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SOURCE: TNN

Soon, within a month or so, an Indian woman will tear into the skies on a supersonic fighter jet all alone for the first time in the country. Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh have already scripted history by becoming the first-ever women to undergo fighter pilot training in IAF.

But the trio have only undertaken solo sorties in aircraft like the Pilatus PC-7 turboprops, Kiran and Hawk jet trainers, which are much easier to handle, during their gruelling training regime so far. Now, Avani and Bhawana, are getting all set to fly the highly-demanding & ageing MiG-21 “Bisons”, which have virtually the highest landing and take-off speed in the world at 340 kmph, by themselves at their respective airbases. Continue reading

SOURCE: FIRST POST

The Kashmir dispute, four resulting wars, cross-border terrorism, and the threat of nuclear escalation have continued to define India-Pakistan relations.

This relationship is best conceptualised by the Stability-Instability Paradox, where stability in the nuclear realm exists due to the military strategy of mutual assured destruction, but which opens up massive scope for disruption via sub-conventional conflict (see the past three decades of history in Kashmir). Continue reading

SOURCE: The Tribune

The Trump administration has a much sharper recognition of Pakistan as provider of safe havens of terror, says Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and UN. In a hard hitting interview, Khalilzad says unlike other countries that have a military, the Pakistani military has a country and if it does not change its duplicitous behaviour on terror.

US has a whole list of options to tighten the screws including listing Pakistan as state sponsor of terror.In an exclusive conversation with The Tribune, Khalilzad stressed that the US is looking at alternate route options for supplies into Afghanistan to reduce dependency on Pakistan. He added that the US must encourage greater Indian role in Afghanistan despite Pak army’s objections. Smita Sharma spoke to him recently in Delhi. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

Pakistan won’t allow a sanctions monitoring team of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) any direct access to 26/11 Mumbai terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed or his entities when it visits the country later this week, diplomatic sources told The Nation.

The UN team’s visit will take place – on January 25 and 26 – amid increasing pressure on Pakistan from the US and India on the inadequate implementation of the sanctions on Saeed and entities linked to him. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

There is likely to be an increase in militant attacks by Pakistan-based terror outfits such as Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfits, intelligence agencies have said in their briefing to the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) and the Jammu and Kashmir government.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh was informed by these agencies that the two militant outfits, especially the JeM, could take the lead in fomenting trouble in Kashmir, giving Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) “time to regroup”, a senior ministry functionary said. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

He is known as “India’s bin Laden”, provoking similar consternation among security agencies, being the mastermind of the 2008 Gujarat serial blasts and a key architect of the terrorist infrastructure in the country.

Finally, one of India’s mostwanted, Abdul Subhan Qureshi, has landed in the Delhi Police net. Qureshi, alias Tauqeer, allegedly came back to the country to revive sleeper cells of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and Indian Mujahideen (IM), officials said on Monday. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE NEWS PK

In wake of increased incidents of ceasefire violations across Line of Control (LOC) over the past ten days, UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres on Monday urged both Pakistan and India to resolve the issue through a dialogue to avert the causalities.

Responding to questions at the regular briefing in New York, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the UN chief is ready to mediate peace talks between India and Pakistan provided the two neighbours accept his good offices. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

India’s ‘Act East’ policy is really “taking shape” and the presence of ten ASEAN leaders during the Republic Day celebrations here will definitely showcase that policy, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said.

She said this in response to a question from the press during her visit to the NCC Republic Day Camp at Delhi Cantonment. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The BSF has fired over 9,000 rounds of mortar shells across the International Border (IB) in Jammu in the past four days as part of “pinpointed” retaliatory action against Pakistan’s unprovoked firing, destroying firing positions and fuel dumps of the Pakistan Rangers at multiple places, officials said on Monday.

Senior officials of the Border Security Force (BSF) and in the home ministry said the situation along the 190-km IB in the Jammu area was “very tense” as Pakistan had “opened” heavy fire in the entire stretch since Sunday evening. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

An armed forces tribunal (AFT) has put on hold the selection of brigadier Devender Singh as the next top law officer of the Indian Army for filing a false affidavit in another case. A board led by the army chief had, in September 2017, picked Singh to take over as the judge advocate general (JAG) from Maj Gen Rakesh Mishra, who retires in March.

In its interim order, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times, the Lucknow AFT last week also restrained Brigadier Singh from discharging duties as the major general of the JAG branch in case he was promoted to the post. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Kabul is not an unfamiliar city for Akash Raj, who rejoined Afghan airline, Kam Air, after a gap of three years last month. Raj, based in Dubai, regularly flies the route to Kabul. He usually stays at a company guest house. But last Saturday, when he landed in Kabul he was told there had been a change in policy: the company had decided to put up the crew in a five-star hotel because it thought a hotel was safer.

The 43-year-old native of Ernakulam, Kerala, didn’t have an inkling of what was in store for him when he checked into the Intercontinental Hotel. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

It’s been a year since China shared information on the flow of the Pareechu, a tributary of the Sutlej originating from the Tibetan Autonomous Region, raising concerns in the Central Water Commission which has sought the external affairs ministry’s help to assess the river’s hydrology.

“We wrote to the ministry 10 days ago. China stopped sharing information about the tributary’s flow last year. They said that the water monitoring site across the border is damaged,” AK Gupta, the commission’s regional director, said. Continue reading

SOURCE: FIRST POST

The Centre has begun final negotiations to buy Russia-built S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems for Rs 39,000 crore, The Times of India reported on Monday. According to the report, the government wants to operationalise the deal by the end of FY2018-19. If the deal is inked, it will be one of the biggest arms contract with Russia, added the report.

The deal was first approved the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in December 2015, just days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Russia. If the deal goes through by the end of the financial year, India will be the second buyer of the missile system after China, which concluded the deal with Russia in 2014. Continue reading

SOURCE: Ajai Shukla  | Business Standard

Even as the Indian Air Force (IAF) version of the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) powers ahead, the naval version of the Tejas has ground to a worrying standstill.

Neither of the two Naval LCA prototypes has taken off in eight months.Since the last Naval LCA sortie on May 20, one of the prototypes lies half dismantled in Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), its interiors gaping open. The other stands forgotten on one side of the hangar. Continue reading

SOURCE: Ajai Shukla  | Business Standard

In an initiative that is being welcomed by small private defence firms, Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday simplified the “Make II” procedure, which is a framework for defence firms to develop and build equipment the military has announced it wants.

The “Make I” procedure is aimed at large, expensive projects like the Future Infantry Combat Vehicle. It provides for private industry consortia to develop such platforms, with the ministry reimbursing up to 90 per cent of the cost incurred. Continue reading

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