US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting Islamabad to implement the South Asia strategy of President Donald Trump, a State Department official has said while he urged Pakistan to take “decisive action” against militant groups based inside the country.
“We are breaking from the status quo on US-Pakistan relations and the Secretary by going to Pakistan will be implementing the president’s strategy,” a State Department official told reporters yesterday after Tillerson delivered a major India-policy speech. Continue reading
Militants shot dead a special police officer (SPO) in Tral area of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir today, police said.
The ultras fired at SPO Haleem Gujjar at his residence in Gutroo village of Tral area, 36 kms from here, killing him on the spot, a police official said. Continue reading
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Wednesday that it would look into the “facts and circumstances” of the Bofors scam as revealed by private investigator Michael Hershman. In a recent television interview, Hershman, President of US-based Fairfax Group who was entrusted with the Bofors probe, disclosed that the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government had scuttled his probe.
In a statement issued, CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said, “The Agency has learnt about the matter pertaining to Bofors aired on a certain TV channel, containing the interview of Mr Hershman. Facts and circumstances as mentioned in the interview will be looked into as per due process by the CBI.” Continue reading
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Russia’s S-400 Air-Defence systems even though consists of four missile system to cover the entire range of air defense envelope but India has decided to procure only two missile type. According to latest media reports India has decided to procure only very-long-range 40N6 (400 km) and the long-range 48N6 (250 km) surface-to-air missiles from Russia.
While a final agreement is expected by end of this year under which India will be purchase 5 regiments of S-400 Systems consisting of 1200 missiles all made up of 40N6 and 48N6 missile system. 9M96E2 (120 km) and 9M96E (40 km) missiles which are also part of S-400 air defense System but will not be procured. Continue reading
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It had been over a half-long decade when both INDIA & RUSSIA were decided to develop a Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) by sharing 50-50 portions of money, engineering & intellectual property. But many factors affected the deal’s proceeding like Russians’ demand on heavy prices as well as their reluctance on sharing technology, Indian Gov hesitant attitude on investing heavy money & etc.
As Indian gov realized facts from the previous SU-30MKI programme when Russian bullied India over technology sharing & developed their own powerful SUKHOI version (SU-30SM) with Indian money, it made a clear way for Indian air force & Bureaucracy to ignore FGFA deal. Meanwhile, India’s growing proximity towards EUROPE & USA is the major reason of FGFA failure. Continue reading
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In a major move that will greatly boost the capabilities of Indian Navy, the Trump administration has decided to share the crucial Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) with India for the Indian Navy’s future aircraft carrier.
India had sent a letter of request to the US government for the Electromagnetic Launch System (EMLAS) built by General Atomics for aircraft carrier planned by the Indian Navy during the tenure of Barack Obama. Continue reading
The key to India becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council is “not to touch the veto”, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said as she identified Russia and China as the two global powers against changes in the current structure of the Security Council.
“(This reform of the UN Security Council) is much more about the veto. The permanent five (members of the Security Council) have the ability to veto. Russia, China, UK (United Kingdom), US and France and none of them want to give that up. So, the key to getting India on the Security Council would have to be not to touch the veto,” Haley said at an event organised on the US Capitol by US India Friendship Council. Continue reading
SOURCE: FIRST POST
India can help the US keep an eye on Pakistan as President Donald Trump has “taken tougher approach to Islamabad harbouring terrorists”, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said.
Noting that Trump recently announced a new strategy for combating terrorism in Afghanistan and South Asia, Haley said one of the pillars of that strategy is the development of America’s strategic partnership with India. Continue reading
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More than 2,000 of China’s top officials have gathered in Beijing for the week-long 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, a twice-a-decade political meeting that is expected to see President Xi Jinping further consolidate his position as one of the most powerful leaders of the country.
The official task of the more than 2,287 delegates who will attend this year’s Congress starting Wednesday is to deliberate new policies as well as elect the people who will lead the world’s most populous country for the next five years. Continue reading
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Seldom before has Pakistan been confronted by its oldest and closest ally, the US (being replaced by China), over its bad habit of cultivating terrorists on its land than the last week. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Joseph Dunford, were testifying before the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee over President Trump’s new strategic policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.
Mattis warned Pakistan to abjure use of terrorism to promote its political and military goals adding: ‘We need to try one more time to make this strategy work’, or else the implied threat, to take whatever steps to make it work. Continue reading
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India’s new Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, is set to celebrate Diwali in Port Blair – the only tri-services command in India. Her visit to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI) is yet another confirmation that the current government is willing to increase the strategic profile of ANI. A series of surprising and positive announcements from the government in the past two weeks is poised to transform the islands from a neglected military outpost to a vital strategic asset.
For decades, Delhi has debated the costs and benefits of developing the islands and its utility. The financial costs are significantly high with serious environmental constraints. The presence of indigenous tribes and concerns for their welfare has been a key factor challenging island development. Continue reading
After selling 36 Rafale fighter jets to India for $8.7 billion (Rs 58,000 crore) last year, the French government is now pushing for a project to manufacture warplanes in India to give a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push to encourage local manufacturing under ‘Make In India’.
And to put Paris’s case strongly, its new defence minister Florance Parly is visiting New Delhi and will be meeting her Indian counterpart. Continue reading
Every five years, the Communist Party of China (CCP) Congress has become one of the most keenly watched events with China’s ascent in global inter-state hierarchy. Internal functioning of the Chinese polity remains highly opaque, so the CCP Congress gives outsiders an opportunity to discern political trends in one of the most influential countries of the world. While the rest of world still continues to struggle in trying to gain a comprehension of Chinese politics, what has been clear is the unprecedented centralisation of power under Xi Jinping in Beijing.
Xi was formally named the CCP’s “core” leader (hexin) in October, a title previously given to Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zemin, but not to his immediate predecessor Hu Jintao. The Congress will be more about this Xi consolidation than anything else. There is even speculation that Xi could be positioning himself for a third term as party chief with a strengthening of his grip on the party apparatus. Continue reading
The Latest on the ruling Communist Party’s congress meeting in Beijing (all times local): 3 p.m.Members of the Tibetan Youth Congress have protested at the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi as China’s ruling Communists opened their national congress.
The protesters held up placards blaming China for occupation and genocide in Tibet. Indian police blocked the nearly two dozen protesters from entering the building.
An Indian military contingent has arrived in Vladivostok to take part in the Indra-2017 Russia-India drills, Russia’s Pacific Fleet spokesman Captain 2nd Rank Nikolai Voskresensky said on Wednesday.
“Today, a group of commanders and servicemen of the Indian Armed Forces arrived at Knevichi airport to represent India in the land component of the Indra-2017 Russian-Indian multi-service force drills. Three airliners and two Il-76 planes of the Indian Air Force delivered over 300 servicemen to Vladivostok for their participation in the drills,” the spokesman said. Continue reading