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India and Israel are likely to test fire this month the long-range surface-to-air Barak 8 missile, jointly developed by the two countries, which can act as a potent shield against incoming missiles, aircraft and drones.

If the test to be done in Israel is successful, another would be conducted on board an Indian ship before September. This, according to defence sources, will pave the way for installation of Barak 8 missiles, an upgraded version of Barak systems both the countries use, on board Indian warships. Continue reading


Last Monday, Baljit Singh, a brave Punjab police officer dared three terrorists who had entered the police station in Gurdaspur to come out and face him man to man.

Within minutes, Mr Singh was dead. He took a bullet to the head.He was wearing neither a helmet nor an Indian Army innovation called the bulletproof patka, that gives Sikh men limited protection from gunfire. Continue reading


The three terrorists who stormed a police station in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district had used gloves with “Made in Pakistan” tags and a US-made night vision device that could have been procured from Afghanistan, investigators have said.

The panel of doctors from Gurdaspur civil hospital, which carried out the autopsy of the three Pakistani terrorists, stated in their report about “external appearance” that a “Made in Pakistan” label was found intact in the glove that one terrorist was wearing.
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India is still in two minds about participating in China’s World War II commemorative parade to be held next month. The anti-Japanese sentiment implicit in this Chinese remembrance has put New Delhi in a dilemma given its blossoming ties with Tokyo.

Beijing has been turning the spotlight on Japan’s wartime legacy, arguing that Tokyo never faced up to its actions as it occupied large parts of East and South-east Asia. The parade will certainly serve as a reminder of the millions of Chinese lives lost during Japanese occupation from 1937 to 1945. Japan’s worse war-time massacre took place in Nanking, then capital of short-lived Republic of China, where estimates of dead range from 50,000 to 300,000. Continue reading


India is already out of the picture in Afghanistan; so Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death is of no great significance to it. On Friday, the Taliban acknowledged his death and named Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as its new leader.

Ever since former Afghan president Hamid Karzai left office, India’s role has shrunk. Karzai’s relations with Pakistan was testy and he was keen that India plays a strategic role in Afghanistan. India was the first country with which the Karzai government clinched a strategic partnership agreement in 2011. New Delhi is not a stakeholder in the Afghan peace process; so the reclusive one-eyed Mullah being out of the scene will not affect India’s position in Afghanistan. It is unlikely that the new leader Mullah Mansoor’s attitude towards New Delhi will be any less hostile. Continue reading


There is hectic activity at Panagarh Air Force Station, a World War-II vintage air base located about 112kms from Kolkata.

The last time this air base saw action was 44 years ago during the 1971 Indo-Pak War when it was home to two squadrons of MIG-21 and Sukhoi-7 aircraft. On Tuesday, a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft of the Indian Air Force, from the Veiled Vipers squadron based at Hindon, will land at the resurfaced runway of Panagarh air force station. Continue reading


With the long-awaited swapping of enclaves between India and Bangladesh now complete, ensuring security so that these areas do not become a hub of anti-national activities seems to be the prime concern for security agencies.

“Security in those enclaves which are now part of India is of topmost priority to check illegal entrants from Bangladesh or JMB modules operating in Bengal…,” Pradip Bhattacharya, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on home affairs, told PTI.”I have already written to the Union home ministry that security in coordination with IB, BSF and state police should be strengthened so that anti-national elements can’t use this as an opportunity. I have serious apprehensions regrading this issue,” he said. Continue reading


As per a report prepared by, Indian Air Force (IAF) has asked the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to stop its efforts to produce the Intermediate Jet Trainers (IJT), which had its first flight in 2003 and was in conceptualised in 1997 and Contract awarded in 1999.

The inordinate delay of 15 years in the development and supply of a trainer aircraft and repeated time overrun has affected the Stage-II training of IAF pilots,which are still been shouldered on by ageing Kiran-Mk-2 aircrafts which are likely to retired by 2019 with no replacement aircraft in sight. Continue reading


Indian soldiers, who had gone on a mission to track militants responsible for the killing of 18 Dogra Regiment soldiers near the Manipur border last month, came back unhurt – except from leech attacks in the jungle, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday.

