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Isro has postponed its heaviest rocket GSLV Mk-III’s launch due to pending tests to be conducted on the vehicle. Now, the rocket will either be launched in March or April after completing the tests.

Earlier, the space organisation tentatively planned to launch it on January 20. The GSLV Mk-III rocket will launch the 3.2 tonne GSAT-19 satellite. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Asserting that Indo-US relations will strengthen irrespective of the recent change of guard, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has established an early contact with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.

Addressing the second day of the Raisina Dialogue here, Jaishankar said that a strong conversation has been held between India and the Trump cadre. “We established an early contact with the Trump transition team and see a strong conversion of interests and concerns,” he said. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Nuke Club, Masood Azhar Issues Mustn’t Be ‘Stumbling Blocks’: China On Ties With India
China said issues over India’s NSG membership and Masood Azhar should not be “stumbling blocks”.
BEIJING: China on Wednesday said differences over India’s NSG membership bid and designating of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist by the UN should not be “stumbling blocks” in developing ties and asserted that both sides must respect each other’s core interests and major concerns.

Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that the rise of India and China offered an “unprecedented opportunity” for both countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing in Beijing that it is very important for both countries to have sound and stable cooperation. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Admiral Harry B Harris, Commander of the United States Pacific Command, Wednesday said that US and Indian navies have been sharing information on the movement of Chinese submarines and ships in the Indian Ocean. He also said India should be concerned about the increasing Chinese influence in the region.

“There is sharing of information regarding Chinese maritime movement in the Indian Ocean,” Admiral Harris said. The US, he said, works “closely with India and with improving India’s capability to do that kind of surveillance. Malabar exercise… helps us hone our ability to track what China is doing in the Indian Ocean. Chinese submarines are clearly an issue and we know they are operating through the region.” Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Sri Lankan regional development minister and former Army chief Sarath Fonseka Wednesday assuaged India’s concern over Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean. He said that Colombo would ensure that New Delhi’s security is “not jeopardised”.

Fonseka insisted that there was “no way” Sri Lanka wanted to upset Indian sentiments. He maintained that Colombo wanted to be neutral and stay away from power struggle between India and China. “We want to maintain highest relationship with India. At the same time, we also have a historical relationship with China,’’ he said here at the Raisina Dialogue 2017. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIATODAY

In less than two days, Richard Verma will step down as the US ambassador to India. In a special episode of To The Point and his only farewell interview to television, the departing ambassador spoke to Karan Thapar of India Today. Verma shared his two-years’ experience in India, his successes as well as the unfinished tasks, the journey that lay ahead, the challenges and how he feels the state of relationship between the US and India is as he steps down from ambassador’s post.

Verma stressed particularly on two big breakthroughs during his tenure that brought the two countries together – Clean energy and climate change deal and the improvement of India-US economic and trade relationship. The Paris climate agreement, said Verma, stood out as one of the signature global agreements India and the US were able to achieve together. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

Japan and India are finally moving to fructify their partnership for development of the Chabahar port in Iran with Tokyo committing investment to help improve Afghanistan’s access to the port.

Afghanistan confirmed Japan’s pledge to develop access for Chabahar after a visit last week by Japan’s state minister for foreign affairs Kentaro Sonoura. India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement last year in May for establishing transport and transit corridors for the strategically located port in Iran. Continue reading

SOURCE: ARMY.MIL

The Watervliet Arsenal has received a $47 million contract to manufacture 145 howitzer cannon systems as part of a $737 million foreign military sales contract that BAE Systems has with the Indian government. This award took about eight years to finalize and is the largest single contract the arsenal has received in decades.

Under the contract, the arsenal will manufacture M776 155-mm tubes and associated parts for BAE that will become an integral part of the M777A2 lightweight howitzer system that India will purchase from BAE. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi implicitly criticised China’s connectivity projects for “overriding sovereignty” of other nations, Beijing said its corridor through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) was neither aimed at India nor reflective of its position on Kashmir.

Speaking at the inauguration of the second Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, the PM said “connectivity in itself cannot override or undermine the sovereignty of other nations”. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

India on Thursday reminded China that the multi-billion dollar economic corridor that it is building in Pakistan is passing through Indian territory (Presently occupied by Pakistan) and if Beijing seeks respect for its sovereignty it should respect other’s as well.

Continuing to assert itself against the neighbour in the East,  Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said at the 2nd Raisina dialogue that China does not care for other’s sovereignty. “China is very sensitive on matters concerning its sovereignty. We expect they respect other people’s sovereignty. CPEC passes through a territory that we see as ours,” Jaishankar said. Continue reading

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DRDO developed Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) was caught preparing for Republic Day parade where it will be showcased to the world for the first time. DRDO has transferred Two ATAGS Howitzer Prototypes especially for the Republic Day parade but when placed next to each other, it is hard not to find that there are striking dissimilarities between the two Prototypes.

DRDO to cut delays had started parallel development of ATAGS Howitzer Prototypes, one Prototype of ATAGS was developed by Tata Power (SED) and another by Kalyani Group and both were independently tested. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI) handed over the first Ghaatak rifleto the director general of Kerala Police on Monday at the factory premises in North 24-Parganas. The 7.62 x 39 mm assault rifle has been developed by the factory indigenously for use by the defence, central paramilitary and state police forces. The rifle can fire in single and automatic modes and its magazine has a capacity of 30 rounds. Its rate of fire is 600 rounds per minute and effective range is 300 metres.

“On Monday, RFI general manager Ratneshwar Varma handed over the weapon to Rajesh Dewan, DG, Kerala Police in the presence of other senior officers and employees of the factory. Senior officials of the Telangana Police were also present during the programme. Continue reading

SOURCE: AIN ONLINE

Russia’s T-50 PAKFA fifth-generation stealth fighter is about to undergo flight testing by military pilots for the first time. The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) said on January 6 that it would take delivery this year of five of the aircraft that have been flight-tested by Sukhoi at the Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in Zhukovsky. But the VKS, which since last year has encompassed the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, made no further mention of any order for production aircraft.

The five T-50s will now be transferred to the Chkalov VKS State Flight Test Centre base No. 929 at Akhtubinsk. Once at the Chkalov center, the aircraft will be put through a two-stage program, “State-Joint Flight Testing,” that allows for military pilots to gradually take over the validation of the aircraft. This joint testing program is in theory the last process that the prototype aircraft would undergo before the go-ahead is given for the T-50 to enter series production. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA & RUSSIA REPORT

The first-ever Russian-Pakistani military drill in the territory of India’s arch foe (in 2016) has to a great extent rocked the long-established trust between Moscow and New Delhi, especially in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Indian military base in Uri in September 2016.

Although Russia was the only member of the United Nations Security Council, which had specifically mentioned that the terrorist attack was “committed from the territory of Pakistan,” many in New Delhi have begun to doubt Russia’s reliability as a strategic partner. Continue reading

SOURCE: Reuters

Growing military ambitions in the Asia-Pacific are creating security risks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday in a coded message to China to exercise strategic restraint.

Although couched in diplomatic language and not mentioning China by name, Modi’s remarks in a keynote foreign policy speech aligned New Delhi with US President-elect Donald Trump’s intent to curb Beijing’s regional clout. Continue reading

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