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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wife Reham Khan on Tuesday said that he was a puppet of the country’s military and was waiting for its instructions to make a statement on the Pulwama terror attack.

“Imran has come into power by compromising on ideology and moderate policy. Do not imagine for a minute that it is his policy. He is instructed to do and instructed to say what the state wants. We have seen the rise of new extremist religious parties during the elections and we have seen a lot of violence, riots in Islamabad. Imran Khan used a blasphemy card,” Reham Khan said.

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SOURCE: PTI

US President Donald Trump Tuesday described as a “horrible situation” the Pulwama terrorist attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed, in which 40 Indian paramilitary personnel were killed, and said he was getting reports on it and would issue a statement. The February 14 attack has led to escalation of tension between India and Pakistan and Trump told reporters at the Oval Office of White House that it would be “wonderful” if the two South Asia neighbours get along.

“I have watched. I have got a lot of reports on it. We will have comment (on it) at an appropriate time. It would be wonderful if they (India and Pakistan) get along,” he said in response to a question. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

The parents of Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, who was killed in Tuesday’s mid-air crash between two Indian Air Force jets in Bengaluru, had no clue about the accident until a neighbour broke the news to them at their home in Hisar, Haryana. Minutes later, Madan Mohan Gandhi, a retired banker, and his wife Sudesh were in shock as they watched the footage of the collision on TV news channels. By evening, a pall of gloom descended on the Police Line Area of Hisar where the family lives.

Two Hawk advanced jet trainers of the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team crashed into each other near the Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru while practising for Aero India show that begins Wednesday. While two IAF pilots managed to eject from the aircraft and were said to be safe, Wing Commander Gandhi was killed. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

 UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Tuesday called on India and Pakistan to take “immediate steps” to de-escalate tensions between the two nations following the Pulwama terror attack, reiterating that his good offices are available if both sides ask.

The already sour relations between India and Pakistan have worsened over the past week as New Delhi blamed Islamabad for the Pulwama attack by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Both countries have called back their envoys for “consultations.” Continue reading

SOURCE: Times Now Digital

In a big development, France has come out in support of India and announced that it will move a proposal at the United Nations this week to impose a ban on Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of the Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) terror group. It may be noted that the ghastly terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir last week, in which 40 paramilitary personnel were martyred, was carried out by the JeM. The JeM is already in the UN list of banned terror groups.

The French government will be moving a proposal at the UN seeking a ban on Masood Azhar for the second time. Earlier in 2017, France, along with the United Kingdom, had supported a US proposal at the UN’s Sanctions Committee 1267 to impose a ban on the chief of the Pakistan-based terror outfit. However, the ban could not materialise as China, Pakistan’s all-weather ally, had blocked the proposal. Continue reading

SOURCE: Times Now Digital

The Indian Air Force on Tuesday decided to cancel Surya Kiran airshow for Wednesday, hours after two aircraft of the aerobatic team collided mid-air and crashed near the Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru.

A pilot was killed and two others were left injured after they ejected to safety during a rehearsal for the Aero India show 2019, scheduled to commence on Wednesday. IAF pilot Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi sustained fatal injuries while “two other aircrew, Wing Commander VT Shelke and Squadron Leader TJ Singh, ejected and were airlifted to Air Force Command Hospital in the city,” said an IAF statement. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Amid a war of words between India and Pakistan over the devastating Pulwama terror attack, Pakistan rail minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad targeted an India Today TV anchor, saying, “Now you see what we can do with terrorists.”

Hitting out at India Today TV journalist Gaurav Sawant, Pakistan rail minister wrote on Twitter: “do u still remember ur terrorist spy Kulbushan yadev..? Now u can see what we can do with terrorist (sic)”. Sheikh Rashid was referring to former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who was given a death sentence in Pakistan after being accused of being an Indian spy waging war against Pakistan. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Tuesday slammed Pakistan for seeking proof of its involvement in the Pulwama terror attack and said it was India which has been providing evidence but the neighbouring country has not taken any action on it. She was reacting to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s message to India to share ‘actionable intelligence’ if his country was involved in the terror attack for any action.

“Since the Mumbai attacks, not just this government, the earlier government also had sent dossiers after dossiers, evidence after evidence, what action has Pakistan taken on them?” she asked. Also, at every level India has been following the process of law and the Mumbai attackers had been brought to book and punished by court of law, she told a press conference here. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

India on Tuesday reacted strongly to Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s refusal to acknowledge the attack on our security forces in Pulwama as an act of terrorism. The Pakistan PM has neither chosen to condemn this heinous act nor condoled with the bereaved families, reads a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs.

