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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said today that the duty he carried out as defence minister could be considered a repayment of the “loan” his state owed to India’s armed forces for its liberation from the Portuguese.

“India is becoming stronger…and the most important aspect was the surgical strike. That was of course done by the armed forces, but a political decision was taken with the help and support of the prime minister, which was required,” Parrikar said in response to a question. Continue reading


Pakistan and Turkey on Friday signed a deal for 30 Turkish Aerospace Industries T129 ATAK helicopter gunships, according to a statement by Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries.The T129 is a development of the Italian Agusta A129 Mangusta. Among other features, it includes Turkish sensors and weaponry and powerful engines to boost hot and high capabilities, something essential for Turkey’s operational environment, but which also clinched selection of the type for Pakistan.

Though potent, the AH?1F Cobra gunships presently in Pakistani service (that were acquired in the 1980s), are not only worn in the tooth but lack the capability to perform adequately over the higher altitudes of the Hindu Kush mountain range separating Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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SOURCE: Nikkei Inc

The Pakistan’s military quiet support for the leading opposition party ahead of the general election this month is raising concerns that nascent progress on improving relations with India will stall.The outcome also holds consequences for the country’s worsening fiscal situation. Should the July 25 poll produce a political vacuum, Pakistan may become even more reliant on Chinese financing.

The opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, or PTI, is gaining ground ahead of voting for the National Assembly. Poling by local researchers in early July showed the PTI with 30% support and the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz with 27%. A recent Gallup poll showed PML-N with 26% support to the PTI’s 25%. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

When it comes to perception management, Captain Amarinder Singh, 76, is a past master in the craft of outfoxing his rivals. Besieged by a potentially image-scarring drug issue, the Punjab chief minister swiftly reeled out a raft of headline-making moves, some of them decidedly half-baked, such as compulsory doping for all government employees, death penalty for first drug conviction and an appeal to Akal Takht, a political manoeuvre with Panthic overtones.

His opponents deride his anti-drug steps as cosmetic and diversionary. In an hour-long freewheeling conversation on Friday with the HT Executive Editor at his rain-soaked official residence in Chandigarh, the Captain came across unfazed by the political heat over the drug menace. Excerpts: Continue reading


Meghalaya police have recovered a stockpile of weapons hidden by the banned Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) in the thick jungle of East Garo Hills district.The weapons were recovered based on the lead provided by the tribal Garo villagers of Bagre and Dorengkigre about the stockpile of arms stashed by the GNLA militants.

During the search operation, police recovered arms and ammunition included 347 HMG rounds, 2 AK Rifle bodies, 1 AK rifle without a magazine, 4 pistols, 6 pistol magazines, 6 shotgun cartridges, 52 numbers of 7.65 mm pistols ends, 1 Chinese grenade, 57 numbers of 7.62 SLR rounds, 63 numbers of GNLA seals, 4 IED remotes, 1 walkie-talkie, 9 remote IED circuits, 28 electronic detonators, 7 bullet charger clips, 5 UBGL cells, 1 helmet, 2 SBBL shotguns, 485 AK 47 bullets, 104 rounds of .303 rifle, 2659 rounds of 7.7 mm rifle and 4 pieces of HMG stands. Continue reading

SOURCE: Globes online

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has entered an agreement with KSU of India for operating TaxiBot vehicles at New Delhi and Mumbai airports. The contract will be implemented in two stages. In the first phase, TaxiBot vehicles will be delivered to the airports and run in a controlled trial until end 2018.

The second phase will involve the delivery of 38 additional vehicles in four years to New Delhi and Mumbai airports as well as to the general Indian market. India’s aviation market has grown by 20% a year in the past three years, and it will soon be named as the third largest aviation market in the world. Continue reading


The Indian Space Research Organisation, the space agency of the Government of India, is on the expansion mode as its going to develop its new campus on a sprawling 119.65 acres land on the erstwhile HMT watch factory IV.It became official with the assistant company secretary Kishore Kumar S writing to the BSE and NSE on Friday.

“In line with approval of Union Cabinet dated March 31, 2017, for transfer of 119.65 acres of land, 109.823 acres of land of HMT Watches Ltd, at Tumkur has been transferred to M/s ISRO on 27.6.2018 by way of registration of sale deed in favour of ISRO. After resolving the dispute issue with ancillary units, the balance land of 6.952 acres will be handed over to ISRO,” it read. Continue reading


India has conveyed to Russia that it will not be part of the project now to develop a fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) and may join the programme at a later stage, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today.

“It was conveyed to Russia that they can go ahead with the project and we may join it at a later stage,” the defence minister told reporters. Continue reading


India is going ahead with the purchase of S-400 air defence systems from Russia despite American concerns, and has told the U.S. that it is for them to address concerns over its recent Russia sanctions, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday.

Meanwhile, the 2+2 talks between the Defence and External Affairs Ministers and their U.S. counterparts, which was postponed in early July, is likely to be held in the first week of September, the Minister said. Continue reading

SOURCE: DH News Service

The Defence Ministry has formed a costing committee to review the prices of Tejas Light Combat Aircraft produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited after the aircraft manufacturer quoted an exorbitant price tag to deliver the indigenous fighters to the IAF.

“I have asked the panel (headed by the director of the cost in the ministry) to look into the costing of products manufactured by the Defence Public Sector Undertakings. The Indian Air Force offered to get the LCA Tejas price examined by the committee. That will be the first task of the panel that will submit its report within 60 days,” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said here on Friday in an interaction with journalists ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

Almost 18 months after the Ministry of Defence gave the nod to get 464 new tanks of the T-90 series, the deal is set to be finalised and an order to be placed for making these tanks in India.The T-90 is a Russian tank manufactured at Heavy Vehicles Factory in Avadi near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Some parts of this war-machine will come from Russia to be integrated here.

The Rs 3,500-crore project to add these 464 tanks has been sent for formal approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Defence Acquisition Council in the MoD had cleared the purchase in November 2016. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The Indian Air Force has harmed itself by opposing ‘theaterisation’ and this has resulted in weakening of trust between it and the army and the navy, a top navy officer wrote in a new paper published by defence think-tank Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (Cenjows) on Friday in a rare criticism of one service by a serving senior officer in another.

The paper, titled ‘The IAF and Theaterisation — Misplaced Apprehensions,’ is a deep dive into the military’s approach towards enhancing so-called jointmanship and its progression tow-ard theaterisation. Continue reading


India and the US are expected to firm up the list of terror fugitives and exchange names of individuals for the global entry programme (GEP) during the visit of officials from the US Department of Homeland Security on July 18, officials have confirmed. While the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-6 (HSPD-6) enables sharing of terror-related information, GEP exempts prominent citizens from immigration checks.

During the visit next week, the Union Home Ministry will also take up the cooperation agreement between Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) of the US and the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) of India on law enforcement training, added an official. Continue reading


The dialogue between the Indian ministers of External Affairs and Defence and their American counterparts, the Secretaries of State and Defence, was conceived during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington in June last year.

The idea was to ensure that any bottlenecks in bilateral relations were quickly tackled at the highest level. Continue reading


Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah has proposed an Ireland-style solution of an open border between the UK-governed Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic’s adjacent territory as the best option to resolve the Kashmir issue.

The National Conference (NC) leader, who is here on a visit, said India and Pakistan must realise that there is no military solution to the problem.

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