While China and India prepare to discuss their border issue during the 7th BRICS summit which will be held in Ufa, Russia from July 8-9, Professor Wang Dehua from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences told state-run Global Times that many in New Delhi are advocating for a military confrontation with Beijing.

During India prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to to Xi’an on May 14, he told China president Xi Jinping that a speedy resolution of the border issue was needed for the two nations. Modi told President Xi that no consensus had been reached after 18 rounds of talks, and that he was losing patience with the process. To make this better known, the prime minister went on to say that he will not compromise settled populations of his people either and he may even decide to wind down the special representatives talks which have been held since 2003 on the matter. Continue reading


Airbus Defense and Space is to provide Australia with two additional TA330 MRTT tanker variant aircraft under a deal worth more than $313.7 million.

The multi-role tanker, designated the KC-30A by Australia, has a fuel capacity of more than 110 tons, and transfers fuel to F/A-18A/B Hornets, F/A-18F Super Hornets, E-7A Wedgetails, C-17A Globemasters and other KC-30A aircraft through a long refueling boom system or its two hose-and-drogue refueling pods. Continue reading


Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahudin was obliged when he called the Intelligence Bureau (IB)’s chief in Srinagar seeking admission for his son to a Kashmir medical college during Farooq Abdullah’s tenure (1996-2002) as chief minister.

Former spymaster A S Dulat has revealed this in his book, insisting this was “a great opening” that should have been followed up to bring back Salahudin, who features on India’s list of 48 fugitives holed up in Pakistan. Continue reading


In ominous signs for Pakistan and India, terror outfit Islamic State (IS) is trying to gain a foothold in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, a senior Indian Army official said on Friday.

“Whatever inputs we have, the IS has not taken in a major way, but they are definitely trying to gain foothold in the area (PoK)”, general officer commanding (GoC), 16 Corps, Lt Gen K H Singh told reporters on sidelines of an Army function in Jhangar, Rajauri district, on Friday. Continue reading


Airbus Helicopters on Friday said that it will join hands with Mahindra Defence, to produce helicopters in India in order to meet the country’s military requirements.

The resulting joint venture aims to become the first private Indian helicopter manufacturer under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The teaming represents a significant step forward in the country’s ‘Make in India’ ambition, the press release said. Continue reading


It’s not possible for China to surround India in a ‘string of pearls’ bases as has been stated by some commentators, according to a top PLA naval official.

Senior Captain Wei Xiao Dong, chief of staff at the Shanghai Naval Garrison said that there was no reason for India to “show concern or worry about” Chinese navy vessels, including submarines, visiting countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh or others. Continue reading


The US has said that a reduction in tension between India and Pakistan suites all parties and both the countries should work together to attain those common challenges faced by them.

“Reduction (in tension between India and Pakistan) is what we’re all after and I think suites all parties,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday. Continue reading


A group of youths, who recently joined the banned terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, have brazenly posted a group photo on social networking site Facebook, each member posing with a firearm.

The photograph, which was on the website for two days before being taken down, reportedly included former Jammu and Kashmir Police constable Naseer, who is understood to have run away with weapons while on guard duty. Continue reading


Early this year, Dawood Ibrahim’s main man and underworld don Chhota Shakeel had made a “final plan” to eliminate his long-time rival Chhota Rajan. Shakeel, who had unsuccessfully planned hits in the past on Rajan, had even pinpointed the location where the ‘Hindu don’ was suspected to be.

However, things fortuitously turned in Rajan’s favour – he was tipped off about D-Company’s plan to bump him off like in Bangkok several years ago. An alarmed Rajan immediately went under the radar.TOI has access to intercepts which map how close Shakeel had come to fulfilling his boss Dawood’s wish to kill Rajan and what helped the one-time No.2 in the D-Company survive. Continue reading


Outgoing ADE Chief P S Subramanyam who retired on the last day of June has confirmed that the development of Tejas MK-II is on track and first flight of MK-II will happen  in 2018 or early 2019 per earlier timeline.

Tejas Mark II will have a powerful new General Electric F-414 engine and advanced avionics with new cockpit layout. Preliminary design of the Tejas Mark II fuselage is already frozen and assembling of first aircraft should start from later next year said sources close to Continue reading


Named after Mythical thunderbolt weapon of Lord Indra ” Vajra”, Indian air force Mirage-2000s have completed 30 years in Indian air force this year. the first batch of 7 Mirage-2000H (KF102,103,104,106,113 and 114) made the first touchdown on Indian soil at Jamnagar airbase on 26th June 1985.

Start of a Journey

Government of India in 1982 placed orders for 40 Mirage-2000 with the french company Dassault for the supply of 36 Single-seat aircrafts along with 4 trainer variants. India was also the first export customer of the newly developed 4th generation French fighter jet. Continue reading


At 9 Yitzhak Rabin Bvld in Jerusalem on a cool November evening last year a senior Israeli official, a diplomat who served in the Indian subcontinent, was interacting with a group of journalists from India. He eloquently explained the importance of India-Israel ties and effortlessly took questions, when suddenly he stopped.

The room, which was buzzing with chatter and the crumbling of cookies, fell silent. Someone used the ‘P’ word. A journalist asked how Israel saw India’s position against it vis-à-vis Palestine and whether it impacted India-Israel ties. (That summer India had voted, along with Russia, China and South Africa, in favour of a Palestine-drafted resolution on “Ensuring respect for international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem.”) Continue reading


China has revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has responded “positively” to its proposal to build an economic corridor, which include road and rail links, connecting three countries~China, Nepal and India.

This is besides the China backed program, Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) with road and sea linkages starting from the Chinese city of Kunming. China recently opened up a new route for Indian pilgrims visiting Mansarovar in Tibet from the Nathu La border. Continue reading


After almost completing the build-up of a 3,000-metre-long airstrip on one of the artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, China is now looking to make a big show of its presence in the Indian Ocean region as well.

However, in the case of the Indian Ocean, the thinking is different for Chinese PLA Navy, which is trying to convince India that the recent moves to expand its influence in Indian Ocean were motivated purely by trade and security considerations and not aimed at India. Continue reading

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