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Swedish aerospace major Saab says it would set up a brand new production line in India if it wins an Indian Air Force (IAF) contract for single-engined combat jets and would make the country a net exporter of such fighters — once the necessary procedures are in place.

“I think we are the only one right now who is developing brand new next-generation fighters. Even if we are single-engine, we have capability matching any of the other twin-engine aircraft that would be on the market,” Jan Widerstrom, Chairman and Managing Director of Saab India, told IANS in an interview. Continue reading

SOURCE: BharatShakti

Bitter memories of being rejected in the then mammoth MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) competition notwithstanding, the Boeing Defence Company is now gearing up to enter another upcoming contest to supply fighter jets to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the next decade.

During extensive briefings to a team of Indian journalists, Boeing Defence officials, including Pratyush Kumar, its India head, exuded confidence that the company’s most advanced twin-engine fighter jet—the F/A-18, Super Hornet—fits the bill for the IAF because of its enhanced capabilities. Continue reading


China’s official media today warned Mongolia that it is “politically harebrained” to seek India’s help as the move will further complicate bilateral ties, amid reports that Ulan Bator sought New Delhi’s support to overcome financial difficulties arising out of many factors including the imposition of border tariffs against it by China.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang yesterday declined to respond to a question on Mongolian envoy to New Delhi Gonchig Ganbold’s reported comments on seeking India’s support to counter Chinese measures, saying he has not heard of any such remarks. Continue reading


Underlining that both India and the US stand to benefit greatly from deeper engagement, a group of three eminent experts from a top American think-tank have called on the incoming Donald Trump administration to establish an early connection with a “rising” India.

“Establishing an early connection with a rising, and like-minded, India could be an early win for the Trump administration,” wrote three experts from Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) — Kathleen H Hicks, DC Richard M Rossow and John Schaus. Continue reading


The nuclear doctrines of India and Pakistan have more or less clearly defined contours, especially in the event of an Indo-Pak conflict. The twin pillars of “No First Use” and “Credible Minimum Deterrence” define India’s policy. Pakistan’s nuclear doctrine is still not officially declared, though the missiles, named after medieval invaders who plundered the Indian subcontinent, leave no doubt that India is their destination.

As bilateral relations continue to experience a downward spiral, both nations are looking for new strategies to inflict maximum punishment on each other, further stretching the limits of their nuclear umbrellas. Continue reading


The perfect launch of remote-sensing Resourcesat-2A on Wednesday rounds off a great year for Indian space research. Nine missions that took off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre off the Bay of Bengal were all successful, a significant one being the powerful GSLV’s launch.

Isro is one Indian organisation that stands out for its to-the-minute precision through another tumultuous year, unlike most segments of Indian life. This astounding success rate has made it a world leader in the light satellite launch sector. Continue reading


Pakistan has said that it would treat any unilateral violation of Indus Waters Treaty by India as an “act of war”.

According to a report in ‘Dawn’, Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif told a committee of National Assembly on Wednesday that the Nawaz Sharif government was neither going to review the Indus Waters Treaty nor any such suggestion was under discussion. Continue reading


The US Congress has cleared the decks for India to become a “major defence partner”, with the Senate overwhelmingly passing the USD 618 billion American defence budget for 2017.

The 2017 National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA), which asks the defence secretary and the secretary of state to take steps necessary to recognise India as America’s major defence partner in a bid to strengthen bilateral security cooperation, was passed earlier by the US House of Representatives by 375- 34 votes and now heads to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign it into law.
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A 42-hour gunbattle ended in Kashmir on Friday after two suspected rebels were killed in the fighting, which triggered massive anti-India protests in the disputed region.

A police officer said soldiers recovered the bodies of the two suspected militants from the debris of a destroyed house in southern Arwani village.The officer, speaking on condition of anonymity in keeping with department policy, said both of the bodies were charred beyond recognition and authorities were conducting DNA tests to ascertain their identities. Continue reading


Foreign office on Thursday said that Pakistan has been taking indiscriminate action against all terrorist groups.Responding to questions at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the dialogue should not be for the sake of dialogue but result-oriented and sustainable.

He, however, pointed out the presence of different terrorist outfits on Afghan soil besides use of Afghan soil by Indian intelligence agency RAW for acts of terrorism and sabotage in Pakistan. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

Lt Gen SK Saini, Commandant, Indian Military Academy (IMA), today complimented Gentleman Cadets (GCs) for an immaculate turnout and excellent drill movements. It indicates a high level of motivation, pride and cohesion achieved by them during their training at IMA, he said at the commandant’s parade here today.

The commandant’s parade marked the culmination of the training of 401 Indian and 53 foreign Gentlemen Cadets from eight countries. Lt Gen Saini said the Army was one of the most outstanding institutions of the country. Continue reading


On a day when India made it clear that there had not been much progress within Saarc due to Pakistan’s support for cross-border terrorism and Islamabad’s efforts to block cooperation in the south Asian grouping, Pakistan struck a conciliatory note amid rising tension in ties, saying it does not want to live in “perpetual hostility” with India.

Islamabad noted that the time has come for the two neighbours to decide whether status quo should continue or a new beginning be made. Continue reading


A seven-member team of the US security agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI, is set to interrogate ISIS terrorist Mohammed Musiruddin alias Musa, National Investigative Agency officials said today.

Musa, a resident of Birbhum district in West Bengal, was arrested for links with ISIS. Officials said that Musa, who also has links to Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or JMB, was making efforts to radicalise youth and encourage them to join ISIS. Continue reading


Even as key radical leaders behind the ‘sarbat khalsa’ (a religiopolitical congregation of Sikhs), including Simranjit Singh Mann and Baljit Singh Daduwal, couldn’t make it to the venue, more than 5,000 Sikhs, including hundreds of women, managed to sneak in through the police barricades to be a part of the event here on Thursday morning.

In a similar congregation in 2015 at Chabha in Amritsar, more than 1 lakh people had taken part. Continue reading


Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday wrote a letter to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, asking her not to drag the apolitical army into politics.

On 1 December, Banerjee questioned the presence of Indian Army soldiers at a toll plaza in Kolkata who were collecting data as part of a routine exercise in many north-eastern states including West Bengal.  Continue reading

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