SOURCE : Hindustan Times
The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has decided to reimburse the expenditure incurred by the Jammu and Kashmir government in providing relief to people affected due to cross-border firing and ceasefire violations.
Ministry sources said the new initiative will provide relief to those suffering losses in terms of damaged house, agriculture and livestock and the rates will be accorded as per guidelines of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Continue reading
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A special Bangladeshi tribunal on Wednesday sentenced death to six hardline Islamists, including a former lawmaker, for committing crimes against humanity and siding with the Pakistani troops in carrying out the genocide in 1971.
A three-judge panel of Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT-BD) handed down the capital punishment to the six members of the Jamaat-e-Islami saying, the charges against them were “proved beyond doubt.” Continue reading
Finally the D-Day arrived. The aircraft is ready and so also the missile. India is all set to conduct the first trial of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from Sukhoi-30 MKI on Wednesday. Defence sources said the aircraft will take off from an air force base in West Bengal and fire the missile against a target over the Bay of Bengal. Preparation has been completed for the maiden trial.
Initially, though it was planned in 2015, the test was deferred due to delay in integration with the aircraft. Continue reading
SOURCE: DNA INDIA
Rubbishing Congress’ charges of wrongdoing in Rafale fighter jet deal, the government clarified that this is a fictitious assumption of a party which sat on the deal for almost a decade ignoring the important national security issues.
Top sources in the security establishment said that the cost of the government-to-government deal with France for 36 Rafale fighter jets was almost 16 per cent lesser than what the previous UPA government is projecting with better weapons and avionics. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Paris in April 2015, announced that India would be buying 36 Rafale fighters from France in an inter-government deal. After five rounds of negotiations, the deal was finally signed by the two defence ministers in Delhi in September 2016 for 36 fighter jets for Rs 58,000 crore. Continue reading
A naval vessel with a mystery name — VC 11184 — has been built at Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) at a cost of ?725 crore under a classified project which began four years ago.Like hush-hush construction of nuclear submarines, complete secrecy is being maintained by Navy and HSL on the missile-range instrumentation ship, which will be India’s most advanced and largest ocean surveillance vessel that can track ballistic missiles.
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
The violent tide of events in Jammu and Kashmir is nearing an end and Pakistan’s ability to influence events in Jammu and Kashmir is at an all time low, but it could strike in mainland India, top government sources told India Today.
With elections in border of state of Gujarat round the corner, the government is keep a hawk eye and it’s fingers-crossed.According to government’s assessment, local support for separatist and terrorist is now at its lowest. “The local population that was feeling boxed by separatist and sudden increase in the number of terrorist is now more emboldened,” senior government officials monitoring the situation in valley said. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Keith Webster, Senior Vice-President (Defence and Aerospace), US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), said while the Trump administration is excited about the $10-billion single-engine fighter jet deal, Lockheed Martin will not be going for full transfer of technology. In an interview with BusinessLine, he said if India decides to buy the F-16s, the first few planes will be bought off the shelf. Excerpts:
How concerned is the US with the single-engine fighter jet deal not taking off yet? There are even reports now that India may not place the order at all … Continue reading
SOURCE: TIMES OF ISRAEL
India’s reported plans to scrap a half-billion-dollar deal with Israel for anti-tank missiles will have negative repercussions not only on defense contracts between the two countries, but throughout the market, according to an Indian-Israeli commerce organization.
The large sale has been lauded by Israeli officials as a major milestone in trade and military relations with India, giving its reported cancellation extra significance, said David Keynan, vice chairman of the Federation of Indo-Israeli Chambers of Commerce Continue reading
SOURCE: The Statesman
Some 18 years ago an IAF chief invited ridicule when, to impress the media, he flew a sortie in a MiG-21 to disprove the contention that the ageing fighter was a “flying coffin”. In much the same manner a senior officer’s recently flying the Tejas LCA is being projected as a “certificate” by its manufacturers Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
For what might otherwise have been logged as a routine solo mission, the public sector unit activated the “after-burner” of its media-relations machine to claim that a 30-minute solo flight by Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria was a “major boost” to the induction and operationalisation of the indigenous fighter that has evoked a none-too-enthusiastic response from the force. Continue reading
SOURCE: IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
ndia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended its deadline to 21 November for overseas vendors to respond to its global request for information (RFI) for 50 naval shipborne unmanned aerial systems (NSUASs) for the Indian Navy (IN).
First issued on 10 October the RFI states that the fixed-wing, catapult-launched NSUASs will be required to operate around the clock in low visibility conditions from ships and shore-based establishments to augment maritime domain awareness around an IN task force. Continue reading
Defence occupies the gravitational centre of Larsen and Toubro’s past, present and future. The company has been involved with India’s nuclear-powered submarine programme for decades. But it’s the future that could be compelling. Jayant D Patil heads L&T’s defence and aerospace business. On 29 May 2017, Patil was elevated to the board of directors of L&T as wholetime director and senior executive vice-president – defence business.
The induction signalled the company’s increased engagement in defence-related businesses and reflected the importance that the sector plays in L&T’s strategic plans. Speaking to the media about the appointment, L&T chairman A M Naik had said: “L&T is well positioned to capitalise on the government’s plan to increasingly indigenise defence production, and we are confident that under the leadership of Mr Patil, L&T will be able to grow its defence business substantially.” Continue reading
Pakistan, failing to achieve desired goals in Kahmir, is trying to polarise atmosphere in India including creating communal tension ahead of Gujarat elections, according to experts who closely follow Islamabad’s India policy.
Pakistan is trying to create more trouble in India including communal tension ahead of the state elections, the experts said hinting at Gujarat polls. “They are trying their level best to set up their activities, using various devious means,” the experts who did not wish to be quoted said. Efforts are ongoing to create tension in Punjab as well. Continue reading
SOURCE: KASHMIR READER
The militant outfit grouping, the United Jehad Council (UJC), has said that India has got frustrated and tired and is now working on a plan to create Ikhwan-type organisations in Kashmir.In a statement to news agency CNS, UJC chief Syed Salahuddin said while addressing a high-level meeting that India is fighting a losing battle in Kashmir and has always dreamt of crushing the Kashmir Movement but it has failed miserably and in future too will only taste defeat.
“There is a clear writing on the wall. Kashmir’s freedom struggle cannot be crushed; the sun of freedom will one day surely rise. So many politicians and Indian chiefs have come and gone, but the movement is going on without any hiccups,” Salahuddin said. Continue reading
US President Trump’s assertion of America First and Indian Prime Minister Modi’s call to ”Make in India” are not mutually exclusive or contradictory, Ivanka Trumpa, advisor to the US President said on Tuesday, ahead of her maiden visit to India next week for the Global Economic Summit in Hyderabad.
“America First is not at the exclusion of rest of the world..most governments prioritize people of their country, but that is not in a vacuum,” Ivanka Trump said in a conference call previewing the visit, while maintaining the Trump administration believed in strong engagement and collaboration with India to grow economies of both countries. Continue reading
Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Tuesday reviewed the security scenario in the northeast with commanders from the Eastern Air Command.Dhanoa, who inaugurated the Commanders’ Conference in Shillong in Meghalaya, updated the commanders on the security scenario and infrastructure in the northeastern region.
The Chief of the Air Staff exhorted all field commanders to put in efforts to upgrade the operational infrastructure and capability of the eastern zone. Continue reading