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SOURCE: THE ASIAN AGE

Various socio-economic, political, evolutionary and even climatic factors can influence the nature and dynamics of armed insurgency. The form of terror attacks depends mostly on the situation on the ground that supports or warrants one approach over the other. The landmark 1983 Beirut bombing attacks on the US embassy and later at the Marine barracks that led to over 350 deaths had introduced the concept of “suicide attacks”, a tactic that was subsequently pioneered by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka.

While the Beirut attacks had entailed vehicles laden with explosives, the predominant tactic copied and deployed by the Tamil Tigers was through the “suicide vests” that had killed India’s former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in May 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu, and two years later, sitting Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa in May 1993, among many other brazen attacks. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Describing India as “best trade negotiators”, US President Donald Trump Tuesday commended the relations of the two countries as he celebrated Diwali in the White House along with top Indian-Americans.

“The United States has deep ties to the nation of India and I am grateful for my friendship with Prime Minister Modi,” Trump said before lighting the ceremonial Diya inside the historic Roosevelt Room of the White House. It is the second consecutive year that Trump has celebrated the largest festival of India and Indian Americans in the White House. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Four men carjacked an Innova taxi from its driver at gunpoint near Madhopur area in Punjab’s Pathankot district early Wednesday. The men had hired the taxi from Jammu Railway Station to Madhopur Railway Station but fled with the vehicle after entering Punjab. The taxi driver said the men were conversing in Punjabi and asked him to stop the vehicle around 11.30 pm when one of them said he was feeling uneasy and had to vomit.

Police have registered a case and started investigations. “We are not ruling out anything, but it does not look to be a terror act. It seems more likely a snatching,” Pathankot SSP Vivek Sheel Soni said. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

India has voted against a UN General Assembly draft resolution on the use of death penalty, saying it goes against the statutory law of the country where an execution is carried out in the “rarest of rare” cases.

The draft resolution, taken up in the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, Cultural) of the General Assembly Tuesday, was approved with a recorded vote of 123 in favour, 36 against and 30 abstentions. India was among the countries that voted against the resolution, which would have the Assembly call on all States to respect international standards on the rights of those facing death penalty and ensure that it is not applied on the basis of discriminatory laws or as a result of discriminatory or arbitrary application of the law. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Times Now Digital

President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Sardar Masood Khan, on Tuesday made a threatening statement against India by saying that Indian “obstinacy on the Kashmir issue” could trigger a nuclear war in South Asia.

“India and Pakistan have fought three wars over Kashmir and Indian obstinacy on the Kashmir issue, along with inhuman atrocities in Kashmir and Indian shelling on the civilian population living along the Line of Control (LoC) could bring both nuclear-armed states to the brink of another devastating war,” Khan threatened. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Pioneer

Flight of fancy

 

Happy is the nation without a history,” said Cesare Beccaria, the 18th century Italian criminologist, jurist and philosopher, also considered as father of modern criminal law and criminal justice. Why and in which context Beccaria made the statement, with what ramifications, cannot be guesstimated. Nevertheless, how about creating another set of soundalike sentences? Happy are the nations with a rival without craft. Or, unhappy is the air force in endless search for an aircraft.

Sounds cynical? May be. May be not, though, if dispassionately looked at from the ‘other side of the hill’ with reference to the plight, not flight, of ace fliers of the Indian Air Force and their senior commanders who are getting a mouthful from some eminent armchair experts whose knowledge of combat aircraft, technical features and their operational role emanates primarily from (over)hearing is believing rather than seeing and doing is believing, and who may not even be able to differentiate between aircraft and a rotorcraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: Foreignpolicy.com

Most of Afghanistan is currently experiencing a 60 percent drop in the rain and snowfall needed for food production. The rapid expansion of Kabul’s population, extreme drought conditions across the country, and the specter of climate change have exacerbated the need for new water infrastructure. But building it is politically complicated; the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region is defined by its complex maze of transboundary rivers and there is no legal framework in place to avoid major conflict between the nations.

