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SOURCE: ZEE MEDIA

At a time when critics say Congress is desperate for support, support had come but not quite from where the party would have been hoping. Party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad recently said that more civilians were dying in anti-terror operations than terrorists – a view that was echoed by terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba in an emailed statement.

Through the statement, LeT spokesperson Abdullah Ghaznavi quotes the terrorist organisation chief Mahmood Shah as saying that Azad’s view was correct. “We have been of the same opinion as of the expressions of Ghulam Nabi Azad and others since the beginning. India is up to bringing back the era of Jagmohan by imposing the Governor law so as to sabotage the infrastructure and commit massacre of innocents. It is a move to further intensify the mass killings.” Continue reading

SOURCE: Business Standard

At an event earlier this week organized at the initiative of the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, China’s envoy, Amb. Luo Zhaohui noting that India and Pakistan had become full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization mooted the idea of a ‘China-India-Pakistan Leaders Meeting … under the SCO framework’.

The last time the Chinese envoy came up with a trilateral idea for cooperation was at a speech at the United Service Institution of India in May 2017 where he suggested that the name of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) could be changed to accommodate Indian sensitivities. That speech can no longer be found on the Chinese Embassy website indicating that he possibly spoke out of turn or at least ruffled some feathers in Beijing and/or across the border. Continue reading

SOURCE:  India TV

Backing the government’s stance of dealing with terrorists strongly, Union Minister Arun Jaitley today said that protecting the human rights of the ordinary citizens in Kashmir was important. Jaitley, in his Facebook post, said fidayeens can not be dealt through Satyagraha.

“A terrorist who refuses to surrender and refuses a ceasefire offer has to be dealt with as anybody taking law in his own hand. This is not ‘muscular’. It is the rule of law,” Jaitley said. He added that an elected government, a dialogue with people, a humane approach towards the average Kashmiri is the ultimate object of the Indian State with which few can disagree. Continue reading

SOURCE: ET

India and Indonesia have separately slammed but found a common cause against the office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. This development that comes close on the heels of Al Hussein’s report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir and ahead of a potentially similar report on Indonesia’s Papua province.

Indonesia, the country with the world’s largest Muslim population and a supporter of India’s position on Kashmir in the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), has expressed its displeasure with Al Hussein’s office for scheduling visits to Papua province for monitoring human rights situation without coordinating with the local government. It said that this was tantamount to violation of sovereignty of a UN member state.  Continue reading

SOURCE: Huffingtonpost

Hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of their alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and brought Jammu and Kashmir under the direct control of their government in New Delhi, a video shot by an Indian soldier made the rounds on Whatsapp.

The 54-second clip carried a message no one in Kashmir missed: A lone two-storey house stands amidst green fields and tall poplar trees, a typical rural Kashmir landscape. Within seconds a missile hits its base blowing the house to smithereens, sending clouds of dust, debris and smoke into the bright blue summer sky, like a scene from an active war zone. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

Playing the ‘China threat’ card is an “unwise” poll strategy for the BJP to employ as it will “jeopardize the nation’s political and economic development”, said an op-ed in the hardline Chinese state media outlet Global Times.

The op-ed referred to recent Indian media reports which said the 2018 training material for the BJP tells its cadres that China is a threat to India. “India’s 2019 general election is less than a year away and it seems that the BJP has started to gear up for the next round of campaigns through playing the China card,” said the op-ed in Global Times, which is run by People’s Daily, a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The government today announced the formation of three committees to help a task force set up in April to prepare a road map for implementing the drone technology in the country.

The committees would separately make their recommendations on manufacturing and licensing of drones, airspace and air traffic management and policy and law related issues, the Civil Aviation Ministry said. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Mumbai-terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s son and his son-in-law are among 265 candidates fielded by the Jamaat-ud -Dawah for national and provincial assembly seats across Pakistan in the July 25 general election, with the banned group’s political wing vowing to make the country a “citadel of Islam.”

Saeed, who also carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for his role in terror activities, is not contesting the election. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE PAKISTAN

Pakistan on Thursday said India stands isolated in the international community after a damning report by the United Nations accusing Indian security forces for gross human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.

“The isolation of India in the international community is complete,” said Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal at a weekly news briefing. “The skeletons in Indian closet are growing in numbers and size. Right-wing governments end up paying a high price,” he added. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to information provided by DRDO in its Annual Report for 2017, Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) which is also known as Manik turbofan in 2017 has achieved 98% indigenization level and BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Limited (BATL) developed T1, T2, and T3 Prototype engines have demonstrated for its endurance of 2 hours continuous at 50,000 rpm under full load conditions .

Manik Engine earlier this year was also successfully tested in High Altitude Cold Climate Starting trials in Leh and has already undergone rigorous ground and high power tests for over two years now. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Ahead of the crucial two-plus-two dialogue in Washington, the Narendra Modi government is expected to approve a $2-billion deal for the purchase of anti-submarine warfare helicopters for the Indian Navy from the US through the government to government (G2G) route, according to South Block officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Bilateral negotiations on the Communications, Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) have moved forward and the military communication agreement could be initialed later this year after basic Indian concerns have been addressed by the Pentagon, these officials added. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

Hindustan Shipyard Limited is likely to bag the order for medium refit and life certification of a Russia-made submarine by year-end, Chairman and Managing Director Rear Admiral (retired) L.V. Sarat Babu said on Thursday.

He disclosed this at a meeting organised to mark the 77th foundation day of HSL. On this occasion, he inaugurated the largest rooftop solar power project to generate one megawatt. The project has a capacity to generate two megawatt and the second phase construction will start in July. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

The inaugural U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue will take place on July 6, both countries announced on Thursday.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Washington, D.C., for the dialogue that “will focus on strengthening strategic, security, and defense cooperation as the United States and India jointly confront global challenges,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement. Continue reading

SOURCE: ET

India has asked the United States for a binding assurance in the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (Comcasa) to ensure that the secured communication equipment covered by the pact are available to India and kept operational at all times.

ET has gathered that broadly, both sides have made healthy progress, including on end user monitoring issues, in their first formal round of negotiations on this key foundational agreement. The US also handed over the template for Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (Beca), the other foundation agreement.  Continue reading

SOURCE: DAILYO

About a year ago, I attended a conference in Delhi; the topic was the Indo-Pacific, a fascinating topic, though at first I wondered, what is this “Indo-Pacific”? The dictionary tells us that the Indo-Pacific is “a biogeographic region of Earth’s seas…The term is especially useful in marine biology and ichthyology.” A conference on different species of fishes? No. Continue reading