run on thorium. Continue reading

SOURCE: ARY NEWS

Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari has expressed concern on India’s expanding nuclear arsenal, saying that India has retracted from the no-first use nuclear doctrine and adopted a more aggressive stance on nuclear weapons.The minister was addressing the concluding session focusing on strategic stability in South Asia on the second day of the international conference on ‘Global Non-Proliferation Regime: Challenges and Response’ organised by the Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad.

The two day conference saw global experts discuss various issues related to non-proliferation. Former Ambassador of Iran to United Nations in Vienna Ali Asghar Soltanieh and Egypt’s Assistant Foreign Minister Sameh Aboul-Enein were among those attending the conference. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Former National Directorate of Security (NDS) Chief Amrullah Saleh stated that Pakistan’s intelligence services and army have ‘hijacked the hopes of the people’ of both Afghanistan and Pakistan by supporting terrorist organisation Taliban and influencing the situation in Afghanistan through violence.

“We have been suffering many of these years because Pakistan has unleashed, in the words of my President, an undeclared war on the Afghan state. They (Pakistan) created the Taliban, and they still continue to provide training, equipment, logistical support and sanctuary for the Taliban. Even the Taliban leaders who travelled to Doha to meet the US envoy for negotiations, they travelled from Pakistan,’ Saleh told ANI. Continue reading

SOURCE: TIMES NOW

The ISI’s gift to India as festival season begins appears to be the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Latest MAC or Multi-Agency Coordination Centre intelligence reports speak of a determined attempt by the LeT to push its terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir.

A LeT battle-action team of five terrorists is waiting at the house of Kamal Deen in Khori, a village in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, opposite Poonch. They are planning to target the army’s positions on the line of control. The pickets of the Garhi or the Banwat battalion have been targeted. usually, the BATs are better armed and carry fewer provisions than the infiltrating terrorists or even maps and GPS devices.   Continue reading

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