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India has issued a Navigational Area (IMO) warnings on the Bay Of Bengal And North East Indian Ocean for Experimental Flight Trial to take place from Integrated Test Range (ITR) from 0630-1030 UTC. As per coordinates provided, the area is around 3000 kilometres in length.

Speculation is that India will be carrying out another round of developmental trial of its super secretive K-4 submarine-launched ballistic missile from an underwater platform. Continue reading

SOURCE: Air Marshal Anil Chopra (retd) / REDIFF

he Rafale deal has all of a sudden come into focus with the Congress party alleging a scam in the unilateral announcement of a curtailed deal reducing the earlier figure of 126 aircraft to just 36, and paying a disproportionately higher price per piece of equipment. It also alleged that the government did not follow rules and procedures.

Refuting the allegations, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman countered that the United Progressive Alliance government had not finalised the price of the contract, so comparison of cost is imaginary. Continue reading


Their story goes back 46 years. Twelve Indian Air Force pilots, lodged in a Pakistani prisoner of war camp near Rawalpindi in 1971, hatched a great “conspiracy”. A conspiracy of escape. And three of them did escape, only to be caught four miles from the Afghanistan border. Canadian journalist Faith Johnston, an Air Force wife herself, put together their story in a book called Four Miles to Freedom. Group Captain Dilip Parulkar and Wing Commander M.S. Grewal were the ringleaders and escapees of that group — the ‘bad boys’.

I met Parulkar and Grewal to record a detailed interview for my ‘Walk The Talk’ show on NDTV. It is perhaps the best thing you will read on the 46th anniversary of the war in which they fought. Do read on: Continue reading


The Prime Minister described the INS Kalvari (Tiger Shark) submarine that he commissioned and embarked at the naval dockyards in Bombay on Thursday morning before he went to cast his vote in Ahmedabad as a prime example of “make in India”.

As it floats in the water today the tiger shark – the predator fish after which the boat is named — is really toothless. It is five years behind schedule. It has been made by the French in India.The INS Kalvari takes its name not only from the fish but also from the first submarine to join the Indian fleet, a Foxtrot, that was commissioned in Russia 50 years ago on December 8, 1967. Continue reading

SOURCE: Ajai Shukla / REDIFF


In pathbreaking research into the Tibetan uprising between 1956 and 1959, and the lead-up to the 1962 war, Chinese scholar Jianglin Li has accessed Chinese Communist Party documents and interviewed People’s Liberation Army veterans from that war to present critical new aspects of that period’s history.

Li’s research illustrates that Mao Zedong cynically regarded operations against the Tibetan resistance — called Chushi Gangdruk — as an opportunity to train the PLA. This research rebuts earlier claims by 1962 war veterans like Yin Fatang, a former Chinese Communist Party boss in Tibet, that the PLA fought the 1962 war unprepared. Continue reading


After the seizure of three Pakistan boats in Punjab, now two suspicious activities on the international border in Pathankot and Gurdaspur have sent the security agencies into a tizzy. Movement of suspicious armed men was noticed on the India-Pakistan border on Thursday which has put the security agencies on a high alert, sources told India Today.

Security agencies have also intercepted a wireless message from Pakistan in Bamial sector, in which a handler was heard asking the other man named Iqbal whether the ‘guests’ have reached who confirms that the guests reached at 5 o’ clock. Continue reading


The regulations for operating drones are likely to be ready within two months and would be the “best in class with appropriate constraints”, union minister Jayant Sinha said today.The civil aviation ministry came out with draft rules for unmanned aircraft systems last month, seeking comments from the public.

“We have received over 100 comments. We are in the process of incorporating those in drone regulations that will be putting (out)… That should be coming through in next 30- 60 days,” Sinha said at an event here. Continue reading


It appears observers in China are closely watching the Gujarat polls, because they see it as a “litmus test” of Indian voters’ attitude toward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reform agenda, reported Chinese state media.

And why do they think Indian voters’ attitude affects China? India’s economic reforms are “an issue of deep concern to China because of its increasing economic interaction with India”, said an article in the state-run Global Times. And any changes in India’s economic reforms will be felt almost immediately by China, it added. Continue reading


After India suffered a a series of reverses in the past few weeks in the neighbourhood, all against the backdrop of growing Chinese presence in the region, New Delhi said on Thursday that it expects the Maldives and Sri Lanka to keep in mind India’s concerns.

The Maldives recently signed an FTA with Beijing without bothering to make the contents of the agreement public. “We have seen reports about the Maldives-China Free Trade Agreement. The reports have also alluded to the manner in which the FTA was passed by the Majlis. We are yet to see the document, and hence, it will not be appropriate for me to speculate on it,’’ said ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.  Continue reading


Former Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal has revealed that Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar insulted the Indian Armed forces accusing the Indian military of playing politics.At an event, where Sibal was one of the panelists, Aiyar blamed the Indian military for “sabotaging” the Siachen agreement.

“He (Mani Shankar Aiyar) said a few things which I think were rather surprising. Because he accused the Indian military of playing politics and having sabotaged the Siachen agreement. He said that his advice on uninterrupted dialogue has been accepted by the Pakistan government and not the Indian government,” Sibal said in response to a question by Times Now.  Continue reading


India on Thursday said that the charges against former Indian Naval officer and an alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who continues to be held in Pakistani jail, were “concocted” and the trial against him was “farcical”.

“We have appealed at ICJ in May that was because we thought Vienna convention was being violated. We do reiterate our position that Jadhav remains in Pakistan and is facing death sentence awarded through farcical process and on concocted charges,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said during a press briefing. Continue reading


Assam’s Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay has said the Paresh Baruah faction of insurgent group United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) is down, but not out. The assertion came following two recent attacks carried out by the outfit in Tinsukia district that claimed two lives.

“The ULFA is down but not out. I don’t have a fair idea about its current strength, but then, strength does not lie in numbers but in lethality. I can say, however, that something which was pervasive all over the state at one point of time is today confined to pockets bordering Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland,” Sahay told The New Indian Express. Continue reading


A naxal was killed while others ran away following an encounter with a Border Security Force (BSF) team in Odisha’s Lukapaniforest area on Friday.

An improvised explosive device (IED), one self-loading rifle and ammunition were recovered from the naxalite’s possession, according to a BSF’s statement. Continue reading


The message of peace and harmony is “beautifully portrayed” in the holy Quran and people often do not understand its essence, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat told a group of students from Jammu and Kashmir today, adding it does not propagate violence.

Interacting with the group of madrasa students at his office here, Gen. Rawat also asked them to pick up sports like cricket and football and work towards containing terrorism so that Kashmir valley flourishes again. “How many of you have read the holy Quran?” Gen Rawat asked the 25-member group which is here as part of a national integration tour being conducted by the Army. Continue reading


The Indian Air Force will send a batch of hand-picked pilots and technicians to train on the Rafale warplanes at the Mont-de-Marsan air base in southwestern France next year to prepare the ground for inducting its first imported fighter jets in 22 years.

It will be the responsibility of the Indian air crews to fly the first lot of the French fighters to the country, beginning September 2019. Continue reading

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