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SOURCE: THE PRINT

Saifuddin Soz, former Congress minister and a prominent Kashmiri politician, has made a startling claim that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was happy to let Kashmir go to Pakistan in exchange for Hyderabad and it was Nehru’s insistence that kept it with India.

Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India, took Patel’s offer to Pakistan on the exact day the Indian Army landed in Srinagar to push back intruders from Pakistan in October 1947, Soz told ThePrint Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta on NDTV’s Walk The Talk show. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The Jammu & Kashmir police department has got some concrete clues on the killing of Shujaat Bukhari and expects to crack the case soon, even by the end of June, senior police officers said on condition of anonymity.

The officers, who are directly involved in investigations, added that Bukhari was gunned down by terrorists on instructions from across the border, most probably for trying to promote peace in the Valley. According to them, this was seen unfavourably by separatists and the Jamait-e-Islami leaders on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC). “ We have clear-cut investigation leads to the accused. The killers have been identified,” the officers said, adding that they are now waiting to unravel the digital threads leading to the killers. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

The strategic clinch with the US is set to get even tighter, with India signalling its readiness to ink two more bilateral military pacts, procure helicopters worth $3 billion and participate in a joint tri-Service amphibious exercise for the first time.

Top government sources said “substantial progress” had been made towards finalising the Communications, Compatibility and Security Arrangement (COMCASA) and the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation (BECA) between the two countries. The previous UPA regime had stonewalled all attempts by the US to ink the three so-called “foundational military agreements” during its 10-year tenure on the ground that it would “compromise the strategic autonomy” of India. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Mumbai terror attack mastermind and founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit Hafiz Saeed has openly championed the need for violence in the Kashmir Valley.

Addressing his supporters at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Hafiz said, “A new era has begun and with God’s wishes Kashmir will be an independent state, there has been a lot of bloodshed in Kashmir, and God almighty is watching, he will deliver his verdict, because all the decisions come from the Heaven and not from Washington. The decisions of that come from the heaven get cemented on the world and Kashmir will be freed”. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

In an effort to secure data, drawings and designs of military equipment that are with state-owned defence public sector undertakings, the Ministry of Defence has ended all reliance on foreign servers, it now hosts websites on Indian servers and has appointed cyber security officers in 87 such units across the country.

The work is sensitive in nature and any breach can compromise national security. The shipyards hold designs and drawing of leading warships. The Bharat Electronics Ltd makes almost all radars used on ground. The Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) hold designs and drawings of fighter jet Tejas, the Dhruv Helicopters and even their engine. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

The official proceedings to grey-list Pakistan by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will begin in Paris on Monday during the plenary meeting of the global money-laundering watchdog.

Caretaker Finance Minister Dr Shamshad Akhtar is leading the Pakistani delegation in the crucial six-day meeting in the French capital. Ahead of her trip, the minister “chaired” a meeting in Islamabad on matters related to FATF meetings. The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister Abdullah Hussain Haroon and National Security Adviser Lt General (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

India and Seychelles today agreed to work together on a project to develop a naval base at the Assumption Island keeping each other’s concerns in mind after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Danny Faure, reported PTI news agency.

“We have agreed to work together on Assumption Island project based on each other’s rights,” said PM Modi today after a meeting President Danny Faure of the Seychelles who is visiting India. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

India has turned heat on Maldives, a country shifting its alignment at a fast pace with China. With uncertainty growing in Maldives and President Yameen Abdul Gayoom openly taking anti-India stance, New Delhi has decided to curtail the supply of vegetables – potatoes, onions — and other essential articles — rice, flour, eggs, pulses and sugar – to the island nation in the Indian Ocean.

This follows a series of face-offs between the two countries. Maldives recently considerably reduced the number of visas to Indian workers prompting Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan raise the issue with the Centre. Maldives also asked India to take back the two helicopters gifted to the country’s disaster management agency by India. Maldives told India to remove the helicopters from its atolls by June end. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) today threw open a vital 35-meter bridge in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir that will ease vehicular movement to the base camp of Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield.

“The BRO has removed a major travelling bottleneck in Leh by constructing a 35-meter long ‘Chamesahn’ bridge, under Project HIMANK, which will lead it to the base of Siachen Glacier,” a spokesman of the BRO said. Continue reading

SOURCE: CNBC

The South China Sea and Indian Ocean have been the principal theaters for Beijing’s naval ambitions in Asia. The Pacific Ocean and Mekong River, each rife with strategic advantages, could soon be next.

For the world’s second-largest economy, maritime expansion is a major means of achieving superpower stature and cementing its military, political and economic influence in Asia. Nowhere has that been more evident than the disputed South China Sea, where Beijing has reportedly installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on several outposts. Continue reading

SOURCE: UNI

India and Seychelles on Monday inked some important Memorandum of Agreements (MoUs) and Agreement including on technical pact on shipping information between Indian navy and the National Information Sharing and Coordination Center of the Republic of Seychelles.

The MoUs were signed at the end of delegation level talks between two sides led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Seychelles President Danny Antoine Rollen Faure. Continue reading

SOURCE: DNA INDIA

The government on Monday has denied media reports cliaming that India has reduced exports of essential goods to Maldives, saying requirements were calculated based on actual utilisation in the recent past and were consistent with the trade agreement between the two sides.

According to reports in a section of the media, India has lowered the limits on the export of certain essential commodities such as potatoes and onions to Maldives. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The summer heat took its toll on an IAF personnel who collapsed during the guard of honour ceremony organised at the Rashtrapati Bhavan for visiting Seychelles President Danny Faure. Faure, who is on his first bilateral visit to India, was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Modi on Monday morning.

After the ceremony ended and the dignitary had left, Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked up to the airman and enquired about his health. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

The Naxals are threatening people in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district and have apparently asked them to send one member from each family to join them. Here, over the past few months, several clashes have been reported between the security forces and the Naxals.

In order to beef up their army, the Naxals are now apparently forcing villagers to join them.”They have informed us that one member from each family needs to join them otherwise they will kill us. We are really scared of them. We don’t know what to do next,” a local said. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat on Monday visited Baltal Base Camp to review security arrangements for Amarnath Yatra.The two-month-long pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre high cave shrine of Amarnath will commence on June 28.

Sitharaman and General Rawat were received by Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Northern Army Commander and LT Gen AK Bhatt, Chinar Cops Commander.Sitharaman was briefed about the security and administrative arrangements for the Amarnath Yatra. Continue reading

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