Indian importers have asked Pakistani cement exporters to recall their containers destined for the country following 200 per cent increase in duty on various products and tense situation arising out after the Pulwama attack. “The industry has started receiving messages from Indian buyers to recall containers. Some exporters have started recalling their shipments,” a cement exporter, who asked not to be named, said.

The exporter said 600-800 containers loaded with cement are currently at Karachi Port, high seas or at Colombo and Dubai. He said cement exports to India were set to thrive further following the Indian government’s decision of allocating Rs 50 billion rehabilitation fund for Kerala which was devastated by floods in 2018. “As a result, both price and demand were on the rise after an additional demand,” he said. Continue reading


Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has denied his country’s role behind the Pulwama terror attack, the worst in Jammu and Kashmir in decades. He claimed that India does not have any evidence to prove Pakistan’s role in terror attacks in Kashmir. “You (India) have blamed the Pakistan government without any evidence…If you have any evidence, we will act,” Imran Khan said.He said, “It is in our interest that nobody from our soil spreads violence. I want to tell Indian government that we will take action if evidence is found against anyone from Pakistan.”

Imran Khan’s reaction comes days after at least 40 CRPF jawans were killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan-backed terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack. Continue reading


The Indian army has categorically stated that anyone who takes up the gun in the Kashmir Valley will be “killed and eliminated”, unless they surrender. This statement was made by Chinar Corps commander Lt Gen KS Dhillon at a press conference a day after a 17-hour-long encounter in which 3 Jaish-e-Mohammad leaders were killed. A major and three soldiers were also killed in the encounter.

The encounter took place barely 100 hours after the car bombing of a CRPF convoy on February 14 at Lethpora in Pulwama. Forty CRPF jawans were killed in the suicide bombing. Addressing the press conference, Lt Gen KS Dhillon said, “Our focus is clear on counter-terrorism operations. We are very clear that anyone who enters Kashmir Valley will not go back alive.” Continue reading


Days after the Pulwama terror attack, Union Minister and former Army Chief VK Singh has said that Kashmir is an issue of proxy war and the rise of terrorist activities in South Kashmir post-2012 needs an analysis. “This very same South Kashmir was very peaceful between 2005 and 2012. What’s the reason for the surge in incidents there after 2012? Have you analysed this? Why did this happen?” he said while addressing a press conference here on Monday.

Singh, the Union Minister of State for External Affairs, said, “The Kashmir issue is not simple. It’s an issue of proxy war. It’s an issue for which things should have been done earlier. Don’t judge success or failure of a policy, based on one incident. There was an encounter, where an officer and three jawans died. This doesn’t mean the situation is bad.” Continue reading


Pakistan has sought the UN’s urgent intervention to “defuse tensions” with India, the Foreign Office said on Tuesday, following one of the worst terror attacks in Jammu & Kashmir in which over 40 Indian soldiers were killed. On February 14, at least 41 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in Kashmir’s Pulwama district in a suicide attack claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group.

The attack has heightened bilateral tensions with both New Delhi and Islamabad calling back their envoys. Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, seeking his help to reduce the tensions between the two countries, Pakistan Foreign Office said. Continue reading


Israel has offered unconditional help to India in defending itself, especially against terrorism, asserting that “there is no limit” to its assistance, an assurance which assumes significance amid demands that the government should consider Israeli-type retaliation to terror strikes.

The comments by newly-appointed Israeli envoy Dr Ron Malka came in response to a question on up to what extent Jerusalem will go to help India which has been a victim of terrorism.Last Thursday, in one of the deadliest attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM killed 40 CRPF personnel after which there have been growing demands that the government should explore Israeli-type anti-terror operations. Continue reading


Two aircraft of Indian Air Force’s Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team collided at the Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru on Tuesday. The aircraft, believed to be BAE Hawk MK 132, were rehearsing for the Aero India show in Bengaluru. Both the pilots ejected but one of them succumbed to his injuries. “One pilot has succumbed to injuries in the Surya Kiran jet crash; two others safe,” said DGP Fire Services M N Reddi.

Visuals showed smoke billowing from the site and burning debris were scattered all over the airbase. Initial reports said choppers and emergency vehicles have been sent to the site. Search and rescue operations are underway and the police have cordoned off the area. Continue reading


India and Argentina signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Defence Cooperation between the two countries at the end of bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Argentina President Mauricio Macri. Under the MoU, the ministries of both sides are expected to explore avenues of working together. Argentina is looking for bargains to restore its military. With a little bit of innovative thinking, both countries can cooperate to the mutual benefit of both countries.

Highly placed sources have confirmed to FE Online that a high level delegation from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is expected to visit Buenos Aires next month for exploring possibilities of cooperating in this sector.The visiting leader strongly condemned the brutal terrorist attack that took place in Pulwama District of Jammu and Kashmir in which more than 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives and a large number were injured and expressed its solidarity with the families of the sons of India that lost their lives on this brutal terrorist attack. Continue reading


Russia is ready to upgrade the India-operated A-50EI airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, including with the involvement of third countries, Yury Slyusar, the president of the Russian United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), told Sputnik.

