The Indian Space Research Organisation is experimenting with potential structures for lunar habitation, the government today told the Lok Sabha.

In a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Jitendra Singh, minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office that looks after the Department of Space, said, “The ISRO, along with academic institutions, is doing experimentation on potential structures for lunar habitation.” Continue reading


The Home Ministry has conveyed to a parliamentary panel that Sikh youths are being trained at ISI facilities in Pakistan to carry out terror activities in India, and members of the community who are settled in Canada and other places are also being instigated against the country with false and malicious propaganda.

Top officials of the home ministry, led by the Union Home Secretary, told the Committee on Estimates, headed by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, that radicalisation of youths by terrorist groups through the misuse of internet and social media has emerged as a big challenge. Continue reading


Former diplomat Nirupama Rao said on Tuesday that China’s presence was increasing in the areas surrounding India especially in the maritime regions.

“21st Century is the century of oceans as it helps to have a strong connectivity. We share troubled borders with China,” the former foreign secretary said, while noting that an increasing muscularity of China is being witnessed in the Indian Ocean. Continue reading


The Tibetans in exile must be dismayed after India’s Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale wrote to Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha on Feb. 22 that Indian government officials be advised to skip events organised by the Tibetan Administration in exile. It is not at all certain that the payback from China for alienating the Dalai Lama is going to be commensurate with India’s act.

India’s objectives in slighting the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), as the Tibetan government in exile is known, and indirectly the Dalai Lama, remain unclear. No one knows what understanding, if any, has been reached with China prompting such action. However, its negative consequences are already at play.

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Two policemen were killed in an ongoing encounter in Kupwara’s Halmatpora in Jammu & Kashmir on Wednesday. Search operation is still underway. Four terrorists were killed during an encounter last night.

Two policemen lost their lives and another was injured in the gunfight. The wounded personnel is undergoing treatment at a hospital. His condition is stated to be stable, a police spokesperson said. Continue reading


India has called for the strengthening of a UN instrument to check the illegal movement of small arms, light weapons, ammunition and explosives across borders.

India attaches high importance to the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (POA), Nidhi Tewari, Under Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs said here yesterday. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

China’s new J-20 fighter jet is not stealthy enough and the Indian Air Force (IAF) has the capability to tackle the threat posed by it, said a senior air force officer familiar with Beijing’s military modernisation plans.

“With the S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems being bought from Russia and our existing medium-range surface -to- air missile systems, we are quite capable of shooting down the J-20,” the officer said and added that the J-20 was not a true fifth-generation fighter as “neither is the aircraft’s design stealthy, nor can it supercruise with the existing WS-10 engines”. Continue reading


With terrorists lately targeting the convoys of security forces in Kashmir and left wing extremism affected states, government is procuring 141 medium bulletproof vehicles (MBPVs) for the central paramilitary forces so that jawans/officers can safely reach the operation sites and camps.

Officials said that 100 bulletproof vehicles out of 141 are being exclusively purchased for CRPF, which will allow the force to conduct law and order duties and carry out special operations without the fear of being attacked on the highways. Continue reading


The Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) today said it had successfully upgraded the 130-mm field guns to 155 mm capability at its Nalanda facility in Bihar and was expecting an order for 300 such guns from the Army.

The Kolkata-headquartered State defence manufacturer had successfully completed the user evaluation of 130/155 mm “upgunning” and was likely to receive orders for the upgradation of 300 artillery guns from the Army, OFB Chairman S K Chourasia said. Continue reading


Seychelles’ opposition coalition, which holds a majority in parliament, said on Tuesday it would not ratify a deal signed with India to build a military base on one of the archipelago’s outlying islands.

The deal would see India invest $550m in building the base on Assumption island to help it ensure the safety of its vessels in the southern Indian Ocean. Indian soldiers would be deployed on the island which lies 1 135km southwest from the capital Victoria, and help train Seychelles’ troops. Continue reading


The country faces threat from Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), a Bangladesh based banned terror outfit, said senior Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) officers.

The ATS made a series of arrests of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in past one week and it has come to the fore that they assisted ABT operatives conduct reconnaissance of several cities including Mumbai in past two years. The ATS officials said that ABT is an imminent threat for safety and security of the country citing its past success rate. They are more dangerous than the Indian Mujahedeen, officials said. Continue reading


The construction of Jaitapur nuclear power plant in neighbouring Maharashtra, the largest such project in the world, is expected to begin this year-end, says French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler. He expressed confidence that the negotiations between entities of France and the Indian government would conclude by 2018-end.

India and France had on March 10 inked an agreement to expedite the Jaitapur nuclear power plant project, with the aim of commencing work at the site around the year-end, during France President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to India.

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In the last few months, there has been an outpouring in Pakistan media on the so-called “Bajwa Doctrine” of the army, based presumably on the thinking of its chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The whole debate seems to have been set off by a paper by a Pakistani analyst working at the UK-based Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on the same subject, as well as the attempts by many to attribute a certain personality and style to Bajwa.

At a time when Pakistanis badly need to believe that their leaders have done something right, the thought of a ‘Bajwa Doctrine’ that bases itself on Pakistani pride and ability to face down US pressure is a shot in the arm at a time when talk of designating Pakistan as a terrorist state is under discussion. Continue reading


Four terrorists were killed on Tuesday in a fierce gunfight with troops in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, the army said. The gunfight broke out inside Halmatpora forest in the district, 110 km from Srinagar city.

“Today (Tuesday) in an ongoing fierce gunfight at Halmatpora, so far four militants have been killed,” Indian Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said. Continue reading


The Centre has decided to hike its financial aid for the financial year beginning April this year to Nepal to Rs 650 crore, a 73% increase from the previous year allocation, while expressing concern over increasing Chinese presence in some of the neighbourhood countries.

India’s aid to Nepal in 2017-18 financial year stood at Rs 375 crore. However, the largest allocation of aid by India has yet again been kept for Bhutan at Rs 1,813 crore, which is part of the five-year commitment to help the royal government build hydro-electric projects at Punatsangchhu, and Mangdechhu among other infrastructure works. Continue reading