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SOURCE: PTI

Suryakirans, Sarang and Light Combat Aircraft Tejas will participate in an air show in Colombo from March 3 to 5 as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lankan Air Force, the Indian Air Force said on Saturday.

The IAF”s aerobatic display teams, the fixed wing ”Suryakirans” and rotary wing ”Sarang”, along with Tejas arrived at Colombo on Saturday. “Suryakirans, Sarang and LCA Tejas will participate in an air show at Galle Face, Colombo, scheduled from March 3 to 5 as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of SLAF,” the IAF said in a statement.

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SOURCE: THE WEEK

Pakistan is marking on Saturday the second anniversary of its air force’s operation ‘Swift Retort’, the retaliatory action against India’s strike on Balakot on February 26, 2019. In Operation Swift Retort, a group of Pakistan Air Force fighters launched bombs on an Indian Army base in Jammu and Kashmir, while an Indian Air Force MiG-21 was shot down in an aerial skirmish. India claims a Pakistani F-16 was downed by the MiG-21 before it was shot down.

Immediately after the incident, Pakistan vehemently denied the use of the F-16 in the operation; the F-16s are subject to stringent US monitoring. The Pakistan Air Force and government have repeatedly claimed Operation Swift Retort was meant to be a measured response to the attack on Balakot and hence it caused negligible damage.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

The first Indian military team has left for Russia to commence training on the S-400 air defence system, deliveries of which are expected to begin in end-2021. This event has once again thrown into sharp focus the friction that India’s enduring defence relationship with Russia creates with India-US bilateral ties. Days before the Indian team headed out, sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) were applied to Turkey for procurement of the same system.

Yet New Delhi appears determined to proceed with the $5.2-billion deal, having concluded that the S-400 was cost-effective and will be efficient in meeting India’s defence needs as compared to rival systems.

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SOURCE: HT

After images of bleeding captured Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman were put out by Pakistan on this day in 2019, the then Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi read the riot act to his ISI counterpart and warned Pakistan of severe consequences if the pilot of the Indian Air Force’s MiG-21 was harmed.

Wing Commander Abhinandan’s MiG-21 Bison was shot down after successfully intercepting a posse of Pakistani fighters over the Line of Control in the Rajouri-Mendhar sector on 27 February, the day after the Balakot strike. Before the IAF pilot ejected from his ageing MiG-21 hit in the aerial dogfight over the skies of Jammu, he shot down a fourth-generation F-16 fighter. He was captured by villagers in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir where he landed and handed over to the Pakistan military.

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SOURCE: ANI

Commemorating 50 years of defeating Pakistan in the 1971 war, Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief RKS Bhadauria gifted a legacy Alouette III helicopter to Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) and got a legacy F-86 Sabre aircraft as a return gift from Dhaka.

“To mark the Golden Jubilee of 1971 War of Liberation, IAF chief RKS Bhadauria gifted a legacy Alouette III helicopter to the Bangladesh Air Force. Bangladesh Air Force chief too gifted an F-86 Sabre aircraft that had been restored by BAF after the 1971 war. Both legacy aircraft will find a place of pride in museums on both sides,” IAF stated in a tweet.

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SOURCE: Reuters

Bangladesh is under “no obligation” to shelter 81 Rohingya Muslim refugees adrift for almost two weeks on the Andaman Sea and being assisted by neighbouring India, said Bangladesh foreign minister A.K. Abdul Momen.

India’s coast guard found the survivors and eight dead crammed on a fishing boat and were trying to arrange for Bangladesh to take them, Indian officials said on Friday. While feeding the refugees and giving them water, India was not planning to take them ashore.

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SOURCE: THE HINDU

Seeking India’s “proactive” support at the UN Human Rights Council, where a resolution on Sri Lanka will be soon put to vote, the Secretary to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “India cannot abandon us”.

