As the threat of US sanctions looms over India’s purchase of S-400 system from Russia, India on Thursday reiterated that it follows an independent foreign policy and its defence acquisitions will continue to be guided by “national security interests”.
The remark by MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi was in response to a question on whether or not the US was likely to impose the dreaded CAATSA sanctions on India for acquiring the missile defence system. He reiterated that India and the US have a comprehensive strategic partnership and India has a special and privileged strategic partnership with Russia. His remarks came ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s visit next week for the annual summit.Continue reading
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The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday cornered Pakistan over the flight operations at Skardu airport in PoK calling it an interference in India’s internal matter. “I wouldn’t like to speak about it in detail. We know our stand on Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), it’s an interference in our internal matter. I don’t want to comment on any specific development except that our position over this has been clear,” ANI quoted MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi as saying.
His reaction came after the status of Skardu Airport was upgraded and it started operating as an international airport from today.Continue reading
India on Thursday said discussions with Pakistan are going on to finalise the modalities for the transportation of its aid to Afghanistan via Pakistani soil and insisted that no conditionalities should be attached to sending humanitarian assistance.
New Delhi had sent a proposal to Islamabad on October 7 seeking a transit facility to send 50,000 tonnes of wheat and life-saving medicines to the people of Afghanistan via Pakistani soil and it received a response from Pakistan on November 24. Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), said at a media briefing that the modalities to send aid are being worked out.Continue reading
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Ahead of his visit to India, Russian President Vladimir Putin called New Delhi one of the authoritative centres of the multipolar world whose foreign policy philosophy and priorities are close to Moscow. I am convinced that, relying on strong traditions of friendship and mutual understanding, we will jointly continue to further develop Russia-India ties, he added.
“Next week, I will visit India. During talks with Prime Minister Modi, we will outline new large-scale initiatives for the further development of the specially privileged Russian-Indian relationship, the Russian-Indian strategic partnership,” he added. The Russian President further said that this partnership brings real mutual benefit to both states.Continue reading
Congress’s G-23 leader Manish Tewari — whose criticism of the UPA government’s reaction to the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai had so pleased the BJP — has not spared the NDA government in his new book. Overall, India’s institutional learnings on national security challenges “are at best tenuous and at worst, non-existent”, he wrote in his book “10 Flash Points; 20 Years – National Security Situations that Impacted India”.
Mr Tewari’s criticism of the UPA government’s response to the 26/11 strikes set off a huge controversy last month, making his party deeply uncomfortable.Continue reading
India on Thursday said it continues to engage with members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) for support for an early decision on the country’s bid for membership of the grouping. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said in Rajya Sabha that the US has publicly reaffirmed its support for India’s entry into the NSG. “The government continues to engage with members of the NSG, at the appropriate levels, for support for an early decision on India’s membership by the group,” he said, replying to a question.
The 48-member NSG is an elite club of countries that deals with the trade in nuclear technology and fissile materials besides contributing to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.Continue reading
The state of the relationship between India and China will reflect the state of the border, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday, referring to the lingering standoff in eastern Ladakh.
In an interactive session at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, he said the two countries cannot have a “tense, high-friction border” and have great relations in other areas.
Mr Jaishankar said it is not a realistic expectation to carry on with the relationship when there is a tense border and asserted that questions like why it happened and what does it reflect are completely legitimate.Continue reading
The Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday killed two Jaish-e-Muhammad militants, including an IED expert Yasir Parray, in Pulwama district.
The police said Parray and a foreign militant, Furqan, were killed in an encounter in Qasbayar area of Pulwama. Inspector General of police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said: “Terrorist commander of JeM, Yasir Parray, an IED expert and foreign terrorist Furqan neutralised.”Continue reading
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Unidentified miscreants stole a tyre of a Mirage fighter jet from a truck that was carrying a consignment of military goods that was bound for Jodhpur airbase from Bakshi-Ka-Talab airbase in Lucknow. The theft took place in the late night hours of November 27 at Shaheed Path in Lucknow, where the truck was on its way to the Jodhpur airbase. The truck driver, Hem Singh Rawat, confirmed that he was carrying the consignment of military goods from the Bakshi-Ka-Talab airbase.
There was a traffic jam on Shaheed Path and, taking advantage of the situation, the miscreants travelling in a Scorpio vehicle, snipped off the strap used to tie the tyre and committed theft. By the time the truck driver came to know about it, the thieves had escaped. He called the police, who arrived at the spot and started investigating.Continue reading
Security forces have busted a terror module of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir and arrested three terrorist associates involved in Palhallan grenade attack, a police spokesperson said today.
Police, along with Army and SSB personnel, established a joint motor vehicle checkpoint at Wussan in Pattan area of Baramulla district and intercepted three suspicious individuals who tried to flee from the spot after noticing the joint party, the spokesperson said.Continue reading
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Sweden’s Saab group made a bold, pre-tender pitch for an Indian order for 114 fighter aircraft by declaring that its Gripen E single-engine fighter is on offer for “half the price India has paid for the Rafale”. Saab expects India to launch a global tender in the “first half of next year”.
The Rafale is a larger, twin-engined aircraft and therefore more expensive but Saab is pitching its single-engine aircraft as a dramatically cheaper solution for the same role. To illustrate its claim on a massive price advantage, Saab disclosed its price bid for an ongoing tender for 64 fighter aircraft for Finland, also known as the HX Fighter programme.Continue reading
The armed forces have been empowered to import equipment even if it is on a declared negative list in case there are immediate requirements or products delivered by domestic companies do not meet technical requirements and have an impact on the safety of soldiers.
The exception has been given by the defence ministry as a practical measure of flexibility to the armed forces that are undertaking a major indigenisation drive, people aware of the development said. “In the event the domestic industry is not able to supply equipment in the stipulated time-frame or quantity, or where there are inadequacies in the equipment affecting safety of troops, or in case of any other technical issues…specific cases for import could be taken up to meet immediate requirement, based on the recommendations of Defence lndigenisation Committee (DIC),” the ministry said in a notification.Continue reading
The nation will have nine nuclear reactors by 2024 and a new nuclear project, the first in northern India, will come up 150 kms away from Delhi in Gorakhpur of Haryana, the government informed the Rajya Sabha. Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh said, “By 2024 you will have nine nuclear reactors plus 12 new additional ones which were approved during the Covid times with a capacity of 9000 MW. Five new sites are also being identified,” in different parts of the country.
Replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour, he said what is remarkable is that unlike in the past when nuclear plants were limited to a few states like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, the department has now moved northwards.Continue reading
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Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) on December 2 said it had signed a Rs 471.41-crore contract with the Indian Army for the refurbishment of IGLA-1M missiles. The contract will run for 10 years, the defence PSU said in a regulatory filing. Apart from the refurbishment, BDL deals with manufacture and supply of guided missiles and associated equipment, underwater weapon systems, airborne weapon systems, ground support equipment and product life cycle support.
Previously, the firm had exported torpedoes to a “friendly foreign country” and received leads from several countries for its products. BDL said to export its ‘Made in India’ products to friendly foreign nations, it had taken up several steps to be a part of the global supply chain by entering into memoranda of understanding and agreements with foreign original equipment manufacturers.Continue reading
The Military-Technical Cooperation (MTC) between India and Russia is expected to grow stronger when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit in New Delhi on Monday.
Delivery of the S-400 air defence system and purchase of nearly seven lakh Kalashnikov assault rifles from Moscow, along with plans on joint research and development activities to create new weapons and military equipment systems, will be at the top of the agenda of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu when they both meet for the inaugural 2+2 Dialogue.Continue reading