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India’s mainstream naval fighter jet plane MiG-29K faces operational deficiencies due to defects in engines, airframe and fly-by-wire system leading to very low availability, top government auditor has said even as it slammed the delay in construction of the indigenous aircraft carrier.

 The aircraft were being technically accepted despite having discrepancies/anomalies, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India said in its report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.”The MiG-29K, which is a carrier-borne multi-role aircraft and the mainstay of integral fleet air defence, is riddled with problems relating to airframe, RD MK-33 engine and fly-by-wire system,” it said.

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India was minutes away from bombing Pakistan on June 13, 1999 during the Kargil War. The Indian Air Force had deployed 16 jet fighters, mostly MiGs, for carrying out attacks deep into enemy territory. Although the final clearance to cross the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir was never given by the political leadership, the IAF was able to inflict considerable damage on Pakistani forces while operating within the confines of its own airspace.

The IAF’s employment of airpower against Pakistan Army positions at Himalayan heights of 18,000 ft – unprecedented in the history of aerial warfare – achieved three key objectives: it ensured an early Indian victory, demoralised the Pakistani military and showed the limitations of nuclear deterrence. Continue reading


World’s largest seaplane was recently unveiled by Chinese state-owned company Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) which many Strategic experts predict could be game changer for Chinese military in South China sea even though Chinese media as dubbed it has Search and Rescue plane and can also be used as fire-fighting freighter plane to fight forest fires.

AG600 is about the size of a Boeing 737 and can be easily converted to a maritime platform for Chinese military and be used as anti-submarine warfare (ASW) or as an Electronic intelligence (ELINT) aircraft to spy on Warships moving around South China sea or in IOR region . Continue reading


The relations between China and India, the two countries with the largest population in the world, are worsening rapidly. Unless the situation changes dramatically, the two countries could even go through armed conflict against each other. It would be no strange thing if this really happens, because they really went through armed conflict due to Sino-Indian border dispute in the early 1960s.

According to July 25th report of Global Times under the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, such atmosphere can be seen from the fact that the Indian government recently has expelled three journalists of the Chinese official news agency, Xinhua. Considering the role of Xinhua as the official residence for Chinese in countries without Chinese embassy, such situation is quite extraordinary. Besides, this is the first time for New Delhi to expel Chinese journalists that could kick off a diplomatic row between China and India.

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A week before the Union Budget for this year was to be presented in February, defence minister Manohar Parrikar chaired a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council to review all the defence procurement projects. Since the NDA government came to power, the DAC’s review found, it had approved proposals for defence procurement worth Rs 1,50,000 crore. Proposals for another Rs 1,50,000 crore were in the final stages of approval, which would be completed in the next 4-5 months. Ministry estimates suggest that approvals of more than Rs 2,00,000 crore have been given so far. Continue reading


The Indian Government’s move not to renew the visa applications of three Chinese journalists maybe the first instance of New Delhi acting punitively against any country let alone China, which not surprisingly has a history of expelling journalists from other countries on the smallest of pretext.

The Indian Government took the decision of not extending the visas of the three Xinhua News Agency journalists over an alleged suspicion that the latter had impersonated other people to access several restricted departments in Delhi and Mumbai and had also allegedly met with exiled Tibetan activists in violation of existing prohibitive protocol. Continue reading


India today asked its diplomats and other officials posted in its High Commission in Islamabad to withdraw their children from schools there from the current academic session.

Reacting quickly to India’s move, Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in Islamabad said, “This is an informal, internal, administrative arrangement we were informed of two months back. No other considerations were communicated to us.”  Continue reading


The long ignored suffering of the Kashmiri people carries with it the world’s greatest risk of full-scale nuclear war between two long-standing adversaries.

Tensions have re-emerged in the disputed territory of Kashmir, a Muslim-dominated region a part of which has long been controlled by India and whose population longs to be reunited with their brethren in Pakistan, exacerbating longstanding tensions between the two nuclear powers, Russian news agency Sputnik in a report said Sunday. Continue reading


Are Emergency Locator Transmitters, which are key to locating any plane in the event of a disaster, really functional in India’s military aircraft?Perhaps not, if one were to go by the IAF’s currently missing AN-32 or the Coast Guard’s Dornier that crashed last year. In both cases, there were no distress signals.

ELTs are designed to transmit a distress signal on 121.5, 243.0-megahertz frequencies so as to seek help when the plane goes down into the sea. The signals are picked up by satellites. By triangulating the location from where the beeping happened, experts can get a fair idea of where the bird went down. Unfortunately, both the AN-32 and the Dornier failed to send the beeps. Continue reading

SOURCE: M Venkaiah Naidu / TNN BLOG

In the wake of the recent killing of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani by brave security forces in an encounter, bizarre and strange arguments have entered public discourse with some intellectuals, as also a section of media sympathising with the terrorist and pillorying the government and security forces.

What is happening in Kashmir is not something that developed overnight which the NDA government has had to handle. Kashmir has a historical context. As my colleague M J Akbar pointed out in the Lok Sabha the other day, even before the blood copiously shed by the havoc of Partition had gone dry Pakistan – driven by the ideology of the two-nation theory – tried to wrest Kashmir from India. Continue reading


Pakistan was on Monday urged by a leading newspaper not to sour its already precarious relationship with India by making controversial statements on Kashmir.”As far as Pakistan is concerned, politicking of the current circumstances (in Jammu and Kashmir) by its mainstream politicians will only undermine its own stance,” the Daily Times said in an editorial.

 It said that raising slogans that sour Pakistan’s already precarious relationship with its neighbour (India) is not a solution that could work in either short or long run”.

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India and China are neighbours who embrace when they meet but roll their eyes when talking about the other to third parties. The Narendra Modi government’s policy works at two levels: Quietly critical of China at the geopolitical level but constructive on the bilateral agenda.

Prime Minister Modi is known to privately say he has a good working relationship with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. One consequence has been a 15% slide in border incidents. New Delhi has also relaxed barriers to Chinese investors. Cumulative Chinese FDI to India has more than doubled to over $2 billion since Modi came to office. Continue reading


The resignation of Nepal’s prime minister marks another gain for India and setback for China in South Asia. Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli stepped down on Sunday ahead of a no-confidence vote in the country’s parliament, ending a nine-month reign in which increasing tensions with India prompted him to boost ties with China. His likely successor, who will be Nepal’s ninth prime minister in a decade, is seen leaning more toward India.

“It’s certainly a new opening, the end of a chapter that didn’t go too well for India,” said Ashok Malik, a distinguished fellow at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation. Continue reading


The Chinese government on Monday maintained a studied silence on the unprecedented expulsion of three of its journalists from India, despite considerable debate on the issue on social media.The three journalists — Wu Qiang, Tang Lu and She Yonggang — were ordered to leave India by July 31. Officials said the three were involved in activities beyond their journalistic brief.

Nationalistic tabloid The Global Times’ editorials, calling India’s decision a “petty” one and warning of retaliation, were shared numerous times across Weibo platforms.  Continue reading


A Congress member on Monday raised in Lok Sabha the issue of reported “war” rants by Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed an “interference” by China in the Kashmir affairs and demanded a response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Hum Parliament mei baithe hue hain, aur (JuD chief) Hafiz bhai aur (Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz) Sharif bhai, bhai-bhai ban kar jung karne ki dhamki de rehe hai, aurNarendra bhai chuppi sadhe hua hai (We are sitting in Parliament, and Hafiz and Sharif are displaying brotherhood and threatening a war and Narendra Modi is silent),” Chowdhury said. Continue reading

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