Pakistan claims to be the greatest victim of terrorism. This is far from truth. The international community is well acquainted with the reality that Pakistan is the nerve center of terrorism, the statement said.Disclaiming any link between the terrorist attack and Pakistan is an oft-repeated excuse, the MEA said, adding, Khan had ignored claims made by the Jaish-e-Mohammad, as well as by the terrorist, who perpetrated this heinous crime. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

As many as 1,190 Left Wing Extremists have been killed by security forces in the country since 2010, an RTI response has revealed. There have been 11,567 incidents involving Maoists during the period in which 1,331 security personnel suffered injuries, the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Division, under the Ministry of Home Affairs, stated in the reply.

The maximum extremists, 225, were eliminated in 2018, followed by 2016 (222), 2010 (172), 2017 (136), and 2013 (100), according to the reply under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Another 99 Maoists were killed in 2011, 89 in 2015, 74 in 2012, 66 in 2014, and 89 in 2019 (till January 31), it stated. Continue reading

SOURCE: BLLOMBERG

China’s space ambitions are shifting into a higher orbit. Following its successful and world-beating trip to the far side of the moon, China is preparing to build a solar power station in space, as the world’s No. 2 economy strives to burnish its superpower credentials. With an $8-billion annual budget for its space programme, second only to the US, China is seeking to compete with its rival for economic, military and technological dominance.

Scientists have already started construction of an experimental base in the western Chinese city Chongqing. Initially, they plan to develop a smaller power station in the stratosphere between 2021 and 2025, a 1 megawatt-level solar facility in space by 2030, and eventually larger generators, according to the state-backed Science and Technology Daily Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

Eight years after the project began, the defence ministry has finally given the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) the go-ahead to make 114 Dhanush — the indigenous howitzers designed on the lines of Swedish Bofors. When the plan was envisaged, the original requirement was projected at 414 guns.

Now, order for the remaining 300 is expected after the first lot is delivered.Dhanush has come up as an upgraded version of the Bofors with a higher range and latest systems. While Dhanush is of 155×45 mm caliber, the Bofors was 155×39 mm caliber. The last round of trials were completed in June last year yet the final formality was awaited on the basis of which OFB was supposed to get the bulk production clearance. After the confirmatory evaluation under General Staff Qualitative Requirement (GSQR) norms was completed in January, the OFB received bulk production clearance on Monday. This gives the organization a clear order to make 114 guns for the Army. Continue reading

SOURCE: REUTERS

Swedish defence firm Saab AB , which is seeking to sell its Gripen fighter jets to the Indian Air Force, said on Tuesday it could offer to make most of them in a production facility likely to be set up in one of the southern cities.  Saab is expected to face competition from rivals such as Boeing Co, Lockheed Martin Corp and Dassault Aviation SA to supply about 110 fighter jets to the Air Force, in what could be a deal worth more than $15 billion.

As part of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ push, Saab is considering locally manufacturing 96 of the 114 jets it wants to sell to the country, the Stockholm-based company officials told reporters on the sidelines of a conference ahead of “Aero India 2019” in Bengaluru.  Continue reading

SOURCE: OPINDIA

The International Court of Justice is hearing a plea to release Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been lodged in a Pakistani jail on the charges of spying. Jadhav was awarded death penalty by a Pakistani court in 2017. The hearing started yesterday when India presented its case. Today advocate Khawar Qureshi started submission on behalf of Pakistan, contesting the arguments made by India yesterday.

And in a huge surprise, the Pakistani advocate used articles published in Indian media to make its case, to prove that Kulbhushan Jadhav was indeed a spy. The Pakistani side quoted an article written by Journalist Karan Thapar in The Indian Express in 2017, where he had questioned the stand on Ministry of External Affairs in regard to Jadhav. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Tribune

Almost a week after the Pulwama attack, Pakistan Prime minister Imran Khan on Tuesday asked India to provide ‘actionable intelligence’ on any Pakistan hand in the attack and “guaranteed” action in case found credible.

The statement comes hours after India’s army commander Lt Gen KJS Dhillon said the Pakistani Army and ISI were involved in the Pulwama attack.In a 6-minute-long televised address, Khan said his country was willing to cooperate in the probe not because of any external pressure but it wanted to dispel the notion that Pakistan was being used for terror activity. “If someone is using our land to spread terror we will not tolerate it. It’s against our own interest. We are victims of terrorism ourselves and want the menace of terrorism eradicated in the region,” the PM said. Continue reading