SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
After Government of India begin contract negotiations for acquiring 56 Airbus C295 transport aircraft as a replacement for its ageing Avro HS-748 aircraft, Airbus is now trying to engage and close deal with Government of India to sell Six Airbus A330-200 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) worth $2 Billion by offering Air-Air-Refueling Kit for Indian C-295W order .
Indian Government last year backtracked and scrapped MRTT tender to allow Boeing to offer its cheaper KC-46A Pegasus Multi Role Tanker Transport alternative to India, Airbus sensing shift in Indian deal has now offered Air-Air-Refueling Kit (AAR) to India to enable C-295W to be used as low-cost Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) at attractive price . Continue reading
SOURCE: THE ASIAN AGE.
Despite knowing that a United States’ Navy spy plane — that had fallen into Chinese hands — was carrying secret information related to India’s military and security, the US may have sought to keep the information hidden from India, says a document, reportedly from the US government, marked “Top-Secret” and leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The US Navy spy plane, an EP-3E electronic surveillance aircraft operating over the South China Sea on a sensitive mission to monitor the signals and environment of the Peoples’ Republic of China targeting China’s South China Fleet’s tactical communications, radars and weapons systems, collided with a Chinese F-8-II fighter on April 1, 2001. Continue reading
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has told Indian agencies that the US could share with India “encrypted data” on the internet and social media platforms pertaining to terror suspects, organisations and other criminals through legal channels.
However, how much this would be of help to Indian investigators is difficult to say as decrypting the evidence — like chats between terrorists — will be a tough and time consuming exercise. Continue reading
The aspiring jihadists began leaving here quietly last May, slipping away in twos and threes to avoid suspicion.
By the time their relatives realized they were missing, five families — some with small children — had left their comfortable bungalows and jobs as doctors and businessmen to make the perilous journey to Islamic State-controlled territory in Afghanistan.
Authorities believe 19 adults and three children settled in Nangahar province, on the mountainous border with Pakistan. Their departure has raised alarms about the Islamic State’s reach in India as well as growing extremism in Kerala, a southern state with deep ties through migrant workers to the Persian Gulf. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
The just-concluded Army Commanders’ Conference has debated ways of optimum utilisation of personnel as the Service has a “highly pyramidal structure” and hence over “50% personnel are not promoted despite being highly competent”.
In a statement on Sunday, the Army said its core values had not changed, and rapid “societal changes and discernible impact of socio-economic aspirations on Army” had been a focus area of the conference. Various measures to enhance transparency and inclusiveness were deliberated.
SOURCE: EURASIA REVIEW
Reminiscent of British colonisation of India two centuries ago facilitated by some Indian princes connivance two centuries ago, China in 2017 has comprehensively colonised Pakistan with the connivance of Pakistan Army and Pakistani politicians.
India needs to take a special note of this trend as in 2017 wherein it is emerging that Pakistan’s own national interest would now slide into a sub-text and be subsumed into the all-enveloping Chinese strategic blueprint for South Asia. Pakistan would only be a Chinese colonial proxy for dealing with India. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Setting off widespread discontent among military personnel, the Centre on Friday moved the Supreme Court against the judgment of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), which grants Non-Functional Upgrade (NFU) to the armed forces.
The Special Leave Petition (SLP), filed by the Centre, came even as the military personnel are yet to receive their new salaries recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE ASIAN AGE.
In the backdrop of instances of Army jawans taking to social media by posting videos complaining of service conditions, the Army commanders’ meet that ended on Saturday stressed on the need “to evolve a more pragmatic HR plan” considering “rapid” societal changes.
At a six-day annual commanders’ conference, the top brass of the Army deliberated on a broad range of issues, including grievances relating to salary, promotions and anguish among some jawans over the sahayak system, and it was decided to address them while taking a more pragmatic approach. Continue reading
SOURCE: DECCAN CHRONICLE
The trust deficit between Pakistan’s security establishment, primarily the Army as well as the ISI, and the country’s political leadership can be gauged from the fact that the former kept the process of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s trial completely secret and flagged it to the government only once the process was nearing completion.
A Pakistani military court had recently sentenced Mr Jadhav to death, claiming that he was a spy for India’s Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and had carried out subversive activities in Karachi and Baluchistan. Continue reading
SOURCE: GEO TV
Former president, General (retired) Pervez Musharraf has said that Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is taking anti-Pakistan actions. “The Indian PM does not want to resolve problems between the two countries, although being a bigger economy, India would have to take the first step,” Musharraf said in an interview to an Indian television channel.
The former chief of army staff said that ‘anti-Muslim’ activity is on the rise in India. Continue reading
India should recognise Balochistan as a separate country if Pakistan went ahead with the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said today.
“Pakistan should be taught a lesson by recognising Balochistan if it executes Jadhav. Not only that, Pakistan should be divided into Balochistan, Pakhtunistan and Sindh to teach it a lesson for encouraging cross-border terrorism,” he said. Continue reading
In the hyper-sensitive terrain dominated by outlawed Maoists in south Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, some 450 km south of Raipur, a medical team accompanied by nearly 300 armed personnel and administrative officials on Friday conducted an autopsy of a tribal man who was killed by the rebels in April 2016.
Kicche Deva, a resident of Korrapar village was killed allegedly by the Maoists after there were speculations that he was a police informer. Deva’s family lodged an FIR against the ultras at Polampalli police station soon after the incident. Continue reading
Former Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, who was dismissed from the BSF over his viral video of poor food quality for jawans, is likely to appeal against his dismissal from service in a Delhi court today.
The Summary Security Force Court (SSFC) on April 19 dismissed the BSF soldier from service for posting a video regarding substandard food being served to the jawans.The SSFC conducted the proceedings against Yadav following charges under provision of the BSF Act and Rules: Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, will ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi if there is any way he can help in his country’s efforts to reunify the northern and southern parts of Cyprus, he told a group of visiting journalists on Friday.
This he will seek when he visits New Delhi from April 25, with four ministers and a strong business delegation. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
One of the three accused arrested for planting a pressure cooker bomb on a rail track at Ghorasan in Mothari district of Bihar did not have any role in planting explosives on a rail track in Kanpur last year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has concluded.
Over 140 people were killed following the derailment of the Indore-Patna Express near Kanpur on November 20, 2016. The role of Pakistan’s ISI has been suspected. While an initial probe suggested “fatigue of rail tracks” as the cause of the accident, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu shot off a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh alleging sabotage. Continue reading