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SOURCE: IANS

Former Pakistani military dictator Pervez Musharraf has said his country and India were on the path of reconciliation when he was in power but that was no longer the case because Prime Minister Narendra Modi “isn’t an advocate of peace talks”.

In an interview with Voice of America, Musharraf said when he was at the helm, “I spoke to both the Prime Ministers, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh. They both wanted to move forward from the disputes” between the two countries. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Four militants were killed as the Indian army foiled an infiltration bid in north Kashmir’s Tanghdar sector on Saturday morning.

Officials said more militants could be involved as the operation was still on.“An infiltration bid was foiled in Tangdhar sector early this morning. Four terrorists were killed while attempting to cross the border into India. The operation is in progress,” said defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

S Pandian, Director, ISRO Propulsion Complex, Mahendragiri, hinted that the Indian Space Research Organisation is looking for some kind of industry consortium to take up rocket launch and move to greater heights.

Urging industry participants to leverage their strength and partner with ISRO in this mission, he said: “the ISRO is targeting to launch 12-18 rockets (vehicles) every year from the next year. These vehicles will carry different satellites to meet the requirements of the common man. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

Riding a Toyota Coaster and carrying Rs 6 lakh, a bagful of dates and almonds, and cutters is how a batch of six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists reached Kupwara this March to lay siege.The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has managed to trace their route from Muzafarrabad in Pakistan after interrogating Zaibullah, the 20-year-old lone survivor of the terrorist squad caught during an anti-terror operation in Kupwara on March 20. His associates were killed.

Their route included halts at two locations in PoK (Dudhniyal and Tezia), Sarbal on the Indian side of the LoC and four areas near Indian Army posts till the forests of Tushan Bala Jugtiyal and Halmatpora in Kupwara. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The government’s security challenges began three days before it took office. On May 23, 2014, the Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s Herat, bordering Iran, was attacked by four gunmen. One attacker jumped into the compound but was neutralised by the Indo Tibetan Border Police personnel. The other three entered nearby buildings and fired on the compound. After a 10-hour gun battle, they too were neutralised.

Officials concluded the plan was to occupy the consulate and take staff hostage and make a spectacle coinciding with Modi’s oath-taking. India officially stopped short of blaming Pakistan but many in the security establishment suspected the hand of Pakistani elements. Continue reading

SOURCE: NEWSCLICK.IN

The Indus Waters Treaty was signed almost 58 years ago, on September 19, 1960, by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru and the then President of Pakistan, Ayub Khan. Though the treaty, brokered by the World Bank, has come under question in the past, it has withstood three wars and the problematic diplomatic relations between the countries, without becoming a flashpoint.

The treaty partitioned the six main rivers in the Indus system into two sections of western and eastern rivers. Control over the waters flowing in the three western rivers – Indus, Chenab and Jhelum, was apportioned to Pakistan, whereas, for the three eastern rivers – Sutlej, Ravi and Beas, the control was given to India. Thus, rather than being a river sharing treaty, the Indus Waters Treaty arrived at a solution by partitioning the rivers. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

After almost one and a half years finally NIA got a breakthrough in Nagrota Army camp attack case investigation.The Agency has arrested Syed Muneer -Ul-Hassan Qadri resident of Hurhama on Saturday. The Jammu and Kashmir Police has played a key role in the arrest of the accused, NIA said.

The terrorist attack at the Army camp at Nagrota occurred on the 29th of November 2016 in which seven army personnel were martyred and three others were injured. Three Pakistani terrorists were killed in the operation and a huge quantity of firearms, ammunition, explosives and other articles were recovered from the slain terrorists. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Once again there was scare and panic in Pathankot today as nine used rocket launcher shells were found near the Pathankot Cantonment railway station.

Sources said that these rocket launcher shells were empty and were found in the bushes near the railway station as in army parlance they are known as ‘Training Practice Tracers’ and then the local police called the Government Railway Police to remove them. But initially it was speculated that they are live shells. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Officials in India believe it is too early to assign blame for the blast at an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario, on Thursday in which at least 15 people were injured, several critically.

“Our diplomats are already in touch and our Intelligence agencies have offered all help to trace the culprits,” a source in Delhi said.“I am confident that the people who did this will be caught and punished under Canadian law, and it is far too early to speculate on the motives or assign blame for this cowardly act,” he said.   Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

THE Rustom-II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), will be delivered to the armed forces by 2020, said DRDO Chairman S Chistopher, in Pune on Friday.

Christopher was speaking to the media on the sidelines of the 10th convocation ceremony of the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), a technological university of the Ministry of Defence. Christopher is also the chairman of the Governing Council of the DIAT. Continue reading

SOURCE: DAWN

The Pakistan Army has expressed reservations over former Inter-Services Intelli­gence director general retired Lt Gen Asad Durrani’s disclosures in a book, which has been co-authored by former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Amarjit Singh Dulat, and called Gen Durrani for “clarifications”.

“The Army has serious reservations over the book. Description of many issues in the book is contrary to the reality,” said a military source on Friday night. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged the Congress to provide the necessary waiver so that its sanctions on Russia under CAATSA does not impact countries for which it is not intended for.

Provisions of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) threaten India and several other close friends and allies of the US with sanctions. CAATSA is a U.S. federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia. It includes sanctions against countries that engage in significant transactions with Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors. Continue reading

SOURCE: DNA INDIA

As the Narendra Modi government completes four years, the record of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) can at best be termed mixed. The MoD, easily the most complicated and cumbersome of the portfolios, has in parts suffered because it has seen four defence ministers in four years.

It would, however, be unfair to blame the Modi government alone for the mess in which the defence sector finds itself in mid-2018. A combination of prolonged neglect and unstructured acquisition by the previous governments meant that the armed forces have been struggling to keep its arsenal up-to-date. Critical shortages were never made up in time, leading up to a huge backlog difficult to be made up in shorter time frame of four years. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today hailed India for standing beside her country in times of crisis and said negotiations in an amicable way have led to the resolution of many bilateral issues.

In the past, the two countries had settled border disputes with the signing of Land Boundary Agreement for exchange of enclaves, she said.”Together we have resolved many bilateral issues in an amicable way for the benefit of both the countries. Although there are issues that still need to be taken care of, I do not wish to mention them at this programme,” Hasina said. Continue reading

SOURCE: The National Interest

As new adversary fifth-generation stealth fighters such as the Russian Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA and the Chengdu J-20 emerge from development, the United States Navy is working on developing and fielding new capabilities that will allow naval aviators to defeat the threat.

The key is Boeing’s new F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet—and the advanced new technologies incorporated into the jet—combined with the upgraded capabilities of the Boeing/Lockheed Martin Infrared Search and Track (IRST) Block II pod. By upgrading older platforms with new datalinks, massively increased processing power and new sensors, Boeing and the Navy have found a way to negate the threat to carrier aviation from emerging low observable threat platforms. Continue reading