Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the terror funding issues and naxalism, the Northeast region has witnessed 75% and 40% fall respectively in both the areas.
“The NIA has successfully emerged as a credible agency since its inception in 2009. This is India’s first NIA’s residential complex in Lucknow. In Northeast area, the rate of terrorism and naxalism has gone down by 75% and 40% respectively,” Sigh said at the inauguration ceremony of NIA’s residential office here. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
Seeking to provide protection to dignitaries including the President and Prime Minister as well as the national capital territory from enemy cruise missiles, drones and aircraft, India is considering an American system under the Delhi Area Defence project. “The National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) is being considered for the Delhi Area Defence project to provide aerial protection to the Capital from airborne threats,” government sources told Mail Today.
The programme is being undertaken as the threat perception from incoming enemy missiles, drones and aircraft is on the rise because of their increasing use by terrorist organisations such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba. US defence officials have made presentations to the Air Force and other agencies concerned and the proposal is under the consideration of the government, the sources said. Continue reading
The Indian Air Force’s British-made Jaguar aircraft completed its maiden flight last week after integrating an advanced active electronically scanned array radar, but service officials say the Jaguar upgrade program is moving slowly and that there’s uncertainty regarding the mounting of proposed new engines.
The upgrade program of the Jaguar fighter, undertaken by India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, includes mounting new engines from Honeywell of the U.S., but an executive with HAL said it’s ”still awaiting the go-ahead from the Indian Air Force for the new engines.”
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
The Indian Air Force appears to be facing a mid-air refuelling crisis and its plans to induct modern tankers to expand the strategic reach of its fighters haven’t yet taken off. The IAF’s runways are too short for its Ilyushin-78 tanker fleet, their refuelling pods are dogged by failures and the airworthiness is questionable, a comprehensive audit of the Russian-origin fleet has revealed.
In a scathing report, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) also found that there aren’t enough hangars for the refuellers, tanking them up on the ground is a problem and dedicated refuelling corridors are missing. The IAF operates six IL-78 planes bought in 2003-04 at Rs 132 crore a piece. The IAF is yet to float a new tender for six mid-air refuellers costing upwards of $2 billion. Continue reading
Under no circumstances will Israel support Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, top Israeli authorities have said.This is significant given that the country has been relatively silent over Kashmir, which is described as the core issue between India and Pakistan, despite standing shoulder to shoulder with India in the fight against terrorism.
For India, the main issue with Pakistan is cross-border terrorism which continues to fan unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.For a while, after India established full diplomatic relations with Israel in the early 90s, Israel had endorsed India’s position that Kashmir was an integral part of the country. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE NATIONAL AE
Donald Trump’s apocalyptic threats against North Korea have attracted much international attention but not China’s unceasing warmongering against India. As the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops on the small, desolate Doklam Plateau drags on, Beijing continues its sabre-rattling against India.
The rising Himalayan border tensions have been underscored by an August 15 clash elsewhere in which several Indian and Chinese soldiers were wounded, not by gunfire but by rock throwing. Xi Jinping, China’s president, has sought to present himself as the voice of reason by calling for US restraint on North Korea, even as his regime has issued threats to India. The American press has published Mr Xi’s call for dialogue and negotiations to find a diplomatic solution to the North Korea issue without citing his opposition to similarly settle the Doklam impasse. Continue reading
SOURCE: Oneindia News
The clash between Indian and Chinese troops at Ladakh was caught on camera. The video shows the clash between the two forces. China had attempted two incursions at Ladakh last week and were resisted by the Indian forces.
The attempts were made along the banks of famous Pangong lake in Ladakh. The Chinese resorted to stone pelting that caused minor injuries to people on both sides, officials said.Sources say that there was a scuffle between both sides. The Chinese resorted to stone pelting when the Indian side blocked two attempts made by the People’s Liberation Army. Continue reading
SOURCE: SUNDAY TIMES LANKA
A senior Indian military delegation, now on an official visit, yesterday paid homage at an abandoned memorial site built for fallen Jawans of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) which operated here from 1987 to 1990.
