China’s official military website has posted four high resolution images of Chinese military aircraft involved in military training activities over the Tibetan plateau. In an article, Global Times, a mouthpiece for the government in Beijing, said “China is upgrading its Western Theater Command in order to confront any threat from India.”

According to the Global Times article, which has now been re-posted on — a website sponsored by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army — the J-10 and J-11 jets which have been shown were filmed a week ago and are attached to an aviation brigade under the PLA Western Theater Command, which has operational control over the boundary with India. Continue reading


A Pakistani military helicopter Wednesday violated the airspace agreement between India and Pakistan when it came within 300 metres of the Pakistan Occupied (PoK) side of the Line of Control in the Poonch sector.

As per Army sources, the Pakistani helicopter went back into PoK after hovering near the LoC for some time. There was no firing or hostile action on the helicopter even though Indian troops observed its movements and reported its presence to headquarters. Continue reading


Pakistan today claimed that it had foiled US-led efforts to place it on a terrorist financing watch-list after the country was granted a three-month reprieve by the Paris-based international watchdog FATF.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global body that combats terrorist financing and money laundering, met in Paris amidst reports that the US with the support of some European allies was trying to place Pakistan on a list of countries that financially support terrorism. Continue reading


Reacting strongly to the extension of emergency in Maldives, India on Wednesday said it is “deeply dismayed” over the development and that the manner in which the 30-day extension was approved by the Majlis in contravention of the Maldivian Constitution is also a “matter of concern”.

Accepting President Abdulla Yameen’s recommendation, the Maldivian Parliament (Majlis) on Tuesday extended the state of emergency by another 30 days, hours after India had asserted that it was important that the island nation quickly returns to the path of democracy and the rule of law, expecting that there will be no extension. Continue reading


Former National Security Advisor (NSA) Shiv Shankar Menon on Wednesday underscored the reason for China’s activity in the Doklam Plateau, saying, “they [Chinese] had a political goal of splitting us from the Bhutanese.”

“The reason why we saw that activity in Doklam last year was not because they had a clear military option or superiority, but [because] they had a political goal of splitting us from [the] Bhutanese, to show the Bhutanese that India could not defend their security and also to arouse [the]Bhutanese opinion. I am glad we chose to react the way we did,” Menon said at the North East Region of India- Bridging Gaps and Securing Borders Summit, here. Continue reading


The situation in Doklam is “absolutely fine” and there is no reason to worry, Army chief Bipin Rawat said here on Wednesday, amid reports of China developing defence infrastructure near the strategically key area.

Commenting on last year’s Doklam standoff, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said “frequent” instances of transgression by the Chinese army across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the Doklam incident were an indication of increasing assertiveness by China. Continue reading


Putting to rest all speculation, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a private hotel in Amritsar on Wednesday. In the 40-minute meeting, Amarinder raised the Khalistan issue with Trudeau with the latter assuring him that Canada did not support any separatist movement in India or elsewhere.

Amarinder had been reluctant in meeting anyone from the Canadian administration, saying he was not interested in meeting anyone with a soft approach to those camapigning for a separate Khalistan movement.  Last year, Amarinder did not meet Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan Singh during the latter’s visit to the state. Continue reading

SOURCE: Asia Sentinel

In yet another sign of the growing competition for regional primacy between India and China, Indian officials have signed an agreement with Oman, strategically located at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, to shore up bilateral defenses and make facilities available to Indian Navy ships.

The agreement, the result of a series of bilateral visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Middle East, is designed to bolster India’s maritime strategy to counter Beijing’s growing footprint in the Indian Ocean, hitherto regarded by India as its own maritime preserve. In recent months, as the 60-year dominance of the United States has begun to wane with President Donald Trump’s administration’s foreign policy missteps, India has begun to attempt to counter Beijing’s extensive Belt and Road Initiative to build infrastructure radiating out to the world around China. Continue reading


As many as 300 naxals were reportedly killed in separate encounters with security forces in Chhattisgarh in the last two years, state Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra told the state Legislative Assembly today.

The minister gave this information while replying to the issue of naxals raised by opposition MLAs in the House. Referring to the February 18 Naxal attack in Elarmadgu area of Sukma district, the opposition legislators said the development programmes launched by the state government in the Left Wing Extemism�(LWE)-affected areas remained only on papers, while both the security forces and common citizens are getting killed in the Maoist violence. Continue reading


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked India not to worry about Dhakas growing ties with China, asserting that the cooperation with Beijing was meant only for the countrys development. Hasina said her government was only concerned about the development, and is ready to cooperate with any country that helps Bangladeshs growth.

“We want investment and cooperation from whoever offers it. We want development of the country… We have to think about our people as they are the beneficiaries of the development,” Hasina yesterday told a delegation of visiting Indian journalists at her official residence. Continue reading


Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba today sounded caution over “increasing assertiveness of China” in the eastern sector of the border. He said that the “frequent transgression” by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China highlighted the “vulnerability of Siliguri Corridor”.

“Frequent instance of transgression by PLA across LAC and recent standoff at Doklam are indication of increasing assertiveness of China, as it makes rapid progress economically and militarily. Recent developments have also underscored vulnerability of Siliguri Corridor,” news agency ANI quoted the chief of naval staff as saying. Continue reading


On October 22, 2008, India’s first mission to Moon Chandrayaan-1 was launched successfully from Sriharikota. Almost 10 years after that historic moment, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to land its Chandrayaan-2 on the Moon in April, and interestingly, the mission will be cheaper than Hollywood’s 2014 blockbuster science fiction “Interstellar”.

The entire mission will cost ISRO Rs 800 crore, while the Hollywood blockbuster cost Rs 1,062 crore ($165 million), reported The Times of India. Similarly, in 2014, India stunned the world when it triumphed with its unmanned spacecraft (Mangalyaan) reaching Mars at a cost of $74 million, a fraction of the $671 million spent by the NASA on similar missions – and far cheaper than the budget of the Hollywood space blockbuster “Gravity”. Continue reading


India has supported a proposal to get the opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the legal consequences of nations using force against others without the approval of the Security Council as required by the UN Charter.

The proposal made by Russia and Belarus to get the World Court’s advisory opinion on the matter “may help to clarify the legal principles governing the right to and situations for the use of force under the UN Charter”, the Indian Mission’s Legal Adviser Yedla Umasankarsaid on Tuesday.  Continue reading


In an interview with ET, Rear Admiral Rahul Kumar Shrawat (retd), who recently took over as the chairman and managing director of Naval Group in India tells Shaurya Gurung about the firm’s plans to meet the Indian Navy’s requirements such as Project-75 India submarine programme, second indigenous aircraft carrier, IAC-2 and indigenisation of its F21 torpedo. Excerpts:

What are your plans for Naval Group in India?
Naval Group is fully committed to support Indian Navy’s acquisition of weapon platforms and weapons. To be specific, we are looking at Project 75-India programne, Landing Platform Docks and the third aircraft carrier IAC-2. Continue reading


No Chinese warship movement has been detected near the crisis-ridden Maldives, Indian Navy sources have said amid reports of Chinese naval movement in the Indian Ocean. “We have a very robust surveillance system in Indian Ocean region, which is supported by mission-based deployment in place since July 2017,” a Navy spokesperson stated.

According to sources, the Chinese naval movement was routine in nature and was through Sunda strait to the north-west of Australia. Sources said the Chinese naval movement took place approximately 2500 nautical miles away from the Maldives. Continue reading

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