Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria while interacting with media for the first time very bluntly refused to place additional orders for 36 Dassault Rafale and instantly also killed any speculation of India buying Russian developed Su-57E Stealth fighter jet and for the first time in decades its seems IAF got chief who had clear cut vision for Indigenous airforce and it seems to have dubbed badly on some so-called Defence analysts in the country who have attacked both MWF-Mk2 and AMCA programs off late.

IAF is on verge of placing fresh orders for 83 Tejas Mk1A by end of this year and has backed the development of 200 Medium Weight Fighter program (MWF) and also India’s lone 5th generation AMCA fighter jet program, which leaves little space for induction of new jets in the coming decade rather then what already has been planned out earlier. Continue reading


In bad news for the Imran Khan government, Pakistan is on the verge of strong action by the international terror financing watchdog FATF and the country may be put in the ‘Dark Grey’ list, the last warning to improve.

Officials attending the ongoing plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) here said as per indications, Pakistan will be isolated by all members for not doing enough. Pakistan is on the verge of strong action by FATF, given its inadequate performance, whereby it managed to pass in only six of 27 items, an official privy to the development said. The FATF will finalise its decision on Pakistan on October 18. Continue reading


Two terrorists, including a suspected Pakistani national, shot dead the driver of a Rajasthan truck and assaulted an orchard owner in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, police said.The deceased has been identified as Sharief Khan, they said, adding that the terrorists carried out the attack in Shirmal village in desperation as fruit transportation has picked up in the Valley.

The incident came on a day post-paid cellular services resumed in Kashmir after a 72-day communication clampdown following abrogation of Article 370 provisions. Continue reading


Pakistan’s efforts to implicate India and Indian nationals over terror-related crimes has resulted in the country now targeting an Indian cook.

According to diplomats and foreign ministry officials, Pakistan, with the help of its all-weather ally China has moved the UN Security Council under resolution 1267 (the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, or the 1267 Sanctions Committee as it is now known) seeking action against Indian national Ajoy Mistry who it describes as an Islamic State terrorist targeting Pakistan. Islamabad’s proposal to add Mistry in the ISIL and al Qaida Sanctions List has been circulated by the chair of the 1267 Committee to the other members this month, the diplomats added. Continue reading


A video has been making rounds on social media wherein Pakistan’s nefarious ploy to create disturbance in India can be seen. The most disturbing thing about the video is that Pakistan has tutored children in the video to propagate their anti-India rhetoric.

The video was released as a promotional feature by the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Pakistan, which has proclaimed itself as the “largest students’ organisation in Pakistan” at an event in Karachi, Pakistan. The aim of the said event was to “build pressure on India and show our strength because we all are one”. The theme of the event was “ab Hind banega Pakistan” (India will now become Pakistan) and it was called the Azadi-e-Kashmir Convention of 2019. Continue reading


Two Indian Air Force (IAF) officers will face court-martial for the Mi-17 chopper crash in which six of its personnel were killed due to friendly fire by own missile system on February 27 over Srinagar. As many as four other officers will also face administrative action in the case which includes two Air Commodores (equivalent to Army Brigadiers) and two Flight Lieutenants (Captain equivalents in Army) for their respective roles in the entire case.

“Two officers including a Group Captain and a Wing Commander would be tried by a court-martial for their lapses in the case due to which six IAF personnel were killed in friendly fire,” defence sources told news agency ANI. On the morning of February 27, when Pakistan counter-attacked in response to the Balakot airstrike, an IAF Mi-17 chopper crashed over Budgam area near Srinagar killing all six of its occupants. It was revealed that the chopper was hit by its own air defence system SPYDER deployed in Srinagar. Continue reading


To reduce the import dependence, there is a need for higher spending on research and development (R&D) in the defence sector, says Indian Army officer.Urging for more funds for R&D to meet future requirements, the Vice Chief of the Army Staff Lt Gen MM Naravane told the industry captains that “We have the capability but unfortunately we have not built upon it, or we have not changed with time.”

While under the ‘Make’ process, the service headquarters will do the entire hand-holding and not make unreasonable demands, according to Naravane, it is time to become self-reliant. He was addressing the industry on Friday on the Make-II procedure of Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) at a seminar on ‘ARMY MAKE PROJECTS – 2019’ jointly organized by Indian Army and industry body FICCI. Continue reading


As American officials begin discussing ways to resume talks with Taliban envoys for a political settlement in Afghanistan days after US President Donald Trump called off the negotiation, the outfit’s spokesperson Mohammad Suhail Shaheen says there is no military solution to the issue.

