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SOURCE: The Tribune

Former Defence Minister of Canada and leader of opposition United Conservative Party Jason Kenney is batting for Canadian oil and gas exports to India as he meets with host of ministers, including Harsimrat Badal, Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj in Delhi.

He will also travel to Punjab to meet with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Kenney supports US sanctions against Iran and hopes India will stop profiting a theocratic regime in Tehran.In an exclusive conversation with The Tribune’s Smita Sharma, Kenney supported freedom of expression when asked about pro-Khalistan campaign but underlined there has to be zero tolerance to violent extremism. He also strongly criticised policies of the first Sikh minority leader Jagmeet Singh heading a political party in Canada.  Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Combined Commanders Conference on September 28, the second anniversary of 2016’s surgical strikes against terror pods in Pakistani territory by Indian forces.The conference will be held at the Jodhpur Air Force Station and focus on operational preparedness, the need for jointmanship (the military term for integrated planning and operation of the three services) and theatre commands (or unified commands) for better response.

South Block officials said on condition of anonymity that the annual conference will be on September 27 and 28 with Prime Minister Modi likely to be briefed about the meeting by senior defence ministry officials on Tuesday when he returns from Varanasi. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Statesman 

A recent conference at Army HQs discussed the restructuring of the force. Few have termed it as a transformation exercise. Transformation would only flow from a realignment of objectives, roles and tasks, none of which appears to have been announced till date. None is likely to be announced as neither the defence ministry nor the HQ Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) can do so. The ministry because it remains incapacitated, staffed by bureaucrats who have little or no knowledge of matters military, nor the IDS as it lacks requisite teeth.

Transformation aimed at enhancing joint capabilities to handle future challenges is still miles away as there is no single body which can evolve a common strategic approach, involving all three services for future warfare, as there is no Chief of Defence Staff in place. Thus, while the military desperately needs transformation, it can presently only plan restructuring at individual service levels. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

RCI Industries & Technologies has received two purchase orders from Ordnance Factory Katni (MP), Ministry of Defence, for supply of 100 tonnes (approx) CR GM strips within delivery schedule of two months. The order has been received by the company pursuant to a tender from the Ordnance Factory and after successful completion of capacity/plant verification and other technical evaluation of the plant located at Baddi (Himachal Pradesh) by Ordnance Factory officials, the company said in a release to the BSE. Continue reading

SOURCE: Alarabiya

A new book by Bharat Karnad, India’s foremost old school strategic expert, rips apart Prime Minister Narendra Modi for targeting Pakistan while surrendering the country’s sovereignty to the US and kowtowing to China.

Staggering Forward: Narendra Modi and India’s Global Ambition, published by Penguin Viking, runs into 475 pages of independent and dispassionate analysis of India’s overlapping foreign and defense policies handled exclusively by Modi and a few ideologically fired advisors since May 2014 when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) grabbed the reins of power in New Delhi. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

There has been a 10% decline in the number of Chinese transgressions this year, a senior government official told The Hindu.The official said the presence of Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has also reduced by around 30%. The manpower has been substituted with powerful surveillance equipment, he said.

Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre informed the Rajya Sabha on February 5 that the number of transgressions was 426 in 2017.The official claimed that the transgressions dropped after the 73-day standoff between the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army at Doklam on the China-Sikkim-Bhutan tri-junction near Nathu La last year. “The transgressions continue to take place due to the difference in perception of the actual boundary. But after Doklam, the diplomatic manoeuvring and dialogue with the counterparts at the border ensured there was no steep increase,” he said. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Terrorism is the most deplorable violation of human rights and yet surprisingly, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), in its recent report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, failed to even mention the menace once, said Yoana Barakova, a research analyst with the Amsterdam-based European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS).

Speaking at the ongoing 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday, Barakova expressed concerns that the report did not mention the cross-border terrorism perpetrated by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. She asserted that the UN designated terrorist organisations and terrorists have been classified as “armed groups” and “leaders”, as many as 38 times. Continue reading

SOURCE: Asia Times

The United States’ top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, visited Pakistan this month, along with the chairman the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford. This was the first high-level visit by US officials to the country after the new government in Pakistan assumed office. However, this visit failed to restore normalcy in bilateral relations.

