S Pandian, Director, ISRO Propulsion Complex, Mahendragiri, hinted that the Indian Space Research Organisation is looking for some kind of industry consortium to take up rocket launch and move to greater heights.

Urging industry participants to leverage their strength and partner with ISRO in this mission, he said: “the ISRO is targeting to launch 12-18 rockets (vehicles) every year from the next year. These vehicles will carry different satellites to meet the requirements of the common man. Continue reading


After almost one and a half years finally NIA got a breakthrough in Nagrota Army camp attack case investigation.The Agency has arrested Syed Muneer -Ul-Hassan Qadri resident of Hurhama on Saturday. The Jammu and Kashmir Police has played a key role in the arrest of the accused, NIA said.

The terrorist attack at the Army camp at Nagrota occurred on the 29th of November 2016 in which seven army personnel were martyred and three others were injured. Three Pakistani terrorists were killed in the operation and a huge quantity of firearms, ammunition, explosives and other articles were recovered from the slain terrorists. Continue reading


The Indus Waters Treaty was signed almost 58 years ago, on September 19, 1960, by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru and the then President of Pakistan, Ayub Khan. Though the treaty, brokered by the World Bank, has come under question in the past, it has withstood three wars and the problematic diplomatic relations between the countries, without becoming a flashpoint.

The treaty partitioned the six main rivers in the Indus system into two sections of western and eastern rivers. Control over the waters flowing in the three western rivers – Indus, Chenab and Jhelum, was apportioned to Pakistan, whereas, for the three eastern rivers – Sutlej, Ravi and Beas, the control was given to India. Thus, rather than being a river sharing treaty, the Indus Waters Treaty arrived at a solution by partitioning the rivers. Continue reading


Once again there was scare and panic in Pathankot today as nine used rocket launcher shells were found near the Pathankot Cantonment railway station.

Sources said that these rocket launcher shells were empty and were found in the bushes near the railway station as in army parlance they are known as ‘Training Practice Tracers’ and then the local police called the Government Railway Police to remove them. But initially it was speculated that they are live shells. Continue reading


Officials in India believe it is too early to assign blame for the blast at an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario, on Thursday in which at least 15 people were injured, several critically.

“Our diplomats are already in touch and our Intelligence agencies have offered all help to trace the culprits,” a source in Delhi said.“I am confident that the people who did this will be caught and punished under Canadian law, and it is far too early to speculate on the motives or assign blame for this cowardly act,” he said.   Continue reading


THE Rustom-II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), will be delivered to the armed forces by 2020, said DRDO Chairman S Chistopher, in Pune on Friday.

Christopher was speaking to the media on the sidelines of the 10th convocation ceremony of the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), a technological university of the Ministry of Defence. Christopher is also the chairman of the Governing Council of the DIAT. Continue reading


The Pakistan Army has expressed reservations over former Inter-Services Intelli­gence director general retired Lt Gen Asad Durrani’s disclosures in a book, which has been co-authored by former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Amarjit Singh Dulat, and called Gen Durrani for “clarifications”.

“The Army has serious reservations over the book. Description of many issues in the book is contrary to the reality,” said a military source on Friday night. Continue reading


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged the Congress to provide the necessary waiver so that its sanctions on Russia under CAATSA does not impact countries for which it is not intended for.

Provisions of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) threaten India and several other close friends and allies of the US with sanctions. CAATSA is a U.S. federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia. It includes sanctions against countries that engage in significant transactions with Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors. Continue reading


As the Narendra Modi government completes four years, the record of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) can at best be termed mixed. The MoD, easily the most complicated and cumbersome of the portfolios, has in parts suffered because it has seen four defence ministers in four years.

It would, however, be unfair to blame the Modi government alone for the mess in which the defence sector finds itself in mid-2018. A combination of prolonged neglect and unstructured acquisition by the previous governments meant that the armed forces have been struggling to keep its arsenal up-to-date. Critical shortages were never made up in time, leading up to a huge backlog difficult to be made up in shorter time frame of four years. Continue reading


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today hailed India for standing beside her country in times of crisis and said negotiations in an amicable way have led to the resolution of many bilateral issues.

In the past, the two countries had settled border disputes with the signing of Land Boundary Agreement for exchange of enclaves, she said.”Together we have resolved many bilateral issues in an amicable way for the benefit of both the countries. Although there are issues that still need to be taken care of, I do not wish to mention them at this programme,” Hasina said. Continue reading


A key security strategies meeting on Friday saw intelligence and law enforcement agencies raising concern over lack of cooperation from internet giants such as WhatsApp and Facebook in terror investigations.

According to sources, counter-terror strategy was the focus of deliberations on the second and final day of the annual national security strategies conference of all states, Union territories and central police organisations, organised by the Intelligence Bureau at its headquarters here. Rather than going into specifics of each counter-terror module, the discussion centred around defining strategies to combat terror and make successful investigations and prosecutions in terror cases. Continue reading


Next Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Singapore as the keynote speaker in this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia’s premier defence summit. Defence officials and military chiefs of regional and western alliance countries, are eager to hear what he has to say. India is currently billed as the Great White Hope of the anti-China alliance in what is now termed the Indo-Pacific.

So far New Delhi has been generous on rhetoric and low on substance. But expectations will be that Modi announces measures to dramatically raise India’s military profile in the region. Continue reading

SOURCE: Deccan Chronicle

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s one-day “informal summit” with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday came close on the heels of a similarly-ascribed meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. This new diplomatic genre is in line with Mr Modi’s desire to adopt the novel, in name or structure. While in both there were short delegation-level meetings or plenaries, the bulk of the interaction was one-on-one.

India’s geopolitical environment has mutated considerably since Donald Trump became America’s President. His much-touted trade sanctions against nations building up surpluses in trade with the US and those targeting US intellectual property finally began early this year as he targeted steel and aluminium imports and sanctioned Chinese corporations breaking US laws on sanctions against Iran and North Korea. Continue reading


The excise department has decided to offer Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) at a highly subsidized rate to all para-military forces included in the list of Central Armed Police Forces, like it is offered at present for the military.

The list include all border guarding forces, the Central Reserve Police Force, the Central Industrial Security Force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the Sashastra Seema Bal units that have either set up or have plans to set up their units in the state. At present, the subsidised IMFL is offered to only Army, Navy and Air Force personnel, and specifically for one BSF and CRPF units in Thiruvananthapuram. Continue reading


On a day the Army busted a militant hideout in Ramban and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition, Army chief General Bipin Rawat sent a clear-cut message to Pakistan and terrorists that India was willing to extend the ongoing Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir for the benefit of the people of Kashmir.

Rawat, however, warned that any action by terrorists would trigger a rethink immediately. Continue reading