SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
As the BJP and the Congress lock horns over the AgustaWestland chopper deal, theNarendra Modi government has decided to up the ante by initiating investigation into all the defence deals finalised by the previous UPA government, including the high-profile Rafale jets.
Sources in the Defence Ministry have told India Today that a probe has been ordered into the previous acquisition of Pilatus Aircraft and MMRCA deal (Rafale jet deal) finalised during the Congress-led UPA-2 regime. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE BULLETIN
The armies of Pakistan and India are practicing for nuclear war on the battlefield: Pakistan is rehearsing the use of nuclear weapons, while India trains to fight on despite such use and subsequently escalate. What were once mere ideas and scenarios dreamed up by hawkish military planners and nuclear strategists have become starkly visible capabilities and commitments. When the time comes, policy makers and people on both sides will expect—and perhaps demand—that the Bomb be used.
Pakistan has long been explicit about its plans to use nuclear weapons to counter Indian conventional forces. Pakistan has developed “a variety of short range, low yield nuclear weapons,” claimed retired General Khalid Kidwai in March 2015. Kidwai is the founder—and from 2000 until 2014 ran—Pakistan’s Strategic Plans Division, which is responsible for managing the country’s nuclear weapons production complex and arsenal. These weapons, Kidwai said, have closed the “space for conventional war.” Echoing this message, Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry declared in October 2015 that his country might use these tactical nuclear weapons in a conflict with India. There already have been four wars between the two countries—in 1947, 1965, 1971, and 1999—as well as many war scares. Continue reading
SOURCE : ECONOMIC TIMES
Depiction of a wrong map of India or showing Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) or Arunachal Pradesh as not a part of India on any online platform or physical documents could mean a stiff jail term of seven years along with an heavy fine of up to Rs One Crore, says a new law being proposed by the Narendra Modi government.
The Centre is planning to soon bring the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill by which such tough provisions will be brought and any person or institution acquiring and disseminating any geospatial imagery or data of any part of India through space or aerial platforms will have to first seek permission and license from a government authority. This could mean that online platforms like Google will have to apply for a license to run Google Maps or Google Earth in India. The government authority will run “sensitivity checks” on the imagery to protect India’s security and sovereignty. Continue reading
SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES
Sajid, the alleged kingpin of the group picked up for alleged Jaish links, learned to make bombs on YouTube, the police said.
The police had picked up 12 youth, who are believed to be heavily influenced by the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, in raids at UP and Delhi. Three of them who were arrested from Delhi — Sajid, Sameer and Shakir — were indoctrinated by Jaish videos and wanted to fight for the terror group, the police claimed on Wednesday. Continue reading
Source : ECONOMIC TIMES
If fate hadn’t taken a crucial turn in his life, Sajid, the main suspect in the aborted Jaish-e-Mohammed terror strike on Hindon airbase, would probably have made a living as a dancer. He remembered how as a 20-something some years ago, he had auditioned for a dance reality show and, expecting to get selected, had been practising his moves in a park when a maulana confronted him.
The religious teacher stopped the music and castigated the young man for wasting his life. “He scolded me that this life of music and dance would only land me in Dojakh (hell),” Sajid told his interrogators after his arrest on Tuesday night. “I seemed to have the junoon (passion) to make it big, he told me, but asked me to discover my life’s real purpose that would take me to Jannat (paradise).” Continue reading
SOURCE: EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE
As part of its policy to relieve the army from civilian and internal policing duties, the Maithripala Sirisena government in Sri Lanka has taken the army off VVIP security duties and has given the task entirely to the police, especially the police commandos designated as the Special Task Force (STF).
But the decision to replace the army ran into a political storm when, recently, the government withdrew the last 50 of the 102 army personnel who were guarding former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Continue reading
To increase investment in nuclear power generation, the government is preparing a comprehensive plan spanning over the next 15-20 years with a proposed budgetary allocation of Rs 3,000 crore per annum, Lok Sabha was informed today.
A recent amendment to the Atomic Energy Act 1962 has created a provision enabling Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) to seek equity participation from other central PSUs for atomic power projects and this will help in infusing additional capital, Minister of State for the Department of Atomic Energy, Jitendra Singh, said in a written reply in Lok Sabha. Continue reading
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) of Department of Space, Government of India has signed MoU/ Cooperative agreements for exploration and use of outer space with 37 countries viz. Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Norway, Peru, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and Venezuela. Continue reading
Stinger missiles will soon add firepower to India’s combat helicopters with the Defence Ministry signing an agreement with the US Department of Defence to acquire 245 Stinger air-to-air missiles made by Raytheon, an American defence contractor and missile maker.
The Indian military will receive the Stingers as part of a $3.1 billion FMS (foreign military sales) agreement inked last month. The deal includes combat helicopters, weapons, radars and electronic warfare suites. Continue reading
SOURCE: ZEE MEDIA
The Exercise Red Flag ‘battle’ has begun in the Joint Pacific Range Complex over Alaska. Some of Indian Air Force’s best fighter pilots are squaring off with pilots from the US Air Force and other top guns from Japan, South Korea and Germany to test their capabilities in a dynamic warfare environment.
SOURCE: INDIA REPORT
The Indian Navy will de-induct its Sea Harrier fighter and induct a new squadron of MiG 29K planes at a formal ceremony at its naval station in Goa on May 11.
Britain-manufactured Sea Harriers, which have been the mainstay of the Indian Navy’s aerial arm since their induction in 1983 and were stationed aboard the INS Vikrant, will now be replaced by the Russian MiG 29Ks, which are all-weather carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has described his country’s relations with China as “sweeter than the sweetest honey”, Pakistan’s ambassador to China has gushingly described the Sino-Pakistan relationship as “deeper than the ocean, higher than the mountains and stronger than steel”.
In the meantime, we are learning more about the real implications of this relationship, which is based on “strategic containment” of India. The China-Pakistan relationship has no parallel anywhere in the world, as nowhere has any country transferred nuclear weapons designs, nuclear enrichment and reprocessing capabilities, ballistic missile designs and manufacturing facilities, the way China has done to Pakistan. Continue reading
SOURCE: Tribune News Service
The Indian Air Force (IAF) will revive 24 British-era airfields, which have fallen into disuse, to build secured locations for planes and missile batteries.Most of these airfields are in the eastern and north-eastern regions of the country from where a part of the allied forces (the UK and the US) attacked the rampaging Imperial Japanese Army in Burma during the World War-II.
The 24 airfields will have proper fencing and be given station names with teams being posted there to man the area. The IAF plans to use these as emergency landing grounds in case of a war and disperse its assets such as planes, missile batteries etc to protect these from enemy fire.Sources said the IAF ordered a survey to identify airfields that could be used in future. Continue reading
A U.S. official’s remark that Washington regards Arunachal Pradesh as part of India has spurred China to ask U.S. for a verification and clarification on it, reported Press Trust of India. The Chinese foreign ministry in a written response said “intervention of any third party” in the Sino-Indian border dispute will “only complicate the issue.”
On April 28, U.S. Consul General in Kolkata Craig L Hall told Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul that the US government is absolutely clear that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India.
Astra Microwave Products Ltd, a maker of subsystems used in the defence and telecommunication sectors, is expecting a pair of joint ventures to take off in the next financial year, which will help it earn an additionalRs.1,800 crore in revenue over five years.
One of the ventures is with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd for joint production and supply of tactical radio communication, electronic warfare and signal intelligence systems. This venture is awaiting clearance by the ministry of defence. Continue reading