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SOURCE : TNN

While expressing concern over support to Khalistani extremism on its soil, the Canadian government has put two Sikh organisations Babbar Khalsa International and the International Sikh Youth Federation on its watchlist and have also included the component of Sikh (Khalisani) extremism in its 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada.

“Some individuals in Canada continue to support Sikh (Khalistani) extremist ideologies and movements. This political movement aims to create an independent homeland for Sikhs called Khalistan, in India. Violent activities in support of an independent Sikh homeland have fallen since their height during the 1982-1993 period when individuals and groups conducted numerous terrorist attacks” reads the report. Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

The government on Wednesday said India has repeatedly called upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation and it made this assertion to Islamabad last month as well.Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said India’s “consistent and principled” position is that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir has been, is, and shall be an integral part of India.

Pakistan has been in illegal occupation of approximately 78,000 sq km of Indian territory in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, Swaraj said.
“Under the so-called ‘Boundary Agreement’ signed between China and Pakistan on March 2, 1963, Pakistan illegally ceded 5,180 sq km of Indian territory in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir to China,” she said in her written reply. Continue reading

SOURCE : The Pioneer

At the time of Independence, while British India was divided on the basis of religion, the Princely States were not. They were to go, each State as a whole, to either India or Pakistan. The decision of where to go was to be made by the erstwhile ruler. In the case of Jammu & Kashmir, the then ruler, Maharaja Hari Singh, took the decision to accede to India. But to the contrary, most leaders in Kashmir built a false narrative — to mislead the nation and strengthen their credential as nationalists — that the decision of accession with India was taken by former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Sheikh Abdullah and other Kashmiri leaders. They have also maintained that the accession was conditional.

It is an established fact today that the sole authority to decide on the accession was that of the ruler and in case of princely State of Jammu & Kashmir, it was the Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh. Before taking the ultimate decision, the Maharaja was faced with a dilemma due to non-cooperation by Sheikh Abdullah. In the words of the Maharaja, “Muslims of Kashmir and some from Jammu, who were led by Sheikh Abdullah and leaders of the National Conference (NC), did not want the question of accession to be decided at that stage. They wanted me to part with power in their favour so that they could decide the question independently of me. They made no secret of their views and obstructed me in deciding the question of accession instead of helping me to accede to India; Hindus of Jammu and people of Ladakh were for affiliation with or accession of India.” Continue reading

SOURCE : DNA INDIA

Officers from the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has learnt about the presence of a Khalistani group in the state. The fact came to light after the arrest and interrogation of 42-year-old Khalistani supporter Harpalsingh Nagra alias Naik. Nagra was also associated with Punjab Referendum 2020 campaign, police sources said.

Nagra, a native of Bellary in Karnataka, originally hails from Ropar in Punjab. On receipt of specific information, Nagra was caught with illegal possession of a country-made pistol and five live rounds from Chakan area of Pune on December 02.“Nagra was found to be associated with social media groups that are openly talking about the liberation of Khalistan. He was also associated with Punjab Referendum 2020 campaign, which is to liberate Punjab from India,” said a source from home department. Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

As many as 759 incidents of stone pelting were reported in Jammu and Kashmir so far this year, the Rajya Sabha was informed Wednesday. Union minister of state for home Hansraj Ahir also said 238 terrorists were eliminated by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir till December 2, 2018.

“There are instances of stone pelting during anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir. The state government has reported that 759 cases have been registered against stone pelters in 2018,” he said replying to a written question. There were 587 incidents of terrorists violence in the state till December 2 this year in which 86 security personnel and 37 civilians were also killed. Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

Accusing India of perpetuating “dynamic rivalry”, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has said New Delhi’s negative attitude was not only unhelpful for improving bilateral ties, but was also stopping South Asia from making progress and attaining peace. Speaking at a conference on ‘Conflict and Cooperation in South Asia: Role of Major Powers’ hosted by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), Janjua said that India, by refusing to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Islamabad, was holding the regional body’s summit process hostage.

Referring to India’s approach on ties with Pakistan, Janjua said India was “spinning hatred” and perpetuating “dynamic rivalry”, according to Dawn newspaper. This, she maintained, “was not only unhelpful for improving Pakistan-India ties, but was also stopping South Asia from making progress and attaining peace”. Continue reading

SOURCE : GEO TV

Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Wednesday criticised the United States’ decision to add Pakistan to its blacklist of countries that violate religious freedoms, calling it a “brazen political tactic to pressure Pakistan to mitigate US failures in Afghanistan.”

A day earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had designated Pakistan among “countries of particular concern” regarding protection for people to worship according to their beliefs.In an official statement shared today, Mazari said, “It was apparent the US was using this as a brazen political tactic to pressure Pakistan to mitigate US failures in Afghanistan. The timing of this move reflects this most clearly.” Continue reading

SOURCE : Tribune News Service

A grant of Rs 1 lakh would be given to every school, college and educational institute affiliated with the CBSE, PSEB and ICSE, whose students would join the National Defence Academy, Indian Military Academy or the Officer Training Academy. Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal informed that a notification regarding the same has already been issued by the Punjab government and the grant of Rs 1 lakh was for a single academic year.