The memorial located in a private farming land off Kalviyankaadu in Kopay was revived by the Sri Lanka Army following a request by the Indian Consular General’s office in Jaffna, Military Spokesman Roshan Seneviratne said. Continue reading
SOURCE: TNN BLOGS
China getting frustrated at the Dokalm stand-off is moving its war propaganda machinery from “Three Warfares” to the next higher level in its “Integrated Strategic Deterrence” doctrine against India to achieve its objective of withdrawal of the Indian troops. It has opened other fronts at the border to project that it could raise the level of the present stand-off to a full-fledged war. Stone pelting incident at the Pangong Tso on the 15th August is a testimony of this stratagem.
In the above context, it is important to understand what the Chinese objective behind such acts is. Strategically speaking, China is in expansionist mode. Since 1949, China in accordance with its well-crafted strategy is expanding its territory. After consolidating itself through the demographic changes in Tibet and brutally crushing the Tibetan autonomy supporters resulting in the suicide of several monks, it has decided to annex more and more territory in the periphery. Continue reading
When Spring arrived in Kashmir, there was apprehension that another summer of unrest lay ahead, of the kind seen after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani last July, which led to violent protests, clashes with security forces and close to two months of curfew. Reassuringly, as the months passed, despite recurrent stand-offs between militants and security forces, relative calm seemed to prevail in Kashmir. But a different battle was in store.
In July, the Centre called for a “larger debate” in response to a petition filed before the Supreme Court challenging the Constitutional validity of Article 35A , which allows the state government to define the “permanent residents” of Jammu and Kashmir, who are entitled to certain benefits. The petition will now be heard by a three-judge bench later this month. Continue reading
Retorting to the video showing skirmish between Indian and Chinese forces in Ladakh, Defence Expert P.K. Sehgal on Sunday said that the visuals have vindicated New Delhi?s stand made by the Indian Army on Independence Day.
Calling the Chinese Army as undisciplined, P.K. Sehgal said that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is becoming a rouge army and that they should be ashamed of themselves of resorting to stone pelting. Sehgal also asserted that such act of frustration show that the Chinese are not able to digest the inching defeat on the Doklam issue. Continue reading
SOURCE: Tribune News Service
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Chancellor VK Saraswat supported the display of an Army tank on the university campus to inculcate nationalism. He visited Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, on Saturday to attend a roundtable meeting on “Developing Country Specific Models for the Promotion of R&D via Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode”.
Saraswat retired as Director General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in 2013. A member of Niti Aayog, Saraswat, said, “Artifacts like tank or aircraft add value to students’ learning. Some of these students may come up with defence, science or biological museum in future.” He further said relevance of the tank at the JNU with respect to what was the Charter of the university was to be seen today. Continue reading
Union Minister of State for social justice, Ramdas Athawale on Saturday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking reservation for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) in the Indian Army.
“I appeal to Prime Minister Modi to provide reservation to backward classes in the Indian Army,” Athawale told ANI here, adding that he will speak to the Prime Minister regarding the same. Continue reading
Chennai-based Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) on Thursday officially handed over the Authorised Holder of Sealed Particulars (AHSP) of Armoured Ambulance Tracked (AAT) vehicle to Controllerate of Quality Assurance (Infantry Combat Vehicles).
AAT vehicles designed and developed by CVRDE are currently under production at the ordinance factory in Medak district in Telangana. AAT vehicle is designed for the speedy evacuation of battlefield causalities with immediate medical care to the nearest hospital. It can evacuate 4 structure patients or 2 structure patients and 4 sitting patients or 8 sitting patients at a time. Continue reading
Dharchula in western Nepal is a Doklam doppelganger in that it is situated at the trijunction of Nepal, China and India. The town is bifurcated across India and Nepal by the river Kali; the terra firma underneath is the de facto border since the Treaty of Sugauli that ended the Anglo-Nepalese war of 1814-16. The suspension bridge over the river connects Nepal and the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Dharchula was an important town on the old Tibet-Nepal-India trade route.
That was before China occupied Tibet in 1950. On the edges of the Chameliya tributary of the Kali in Nepali Dharchula is where Ajay Kumar Dahal lives alone. The family and life of the project chief of the state-owned Nepal Electricity Authority’s (NEA’s) 30 MW Chameliya Hydroelectric Project is as divided and fragmented as the land he operates on. Continue reading