Even years after he opted out of tumult of Canadian politics in which he created an unrivalled milestone with his election in 2000 as the first India-origin premier of British Columbia province, Ujjal Dosanjh, 72, is widely recognised as an influential and insightful voice in the Maple country and beyond. Steadfast and clear-eyed in his ideological stand against Khalistani extremism, the former federal minister and Liberal MP revels in speaking his mind even if it is contrary to the party line.
One thing he doesn’t skip is his at least once-a-year trip to his native village Dosanjh Kalan near Jalandhar from where he, then 17-year-old, had migrated first to Britain and later Canada in the ’60s. Dosanjh spoke to Executive Editor Ramesh Vinayak in Chandigarh on Saturday on a range of issues from the new wave of migration from Punjab, India-Canada relations and Punjabi diaspora to ethics in politics. Edited excerpts: Continue reading
Amidst increased military tension between India and Pakistan, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday will induct the heavy-lift Chinook helicopters which can transport artillery guns in high altitudes and troops for action.Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa will induct the first unit of four Chinook heavy-lift helicopters in Chandigarh where these helicopters have been deployed.
Chinook CH-47F (I) is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that will provide Indian Air Force with unmatched strategic airlift capability across the full spectrum of combat and humanitarian missions. Continue reading
India’s indigenous supersonic fighter jet Tejas will for the first time participate in aerial displays during the five-day Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia. India has been projecting the Tejas aircraft in a big way as it has been manufactured indigenously at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) for the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy.
The Indian Air Force will participate in the Maritime Aero Expo for the first time, during which it will showcase its indigenously-developed light combat aircraft Tejas. Continue reading
The annual Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad, held on a rainy March 23, showcased the country’s military arsenal in a big way to allies, while sending clear but distinct messages to India and the United States. The three most celebrated foreign guests were Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad; Azeri Defense Minister Col. General Zakir Hasanov; and the commander of the National Guard of Bahrain, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa. Azerbaijan and Malaysia are being courted as customers for the Sino-Pakistani JF-17, whereas Bahrain has recently become the first export customer for armored fighting vehicles designed by Pakistan’s Cavalier Group.
Other countries that participated in the parade included China, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. China and Turkey also sent aircraft to perform at the parade.
SOURCE: The Statesman
A report in The Statesman on 15 March this year stated that the US had agreed to build six atomic power plants in India to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation. It expressed its strong support to India’s early membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. India and the US have concluded an agreement to cooperate in the civil nuclear energy sector. On 14 March, the US reaffirmed its position regarding the civil nuclear deal.
In January 2019, India and Uzbekistan entered into a long-term contract to supply uranium ore concentrates to fuel nuclear reactors. India has been trying to build up a stockpile of nuclear fuel for its strategic uranium reserve in order to sustain the country’s nuclear reactors efficiently and meaningfully for the next five years. India currently procures uranium from Canada and Uzbekistan. Other countries with uranium-rich minerals are Russia, France and Australia. India has so far imported 5550 metric tons of uranium fuel. Continue reading
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba will inaugurate a Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) Training Facility at INS Shivaji in Lonavla on Monday to mark the platinum jubilee celebration of the institute. The facility will enhance the Navy’s operational capabilities .
The Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has executed the project initiated in 2016. The new training facility is equipped with modern NBC training simulators as well sophisticated laboratories to create “real time” training situations.
“The simulator is unique across Asia. It would be used to train personnel of the Indian Navy and friendly foreign navies in defence of ships against an NBC attack or contamination,” an official said. Continue reading
Mineral contents of samples from the Lonar crater-cum-lake in Buldhana district, Maharashtra, which was formed after a meteorite crash around 50,000 years ago, are similar to the moon rocks obtained from the first and third manned moon missions, according to a study led by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay.
A meteorite crash occurs when a meteoroid rock – it is formed when asteroids break or collide – survives its travel through the Earth’s atmosphere and lands on the Earth’s surface. Meteorites are classified as stony (composed of oxygen, iron, silicon and magnesium) or iron (predominantly made of iron and nickel) or a combination of stony-iron. The Lonar crater in the basaltic Deccan traps is the Earth’s largest and only hyper-velocity impact terrestrial crater caused by a meteorite crash. The Lonar crater and Meteor Crater in Arizona are the only two known natural craters formed entirely in basalt – a dark fine-grained volcanic rock – and comparable to the basaltic crust on Mars. Continue reading
Indian counter-terror operatives have “reliable information” that Islamic State terrorist and Ansar-ul-Tawhid founder Shafi Armar died in fighting in Raqqa in Syria in 2016 even though his cyber-alter ego YusufAl-Hindi continued to radicalise Indians to fight against non-believers in West Asian theatre.
