A huge 150 per cent jump has been witnessed in the number of Naxals killed in 2016 in comparison to the previous year, Lok Sabha was informed today.
“The number of Left Wing Extremists killed in 2016 as compared to 2015 has increased by 150 per cent — from 89 in 2015 to 222 in 2016. This number is highest in the last six years,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said replying a written question. Continue reading
With China reiterating its warning to India over the visit of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh in April, Indian experts have said New Delhi should ignore Beijing’s threats.Defence expert Retd. Major General P.K. Sehgal asserted that China had never cared about India’s core issues and that it had supplied arms to Pakistan.
“India should completely ignore this. China doesn’t care about our core concerns; she has surrounded India both through both land and sea. And she has supplied arms to Pakistan. It has become one of their practices to continuously warn or threaten India,” Sehgal told ANI. Continue reading
Contrary to recent social outrage by jawans against the ‘Buddy’ system in the army, Ministry of defence on Tuesday defended the British-era system by saying it promotes spirit de corps. However, “exhaustive” instructions were issued to ensure that the ‘sahayaks’ are not made to do menial tasks as they are combatant soldiers, the government clarified on any misuse of system.
Recently, several jawans from Army and para-military forces have come out in public by posting their grievance on social media against ill treatment of combatants by officers, forcing them to do petty jobs. Continue reading
A Bengali army officer, who sided with the Pakistani forces during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, will be put on trial for committing crimes against humanity, becoming the first Pakistani army officer to face the charges. Coordinator of a special investigation cell on war crimes Mohammad Abdul Hannan on Tuesday said that the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) finalised its investigation report on accused 75-year-old former Pakistani army Captain Mohammad Shahidullah.
“We found his involvement in crimes like murder, confinement, torture and looting,” Hannan told reporters. The ICT, during its investigation that continued from 11 October 2015 to 20 March 2017, could primarily prove three counts of charges against Shahidullah who been in jail since his arrest on August 2, 2016. Continue reading
The Indian Army is in the process of procuring multi-functional radio sets known as “Software Defined Radio (SDR),” which will increase the versatility and flexibility of communication and provide a safe and secure communication network to the soldiers, a top defence source told TOI.
The source, who did not wish to be named, said, “The army has already initiated the process in this regard. The request for information (RFI) has already been specified and sent to the global manufacturers. We expect the global manufacturers to respond to RFI in the coming months.” Continue reading
A number of Russian defence firms has broadly agreed to facilitate speedy repair and overhaul of Russian-origin military platforms in India and manufacture their spare parts through joint venture and technology transfer with Indian companies.
It has been a long-standing grievance of armed forces that the supply of critical spares and equipment from Russia takes a long time affecting maintenance of military systems procured from that country. Continue reading
China has said it will give a global push to its ambitious Silk Road initiative after a UN Security Council resolution called for its implementation by member- states, notwithstanding India’s sovereignty concerns in PoK.
China’s official assertion came as the state media here asked India to adopt a “more pragmatic” approach towards the initiative, claiming global support for President Xi Jinping’s pet project whose stated aim is to link China with Euro-Asia through a maze of connecting rail, road and port projects. Continue reading
Eighty-eight youths joined militancy in Jammu and Kashmir last year, the highest figure in this regard since 2010. Last year also witnessed the second highest number of infiltration attempts- 371- since 2010. This comes at a time when terrorist violence in J&K is being linked to the infiltration from across the border.
The developments were shared by Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in the Lok Sabha today. Continue reading
SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation developed Hyper-sonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) unmanned scram-jet demonstration aircraft for hypersonic speed flight is all set for developmental flight by end of this year.
idrw.org has been informed through sources that Integration of all final flight hardware is happening right now and the team and is confident to conduct first hydrocarbon flight with scram-jet combustor by late this year thus joining an Elite group of countries in the world who have initiated their own scramjet engine research for hypersonic flight above Mach 5. Continue reading
SOURCE: Abhishek Das / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
As the World politics and relations have started to shift its gears frequently after the election of Donald Trump as the 45th US President in January this year, the high seas around the Asia-Pacific has become more turbulent now. With the Chinese have been posturing more aggressive stance at South China Sea and the counter-offensive strategy by the joint force of the United States and Japan have heated up the high seas there. The big question is, what are the challenges and implications for India in this aspect with regard to the Chinese Naval Forays at Indian Ocean Region(IOR) have been growing over the past few years ? How it can overcome those challenges ?…
Let’s debate it briefly—- Continue reading
SOURCE: VINAYAK SHETTY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Stone pelting incidents after Friday afternoon prayers between mobs and Indian security forces is becoming a routine affair in Kashmir now, clashes are also leading to large scale injuries among security forces which are seeing rising figures of the injured year on year among Indian security forces.
Stone pelting tactics which have been predominantly used by Palestinians against Israeli defence forces more or less has been successfully replicated in Kashmir by Islamic Jihadist but next round of tactics, if implemented in Kashmir, will present scary situations to Indian security forces in future. Continue reading
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created history on Monday by commissioning the world’s third largest hypersonic wind tunnel at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram.
A wind tunnel is used to study the effects of air flowing past a solid object—in ISRO’s case, space vehicles. With the space agency lining up big missions like the ‘Reusable Launch Vehicle’ (RLV), ‘Two Stage to Orbit’ (TSTO) rockets, air breathing propulsion systems, and the human space flight programme for the future, the aero-thermodynamic modelling of such vehicles in a hypersonic environment is vital for optimal designs. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
There is increasing evidence that India could launch a preemptive first strike against Pakistan if it feared a nuclear attack was imminent, in a marked reversal of its well-known no-first use policy, according to a leading nuclear strategist.
But this first strike will not be aimed at urban centres and conventional targets of a retaliatory strike intended to punish and prevent an escalation, but against Islamabad’s nuclear arsenal, to preempt a nuclear attack altogether. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
China will retaliate if India continues to be uneasy with Beijing’s increasing influence in south Asia and attempts to meddle in its diplomatic relations with countries like Nepal and Sri Lanka, Chinese state media warned on Tuesday.
Indicating that India’s failure to match China’s growing defence and diplomatic clout, the state media article said New Delhi is always “unnerved” to see exchanges between Beijing and south Asian countries.“China hopes India can understand the pursuit of China and regional countries for common development, and be part of it. However, New Delhi doesn’t share this thinking, instead seeking to balance China,” the article said. Continue reading