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SOURCE: SPUTNIK

The US Army is developing design concepts for an assortment of sophisticated new tank platforms. The Service’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), in charge of the necessary design and simulation modeling, and conceptual work, is overseeing the project.

Currently the service is engaged in designing and modeling for a lightweight tank with the capability to use laser weapons to incinerate drones, neutralize artillery fire, cross bridges, and detect and neutralize long-range targets.  Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

A leading Chinese daily on Friday warned the US of a “large-scale war” if it tries to block Beijing’s access to the South China Sea islands.The state-run Global Times said that if recent statements become a policy when Donald Trump takes over as President “the two sides had better prepare for a military clash”.

It said any approach by Washington to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be “foolish”.
The editorial in the English-language daily, which is known to reflect the thinking of the Chinese Communist leadership, came after Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, called China’s activity in the waters (South China Sea), which see $5 trillion in ship borne trade a year, “extremely worrisome” and sought denial of its access to the artificial islands. Continue reading

SOURCE: AP

With President-elect Donald Trump demanding more ships, the Navy is proposing the biggest shipbuilding boom since the end of the Cold War to meet threats from a resurgent Russia and saber-rattling China.

The Navy’s 355-ship proposal released last month is even larger than what the Republican Trump had promoted on the campaign trail, providing a potential boost to shipyards that have struggled because budget caps that have limited money funding for ships. Continue reading

SOURCE : IANS

US President-elect Donald Trump’s controversial tweet on the 193-member UN comes at a time when former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres has assumed office as its ninth Secretary General. Trump questioned the United Nations’ efficacy, calling it a “club of people to get together, talk and have a good time”. In a previous tweet, Trump also cautioned that when he takes office, “things will be different at UN”.

This tweet has brought out in open the vulnerability of the UN. It also speaks volumes of how one powerful nation, through its funding, can direct the functioning of the global body. There is widespread speculation that the Trump administration may defund the UN in whole or partially. The US contributes the highest share of 22 percent to the UN budget. Continue reading

SOURCE : HINDUSTAN TIMES

Celebrated as a “bad ass” defence minister when he was appointed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet more than a year ago, Indian-origin Harjit Sajjan has ended 2016 with decidedly mixed reviews of his performance.

The Ottawa Citizen, the Canadian capital’s major English daily dubbed him the “Worst Minister” in its annual scorecard after a yearend review of the Trudeau government. Continue reading

SOURCE:AP

Donald Trump is questioning its effectiveness of the United Nations, saying it’s just a club for people to “have a good time,” after the U.N. Security Council voted last week to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem,

The president-elect wrote on Monday on Twitter that the U.N. has “such great potential,” but it has become “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!”On Friday, Trump warned, “As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th,” referring to the day he takes office. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

US Congressman Keith Ellison, a Democrat, has been a leading critic of India on religious freedom for decades and co-sponsored a 2013 House resolution that called for America to continue to deny then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi a visa.

Now, he says Modi is a “closed matter” for him after the Indian Supreme Court ruling on the Gujarat riots, and has pledged “to do more to integrate the concerns and aspirations of the Hindu community in India into my legislative work”. Continue reading

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