At 33, Sunny Manchanda is one of the youngest directors of a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) lab. Hand-picked by the defence minister’s science adviser and DRDO top brass, Manchanda heads one of the five newly established DRDO Young Scientists’ Lab (DYSL), which are meant to develop cutting-edge technologies. Operational since mid-April, Manchanda’s lab, for instance, is to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) and associated technologies. He wants to establish the lab as a “global centre of research” and “build products for the military and those that impact the lives of people in general”, Manchanda tells DH’s Akhil Kadidal.

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As Muthu taxied back to the dispersal after the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) sortie of the LCA Mk1 SP-17, now with a tail number of LA-2017, on March 17, 2019, he was clearly surprised by the reception he got. The spontaneous celebration that involved some water-dousing and hoisting him on their shoulders by his Light Combat Aircraft team and the large group of HAL employees was heart-warming to say the least.

Air Commodore Kalianda Appaya Muthana has been probably among the few outstanding fighter pilots and professionals of my generation who did not rise to the very upper echelons of the IAF leadership. Reticent and soft-spoken, but with just a hint of swagger, he was a natural flier from the word go, and though I never served alongside him in any squadron, he was a highly rated fighter jock wherever he went. Continue reading


The iconic MiG-21 and its various variants have served the Indian Air Force (IAF) well over the years. India is the largest operator of MiG-21s outside the erstwhile Soviet Union with over 1,200 MiG-21s having served in India when the IAF opted to purchase the MiG-21 over several other Western competitors in 1962. The MiG-21 was the first successful Soviet aircraft combining fighter and interceptor characteristics in a single aircraft. It was a lightweight fighter, achieving Mach 2 with a relatively low-powered after-burning turbojet, and was comparable to the American Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter and the French Dassault Mirage III.

Since then it has evolved in capacity and capability and has been extensively used in conflict zones across the world, with approximately 100 MiG-21 ‘Bisons’ still in service with the IAF. Continue reading


Kashmiri community in Brussels calls for end to Indian occupation ...

Two Islamic charities, linked to the banned Islamist outfit Jamaat-e-Islami, ran a persistent disinformation campaign against India leading to hearings and resolutions on Kashmir in the US Congress last year. As per an IANS investigation, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and its self-described “sister organisation” Helping Hands for Relief and Development (HHRD) were at the forefront of running campaigns in the US against New Delhi after the government revoked special status of Jammu and Kashmir and brought the state at par with union territories of India, last year on August 5.

Documentary evidence accessed by IANS reveals that both ICNA and its sister organisation HHRD are affiliated to Jamaat-e-Islami, the pan-Islamic fundamentalist organisation which India banned last year after a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber killed over 40 paramilitary soldiers in a terror attack in February 2019. Continue reading


Even as Coronavirus cases in Pakistan surge, Prime Minister Imran Khan has targeted the Indian government for its implementation of a pan-India lockdown. Claiming it to be a ‘hasty decision’, Imran Khan on Tuesday said that ‘Indian government apologised for their unplanned decision.’ He said that his country is taking its lesson from India and it will fight the war against coronavirus with all the ‘faith’ it has. Imran Khan went on to call his country ‘most charitable’, he said that Pakistan’s young population can fight the pandemic.

Pakistan has so far confirmed 1,775 positive Coronavirus cases with–566 cases in Sindh province, 51 in Islamabad, 221 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 651 in Punjab, 152 in Balochistan, 128 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 6 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Continue reading


At the height of the Covid-19 outbreak in the Chinese province of Wuhan, where the coronavirus emerged, a Bengaluru startup’s innovation helped deal with it. Wuhan will be coming out of quarantine on April 8, after two and a half months of a lockdown, with new infections dropping to zero. As a Chinese official told Bloomberg in February, “It’s like fighting a war—some things are hard but must be done.”

One of the measures Wuhan took was to set up emergency medical centres on a war footing. Ventilators were vital and many came from a German manufacturer, Huber & Ranner. The trouble was technicians could not go to Wuhan to help install them. This is where BlinkIn, housed in the Nasscom CoE in Bengaluru, entered the scene. Continue reading


Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with OIC Secretary General Yousef A Al-Othaimeen during which he discussed the situation in Kashmir and the world in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The Foreign Office said in a statement that exchange between the two covered the situation arising out of COVID-19 pandemic, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s responses, and developments in Jammu and Kashmir.

The minister claimed that “continued restrictions on communication and movement” in Kashmir “were preventing unfettered supply of medicines and other essentials, as well as dissemination of information needed to combat the disease,” the FO said. He also highlighted concerns regarding the possibility of spread of coronavirus among the large number of Kashmiri youth. Continue reading


The Indian Army has modified a bus to carry patients suffering from coronavirus symptoms in the country. The ADG-PI Indian Army Twitter page released an image of the bus, which will be used to treat covid-19 patients. The bus was modified by the Western Command of the Indian Army.

