The Indian Navy today began an eight-day-long mega naval exercise along with leading maritime powers of the region at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, amid heightened regional tension in the region.

The biennial exercise — Milan — is taking place in the backdrop of imposition of state of emergency in Maldives and Sri Lanka, two of India’s maritime neighbours, and China’s growing assertiveness in the region. Indian Navy officials said 28 warships including 17 from India and 11 from Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand are participating in the exercise. Continue reading


“Russia has become a strategic ally of China, even while it has many contradictions with policies and has questions about China’s rise,” Jawaharal Nehru University Professor Kamal A Mitra Chenoy tells Aditi Phadnis.

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Diplomat G Parthasarathi’s notes claim that Indira Gandhi  and Deng Xiaoping reached a pact that was ‘sabotaged’

Contrary to the prevalent perception, India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was neither soft on China nor trusting of the Chinese. In fact, long before the Sino-Indian war of 1962, Nehru dealt with China only through trusted aides who were sworn to secrecy and bound to communicating with him alone. Nehru was particular that his Defence Minister V K Krishna Menon should not get so much as a whiff of what was going on (vis-à-vis the Chinese), and explicitly said so to his aides.
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China’s growing imprint through building of infrastructure projects in South Asian countries is proving to be “not so useful” for them and New Delhi is finding “cold comfort” in the fact that China’s aid was being relooked at by many of India’s neighbours, the government has told a parliamentary panel.

According to a report by the Parliamentary Committee on External Affairs, headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, the panel was informed by the government that “experiences” with Chinese infrastructure projects in neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka were leading these countries to give “at least some pause for thought”. Continue reading


Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO ) has big plans during the year ahead said its Chairman K. Sivan

Speaking to the media, Dr. Sivan said that the Indian space calendar includes the immediate launch of GSLV Mk.2 during the month-end, the ambitious Chandrayaan-2 mission, GSAT-11among other programmes. In reply to a question, he said the organisation was also involved in developing an application to ensure safety of the Indian fishermen and prevent them from straying into international waters. Continue reading


Five members of a family were killed and two others injured in Pakistani troops firing and mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

Deputy Commissioner Poonch, Tariq Zargar told New Indian Express that a mortar shell fired by Pakistani troops hit a residential house of Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan in Lower Devta area of Balakote sector in Poonch district today morning. Continue reading


The Lahore high court on Friday ordered the Pakistan government to explain why the Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) of 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed were banned and their accounts frozen.

The order came during a petition filed by Saeed through his lawyer AK Dogar in which the JuD chief told the court that the interior ministry on February 10 had issued a notification to freeze the bank accounts of both organisations and take over assets associated with them under the Anti-Terrorism (amendment) Ordinance of 2018. Continue reading


The indigenous Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) module, which enhances the ability of submarines to stay under water, is in an advanced stage of trials, a senior officer of the Navy said on Friday. It is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). All Scorpène submarines will be equipped with it in due course.

“The DRDO AIP is in an advanced stage of experimental trials. Once proven on shore, it has to be tested on a marine platform,” Vice-Admiral Srikanth said, speaking at the launch of a four-part series by the Discovery channel on Indian submariners to commemorate 50 years of the Navy’s underwater arm. Continue reading


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is enhancing its capacities to make improved versions of light combat aircraft (LCA), also known as Tejas, according to a top company official.

The Centre had issued a request for proposal (RFP) for 83 LCA in December, setting the ball rolling for finalising the contract for the deal worth about ?50,000 crore. In addition to the 83 Mk-1A to be ordered, there are 40 aircraft of earlier variants on order. Continue reading


Flying officer Bhawana Kanth has become the second woman pilot of Indian Air Force to fly solo in a fighter aircraft. On Friday, around 2 pm, the 25-year-old flew in a MiG 21 Bison aircraft from Ambala Air Force Station to achieve the feat, reports news agency ANI.

Last month, Bhawana’s batchmate Avani Chaturvedi became the first woman pilot of the Indian Air Force to complete a solo flight in the same aircraft. She completed the half-an-hour long solo flight in the Russian-origin jet in the skies over Jamnagar Air Base. Continue reading


Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said that she does not think that the Doklam border standoff with China would repeat itself. Sitharaman, who was speaking at the CNN-NEWS 18 Rising India Summit, said that India has established a process of engagements with China at various levels.

” I certainly say that there is no Doklam two that I can think of. But, at various levels, the engagement is going on,” she said. Continue reading


A group of US lawmakers led by Senator Bob Menendez told the State Department in a letter that any sale of Russian S-400 air defense system should lead to new punitive measures as stipulated in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

“We are writing today to specifically inquire about reported negotiations between Russia and certain countries over sales of the Russian government’s S-400 air defense system and whether these reported deals could trigger mandatory CAATSA sanctions,” the letter said on Friday. “Under any circumstance, a S-400 sale would be considered a ‘significant transaction’ and we expect that any sale would result in designations.” Continue reading


The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is working on a next-generation launch vehicle that would have the capacity of carrying payloads four times higher than the capacity of its operational launch vehicles. The Indian government confirmed the development on Wednesday.

“India has a Launch Vehicle system with a capability to put 4 — ton class of satellites to GTO, whereby meeting all the national requirements. While other countries have higher launch capabilities, ISRO is making its own plans to increase its launch vehicle capabilities, even up to 16 tons to GTO in the future,” Jitendra Singh, India’s Minister of State for Space told Parliament.  Continue reading


India on Saturday gave a Note Verbale to Pakistan through its high commission in Islamabad protesting the “intimidation and harassment” of its staff there, the 12th such diplomatic note in less than three months.

Official sources said that in its communication to the Pakistan foreign ministry, the Indian high commission specifically mentioned two incidents of harassment — one today and the other on March 15. “Another Note Verbale was sent today by our High Commission in Islamabad to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan protesting against the intimidation and harassment of Indian High Commission officials,” a source said. Continue reading


Around 462 gunner recruits, who took part in the impressive passing out-cum-attestation parade organized at Artillery Centre in Nashik Road on Saturday, will soon join the gunner’s wing of the Indian Army. The Artillery Centre honoured the parents of the gunner recruits with ‘Gourav Padak’— an appreciation for committing their wards to the service of the nation.

General Officer Commanding Telangana and Andhra sub area Maj Gen N Srinivas Rao reviewed the parade. In his brief address to the recuits, he appealed them to uphold the professionalism of the Indian Army. Continue reading