SOURCE: SP Guide Publications

The delivery of the “game-changing” S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems by Russia to India will be delayed by at least two years. The original timeline stipulated at the time of the signing of the 40,000 Crore ($5.43 Billion) contract on October 5, 2018 required the delivery of five S-400 systems to India between October 2020 and April 2023.

But Russia on February 17 conveyed that the revised deadline would delay delivery to 2025. “We are about to cross USD 16 Bn amount of deals. Both sides are committed to their timely and successful implementation, including supply of the S-400 best in the world air defence systems by 2025,” the Russian Embassy in New Delhi declared in a statement. Continue reading


French aircraft manufacturer Dassault and state-owned HAL are in talks for possible cooperation in producing Rafale fighter jets in India for additional anticipated orders under a ‘staggered procurement’ plan. Sources have told ET that a few rounds of discussions have taken place between the companies on possible work share for additional orders of the cutting edge combat jet, though there is no going back to earlier discussions that broke down in 2012 over differences in localisation and pricing.

The two aviation companies are old partners, having worked most recently on the $2.1 billion deal to upgrade the Indian Air Force’s Mirage 2000 fleet. If additional orders are placed for Rafale — Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat hinted recently that 36 more fighter jets could be ordered within four years — a work share model could be worked out to manufacture parts for the fighter jet at HAL facilities. Continue reading


The 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks convict Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab would have died as Bengaluru resident Samir Dinesh Chaudhari with a ‘red thread tied around his wrist’ had militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) succeeded in their plan, reveals former Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria.

In his book titled ‘Let Me Say It Now’, Maria indicates that the militant group wanted to project the attack as a case of “Hindu terrorism”. “There would have been screaming headlines on newspapers claiming how Hindu terrorists had attacked Mumbai. Over the top TV journalists would have made a beeline for Bengaluru to interview his family and neighbours. But alas, it had not worked that way and here he was, Ajmal Amir Kasab of Faridkot in Pakistan,” Maria says. Continue reading


Finance and policy issues remain unaddressed by the government’, said Larsen and Toubro (L&T) group chairman AM Naik. In an exclusive conversation with CNBC-TV18’s Latha Venkatesh, he said that the private sector are not given many defence orders.

“This is the biggest contract we got for 100 field guns. This is a current version of field guns. There are four types of guns, one they have cancelled because it did not succeed. So the government said that they will add those 180 guns which were cancelled to this 100 when you come and deliver 50. Now we are ahead of schedule,” he said. Continue reading


Any terror attack in the Kashmir region can increase the risk of escalation, including a military confrontation between India and Pakistan, as well as the risk of a strong Indian response, according to the annual report of the Munich Security Conference. The report, released during the conference that concluded in Munich on Sunday, listed the Kashmir issue among the 10 conflicts to watch out for this year. Tension between India and Pakistan had brought the crisis over Kashmir “back into sharp focus,” it added.

The report, however, glossed over Islamabad’s use of terror as an instrument of state policy and the role played by Pakistan-based terror groups in targeting India. It merely noted that as the US prepares to reduce its troops in Afghanistan, Pakistan, “which has long played an ambivalent role in Western counterterrorism efforts, would become the main lynchpin for efforts to prevent transnational terrorist groups from regaining strength”. Continue reading


Indian counterterror agencies have confirmed information that Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of the proscribed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), and the man on top of India’s “most wanted” list, is living under the highest security in a virtually bomb-proof house behind the terror group’s Bahawalpur headquarters at Markaz-e-Usman-o-Ali, Railway Link Road, in Pakistan, intelligence officials familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.

According to a dossier submitted by India to Pakistan after the Jaish-organised Pulwama attack last February, one of the mobile numbers found during the investigations into the JeM’s 2016 attack on the Pathankot airbase was directly linked to the Bahawalpur terror factory. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Statesman

A day after the British Member of Parliament, Debbie Abrahams, was disallowed entry to India and deported from the IGI airport, government sources confirmed that the MP did not hold valid visa as it was revoked before days she came to India on account of her indulging in activities which went against “India’s national interest”.

“Abrahams was issued an e-Business Visa on October 7th last year which was valid till October 5, 2020. But her visa was revoked on February 14, on account of her indulging in activities which went against India’s national interest,” the sources said. “In any case, previously issued e-Business visa meant for business meetings can’t be used for visiting family and friends, as claimed by her,” NDTV was quoted sources as saying. Continue reading


Terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has released a video calling for “revenge” ahead of US President Donald Trump’s much-anticipated India visit. The video threatens the Indian government and says “the killers would not be forgiven”. “The way you harassed the Muslims and destroyed their settlements will be avenged… We have heard a lot of lullabies on peace… now every excuse has gone… it’s time to see things ‘unrestrained’,” the person on the video says.

