India which is conducting major naval drills with Singapore in the disputed South China Sea has “reneged” on its promise not to provoke China on the sensitive issue, a Chinese military expert said today.
Judging from the deployment of anti-submarine weapons, the purpose of the drills is clearly aimed at impacting China’s submarines in the India Ocean, which India regards as a “threat” to its influence in the area, Song Zhongping, a military expert who used to serve in the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force was quoted as saying by the state-run Global Times. Continue reading
As summers start setting in Jammu and Kashmir, security forces expect more encounters and gun fights in the Valley as militants, waiting across the Line of Control, gear up for the snow to melt so that they infiltrate on the Indian side. This year, compared to the last, will witness relatively less infiltration bids.
On Saturday, the army engaged a group of militants, who were trying to infiltrate, and cornered them around Kisan post in Naugam sector of Kupwara district. The encounter, which lasted more than 24 hours, ended on Sunday evening and left seven people dead, including three soldiers. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
National Award-winning actor, Padma Shri and Parliamentarian Paresh Rawal took to Twitter last night and wrote that instead of a stone pelter, eminent author and political activist Arundhati Roy should be tied to an army jeep.
This comes in the wake of a video going viral last month which showed a young man tied to the front of an Indian Army vehicle, being paraded in a village in Budgam district of Central Kashmir, as an apparent warning to stone pelters. Jammu and Kashmir opposition leader Omar Abdullah tweeted the video in April, requesting for an “urgent inquiry and follow up”. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
The political corridors in Delhi are abuzz with activities amidst the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir. A series of meetings are taking place in the Opposition camp to find a solution for the situation in the Valley and corner the government on the issue.
A meeting of the Congress Committee on Kashmir and another of the Opposition leaders with the Congress leaders is underway here. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
With national cyber security coordinator in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr Gulshan Rai bound for Tel Aviv this week, India and Israel are all set to institutionalise cyber security cooperation in the run-up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Jerusalem in July.
Israeli and Indian diplomatic sources also confirmed that secretary (Industrial Promotion and Policy) Ramesh Abhishek, along with Invest India team, reached Tel Aviv on Sunday, a day after foreign secretary S Jaishankar left for India after meeting Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu last Friday. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan times
The Iranian question continues to keep the geopolitical sands of the Persian Gulf and much of West Asia fluid and unstable. The landslide victory of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in his re-election bid shows that the majority of Iranians continue to wish for a modern society and support Tehran’s attempts to engage with the West and end years of economic isolation.
However, Mr Rouhani’s return to power has coincided with a speech by the United States president, Donald Trump, accusing Iran of spreading “destruction and chaos”, “fuelling sectarian fires” and being a source of regional instability. This bodes poorly for the future of Iran’s relations with the US and will make it harder for the Gulf to find a political balance between its Sunnis and Shias. Continue reading
SOURCE: TRIBUNE PK
The verdict of the top United Nations (UN) court ordering Pakistan not to execute Kulbhushan Jadhav until it makes a final judgment in the case, has stirred discontent and debate across Pakistan. Jadhav, who was arrested in March 2016, is a retired Indian naval officer who confessed to espionage and terror activities in Pakistan.
In a video that went viral, Jadhav confessed to have aided terrorist and separatist activities in Pakistan, particularly by fuelling insurgency in the province of Balochistan. He further exposed his country’s top intelligence agency’s role in funding activities with an aim to destabilise Pakistan. Continue reading
SOURCE : REUTERS
French plane-maker Dassault Aviation SA hopes to start discussions with India by the end of the year for additional sales of its Rafale fighter jet, before full fledge negotiations in 2018, Chief executive Eric Trappier said in Geneva on Sunday. Continue reading
State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries said on Sunday it has won an additional, USD 630 million contract to supply air and defence missile systems for four ships of the Indian navy.
The contract will be jointly executed with the Indian government’s Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), which serves as the main contractor in the project as part of ‘Make in India’ policy. This comes close on the heels of Israel’s largest defence contract ever worth USD 2 billion to supply the Indian Army and Navy with missile defence systems. Continue reading
SOURCE : THE NORTHLINES
Days before China-Pakistan cooperation was taken to the next level by side-stepping India’s concerns over Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Army chief General Bipin Rawat had played with a straight bat before an audience in the national capital.
On the morning of May 4, he exhorted the need to identify the “strategic deficiency” that was plaguing the country. The 27th chief of the Indian Army then lamented how an undivided India had even “reached up to the Middle East something that the creation of Pakistan put a break to”. Continue reading
SOURCE : DNA INDIA
The drums of war are beating. Air Chief Marshall BS Dhanoa has written a personal letter to each officer of the Indian Air Force to be “prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice”. Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, who recently visited the LoC in North Kashmir, reportedly said that he was extremely satisfied with the preparation of the Indian armed forces in warding off any of the Pakistani army’s misadventures.
He added that the Indian Army was more than capable of giving a befitting reply to any ceasefire violations. Continue reading
SOURCE : ET
Defence ministry today cleared a mega naval project worth over Rs 20,000 crore for four Landing Platform Docks (LPD) also known as amphibious assault ships. LPDs are warfare ship that helps armed forces to transport troops defence equipment, helicopters and amphibious vehicle into a war zone by sea.
Each of these four ships will weigh in the range of 30,000 and 40,000 tonnes. Once built and deployed, they will be the biggest battle ships to be built in India after the under-construction aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. Continue reading
SOURCE : THE ASIAN AGE
In combat mode against the bulge, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is mulling a policy that will rule out its obese airmen from promotions and career enhancement programmes, being considered for ceremonial events and coveted foreign postings like in the United Nations peace-keeping missions, defence attaches and air attaches in Indian diplomatic missions abroad, besides many training opportunities and other courses and short visits.
The obesity aspect and the overall fitness issue of IAF personnel figured prominently during the IAF commanders’ conference held in New Delhi from April 19 to 21. Continue reading
SOURCE : ENS
The successful conclusion of the Belt and Road Forum (BARF) in Beijing, which India chose to stay away from, has led to a chorus of voices warning that in doing so, India has isolated itself both regionally and globally.
With the exception of Bhutan, all the South Asian neighbours of India participated, as did countries India regards as its partners in resisting the Chinese dominance of Asia; these include the US, Japan, Australia and Vietnam. Japan and Vietnam are also countries of South East Asia, which, like India, have territorial disputes with China, but they did not consider those disputes reason enough to stay away. It may also be argued that India itself has not let its territorial disputes with China stand in the way of cooperating with it on matters of mutual interest such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) or the BRICS Development Bank (DB). Continue reading
SOURCE : TNN
India will flex its market muscle to secure better terms from Opec when ministers from the cartel of oil exporting countries, accounting for roughly 35% of global supplies, meet this week to discuss extending the production cut deal to prop up prices.
Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan is expected to drive a hard bargain at the Opec ministerial meeting in Vienna on May 25 as the grouping finds itself on shaky ground in the face of a growing US fracking industry. Continue reading