China is stepping up preparedness for a possible military conflict with India on the Doklam standoff by reportedly setting up blood donation and collection camps in the area.
Many hospitals in different provinces are controlling the use of blood, and Global Times has reported that a hospital in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, has relocated its blood bank on the orders of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA)’. The local government is organizing a blood collection drive to replenish supplies. Continue reading
Dubbing ‘Love Jihad’ as a dimension of terrorism, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy on Thursday asserted that theNational Investigation Agency (NIA) is the appropriate agency for the investigation as in the latest case the girl was allegedly being sent to the ISIS.
Speaking to ANI here, Swamy said, “The Love Jihad is a dimension of terrorism; they are going to be recruited for terrorist activities. These Love Jihadis are preying on young girls. They are compromising them, taking photographs of them, blacking them and then making them convert to Islam. In the latest case, the girl was being sent to the ISIS. So, therefore the NIA is the appropriate agency for the investigation into this.” Continue reading
Engineering firm Larsen & Toubro (L&T) today said it has delivered two more high speed interceptor ships to the India Coast Guard at the company’s Kattupalli shipyard in Chennai in Tamil Nadu.
The delivery of the C-433 and C-434 high speed interceptor ships is part of the two contracts being executed by L&T for design and construction of 54 interceptors to the Indian Coast Guard, valued at Rs 1,424 crore, the company said in a statement issued here. Continue reading
SOURCE: Ajai Shukla | Business-standard.com
In an environment where large corporations with no experience in building defence equipment — such as the Adani and Anil Ambani Groups — are hoping to be chosen by the defence ministry as “strategic partners” for defence manufacture, Dynamatic Technologies Ltd (DTL) is a rarity: A company that has incrementally developed the capability to design and manufacture military equipment; in pursuit of a clear aim to graduate into the manufacture of military aircraft.
Last month, on the sidelines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, DTL signed a partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a global leader in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). DTL plans to leverage this partnership to become an Indian “systems integrator” — the entity at the apex of a manufacturing chain, which integrates assemblies and sub-assemblies built by Tier-1 and Tier-2 suppliers into a final product. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Britain hopes to work with India to exercise influence over China on North Korea, the country’s Foreign Secretary has said. Speaking at a event celebrating Indian independence’s 70th anniversary in London on Tuesday evening, Boris Johnson expressed his hope that the two allies could work together to “persuade our friends in China of the truth… It’s in the Chinese government’s hands to exercise that economic pressure to achieve the diplomatic resolution that we need.
“Never mind what you are hearing from the White House; let’s focus on the real cause of the current crisis, when North Korea is recklessly and wantonly threatening its neighbours and those further afield with nuclear strikes,” he said. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
China’s unrelenting efforts to prove Arunachal Pradesh as part of Tibet have continued for years. In its latest efforts, the Chinese government has employed a two-pronged approach: psychological (spreading rumours to intimidate the enemy and break down will); and cultural (assimilating different cultural trends) and media warfare (manipulating what people see and hear).
Mail Today has accessed magazines and websites funded by China to further its claims over Arunachal Pradesh being an ‘integral’ part of Tibet (i.e. China). Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
The Civil Aviation Ministry has written to the Defence Ministry asking them to facilitate the servicing of defence aircraft at Air India’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities.
“Suitable measures may kindly be initiated to negotiate with OEMs [original equipment manufacturer] of defence aircraft to give training and maintenance manuals so that we can maintain the defence aircraft at much cheaper cost and better turnaround time, as compared to giving the maintenance to OEMs abroad,” Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey wrote to Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra recently. Continue reading
The Indian forces are bracing for more “shallow intrusions” or “needling probes” from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in vulnerable spots along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), according to sources in the Indian defence establishment.
This assessment comes even as the two forces held a border personnel meeting (BPM) in eastern Ladakh on Wednesday to calm down tempers, a day after Indian and Chinese soldiers pelted stones at each other near Pangong Lake. Continue reading
Less than three years after visiting Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw for the ASEAN summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to make his first bilateral visit to the country on September 6 and 7, sources told The Indian Express on Wednesday.
The visit will take place just after the BRICS summit in Xiamen, China, from September 3 to 5. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
The situation at Doklam, a region abutting the Sikkim India-China border where soldiers of the two nuclear-armed nations have been locked in a two-month standoff, may never spiral out of control. That perhaps cannot be said for Chinese state media, which has been upping the rhetoric meter with each passing day of the Doklam standoff.
Up until now, Chinese media organisations have limited themselves to accusing India and its military and political leaders of lying, duplicity, deceit and being the prime movers behind the high-stakes standoff that has thrown into question New Delhi and Beijing’s relationship. Continue reading
The geopolitical landscape in the Indo-Pacific region is undergoing unprecedented developments with the rise of new powers, growing power disparity, and the ensuing new challenges to regional security. In the changing and complex regional security environment, few relationships among the major powers have undergone such a remarkable turnaround as the relationship between India and Japan.
The India-Japan civilian nuclear cooperation agreement, Japan-India maritime security partnership, and Japan’s permanent membership in the Indo-US Malabar exercises are some of the major developments which have transformed the low-intensity relationship into one of the fastest growing bilateral relationships in Asia.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has begun the construction of 100 bunkers in border villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district where there have been repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces.
“The district administration has started the construction of 100 bunkers in villages along the LoC in Nowshera sector,” Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said today.These bunkers will accommodate around 1200-1500 people in case of ceasefire violations, especially shelling from across the border, he said. Continue reading
The ministry of electronics and IT has directed 21 smartphone makers, most of which are Chinese, to inform it about the procedures and processes they follow to ensure the security of mobile phones sold in India, following reports of data leakage and theft.
The smartphone makers, which include global players such as Apple and Samsung, Chinese makers such as Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, Lenovo and Gionee, besides home-bred ones such as Micromax have been asked to provide details about security practices, architecture, frameworks, guidelines and standards followed for providing secure transmission and storage of data, a senior official in the ministry said. The details have been sought irrespective of whether the companies make their devices in India or import them. Continue reading
Asserting on the Doklam issue, state-run Chinese media said that India should not determine the strategic posture between the two nations over a road along the border.
Referring to the month long standoff in the Doklam Plateau an editorial piece in Global Times said, “India is so narrow-minded that it believes a road along the border can determine the strategic posture between China and India.” Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Sohail Mahmood took charge as Pakistan’s new High Commissioner to New Delhi on Wednesday amidst border tension between India and Pakistan.
Mahmood, who succeeded Abdul Basit, had served as Pakistan’s ambassador Turkey and Thailand. Mahmood is a career diplomat and has a reputation for being a low-profile officer. His predecessor Basit, who was a former spokesperson of Pakistan foreign ministry, was articulate and controversial too. But the new envoy has no previous experience of serving in any senior positions dealing with India or south Asian countries. Continue reading