India on Monday asked China to support the pending application in the UN to designate Pakistan-based JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) terror group leader Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, officials said. It also asked Beijing not to give shelter to hardline ULFA leader Paresh Baruah on its soil, they said. The two key issues were raised at the first India-China high level meeting on bilateral security cooperation which was co-chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Zhao Kezhi, State Councilor and Minister of Public Security, China, here.

“The key concerns of both the countries were flagged and both the sides assured each other full cooperation,” an official, who was part of the Indian delegation, said. Continue reading


India and Russia have decided to launch an all-new department under the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Co-operation (IRIGC-MTC) to bring each other’s militaries closer than ever before. The department will focus on enhancing military interactions, reviving lapsed bilateral military programs and providing a further boost to joint training and military exercises.

“The new department is aimed to create more jointmanship at the military level of the two countries. The first meeting is expected in December this year,” an official source told Sputnik. Continue reading


On a day when Imran Khan alleged that Indian security forces are targeting innocent lives in Jammu and Kashmir, India reacted sharply and said that the Pakistani PM should worry about his country’s bankruptcy rather than focus on making false accusations.

Imran on Monday claimed in Twitter post on Monday that India was carrying out a ‘new cycle of killings of innocent Kashmiris.’ He did not make any reference to actions of Pakistan-sponsored terrorists or his country’s Border Action Team (BAT) making repeated infiltration bids which are being thwarted by Indian security forces. “Imran Khan should first worry about his own country. Pakistan is at the cusp of bankruptcy,” said Shahnawaz Hussain, spokesperson for the ruling BJP at the centre. “He should not meddle in the internal affairs of India and ought to know that not only Jammu and Kashmir but even Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is an integral part of our country. Continue reading


Bangladesh will evaluate cautiously a recent Indian offer asking the country to use its Kolkata and Haldia ports for transshipment to make coastal shipping more cost effective for bilateral trade, officials and reports said in Dhaka on Monday. Bangladesh is yet to approve India’s proposal which was floated several months ago.The Financial Express newspaper carried a report saying Bangladesh’s shipping ministry officials decided to evaluate the proposal “warily” as its own Chittagong and Mongla seaports were upgrading their capacity.

Shipping Secretary Abdus Samad said Bangladesh would take a decision on the proposal after a thorough consultation with the government and non-government stakeholders. Continue reading


India’s state-owned Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) has issued a fresh global tender seeking collaboration in building five fleet support ships for the Indian Navy. According to the document, HSL is seeking as collaborator a reputed shipyard that can provide design, KME, and technical assistance for implementation of this project. The vessels would be used by the Navy to support the operations of carrier groups planned for the future.

“The collaborator has to provide a design from a source who has designed a ship with similar capabilities which is in service with any Navy. Collaborator should have constructed and delivered a naval vessel of similar capabilities/capital warships on or after 01 Jan 2005 which should have been completed within four years of build period,” the document issued by HSL reads. Continue reading


Indian Air Force crew started its training on Apache helicopters in the US. The Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopter is a twin-turbo shaft with tandem cockpit for two crew and a tail wheel-type landing gear arrangement. The helicopter which will enhance combat capability of IAF is expected to be delivered by 2020, and the deal was inked in 2015, as reported earlier.

As has been reported earlier, private sector Company like Dynamatics are building large sections of Chinook, and the Tata Boeing joint venture in Hyderabad is building the complete fuselage of the Apache. Continue reading


We all are seeing the shifting goal posts in the media from one accusation to another regarding the Rafale deal, when one tries to answer one, people shifts the goal post to another with other accusation, the latest addition to it is the number as to why government is buying only 36 instead of 126 when they have got the aircraft 9% cheaper and package 20% cheaper. However the thing that the simple people of India do not know is that the 36 Rafales ordered in fly away condition is double of the then the earlier 18 to be ordered in MMRCA tender.

Now the genuine question that comes in the mind is that what is the difference is between the Indian assembled 108 aircraft and 18 or 36 fly away aircraft. The answer is nothing, once inducted in the air force but from defence procurement, tendering and commercial perspective the difference is more than the difference between sky and earth. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

Almost two decades after Kargil came into limelight following a limited conflict with Pakistan over intruders transgressing the Line of Control, the strategically important town in Jammu and Kashmir has got a third axis of approach via Manali.

