SOURCE: News Nation
In a major move that will greatly boost the capabilities of Indian Navy, the Trump administration has decided to share the crucial Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) with India for the Indian Navy’s future aircraft carrier.
India had sent a letter of request to the US government for the Electromagnetic Launch System (EMLAS) built by General Atomics for aircraft carrier planned by the Indian Navy during the tenure of Barack Obama. Continue reading
SOURCE: FIRST POST
India can help the US keep an eye on Pakistan as President Donald Trump has “taken tougher approach to Islamabad harbouring terrorists”, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said.
Noting that Trump recently announced a new strategy for combating terrorism in Afghanistan and South Asia, Haley said one of the pillars of that strategy is the development of America’s strategic partnership with India. Continue reading
The key to India becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council is “not to touch the veto”, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said as she identified Russia and China as the two global powers against changes in the current structure of the Security Council.
“(This reform of the UN Security Council) is much more about the veto. The permanent five (members of the Security Council) have the ability to veto. Russia, China, UK (United Kingdom), US and France and none of them want to give that up. So, the key to getting India on the Security Council would have to be not to touch the veto,” Haley said at an event organised on the US Capitol by US India Friendship Council. Continue reading
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More than 2,000 of China’s top officials have gathered in Beijing for the week-long 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, a twice-a-decade political meeting that is expected to see President Xi Jinping further consolidate his position as one of the most powerful leaders of the country.
The official task of the more than 2,287 delegates who will attend this year’s Congress starting Wednesday is to deliberate new policies as well as elect the people who will lead the world’s most populous country for the next five years. Continue reading
Every five years, the Communist Party of China (CCP) Congress has become one of the most keenly watched events with China’s ascent in global inter-state hierarchy. Internal functioning of the Chinese polity remains highly opaque, so the CCP Congress gives outsiders an opportunity to discern political trends in one of the most influential countries of the world. While the rest of world still continues to struggle in trying to gain a comprehension of Chinese politics, what has been clear is the unprecedented centralisation of power under Xi Jinping in Beijing.
Xi was formally named the CCP’s “core” leader (hexin) in October, a title previously given to Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zemin, but not to his immediate predecessor Hu Jintao. The Congress will be more about this Xi consolidation than anything else. There is even speculation that Xi could be positioning himself for a third term as party chief with a strengthening of his grip on the party apparatus. Continue reading
After selling 36 Rafale fighter jets to India for $8.7 billion (Rs 58,000 crore) last year, the French government is now pushing for a project to manufacture warplanes in India to give a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push to encourage local manufacturing under ‘Make In India’.
And to put Paris’s case strongly, its new defence minister Florance Parly is visiting New Delhi and will be meeting her Indian counterpart. Continue reading
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India’s new Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, is set to celebrate Diwali in Port Blair – the only tri-services command in India. Her visit to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI) is yet another confirmation that the current government is willing to increase the strategic profile of ANI. A series of surprising and positive announcements from the government in the past two weeks is poised to transform the islands from a neglected military outpost to a vital strategic asset.
For decades, Delhi has debated the costs and benefits of developing the islands and its utility. The financial costs are significantly high with serious environmental constraints. The presence of indigenous tribes and concerns for their welfare has been a key factor challenging island development. Continue reading
SOURCE: DNA INDIA
Seldom before has Pakistan been confronted by its oldest and closest ally, the US (being replaced by China), over its bad habit of cultivating terrorists on its land than the last week. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Joseph Dunford, were testifying before the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee over President Trump’s new strategic policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.
Mattis warned Pakistan to abjure use of terrorism to promote its political and military goals adding: ‘We need to try one more time to make this strategy work’, or else the implied threat, to take whatever steps to make it work. Continue reading
The Latest on the ruling Communist Party’s congress meeting in Beijing (all times local): 3 p.m.Members of the Tibetan Youth Congress have protested at the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi as China’s ruling Communists opened their national congress.
The protesters held up placards blaming China for occupation and genocide in Tibet. Indian police blocked the nearly two dozen protesters from entering the building.
Their troops may be involved in periodic stand-offs on the disputed Himalayan border and they may be competing for influence in Myanmar, but India and China are on the same page regarding the Rohingya crisis.
Heavily invested in Rakhine state, both Asian powers are giving strong backing to the Myanmar leadership, in contrast to the Western and Islamic countries demanding answers from the beleaguered Aung San Suu Kyi government. Continue reading
On the day the supreme body of the Communist Party of China met for its 19th Congress in Beijing, the Baloch leadership in exile issued a strong warning to China to stop the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) or face on the ground consequences.
The CPEC passes across disputed territory and is rejected by the Baloch as a “tool for exploiting the Baloch land.” Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
While the country is in full festive mood, soldiers of Indian army have been put on high alert and are more vigilant while guarding the Line of Control.
The groups deployed on LoC are extremely alert as neither infiltration attempts from across the border nor ceasefire violations from Pakistan have come down.India Today visited the Keran sector of LoC to see how jawans of the Indian army are celebrating the festival of lights. Continue reading
An Indian military contingent has arrived in Vladivostok to take part in the Indra-2017 Russia-India drills, Russia’s Pacific Fleet spokesman Captain 2nd Rank Nikolai Voskresensky said on Wednesday.
“Today, a group of commanders and servicemen of the Indian Armed Forces arrived at Knevichi airport to represent India in the land component of the Indra-2017 Russian-Indian multi-service force drills. Three airliners and two Il-76 planes of the Indian Air Force delivered over 300 servicemen to Vladivostok for their participation in the drills,” the spokesman said. Continue reading
SOURCE: Ajai Shukla / Business Standard
The commissioning on Monday of India’s third and newest anti-submarine corvette, INS Kiltan, by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is good news. But it also underlines the ills that plague warship building in India. The Kiltan was commissioned five years later than originally scheduled and without anti-submarine capabilities that are fundamental to such a corvette.
Three and a half years after the National Democratic Alliance came to power promising to quickly make up the military’s arms shortfalls, it is evident that, in warship building like in the procurement of other weaponry, this government has performed no better than the United Progressive Alliance before it. Continue reading
IAF special forces operative Sergeant Milind Kishor’s ‘bulletproof’ helmet was pierced twice by the shots of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists fired during a week-long encounter in Kashmir where he and another soldier lost their lives after killing two jihadis and injuring three more.
The incident comes amid a major push by the government to modernise India’s armed forces with security personnel frequently having to engage in close-range combat with terrorists and guerrillas in areas such as the Valley and the Northeast. Continue reading