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An Army Major was killed while another officer and two troopers were injured in an encounter with militants in south Kashmir Monday, officials said.They said the encounter took place in the Achabal area in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.A Major-rank officer has been killed while another officer of the same rank and two soldiers have been injured, they said.

The injured have been rushed to the 92 base hospital of the Army in Srinagar, they added. Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area this morning. Continue reading

SOURCE: NDTV

Two terrorists were shot dead in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag today, the police said. Three soldiers including an officer were also injured in the encounter, the police said.

The gunfight broke out after the terrorists fired at the security forces when they were conducting a search operation. Continue reading

SOURCE: WION

A 22-year-old Pakistani blogger and journalist known for criticising the country’s powerful military and the spy agency ISI was hacked to death by an unidentified man here, police said on Monday.

Muhammad Bilal Khan, having over 16,000 followers on Twitter, 48,000 on his YouTube channel and 22,000 on Facebook, was with a friend when he received a phone call after which a man took him to the nearby forest on Sunday night, Dawn news quoted police as saying.The suspect used a dagger to kill him, Superintendent of Police (SP) Saddar Malik Naeem said, adding that some people heard gunshot firing as well. Khan’s friend was seriously injured in the incident. Continue reading

SOURCE: ET

The NSCN (IM) has accused the Indian Army of returning to pre-ceasefire days, and is frisking villagers on the road leading to Camp Hebron. Hebron is the headquarter of NSCN (IM).In a statement, the outfit stated that the approach of Indian Army to look for its members reminded one of the pre-ceasefire days, and such a conduct by them exasperated both villagers as well as commuters.

It stated that by creating such an unpleasant situation, the Indian Army displayed suspicion towards NSCN (IM). This approach was not compatible with the present ceasefire arrangement between the Government of India and the organisation. Continue reading

SOURCE: ET

Security forces engaged in counter-insurgency operations in Assam want the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or AFSPA to remain in force in the entire state for at least one more year.

AFSPA, which empowers the armed forces to enter any premises or arrest any person without a warrant, among others, was imposed in Assam at the height of insurgency in 1990 and it has been repeatedly extended, most recently till August this year. There is a demand from various quarters to withdraw the Act since insurgency is at its lowest ebb in the state. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recently visited the headquarters of Defence Research and Development Organisation and directed them to focus on flagship programs of national importance and also promised to give priority to the long-delayed program for an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS INDIA) program after recent skirmishes with neighboring Pakistan.

Under the AWACS INDIA program, India had selected the Airbus A330 platform to mount a fixed radome to provide total coverage of 360°. Scanning just like A-50EI Phalcon systems. While the program to procure the platforms have been approved in the principal but the final contract is yet to be concluded, reportedly due to the steep price of the platforms. According to the industrial sources close to idrw.org, Rajnath Singh has decided to fast track the program by infusing fresh funds to the program and also clear the purchase of the platforms. Continue reading

SOURCE: ET

Talks on digital tech & environment likely during Modi’s visit to G-7 summit, French envoy A Ziegler tells ET.

When will France deliver the first set of Rafale? How hopeful are you of garnering the order for the remaining 110 fighters?
In accordance with the contractual schedule, the first Rafale with Indian colours will be delivered to the Indian Air Force this September, exactly three years after the signing of the intergovernmental agreement by the French and Indian defence ministers on September 23, 2016. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The armies of India and Myanmar carried out a three-week-long coordinated operation from May 16 in their respective border areas, targeting several militant groups operating in Manipur, Nagaland and Assam, Defence sources said on Sunday. The first phase of “Operation Sunrise” was conducted three months ago along the Indo-Myanmar border, during which a number of camps of North East-based militant groups were busted.

Myanmar is one of the strategic neighbours of India and shares a 1,640-km border with a number of Northeastern States, including the militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur. Continue reading

SOURCE: ET

Two top US senators have moved an amendment to change the US Armed Controls Export Act to bring India on a par with NATO allies, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Korea for purposes of selling military items under the ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) list.