Sources say the video and its contents are Pakistan’s attempt to show during Trump’s tour that “Kashmiris are angry after the removal of Section 370 and they are carrying out terrorist attacks”. Continue reading


Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday urged the UN to fulfil its commitments with the people of Kashmir and help them achieve right of self-determination as he met chief of the global body Antonio Guterres here. During his meeting with the UN Secretary-General, Prime Minister Khan highlighted the “dire human rights and humanitarian situation” in Jammu and Kashmir following India’s August 5 decision to end the special status of the region.

“The Prime Minister underscored that the Kashmiri people continued to look to the United Nations to honour its commitments for the realisation of their right to self-determination, as enshrined in numerous UN Security Council resolutions,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. Continue reading


A Maoist was gunned down during a gun battle between the left-wing extremists and an elite anti-Maoist wing of Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli Police in a jungle bordering Abujhmad region of Chhattisgarh on Monday morning. According to reports reaching the divisional headquarters in Nagpur, troopers of C-60 cordoned off the area of Podewada jungle where the Maoists were holding a meeting under the leadership of politburo member M Venugopal Rao alias Bhupathi.

When the Maoists realised they were trapped, they challenged the security personnel by opening fire. The C-60 personnel immediately retaliated and a gun-battle ensued. The encounter between the militants and the security forces continued for at least one hour. Continue reading


Ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to India next week, preparations are underway in Agra where the administration is beautifying the entire route from Kheria Airport to Taj Mahal.”It has been decided that the US President will be visiting Agra on February 24. So, we are clearing and beautifying the entire route from Kheria Airport to Taj Mahal,” said Arun Kumar, City Magistrate.

Mr Trump will pay a two-day state visit to India from February 24 at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Mr Trump is expected to attend an event at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on the lines of the ”Howdy Modi” function that was addressed by the US President and Modi in Houston in September last year. Continue reading


External affairs minister S Jaishankar, who is in Brussels to bolster relations with the European Union, on Monday defended the Centre’s decisions to amend the citizenship law and abrogate the special status for Jammu and Kashmir. The minister is the guest of honour for EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels. EU president Ursula von der Leyen’s new Commission wants to give Brussels a more “geopolitical role” and as part of that hopes to host a March summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“India and the European Union share a lot of things,” said Europe’s high representative for foreign policy Josep Borrell, citing climate change, the digital revolution and rise of China as shared challenges. Continue reading


The FATF on Monday said several terrorist groups continue to benefit from funds raised through illegal activities and from supporters worldwide despite the international terror financing watchdog tightening the standards on flow of money. India has maintained that Pakistan extends regular support to terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Hizbul Mujahideen, whose prime target is India, and has urged FATF to take action against Islamabad.

The week-long Financial Action Task Force plenary, currently on in Paris, will decide Pakistan’s fate — whether it will continue in the FATF’s ”Grey List”, or will be put in the ”Black List” or escape from listing. Without naming Pakistan, the FATF said in a statement that terrorists use various methods to gain financing, including using social media to identify new followers and to solicit financial or other forms of material support. Continue reading


VEM Technologies at recently concluded DefExpo 2020 showcased its AsiBal third-generation fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile which company calls its a True Man-portable as explained to reporter at DefExpo 2020, AsiBal is a modern man-portable anti-tank guided weapon with a tandem HEAT warhead allows the system to be used against combat vehicles with ERA which is lightweight system easy to use by a single person.

AsiBal ATGM with combination of launch unit (6kg) and missile (12.5kg) weighs only 18.5 kg is lighter then DRDO and VEM developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) and is True Man-portable since unlike MPATGM it doesn’t require Tripod and Firing post which makes it two-man operation since total combined weight of MPATGM comes out to be 23-24 Kg. Continue reading


US Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that the Security Council resolutions on Kashmir have to implemented, and although he did not make a reference to it, the main resolution requires Pakistan to withdraw from the areas it occupies.

Guterres, who is on a visit to Pakistan, said at a news conference in Islamabad on Sunday according to a transcript released here, that: “It is clear that we have taken a position about the need for Security Council resolutions to be implemented and for effective de-escalation and dialogue linked to that, with another very important condition, which is full respect for human rights and (fundamental) freedoms in Jammu and Kashmir.” Continue reading

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