Pakistan was responsible for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama last year in which 40 Indian paramilitary troopers were killed, a Pakistani minister has told the country’s legislature, in a damning admission of the country’s role in sponsoring cross-border terrorism.

Humne Hindustan ko ghus ke maara (We hit India in their home). Our success in Pulwama, is a success of the people under the leadership of Imran Khan. You and us are all part of that success,” Fawad Chaudhury, a minister said in the national assembly.

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Former IAF chief BS Dhanoa has said that Pakistan had no option but to release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in February 2019 when his MiG-21 was downed in a dogfight in Kashmir. Speaking to news agency ANI, he said that Pakistan was well aware of India’s capability and that Indian armed forces were prepared to wipe out Pakistan’s forward brigades.

“There are two parts to it. The main pressure on Pakistan was diplomatic and political. But there was also a military posture, the way he (Pakistan MP Ayaz Sadiq) is saying that ‘his legs (General Bajwa) were shaking and all’, it is because the military posture was very offensive of all the three services, Army, Navy, Air Force,” Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa (retired) said.

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India activated a key foundational pact with the US last month to acquire urgently needed high-altitude systems for soldiers deployed to forward areas along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh who are likely to stay on through the winter as tensions with China continue.

Sources said that 11,000 sets of extended cold weather clothing system (ECWCS) arrived late last month after India made an urgent request for assistance under a bilateral pact. These sets have come from the stockholdings of the US Army and have been dispatched to forward areas where troops are braving the cold.

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India has lodged a protest with Saudi Arabia over the distortion of Indian boundaries in a global map printed behind the country’s new 20 Riyal currency note. The map shows undivided Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh excluded from India.

The new currency note was released by Saudi Arabia to commemorate the kingdom’s presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20) international forum. The new note features King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the 2020 G20 Summit logo on one side. A world map highlighting G20 nations in a darker shade on the other is shown on the rear side.

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As Ukraine-based JSC Motor Sich competes with JSC Russian Helicopters to get Indian Air Force’s contract of overhauling VK -2500-3 engines of Mi-17 V 5 helicopters, it faces scrutiny for having major Chinese investments. It is alleged that Beijing’s Skyrizon Aviation holds around 80 per cent of Motor Sich through several foreign companies and small shareholders.

Motor Sich is facing an inquiry back home from various agencies. It is stated that security services in Ukraine have alleged that the purchase of the company’s stock by Skyrizon Aviation is an attempt to take its assets out of their country.

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SOURCE:  The Statesman

With Indian Army jawans expected to remain stationed at high altitudes in Ladakh during winter amidst Indo-China tension, the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is still waiting for the army to conduct field trials of its manufactured samples of Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) before procurement.

The ECWCS will help the soldiers beat the extreme sub-zero temperature in coming months. The government owned Kolkata-based defence manufacturer, the OFB, has completed modifications on the ECWCS samples as suggested by the Army and is now awaiting field trials.

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In a big push for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat mission, the Indian Army has launched a messaging application similar to WhatsApp which will be used by the security forces to communicate securely.

The application named the ‘Secure Application for Internet (SAI)’ supports an end to end secure voice, text and video calling services for Android platform over the internet.

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After PML-N leader Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday revealed the tense meeting between Pak Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during IAF’s Wing Commander Abhinandan’s capture, sources have told Republic about India’s side of the story at that point, corroborating the massive pressure on the neighbouring country to immediately return India’s hero.

As per top sources, NSA Ajit Doval had spoken over a secure line to ISI chief Asim Munir and clearly conveyed that India would not back off its counter-terrorism campaign even after Abhinandan’s capture and that India was ready to escalate.

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The Arakan Army, an insurgent group whose activities have severely affected the India-backed Kaladan multi-modal transport project in Myanmar, has benefited from the clandestine transfer and smuggling of Chinese-made weaponry, people familiar with developments said on Monday.

The group, designated a terrorist organisation by Naypyitaw, clashed with Myanmarese troops on nearly 600 occasions last year, and a majority of the skirmishes occurred in close proximity to the $480-million Kaladan project.

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda on Thursday criticised Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and his party over what he said what their attitude towards the Indian Army, government and the country’s citizens. He used a video of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq video talking about Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was released after he landed in Pakistani custody in February last year after a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani pilots.

“Congress’ princeling does not believe anything Indian, be it our Army, our Government, our Citizens. So, here is something from his ‘Most Trusted Nation’, Pakistan. Hopefully now he sees some light…” Nadda tweeted.

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Twitter has tendered a verbal apology before the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) constituted to review the data protection bill after Leh was shown as part of China during a live broadcast, according to news agency ANI. The panel had shown strong displeasure and asked Twitter to tender a written apology and submit an affidavit over the issue.

The controversy came to the fore last week when a journalist started a live Twitter broadcast from a war memorial in Leh and realised that the location said People’s Republic of China. It also prompted the secretary of the ministry of electronics and information technology to write to Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey to express the government’s disapproval of the move.

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A live Zoom meeting on Kashmir organised by Pakistan, broadcast on Facebook, in which experts from various countries took part was hacked with songs on Lord Ram and Hanuman playing in the background.

“We are Indians, we will kick you,” the hackers can be heard saying. On Tuesday, a group of Pakistani diplomats, along with some self-proclaimed human rights ‘activists’ and pro-Pakistan trolls had organised an event on online meeting platform Zoom to discuss the so-called ’72 Years of Indian Occupation of Kashmir’.

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For over 70 years now, residents of Jammu and Kashmir have enjoyed the right to property across India, including even the ability to acquire land for non-residential and farming purposes. However, this right has never been made available to residents of other Indian states with respect to acquiring property for residential usage in J&K.

“Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora (GKPD) wholeheartedly welcomes and applauds the moves of the Narendra Modi government to ensure equal and fair application of the right to property in Jammu and Kashmir,” GKPD said in a statement.

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Jammu and Kashmir police Wednesday said eight militants surrendered during encounters with security in the Valley this year, out of which five took place this month.

Inspector General Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said one good thing happening this year has been surrenders taking place during live encounters. “This year so far, eight militants surrendered during encounters of which five happened in October alone,” he said, and termed it a “welcome development.”

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US aerospace major, Boeing, has again pitched its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet offer to the Indian Navy to win the contract for 57 aircraft carrier-borne fighters floated by the Indian Navy a few years back, but India’s nodal design agency for fighter jet development, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has been given go head by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to start work on New Twin Engined Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) which has been backed by Navy.

As per revised carrier-borne fighter requirements now stands at just 20 jets from earlier 57 and going for a new type just for 20 jets might be difficult for Navy to get it approved by MoD and going for more than 20 Mig-29K is also highly unlikely since Navy is not impressed by 45 odd Russian Mig-29K carrier-borne fighter jets which Navy plans to retire from 2034 onwards.

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