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SOURCE: HT

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hit out at Pakistan on Sunday and said that if talks are held between New Delhi and Islamabad it would only be on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). “If talks are held with Pakistan, it will now be on PoK,” Rajnath Singh said at a rally in Kalka, Haryana. He was flagging off the BJP’s ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ ahead of the assembly elections in the state.

On Friday, Rajnath Singh had hinted that India might change its “no first use” policy for nuclear weapons amid heightened tensions between the two neighbours. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and other leaders have spoken against India after the central government decided to scral Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Continue reading

SOURCE: SP Guide Publications

India is looking at lease contracting as a new methodology for acquiring military equipment amidst a budget squeeze at a time of rising expectations from its armed forces, with the Government on August 17 announcing a review of its Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP).

A 12-member committee led by Director General Defence Acquisitions will review the DPP 2016 and the Defence Procurement Manual 2009 and submit its recommendations in six months. Of the total budgetary allocation of 3,18,931.22 Crore ($46.5 Billion) for the armed forces made in July, only about a third – 1,08,248.80 Crore ($15.2 Billion) – has been provisioned for procurements under the Capital Expenditure head for military modernisation. For two of the three Defence services, their share of this allocation falls short of even the committed liabilities for purchases already made. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

The billion-dollar deal between Reliance Industries Ltd and state-run Saudi Aramco on Monday came as a heartache to Pakistan which has been seeking the support of foreign powers, including Riyadh, over India’s historic move to change the status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The deal came just days after New Delhi decided to revoke Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistani Twitter users were quick to link the deal with the developments in Kashmir, with most calling out Saudi Arabia for getting into agreement with an Indian company. Continue reading

SOURCE: News Communique

Pakistan is using Cluster Bombs to target its own Civilians. As per OSINT sources and weapons experts, The Cluster Bomb pictures published in Pakistani Newspapers recently are established to be of Pakistani Origin. This raises an ugly possibility of Pakistan using illegal weapons against its own people to gain sympathy of the world. Our analysis in consultation with Weapons experts and OSINT sources, nails the lie of Pakistan and its conspiracy to blame India for the same.

Pakistani Lies Nailed

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SOURCE: PTI

The Jammu and Kashmir police is maintaining pressure on terrorists to isolate them so that they cannot mislead the general public, Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh has said. In an interview with PTI, Singh, who has been leading the force since last year, thanked the people of the state for their cooperation in maintaining law and order.

“While the security teams comprising police, para-military forces and army have done a splendid job, one should not neglect the cooperation extended by people of the state,” he said. Continue reading

SOURCE: DNA INDIA

The eagerness of China to raise the removal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status to the United Nations Security Council at the behest of Pakistan drew sharp reactions on social media on Saturday.

Twitter users sought to highlight Beijing’s silence on the violent clashes that have crippled life across Hong Kong for the past several days. Nearly 750 people had been arrested until Friday. Protests by pro-democracy supporters have entered 11th week. By contrast, J&K has remained peaceful despite Pakistan’s relentless efforts to stoke unrest in the Valley. All its attempts, including the close-door meeting at the UNSC with the help of China, have come to nought. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

Culminating in the “informal, closed-door meeting” of the United Nations Security Council on August 16, the past two weeks have been revealing. They have made apparent three different strands to the diplomatic challenge India faces following the bifurcation of Jammu
and Kashmir and the removal of Article 370. In some senses, this is the biggest such challenge created by a domestic event since the Pokhran II nuclear tests. Many of the lead actors are the same. However, India’s leverage in the international system is much greater than in 1998.

The first challenge is the civil liberties debate. Seen dispassionately, it represents a pressing dilemma for democratic governance – between lockdown conditions that ensure peace, and a relaxing of such conditions that makes space for incitement and violence. There is no easy “sweet spot” or “right moment”. A graded easing of administrative arrangements in the Valley has begun and schools and offices are due to re-open. With the advent of the apple harvesting season in a few weeks, political activism is, in any case, likely to decline. If the government can maintain stability till then, it would have passed a milestone. Summer 2020 is another story. Continue reading

SOURCE: SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE

The United States was attacked on 9/11 and had to defend itself by removing the Taliban from power in Afghanistan. That’s the genesis of the war in Afghanistan. It’s not a colonial war or an oil and energy matter. The core of the issue is to ensure that the Taliban or other jihadists won’t come back to power and relaunch attacks against American presence in the region or against the homeland. We could have achieved this goal at some point during the last 18 years, but unfortunately we didn’t.