According to the Tweet by the ADG-PI (Additional Directorate General of Public Information) of Indian Army stated all the changes made to treat covid-19 patients while ensuring the safety of the driver and co-driver. The modified bus will come with a single-entry, treatment chamber with ventilators and isolation for the driver and co-driver. The modified bus will also come with disposable seat covers and a process for decontamination. The Western Command of the Indian Army will also be providing special protective gear and equipment for the medical staff as well. Continue reading


The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to backlist nearly 800 Indonesian members of Islamic outfit Tablighi Jamaat, which is under scanner for recently organising a religious congregation in Nizamuddin area of south Delhi and spreading coronavirus in the country. According to reports, the Union Home Ministry has decided to blacklist these preachers from Indonesia for violating the visa rules during lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic. These Indonesian preachers came to India on a tourist visa and participated in a three-day religious conference organised by Tablighi Jamaat in south Delhi this month.

They had participated in a three-day religious conference which was also attended by many people from across the country who later tested positive for COVID-19. Continue reading

SOURCE: Mainichi Japan

A Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer and a Chinese fishing boat collided on the high seas off the coast of Shanghai on Monday, the Japan Coast Guard said. No one was injured in the incident that occurred at around 8:30 p.m. in the East China Sea, the Self-Defense Forces’ Joint Staff said. The MSDF said its destroyer and the Chinese vessel, which had 13 crew members aboard, are both still able to sail under their own power.

According to the Defense Ministry, the destroyer Shimakaze received damage on its port side. The vessel was on patrol after departing from Sasebo in Nagasaki Prefecture on Sunday morning. Continue reading


A senior Taiwanese defence official said on Monday that the island’s military is well prepared in the event of any attack from Beijing during the Covid-19 outbreak.“At the height of outbreak of the pandemic worldwide, if the Chinese Communists attempted to make any military adventure leading to regional conflict, they would be condemned by the world, and regardless of what would happen, we are all ready and have made the best preparation for this,” said Taiwan’s vice defence minister Chang Guan-chung.

He was speaking during a legislative session when lawmakers asked him how the defence ministry viewed recent activities by mainland China and the United States in and around the Taiwan Strait. Last month three separate groups of People’s Liberation Army warplanes approached the island while taking part in long-distance training exercises in the western Pacific. Continue reading


Huawei recently launched its latest P series flagship smartphones — the Huawei P40, P40 Pro, and the P40 Pro+. Now, according to the official website, the Huawei P40 Pro 5G does support ISRO’s NaViC navigation, making it the first Huawei smartphone to do so.

Along with NaViC, the Huawei P40 Pro 5G also supports L1+L5 dual-band GPS, AGPS, B1I + B1C + B2a Tri-band BeiDou, Glonass, E1 + E5a dual band Galileo, and L1 + L5 dual-band QZSS. The Huawei P40 Pro is based on the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G SoC with support got 5G networking. However, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, powered by the same chipset does not support ISRO’s NaViC. Huawei P40 Pro 5G Specifications The Huawei P40 Pro 5G comes with a 6.58-inch OLED display with FHD+ resolution with features like HDR10 capabilities along with a 90Hz refresh rate. Continue reading

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The Indian Army has issued instructions telling it clearly to its entire 13-lakh strong force that a failure to report symptoms of Covid-19 disease shall attract action and be dealt for “breach of discipline” under the Army Act, 1950. The letter mentions what are the symptoms and situations that need to be disclosed by each member of the force. The Army instructions say any symptoms of cough, throat pain, fever and breathing trouble have to be reported to immediate superior official and also to medical screening at time of daily roll call or PT.

Contact with any Covid-19 positive relative or friend while on leave or temporary duty has also to be disclosed along with any travel to areas identified as Covid -19. Continue reading


In a stern warning to Cyber Criminals, India’s National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) in Prime Minister’s Office, Lt General Rajesh Pant has issued a cautioning statement to cyber criminals not to take advantage of the present COVID-19 crisis and commit financial frauds against unsuspecting citizens and enterprises.

Talking to ET Online, in a telephonic interview Lt Gen.Pant said, “In the past two months almost 4000 fraud portals related to Corona Virus have been created across the globe by cyber criminals and other mafia organisations.”He added, “It is so sad to see that even in the midst of such a serious humanitarian crisis, these heartless crooks can only think of opportunism and theft”. Continue reading


Pro-Khalistan leader Gopal Chawla has said that land in Nankana Sahib beloning to Guru Nanak Dev was being grabbed by the rich by paying money and there was collusion by Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) of Pakistan, which is in charge of educational, charitable or religious trusts left behind by Hindus and Sikhs.

He said in a video that atrocities were being committed and complaints about the misuse of land, registered in the name Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan’s Punjab province, have fallen on deaf ears of authorities. Continue reading