The border standoff between India and China, the ongoing civil disturbances in the US and need for reforms in the WHO were among a host of issues that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump discussed during a telephonic talk on Tuesday. In the conversation, President Trump extended an invitation to Modi to attend the next G-7 summit to be held in the US, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

On Saturday, Trump pitched for expansion of the G7 comprising the world’s most advanced economies by including India and three other countries. “The two leaders also exchanged views on other topical issues, such as the COVID-19 situation in the two countries, the situation on the India-China border, and the need for reforms in the World Health Organisation,” the MEA said. Continue reading


Analysts have been watching for the first signs of a long-expected Chinese naval base at Gwadar in Pakistan. The base, to complement an elaborate one in Djibouti, would strengthen China’s foothold in the Indian Ocean. Recent satellite images appear to show that several new complexes have been built in the last few years. One of them, identified as being used by a Chinese company involved in port development, has unusually high security.

Located at the western end of Pakistan’s coast, Gwadar is expected to be a major port in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. This will allow Chinese goods to shortcut through Pakistan, instead of sailing all the way around South Asia. China was first reported to be planning a naval base there in January 2018. While the plan has never been confirmed officially, it would be a natural path. Continue reading


The forthcoming virtual summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison assumes considerable significance for an India-Australia strategic partnership, particularly as it comes against the backdrop of heightened friction with China for both countries. Enhanced defence cooperation between the two countries could be an important signal to Beijing of the costs of overly assertive strategic behaviour – whether in the Himalaya or in trade. For some years, defence cooperation has largely focused on the naval relationship. Now is the time for enhanced air-power cooperation.

The Modi-Morrison virtual summit is likely to focus significantly on defence and strategic security interests. One deliverable will be the conclusion of a Mutual Logistics Support Agreement, finalised at the “2+2” dialogue of the foreign and defence secretaries in New Delhi last December. The agreement will facilitate reciprocal access to military logistics facilities and may be followed by other pacts aimed at developing alternative supply chains. Continue reading


A draft defence production and export promotion policy is likely to be issued within a month, the Centre said on Tuesday, noting that this will give a major push to the ‘Make in India’ programme.  “We are currently in the process of drafting the defence production and export promotion policy and hopefully, within a month or so, we would like to put it in public domain for seeking your feedback and comments which will be covering all aspects of what the finance minister announced on 16th of May,” Defence Production Secretary Raj Kumar said at a webinar attended by various defence companies.

On May 16, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced a series of initiatives to promote indigenous defence production which included making separate budgetary outlay to procure Indian-made military hardware, increasing FDI limit from 49 per cent to 74 per cent under the automatic route and generating a year-wise negative list of weapons whose import won’t be allowed. Continue reading


Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DS-DBO), Rohtang tunnel and an alternate access to Leh connecting Manali  and Zanskar Valley are the key strategic roads being built by the Border Road Organisation in the Ladakh sector.

India has been catching up at building in road infrastructure at the line of actual control when compared to China. Border Road Organisation (BRO) has been given the task to build 61 strategic Indo China Border Roads (ICBRs) having a total length of 3,409 kilometers. Out of the 61 ICBRs, 28 roads of length 981.17 km were completed by 2018. In rest, connectivity has been achieved in 27 roads.  In North East, among the crucial projects, BRO is currently working on the Sela Tunnel which will ensure all-weather connectivity between Guwahati in Assam and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. BRO, along with Railways, is looking to build a tunnel under the Brahmaputra river. Continue reading


Reacting to the United Nations’ report that Pakistan-based terror outfits Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba are engaged in trafficking fighters into Afghanistan, India on Tuesday said that the report vindicates New Delhi’s long-standing position that Pakistan remains the epicentre of international terrorism.

“The international community should hold Pakistan accountable and seek sustained, verifiable and irreversible action by Pakistan against terrorism. India will continue to contribute and support all efforts towards securing peace, security and stability in Afghanistan,” Ministry of External Affairs said. Continue reading


Sanctioned by the US for its link with the notorious D-Company, the controversial Mehran Paper Mill, located 154 km away from Karachi in Kotri (Sindh), has restarted its operations. Controlled by D-Company’s top lieutenant Anees Ibrahim, brother of India’s most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, the Mehran Paper Mill, in alleged connivance with Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (PSPC), is suspected of printing Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) to destabilise the Indian economy.

Though the Sindh government has maintained that Mehran Paper Mill was shut after the sanctions under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act of the US in 2015, IANS has now discovered that the mill has quietly restarted. Continue reading


The Resistance Front or TRF new terror group in Kashmir has toed Pakistan line on BJP-RSS establishing its clear links across the border. On Monday TRF issued a statement alleging that the new domicile law was an RSS-BJP ploy to change demography of Kashmir. Pakistan PM Imran Khan has been issuing similar statements both at home and international fora since last August following India’s decision to scrap Article 370.