That doesn’t mean we should allow the Taliban to win and take back the country and threaten us again. One failure should not lead us to another failure. There is another way to do it and we need to change strategies, as I elaborate below. As for the American public, they will understand if we explain it to them. Past Administrations either never explained it at all or explained it inadequately. This Administration should explain Afghanistan, and for that matter, the Middle East, better to our citizens. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ENS

Alleging that Ladakh became “collateral damage” during the Congress rule, BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal on Sunday said the region did not get due importance in defence policies which is why “China has captured its area up to the Demchok sector”.

The first-time parliamentarian, who shot to fame with his impassioned speech in the Lok Sabha on Article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, accused the previous Congress governments of ruining Kashmir by following the policy of “appeasement” in hostile situations, leaving Ladakh to become “collateral damage”. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

The civil aviation ministry is trying to figure out ways of ensuring that drones don’t turn rogue and pose a security threat in areas deemed to be no-fly zones — a quandary that has impeded government efforts to make the operation of unmanned aircraft systems legal in India.

One possible solution is to have a GPS (global positioning system) trackers installed in all privately owned and operated drones that are registered for use.“The sky is a strategic space and we want to make sure security concerns are taken care of. We are coming close to the operation of drones. World over, everyone is facing the same issue, and we will have a return-to-home button in the drones,” civil aviation minister Hardeep Puri told Hindustan Times. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

An expedition by the Dogra Scouts has recovered parts of an Indian Air Force AN-12 transport aircraft that crashed in the icy mountains of Himachal Pradesh 51 years ago, killing all 102 people on board, the Indian Army said on Sunday. The Western Command launched an operation on July 26 to recover the mortal remains of over 90 missing soldiers who were onboard the AN-12 BL-534 aircraft which went missing over the Rohtang Pass in Kullu district on February 7, 1968.

After 13 days of rigorous search and recovery operation in the Dhaka Glacier at an altitude of 5,240 metres, the team recovered parts of the aircraft like the aero engine, fuselage, electric circuits, propeller, fuel tank unit, air brake assembly and a cockpit door, it said in a statement. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

The inauguration of the ground earth station, built by ISRO will give immense benefits to Bhutan in terms of communication, broadcasting and disaster management sectors, India’s ambassador to Bhutan Ruchira Kamboj said on Friday. “In 2017, India launched the South Asia satellite. Bhutan has been provided with a transponder as a consequence of which a ground earth space station was built. It is now ready and will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and this will be connected to terminals across the country, giving Bhutan immense benefits in terms of communication, broadcasting and disaster management,” Kamboj, in an exclusive interview, told ANI.

Underlining that space is a whole new sector opening up between India and Bhutan, the envoy said that Bhutanese engineers have been trained in India under the ISRO’s ‘Unnati’ capacity building and training programme and the process will continue. “Bhutan will also be benefitting from the training and capacity building programme that India will impart to Bhutan in terms of analysing data from India’s remote sensing satellite,” Kamboj said. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Pakistan is again misleading the Global community just days before a crucial meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in Bangkok by registering fake and weak Police First Information Reports (FIR) against terror groups and terrorists operating on its soil.

Providing hard evidence about Pakistan’s attempts to mislead the Global Community, well informed sources revealed that on July 1, an FIR was registered at Gujranwala police station based on the information provided by a ‘source’ against a land deal by members of banned Daawat-wal-Irshad, a subsidiary organisation of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), which is headed by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. Continue reading

SOURCE: HARPREET SINGH / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) is a laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) which became operational in 1959 with primary aim of research and development in Aerogas turbine technology as GTRE turns 60 this year, we look into the achievements of the establishment and the work it has been doing  on development of military-grade jet engine technology and it is hard to find any of their product actually entering production or have any military applications.

Last major project taken up by the organization was the development of GTX-35VS Kaveri Engine which since 2014 has been abandoned due to lack of progress even after 30 years of being in research and development. The only major but critical program under the organization today, has been the development of small turbofan jet engine for  Nirbhay cruise missile program which is widely and easily available at the international market and can also be developed by private companies back home. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday stated that India’s indigenous moon mission – Chandrayaan-2 is on course to land on the lunar south polar region on September 7.

“Hello! This is Chandrayaan 2 with a special update. I wanted to let everyone back home know that it has been an amazing journey for me so far and I am on course to land on the lunar south polar region on 7th September. To know where I am and what I’m doing, stay tuned,” read a post on the official Twitter handle of ISRO. Continue reading