At least two top CT operatives who spoke on condition of anonymity dismissed the claim that the Bhatkal, Karnataka born Armar, who was indoctrinated into Indian Mujahideen by brothers Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal now living in Pakistan, was killed last week while making a last stand for the IS in Baghuz, Syria. “We have reliable information from associates that Shafi Armar was killed in 2016. He first used to operate the cyber handle Yusuf Al Hindi to radicalize Indian Muslims towards Islamic jihad. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
India on Sunday sent a note verbale to Pakistan’s Foreign Office after reports emerged of two minor girls from Hindu community being abducted, forcibly converted to Islam and married off to Muslim men. Sources said that Government of India “shared” the “concerns” at these reports through an official note to Pakistan Foreign office on 24 March 2019.”It asked that suitable remedial action be taken by Pakistan government to protect and promote safety, security and welfare of it’s own citizens, especially from the minority communities,” said sources.
The matter came to light when disturbing videos had emerged of the two minors girls who were allegedly kidnapped and converted to Islam on Holi eve. The two sisters are from village Hafiz Salman near the town of Daharki in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh. The abductions have been allegedly carried out by people from the Kohbar and Malik tribes. Continue reading
Jackie Shroff, who plays RAW founder director in Romeo Akbar Walter, says the trend of bringing the story of unsung on celluloid should continue. Shroff will be seen playing the role of RN Kao, the founding father of the Indian intelligence agency. The film features John Abraham in the lead.
“I am glad I got the opportunity to bring the story of those people who served the country on screen. Playing this role is a feather in my cap. This trend should continue. We have so many unsung heroes. People today need to know about such stories. “I have also played defence personnel and cop in films. I used to have a uniform of policeman at home as I had two films at that time. I would just change the badges and wear the same uniform again,” Shroff told PTI. Continue reading
Three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists were arrested by security forces on Sunday from the outskirts of the city, police said.
“Three car-borne terrorists affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM (were) arrested by police and security forces at Lawaypora (on Srinagar-Baramulla road) (based) on a credible input today,” a police spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said ammunition, including live rounds, was seized from the three terrorists. They were identified as Rayees Hurrah, Shahid Bhat and Ishaq Lone. Continue reading
Nearly 500 people were treated at a medical camp in Mozambique under the Indian Navy’s ‘Operation Sahayta’ to provide relief to the cyclone-hit African nation. After Cyclone ‘Idai’ hit Mozambique last week, the Indian Navy deployed its ships Sujata, Sarathi and Shardul to carry out humanitarian and disaster relief activities.
The medical camp at Gaura-Gaurathe was terminated based on UN Mission request, as all the 500 people of the village were provided medical treatment till March 22. However, the medical camp at Beira Harbour Master’s office continued on March 23. Continue reading
A top expert with the Chinese defence forces has said it wasn’t Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) US-made F-16 that shot down India’s MiG-21 Bison during last month’s dogfight when the two air forces had scrambled jets along the Line of Control (LoC).MProfessor Jin Yinan from the elite National Defence University (NDU) of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) hints – without actually saying so – that it could have been a China-built jet, possibly the jointly built JF-17 fighter aircraft, which shot down India’s jet.
Jin also argued that it wasn’t a surface-to-air missile that hit the MiG-21 Bison but an air-to-air projectile. Jin’s interview was first published earlier this month on a Chinese website run by the PLA where he picked holes in the narrative that it was an F-16, which shot down the Indian aircraft. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIAN TODAY
The Indian Army was ready with battle tanks in Amritsar to take on the terrorists who had hijacked the Indian Airlines flight IC-814. When the flight landed in Amritsar running short of fuel, the Indian Army was getting battle ready with three tanks lined up for a showdown at the Amritsar airport, said retd Brigadier, Kuldip Singh, who was commanding this troop.
Brigadier Kuldip Singh of the Indian Army was commanding an armoured regiment in Amritsar in December 1999 when the Indian Airlines aircraft was hijacked. In an editorial in Mail Today, Singh writes that he was in Amritsar when the hijackers took off the plane from Amritsar after a brief halt.
China has deployed a contingent of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to the Thar region of Sindh province in Pakistan which is about 90 kilometres away from Pakistan’s international border with India. Indian military personnel had noticed the movement of Chinese troops close to the border, leading Russian media outlet Sputnik reported.”The move was reportedly prompted by the perceived threats to coal mine projects in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor which have been facing stiff resistance from locals in Pakistan. China is reportedly unhappy over the Pakistani Army’s alleged inability to ensure the safety of the project despite repeated assurances,” Sputnik reported.
ET had first reported that China, worried over safety of CPEC, is likely to veto proposal to ban Masood Azhar by UNSC. Continue reading