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SOURCE: The Interpreter

The Doklam border stand-off between India, China, and India’s ally Bhutan managed to break into the news cycle last year. It was a significant dispute, with troops clashing at one point and military forces mobilised, between two of the world’s nuclear powers that have previously fought a war.

But details have emerged in recent weeks that indicate the crisis was even more serious than many realised. It may be one of the first episodes to demonstrate the evolving risks (and potential long-term benefits) that the introduction of nuclear-armed submarines will have on strategic stability in the Indo-Pacific. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

GSAT-11 could be the last Indian satellite which will be launched by a foreign rocket. According to K Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Orfanisation (ISRO), if al things work out as intended, the 5.7-tonne GSAT-11 will be most probably the last heavy Indian satellite to be launched by a foreign space agency.

The GSAT-11 communication satellite will be launched by Arianespace’s Ariane rocket soon.

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SOURCE: ENS

Former Pakistani diplomat Amir Zubair Siddiqui plotted to attack the US Consulate in Chennai, Israeli Consulate in Bengaluru, Eastern Naval Command HQ in Visakhapatnam and ports across the country, according to a charge-sheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Poonamallee Special Court on Thursday.

The chargesheet named Amir Zubair Siddiqui, who was then visa counsellor at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

The Donald Trump administration is not satisfied with the measures taken by Pakistan in recent months to crack down on terrorist groups, a senior U.S official has said. “So far, these steps have been reversible, superficial, and steps that we have actually seen them take in the past, in periods of high pressure,” the official told The Hindu in an exclusive conversation on background.

The official said the U.S was concerned about tensions between India and Pakistan, “two nuclear armed states,” but added that the onus was on Pakistan to create conditions conducive for talks and improvement in relations. Continue reading

SOURCE: CNN

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s week-long trip to India has gone from bad to worse.
Already dogged by bad press and speculation that the prime minister had been “snubbed” by the Indian government, on Thursday Canadian officials were again on the back-foot, after it was revealed a Sikh extremist convicted of attempting to murder an Indian politician had been invited to dine with Trudeau at the Canadian High Commissioner’s residence in New Delhi.

The official invitation, which was later withdrawn, has sparked outrage in India, where the issue of Sikh separatism remains a highly charged and emotive topic. Continue reading

SOURCE: PAKISTAN TODAY

National Security Advisor Lt Gen (R) Nasir Janjua has said that the balance of power in the region is being deteriorated due to the strategic agreement between India and USA.

He was speaking to a seminar at Bahria University (BU) on the topic of “Naval economics, geopolitics in Indian occasion and increasing threats to Pakistan” arranged by Institute of Strategic Studies of Islamabad(ISSI) on Thursday. He said that said that India’s activities in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean are on the rise. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

The Indian Army has issued a show cause notice for administrative action to a Colonel who had issued a legal notice to the Defence secretary in July 2017, demanding that the government orders withdrawing free rations to officers posted in peace areas should be immediately canceled.

Acting on the directions of the Discipline and Vigilance branch of the Army Headquarters, the show cause notice was issued on Monday to Colonel Mukul Dev, posted as Deputy Judge Advocate General in Jodhpur-based 12 Corps. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The Centre’s interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, on Thursday began a tour of three districts in an area considered the hotbed of militancy, as part of his mission to start a dialogue that could potentially end a decades-long insurgency in the state.

Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief who was last year appointed the Centre’s special representative, began his tour from Shopian and will cover Anantnag and Kulgam, officials said. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

Its fleet of fighter jets dwindling, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to float a fresh global tender inviting military aviation companies to make fighter jets in India.The move comes as the Air Force is now down to 31 squadrons against the need of 42, as mandated by the Cabinet Committee on Security. Each squadron has 16-18 planes. The request for information (RFI), the first step in the tendering process, is being finalised and will be sent out to global players, sources said.

Companies that participated in the now scrapped Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) project will be invited. The MMRCA project for 126 jets did not fructify and the government, in April 2015, announced the move to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from French major Dassault.  Continue reading

SOURCE: REDIFF

India is located in a dangerous and unstable region — it shares borders with two nuclear-armed neighbours, China and Pakistan, and has territorial and boundary disputes with both of them. Hence, India’s decision to develop credible minimum nuclear deterrence policies against the use and the threat of use of nuclear weapons is justified on the grounds of safeguarding India’s sovereignty and ensuring national security.

As long as offensive nuclear deterrence continues to be so unabashedly practised by the other NWS and SNW, particularly China and Pakistan, India’s defensive nuclear deterrence option cannot be compromised. Continue reading

SOURCE: WARONROCKS

India is a big deal in Washington these days. The old stereotype of a desperately poor, frustratingly stubborn India has been replaced by that of a shiny, IT-savvy global power on the move. A wave of think tank reports, books, and op-eds identify India as a key component of U.S. grand strategy. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the National Security Strategy herald an important Indian role in containing China.

India is part of “the Quad” of democracies worried about the rise of China, along with Japan, the US, and Australia. President Donald Trump has even encouraged a greater Indian role in Afghanistan. Two prominent scholars of Indian security recently argued that “India has emerged as a central partner in U.S. efforts to balance rising Chinese power in the Indian Ocean/Asia-Pacific region.” Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

A Scotland-based company has announced the completion of a new submarine rescue system due to be delivered to the Indian Navy next month.JFD has a contract worth 193 million pounds with the Indian Navy for the supply of two complete “flyaway submarine rescue systems”, including Deep Search and Rescue Vehicles (DSRV), Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) systems, and all logistics and support equipment required to operate the service.

The first set of equipment has been designed, manufactured, integrated and ready for testing by JFD prior to shipping next month for final commissioning and trials. The remaining set of certified systems is due to be delivered to the Indian Navy in June. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Former High Commissioner of India to Canada, Vishnu Prakash on Thursday expressed concern over Canada’s support to the Khalistanis. “Unfortunately Canada is the only country in the world which is providing platform, or is seen to be providing a platform to the Khalistan elements, Not USA, Not UK and that is a matter of concern,” Prakash told ANI.

The diplomat also acknowledged the existence of a “cloud” on the Indo-Canadian bilateral relationship, saying, “Both countries share an important relationship. There is certainly a cloud on our relation due to the Khalistan issue.” Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

China on Thursday downplayed an official media report that its military is upgrading air defence along the Indian border and said both countries should work together to uphold peace and tranquillity along the border areas.

State-run Global Times on 20 February reported that China is upgrading air defence of its Western Theatre Command, which looks after the security along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), to “confront any threat from India”. Continue reading