 “Some days back there was an operation on the border. 18 soldiers of the 6 Dogra Regiment were attacked by terrorists and were martyred. In the revenge (mission), not a single soldier was injured. But two to three came to me with complaints that they were attacked by leeches while travelling through the jungles,” he said at a all-Goa BJP workers meeting here,

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Whenever there is a major terror incident, there are lessons to be learnt. But do we learn them adequately? The answer, unfortunately,  is ‘no’. We are very good at theorising, but when it comes to implementing decisions, we fall woefully short.

It is common knowledge that had it not been for two outstanding police officers, KPS Gill and Julio Ribeiro, Punjab would still have been reeling under the onslaught of Khalistani terror aided and abetted by the tremendous mischief potential of the Pakistani army, of the notorious ISI and of foreign funding agencies which connived in perpetuating terrorist activities. Continue reading


The terrorist attack in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district by Pakistani gunmen on July 27 is a painful reminder of the ever-present danger on India’s vast western frontier. The audacity of the strike, which claimed seven Indian lives, should be a spur for domestic and foreign policy reforms by the Narendra Modi government.

Although the international border with Pakistan is settled (unlike the Line of Control that divides Jammu & Kashmir from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir), the loopholes along it present a prime vulnerability. In the portion which separates Indian Punjab from Pakistani Punjab alone, there are reported to be 200 “small to big gaps” for Pakistani infiltrators like the three Punjabi-speaking Fedayeen (Islamist guerillas) who sneaked into Gurdaspur. These chinks have to be plugged as well as the difficult riverine terrain would permit. Continue reading


Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend the inauguration of Afghanistan’s new Rs 710-crore Parliament building, financed and constructed by India.The parliament building—part of a $2 billion (Rs 12,800 crore) aid package—is symbolic of India’s support for strife-torn Afghanistan, as it struggles to transition into a stable democracy.

The construction of the parliament building, started in 2009 by India’s Central Public Works Department, has missed its deadline by three years. Continue reading


India’s armed forces, apart from their role of safeguarding the nation, provide a bright strand in the national fabric, which represents the ideals of integrity, discipline, secularism and professional excellence.

Since independence, they have embodied a proud pan-Indian martial tradition that promotes a sense of national unity and cohesion. In a region full of praetorian militaries, the Indian armed forces have remained scrupulously apolitical and a staunch pillar of democracy. Above all, they have come to the rescue when all other agencies have failed the Indian state. Continue reading


The terrorists who stormed Dinanagar police station on Monday would not have needed to even scale a boundary wall if they had wished to attack the Bamiyal police chowki. This police post, located just a kilometre from the International Border and nearest to the suspected infiltration point, functions out of arented two-room shop and has no boundary wall at all, making it a sitting duck for such attacks.

The post is located in an open field where a dozen Punjab police cops are posted with a couple of .303 rifles, without even a sentry post. Driving further down to Dinangar on the route that the terrorists may have taken as per their GPS coordinates, falls the Taragarh police station. Continue reading


Women are slowly managing to pierce the glass ceiling of getting permanent commission as officers in theIndian armed forces, even though combat roles still do not figure anywhere on the horizon for them. As per latest figures provided by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Parliament on Friday, the armed forces have granted permanent commission (PC) to 340 women officers till now.

The number is miniscule considering there are over 60,000 officers in the 1.3 million strong armed forces. But it does represent a hard-won victory for women, who for long have fought legal battles and entrenched mind-sets in the predominantly male environs of the Army, Navy and IAF ever since they began donning military uniforms in the early-1990s. Continue reading


Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the newly-appointed chief of the Afghan Taliban, may have played a key role in the 1999 hijacking of Indian Airlines flight IC-814, officials involved with the case have told The Sunday Express. Mansour, as the Taliban civil aviation minister, handled the hijacking along with its foreign minister, Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil, and Kandahar corps commander Akhtar Muhammad Usmani.

The new Taliban chief, Indian intelligence officials believe, holds information on the role of the ISI station in Kandahar in supplying explosives and assault rifles which the hijackers received while the aircraft was parked on the tarmac.  Continue reading

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