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SOURCE: ENS

Nearly four months after he crossed over to its side of the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan announced on Saturday to repatriate Indian Army soldier Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chohan as a “goodwill gesture”.

Chohan has inadvertently traversed into Pakistani territory on September 29, 2016 – the same day night when the Indian Army launched a surgical strike to hit at terrorist lunch pads on the other side of the LoC. The Indian Army contended that the soldier had “deserted” his post. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

Indian power equipment manufacturers have raised alarm over vulnerability of the country’s transmission networks to hacking as Chinese companies make steady inroads into SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems being added to smarten up city grids.

SCADA is a computer-based industrial automation control system that practically makes factories and utilities run on their own. In an electrical system, SCADA maintains balance between demand and supply in the grid. Continue reading

SOURCE: SPUTNIK

Indian Army is fast-tracking a purchase plan that includes state of the art communication systems which will be critical for the success of Cold War doctrine, if it is ever put into practice.

Under the Cold War doctrine, the Indian army is supposed to move fast and quickly, giving little time to the adversary to react. The simultaneous movement of a large number of soldiers and sophisticated military equipment requires fail-safe and secure communications network. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) has restored the services of a second lieutenant, who was court-martialled in 1991 and imposed a fine of Rs 5 crore on the ministry of defence.

SS Chauhan, who was a second lieutenant in Indian Army’s Sixth Rajput Battalion, was posted in Srinagar when he was court-martialled on various charges and also declared a deserter and mentally unstable. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Pakistan’s two parliamentary committees in rare joint resolution asked India to immediately suspend work on two hydropower projects in Jammu and Kashmir and agree on the constitution of an arbitration court to resolve the water dispute.

National Assembly’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and Water and Power held a joint sitting in Islamabad yesterday to discuss water issues with India.A joint resolution unanimously adopted in the meeting asked India to halt the construction work, Dawn reported. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Vietnam on September 2-3, 2016. The visit was the first by an Indian Prime Minister after 15 years. Twelve agreements were signed during the visit which included cooperation in outer space, UN peacekeeping, avoidance of double-taxation, cyber security, information technology, information on white shipping and contract for procurement of offshore patrol vessels.

Further, based on the strong relations which have been vindicated during the last 44 years of diplomatic relations and nine years of strategic partnership, both the countries agreed to elevate their current level of strategic partnership to a higher level. The relationship would be upgraded to the level of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership which Vietnam currently enjoys with Russia and China. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Tension in ties might be inevitable between China and the US under the new administration but President Donald Trump should think about viable options rather than playing out a zero sum game between Washington and Beijing, a leading Chinese expert on international relations has said.

Efforts to contain China could easily backfire on the US and if Washington forces the situation, it could easily escalate to the doctrine of “mutually assured destruction,” Victor Zhikai Gao, leading foreign policy expert and chairperson of the China Energy Security Institute, told HT. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Indian official sources on Friday denied Sri Lankan Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s contention that Sri Lanka and India are in talks for developing the Trincomalee harbor in the Eastern coast of the island nation.

Fonseka had made the claim on the sidelines of a conference in New Delhi earlier this week, touching off adverse comments in Sri Lanka on the dangers of trying to balance China and India and making Sri Lanka an arena of big power politics. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Swarajya

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the few foreign leaders whom the outgoing US President Barack Obama called up ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the President of the United States. While the two reviewed “all round progress” in bilateral relations, Modi reportedly thanked Obama for strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries. As he leaves office, the outgoing US ambassador Richard Verma has described the period since the Modi government came to power as “the two best years we’ve ever had.

” There is indeed a new momentum in bilateral ties and strong US-India relations is one the few successes of Obama whose performance otherwise has been quite lacklustre on the foreign policy front. But when he had started eight years back, this was not the Obama that India had encountered. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Pioneer.

Closer ties between the two countries (India-UAE) are good for the stability of the region and the Crown Prince’s visit will add substance to military and security ties between the two

By inviting Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed forces, as the chief guest on this year’s Republic Day celebrations, the Modi Government has signaled importance India attaches to its ties with the Emirates. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Learning lessons from experience of its Garud commandos during the Pathankot airbase attack, the Indian Air Force has started moving towards providing better protection its Special Forces against terrorist bullets in close quarter combat.

In order to give them enhanced firepower, the Air Force is also seeking to buy new assault rifles for special forces. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Statesman

New Delhi’s rejection of the uncalled for advice from Beijing about the inviolability of international obligations in the aftermath of India’s testing of the Agni V missile is yet another example of the stiffening of India’s attitude towards China.

There was no need for Beijing to express the hope that India would abide by UN Security Council rules on missiles and safeguard South Asia’s strategic balance. It is odd for China, which is flouting an international tribunal’s directive on South China Sea, to offer gratuitous sermons on rules and regulations. India has reminded its pesky neighbour, therefore, that it complies with all “applicable international obligations” and hopes that the others will do the  same. The dig at China is obvious. Continue reading

SOURCE: DAILYTIMES PK

The strategic landscape of China, India and Pakistan contours the regional environment because three states share commonalities about historical conflicts, geography and power acquisition.In theSouth Asian region, the arms race is proportional to the nuclear developments of India.

In order to achieve significant superiority over Pakistan and satisfactory status quo with China, India has recently augmented its nuclear and missile programme more speedily.Several tests conducted last year by India enhanced the sophistication of its nuclear programme and upgraded sea-based deterrence. The recent successful test of Indian Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) has embarked a new debate on missile proliferation in South Asia and its impact since the missile has been termed as ‘game changer’ and ‘giant leap’ in country’s strategic calculus. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

The film ‘The Ghazi Attack’, said to be India’s first war-at-sea film, brings the focus back on the much-debated issue of what exactly caused the sinking of the Pak submarine P.N.S. Ghazi off Visakhapatnam coast

The night of December 3, 1971, the radios were echoing the day’s news in most houses of Visakhapatnam. The situation had been tense for the past few days with the Indian Navy taking control of the city. It was around dinner time when historian Edward Paul remembers hearing a distinct sound from his house at Dondaparthy (15 km from Vizag coastline), one that was loud, unfamiliar and mysterious for the people of the otherwise peaceful Port City. Continue reading

SOURCE: CNN-News18

Indian Navy’s only operational aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya will soon to have an ATM onboard. Country’s largest Public Sector Bank State Bank of India to launch ATM facility onboard this warship on Saturday. Vikramaditya will be the first ever warship to have such facility. ATM would be operating through satellite link.

According to Capt DK Sharma, Spokesperson of the Indian Navy, INS Vikramaditya is based in Karwar(Karnataka), where town is quiet far from the jetty. Topopography of the area is so that the sailors colony, jetty and town are on three different axis. Continue reading

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