Xiaomi India MD and global VP Manu Kumar Jain announced that Xiaomi will be the first brand in India to launch a phone with a chipset support made-in-India GPS alternative called NavIC. Jain took to Twitter to announce the news with a photograph of him presenting a Redmi K20 Pro to Isro chairman Dr K Sivan. Note that the Redmi K20 Pro doesn’t come with NavIC support. Interestingly, Twitterati was quick to spot a Samsung smartphone popping out of the shift pocket of Dr Sivan. On zooming into the photo, it was revealed that Dr Sivan actually uses the older flagship Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone.

So, if you are wondering why Jain would pose with the Redmi K20 Pro that doesn’t support NavIC to announce the news, the peeping Galaxy Note 8 inside Dr Sivan’s shirt pocket may be the answer. Anyone can guess that it may be a subtle way of saying that it’s time for Dr Sivan to change his phone and it is a perfect photo-op to market the Redmi K20 Pro. Continue reading


Hours after holding bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump once again floated his mediation offer, but the kept the context vague. During a press conference in New Delhi on Day 2 of his India visit, Donald Trump was asked what he thinks about the cross-border that India faces from Pakistan. To this he said he discussed the issue of terrorism with PM Modi during his talks with him.

President Trump said he discussed Pakistan with PM Modi. “I have a good equation with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan too. They (Pakistan) are working to control cross-border terrorism,” President Trump said. Continue reading


US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding Taliban peace deal and noted that everybody is “happy” about it.”I spoke to PM Modi on it. I think India would like to see it happen. We are pretty close. Everybody is happy about it,” Mr Trump said during a press conference.

US and Taliban negotiators agreed earlier this week to finalise the pact on February 29 if a seven-day cooling-off period was passed off peacefully. The truce came into effect on Friday night. Donald Trump had said he would put his name on the peace deal with the Taliban if a week went by without major violence in Afghanistan. Continue reading


Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F10) will launch Geo Imaging Satellite (GISAT-1) from the Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 1743 Hrs IST on March 05, 2020, subject to weather conditions.

Weighing about 2275 kg, GISAT-1 is a state-of-the-art agile Earth observation satellite which will be placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by GSLV-F10. Subsequently, the satellite will reach the final geostationary orbit using its onboard propulsion system. A 4 metre diameter Ogive shaped payload fairing is being flown for the first time in this GSLV flight. This is the fourteenth flight of the GSLV. Continue reading


Smartphone and smart TV brand Xiaomi on Tuesday announced it would bring ISROs Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System NavIC technology to its smartphones. Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) is the regional geo-positioning system designed in the country by the city-headquartered Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to provide accurate positioning in India and 1500 km around the Indian mainland.

The capability has been currently enabled by Qualcomm Technologies Inc on several of their Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platforms and will be made available across multiple Xiaomi smartphones in India, Xiaomi said in a statement. In 2020, several Xiaomi smartphones across multiple price points will support NavIC initially supported by some Snapdragon chipsets. Continue reading


In the wee hours of February 26, 2019, the Indian Air Force (IAF) jets bombed the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camps in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan and avenged the Pulwama terrorist attack. India on February 14, 2019, was shaken by what can be defined as one of the deadliest terror attacks on its soil in recent times.

A total of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were martyred after a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber at Lethpora in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A JeM terrorist rammed his vehicle carrying explosives into the convoy in the afternoon. Continue reading


US President Donald Trump on Tuesday described the Kashmir issue as a “big problem” and a “thorn” for a long time, and offered to mediate in de-escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. However, he clarified that he is not offering to mediate on the Kashmir issue. At a packed press conference, the US president also said ways to deal with terrorism figured prominently in his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, Trump stressed, is determined to check the menace.

“We talked a lot about Pakistan. I have a very good relationship with Prime Minister Khan. We talked about it today at length with Prime Minister Modi. No question it is a problem. It is a problem, they are working on it,” Trump said. Continue reading


US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that issues involving the Citizenship (Amendment) Act are up to India and asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants people to have religious freedom.

Trump, who held comprehensive talks with Modi on the second and the last day of his visit, said these were great and fantastic two days. “I’m gonna be not at all controversial because. I don’t want to blow the two days plus two days of travel on one answer, one little answer, like John will ask me one simple question and you will blow it out and that will be the end of the trip. You wont even talk about the trip. So I will be very conservative in my answers if you don’t mind,” Trump said at a press conference. Continue reading


American firm Boeing on Tuesday (February 25) welcomed India’s decision to acquire six AH-64 Apache helicopters and lifecycle services support for the Indian Army. Boeing said in a statement that the AH-64E Apache will be a force multiplier for the Indian Army just as it is today for the Indian Air Force.

