More Border Security Force (BSF) personnel are dying of mental illness and lifestyle diseases than in line of duty, BSF Director General KK Sharma said.
He said the analysis has been made after a study was conducted among the 2.5 lakh personnel strong force.”Recent studies within the force have indicated that number of deaths of force personnel was more due to illness (both physical and mental) than being operational casualties. Our studies through the medical directorate of Border Security Force have listed out many indicators of lifestyle diseases as well,” he said. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
A Bangladeshi national was arrested in the state capital for allegedly faking Indian nationality to obtain passport at the regional passport office (RPO) here on Tuesday.
The Bangladeshi, identified as Ahmed-Al-Fahad, is being interrogated. Fahad initially claimed that he belonged to a village under Khajauli police station in Madhubani district. He had applied for an Indian passport. Continue reading
SOURCE: BDNEWS 24
The relations between Bangladesh and Indian armies began in 1971 when Indian soldiers and Bangladeshi Muktijodhhas fought shoulder-to-shoulder and shed blood together for the common cause to liberate Bangladesh.
The two neighbours’ armed forces have been conducting joint exercises and training programme for quite a long time, and the latest exercise took place last year in Tangail focusing on counter-terrorism.They also have collaboration in a field called ‘port calling’ under which each other’s ships can drop anchor in listed ports and remain moored for a period. Continue reading
Contrary to recent social media outrage by jawans against the ‘buddy’ system in the Army, the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday defended the British-era system, saying it promotes spirit de corps. However, “exhaustive” instructions have been issued to ensure that the sahayaks are not made to do menial tasks as they are combat soldiers, the government said on any misuse of the system.
Recently, several jawans from the Army and para-military forces had come out in public by posting their grievances on social media against the ill-treatment of soldiers by officers, who forced them to do petty jobs. Continue reading
India is working with 15 countries for cooperation in information exchange on cyber crimes and related issues in law enforcement.
In response to a question, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir told the Lok Sabha, “India is working for bilateral cooperation with around 15 countries for exchange of information and data pertaining to cyber crimes and related cooperation in law enforcement.” Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TV NEWS
The security forces have been facing a tough time combating stone pelters in the Kashmir Valley since the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani last year. In a latest revelation, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have unearthed how these stone pelters get information about the site and time of encounter to be carried out and reach there to create unrest.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police have found that WhatsApp groups with Pakistani numbers as administrators are involved in rumour-mongering and crowd mobilisation during anti-militancy operations in the Valley. Continue reading
The recent successful test of the BrahMos Extended Range (BrahMos ER) supersonic cruise missile brings more targets inside Pakistan and the Line of Actual Control with China within the destructive range of the world’s fastest cruise missile.
The maiden flight of BrahMos ER from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur in Odisha along the Bay of Bengal saw the land attack version of the missile fired at “an electronic target.” BrahMos ER has a range of 450 km compared to the 290 km range of the original anti-ship missile (AShM) version. Continue reading
SOURCE: Ajai Shukla | Business-standard.com
A day after Business Standard reported a new approach in New Delhi strategic circles to India’s use of nuclear weapons , the influential Washington D.C. think tank, Carnegie Endowment, discussed the same issue — the possibility of an Indian “first strike” to defang Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.
At the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference on Monday, a prestigious annual event at which important strategic policy chances are often signalled, a discussion took place on whether India was moving away from massive counter-value retaliation (i.e. nuking towns and cities) to counter-force targeting (i.e. nuking enemy nuclear forces and command structures). Continue reading
Political pundits seem to be running out of luck when it comes to foretelling the outcome of elections these days. Narendra Modi has just stunned the Indian pundits with his spectacular performancein Uttar Pradesh the way Donald Trump did at the US elections last November.
Even the most charitable of pundits didn’t expect Modi’s BJP to sweep the UP polls the way it has done to steal all the wind from their sails. Modi has charisma and mass appeal, alright, but BJP winning 312 of the 403 seats in India’s most populous state, and that too a state ruled by a party poles apart from it inevery sense, was never on their cards. BJP’s stunning performance has the pundits biting their nails. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA BREFING
India and Russia have both pledged to set up a Joint Development Fund, with an initial US$1 billion being set aside for the purpose.
The fund is being supported by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), who will work with India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). They will each invest US$500 million, replicating partnerships the Russian entity has with countries such as China. Continue reading
The setting: a jungle area, mountainous terrain. A joint column of Indian and Omani soldiers scale the side of a hill to neutralise a terrorist hideout. As the troops rain fire on a terror training camp, helicopters hover above to provide cover from top – leaving no scope for the terrorists to escape. A soldier injured in terrorist firing is quickly taken out. Minutes after launching the attack, the task is accomplished, all enemy targets eliminated.
The targets were not real this time. The mock drill was for a counter-strike based on a specific intelligence input as part of the just-concluded ‘Al-Nagah-II 2017’ exercise between the armies of India and Oman in the upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh. Continue reading
In a recent move, India has prohibited the exports and imports on several products, including defence related goods, aviation fuel and coal, relating to North Korea. A notification released by the government said, “Direct or indirect export and import of certain items whether or not originating in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), to/from DPRK is prohibited.” The items that were prohibited include battle tanks, combat vehicles, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, missiles and light weapons. Other goods banned for exports include luxury goods and aviation fuel.
Indian government has also prohibited imports of certain minerals including as coal, iron, iron ore, gold, titanium, rare earth metals, copper, nickle, silver and zinc. The official letter from the concerned department said, “This notification seeks to update the Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 to account for current UN Security Council Resolutions concerning DPRK… of November 20, 2016.” Continue reading
India is unlikely to participate in any meeting in Washington DC with Pakistan on the Indus Waters Treaty(IWT) in April, as has been announced by the Pakistan government after a meeting of the Indus Commissioners in Islamabad on Tuesday. Sources also said India had not, as Pakistan claimed, agreed to halt the Miyar hydroelectric project in J&K.
The Pakistan water and power minister Khwaja Asif apparently jumped the gun when he announced at a press conference during the IWT meeting that the two countries would hold a “three-day ‘way forward'” meeting on the Ratle and Kishenganga projects in April in Washington. According to Pakistan media reports, this proposed meeting would be mediated by the World Bank vice-president. Continue reading
Indian government on Tuesday dismissed Pakistan media reports and government’s statement that it has withdrawn the design of the Miyar hydroelectric project in Himachal Pradesh following Pakistan government’s objections. According to ANI, sources in Indian government have denied the reports that the Miyar Hydroelectric project has halted. “These reports are factually wrong. India never agreed to halt Miyar Hydroelectric project,” sources in Indian government told the ANI.
The Indian government’s clarification came after Pakistan’s Ministry of Water and Power said in a statement that India has agreed to withdraw its design of Miyar Hydroelectric project. “On (the) Miyar hydro power project, India has withdrawn its design after Pakistan had made objections on it in the previous meetings of the commission,” the Pakistan government’s statement said. It said the “Indian side also agreed to a tour of inspection for Pakistan’s Indus Commission which is expected to be arranged before August 2017.” Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
India-China ties have a negative public persona in India, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said on Tuesday. The comments regarding India-China ties came even as China criticised India over the upcoming visit of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh.
“Public persona of this relationship (India-China) in my country is overly negative,” said Mr. Jaishankar during a public event here. Continue reading