Pakistan released on Saturday the Indian army soldier, Chandu Babulal Chavan, who was said to have “inadvertently” crossed over into Pakistan territory the day India carried out its surgical strikes on terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC).

Speaking to TOI, Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit expressed hope that his country’s “goodwill gesture” would be duly acknowledged and appreciated. Pakistan’s decision to release Chavan came on the back of the release of 220 Indian fishermen by Islamabad last month and also the easing of tensions at LoC and International Boundary since the new Pakistan army chief, Qamar Bajwa, took over. Continue reading


At least 54 soldiers, pilots and officers of the Indian Army and Air Force were labelled “missing in action” or “killed in action” in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. But many believe they are alive and imprisoned in various Pakistani jails. In a sharp contrast, 90,000 Pak troops captured by the Indian Army at the end of the war were released as part of the Simla Agreement.

Until 1989, Pakistan denied having Indian prisoners in their jails. It was former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who told visiting Indian officials that the men were in their custody. During the regime of President Pervez Musharraf, the claim was denied and a delegation comprising relatives of the PoWs were allowed to visit Pakistani jails in Multan, Lahore, Sukkur, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Mianwali, Rawalpindi, Swabi and Darghai. Continue reading


Key political leaders and industry players will be seen at the first “Indian Defence and Aerospace Summit” organised by the NewsX and The Sunday Guardian on Wednesday, 25 January in New Delhi.

The likely attendees to the event are Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar; Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapati Raju; Minister of State for Defence, Dr Subhash Bhamre; Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar; senior bureaucrat and CEO of Niti Aayog, Amitabh Kant; ambassadors and diplomats from 27 countries including Sweden, France, Israel; representatives of Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Airbus, SAAB, BAE Systems, and representatives of CAPA, IATA & Air India, Jet, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir. Continue reading


As President Donald Trump’s administration and policies take shape, Ashley Tellis, whom the Washington Post identifies as America’s likely next ambassador to New Delhi, has urged America’s new president to continue former Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama’s policies towards Asia, and India in particular.

Writing in the publication Asia Policy, Dr Tellis has recommended that Trump should ‘(take) the existing threats of Pakistan-supported terrorism against India more seriously, (develop) a considered strategy for aiding India in coping with Chinese assertiveness, and (persist) with the existing US policy of eschewing mediation on the thorny Indo-Pakistani dispute over Jammu and Kashmir.’ Continue reading


Bhushan Chavan, the elder brother of Chandu Chavan, an Indian soldier who inadvertently crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in September last year, has thanked the defence ministry for efforts taken to ensure his return.

Minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre had earlier on Thursday said that Pakistan has committed to release the soldier, who inadvertently strayed across the LoC last year. Continue reading

SOURCE: Swarajya

When the video of the BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav surfaced in the social media for the first time between 8 and 9 January, it took the nation by surprise and shock. Since then video messages from few more soldiers of CRPF, Army and Air Force have surfaced and extended the domain of grievance to cover inter-alia pay scale, leave, service conditions and wrongful use of subordinate staff for personal work by the superior officers.

Sensing the hidden TRP potential, television channels- regional and national, have run these stories round the clock for few days ensuring that these reach the nook and corner of the country. Continue reading


A lithium-ion battery, indigenously developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for space applications, has been successfully put to use in an electric two-wheeler by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).

ARAI and ISRO are jointly working on a project to explore the applications of lithium ion battery technology used in space for surface transport vehicles. This success could prove to give a big fillip to electric mobility in the country.  Continue reading


If only one could soar with the birds on a whim or dive into the deep blue sea with the fish. Man has always looked to nature for inspiration to do things distinctly unlike humans. So we’ve had the Icarus [late, of tragic legend] and the Wright brothers [of more recent and well documented success].

The Wright brothers were the first to learn everything they needed to know from birds, how to be able to fly and carry objects that are heavier than air — slats, wingtips, tailwings, empennage, horizontal and vertical stabilisers, updrafts and downdrafts and thermals. We’ve also reproduced vessels that can sail the high seas from the lessons that waterborne creatures have taught us. Continue reading

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The Bengaluru-based startup TeamIndus is presenting an opportunity to citizens of India to get their name engraved on Moon. What’s striking is that the space startup is demanding just Rs 500 for putting the name on the lunar surface.

TeamIndus has taken the initiative in order to generate extra revenue to support their mission. As per the reports, the names of the donors will get micro-engraved on a small-sized aluminium object and this name plate will then be placed on the surface of the Moon when the lander descends on the Moon.

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The year 2017 is a packed one for Rana. There’s a steady line up of films and he’s been busy not just acting and promoting his projects, but forging collaborations that could take his films to a wider audience. We catch up with Rana soon after his return from Jaipur Literature Festival, where the cover of The Rise of Sivagami, the first book of Baahubali trilogy by Anand Neelakantan, was unveiled amid a packed audience. “I didn’t expect the huge turnout.

This was my first visit to JLF and I was amazed,” he says. Baahubali – The Conclusion is expected this summer. Before that is The Ghazi Attack, inspired by true events in 1971 in which an operation by the Indian navy led to the sinking of Pakistan’s submarine P.N.S. Ghazi, off Visakhapatnam coast. Continue reading


IT is never too late to achieve success which is different from what others have done so far, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A S Kiran Kumar on Saturday. He cited India’s success in entering the Mars orbit  in its maiden attempt and becoming the fourth country to send a spacecraft to the red planet.
Addressing the 14th Convocation of National Institute of Technology-Rourkela (NIT-R) as chief guest, the ISRO chief told the young technocrats, “You can also innovate on technologies and bring in solutions to problems affecting the country.” Continue reading


Everybody has heard of big companies with global reach ­ Microsoft and IBM, Google and Apple, Coca Cola and Pepsi, Nestle and Kraft, and many others. But how many of us can recall hearing about Northrop Grumman or Lockheed Martin or BAE Systems or Almaz-Antey?

These and others like them too have annual profits running into billions of dollars, and they have customers in virtually every country . Yet, they live in a secretive netherworld about which few people have any inkling ­ and they deal in lifeand-death products. Continue reading


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed top military commanders of three Services in presence of defence minister Manohar Parrikar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

Discussions ranging from prevailing security scenario on border to appointment of Chief of Defence Staff, the top most militaryman of the country, were in the agenda of the Combined Commanders Conference, which was held in the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. Continue reading


An army soldier who had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control in September last year has been handed over to India by Pakistan at the Wagah Border today. Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chauhan was being released on “humanitarian grounds”, Pakistan said in a statement.

The news of the 22-year-old soldier from Maharashtra being in Pakistani captivity had come just hours after India announced that in surgical strikes, troops had attacked seven terror launch pads or staging areas across the Line of Control in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. Continue reading

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