In an exclusive interview to CNN-News18’s Zakka Jacob, Shaheen says India need not be apprehensive about withdrawal of American troops as ‘post-liberation’, Afghanistan would need the neighbouring nation’s help for its reconstruction.

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Over 100 British Indian organisations have written to UK’s Labour Party chief Jeremy Corbyn expressing “deep dismay” over UK’s main Opposition party abandoning its long-standing position on Jammu & Kashmir as a “strictly” bilateral matter of India and Pakistan.

The organisations of the Indian community in the UK warned that “one-sided and divisive” emergency motion on Kashmir passed by the party have “sown seeds of community disharmony within the UK”.The Indian organisations’ letter was in retaliation to Labour Party’s emergency resolution on Kashmir at the party’s annual conference in Brighton which called for entry of international observers into the region. UK’s Opposition party motion was in response to India scrapping Jammu & Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories. Continue reading


 Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that the entire process to abrogate Article 370 has been “democratic”. He maintained that the situation is northern state has anything but “normal” in the wake of government clampdown in the state after scrapping Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcating it into two Union Territories.

On being asked if banning communication lines including cable and internet services can be termed “normal”, Shah replied “Mobiles came to India in 1995, but reached Kashmir in 2003. They weren’t there for eight years. Was Article 370 revoked at that time that the Internet reached Kashmir 12 years after it came to India? Was Article 370 revoked then?” Continue reading


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said “only a few people” are offended by the decision to revoke Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir. These people, he said, are now raising questions on the government`s decision and asking for help while going to foreign countries. In the first of his four scheduled election meetings ahead of the October 21 Assembly election in Haryana, Modi dared the opposition. “If Article 370 is so dear to you, you go among the people and tell them that you will reverse the Centre`s decision,” he said.

The Prime Minister said government recruitment in Haryana used to mean bribery. “The kind of tricks used for jobs has ended up with many leaders in jail. This situation has changed now. The development is being done with honesty and integrity and the connectivity has improved. Be it Palwal, Ballabgarh, Faridabad, modern facilities of traffic and connectivity are being made,” he said. Continue reading


Security forces are keeping a strict vigil on the movement of government vehicles at Jammu-Srinagar National Highway after receiving a recent alert by intelligence agencies. The intelligence agencies have warned security forces and local police about the “latest strategy” of the terrorists, who are planning an attack on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

According to an input accessed exclusively by ANI, the terrorists can use car bombs to target the security forces. “It appears that the latest strategy of the terrorists to target the security forces is by way of car bombs and IED. There is local expertise to carry out attacks on the lines of Pulwama terror attack,” an input stated. Continue reading


The seaplane of a private air taxi company confiscated by the Federal Bank at Cochin International Airport once again reiterated the lack of vision of the state government in aviation matters. Kerala was one among the states which took an early lead in starting seaplane services connecting the state with various scenic locations both inside and outside Kerala. But it jumped into the fray without a proper study and seeking its viability and it has not only cost the state dear, but also the private investors who jumped onto the bandwagon.

The project burnt a  Rs 15-crore hole on the state exchequer leave alone private players who invested in the project believing the word of the state government and got their fingers burnt. Continue reading


Pakistan has gone back on the Indian draft on Kartarpur corridor by sending its own proposal and has continued with its demand of asking the $20-fee (approximately Rs 1,500) per pilgrim, something on which New Delhi had voiced its concern when the last India-Pakistan officials’ meet in early September.

The Indian side has confirmed receiving the proposal by Pakistani side to WION. The proposal was sent on Friday by the Pakistani government to the Indian High Commission according to sources in Islamabad to WION. The draft agreement mentioned that the exchange of lists of yatris will be done at least 10 days prior to them crossing over to Pakistan through the corridor with Islamabad and then the vetting of names will be done at least four days prior to these yatris coming to Pakistan through the corridor. Continue reading


Over 70 days after Kashmir was put under an unprecedented lockdown by the Centre and all communication lines, including mobile phones and internet were snapped, the government on Monday restored postpaid mobile services in 10 districts of Kashmir. It is to be noted that mobile connections were snapped after the Centre decided to abrogate Article 370, which granted special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, on August 5.

People were seen making phone calls to friends and relatives on the streets of Srinagar as phones started buzzing around 11:45 AM. There are around 60 lakh mobile connections in the valley and among them 40 lakh are postpaid. Continue reading

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