India, on Friday reiterated that Pakistan has íllegally’ occupied parts of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and lodged a protest against its Supreme Court’s order on Gilgit Baltistan region and said that it is an ‘interference in India’s internal matters’. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), during a press conference, said that the Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan was summoned over the Pakistan Sc order.

“The Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan was summoned today and a strong protest was lodged on a recent order by Supreme Court of Pakistan on the so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan” which is an interference in India’s internal affairs,” MEA said. Continue reading


The BJP on Friday alleged that the Congress was running a “malicious campaign” against the government on the Rafale deal and has “abandoned” nation interest for its false propaganda.

Rejecting the Congress’ charges against the government, BJP leader and Union minister Smriti Irani told reporters that the opposition party’s “malicious campaign has been exposed” as she noted the Supreme Court verdict on the matter and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s over 90-minute reply in Parliament. Continue reading


The Indian government has sanctioned three new squadrons of Dornier aircraft to boost coastal surveillance in a bid to provide better intelligence to prevent terrorist and other threats from the sea, an official statement said Friday. The new squadrons are to be set up in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu and will augment existing Dornier squadrons in Kerala and the Andaman Islands, the statement said, adding that the government had also sanctioned an increase in the manpower required for the manning of these additional aircraft.

The additional squadrons would help India “through round the clock sensor based surveillance and provide targeting data in areas of operation to ward off terror and other threats from sea,” the statement said. “This addition would further strengthen Indian Navy’s efforts at coastal security of India’s vast coastline of over 7,000 kilometres.” Continue reading


The Trump administration has discussed a potential missile defence cooperation with India as part of its effort to deepen the bilateral strategic partnership, the Pentagon has said, asserting that New Delhi is a “key element” in America’s Indo-Pacific strategy. The Pentagon’s announcement in the 81-page ”Missile Defense Review” report released by President Donald Trump gains significance in view of India placing a USD 5 billion order to purchase S-400 air defense system from Russia, for which the US had publicly expressed its displeasure.

Noting that the threats posed by offensive missile capabilities are no longer limited to a few regions around the world, the Pentagon in its report said there were now a number of countries in South Asia that are developing an advanced and diverse range of ballistic and cruise missile capabilities. Continue reading


The air force has warned of a crisis looming on the troops at the world’s highest battleground, Siachen Glacier, as Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) fails to manufacture the rotor blades critical for its light helicopters. The soldiers deployed at an altitude above 20,000 feet depend heavily on the hardy fleet of Cheetah and Cheetal choppers for missions like casualty evacuation and critical supplies.

The French-origin light choppers are now manufactured by the state-owned HAL. The specialised rotors blades give them adequate lift for operating at those punishing altitudes in unpredictable weather. HAL started making the Cheetah choppers in India in 1972. The air force expressed deep concern on the future of the ageing Cheetah fleet as well as its order for 10 Cheetal helicopters after HAL failed to produce the 85-series main rotor blades after their French parent stopped making the blades in 2012. Continue reading


Pakistan on Thursday ruled out any role for India in the Afghan peace process. “India has no role in Afghanistan,” Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said at the weekly media briefing while responding to a query about Pakistan’s position on India’s part in the reconciliation process.

This was in sharp contrast to what Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had told the National Assembly last month. “Since India is present in Afghanistan, its cooperation in this regard (facilitating a negotiated settlement of the Afghan conflict) will also be required,” he had told legislators. Continue reading


India and Uzbekistan signed an agreement on importing uranium from the Central Asian nation following a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 here on Friday.

The two sides also signed an agreement for a line of credit of $200 million from India for financing housing and social infrastructure projects in Uzbekistan. “Both leaders witnessed the exchange of the contract between the Department of Atomic Energy of India and the Novoi Minerals and Metallurgical Company of the Republic of Uzbekistan on long-term supply of uranium ore concentrate for India’s energy requirements,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. Continue reading


The ongoing Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj was captured by ISRO’s satellite CartoSat-2, the images of which were released Thursday. In the black and white images released, the Triveni Sangam- a confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati can be seen. Also seen is the Allahabad Fort built by Mughal emperor Akbar and the cable-stayed New Yamuna bridge constructed in 2004.

The high-resolution earth imaging satellite primarily responsible for cartography of India was able to get the crowd present on the banks in the form of small white dots.About 12 crore people are expected to visit Kumbh between now and March, when the festival will come to a close, for a holy dip at the Sangam. Continue reading


Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat visited India earlier this week and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss issues related to bilateral relations, including the advancing of security deals, according to an official statement here.NSA Ben-Shabbat, who was in India on the invitation of his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, also held a series of meetings with senior officials of Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and security organisation, a statement from the Prime Minister’s media adviser here said.

