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As India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day, here’s a tale of extraordinary courage and selflessness.

It’s a tale that has been told before, but there is now more information about the INS Khukri and its Captain, Mahendra Nath Mulla, who died with the ship during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war.Commodore (retd) SN Singh, one of the survivors of the tragedy, recalls it was 8.45pm on December 9, right after Akashvani broadcast that two torpedoes from PNS Hangor had hit the ship. Mulla realised the ship could not be saved and gave the command to abandon ship. Continue reading

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India will send a man or a woman to space on its own spacecraft within the next four years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared today. “This dream [of sending an Indian to space] has to be fulfilled before the 75th Independence Day… Our scientists will achieve this… and then we will become only the fourth country in the world to send a human to space on their own spacecraft,” PM Modi said while making the announcement.

The announcement of the first-ever Indian manned space mission was made during the prime minister’s annual Independence Day speech. Continue reading

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ISRO Chairman K Sivan has excluded confidence in meeting the deadline of putting an Indian in space by 2022 as per the promise made by Prime Minister on his Independence Day speech on Wednesday, saying that the space agency had already developed the necessary technology.Speaking to reporters at Indian Space Research Organisation headquarters here today, Dr Sivan said the Human Spaceflight Programme (HSP) is online and it will be achieved.

He said the agency had already tested the technology for the last few years and will develop the other infrastructural facilities for the manned mission in a time bound manner to meed the deadline. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Ahead of the 21st round of India-China boundary talks, senior BJP leader Ram Madhav said on Wednesday that a dispute over a “large segment” of the border with China has been resolved, barring the Western sector, and the negotiations were moving in the positive direction.

India and China have so far held 20 rounds of Special Representative-level talks to resolve the dispute over the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control. The next round of talks are due to be held between National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the coming weeks. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

The cost of Rafale deal has become one of the most debated topics ever since the Congress used it to target the NDA regime. But the big question is, what was the actual price of each Rafale aircraft during the UPA regime?

Even Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who on numerous occasions quoted different prices, is visibly oblivious to the actual cost of the fighter plane under the UPA government.In the past five months, the Congress president in various public meetings has quoted four different prices for Rafale aircraft during UPA government. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

India’s first all-women SWAT team from the north-east beamed with pride as it provided security cover to the historic Red Fort today on the Independence Day. The 36-member all-women Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team has been trained by the NSG for anti-terrorism duty under the Delhi Police’s Special Cell.

Sumata Rabta, a member of the team, said it has been her life-long dream to protect the country.”I will always remember this day when I got the opportunity to provide security on one of the key events in the country,” Rabta said. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

State-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will fly an Indian astronaut into space for the first time by 2022, an official said on Wednesday. “All the critical technologies for the human space mission are being developed. We will pursue it to put an Indian astronaut in space by 2022,” a senior ISRO official told IANS, citing the space agency Chairman K.Sivan’s statement.

Addressing the nation on the occasion of Independence Day earlier in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that an Indian would be sent to space by 2022. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

India has set an example for South Asia and the world by supporting democracy, diversity and the rule of law, the US said on Wednesday while greeting the country on its Independence Day.

In his message on behalf of the US government on the occasion of India’s 72st Independence Day, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo lauded the contribution of the vibrant Indian-American diaspora and young students in strengthening ties between America and India. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

Repeating the words used last year on Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said Kashmirs problems can be resolved only by embracing its people, not with bullets or abuses.

In his speech on the 72nd Independence Day at the Red Fort here, he said his government was following the teachings of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “Atalji called for ‘insaniyat’ (humanity), ‘Kashmiriat’ (eclectic Kashmiri culture) and ‘jamhooriyat’ (democracy). I also said that the issues in Kashmir can be resolved by embracing the people of Kashmir.” Continue reading

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A man was allegedly thrashed by locals in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar city for trying to unfurl the national flag at Lal Chowk’s Clock Tower yesterday.Following the spat, the man was rescued by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the city police. The police have taken cognizance of the incident and also registered an FIR in the matter.

Speaking to ANI, state police said, “This afternoon, few people came to Ghanta Ghar in connection with some political activity. Some miscreants assembled at the scene and created disturbances by criminally intimidating them.” Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Last Friday, Richard Russel a 29-year-old baggage handler at Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport hijacked a 76-seat Bombardier Q400 passenger plane and performed a series of astonishing air manoeuvres before crashing his aircraft into a nearby island.

For Indian naval historians, the episode seemed like an eerie replay of a similar — and only such — incident in India. On the Sunday morning of August 12, 1964, an Indian Navy Hawker Sea Hawk fighter jet taxied out of Menambakkam airport’s dispersal area (akin to a parking bay) in Chennai, entered the runway and took off towards the Bay of Bengal. The citizens of Chennai (then Madras) weren’t surprised. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL INTEREST

India’s efforts to build a homegrown ballistic missile defense system achieved a major success.On August 2nd, India tested its Advanced Area Defence (AAD)/Ashvin Advanced Defense interceptor missile against decoy targets for the first time.

“One target among simultaneously incoming multiple targets was selected on [sic] real time, the weapon system radars tracked the target and the missile locked on to it and intercepted the target with a high degree of accuracy,” India’s government announced in a press release . Continue reading

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Immersing oneself in a foreign culture is something many Airmen stationed overseas are accustomed to doing. The mission of the U.S. Air Force is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace; and every day Airmen stationed overseas not only accomplish that mission, but also build upon the partnerships established between the U.S. and its allies.

The Military Personnel Exchange Program offers active-duty Airmen the chance to integrate into ally and partner nation air forces abroad. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday addressed the armed forces on the eve of 72nd Independence Day and highlighted the various initiatives taken by the central government to reform the Indian Army. She said that the ministry has decided to reform the Indian Army in “planned manner.”

“In a first-ever exercise after Independence, the Ministry of Defence in consultation with the Indian Army has decided to reform the Indian Army in a planned manner. The first phase of the reforms involves redeployment and restructuring of approximately 57,000 posts of officers, JCOs, ORs and civilians,” Sitharaman said. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Pioneer

The Government and the Opposition have been on the warpath over the acquisition of Rafale fighters and this is not going to end anytime soon, making it a potent poll plank

The dogfight between the Government and the Opposition over the acquisition of 126 versus 36 Rafale fighters is not going to end anytime soon. The brewing  scandal will become a poll issue. The main reasons for alleged irregularities are the neglect of the Defence Ministry — despite the fear of financial impropriety — and Prime Minister Narendra Modi who monitors every other department of the Government scrupulously. Nirmala Sitharaman being the fourth Defence Minister in as many years, is the cause of inconsistencies and delays in decision-making. Continue reading

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