It’s no surprise, then, that in the Chahar Asiab district of Kabul, on a tributary of the Kabul River, the Maidan, work is scheduled to begin soon on the Shahtoot Dam. The dam will hold 146 million cubic meters of potable water for 2 million Kabul residents and irrigate 4,000 hectares of land. It will also provide drinking water for a new city on the outskirts of Kabul called Deh Sabz. Afghanistan is finally, after decades of devastating wars, in a position to begin to develop its economy and electricity from hydropower. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE WEEK

The Indian Navy will soon commence operations of an international information fusion centre to collate and analyse data related to maritime security matters in the Indian Ocean, which would also be shared with friendly nations in the region. This was revealed by Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Tuesday during a press conference on the sidelines of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), which is being held in Kochi.

IONS is a multilateral platform, consisting of navies across the Indian Ocean rim, that deliberates on issues of security and humanitarian need with the intention of facilitating cooperation. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The sensitive pricing details of the 36 Rafale fighter jets, submitted by the centre in a sealed cover, is scheduled to be examined by the Supreme Court today. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph will hold a crucial hearing in the case during which the petitioners, who have sought a court-monitored investigation into the deal, will also make submissions.

The Centre had on Monday handed over a 14-page document titled “Details of the steps in the decision making process leading to the award of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft order” to the petitioners in the case. Continue reading

SOURCE: DECCAN CHRONICLE

The headquarters of the Defence Research and Development Organisation has cautioned its scientists across all laboratories not to reveal their identity or designation on any social platform, not even on matrimonial sites or wedding cards.

An investigation by the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) in the arrest of Nishant Aggarwal, an engineer with BrahMos Aerospace revealed that he was contacted by the Pakistan Inter-Intelligence Service (ISI) through his LinkedIn profile (a network of professionals) and was enticed with a high paying job offer for which details of his work were required.

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SOURCE: NDTV

The centre’s decision to hand over a document disclosing financial details of the Rafale aircraft deal to the Supreme Court came after discussions between Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Attorney General KK Venugopal, sources said.

The document — provided to a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in a sealed cover — has the approval of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they added.The Supreme Court had ordered the centre to put its decision-making process in the public domain on November 2, amid allegations by opposition parties that Rafale manufacturer Dassault chose to partner with Anil Ambani’s debt-ridden defence company as a condition for bagging the contract. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

In December 1999, External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh asked the ministry official in charge of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, Vivek Katju, who was at Kandahar airport trying to negotiate with the hijackers of Indian Airlines flight IC-814, if Singh could meet Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Omar.

Singh, who was in Delhi, asked Katju to talk to the Taliban regime’s foreign minister Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil. Within minutes, Muttawakil said, “Yes, why not? I am going to make contact (with Mullah Omar).” Then the response came: “Sorry, you cannot, don’t fly to Kandahar.” “Muttwakil’s minders in the ISI must have upbraided him for even this little relenting,” Singh wrote in A Call to Honour: In Service of Emergent India, his account of the hijack that ended with him accompanying three “TADA detenues”, including Maulana Masood Azhar, to Kandahar. Continue reading

SOURCE: ECONOMIC TIMES

Creating artificial rains, Delhi’s quick fix solution to clear up its toxic air, is awaiting one final approval — clearance to the aircraft that will carry out cloud seeding.

Official communication asking for permission is in the process. The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change received a request on Tuesday from Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) — a centre of Indian Space Research Organisation — to fly the aircraft to Delhi for cloud seeding. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Security forces gunned down two militants in north Kashmir’s Kupwara area on Tuesday. With this, the toll has gone up to 200 this year.In its ongoing crackdown on terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir, security forces have killed 200 Pakistan-bred terrorists and militants so far.While most of the slain terrorists/militants belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the highest number were gunned down in south Kashmir.

South Kashmir witnessed the killings of 109 militants and terrorists while in north Kashmir it was 45. Continue reading