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INS Aridhaman, the second Arihant-class nuclear powered submarine that is being built by the Navy at the Ship Building Centre at Visakhapatnam, is reportedly set for a soft launch next week according to well-placed sources in the defence ministry.

The nuclear submarine was initially scheduled for a grand launch at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but sources said a change of decision has happened with authorities at the highest level now deciding to launch the vessel in a quiet manner at the hands of defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
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he Nirbhay cruise missile, which the Defence Research and Development Organisation successfully test-fired on Tuesday, November 14, is a version of America’s iconic Tomahawk cruise missile, made famous by CNN videos of the 1991 Gulf War, showing Tomahawks flying along Baghdad streets and entering target buildings through doors and windows.

Yet, despite Tuesday’s success, Nirbhay remains an inconsistent performer. It has not yet demonstrated the reliability needed for launching nuclear weapons which require a delivery platform that is both reliable and accurate.
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It has been reported in the media that the Indian Army and Indian Air Force are unlikely to accept the new Arjun main battle tank and the proposed advanced versions of the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft. Many experts have criticised the decision saying it will prove to be the “death nail” in the process of defence indigenisation.

Naturally, agencies such as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and various defence public sector undertakings are upset. It is obvious that years of their efforts and hard work are being rendered futile. Various conjectures are being drawn about who could benefit from the decision. Continue reading


In the face continued allegations in the conclusion of the Rafale fighter deal, the Government on Friday mounted a major defence of its decision. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the decision for emergency purchase was taken in view of the urgent requirement of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

“Between 2000-14, the entire decade, the UPA Government could not arrive at a decision. Fourteen long years of negotiations and still no decision. That was the situation when this Government came to power in 2014. Then Prime Minister understood the loss of time and that the government-to-government route for 36 aircraft and transfer of technology made no sense,” Ms. Sitharaman said addressing the media. Continue reading


A day after Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa rebutted accusations that the Modi government had negotiated an overpriced deal to buy Rafale fighter jets, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today delivered a stinging rejoinder to the Congress, calling the allegations leveled by the Congress “shameful” and a “disservice” to the armed forces.

Ms Sitharaman also took on the Congress, blaming it for sitting for 10 years on plans to buy the fighter jets that the Indian Air Force needed. The minister said the decision to strengthen the Air Force was taken by the Vajpayee government back in 2000 but the Congress-led coalition, the UPA, which came in 2004 could not seal the deal over the next decade. Continue reading


Maoist extremists have had a deadly run in 2016 with their involvement in half of the killings in the Red Corridor, a report by a Sydney-based think tank on global terror has said.

More than half of the 340 deaths in 929 terror attacks in 2016 were committed by Maoists operating in the eastern, central and the southern areas of India known as the Red Corridor, the fifth edition of Global Terror Index (GTI) report released on Wednesday said, adding police and private citizens were predominately targeted with subsequent attacks accounting for over half of all attacks. Continue reading


Farooq Abdullah, the former chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir, likes to make provocative statements. Few take him seriously anymore. His latest remark, “Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) belongs to Pakistan”, can therefore be summarily dismissed – but only after setting the record straight.

Abdullah said India had “betrayed” the people of J&K by not granting the state autonomy and not implementing its promise of holding a plebiscite. (Note: Not a word meanwhile escaped from the loquacious Abdullah during his press interaction on the betrayal by successive J&K governments of 4,00,000 Pandits driven from their homes by Islamists and separatists towards whom the father-son party, the National Conference, leans.) Continue reading


When militants killed 22-year-old army officer Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz in May, little did they realize that their actions will only strengthen the resolve of the Kashmiri youth to serve the motherland by joining the Indian army.

Militants had abducted Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, of the Rajputana Riffles from his maternal uncle’s home in Batpora village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district, where he had gone to attend cousin’s wedding on May 10. Continue reading


Maintaining peace along the border and increasing military-to-military contacts were in focus when top officials from India and China met in Beijing for a round of official talks on the frontier for the first time since the resolution of the Doklam standoff.

It was the 10th round of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC), a mechanism initiated in 2012 to maintain peace along the disputed border. Continue reading


 In a shocking development in Kerala, yet another link has been established between the Popular Front of India (PFI) and the dreaded terrorist organisation ISIS in Syria.Police have uncovered a money trail behind the migration of youths from Kannur in Kerala to Syria to fight for the so-called Islamic State.

According to reports, the recruited youths from the state were paid by a local Popular Front of India activist, K O P Thasleem.Reportedly, Thasleem channelled the money through a hawala route from the Gulf. Continue reading


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will partner with Canadian company Caneus International to assist the United Nations member countries to develop space technology through centres in India.

Announcing this at an event held on Friday, Director, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, Simonetta Di Pippo, said satellite manufacturing facility in Maharashtra and a Centre of Excellence for Space Sciences and Technology in Andhra Pradesh would be set up to enable manufacturing of cost effective satellites and develop space related capabilities. Continue reading


India is the largest contributor to the UN’s Peacekeeping Missions and the troops continue to make the nation proud with their role in ensuring stability in war torn nations. Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi of Rawanda, the UN Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), wrote a letter of commendation lauding the efforts of the 6 Maratha Light Infantry Battalion Group (INDBATT-2).

The Indian Army unit assumed operational responsibility in South Sudan, the newest country in the world, on November 16, 2016. A year after Maratha Light Infantry boots hit the ground, Lt. General Kamanzi wrote a flowing commendation of the unit. Continue reading


Footballer-turned-militant Majid Irshad Khan has surrendered to security forces in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday night, PTI reported. Reports added that Majid surrendered near an army camp in Kashmir’s Anantnag. According to India Today, Khan is currently in the custody of the Indian Army.

A resident of Anantnag, Khan had joined the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) two weeks ago which was being seen as a sign of rising dissent among the Kashmiri youths and how the condition in the Valley might be spinning out of control. It was also said that him joining militancy could inspire other youths in the Valley to turn to militancy. Continue reading


India will be asking for a hotline connecting the army headquarters of India and China at the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India China Border Affairs (WMCC).WMCC will be the first major bilateral meeting between the two countries after a 73-day stand-off in the Doklam plateau in Bhutan, sources have told India Today.

Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of India and Pakistan are already connected through a hotline. The DGMOs of India and Pakistan talk to each other at least once a week to flag and sort out issues between the two armies who are deployed eye-ball to eye-ball along the Line of Control- the de-facto border between India and Pakistan. Continue reading


Emphasising the need to designate Pakistani terror mastermind Masood Azhar as a global terrorist under the 1267 counter-terror committee of the UN Security Council, France on Thursday sought international consensus on countering cross-border terrorism.

In a written interview to The Hindu, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France and India are successfully cooperating in areas like counter-terrorism and defence and highlighted France’s territorial interests in the Indian Ocean region. Continue reading

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