“Control” of the mosque, madrasa, print and TV media, changes in political atmosphere, strengthening of intelligence set-up and reaching out to the moderate faction of Hurriyat are some of the suggestions in an assessment report prepared by the Centre about the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley. The report, compiled after securing inputs from ground, suggests long-term “actionable points” and has been sent to National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, sources said.
Discussing the three-decade-old insurgency in the Valley, the report makes no reference to Pakistan but suggests that the political atmosphere in the Valley needs to be changed and those who were part of the 2014 election victory need to be supported and promoted by the government. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
The Malda Air Port, located a few kilometers away from the India-Bangladesh international border, does not witness much air traffic. A tiny bungalow-like concrete structure serves as its terminal and the aerodrome attends to Air Force helicopters, small aircraft and the occasional passenger flight. Flight operations, though rare, take place around four times every week.
However, what really stands out about this 140-acre facility is that nearly half of the land at this airport is used by farmers to cultivate produce. The farming, which has been going on for more than a year now, doesn’t take place near or besides the airport. It takes place inside the facility. Continue reading
After building light combat aircraft (LCA) – Tejas – India’s target is to build fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) indigenously. This is what H Siddesha, project director and technology director of LCA at the Aeronautical Development Agency of Ministry of Defense said here on Friday.
Siddesha was in the city to deliver a guest lecture on the inaugural day of Footprints X7 – Gujarat’s largest technical event organised for three days by the students of M S University’s Faculty of Technology and Engineering for the seventeenth consecutive year. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Come June, India will likely unveil its most powerful supercomputer. If its processors operate at the full capacity of 10 petaflops (1 followed by 15 zeroes of floating point operations per second), a clock speed a million times faster than the fastest consumer laptops, it could earn a place among the world’s top 10 fastest supercomputers.
Though India has built or hosted supercomputers since the 1990s, it held a ‘top 10’ spot only once, in 2007, thanks to the EKA built by the Computational Research Laboratories, which is part of the Tata group. This position was lost, though several ultra-fast machines exist in Indian academic institutions: they feature in the 100s or 200s in global rankings. Continue reading
SOURCE: NEWS 18
On November 12 last year, Jammu and Kashmir police nabbed two people — Dadu and Satvinder Singh — in RS Pura for allegedly spying on military installations. There seemed to be nothing extraordinary about it. After all, 22 other Pakistani spies had been caught in 2016.
But as intelligence agencies began looking at the source of their funds, they stumbled upon a unique, self-sustaining model of finance, based on a telecom fraud, the likes of which they had not encountered in any spy case earlier.
In a bid to accomplish requirement of unmanned platforms for Indian armed forces in fixed timeframe, India’s government owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has decided to abandon the Israel Helped project to convert two ton class Chetak into unmanned helicopter. Instead HAL has invited global firms with proven capabilities in specific areas of design and development for conversion of 2 ton class Helicopters into Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (RUAV).
“HAL desires to select risk sharing partners for development of specific technologies/systems to meet the overall requirement of developing the Unmanned Helicopter,” reads a document published by HAL. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Tom Captain, Vice-Chairman, Deloitte LLP Global and US National Aerospace & Defence Sector Leader, and Alaric Diniz, Director, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP, share their views with BusinessLine on how the Indian defence market is panning out, especially after the increase in foreign direct investment and new defence procurement policy 2016. Excerpts:
How does the world view India’s defence policy, especially the offset clauses? Continue reading
SOURCE: ASSAM TRIBUNE
Commander Pranab Saloi, who has taken over the command of a Shishumar Class submarine of the Indian Navy, has earned the distinction of being the first Assamese officer to command a submarine of the Indian Navy.
The Shishumar Class Submarines are Type 209 German HDW submarines based at Western Naval Command, Mumbai.An alumnus of Sainik School, Goalpara, and the 16th Course of Naval Academy, Commander Saloi has been in service for 18 years and he has served onboard both the EKM class submarines and in all the four Type 209 SSK class German submarines. Continue reading
A 15-member delegation of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA)?visited the headquarters of the Indian Army’s Eastern Command in Kolkata, officials said.
The visit was intended to enhance the bilateral defence cooperation mechanism between the armed forces of India and China, said an official statement.The delegation, which arrived in New Delhi on February 21, held meetings with Indian Army officials in the national capital. It also visited Agra before visiting the Eastern Command headquarters. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
The Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday lodged a strong protest with Pakistan Rangers at a flag meeting on an array of issues including unprovoked firing at Indian troops by Pakistan, hunting by people in Pakistan close to the border and not responding to the BSF’s requests to hold company commander-level meetings.
The two border guarding forces of India and Pakistan — Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers held the flag meeting on the zero line near the Pansar border outpost in Hiranagar sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district. Continue reading
Dragons sell. Especially on book jackets and in book titles. Red dragons, baldly hinting at China, sell even better, perhaps. The title of this book is, however, somewhat misleading for it is in the main, actually a very good overview of the structural problems that hold India back from its ambition of becoming a regional and global power. China is merely the counterpoint against which these problems are magnified and shown as requiring urgent resolution.
The authors start off with a cutting introduction that blames various levels of India’s political and military leadership for mistakes in multiple conflicts and crises — the 1962 conflict with China, the 1965 war with Pakistan, “the wily Bhutto outsmart[ing] Gandhi” in 1971 on a Kashmir resolution, the “panic reaction” of Operation Meghdoot to hold Siachen, the “Pyrrhic victory” of Kargil and the “total disappointment” of Operation Parakram. Continue reading
China on Friday said it was still discussing with India the contentious issue of imposing United Nations sanctions on Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and such discussions took time.“Discussions are going on. Foreign Secretary (of India) was in Beijing two days ago. The discussions were very good and covered everything,” China’s ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said when asked about differences between New Delhi and Beijing over bringing the leader of the terror outfit under UN sanctions.
He was referring to Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s visit to Beijing earlier this week to launch the India-China strategic dialogue with the communist country’s Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui. Continue reading
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The just concluded biennial aerospace event in Bengaluru brought ripples of joy and enthusiasm among the local populace. Vehicular traffic heading towards the Yelahanka airport, the venue of the event, threatened to clog the roads and despite abundant police presence, vehicles stopped on the section of the highway adjacent to the airport to catch a glimpse of aircraft in the air or on ground.
The show, 11th in its series, brought delight and pleasure to Bengalureans. Of course, for the official exhibitors who had displayed their wares, aircraft or infographics in the exhibition area, it was pure business. Jointly organised by the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Aero India attracted 270 Indian enterprises and 279 foreign exhibitors from 51 countries (these populated 444 stalls in the generous exhibition halls and chalets). Continue reading
The Kanpur train tragedy in which 150 people were killed, was a “conspiracy” and the perpetrators carried it out “sitting across the border”+ in Nepal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday. Addressing an election meeting in Uttar Pradesh’ Gonda district, which is close to the India-Nepal border, he touched upon the derailment of 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express near Pukhraya in Kanpur Dehat district on November 20, and said the findings showed it was a “conspiracy”.
“The Kanpur rail accident in which hundreds of people were killed was a conspiracy and conspirators carried it out sitting across the border … Gonda is adjoining Nepal,” he said. Continue reading
Pakistan and India should have friendly and good neighbourly relations and avoid hatching conspiracies against each other, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said.
Sharif told reporters accompanying him on his visit to Turkey that even during the election campaign in Pakistan, his party did not adopt the policy of “India bashing” and ended this negative tradition. “We [Pakistan and India] should maintain good relations and avoid involving in conspiracies against each other,” he said, without elaborating. Continue reading