The purchase of major military equipments like the multi-billion-dollar S-400 Triumf from Russia would be considered as a “significant transaction” and has a potential for imposing tough US sanctions, the Trump administration said Friday, as India mulls buying the air defence systems.
Trump on Thursday signed an executive order, paving the way for slapping crippling sanctions on countries and foreign entities and individuals violating the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). Continue reading
Former foreign secretary S Jaishankar has delinked Chinese transgressions and infrastructure buildup along the border and called it a case of “action-reaction.”Jaishankar told a committee on external affairs, which was headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, that border issue between India and China is the “world’s largest real estate dispute” and the committee should not have an expectation that the transgressions will somehow go away.
Jaishankar, whose term ended in January this year, said it was because as we build out border infrastructure, there will be a “little bit of action-reaction where they are concerned.” Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
The United States has imposed sanctions on the Chinese military for buying Russian weapons, including the S-400 air defence missile that is also on India’s shopping list. The Trump administration, without naming anyone, said other countries with similar shopping lists should “think twice” about their plans..
The punitive actions come under a Russia-related law that requires the US to sanction anyone undertaking significant transactions with Russian intelligence and military services, including arms manufacturers.The action against the Chinese entity is the first instance of secondary sanctions imposed by the US under Combatting America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a 2017 law that seeks to punish Russia for invading Ukraine and interfering in American elections in 2016. Continue reading
In an article hatefully titled How RAW extends India’s evil agenda?, S Qamar Afzal Rizvi credited as an ‘an independent ‘IR’ researcher based in Karachi’ writes this about India’s foreign spy agency Research and Analysis Wing, (R&AW): “To create a powerful tool within the organisation which could undertake covert operations in neighbouring countries, RAW became a blue eyed policy narrative of all the past governments in India.
It has been in this background that RAW became an international actor by assuring its proxy role in collaboration with CIA, MI-6, BND, and the Mossad via Christo-Judo-Hindu alliance against Muslims.” Your friends will always praise you but if you want a true indication of your successes, you must listen to the curses your enemies hurl at you. If you go by what analysts in Pakistan, like the one above, write about R&AW, you would think of the organisation in the same way cinema lovers think of USA’s CIA – omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. Continue reading
The Home Ministry Friday said no policeman has resigned in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the killing of three police personnel by terror group Hizbul Mujahideen.
Reports have appeared in a section of media that some special police officers (SPOs) in Jammu and Kashmir have resigned, but the state police force has confirmed that these reports are “untrue and motivated”, the ministry said in a statement. Continue reading
Seven Jammu and Kashmir policemen in Shopian district on Friday announced their resignation on social media after the abduction and killing of three of their colleagues by militants.The seven policemen who have resigned include a constable and two special police officers (SPOs).
Two of them issued video messages dissociating themselves from the force.”My name is Irshad Ahmad Baba and I was working as a constable in the police. I have rendered my resignation,” said one of them in a video being widely circulated on social media here.Tajalla Hussain Lone, an SPO, said he had resigned from the police department on September 17 and was issuing the video to put to rest any doubts that he had done so. Continue reading
Two more terrorists were gunned down by security forces in an encounter with the terrorists in the forest area of Sumlar in Bandipora on Friday.
The total number of terrorists killed in the operation now stands at three, however, their identities are yet to be ascertained.
The operation is still underway to locate other terrorists holed up in the area. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Simple likes and comments on social media posts from unknown users can be an ISI trap for the armed force personnel as well as common people. The investigators of UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) discovered this alarming trend while interrogating the BSF jawan Achyutanand Mishra, who was arrested from Noida on charges of spying on Wednesday.
He has been taken into five-day police remand since Wednesday evening. Mishra was honey-trapped by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) over social media and he was being used to extract crucial information about BSF logistics and troop movement. Continue reading
SOURCE: Express News Service
Militants on Friday killed three Special Police Officers (SPOs), whom they had abducted along with the brother of a policeman during nocturnal raids in volatile south Kashmir’s Shopian district in Jammu and Kashmir.