He said, “If one or more candidates from any school, college and educational institute join the above-mentioned academies, they will get Rs 1 lakh.” He clarified that they would not be entitled for this grant according to the number of students. Continue reading

SOURCE : Tribune News Service

The seventh edition of Sino-Indian joint military exercise, ‘Hand-in-Hand 2018’, is currently under way in China’s Chengdu. Besides regular manoeuvres, there was also opportunity for song and dance.

The exercise began on December 11, and will go on until December 23.Company size contingents of 11 Sikh Light Infantry from Indian Army and a regiment from Tibetan Military District of People’s Liberation Army are participating in the exercise.The Indian contingent is commanded by Col Puneet Paratap Singh Tomar, Commanding Officer of 11 Sikh Light Infantry, while the Chinese contingent is led by Col Zhou Jun, Commanding Officer from Infantry Battalion of Tibetan Military District of PLA, according to an official Indian Army statement. Continue reading

SOURCE : AFRICAN NEWS

Indian Navy Ship, INS Sarvekshak, arrived in Port Louis today on a two month deployment for undertaking hydrographic surveys. It was welcomed by Hon. Purmanund Jhugroo, Minister of Housing and Lands of the Republic of Mauritius and Shri Abhay Thakur, High Commissioner of India.

The ship will be undertaking the survey of the Le Morne area off mainland Mauritius as well as the area off the Southern coast of Rodrigues island, apart from imparting training to Mauritian Coast Guard personnel. Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

A total of 500 Indian fishermen are languishing in various jails of Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the Lok Sabha was told on Wednesday.Altogether 482 fishermen are languishing in Pakistani jails while 18 are in custody in Sri Lanka, Minister of State at the External Affairs Ministry V K Singh said in a written reply.

However, he clarified that Pakistan has acknowledged custody of only 391 Indian fishermen.Singh also said as many as 174 Indian fishermen were released by Pakistan this year while 214 fishermen were set free by Sri Lanka. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Selection of Israeli developed Elta ELM-2052 Active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the upgraded Tejas Mk1A fighter aircraft means that it will be nearly impossible for India to ever opt to integrate Meteor active radar-guided beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) due to the restriction imposed by the European countries on the missile manufacturer MBDA, which severally restricts it from integrating its Meteor BVRAAM with Israeli Radars thus affecting India’s Tejas Mk1A (83) and Tejas Mk1 (40) fleet.

Elta ELM-2052 which also has been integrated into IAF’s Jaguar Strike-bomber fleet was obviously chosen for upcoming Tejas Mk1A due to past association with the ELTA and the Radar, but also since it emerged the lowest bidder among various AESA Radar manufactures which had responded to the tender floated by HAL. Continue reading

SOURCE : The Telegraph

New Delhi has selected Hasimara Air Force Station in north Bengal for strategic build-up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).South Block will upgrade infrastructure at the base to host Rafale fighter jets and increase funds for radar-based intelligence on Chinese airports in Lhasa and Shigatse on the other side of the border, air force officers in the know said.

Officers of the Indian Air Force in Hasimara have written to the defence ministry seeking clearance to relay the runway and build a hanger to accommodate Sukhoi and Rafale fighter jets. Once done, the Hasimara air base will have the second squadron of the Rafale jets. The first one is likely to be raised at Ambala Air Force Station in Haryana. Continue reading

SOURCE : THE PRINT

The former Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General (retd) D.S. Hooda’s comments about the “surgical strikes” have triggered another bout of political recrimination. However, the furore over the general’s observations on “overhype” and politicisation of military operations has drowned out his more important points about the challenges and limitations of such “surgical strikes”.

These are well worth pondering, especially in the light of the government’s recent plans to create a new special forces unit dedicated to carrying out such operations. This move not only underscores the risks that General Hooda warned of but could also exacerbate the institutional problems confronting the special forces. Continue reading

SOURCE : THE PRINT

If you visit Bhutan, you will realise that the majority of the population is happily oblivious to the face-off between the Chinese PLA and the Indian Army on their soil over a year ago. The few who know about it are quietly resigned to it. Unlike the Indian media frenzy – nowhere near the ferocity in China – concerns about military escalation at Doklam seems to have fizzled.

Overall, India’s stock rose further among the Bhutanese after its intervention at Doklam, even as some younger citizens disapproved of New Delhi’s interference in their internal affairs and even resented Bhutan’s over-dependence on India. This is partly due to the fuzzy understanding of mutual treaty obligations governing India-Bhutan relations where the king’s word is still the last word. Actually, very few Bhutanese are aware there is a treaty at all. Continue reading

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