An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Indian Navy crashed minutes after taking off from Porbandar Naval base on Thursday but police say the crash did not cause any injury or damage to property on the ground.

Police said the drone crashed in the open ground of an ice-factory right behind Udyognagar police station in Porbandar town. The UAV took off from the base at around 9:30 am but crashed within minutes. “The UAV crashed in an open ground in Udyognagar area of the town. The drone caught fire after crashing and police called fire fighters. However, there was no injury or damage to property on the ground as the drone crashed in the open ground where nobody was around,” police superintendent of Porbandar district, Shobha Bhutda told The Indian Express. Continue reading

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On Monday morning, news that the Indian government was finally moving toward integrated theater commands (ITCs) caused much excitement. The Times of India headline “Govt moves on integrated theater commands; amends rules to bring three forces under single leadership” was met with a host of accolades.

The report, quoting official sources, said the government had given notification of new “statutory rules and orders” to ensure that an officer from any one service can now “exercise direct command” over personnel from the other two services, which are all governed by different acts and rules, in tri-service organizations. It has already been implemented in the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC). Continue reading


China has brought its frontier troops, including those guarding its border with India, directly under the military command removing civilian control over them, a state-run daily reported on Thursday.

Communist Party of China (CPC), headed by President Xi Jinping, announced complete withdrawal of civilian-oriented frontier defence troops from the People’s Armed Police (PAP) to enhance the ruling party’s management of the country’s armed forces, Global Times reported.

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A recent novel, “Radius 200” by author Veena Nagpal, has two facts at the centre of the fictional narrative that she weaves. “Impending water scarcity and the very real danger of an Sino-Indian conflict over this precious resource,” says Nagpal in the context of her book that was launched with much fanfare at the Jaipur Literature Festival in January.

“I had once seen a small video made by ex-President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. It very graphically depicted what water scarcity could do to human beings. Later, experts began predicting that the Third World War could be triggered by water scarcity — and that Asia was a flash point. India relies on the river Brahmaputra for 30 per cent of its water needs. China is building the world’s largest dam to divert the waters of the Brahmaputra to its own territory. Once the dam becomes a reality China could, at will, flood India or starve it of water,” Nagpal told IANS in an interview.

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Indian Army allegations that Chinese hackers are targeting Indian users to extract personal data puts a stain on Sino-Indian relations, Chinese analysts said on Wednesday.

“The negative propaganda against China recently released by the Indian Army on social media violates the will of both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who are seeking to bring Sino-Indian relations into a stable phase,” Hu Shisheng, director of the Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceania Studies in Beijing, told the Global Times.  Continue reading

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Earlier this week, hardline Kashmir separatist, Syed Ali Shah Geelani stepped down as the chief of the Tehrik-e-Hurriyat and made way for his long time friend, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai.

While Geelani continues to head the Hurriyat Conference, it would only be a matter of time before he steps down owing to poor health, age and the pressure that the Indian government has mounted on him in the Kashmir terror funding case. Continue reading


The Delhi Police has registered a First Information Report (FIR) after the Indian Air Force complained about the existence of a website allegedly created to “dupe” those aspiring to join the armed force.

The FIR was registered by the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) under the Information Technology Act’s Section 66D (cheating by using computer resource) and the Indian Penal Code’s Sections 467 (forgery of valuable security or will), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record).

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Removing the cap of Rs. 10, 000, the government will now fully fund the education of children of personnel of armed forces missing, killed or rendered disabled in action, a notification from the Ministry of Finance said Thursday. Earlier, the “educational concession” was up to Rs 10,000 a month.

“Educational concession will continue without the cap of Rs10,000/- per month,” the notification said. “The ‘Educational Concession’ will be admissible only for undertaking studies in a government/government-aided schools. Military/Sainik schools and others schools and colleges recognised by the central or state government, including the autonomous organisations financed entirely by the central/state governments,” the notification added. Continue reading


The national convener of the Core Group for Tibetan Cause (CGTC), R K Khrimey, today welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for congratulating Chinese President Xi Jinping on his re-election.

Prime Minister Modi spoke to President Xi Jinping on Tuesday over telephone. Both leaders agreed that as two major powers growing rapidly, bilateral relations between India and China are vital for the realisation of 21st Century as the ‘Asian Century’. They also agreed to continue their close consultations on regional and international issues of mutual interest. Continue reading


Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood is reportedly set to return to India soon and will host the ‘Pakistan National Day’ function at the High Commission in Delhi on Friday.

Mahmood was called back to Islamabad last week for “consultation” over reports of harassment of Pakistani High Commission officials in India. Continue reading

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In 1962, even strong Indian Army defences in sectors such as Ladakh and Walong were eventually overrun by human waves of Chinese soldiers. The scenario for a future war is now even bleaker — with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) throwing in waves of unmanned tanks to blast and crush Indian defences.
Footage recently aired by the state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) showed China’s first unmanned tank being driven by remote control. While the footage did not show the tank’s main gun or other weapons firing, Indian armour experts believe that capability would only be a matter of time. Continue reading


India and the US have a shared interest that their navies provide security which guarantees a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region, a US Navy chief said today. US chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson had a meeting at the Pentagon with Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba who is on a five-day visit to America. It was Richardson’s fourth meeting with Lanba. The two had last met at the IMDEX Asia defense conference in May 2017. “We have a shared interest that our navies provide the security that underwrites a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region,” Richardson told PTI after his meeting with Lanba.

“I’ve met often with Admiral Lanba and our discussions center on a naval partnership built on respect and trust,” he said. Continue reading


India is not considering any proposal to sign the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) as a precondition for joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the Lok Sabha was told on Wednesday.

Replying to a written question, Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh also said India’s application for NSG membership remains under consideration of the Group. The government continues to engage with the NSG and its members at appropriate levels for a decision on India’s application, he said. Continue reading


The armed forces are facing a shortage of over 52,000 soldiers with the Army topping the list with over 21,000 vacant posts, the government said  Wednesday. According to the details provided by Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre in the Lok Sabha, the Army is reeling under a shortage of 21,383 personnel, while the number of vacant posts in the Navy is 16,348 and 15,010 in the Air Force.

Replying to a question, he said 7,680 posts of officers are lying vacant in the Army. Continue reading


India will have a military attaché in the US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) in Bahrain, defence ministry officials said on condition of anonymity, highlighting what they term a “path-breaking” development that signals deeper defence cooperation between the two countries.

The officials added that the Pentagon has also agreed to have an Indian military representative at the Defence Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), a US government unit that funds private companies working on cutting-edge defence technologies. Continue reading