Prime Minister Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu also spoke over phone during the visit of the Israeli NSA to New Delhi. Continue reading


The security establishment is working to restrict the number of attendees at funerals, or janazas, of slain militants because the emotionally-charged gatherings have become a hotbed for terror recruitment, top sources told ThePrint. According to the sources, efforts are being made to increase the deployment of security forces in and around the area where a slain militant belongs, and ensure that proper blockades are set up to check the size of the gathering.

In south Kashmir, where most local militants reportedly belong, surveillance will also be maintained around orchards, which people often use to take detours.The primary idea behind the exercise is to preclude the possibility of large crowds joining the funerals, as they do now. It is also meant to choke the movement of militants, who are known to arrive at these funerals with guns to extol the “sacrifice”. Continue reading

SOURCE:  The Pioneer

India will soon have an elite unit of commandos drawn from the three Services to conduct special missions of strategic interest to the country. Named Armed Forces Special Operations Division, the unit will be on the line of the US Special Operations Command, which was responsible for taking out Osama Bin Laden. The Armed Forces Special Operations Division will start functioning from November first week this year initially with a small team of commandos selected from the Special Forces of the Army, Marine Commandos (MARCOS) of the Navy, and Garud commando force of the Indian Air Forces (IAF).

The special division having 3,000 commandos will be headed by a Major General. The Government recently gave the clearance for the setting up of the squad along with creation of a Cyber Agency to be headed by a Navy officer of the equivalent rank. On the lines of the Commando Division, the Cyber Agency will also have experts from the three Services to fight the fast emerging threat of cyber warfare, officials said here on Thursday. Continue reading


At a time when critics are questioning the operational capabilities of the Rafale combat aircraft, top IAF sources said the range of the French-origin aircraft is 2.5 more than that of the Russian Sukhoi-30. “The operational capabilities of the Sukhoi-30 in terms of capability and range are far superior than that of the MiG-29 while the range of the Rafale is 2.5 times that of the Su-30MKI in the same role,” top IAF sources told ANI here.

The sources were asked about criticism that the Air Force should have bought more Sukhoi-30s rather than getting 36 Rafale combat aircraft for meeting its requirement of multi-role combat jets. “The Sukhoi-30, MiG-29 and Mirage-2000 are not MMRCA… None of these meet the Air Staff Qualitative Requirements of the Indian Air Force specified for MMRCA in 2007 for its requirements of 126 combat jets,” the sources said. Continue reading


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision, announced out of the blue in Paris on April 10, 2015, to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France instead of the 126 asked for by the Indian Air Force for six squadrons pushed the price of each fully fitted, combat-ready aircraft up by 41.42%. It was the National Democratic Alliance government’s acceptance of the cost of €1.3 billion claimed for the ‘design and development’ of 13 India Specific Enhancements (ISE), and the distribution of this ‘non-recurring cost’ over 36 instead of 126 bare-bones aircraft, that was the major reason for the big increase in price.

The NDA government has refused to disclose even to a privileged committee of Parliament full information on the pricing of a Rafale aircraft, contending that its agreement with France on the ‘Exchange and Reciprocal Protection of Classified or Protected Information’ stands in the way of such disclosure. The French government, however, has made it clear that this inter-governmental agreement is there only “to protect the classified information provided by the partner, which could, in particular, impact the security and operational capabilities of the defence equipment. Continue reading

SOURCE: Huffing post

Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s conflict-ridden Valley may soon be wielding weapons installed with traceable microchips if a new proposal is accepted by the state administration. The Valley’s police force has for long faced the problem of disappearing guns—attributed either to weapons being snatched or police personnel defecting to militant groups.

The measure to install traceable chips on weapons used by forces guarding “protected persons”—including politicians, bureaucrats and top cops—was placed earlier this month at a security review meeting in Srinagar. Vijay Kumar, a former IPS officer who is currently the security adviser to J&K governor Satya Pal Malik, told HuffPost India that the state administration was reviewing a number of proposals aimed at modernising the operations of security forces in the Valley, subject to budget constraints. Continue reading


Amid growing concerns over the Chinese military buildup along the eastern flank of the country, the government has ordered moving a strategic ITBP command from its current base in Chandigarh by over 960 km to the border of Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said Thursday. The North West (NW) frontier of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), tasked to guard the 3,488-km long Sino-India border in peace times, is headed by an Inspector General (IG) of police-rank officer, which is equivalent to a Major General rank in the Army.

The frontier, according to documents accessed by news agency PTI, has been ordered to move “lock, stock, and barrel” by March-end and will have to be operationalised at the new location from April 1. Continue reading