A trekking foot trail that connected Darcha in Lahaul valley of Himachal Pradesh to Padum in Zanskar valley of Jammu and Kashmir across the 16,600 feet Shinku La pass has been widened and converted into a motorable road by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). Darcha lies 32 kms ahead of Keylong on the Manali-Leh highway. The distance from Darcha to Padum is 148 kms. Padum is already connected to Kargil with a single-lane black top road maintained by the state government and it takes about six to eight hours to cover the 230-km distance. Continue reading


The Indian Army has asked Pakistan to take back the bodies of two ‘hostile Pakistani nationals’ who had been killed in an encounter along the Line of Control in Sunderbani sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

“Pakistan Army has been informed through established communication channels to take over the bodies of the hostile Pakistani nationals,” Colonel Aman Anand, Army spokesperson told the media on Monday. Army sources said a stern warning has been conveyed to the Pakistan Army to restrain terrorists operating from its soil. Continue reading


A day after six civilians were killed after an explosive went off at an encounter site in Kulgam district of South Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan“condemned the killings of innocent Kashmiris”. Taking to Twitter, Khan said, “Strongly condemn the new cycle of killings of innocent Kashmiris by Indian security forces. It is time India realised it must move to resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue in accordance with the UN SC resolutions & the wishes of the Kashmiri people.”

On Sunday, seven civilians were killed in an explosion at an unsanitised encounter site at Laroo in the south Kashmir district. Prior to this, three militants were gunned down by the security forces during the encounter. Continue reading


The Maldives’ top court Sunday ended weeks of uncertainty by rejecting President Abdulla Yameen’s controversial bid to annul last month’s election results, upholding his landslide defeat to an opposition candidate. The five-judge Supreme Court bench unanimously ruled that Yameen had failed to prove his claim that the election was rigged and a fresh poll was necessary in the Indian Ocean archipelago.

Under international pressure, Yameen initially conceded defeat after Ibrahim Mohamed Solih emerged the winner in the September 23 poll.But the strongman ruler then filed an appeal this month, throwing the island nation into turmoil and attracting warnings from the United States and regional superpower India to respect the outcome. Continue reading


A day after armed intruders from Pakistan crossed the Line of Control and attacked an Indian army patrol killing three soldiers, Army has issued a stern warning to its Pakistani counterpart to restrain terrorists operating from its soil.

Referring to reports about concentration of a large number of terrorists on launch pads desperate to infiltrate from across the LoC, Indian army in a statement issued here said that “a stern warning has been conveyed to Pakistan army to restrain terrorists operating from its soil’’. It further said that “Pakistan army has been informed through established communication channels to take over the bodies of the hostile Pakistani nationals’’. Continue reading


Tejas Networks, a maker of networking product, has received an ?111 crore purchase order from Sterlite Technologies to implement Indian Navy’s country-wide next-generation digital communications network.

Tejas Networks will supply its terabit capacity Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) systems and high-performance layer-3 multi-gigabit ethernet switches for Navy’s pan-India network, according to a company statement. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has told the Ministry of Defence (MoD) that getting more of the existing version of Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets is not an option to bolster numbers to the dwindling jet fleet.

The Sukhoi-30MKI, in its present version, is not an option for the future — next 20 years or so — as its avionics, protection suite, engine and radar is now a generation previous to what is currently available, the IAF has informed the MoD, sources told The Tribune. The Russian origin twin-engined, Sukhoi-30MKI — a frontline jet of the IAF — is produced by public sector undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Limited under licence from Russia. At present, the IAF has 247 Sukhoi jets in its fleet and another 25 are expected to be added over the next 24 months, taking the total to 272. Continue reading


India is aiming to modernize its strategic arsenal with the introduction of advanced US and Russian defense systems. However, some military experts say that while the South Asian giant needs foreign technologies to become a self-sufficient arms manufacturer – and autonomous global geopolitical player – technical problems could limit their coexistence.

The Indian government finalized the acquisition of Russia’s S-400 air defense missile system earlier this month and is said to be considering the purchase of the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II) from the United States. Continue reading

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