With growing tensions on the border with China and also continuous aggression by Pakistan, the Indian Army is gearing up to modernise itself for a ‘short and intense war’. An internal audit of the Army recently exposed its critical deficiency. The world’s third largest Army does not even have one-third of its authorised war wastage reserves (WWR) for 30 days of intense fighting.
In view of the recent developments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government empowered Vice Chief of the Army to make procurements of military hardware bypassing red-tapism up to `40,000 crore. The Army has identified critical deficiencies in 46 types of ammunition and certain spares for 10 types of weapon platforms.Here are some of the findings of the report wherein the Army is looking to modernise itself. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
The Army’s request for 11 Apache attack helicopters was cut down to six by the Defence Ministry after objections from the Finance Division, sources say.
“The MoD Finance had red-flagged the proposal for 11 [helicopters]. They said if these helicopters go to the Army, it will be a duplication of assets as the Indian Air Force is already in the process of acquiring 22 of them,” a senior defence source said. Continue reading
SOURCE: LIVE MINT
A few months ago, the government of India put out its long-awaited “Strategic Partnership” policy for defence production. This policy is aimed at spurring private sector participation in defence manufacturing in India. In the initial phase, the government will identify one Indian private entity as a strategic partner to manufacture one major system: single-engine fighter aircraft, helicopters, submarines, and armoured vehicles. The chosen companies, in turn, can set up joint ventures with foreign companies to produce these systems.
Strategic partnerships with select Indian firms have long been regarded as essential to enabling significant private sector participation in defence manufacturing. A committee led by Vijay Kelkar had proposed this over a decade ago. Continue reading
Dacharla Panduranga Rohith, a student of SRM University in Chennai, was recognised by World Records of India, for developing a nano missile. He wanted to hand over the missile to DRDO for the use of Indian Army and local police in fighting terrorism after developing it for launch through a robot.
Rohith is the elder son of Dacharla Tirumala Rao and Sridevi, residents of Kammapalem in Ongole. He completed his high school and Intermediate education from Sriviswasanthi Educational Institutions in Vuyyuru of Krishna district and studying final year Computer Science Engineering at SRM University in Chennai.
China will not share hydrological data with India until it withdraws its troops from Doklam, an expert at a Chinese think-tank has said. Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said China cannot be expected to fulfil its obligation when India has no regards for its neighbour’s sovereignty. China will not agree to carry out normal cooperation on hydrological data with India unless it agrees to withdraw troops from Doklam, the Global Times quoted him as saying.
The two sides have been engaged in a three-month military stand-off at Doklam in the Sikkim section of the India-China border. “Although China is a responsible country, we can’t fulfil our obligations to India when it shows no respect to our sovereignty,” Hu said. India on Friday said China had not shared the water related data so far this year. Continue reading
The government is in touch with Russia over the Sino-Indian military standoff at Doklam ?ahead of the upcoming Brics summit in China, official sources said. This is significant as India, hampered by an increasingly disoriented Trump administration, has looked at Moscow in the past 6 months to convince Beijing to shed its antagonistic approach towards India.
This was obvious also in the way India reached? out earlier this year to Russia to convince China to drop its opposition to India’s bid for membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). “Russia is an important strategic partner and it’s natural to discuss issues concerning security with a friendly country,” said an official requesting anonymity. Continue reading
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said demonetisation left Maoists in many parts of India and separatists in Jammu and Kashmir “fund starved”.
He said it greatly reduced the number of protesters taking part in stone-throwing in the state.”Stone pelters used to gather in thousands on the streets of Kashmir before demonetisation was announced, but now not even 25 come together for such agitations,” he said. Continue reading
SOURCE: TNN BLOG
As China becomes more aggressive in its external posture, the India-China standoff in Doklam is being watched closely across the Asean region. Thailand’s ambassador to India Chutintorn Gongsakdi spoke to Jiby J Kattakayam about how the border confrontation in Bhutan is being perceived in the wider region, India’s Act East policy and why, despite ancient civilisational linkages, it has taken 70 years of Indo-Thai diplomatic ties for trade and cultural exchanges to enter a higher trajectory:
Does the Indo-China standoff in Doklam on the eastern front worry Asean? Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Japan and India have finalised a blueprint for developing Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in African countries, an attempt aimed at countering the expanding Chinese footprints in the continent.
The first SEZ, Indian companies will be taking part of, will come up around Mombasa port in Kenya, which is being developed with Japanese assistance.Around 10 Indian companies have evinced interest in being part of the SEZ which will focus on infrastructure, pharmaceutical, fertilisers and manufacturing. Continue reading
A sustained crackdown on militancy in J&K, aided by strong ground intelligence, has seen the killings of terrorists outstrip recruitment by terror groups this year, with ranks of separatists increasingly dependent on infiltration of “foreign” operatives into the state.
The infiltration from PoK and Pakistan is slightly higher with 78 terrorists sneaking into J&K till July against 123 in entire 2016 but intelligence agencies say, given the current trend, it is a matter of time before the total number of active terrorists in the Valley sees a decline. Continue reading
The flight operations at the Delhi airport have been temporarily halted after a pilot reported about spotting a drone at the runway.
The airport authority is trying to find the source of this unidentified drone, which has been reportedly spotted in the premises of the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Continue reading
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday highlighted the significance of the National Investigative Agency (NIA) towards national security, and proposed the idea of holding high-level meetings between the agency and state agencies once in every six months to win over terrorism.
Adityanath also informed that four northern states namely Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar shall be affiliated to the Lucknow office, while speaking at the inauguration of the NIA office and residential complex at Lucknow. Continue reading
The Ministry of Defence has decided to delegate administrative and financial powers to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to avoid delays on account of references between the Chief Engineer, HQ DGBR and the Ministry.
The Defence Ministry intends to bring transformational changes in the organisation in order to improve the pace of execution of works and to achieve desired outcomes according to the requirement of the armed forces. Continue reading
SOURCE: FIRST POST
A trainee cadet of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Deharadun reportedly died on Friday while participating in a 10-km run part of routine physical training, according to a report in The Tribune.
Deepak Sharma, 22, was undergoing pre-commission training at IMA, and was one of six cadets who collapsed during training, the report added.According to a report on The Times of India,Sharma, who hailed from Bathinda in Punjab, was taken to a local hospital in Herbertpur but passed away during treatment. Continue reading
SOURCE: FREE MALAYSIA TODAY
India’s intelligence and counter-terrorism agencies have alerted Japan of the clandestine operations conducted by a banned NGO run by fugitive Islamic preacher Zakir Naik near Tokyo.
The Times Now news channel reported yesterday that New Delhi’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) had become aware of a radical conversion centre that Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) ran with the help of his Japanese associate. Continue reading