“If the world is one family, as your Foreign Minister has said, then we are immediate family, isn’t it,” Admiral Jayanath Colombage (retired) said, citing External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s reference to ‘vasudhaiva kutumbakam’ in his recent address to the Council.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up to launch 19 satellites Sunday as part of the first dedicated commercial PSLV mission for its commercial company NewSpace India Limited (NSIL)

The The PSLV-C51/Amazônia-1 mission will carry Brazil’s Amazônia-1 as the primary payload, along with 18 other guest satellites, including five Indian satellites. According to ISRO, the PSLV-C51/Amazônia-1 mission is the first dedicated commercial PSLV mission for the commercial company NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), which was set up in March 2019 under the Department of Space.

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SOURCE: IANS

Bhutto Sahib and Benazir Bhutto were both firm believers that intricate issues such as Kashmir cannot be left in the hands of generals, says Ambassador Shamshul Hassan in his book, “Life with the Bhuttos.”

Hassan says Bhutto often quoted famous French statesman Georges Clemenceau that war is too important to be left to the generals. “Bhutto Sahib had a foresight at some time Benazir Bhutto would be the one who would have to preside over the affairs of the Pakistani state”, he adds.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

The commander-in-chief (c-in-c) of the banned United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) or ULFA(I), Paresh Baruah, told ThePrint Friday that a “positive result” can be expected in the abduction of two employees of an oil firm, in the coming days.

Speaking to ThePrint from an unknown number Friday, Baruah said “the negotiation is going on a good stead” with the New Delhi-headquartered Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited, where the two men are employed.

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SOURCE: the week

Pakistan is at it again. Days after Director-General of Military Operations (DGMOs) talks between India and Pakistan agreed on ceasefire and peace along the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan once again raked up the Kashmir issue by putting onus on India for maintaining peace.

“The onus of creating an enabling environment for further progress rests with India. India must take necessary steps to meet the long-standing demand and right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination according to UNSC resolutions,” Imran Khan said as he welcomed the restoration of the ceasefire along the LoC.

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SOURCE: WION

Indian govt has questioned the silence of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Red Fort violence & the issue of terrorism even as the latter continues to rake Kashmir irking Delhi. 

India’s comments come after the UN High commissioner raked protest by farmers, Jammu & Kashmir during her oral statement during the ongoing session of the human rights council criticising New Delhi.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Army’s northern commander Lt Gen YK Joshi on Saturday said the agreement between India and Pakistan to strictly adhere to the ceasefire pact along the Line of Control (LoC) would have no bearing on the counter-terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said the northern command, which looks after the security of the twin union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, remained on the highest alert and made possible what was believed impossible by the bravery, grit and determination of its personnel in the face of challenging situations along the border.

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SOURCE: Republic

The Delhi Police on Saturday arrested two persons for conspiring to assassinate Kashmiri activist Sushil Pandit. As per the Delhi Police, Sukhwinder (25) and Lakhan (21) were caught by the RK Puram Police after they received intel that the two were planning an assassination plot on social media networking app—Signal.

“The staff of police station RK Puram has arrested two persons Sukhwinder, 25 and Lakhan, 21, both acquaintances from Punjab and were sent to Delhi on the order of Prince alias Tuti. During interrogation, it came out that Prince is facing a murder trial and is a childhood friend of Lakhan. The duo were offered Rs 10 lakh to assassinate Human Rights Activist and CEO of Hive Communication India Sushil Pandit. There were provided with 4 pistols and 4 cartridges and a mobile phone containing a photo of Sushil Pandit,” said DCP Ingit Pratap Singh while addressing a press conference.

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SOURCE: Tribune News Service

India and Bangladesh held the 19th Home Secretary-level Talks (HSLT) on Saturday, as the two sides agreed to step up the level of cooperation between the forces and agencies in preventing the smuggling of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), contraband, and human trafficking across borders.

Significantly, the meeting was held ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh scheduled next month and also in the backdrop of “MujibBarsho”, 50 years of Bangladesh Liberation War and the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

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