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SOURCE: SAURAV JHA / THE PRINT

For the Vietnamese government, defence ties are a cornerstone of the relationship with India. So, the substantive movement on weapons sales and co-production initiatives shown by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her recent visit is long overdue.

Sitharaman said “this is the best time for us to come here with the technologies we have”.It is a demonstration that India is indeed serious about ‘Acting East’. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The NSG has included a new and comprehensive psychology test for entry-level soldiers aspiring to be inducted and honed as ‘black cat’ commandos who undertake special counter-terror and counter-hijack operations in the country.

The federal contingency force till now used to put Army and paramilitary troops under rigorous physical and mental strength tests once they join the commando conversion course (CCC) to get inducted into the premier force. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kulgam district of south Kashmir today, police said.

The encounter began this afternoon in the Cheddar Qaimoh area of Kulgam district as Jammu and Kashmir Police, along with the CRPF and the Army, were carrying out operations to sanitise a national highway ahead of the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, beginning June 28, a senior police official said. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA.COM

Commander of the Srinagar headquartered 15 Corps in Baramulla, Lt. General Anil Kumar Bhatt said that at least 250 to 275 active militants are present in the Kashmir Valley as of today. He also added that as many as 270 militants are also on launch pads.

Moreover nearly 30 militants are ready to cross over to Kashmir from the Pakistan Side. Lt. General Bhatt said that the GOC 15 Corps were fighting to eliminate militancy from the Valley. Continue reading

SOURCE: DD News

A group of 160 members of Sri Lankan military personnel and their families will reach Bodh Gaya on Sunday on a three-day visit in a move to further strengthen military ties and cultural relations between the two countries.

They departed by an Indian Air Force aircraft C17 from Colombo Sunday morning and will return by the same flight on Tuesday. Continue reading

SOURCE: FIRST POST

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah’s high-profile rally in Jammu on Saturday to observe the death anniversary of Syama Prasad Mookerjee — founder of the BJP’s predecessor party Bharatiya Jana Sangh — might indicate an end to the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, which Mookerjee died demanding. If it comes to that, it could lead to great turbulence in the Kashmir Valley.

Shah’s assertion that one of the chief bases of the BJP’s coalition pact with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was that the state would be an ‘a-bhin‘ (undifferentiated) part of India could be read by Kashmiris as a signal that the Centre is heading towards removing the constitutional provisions that guarantee the state its special status. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Pakistan on Sunday rejected the allegations that Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria was denied access to a famous Sikh Gurduwara near Islamabad, saying the diplomat had agreed to cancel his visit following the protests by the Sikh pilgrims against the release of controversial movies in India.

India, on Saturday, summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Haider Shah and lodged a strong protest over the denial of access to its envoy in Islamabad and consular officials to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib and meet visiting Indian pilgrims. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Nothing is ever new in Kashmir and nothing ever changes. Every party, whether local to J&K or from the Rest of India (ROI), has failed to either win the support of the people or to contain the dissidents of one colour or another.

J&K remains the only state where ROI needs to send delegations of MPs (obviously they never visit the state on their own) or interlocutors ( whose reports are invariably ignored). In no other state in ROI, mobile phones are jammed if the PM is visiting. Continue reading

SOURCE: TRIBUNE INDIA

Former Foreign Minister of Maldives Ahmed Naseem has alleged that China is grabbing land in Maldives that can be turned into military bases and this will destabilise the Indian Ocean region and be detrimental to Indian security. He criticised President Abdulla Yameen’s decision to return the two advanced light helicopters (ALHs) gifted by India and deny work permits to hundreds of Indians employed in the island nation.

Speaking to Smita Sharma in New Delhi, he urged India to help restore democracy in Maldives. Excerpts from the interview.  Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The crisis in Kashmir has been cyclical over the past decade and a half, perhaps longer. There’s dialogue, or at the least, the promise of it, between India and Pakistan and between New Delhi, the state government and the separatists. There are terror attacks and instances of stone pelting.

There are killings, of terrorists, militants, members of the security forces, and civilians; and there are funerals. There’s hope and disenchantment, grief and anger. Things seem to be getting better, then they aren’t. There’s a democratically elected state government, and then there’s President’s Rule. The specifics may be different each time, but there’s a script that stays mostly the same. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Instances of cross-border narcotics, arms and cattle smuggling showed a cumulative increase along with a steady rise in the number of arrests made in such cases along various Indian borders over three years, a data updated till 2017 said.

According to the data compiled by the Union Home Ministry about these criminal activities along the international borders with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar, instances of cross-border smuggling of arms, drugs and cattle increased from a total of 19,537 in 2015 to 31,593 in 2017. Continue reading

SOURCE: Lt General H S Panag / TNN

The facade of the coalition of opposites, that came together in early 2015 to uphold larger national interest and ensure the integrity, security and development of J&K, ended on June 19, 2018, with the BJP withdrawing support.

Ironically, the party cited the same reasons for its exit as it did for the union. The blame game is acrimonious, but there should be no doubt that that the two parties have been “partners in crime”. People have never been more alienated, little or no development has taken place and the security situation has deteriorated, not so much due to the level of violence but due to active popular support for terrorists in the form of the violent “stony intifada” and direct interference by the people with conduct of operations. Continue reading

SOURCE: UNI

Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Sunday reached Dhaka to consolidate the military ties and further explore new avenues for naval engagement between the two nations.During six-day visit, the Navy Chief will hold bilateral discussions with the Chiefs of the three Armed Forces of Bangladesh and other senior officials of the Government and Military.

Admiral Lanba is also scheduled to call on President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as part of his official meetings, Indian Navy spokesperson Capt DK Sharma said. Continue reading

SOURCE: FIRST POST

With barely a month to go for elections in Pakistan, it is more than apparent that the exercise is likely to be even more uncertain than before for various reasons. Major national parties have been vastly reduced in stature, and redrawing of constituencies and changes in the constitution itself has complicated electoral math. Major parties will also view with concern the fact that the Lashkar-e-Taiba, armed with its national power base and enviable infrastructure, has finally entered the fray.

Hafiz Saeed, head of the Lashkar-e-Taiba/Jamaat-ud-Dawa, has long been leaning towards joining elections, pulling in not only his own group but also a host of organisations that it supports under various banners. This includes the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (Protection of Pakistan), a platform that draws in madrasa students, local religious groups and many a Pakistani politician, particularly from the PML(N), in Punjab, not to mention a former spymaster or two. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The Jammu and Kashmir police will act against those who eulogise dead militants in funerals, making provocative speeches which the police believes motivates young people to join militant groups.

“We have devised a strategy to deal with these gatherings,” said state police chief SP Vaid. Vaid refused to discuss specifics of the strategy but a Srinagar-based official in the security forces said the state police had been asked to identify and act against people making provocative speeches at such gatherings, glorifying the “sacrifices” of the dead militants. The police will also take measures to keep these gatherings from not becoming too large, this person added on condition of anonymity. Continue reading

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