SOURCE: Indrajit Majumdar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
SOURCE: Joydeep Ghosh / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
When I say Tank MRO and not trucks at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, I say this bcoz that is what sound common sense application should be as it saves the governments hundreds of crores of tax payers money as well as boost defense preparedness. If you ask how and why? Common sense says it’s a bad idea to assemble various models of Ashok Leyland Stallion trucks at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur. Here are the below points:-
What does Vehicle Factory Jabalpur do?
Apart from other types of vehicles, the plant mainly assembles Ashok Leyland Stallion trucks for the armed forces that are manufactured in Ashok Leyland’s own plant, then dis-assembled into CKD/SKD kits; packaged and transported to Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh where again they are unpacked and re-assembled once again. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE PRINT
As India prepares to receive 10 ASEAN leaders for the Republic Day celebrations, an intelligence alert that the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, is on the radar of the Islamic State is giving security agencies sleepless nights.
According to sources, Duterte’s agenda to militarily wipe out Islamist extremism from the state of Mindanao—along with killing Isnilon Hapilon, leader of Abu Sayyaf and emir of the IS in Southeast Asia in the city of Marawi—has provoked the group to mobilise sleeper cells based in Indonesia, which are now planning a strike. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Telegraph
A picture may be worth a thousand words but need not always tell the full story. A set of photographs featuring a group of distinguished-looking ladies and gentlemen has become the latest source of a ferocious debate on the relations between India and Bangladesh.
One picture shows former Indian President Mukherjee with several renowned Bangladeshis and the Indian high commissioner in Dhaka. The catch: Mukherjee, who was in Dhaka on a personal visit, is seated in a chair while the others are standing behind him. Continue reading
SOURCE: SUNDAY GAURDIAN LIVE
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), has picked up evidence in Punjab that indicates that Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), is highly active to link pro-Khalistani groups in Punjab and abroad with J&K terrorists “to make it a two-state terror theatre”.
With the help of Punjab police, the NIA has reached the conclusion that the ISI once again wants to revive militancy in the state. The NIA is in the process of approaching the Interpol to corroborate the evidence that the ISI is involved in the targeted killings of Hindu leaders in Punjab during the past two years. The Moga police recently interrogated some Sikh hardliners and gangsters and learnt that huge funds were being routed from Pakistan to radicals in Canada, US, UK, Italy, France, Germany, the UAE and some other countries, and from there diverted to India through hawala channels. Continue reading
The Naga Hoho, an apex Naga tribal body, on Sunday objected to the holding of elections in Nagaland next month before the insurgency issue in the state was resolved and indicated that it may ask political parties to boycott the polls.
A delegation of the Naga Hoho, which has been camping in the national capital for the last few days, met several central leaders, including home minister Rajnath Singh and voiced their opposition to the polls before a peace pact between the Centre and the Naga rebel group NSCN-IM. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE WEEK
One year after the mercurial and unpredictable Donald Trump assumed office as the 45th President of the USA (POTUS) and his many outbursts and acerbic comments about the big powers (China, Russia, EU) and global leaders over the last 12 months, the one major bi-lateral that has been relatively stable and rancor-free is that of the US with India.
At a personal level, the US President has a productive working relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and while their friendship is yet to reach the ‘my friend Donald’ level – it is evident that the nature of their cordial engagement has worked largely in India’s favor. Continue reading
SOURCE: Asian Tribune
Of late Kathmandu is abuzz rife with reports that the Eminent Persons Group, EPG, has agreed to review the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship between India and Nepal. It has representatives from both countries. Set up in January 2016, the EPG term ends this July; its mandate is a review of the whole gamut of bilateral relations, including the 1950 Treaty. The group held its sixth meeting in New Delhi on the 13th of this month; they are likely submitting their recommendations after holding their seventh meeting in Kathmandu next month.
The hue and cry against the 1950 Treaty in Nepal is nearly three decades old, Communists and Maoists have exploited it from time to time to arouse public sentiment against India; they have even won elections on anti-Treaty rhetoric. Continue reading
SOURCE: FIRST POST
When it comes to foreign policy, India does not rely on a zero-sum game strategy. We trade arms with the Russians and sign defense agreements with the Americans. In 2016, we were officially recognized as a Major Defense Partner of the United States; less than a year later, we negotiated a $10 billion weapons deal with Russia.
We also buy oil from both Iran and Saudi Arabia. In fact, Saudi Arabia is our second largest supplier of crude oil and Iran our third: Behind Iraq, who in 2017, surprisingly jumped to first place. Continue reading
The Chhatttigarh’s Bastar police, which is already fighting the Naxal menace, has now taken up the task of also providing information about the tourist destinations in the region to visitors.
The aim is to create a positive perception about Bastar in the country and across the globe.As a part of the ‘tourism policing’ concept, the security personnel will provide the required information and other assistance to the tourists via the help desks to be set at the tourist places. But, the policemen will not act as tourist guides, a senior official said. Continue reading
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday appealed to India and Pakistan to make Jammu and Kashmir a “bridge of friendship” between them and not let it become a battleground.”Our borders are witnessing, god forbid, a bloodbath. Our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) often talks of development but at the same time something opposite is happening in our state. Our schools are shut and children are trapped inside their homes,” the chief minister said.
“I appeal to our prime minister and our neighbour Pakistan to make J&K a bridge of friendship between the two countries and not let it become a battleground,” Mehbooba said. Continue reading
SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Indian-American Vivek Lall who joined Lockheed Martin as vice- president of strategy and business development recently in his interview with Press Trust of India (PTI) made contrary statements on Lockheed Martin’s proposal for sale of F-16 while bringing in a push for sale of F-35 to India leading to high level of confusion.
Lall said Lockheed is keen on offering Customised F-35 to India, while his later part of Interview he was clearly talking about F-16 proposal to manufacture 114 with Tata Group in India to meet Indian Air Force’s Single Engine Fighter (SEF) Tender. Continue reading
SOURCE: Lt Gen (Retd) DS Hooda | NEWS18
Just before daybreak of September 18, 2016, four terrorists cut the wire fencing of Uri garrisonand attempted to sneak into the camp. Seeing a sentry post ahead of them, they retreated. About 200 meters away, they found a relatively safe spot and cutting the fence again, gained entry. As they moved into the garrison, they came across rows of neatly lined tents, with soldiers sleeping inside.
The soldiers were from a newly inducted battalion which was on its way to replace a unit that had completed its field tenure. The new unit was to spend a few days at Uri to drop off its heavy stores before moving on foot to its high altitude posts, some above 13,000 feet. Continue reading
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has initiated the process of procuring automatic chemical agent detector and alarm (ACADA) system for detecting, monitoring and identifying chemical agents in battlefields.
Last week, the army chief had expressed concerns over the increasing threats from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons and said that the same was becoming a reality.A senior army officer told TOI over the phone from New Delhi.
“The ACADA is capable of providing an audio and visual alarm in an event of a chemical strike before the contamination reaches the troops. This will provide the troops with the opportunity to wear protective equipment and maintain operational effectiveness in a highly volatile contaminated environment. Such equipment were used effectively by the US troops while fighting against ISIS in the recent past.” Continue reading
In view of information that terrorist outfits are under pressure from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and their terror affiliates to carry out attacks during Republic Day events, the intelligence agencies have alerted the states to remain vigilant until the celebration of Republic Day.
Intelligence sources said that the ISI and terrorist outfits based in Pakistan had warned sleeper cells to carry out some spectacular action during the Republic Day, else their funding would be stopped. The inputs were gathered by the agencies after decoding chatter picked up recently. Continue reading