SOURCE: THE WEEK
Narendra Modi is credited with turning India’s Look East into Act East. One of his latest acts in the east has been to give an old Kilo-class submarine, Sindhuvir, to Myanmar. The boat was repaired and refitted recently at Vizag, and the Burmese are commissioning it on Christmas eve.
The submarine has gone down well into the depths of the Burmese waters, but the transfer has not gone down well with others. The Thais, particularly, are pretty peeved, especially since this transfer happens close on the heels of another deal by which Myanmar got a few Shyena torpedoes. We will monitor the use of the submarine, said the Thai Navy’s deputy chief. Continue reading
Absence of operational data-link (ODL) was one of the biggest hurdles that the Indian Air Force (IAF) faced during the Pakistan Air Force retaliation on February 27, a day after the IAF carried out Balakot air strike deep inside Pakistan territory on Jaish-e-Mohammed terror training camp.
Pakistan Air Force had better electronic warfare jammers, said Pravin Sawhney, former Army officer and an independent military analyst. “In so far as Wing Commander Abhinandan is concerned, he was captured by Pakistan primarily because he could not hear the instructions given by the ground controller for him to come back. Why? Because he did not have the software defined radio which obviate the noise clutter,” he added. Continue reading
SOURCE: TIMES NOW
In a desperate bid to ward off Indian interests, Pakistan has changed the name of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from ‘Azad Kashmir’ to Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Services. It is being reported that the status quo of the region is likely to be affected following its name change.
According to a circular issued by ‘Azad Government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir Services’ and General Administration Department (Regulations), the President of ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ ordered the renaming of ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir Management Group’ to Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Services (JKAS) with immediate effect. Continue reading
With an eye on China, and as part of its effort to maintain peace and rule of law in the Indo-Pacific region, a top Congressional committee has sought to bring three democratic countries of the region India, Japan and South Korea at par with its ‘Five Eyes’ for intelligence sharing. The ‘Five Eyes’ is an alliance comprising of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain and the US. It is an international agreement under which this these five countries cooperates and share signals intelligence, military intelligence, and human intelligence.
Congressman Adam Schiff, who chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in a report to the House of Representatives on Thursday argued the case for India, Japan and South Korea be brought along with the ‘Five Eyes’ so as to maintain peace and rule of law in the Indo-Pacific region. Continue reading
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked the Congress party for holding protests outside Indian embassies across the world, comparing these acts with that of Pakistan. “For the first time, the Congress party has done what Pakistan has been doing for long. What can be more shameful than that? Will any Indian stage a demonstration outside any Indian embassy in other countries,” asked Modi, while addressing an election rally here.
As a part of its Bharat Bachao Rally, the Congress party staged protests outside Indian embassies across the world to highlight the problem of unemployment, slump in the economy, and distressed farmers in the country on Saturday. Speaking about the newly-enacted citizenship law, the Prime Minister said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act has been brought in to give respect to non-Muslims, who fled religious persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and arrived in India before December 31, 2014. Continue reading
SOURCE: REPUBLIC TIMES
A UN body has slammed Pakistan over discriminatory legislation claiming that it has empowered people with “extremist mindsets” to carry out attacks on religious minorities. The United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which is a commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council released a 47-page report titled, ”Pakistan-Religious freedom under attack” in December. The report has expressed concerns over the increasing “weaponisation and politicisation” of the blasphemy laws and the anti-Ahmadiyya legislation which are being used not only to persecute religious minorities but also to gain political ground.
It further mentioned that the Christian and Hindu communities in Pakistan are “particularly vulnerable”, especially women and girls. The commission has asked the government to take more effective steps to prevent sectarian violence and to hold the perpetrators of religious attacks to account. Continue reading
For the past two decades India has been enthusiastically feted in Washington, with politicians across the spectrum eager to nurture an alliance between the world’s two largest democracies. But as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes forward his Hindu nationalist agenda, India has suddenly found itself in an unusual position: facing reprimands from the United States.
Few observers expect a serious deterioration of relations, and India’s foreign and defense ministers are due in Washington on Wednesday for wide-ranging talks that could further boost the countries’ military relationship. Still, Washington’s long reverential tone toward India, including muted reactions on human rights issues, has shifted after Modi revoked autonomy to Muslim-majority Kashmir and parliament passed a citizenship law that opponents say discriminates against Muslims. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE TELEGRAPH
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appears to have reaped an Indian whirlwind after adopting what was widely perceived to be a pro-Pakistan position on Kashmir. He was condemned by one of his own MPs, Virendra Sharma, who retained Ealing Southall for Labour but with his 2017 majority reduced by 6,006 to 16,084.