The bipartisan amendment moved by Democrat Senator Mark Warner and Republican Senator John Cornyn on Thursday seeks to bring the change through an amendment to the relevant sections on foreign military sales in the National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) 2020. Those aware of the details told ET that this will now kickstart the process of deliberations for the conference process in which the Senate and House versions of the NDAA will be reconciled. If the amendment makes it through this process, then it will signal a big shift in Indo-US relations. Continue reading

SOURCE: Khmer Times

The arrest of a man in India’s Tamil Nadu state over his suspected links to the alleged mastermind of the 21 April terror attacks in Sri Lanka is a clear sign of Daesh’s* existence in India, according to Major General (Retired) Dhruv Chand Katoch, an Indian security expert.India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Mohammed Azharudheen, 32, the alleged head of a suspected Daesh branch in Tamil Nadu. The arrest came as the agency was carrying out search operations at seven locations in the state’s Coimbatore city.

In a statement, the NIA claimed that Azharudheen was a Facebook friend of Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the Easter Sunday bombings that targeted Sri Lankan churches and hotels, leaving 253 people dead and over 500 injured.Besides Azharudheen, the probe agency also detained five other members of the terror offshoot. All of them are residents of Coimbatore city. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

Calling for China to maintain status quo in the Doklam region, Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lotay Tshering said “no side” should do anything near the trijunction point between India, China and Bhutan “unilaterally”.

In an exclusive interview to The Hindu, and the first public comments by the Bhutanese leader on the Doklam issue which had seen a near conflict between the Indian and Chinese armies in 2017, he said that as long as status quo was maintained, “there will be peace and tranquillity in the region.” Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

Squeeze your friend to save your friend is India’s new recommendation to China. That is the implicit message Prime Minister Narendra Modi passed on when he told China’s President Xi Jinping that India cannot hold a dialogue with Pakistan unless there is an end to cross-border terror. Even before this exchange at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Kyrgyzstan, Beijing had, through public statements and its State-owned media, signalled that it wanted India and Pakistan to jaw-jaw rather than war-war.

China is one of the few foreign countries with any real influence over Pakistan and the only one taken seriously by the Pakistani military. China also seems increasingly worried about stability in the southwest Asian region as a whole and the fallout of continued friction between India and Pakistan in particular. This combination provides New Delhi some leverage with regard to Islamabad’s behaviour. Sensibly, Mr Modi is seeking to exploit this. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIAN DEFENCE REVIEW

Preparations for space warfare and developing weaponry for it commenced globally decades ago. Its scope included ground-to-space warfare like attacking satellites from the earth – anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, space-to-space warfare like satellites attacking satellites, as well as space-to-ground warfare for attacking targets on ground with kinetic energy and directed energy weapons (DEWs) on board vessels in space. A prominent example of space-to-ground warfare was China’s port of Tianjin struck on August 12, 2915, by Pentagon’s secret space-based kinetic weapon ‘Rod of God’ dropped from high orbit that instantly destroyed six city blocks on the edge of the city of Tianjin; described in Western media quoting Chinese dissidents as an act of “kinetic retaliation” by the Pentagon in response to China’s sudden Yuan devaluation the preceding day – August 11.

Weaponization of space has been ongoing over past several decades. Soviet Union’s unmanned space station ‘Polyus’ had a weapon platform equipped with a megawatt carbon-dioxide laser and self-defence cannon. But while this was essentially to guard against hostile boarding, America’s Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI) or ‘Star Wars’ program proposed in 1983 was far advanced with ‘kinetic kill vehicles’ or rockets fired from satellites to destroy ICBMs, and satellites carrying lasers to kill ICBMs / enemy space vessels. Continue reading

SOURCE: DH NEWS

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has announced a package of programmes which, while being continuations of earlier space ventures, will also be new achievements and chart out new directions for it in outer space. It starts with Chandrayaan-2, the second mission to the moon, scheduled for launch next month, the first indigenous manned space flight by 2022, and includes building an Indian space station.

Isro is a rare beacon of scientific and technological ambition and achievement in the country which cannot boast of too many other institutions that can match its performance. Decades of dedicated work, including successes and failures, have primed it for a bigger role and greater things, and the new plans vouchsafe for that. Isro’s work has been an essential element in the country’s progress and development in many vital areas like telecommunications, agriculture, mining, meteorology and defence. It has also raised the country’s international profile as a major space-faring nation with achievements that only a few other countries like the US, Russia and China can boast of. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

On June 6, 1944, the longest day, Allied troops landed in Normandy and started the final march to victory in Europe. Last week, the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings was celebrated by leaders of the US, UK, France and many European countries. Veterans of the landing came dressed in their uniform with their children and grandchildren and were paid tribute for their efforts in winning back freedom.

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