With decks cleared for procurement of 73 Tejas Mk1A and 10 Mk1 fighter jets to be powered by an American engine, DRDO is now in talks with an international partner to make a jet engine of 110 Kn thrust class to power its 5.5th Generation AMCA Program that will enable India to take a technological leap on a new high thrust engine that will available for a new fighter that will go into production only in 2035 but also be used to power other jets that are in development.

After General Electric backed out from giving India its intellectual property rights (IP) to its Core technologies nor its transfer of the core technology for its proposed F-414 based engine for the AMCA Program, another American engine manufacture Pratt & Whitney has shown some interest in the program but it is unlikely it will go ahead with the transfer of technology for its core engine technologies due to which talks between British and French partners have intensified.

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The United States has told India it is unlikely to get a waiver on its planned acquisition of Russian S-400 air defence systems, raising the risk of sanctions similar to those imposed on Turkey for buying that equipment, people aware of the matter said.

The Trump administration has been telling the Indians to drop the $5.5 billion deal for five missile systems and avoid a diplomatic crisis, saying New Delhi did not have a wide waiver from a 2017 U.S. law aimed at deterring countries from buying Russian military hardware.

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British Labour Party politician of Pakistan Origin Naz Shah, peddling ISI Book of lies has said while Addressing the UK Parliament “As a proud daughter of Kashmir, I simply ask the Minister whether the Prime Minister, who has now canceled his visit to India, will follow on and cancel the shipment of arms to India?”

She also tried to argue that the British arms trade to India contributes to the imaginary genocide of the Kashmiris by India. Ignorant British Labour Party politician doesn’t know that most of the arms trade with India is for the supply of parts to Trainer, fighter jets, and Naval equipment that can never be used against Kashmiri Militancy unlike in Pakistan where fighter jets were used to bomb their towns in name of the fight against Terrorism.

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The tone and tenor of the debate in the House of Commons Tuesday will be helpful in making necessary course corrections in the bilateral relationship between India and the United Kingdom, especially at a time when the latter is looking to resolve trade differences, increase its volume of business and make up for the losses due to Brexit.

The concern is understandable considering that post Brexit, the UK’s trade volumes will go in the negative unless it looks for new markets and trading partners and/or retains the older ones with fresh trade deals. Both India and the UK have been negotiating on signing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) since the Brexit decision in June 2016. But FTA could not be concluded until the UK’s formal exit from the European Union.

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Pakistani diplomats believe that India getting chair of three United Nations Security Council (UNSC) committees could be looking ominous, but may not be quite as much. India, which is on the Security Council as a non-permanent member for 2021-22, has been given the Taliban Sanctions Committee, Counter-Terrorism Committee and Libya Sanctions Committee.

The announcement was immediately seen as a diplomatic setback for Pakistan because many believed that Delhi would use its presence in the Counter-Terrorism Committee to malign Pakistan, besides complicating the peace process through the Taliban Sanctions Committee.

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Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today announced that his government will set up a memorial for Major Bob Khathing, an Army officer who commanded a small team of soldiers to establish India’s administrative control in Tawang, which borders China, in 1951.

Prema Khandu said that the foundation stone of the memorial will be laid at Tawang on February 14, the day when Major Bob Khathing is believed to have hoisted the Indian Tricolour there for the first time 70 years ago.

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General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt General YK Joshi Friday said the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution has been a major game-changer in J&K. “The abrogation of Article 370 and improvement in governance has been a major game-changer and helped in restoring faith of the common people in the institutions of the Government,” Lt General YK Joshi said here.

On the occasion of the Army Day, Northern Commander Lt Gen Joshi paid tributes to the Army soldiers by laying a wreath at the Dhruva War Memorial in Udhampur.

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In a shocking development, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) on Friday has issued a statement threatening the Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde, the chief judge of the Supreme Court (SC) over the ongoing farmers’ protests. In a statement accessed by Zee News, SFJ General Counsel Gurpatwant Singh Pannun has said, “Do Not Stop Punjab Farmers Kesari Tractor Rally On January 26.”

The statement added, “You have sided with those who had committed genocide of Sikhs and now you are siding with (Narendra) Modi government who is responsible for genocide of Punjab Farmers. This is not 1990’s; It’s 2021 and SFJ Will hold all justices accountable under the international laws.”

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After calling Gurkha recruitment a legacy of past and the 1947 tripartite agreement “redundant”, Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali has now said that the Nepalese can join Indian Gurkha regiments.

In July last year, Gyawali had said that the recruitment was the first window open for Nepali youths to go abroad adding that it created a lot of jobs in the society in past but termed some provisions as questionable.

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The Army’s northern command chief Lieutenant General Y K Joshi on Friday said the terrorist network is now striving to recruit cadre through extensive use of social media as relentless counter-terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir have forced the deep state in Pakistan to recalibrate its strategy.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an Army Day event here, Lieutenant General Joshi highlighted the succusses of the Army and hailed the bravery of its soldiers.

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SOURCE: Express News Service

With the countdown for Asia’s premier air show, Aero India 2021, beginning, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who was in Bengaluru on Friday to review the preparations, expressed confidence that it will be a “grand and successful” event, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stating that Bengaluru is the best city in the country to host such an event, he said the order of 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) to Bengaluru-headquartered Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), valued at nearly Rs 46,000 crore, will be a boon to the state.

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Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Thursday said that a small memorial dedicated to the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war would be constructed at the National War Memorial with soil brought from the native places of soldiers who were awarded gallantry medals for their role in the war.

Soil would also be brought for the new memorial from places where these heroes won some of the battles, he added.

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 A Pakistani intruder shot by the Border Security Force (BSF) along the international border in Punjab’s Gurdaspur sector on Thursday night was identified by the Pakistan Rangers on Friday morning. In a flag meeting held between the BSF and Pakistani Rangers, the latter not only identified the intruder as a Pak national but also agreed to receive his body, a senior official said.

“In 99% cases of shooting down of intruders by us, Pakistan Rangers neither accept them as being a Pakistani national nor (intruders) having crossed the international border from their side. But strangely today, they not only immediately identified the intruder but also agreed to receive his body,” said a senior official of BSF said.

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As the world is still reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, several COVID-19 vaccines are now being approved all over the world by different companies on a fast-track basis. All these approved vaccines and potential vaccine options, developed by different countries and pharmaceutical companies have varied efficacy. Vaccines manufactured by Chinese firms are also being shipped to various countries.

However, the Chinese vaccine has triggered a controversy and questions are being raised by other nations on its efficacy. To salvage its damaged reputation due to the spread of the virus, the Chinese Communist Party(CCP) in a last-ditch effort began its ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ campaign wherein it has promised to provide developing nations priority access to the coronavirus vaccine produced by China’s SinoVac Biotech firm.

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SOURCE: TheHitavada

INDIA’S preparedness to deal with all possible challenges in the maritime domain, including contingencies from peace to war-time, was tested in a two-day multi-agency military exercise that covered the 7,516 km-long coastline and exclusive economic zone, officials said on Thursday.

The second edition of exercise ‘Sea Vigil’, which concluded on Wednesday evening, particularly focused on the efficacy of the measures initiated to plug gaps in the coastal security set up following the Mumbai terror attack in 2008, they said.

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