It is not necessarily the case that all British Indians back Narendra Modi’s controversial actions in Kashmir but they were certainly angered by Corbyn’s willingness to enthusiastically embrace the aggressive line dictated by his Pakistani-origin MPs. Many Indians also felt he polarised Hindu-Muslim relations in a policy of divide and rule. Continue reading
SOURCE: ZEE NEWS
No visa will be required by Afghan origin Hindus and Sikhs citizens living in India to travel to Afghanistan as the country has granted long-term permits and national identification cards even if the citizens have taken an Indian passport.
“Under this scheme, Afghanistani Hindu and Sikh citizens can travel to Afghanistan on special travel documents. I also extended the embassy’s full support to the Afghans living in India in this regard”, Tahir Qadiry, Chief of the mission, Afghan Embassy, Delhi. Continue reading
The National Conference on Saturday termed “most unfortunate” and “undemocratic” the extension of party president Farooq Abdullah’s detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act. “It is the most unfortunate thing to happen,” NC provincial president Devender Singh Rana told PTI. “The imposition of PSA on Abdullah is itself a major setback to the mainstream politics of Jammu and Kashmir because he has always stood by the nation and its values,” Rana said. He said the action is “undemocratic”.
The detention of 82-year-old Abdullah, a three-term chief minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was extended on Saturday by three months and he would continue to remain at his residence that has been declared a sub-jail. Continue reading
The Border Security Force on Friday seized an abandoned Pakistani fishing boat from Harami Nallah in Sir Creek area off Gujarat’s Kutch coast, said an official. The seizure of the single-engined wooden fishing boat was made at around 1:30pm and a check of the vessel and the vicinity had not thrown up anything suspicious as yet, a BSF statement informed on Saturday.
There was an ice box and five jerry cans on board, it added. Continue reading
SOURCE: ZEE MEDIA
A terrorist hideout was busted on Saturday morning in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla and items of daily use were recovered. The police have registered a case and launched an investigation following the recovery of gas and other daily essential things.
The hideout was unearthed in the forest area in Rohama village of Watergam area of Sopore town in Baramulla district, said the police. During the search of the jungle area in a joint operation by Indian Army’s 32 Rashtriya Rifles, Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Special Operation Group based in Rafiabad, and 92 battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the hideout was busted. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TIMES
A heart warming picture in which a dog is seen lifting up it forelegs to salute the 15 Corps Commander Lt Gen KJS Dhillon is melting a thousand hearts. The picture was posted on Twitter by Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon on his Twitter, with the caption, ‘#RVC Day Salute to the Buddy who saved many a lives many a times ?’
Speaking to ANI, Army officials said that the photograph was captured on July 1, which was the first day of the Amarnath Yatra earlier this year. Army officials told ANI that “while the Corps Commander was going to the holy cave for darshan, around 50 metres before it, Menaka was carrying out his duties. As the Corps Commander reached there, the dog saluted him.” Continue reading
SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Former Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa while speaking at the third edition of coveted Military Literature Festival (MLF) at Lake Club, Chandigarh said that Bell 206B JetRanger III Utility helicopter belonging to the Pakistan Army Aviation Corps was spotted heading towards south of Kotli and away from the Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s location towards F-16 crash site to pick up its pilot.
Indian Army Jawans at the ground at spotted the helicopter and video coming from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK) had caught Bell 206B JetRanger III flying at an ultra low-level altitude immediately after F-16 was shot down by the Mig-21Bis flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan. Continue reading
SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
After Prime Minister, Raja Farooq Haider Khan of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK) while addressing a ceremony in Muzaffarabad said ” He may be the last Prime Minister of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (POK) ” which created lot panic and controversy due to his statement in POK. Puppet Govt of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) has started dropping ‘Azad’ from Azad Jammu & Kashmir and the first instance of which was renamed from ” Azad Jammu & Kashmir Management Group ” to”Jammu & Kashmir Administrative Service” indicating the nefarious design of Pakistani establishment and its Prime minister.
According to some Pakistani defense analysts, Gilgit-Baltistan and Jammu & Kashmir (POK) might be declared 5th and 6th province of Pakistan soon. Gilgit-Baltistan and POK since 1947 have been neither a province nor self-administered area in the region but after India’s abolition of Special status to the Indian side of J&K, Pakistan has been trying to force India to restore Article 370 and Article 35A without much success from the International community. Continue reading