SOURCE: Reuters

A global money-laundering watchdog has placed Pakistan back on its terrorist financing watchlist, Indian media and a diplomatic source said on Friday, in a likely blow to both Pakistan’s economy and its strained relations with the United States.

The move is part of a broader U.S. strategy to pressure Pakistan to cut alleged links to Islamist militants waging chaos in neighboring Afghanistan. Continue reading


China has equipped a branch of the PLA deployed along the Indian border with a powerful US-style integrated individual soldier combat system to prepare for a future “informatised warfare”, a media report has said. Informatised warfare, a term widely used by the Chinese military in recent years refers to the use of IT, digital and artificial intelligence applications in battlefield conditions.

The Sky Wolf Commandos, a branch of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Special Operations Forces from the Western Theatre Command, have been equipped with the QTS-11 system in their training, Weihutang, a column affiliated with the China Central Television (CCTV), reported. The WesternA Theatre Command looks after the security along the 3,488 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India. Continue reading


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau inked six MoUs, including one on energy cooperation, on Friday, after holding bilateral talks on a wide range of topics. Their talks a range of issues including terrorism and extremism, as well as ways to strengthen ties in trade, education and defence.

Delivering a joint statement, PM Modi said it was important for the two countries to work together to fight the menace of terrorism and extremism. Continue reading


Controversial remarks and visits to disputed border regions by Indian officials are likely to trigger another showdown with China, like last year’s Doklam standoff, The Global Times reported, quoting observers.

India has been sending provocative signals to China since the Doklam standoff and undermining the already soured Sino-Indian relationship, Mr Zhao Gancheng, the director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, told the Global Times, a widely-read, state-run Chinese tabloid. Continue reading


The Maharashtra government has proposed to implement a slew of development projects and security-related measures on mission mode in the Naxal infested Gadchiroli district in Vidarbha region. The state government will get special assistance from the Centre under the National Policy and Action Plan for these projects.

A state home department official told DNA, “the state will get central assistance for three years between 2017-18 and 2019-20 to effectively implement security-related measures including training assistance for the state police, modernization of state police, the supply of arms equipment like mine detectors, mine-proof vehicles, intra and inter agency sharing of intelligence inputs. The development projects in infrastructure, education, health, skill development and agriculture will get a further boost.’’ Continue reading


Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is moving towards making a full-scale reusable launch vehicle, K. Sivan, Secretary, Department of Space, said on Wednesday.

“Very recently, we successfully conducted flight test of a hypersonic reusable launch vehicle technology demonstrator as well as air-breathing engine technology demonstrator,” he said. Dr. Sivan, who is also Chairman, ISRO, and Space Commission, Bengaluru, was speaking at the 34th convocation of Bharathidasan University. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Reuters

Turkmenistan on Friday announced the start of construction work on the Afghan section of an $8 billion natural gas pipeline that will link the energy-rich Central Asian nation to Pakistan and India. Ex-Soviet Turkmenistan holds the world’s fourth-largest natural gas reserves but has been heavily dependent on gas exports to China after Russia cut back gas imports in the past few years.

“Galkynysh, the world’s second-biggest gas field, will feed the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) pipeline,” Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov told reporters gathered in a town near the Turkmen-Afghan border through a video link. Continue reading


At a time when India is looking at building a military base in Seychelles, in an attempt to counter China in the economically significant Indian Ocean Region, units from the Indian Army and Seychelles People’s Defence Forces will train together from February 24 to March 4 at Mahe Island in the archipelago, with a focus on fighting insurgency and piracy threats.

The exercise is called ‘Lamitye’, which means friendship in Creole. It will be centred around the use of modern equipment for surveillance and tracking, and specialist weapons for anti-terror operations. To enhance military cooperation and interoperability between the armies of the two countries, India and Seychelles have been holding joint training exercises since 2001. Continue reading


National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) designed 14-seater multi-role transport aircraft ” Saras project ” is back online after suffering from long slow down which hit the project after a prototype suffered a crash in March 2009 leading to the killing of its crew.

Saras recently completed its Second flight successfully and IAF has expressed Interest in acquiring 15 Military variants of the aircraft which can be used to Transport Military VVIPs and to be also used to train pilots to fly Transport aircraft. IAF impressed by aircrafts potential is also keen on to exploit potential new variant specifically used for signal-snooping on enemy communications. Continue reading


The government has scrapped its two-year-old plan to produce 114 single-engine fighters with foreign collaboration under the “Make in India” framework, at an estimated cost of Rs 1.15 lakh crore (almost $18 billion), amid the political slugfest between BJP and Congress over the Rs 59,000 crore contract for 36 French Rafale jets.

Top sources said the defence ministry (MoD) has directed IAF, down to just 31 fighter squadrons (each with 18 jets) now when at least 42 are required for the “collusive threat” from Pakistan and China, to come up with a new proposal that will take both single and twin-engine fighters into account. Continue reading


In a first, the government is preparing to deploy commandos of central paramilitary force – CRPF – at the Indian embassy in war-ravaged Iraq, which is under threat from Islamic State, Al Qaeda and other terror groups.A contingent of 45 highly trained men, led by a deputy commandant rank officer, will be initially posted to secure the embassy and diplomats in Baghdad and, if required, more personnel will be sent later.

The Indian embassy last faced a missile attack in 2004 but sources said lately RAW and other central intelligence agencies have warned of possible terror attacks. An in-principle approval for the deployment of an armed squad at the complex located in the Al Mansour area of the Iraqi capital has already been accorded by the home ministry, sources said. Continue reading


Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan has said that there is scope for a deeper collaboration between the space agency and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as both have common goals and use the same technology.

A major space project was recently jointly reviewed by him with DRDO Chairman S. Christopher, Dr. Sivan said. He was inaugurating an international conference on sonar systems and sensors, ‘ICONS-2018’, organised by the State’s only DRDO lab, the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), at Angamaly on Thursday. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Interpreter

The Doklam border stand-off between India, China, and India’s ally Bhutan managed to break into the news cycle last year. It was a significant dispute, with troops clashing at one point and military forces mobilised, between two of the world’s nuclear powers that have previously fought a war.

But details have emerged in recent weeks that indicate the crisis was even more serious than many realised. It may be one of the first episodes to demonstrate the evolving risks (and potential long-term benefits) that the introduction of nuclear-armed submarines will have on strategic stability in the Indo-Pacific. Continue reading


Former Pakistani diplomat Amir Zubair Siddiqui plotted to attack the US Consulate in Chennai, Israeli Consulate in Bengaluru, Eastern Naval Command HQ in Visakhapatnam and ports across the country, according to a charge-sheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Poonamallee Special Court on Thursday.

The chargesheet named Amir Zubair Siddiqui, who was then visa counsellor at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo. Continue reading


GSAT-11 could be the last Indian satellite which will be launched by a foreign rocket. According to K Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Orfanisation (ISRO), if al things work out as intended, the 5.7-tonne GSAT-11 will be most probably the last heavy Indian satellite to be launched by a foreign space agency.

The GSAT-11 communication satellite will be launched by Arianespace’s Ariane rocket soon.

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