Sources in the security establishment drew a parallel between Khan’s statements and TRF statement and claimed that TRF is being directed and mentored from Pakistan.“We openly declare that any Indian who comes with an intention to settle in Kashmir will be treated as an agent of RSS and not as civilian and will be dealt with appropriately,” the Resistance Front said in a statement on Monday. Continue reading


After Pakistan “condemned” India’s decision to declare two high commission officials persona non grata for espionage activities, the government on Monday accused Islamabad of making false allegations possibly to prepare the ground for tit-for-tat action. Official sources expressed fear that Pakistan could torture Indian officials.

Following India’s move, much like its reaction in 2016 when India had declared a Pakistani official persona non grata for the same offence, Islamabad is likely to expel two Indian officials from the Indian mission there in a retaliatory move. Pakistan on Monday summoned India’s charge d’affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia for a “strong demarche”, rejecting all “baseless Indian allegations”. It also alleged India’s action violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

Proving love knows no boundaries, a Bangladeshi national first crossed the India-Bangladesh border illegally, then covered 2,000 km, mostly on foot, amid the Covid-19 lockdown to reach the India-Pakistan border in the hope of meeting his social media friend from Karachi.

However, the BSF arrested him while trying to cross the border. Identified as Nayan Mian, alias Abdullah, 26, he is a resident of Shariatpur, a district in the Dhaka division of central Bangladesh. A senior BSF officer said he arrested for loitering near the border. He was only carrying a mobile phone with a Bangladeshi SIM card and Indian currency notes. Continue reading


The ruling Nepal Communist Party has called for a bilateral meeting between Kathmandu and New Delhi to resolve the ongoing territorial issue between the two neighbours.  Diplomatic ties between the two countries got tensed after the inauguration of road linking Kailash Mansarovar via Lipulekh on May 8. Calling “diplomacy” to be the “first line of defence in the contemporary world”, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, the spokesperson for the ruling party and former foreign minister, called on all parties for de-escalation of the ongoing rift through dialogues.

“Diplomacy is the first line of defence. We should find a solution to the ongoing problem through diplomatic dialogue. Let us not be impulsive, outrageous, stimulated and provocative over it. Focus on the diplomatic talks and take the ongoing problem to the path of solution. I appeal with all sides,” Shrestha said. Continue reading


Remove China Apps, an app that gained popularity in India in recent weeks and did exactly what its name suggests, has been pulled from the Play Store. The top trending app in India, which was downloaded more than 5 million times since late May and enabled users to detect and easily delete apps developed by Chinese firms, was pulled from Android’s marquee app store for violating Google Play Store’s Deceptive Behaviour Policy, TechCrunch has learned.

Under this policy an app on Google Play Store cannot make changes to a user’s device settings, or features outside of the app without the user’s knowledge and consent, and not it can encourage or incentivize users into removing or disabling third-party apps. The app, developed by Indian firm OneTouch AppLabs, gained popularity in India in part because of a growing anti-China sentiment among many citizens as tension between the world’s two most populous nations has escalated in recent days over a Himalayan border dispute. Continue reading


Rafael Advanced Defense System developed ER Derby-I BVR (Beyond Visual Range Missile ) will be ready for integration trials on leading fighter jet particularly, Mirage-2000, Sukhoi-30MKI and LCA-Tejas if Indian Air Force (IAF) desires so said company official as IAF plans to replace Russian made R-77 BVRAAMs on frontline fighters like Sukhoi-30.

A previous version of I-Derby BVRAAM with a range of 50 km already has been integrated with the LCA-Tejas Mk1 fighter jets but this missile stock came from existing inventory procured for Navy’s Sea Harrier jets which now have been long retired and some I-Derby BVRAAM came from Spyder-SR Air Defense system inventory. Continue reading

SOURCE: Business Standard

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that France has assured timely delivery of the Rafale fighter aircraft despite challenges arising out of the coronavirus pandemic. The defence minister spoke to his French counterpart during the day and said, “We discussed matters of mutual concern including Covid-19 situation, regional security.”

Rajnath called the French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly and the two leaders agreed “to strengthen bilateral defence cooperation between India and France.” “We also appreciated the efforts made by the armed forces of India and France in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. France has affirmed its commitment to ensuring timely delivery of Rafale Aircraft despite the challenges posed by the pandemic,” Rajnath said. Continue reading


Brazil’s Embraer SA (EMBR3.SA) said on Monday that China and India could be potential new partners, following a Reuters report last week that said those two countries as well as Russia were interested in the planemaker’s commercial jets division. Embraer is dealing with the abrupt collapse of a planned deal with Boeing Co (BA.N) in April that left the company scrambling for a plan B.

Embraer Chief Executive Francisco Gomes Neto said in an earnings call that it was still early to discuss new opportunities in detail as the company is studying a new five-year plan. He added that partnerships could involve products, engineering and production. Gomes Neto named China and India as potential partners, as well as unnamed “other countries.” Continue reading