Police sources said bullet-ridden bodies of three abducted SPOs were recovered from village Lamni-Wangan, adjacent to Kaprain village in Shopian.
Militants had conducted raids in the Kapran and Batagund villages of the Shopian district during the night and abducted three SPOs and brother of a policeman. Continue reading
On the fourth day of Yudh Abhyas 2018, Indian Army and US troops participated in a battle obstacle course, rock and ice craft wall, room intervention and unarmed combat. A joint military exercise between the armies of both the countries started on September 16 at the foothills of Chaubattia in Uttarakhand and it will end on September 29.
The 14th edition of the exercise “Yudh Abhyas”, which is hosted alternately by the two countries, kicked off with a short yet impressive ceremony that saw the unfurling of the national flags of both the countries. Continue reading
Speaking on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistan counterpart meeting scheduled to take place on the sidelines of UNGA in New York, Chinese Consul General Ma Zhanwu on Thursday said that China has good relations with both Pakistan and India. He added, “We certainly believe and hope that the two countries can settle their differences through dialogue.”
Earlier in the day, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistan counterpart is in the offing. He said, “I can confirm that on the request of the Pakistani side, a meeting between EAM & Pakistani foreign minister will take place on the sidelines of UN General Assembly at a mutually convenient date and time.” For those reading too much into the meeting already, this is what Kumar had to offer, “This is just a meeting, not talks or resumption of dialogue.” Continue reading
SOURCE: Rajesh Kumar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
DRDO recently tested fired Surface to Surface Prahaar Tactical missiles after a gap of Seven years, but this time, it is here to stay and will be used to strengthen firepower of Indian army’s strike corps and will also provide more accurate firepower then Pinaka and Smerch rocket systems.
Prahaar missile initially was developed by DRDO’s has an internal program which was meant to replace the 150 km short-range variant of Prithvi Surface to Surface missiles in conventional warfare role but the idea was rejected by Indian Army and after its first test flight in 2011 the program went into cold storage only to be revived 2018. Continue reading
SOURCE : ET
Work is on to seal a symbolic deal for air defence systems with Russia ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s visit, which had become a prestige point with the US. However, there are no assurances yet that the contract would be signed at the bilateral summit early next month.
The .`39,500-crore deal to procure the S 400 system that Indian Air Force believes has the potential to virtually ground its adversaries in Pakistan, is in the final stage with an approval note ready for a decision by the cabinet committee on security (CCS). Sources say there is no question of backing away from the deal and assurances have been given at the top level that India will not fall under US pressure of sanctions. However, there is still no clarity on when the final deal will be signed Defence ministry officials say things are in the final stage and that there are no points of contention but refrain from commenting on it being taken up at the summit. Meanwhile, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that “we’ll have to see it if it’s signed before the Russian President’s visit”. Continue reading
SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
After Years of Struggles with the development of the Nag third generation “fire-and-forget” anti-tank guided missile by India, it is literally raining Anti-Tank Missile Systems as India builds on the technological capabilities which were developed over the years and expertise developed that India has started many parallel projects which are fast maturing and soon India will not require them to be acquired from abroad anymore.
India already has declined American offer to jointly develop next-generation Man-portable Javelin Anti-tank missile system with them and have also recently limited purchase of spike Anti-tank missile system from Israel only to meet its immediate requirement before locally developed Anti-Tank Missile Systems are ready to enter production.
Anti-Tank Missile Systems currently under development are listed below Continue reading
SOURCE : SPUTNIK
India’s state-owned defense lab has successfully test-fired surface-to-surface tactical ballistic missile Prahaar on Thursday paving the way for its induction. The test was conducted at a defense test facility located in the eastern part of the country at about 1.35 p.m. (Indian Standard Time). The first test of the missile was conducted on July 21, 2011.
“All systems functioned normally and hit the target in copybook style. It will be inducted into the Indian Army after a few more tests,” said a defense official. Continue reading