The Narendra Modi government is exploring technological and other tie-ups to help India become a defence manufacturing economy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday.
The new defence manufacturing policy will enable India to cut import of combat planes, ships and submarines, Jaitley said addressing an annual meeting of CII in New Delhi. India is the world’s largest arms importer, spending some 1.8 per cent of its GDP on defence. It imports about 70 per cent of defence equipment, a proposition which the government wants to change. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE QUINT
After commissioning its first aircraft carrier, a refitted Soviet-era vessel called the Liaoning, in 2012, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) launched its second aircraft carrier, the Shandong or CV-001A, this week. This first 70,000 tonne indigenously-produced aircraft carrier of China is likely to be operational by 2020. This is widely viewed as a major step for the PLAN as it underscores China’s efforts towards indigenous design and construction of aircraft carriers.
If the present trends continue, the PLAN is on its way to emerging as the world’s second largest navy by 2020.
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Looking beyond traditional military ties with Pakistan and the NATO member countries, Turkey is eager to build a defence partnership with India. A senior Turkish official said that apart from defence, Ankara wants to explore nuclear and space opportunities with India and intends to join hands with it for a more just world order.
“India is one of the biggest importers of defence material in the world and has an excellent defence industry. That is why we are keen to build partnership with India’s defence industry,” said H. Ilnur Cevik, Senior Adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
During his inaugural address in January 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy famously asked his fellow Americans: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” In 2017, it is a question that U.S. President Donald Trump is posing to the world, as he begins to set his imprint on American foreign policy.
In the past few weeks, the one campaign promise Mr. Trump’s actions have held fast to is “America First” and to make every other country “pay its dues”. As a result, he has backed away from his earlier tough position on declaring China a “currency manipulator” after his meeting with President Xi Jinping, but the quid pro quo is clear: China must rein in North Korea, particularly its plans for a nuclear test.
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
India’s most wanted man and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who has been hiding in Pakistan for a long time, is reportedly in a critical condition at a Karachi hospital after a heart stroke.According to unverified reports, Dawood is reportedly unwell and admitted to Karachi hospital following heart stroke. His condition is said to be critical.
Another unconfirmed report suggested that Dawood had suffered a paralytic attack following which he was hospitalised. The report suggested that the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai blasts is on ventilator after a surgery to remove a brain tumour failed. The report suggested that at the time Dawood suffered the attack, he was at his posh Clifton area residence in Karachi. The report also said that the right side of his body was completely paralysed. Continue reading
SOURCE: Zee Media Bureau
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) on Friday, May 05, 2017.
The GSLV-F09 will be carrying the communication satellite GSAT-9 and it would lift off from the Second Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Continue reading
The militant who was arrested on Friday after the security forces foiled a bank robbery bid in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag, asserted that the handler of the group threatened to kill if they didn’t snatch the security personnel’s rifles.
“Handler of the group didn’t give me any gun but advised me to snatch security personnel’s rifle. He had also threatened to kill me if I would not have done it. While the Handler only had a pistol in his hands,” militant told ANI. Continue reading
In what appears to be a departure from Turkey’s traditional stand on Kashmir, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Pakistan and India must discuss their festering dispute.In an interview ahead of his visit to India, Erdogan also said that the obvious similarity between separatist Kurds and Kashmiris was one between “apples and oranges”.
“If we compare apples to oranges, we will make a mistake, a big mistake,” the President told news portal WION.”We have no problems with the Kurdish people, Kurdish citizens in Turkey. We have a problem with terrorist organisations. Continue reading
Following the Centre’s stand of not initiating talks with separatists demanding ‘azaadi’, defence expert Qamar Agha on Saturday said the government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has made it clear that it will not negotiate with the Hurriyat Conference organisations.
Agha further said that the previous governments tried to talk to the Separatists but all their efforts went in vain, adding that Hurriyat in itself is a problem. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
For peace to return to Kashmir, students should first stop throwing stones at security forces on the streets and return to colleges and schools, the Supreme Court said on Friday.Education is empowerment and only education will deliver them from the widespread unemployment and anger spilling out on the streets, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul observed orally.
A Bench, led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and comprising Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, asked the stakeholders in Kashmir to “take two steps back” as a resolution could be initiated only if there are no stones hurled and pellets fired on the streets of Kashmir. Continue reading
SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES
India has reaffirmed its commitment to the development of Trincomalee port in Sri Lanka during Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent State visit. These plans pale in comparison to the billion dollar investment that China has made to the port of Hambantota.
But that may be for the better. The last Sri Lankan government of Mahinda Rajapaksa placed his country into a Beijing debt trap, borrowing $8 billion at absurdly high rates of interest, to build the port. Colombo today struggles to pay this off, largely by being forced to borrow money from more user-friendly sources. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Telegraph.
For 80 years, Cheena Bhavana at Visva-Bharati has symbolised India-China ties, historical and cultural. It will now teach Chinese to Indian soldiers posted on the Line of Actual Control to help them gather intelligence.
“Developments across the China border, especially in Arunachal Pradesh, have forced the realisation that our forces should know Chinese thoroughly for the sake of intelligence gathering,” a senior Eastern Command official told The Telegraph. Continue reading
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday welcomed Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades at the joint press conference asserting that the India has contributed personnel to the UN Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus.
“I am delighted to welcome you and I know that India has enjoyed a special place in the heart of every Cypriot President. Cyprus and India share rich legacies of ancient civilizations and, our civilizations have influenced each other through millennia. India has always stood by Cyprus on all crucial issues. India has contributed personnel to the UN Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus. Three force commanders from India served in this capacity, and it is heartening for me to know that all of them are fondly remembered in Cyprus,” said Prime Minister Modi. Continue reading
India’s presence in the strategically located Iranian port of Chabahar — Delhi’s primary gateway to landlocked Afghanistan — is all set to get a big boost.
Tehran has recently proposed to Delhi to manage phase one of the port built by Iran even as the two sides are still negotiating terms and conditions of Delhi’s role in expanding phase two of the port where the Modi government wants to invest Rs 150 crore, or $235 million. ET has learnt that Tehran has offered Delhi management rights for two years for phase one of the port and such rights could be renewed by another decade. Continue reading