Pakistan-US relations started deteriorating after President Donald Trump assumed office. In a New Year’s tweet, Trump blamed Pakistan for reciprocating $33 billion in US aid with deceit and lies. He threatened to cut down the aid to Pakistan and has made good his claim. Just a few days before Pompeo’s visit, the US announced it would cut $300 million in military aid to Pakistan. Continue reading

SOURCE: News Nation

Uttarakhand police on Monday arrested two people for allegedly plotting to kill Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Pithoragarh district. The accused, apparently drunk, were discussing the assassination plan on WhatsApp ahead of the defence minister’s visit to Pithoragarh’s Dharchula town.

“We were alerted to the chat (about killing the defence minister) on a WhatsApp group at 9.30 pm on Sunday. We identified two persons between whom the chat was taking place and arrested them Monday morning ahead of the defence minister’s arrival here,” Pithoragarh SP Ramchandra Rajguru said. Continue reading

SOURCE: NDTV

A territorial Army soldier, who had returned to his home in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district for the last rites of his son, was shot dead by terrorists on Monday. The gunmen barged into his home at Shurat village and shot him from point blank.  “Shoot me if you want to, but don’t ask me questions,” those present at the scene quoted Lance Naik Malik as having told the terrorists, according to news agency PTI.

Officials say Lance Naik Mukhtar Ahmad Malik was a commander of a disbanded counter-insurgency group before he was recruited in the territorial Army.  Continue reading

SOURCE: Times Now

A granite slab erected as a plaque to honour 26/11 martyr Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan in Bengaluru’s Yelahanka New Town area was vandalised by unidentified miscreants on Sunday evening, prompting a massive outcry over the act of vandalism, with many demanding immediate restoration of the plaque and immediate arrest of the culprits. Pictures of the broken plaque did the rounds on social media, triggering people’s ire over the incident.

Reacting to the development, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara expressed shock over the incident. Parameshwara, who hold the Bengaluru Development portfolio and is also the district in-charge minister of the state capital, directed Bengaluru Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad to ensure that “this is set right immediately.” Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Pakistan wants peaceful relations with India on the basis of “mutual co-existence”, new President Arif Alvi said on Monday, but raked up the Kashmir issue in his first address to the joint session of Parliament, saying Kashmiris have a right to “self-determination”.

Alvi pledged support for the people of Kashmir and said that Pakistan will make efforts at every level to resolve the issue according to the UN resolutions.Addressing the joint sitting of Parliament to mark the beginning of the new parliamentary year, he reaffirmed Pakistan’s “moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people”. Continue reading

SOURCE: Sputnik

Indian defense scientists have successfully conducted back-to-back tests of the new indigenously designed and developed man-portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM). The tests were conducted at the Ahmednagar test range in the western state of Maharashtra.The MPATGM is a third-generation anti-tank guided missile which is fitted with a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead. The MPATGM reportedly boasts a top attack capability and has a maximum engagement range of about 2.5 kilometers. Eight static tests of rocket motor were conducted to achieve consistent ballistic performance last year.

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, after calling off the planned purchase of Israeli Spike-MR in November last year, had directed the state-owned Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to deliver countrymade man-portable fire and forget guided missile. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

The Hizbul Mujahideen had set its sights on Assam to spread its wings.The revelation was made by Assam Police in the aftermath of the arrest of an operative of the terrorist organisation and some of his accomplices.Last week, the Uttar Pradesh Police had arrested Qamar-uz-Zaman, a Hizbul terrorist from Kanpur, who had allegedly planned to carry out subversive acts in the state during Ganesh Chaturthi. Later, based on his leads, seven people were arrested from Assam and Meghalaya.

That Zaman, who hails from Jamunamukh in central Assam, joined the terror group was known a few months ago when a photo of him, holding an AK-47 rifle, went viral on the social media. He went to Kashmir a few years ago to do some business. It was here that he came in touch with some Hizbul operatives and joined the terror organisation. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s India visit next month, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has clearly indicated that India will not allow its time-tested defence and security ties with Russia to be impacted by the US sanctions on military transactions with Moscow. She also said negotiations on the S-400 missile deal with Russia are almost complete, hinting that India is on course to finalise it soon. “India has maintained its sovereignty as regards to its relationship with countries. We shall maintain it in all earnestness,” she told PTI.

Sitharaman was replying to a question on whether the US sanctions on military transactions with Russia will hit New Delhi’s strategic and defence ties with one of its closest partners. Putin is scheduled to visit India early next month to hold the annual India-Russia summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during idrworg which both sides are likely to deliberate on ways to further strengthen strategic ties. Continue reading