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SOURCE: PTI

Maldives is a “challenge” for India at the moment as its current government is more inclined towards China, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said today, indicating that the ties between New Delhi and Male are yet to reach a level of normalcy.

Lanba, however, added that patrolling of the Maldives Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) by the Indian Navy has again commenced and that India would continue to work with the government of the archipelago nation. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Observing that India is different from traditional American allies for whom the US was the key security provider, a think-tank expert told the lawmakers that New Delhi would “never” want a relationship of dependence or one in which the US has to incur all costs.

“India would never want a relationship of dependence or one in which the US has to incur all costs,” Aparna Pande, Director, Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia at the Hudson Institute, a top American think-tank, told the US lawmakers during a Congressional hearing. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

A native of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, who worked as a cook at the house of an Indian diplomat in Pakistan for nearly two years, was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly working for Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and leaking classified information in exchange of money.

Ramesh Singh, 35, was arrested from his house in Pithoragarh’s Garali village in a joint operation by UP’s Anti-Terror Squad (ATS), military intelligence and Uttarakhand police. Singh worked with an Indian defence attaché and bugged his house with the help of ISI to get sensitive information, police said. His elder brother worked with the Indian Army.

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SOURCE:  Tribune News Service

Close on the heels of a vintage DC-3 Dakota transport aircraft taking wing after undergoing an exhaustive restoration process in the UK, the Indian Air Force has firmed up plans for undertaking a similar exercise on a World War–II era Spitfire fighter plane.

The Supermarine Spitfire, one of the most widely produced Allied warplanes during the world war, remained with the Air Force for about 16 years from February 1944 to January 1960. Various versions of this aircraft were operated by 15 squadrons and units, and saw action during the defence of the Kashmir valley in 1947. Continue reading

SOURCE: News18.com

In an unprecedented admission a retired ISI chief has told News18 that Pakistan is actively involved in the current unrest in Kashmir.

Lieutenant-General (retd) Mohammad Asad Durrani, who served as ISI’s chief from August 1990 to March 1992, when asked about Pakistan’s involvement in the current turmoil in Kashmir, said, “One indeed could not be “playing fiddle” while Kashmir burns and bleeds.”Durrani assumed the office of ISI’s directorate at a very interesting time for Pakistan. The Soviets were withdrawing from Afghanistan and simultaneously, not coincidentally, foreign militants had begun infiltrating and training local Kashmiris to fight India.  Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

After six hours of one-on-one conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi earlier this week, New Delhi and Moscow are going to cooperate in a new area: Afghanistan.

This is the first time that the two countries will undertake a joint project — possibly in the development sector — in Afghanistan. This also comes close on the heels of the informal summit in Wuhan, China, where Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping decided to work on a project in Afghanistan after four hours of one-on-one conversation. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Post Doklam standoff, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) will get 514 satellite phones under a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) project that also covers other central armed police forces and some strategically important states for better communication and security coordination.

Also, the Intelligence Bureau will get 420 satellite phones. BSF and CRPF will get 117 and 307 such devices. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

India’s Maoist insurgency is in its “last stage”, but this could, paradoxically, result in a sharp spike in blasts with the Communist Party of India (Maoist) shifting its focus from direct attacks to bombings, the ministry of home affairs’ senior special adviser K Vijay Kumar said in an interview.

Kumar, who advises MHA on left-wing extremism, said Maoists have been steadily losing their hold over territories under their control, but added that unable to effect as many ambushes or launch attacks, they could, in a desperate bid to stay relevant, rely on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Army chief General Bipin Rawat will embark on a two-day visit to Kashmir on Thursday, his first to Jammu and Kashmir after the Centre asked forces to halt counter-terror operations in the state during the Islamic holy month of Ramzan, senior army officials said on Wednesday.

Rawat’s visit would come a week after the home ministry announced the Ramzan ceasefire with a rider that the security forces reserved the right to retaliate if attacked and also to protect civilians. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Army chief Bipin Rawat has done something that should have been done long ago. He has scrapped the sahayak or assistant system for retired generals. The army chief is right when he says that the main purpose of the army is to be ready for war and not for its men to caddy retired generals around the golf course.

He should now go a step further and stop this practice of serving soldiers being assigned to senior officers to carry out personal duties, many of which are just menial tasks. Many soldiers have complained, even posted videos showing themselves engaged in performing tasks, including household shopping and ferrying children to and from school, for the families of their superiors. Continue reading

SOURCE: OP INDIA

Major Leetul Gogoi had become a national hero last year, when he employed an odd but unique solution to save army men from a crowd of stone-pelters in Kashmir. In order to stop the situation from getting volatile and causing casualties on both sides, Major Gogoi had tied one of the stone-pelters to the army jeep so that stone-pelting stops. He was later awarded Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation Card for sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations.

Now reports have emerged which claim that he has been “arrested” in Kashmir. The details of the incident are yet to be clear, but multiple versions are doing the rounds. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Even as Beijing continues to block India’s efforts to list Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN Security Council at Pakistan’s behest, India, Pakistan and China are coming together to fight terrorism under the rubric of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

Deputy National Security Advisor Rajinder Khanna is in Beijing for an NSA-level meeting of the SCO. This was the first such meeting since India became a full member of the SCO last year. Khanna went to Beijing because NSA Ajit Doval was accompanying Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the informal summit in Sochi. This will be followed by India’s participation at the meeting of the SCO counter-terrorism body, Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS), in Islamabad from May 23 to 25. Continue reading

SOURCE: DAILY TIMES PK

One Belt and One Road initiative would lessen the probabilities of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan by providing Pakistan with a competence to monitor India’s naval activities in the Indian Ocean.

Pakistan plays a significant role in China’s Maritime Silk Route as part of China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI). The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a vital development project within China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI) and serves as the crucial link between the maritime ‘road’ and land based ‘belt’ aspects of the BRI. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Global aerospace giant Lockheed Martin today said its proposal to manufacture custom-built F-16 fighter jets in India will make the country an export hub and give it access to an estimated USD 165 billion fighter aircraft market over the next few decades.

Eyeing India’s lucrative defence market, the American aerospace major said F-16 production would place India at the centre of the world’s largest fighter aircraft ecosystem, creating “unmatched” Make in India opportunities and export potential. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

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Hafiz Saeed led Lashkar-e-Taiba’s (LeT) student wing – Al Muhammadia Students (AMS) has developed a mobile handset meant exclusively for communication by LeT members with each other. After entering a particular chip, the handset automatically connects with the nearest mobile tower, irrespective of the telecom service provider, and calls made using this handset cannot be traced by Indian intelligence agencies. If at all, intelligence agencies try to intercept the device, the call will automatically terminate.

These and other chilling revelations have been made by 20-year-old Multan based trained LeT terrorist – Zaibullah alias Hamza during his interrogation with the National Investigation Agency. Zaibullah was caught from a house in Jugdiyal area in Kupwara on April 7. Continue reading