“We are offering different options to India regarding works on AEW&C aircraft. The Indian Air Force operates first three A-50EI aircraft. We are ready to continue work in this area, for example, on the modernization of systems of this type, including with the participation of partners from third countries,” Slyusar said in an interview. Continue reading

SOURCE: Reuters

Russia is battling bureaucracy and waiting for some formalities to be completed before it delivers 60 military helicopters to India, the head of state-owned giant Rostec said on Monday.

India and Russia signed an agreement in 2016 to jointly manufacture 200 KA-226T helicopters for the Indian Armed Forces. According to the agreement, 60 helicopters were to be delivered in 2019 and the remaining 140 to be assembled or manufactured in India.“If we manage to complete all formalities” we can deliver Chief Executive Sergey Chemezov told Reuters at the IDEX military exhibition in Abu Dhabi.  Continue reading


Amid all the controversy over the Rafale deal, the deputy chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Marshal V.R. Chaudhari, is preparing to lead many other senior officers in flying the French fighter jet at the Aero India show in Bengaluru this week. It’s a clear indication that despite the political turmoil over the 36-jet deal between the governments of India and France, the IAF is eagerly awaiting the aircraft. The first Rafale is to be handed over to the IAF in Paris in September this year.

Air Marshal Chaudhari took over as deputy chief in October 2018. His office is responsible for all the IAF’s acquisitions. Chaudhari himself has 3,800 hours of experience of flying various aircraft like the MiG-21, MiG-23MF, MiG-29 and Sukhoi Su-30MKI. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, he is a qualified flying instructor, and an instrument rating instructor and examiner. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Rahnuma Daily

Former Head RAW Vikram Sood addressed a Seminar on External Intelligence for National Security here in the city at Administrative Staff College of India(ASCI) on Sunday.Also a book “The Unending Game” authored by him was unveiled and Book Discussion on the same was held.Both these events saw houseful audience and overwhelming response due to Phulwara Terror Attack. Well over 700 people from different walks of life heard him speak various aspects of the Indian Intelligence Bureau— RAW(Research & Analysis Wing)

It was organised by Social Cause, a city based not for profit organisation. We organise similar Seminars to create awareness among the public on subjects of great concern to them informed Dr. Somayaji Susheela, President of Social Cause. Addressing the gathering immediately after the book was unveiled, Vikram Sood said RAW is an organisation of honour and it does what is asked to do. “We are known for our failures. We don’t mind for that. We don’t take it seriously,” he said. Continue reading


Having already bagged lucrative Indian defence deals worth $17 billion just since 2007, the US is pulling out all the stops for the Aero-India slated to kick off at Bengaluru on Wednesday. Apart from displaying its C-17 Globemaster-III airlifters, F-16 and F/A-18 fighter jets, there will also be a fly-by by the iconic B-52 Stratofortress bombers from the Andersen USAF base at Guam during the show.

The Boeing-manufactured B-52 Stratofortress aircraft is a long-range subsonic strategic bomber, which can carry up to 32,000 kg of weapons with a combat range of 8,800 miles without aerial refueling. The B-52 bombers, which will fly over Bengaluru during the inaugural day of the airshow, are assigned to the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at the Andersen base,” said a US embassy statement. Continue reading


It’s going to be a worrying week for Pakistan with a smarting India pulling out all stops to get the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to blacklist it. According to officials, our security agencies have prepared a dossier nailing the culpability of Pakistan in the Pulwama terror strike, which is the worst such attack in J&K in decades. This dossier will be handed over to the international terror financing watchdog seeking its blacklisting, officials told PTI on Saturday. Over 800 officials representing 205 jurisdictions, the IMF, UN, World Bank and others are currently in Paris for the ongoing FATF Week (February 17-22).

What is FATF?

FATF is an inter-governmental body established in July 1989 at a Group of Seven (G-7) Summit in Paris, initially to examine and develop measures to combat money laundering.  But in 2001, the body expanded its mandate to incorporate efforts to combat terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system. Continue reading


In what would eliminate doubt over Pakistan’s involvement in the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF men were killed last Thursday, forensic experts have concluded that the suicide bomber had used high intensity ‘military grade’ explosives (RDX) which terrorists procure from Pakistani defence forces.

The forensic experts have also concluded that the explosive-laden vehicle used by the Jaish-e-Muhammed terrorist was a Maruti Eeco van.
In their report on preliminary findings after visiting the spot of Thursday’s ghastly attack, experts said although RDX is a “very stable” explosive and the one used in the car bomb may have been brought to India months back, it was “definitely assembled” in India and that too “within a range of 5-7 km of the blast site”. Continue reading

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