Israel’s upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a “Star Wars”-like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed. The Defence Ministry said the US-funded Arrow 3 system, jointly developed by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries and US firm Boeing Co., was handed over the Israeli Air Force.

The Arrow 3, together with the Arrow 2, which has been operational since 2000, would “significantly reduce the possibilities of ballistic missiles” hitting Israel, the ministry said in a statement. Continue reading


India and Sri Lanka will soon be finalising an accord to take New Delhi’s help to develop Trincomalee Port in the East of the Island nation, a move seen as Colombo’s attempt at fine balancing India and China.

China has pumped in money to develop the Hambantota port in the South and is now said to be investing in Colombo port causing much discomfort in India that sees the Indian Ocean Region as its area of influence. Continue reading


India today hit back at China for saying membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group shouldn’t be US President Barack Obama’s ‘ parting gift’ to New Delhi+ , and said its bid was based on its nonproliferation record.

“India is not seeking NSG membership as a gift. India is seeking it on its nonproliferation record,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said at a briefing here. Continue reading


Five bank accounts allegedly linked to hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani are being scrutinised by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as part of its probe into suspected terror funding.

The probe agency has roped in financial experts to scan these accounts — two of Geelani and the rest owned by other persons linked to him, official sources said on Thursday.
Preliminary investigation has found suspicious financial transactions through these accounts during 2014 and 2015. Continue reading


Hindus and Christians converted to Islam besides Muslims were among 52 people arrested for allegedly being ISIS terrorists, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said today, adding they included engineers and post-graduates. Almost 80 per cent of the accused had formal schooling and rest went to Madrassas, it said.

The agency registered a highest of 12 Islamic State (ISIS) terrorism-related cases and arrested these accused last year. It is the highest number of cases and arrests made by the NIA in a year since its inception in 2009. In 2015, only two such cases were registered, the NIA said. Those arrested for allegedly being ISIS operatives were of different age group. A total of 28 were in 18-25 year group, 20 between 25 to 40 years and four were above 40 years, it said. Continue reading


The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today claimed that terror attacks at army installations in Uri and Handwara in Jammu and Kashmir were carried out by Pakistan-based outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

A senior NIA official claimed that one of the four terrorists involved in the attack on the army camp in Handwara managed to flee.The terrorists had attacked the camp of 30 Rashtriya Rifles camp in Langate in Handwara in October last year. While three attackers were killed by the security forces, one is believed to have escaped, the official said, adding they were looking into it. Continue reading


Thirteen insurgents of the Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) were apprehended by Assam Rifles personnel in Nagaland’s Mon district and seized a cache of arms and ammunition from them.

Defence sources said the rebels were apprehended on the Mon-Tizit road on Wednesday during a routine frisking of vehicles by 35 Assam Rifles personnel. They were travelling from Dimapur to Namsa in two Maruti gypsies along with two children. Continue reading


India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas and indigenous helicopters Rudra and HAL Dhruv would be flying over Rajpath this Republic Day.This will the first time that Tejas will take part in the parade.

The Indian Air Force has begun the practice of its aircraft for a thundering R-Day flypast.As many as 34 aircraft of the IAF will perform various manoeuvres during the Republic Day celebrations to be attended by United Arab Emirates crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the chief guest. Continue reading


The counter-insurgency cell of the Jammu and Kashmir police is working on a lead that the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant killed in the Bandipora encounter on Thursday morning is related to the outfit’s Pakistan-based operational commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

A police official told The Hindu that Abu Musaib, an LeT militant in his thirties, was killed in an operation in Bandipora’s Hajin area on Thursday morning in a gunfight. One militant is believed to have escaped the encounter site. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Pioneer

Gen Bipin Rawat’s announcement of a grievance mechanism is unlikely to be a hit. Rather, the institutionalised feedback system of units must be gingered up and greater time and energy must be spent on feeling the pulse

Last Sunday, on the 69th Army day, All India Radio invited me to two back-to-back programmes,  ‘Sandesh to Soldiers’ (S2S)  and ‘Challenges facing the Army’. I was introduced as a veteran who had fought in the wars of 1965 and 1971, participated in peace-keeping operations in Congo and Sri Lanka and served on the Line of Control (LoC) and the Line of Actual Control (LAC) — this reflecting the uniqueness and versatility of the Army deployed from Siachen to Thiruvananthapuram and from Sopore to Car Nicobar. Continue reading


It seems that our Army men have still not withdrawn from their services no matter how bleak their future is but the question we need to ask ourselves is how long before the necessary orders come into place?It seems that our Army men have still not withdrawn from their services no matter how bleak their future is but the question we need to ask ourselves is how long before the necessary orders come into place? Continue reading


India no longer wants to be geopolitically contained in South Asia. It is expanding its maritime domain and naval capabilities to fulfill its aspirations as a rising power as well as match up to China.

Ever since Narendra Modi came at the helm of affairs, India has tried to deepen its framework for maritime engagement with the Indian Ocean littoral. “India has a long history of being a maritime nation. The arc of influence of Indian Ocean extends well beyond its littoral limits. Our initiative of SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the Region — is not just limited to safeguarding our mainland and islands. Continue reading


Pakistani officials have threatened to use the country’s nuclear weapons should India invade, after India’s new army chief admitted to secret military plans for attacking its neighbour in the event of a crisis.

Three officials in Islamabad told the Financial Times that Pakistan would take all necessary measures to defend itself should India ever put into action long-rumoured “cold start” plans to attack Pakistani territory following an event such as a major terrorist incident.  “If ever our national security is threatened by advancing foreign forces, Pakistan will use all of its weapons — and I mean all of our weapons — to defend our country,” one of the officials said. Continue reading

SOURCE: DailyMail

In light of a perceived terrorism threat to the Delhi-Lahore bus and Samjhauta Express, security on both modes of transport to Pakistan has been beefed up.

Intelligence agencies warnings have put police in three states on high alert, with highly placed sources allegedly saying intelligence input has been received suggesting terrorists groups are planning to disrupt the Republic Day programme.  Continue reading


Many security analysts have been crediting National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and his ‘Doval Doctrine’ for the prevailing phase of a quieter Kashmir today as compared to the ceaseless violence that marked the state for most of last year. Yes, Kashmir is quiet now – there have been no major stone pelting incidents, attacks on security forces, protest against use of pellets or banks being looted in the wake of demonetisation .

However, let’s not get complacent or rejoice just yet. There may be several reasons for this lull. Firstly, Pakistan, under its its new army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, may have reined in the jihadi threat after Indian army chief Bipin Rawat repeatedly warned it to refrain from engaging in any misadventures. On the other hand, terrorists targeting Kashmir may have decided to lay low for the moment. Or finally, good sense prevailed among the Kashmiri youth. Continue reading

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