SOURCE: Himansu Swain/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Pakistan’s war phobia symptoms & Chinese growing Monopoly & assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region by defying international rules & regulations has urged India to change its strategy to deal with any small kind of conflicts or war if happens in future.
The eastern neighbour’s ‘bleed India with thousands cut policy ‘was first started in Punjab (1984) but failed to gain its ground & transformed its virus to Kashmir which has been bleeding for the last 4 decades. Starting from giving birth to exporting terror, Pakistan attempting all her efforts to hamper its neighbour interest which inciting exertion across the border. Continue reading
SOURCE: Anantha Krishnan M / Mathrubhumi
The new address for testing India’s future manned and unmanned platforms will be: ATR, Co/DRDO, Voru Kaval village, Challakere taluka, Chitradurga District, Karnataka. From now on, fighter jets and unmanned platforms will jettison over the Challakere skies, undertaking missions to boost India’s military preparedness.
Around 250-plus km from Bengaluru, the Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) inaugurated today, will be soon home for many ongoing and future aeronautical projects of DRDO. Continue reading
The Indian Army may be currently busy with the volatile situation along the 778-km Line of Control with Pakistan, but it is slowly and steadily also building requisite deterrence along the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control with China.
The 1.3-million strong Army has now kicked off the process to raise the second division of the new mountain strike corps for the “northern borders” with China despite an ongoing fund crunch, while it is also planning a high-altitude warfare exercise in Ladakh later this year. Continue reading
The Commerce and Industry Ministry can now grant licences to companies for manufacturing tanks, fighter jets, warships and other defence equipment, the Home Ministry has said in a gazette notification. The Home Ministry said the secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion or DIPP can now issue licences for manufacturing defence hardware.
However, the licences will be issued to manufacturers by the DIPP under the Home Ministry’s “supervision and control”, the notification said. The decision has been taken to boost the Make in India programme by inviting the private sector in defence equipment manufacturing, an official with knowledge of the matter said. Continue reading
With an iron resolve to enhance efficiency of defence production and to increase private participation, the ministry of defence has been cracking its whip on the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) in the past few months. It intensified after an intervention by the Prime Minister’s Office brought 41 factories under its scanner in February.
According to an internal letter dated May 25, secretary (defence production) AK Gupta will, on June 2, hold discussions on whether the “time has come for ordnance factories to exit from making ‘non-core’ items”. The letter comes on the heels of ministry circular on April 27, which directed ordnance units making 87 items to either wind up or make alternative use of the facilities. Continue reading
Defence minister Arun Jaitely on Sunday said the country’s defence preparedness needs to be at the optimal level in view of the security threat posed by the neighbour.
Referring to the frequent security breaches by Pakistan and its sponsored terrorists along the border, he said, “Due to India’s geographical location, our country cannot be free from trouble. We have a neighbour who has posed a security threat for the past seven decades.” Continue reading
SOURCE: Zee Media Bureau
Amidst the unrest in Valley, a five-member civil society group led by Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Thursday met hardline Hurriyat Conference’s leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
The group, which also included Air Vice Marshal (retired) Kapil Kak, OP Shah, journalist Vinod Sharma, Khalid Tufail, met the octogenarian hardline separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani, at his uptown Hyderpora residence in Srinagar last afternoon. Continue reading
Giving further push to the Make-in-India initiative and to bring in private players to the defence sector, the government has equipped the commerce ministry with the power to grant licences to companies to manufacture defence equipment.
With this, private-sector players can apply to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under the commerce ministry to get licences for manufacturing defence items.
Earlier, the home ministry used to issue such licences. Continue reading
Nuclear tests conducted by Pakistan in 1998 created balance of power in South Asia and gave a strong message to the “enemies” that aggressors would meet an exemplary fate, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Sunday.
Sharif, in his message to commemorate the historic nuclear tests, said that the day was an unforgettable day for Pakistan.”Pakistan’s nuclear programme created balance of power in South Asia, just becoming a symbol of peace as the smaller states in the region also heaved a sigh of relief,” he said. Continue reading
Army Chief Bipin Rawat came out in strong defence of Major Leetul Gogoi, the young officer accused of using a Kashmiri man as human shield against stone throwers, on Sunday. In an interview to news agency PTI, Rawat said the main objective of awarding Major Gogoi was to boost the morale of young officers serving in a ‘very difficult’ environment in Kashmir.
“People are throwing stones at us, people are throwing petrol bombs at us. If my men ask me what do we do, should I say, just wait and die? I will come with a nice coffin with a national flag and I will send your bodies home with honour. Is it what I am supposed to tell them as chief? I have to maintain the morale of my troops who are operating there,” he said. Continue reading
Most parts of the Valley wore a deserted look Sunday as authorities imposed restrictions while a large crowd turned up in Tral in south Kashmir for the funeral of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat, killed in a gunbattle Saturday. It is here in south Kashmir where the seeds of the new local crop of militancy that has been spreading across the Valley lie scattered across a cluster of villages. J&K Police records reveal that among the 282 militants active in the Valley, 112 are from south Kashmir. And 99 of these 112 militants here are “local”.
Local estimates say there are at least 20 more in the “local” count, with some yet to declare their affiliation and new recruitment reported almost every week. Continue reading
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday asserted that the BJP-led NDA government has found a “permanent solution” to the vexed Kashmir issue but there would be no compromise on the territorial integrity of India. The Minister also ruled out inviting separatist groups for talks on Kashmir and said whoever wanted to talk “development and peace” was welcome.
“We have come up with a permanent solution to solve Kashmir. The initiative has begun. We are moving forward,” Rajnath Singh said. He was replying to a question from IANS while talking to a group of journalists on the sidelines of a BJP function to highlight achievements of the three years of the NDA government. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Her only crime, as they say, was falling in love.
Uzma Ahmad met Tahir Ali, a Pakistani citizen, in Malaysia. She travelled to his home in the neighbouring country on May 1, only to find that Ali had four children from a previous marriage. What followed was a wedding at gunpoint, sexual assaults, and a subsequent escape to the Indian high commission. Continue reading
A day after the killing of Sabzar Bhat, Hizbul Mujahideen identified Riyaz Naikoo, at 29 the oldest surviving militant of the outfit, as its new commander in Kashmir, sources said on Sunday.
Tech-savvy Naikoo is considered a moderate among the hardline Hizbul militants, and speaks contrary to the deposed Hizb commander Zakir Musa. He favours a secular society in the valley.A few months ago, Naikoo had invited Kashmiri Pandits to return to the valley. In an 11-minute video address, Naikoo, alias Zubair, had said, “We will welcome them (Kashmiri Pandits) warmly and there is always place for them in our hearts. They are part of our nation. We are their protectors and not their enemies.” Continue reading
SOURCE: DH News Service
As the Narendra Modi government completes three year in office, its supporters are busy parading its achievements, while its opponents are waving the list of its failures. One aspect of its style of governance that is conspicuously missing in both the narratives is that during its 36 months in power, the government has had a full-time defence minister for only 27 months.
There was none since the government assumed office till November 9, 2014 when Manohar Parrikar was shifted from Goa’s chief ministership to take charge of the defence portfolio. There has been none again since he was shunted back to Goa to look after his old job because of unexplained ‘political compulsions.’ Continue reading