After a delay of around five years, India inducted its first modern conventional submarine, INS Kalvari, into the Navy on Thursday, the first in almost two decades.
The submarine, which was earlier supposed to be inducted in the middle of this year, had to wait for six to seven months more for its commissioning as senior government functionaries insisted that the platform should be ready for operational deployment with its weapons at the time of being commissioned by the Prime Minister. Continue reading
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On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned the INS Kalvari (S-21), the first of the six Scorpene class submarines built under Project 75 (Kalvari Class) of the Indian Navy in Mumbai, strategic experts on Thursday said that while the latest attack boat will enhance the country’s naval warfare capability, India must expedite its much-delayed submarine-building projects.
The experts pointed out that INS Kalvari is only the first of the 24 conventional diesel-electric submarines to be built in India by 2030, as per an Indian defence plan of 1999. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE ASIAN AGE
December 16 will mark the 46th anniversary of Vijay Divas, when India won its greatest military victory ever following which an independent and sovereign state of Bangladesh came into existence. Generations to come are unlikely to forget that India’s “finest hour” was reached under the outstanding leadership of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, whose courage, grit and determination charged the course of not only the history, but also altered the geography of our subcontinent.
As London’s Sunday Times had then reported: “It took only 12 days for the Indian Army to smash its way to Dacca, an achievement reminiscent of the German blitzkrieg across France in 1940. The strategy was the same speed, ferocity and flexibility.” Continue reading
Both France and India have a major challenge — of countering terrorism, having faced attacks in Paris and Mumbai. What has been the level of co-operation between the two countries after 2008 on this front?
Counter-terrorism is the cornerstone of our strategic partnership with India. Both countries have faced terrible attacks and demonstrated their capacity to fight back. We are in full solidarity against terrorism. We know that in difficult times we can count on each other. France has very firmly condemned the terrorist attacks against India and called on decisive action to be taken against terrorist groups targeting India, particularly the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Jaish-e-Mohammad and the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. Cross-border terrorism has to stop. Continue reading
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The government is getting battle-ready to combat an aggressive Opposition in the Parliament this winter session as it expects turbulence in proceedings over the Rs 59,000-crore Rafale aircraft deal.More than five MPs have submitted written questions on the deal for the Parliament session starting on Friday and want to know whether the right procedures have been followed or not, sources told Mail Today.
In the last fortnight, the bureaucracy and the Indian Air Force officials have been going through documents of the agreement and preparing the ammunition for answering questions of opposition members to assert that there was no wrongdoing, sources said. Continue reading
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Eight Indian Navy pilots and one Bangladesh Navy pilot were awarded “wings” at the passing-out parade held to mark the graduation of pilots of the 89th Helicopter Conversion Course at Naval Air Station, Rajali, Arakkonam, on Thursday.
Rear Admiral Alok Bhatnagar, Flag Officer, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval Area, reviewed the parade. Continue reading
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) may clear all its backlog by the end of December.Addressing the 90th Annual General Meeting of Ficci, she also said that government will allocate more funds for defence research and development in next budget.
Sitharaman, after taking charge of the crucial ministry in September this year, had decided to hold meetings of the DAC every fortnight. Continue reading
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India was willing to look at any suggestion if its “sensitivities” are taken into account, the external affairs ministry said today while reacting to Russia’s call asking New Delhi to find a way out to join China’s mega One Belt One Road connectivity initiative.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday had pitched for India joining the project, hoping that New Delhi will find a way out to benefit from the mega project without sacrificing its position over it. Continue reading
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In light of the increasing strategic importance of the Indo-Pacific region, Australia is willing to join the Malabar naval exercise if invited by the other three participating nations of India, the US and Japan, a senior Australian official said on Wednesday.
“Australia, of course, stands very willing to join Malabar should we be invited to do so,” Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia Frances Adamson said at a media round table.”But that invitation could only come from the other three,” Adamson, who was here to participate in the inaugural 2+2 Foreign Secretaries and Defence Secretaries Dialogue between India and Australia and the fourth India-Australia-Japan trilateral meeting, said. Continue reading
SOURCE: Tribune News Service
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama could possibly head to China on a private visit, the Sikyong (head) of the elected Central Tibetan Administration, Lobsang Sangay, confirmed today. He, however, warned: “Don’t read too much into it. At most it’s a private visit and it’s too early to say anything.”
He was answering a question by former Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal on the sidelines of the Third ML Sondhi Memorial Lecture. Sangay delivered the lecture on “Tibet holds the key to Beijing”.
Sondhi was an IFS officer who quit and won a Lok Sabha election in 1967 from Delhi on a Jana Sangh ticket.
The Dalai Lama had fled Tibet in 1959 when China occupied it and since then lives in Dharamsala. Sangay said India should make Tibet the lynchpin in changing Beijing, saying Tibet must be declared the “core issue”. Continue reading
ia on Thursday said it hoped its South Asian neighbours will be sensitive to its concerns, as China makes increasing inroads in its periphery by cementing economic and strategic engagements with countries like Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
The comment from the Indian foreign ministry follows media reports that Sri Lanka has formally handed over the strategic port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease. According to the reports, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe attended a special event to mark the handover, formally described as a concession agreement, on Saturday. Continue reading
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The Odisha Police today detained four Russian nationals for flying a drone equipped with a camera capable of taking high-definition images over the Sri Jagannath Temple here, a senior police officer said.
Three of the four, who said they were members of ISKCON, were women, the officer added.The shrine and its periphery areas were declared a “no flying zone” by the district administration in 2014 after a quadcopter took aerial videos and photographs of the temple and uploaded them on social media. Continue reading
The Government will spend Rs 1,054 crore in the next two years on the procurement of modern weapons, vehicles and other gadgets for seven paramilitary forces, including CRPF and BSF, an official said.
Three more central forensic laboratories will also come up in Pune, Bhopal and Guwahati by next March to help law enforcement agencies in detecting, arresting and prosecuting criminals expeditiously, the official said. Continue reading
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India today congratulated the newly-elected alliance in Nepal and said it looks forward to working with the democratically-elected government to advance close and multifaceted partnership.Welcoming the conduct of parliamentary polls and first ever provincial elections in the Himalayan nation, External affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India has age-old, unique, time tested ties of friendship with Nepal.
“We look forward to working with the next democratically elected government in Nepal to advance our close and multifaceted partnership across all sectors and to support Nepal in its pursuit of peace, stability, economic prosperity and all round development,” he said. Continue reading
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Tata group and General Electric Co. (GE) have signed an agreement to build a new factory in Hyderabad to make engine parts for passenger jets.
The components made here will go into the LEAP engine used in the new fuel-efficient Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX planes.Under the strategic partnership, GE Aviation and Tata Sons’ subsidiary, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), will manufacture, assemble, integrate and test aircraft component, said a Tata Sons statement after a meeting of the chiefs of the two groups in Mumbai on Thursday. Continue reading