“We congratulate the US and Indian governments on this key milestone and welcome the positive momentum in the bilateral defense trade and industrial partnership. Through our local entity, Boeing Defence India, we are supporting the P-8I, C-17, CH-47 Chinook, and AH-64 Apache with holistic lifecycle support to assist with India’s defense modernization effort and mission-readiness at competitive costs. This new contract is a testimony to the trust and long standing partnership Boeing has nurtured over the years with our Indian customers and we are committed to delivering on our commitments in the future as well,” said Boeing India President Salil Gupte. Continue reading


Delhi witnessed violent clashes between two groups – one opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and other supporting the law on Monday – that claimed the lives of five people, including a police official and injured several others.

Amid violent protests, a disturbing visual from North East Delhi’s Jaffrabad surfaced on media showing a protester pointing a gun at an unarmed policeman. In a widely-shared video, the man, identified as 33-year-old Shahrukh, can be seen brandishing a pistol and opening fire in air as the police personnel stood firm. The protester wearing a maroon t-shirt was seen moving towards the cop with a gun in his hand and shooting multiple rounds in the air. Continue reading


National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik visited the office of North-east DCP Ved Prakash Surya in Seelampur for a meeting late on Tuesday night. Around midnight, Doval left for riot-hit areas to review the situation, according to officials who asked not to be named.

Doval, accompanied by Patnaik and other senior officials visited Maujpur, Jafarabad, Gokulpuri, Bhajanpur and to conduct a first-hand review of the situation. The intervention by NSA came minutes after Union Home Minister Amit Shah called for a third meeting with Delhi police and his ministry officials on late Tuesday evening. The meeting, according to the news agency ANI, lasted for almost three hours and was the third such within a span of 24 hours. Continue reading


Pakistani Air Force (PAF) has showcased 4 Alleged Air-to-Air Missiles from the drowned Mig-21Bis flown by the Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to Pakistani media in an event to celebrate 1 year of Operation Swift resort and in its attempt to debunk loss of F-16 kill being awarded to the Varthaman and questioned Vir Chakra being awarded to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for lying and claiming a fake F-16 kill.

PAF showcased 2 damaged R-73 Close Combat Air-to-Air missiles along with near intact 2 R-77 Beyond Visual range Air-to-Air missiles. Indian OSNIT community have questioned Pakistan’s claim that the broken R-73 minus its warhead section were found with the wreckage of the Mig-21Bis. Continue reading


The Kashmir issue has not yet been included in the agenda of the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that begins from Monday in Geneva but India is all prepared to counter Pakistan’s planned move to raise the issues of “Kashmir and rights of minorities in India” at the session.

ET has learnt that Pakistan plans to raise the issues of ‘Kashmir and rights of Indian minorities’ at the February 24 to March 20 session in Geneva even though the formal agenda does not include these subjects so far. Secretary (West) MEA Vikas Swarup who is leading the Indian delegation is expected to make a statement on Wednesday. Continue reading


India and US have signed the contract for six Apache helicopters for the Indian Army which follows a contract for 22 helicopters ordered by the Indian Air Force in 2015. While 17 of 22 Apaches have been delivered to India, the remaining five will be delivered to the Indian Air Force by the end of March 2020.

Notably, the deliveries for the Indian Army Apaches are planned to begin in 2023. The Apache sale is a hybrid procurement – Direct Commercial Sale (DCS) between Boeing and MoD and Foreign Military Sale (FMS) between the GoI and USG. The FMS contract for the Apache includes munitions, training, aircraft certification, and components includes engines, EO sensors and the radar. The direct commercial sale portion of the contract primarily consists of the aircraft (less engines/sensors), logistic support, spares and services. Continue reading


The United States was working productively with Pakistan to counter terrorism on its soil, US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday as he addressed a joint press conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The two leaders spoke after one-on-one talks at Hyderabad House on wide range of issues.

“In our discussions, Prime Minister Modi and I affirmed the two countries’ commitment to protecting our citizens from radical Islamic terrorism. The United States is also working productively with Pakistan to confront terrorists who operate on its soil,” said Trump. Continue reading

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