Describing India as the “biggest strategic opportunity” for the US, a former top Pentagon official today said the two countries now need to demonstrate “mutual flexibility” as well as ambition to reach a new level of cooperation.
“I would say the biggest strategic opportunity is India,” Kelly Magsamen, the former US principal deputy assistant secretary of defence for Asian and pacific security affairs told members of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing on Asia Pacific region. Continue reading
India is looking to invest in a colonial-era Sri Lankan oil-storage facility as it seeks to further its naval interests in the Indian Ocean and push China back in the process.
A unit of state-owned Indian Oil Corp., the country’s largest refiner, is set to help fund the $350 million development of an 84-tank facility at the strategically located Trincomalee port on Sri Lanka’s east coast. India and Sri Lanka are also discussing setting up a refinery in the island nation, according to Shyam Bohra, managing director of Indian Oil’s subsidiary Lanka IOC. Continue reading
Israel’s Ambassador to New Delhi Daniel Carmon on Tuesday said that after 25 years of “low key, low volume” bilateral cooperation, he could feel doors were opening at governmental level, as India has overcome its hesitance to accept its relation with the Jewish nation openly.
“Being not visible had its impediments. Defence Cooperation gave us the luxury to have low visibility, but cooperation has been low key low volume,” Carmon said at Dr. Shayama Prasad Mukherjee Lecture on “India, Israel: Enduring Partnership”. Continue reading
The accession of India and Pakistan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in June will improve the six-member grouping’s economic and defense potential, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said today.
Morgulov said this while meeting with the SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.”The parties thoroughly discussed preparations for the SCO summit scheduled to be held in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana on June 8-9,” the statement said. Continue reading
A day before the deadly Maoist ambush on the 74th battalion of CRPF that killed 25 personnel on Monday, the network connectivity of the only mobile service provider- Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)- was down for over 24 hours across strife-torn Sukma district. According to Sukma police, there was a complete breakdown since Sunday afternoon and it was restored only a couple of hours after the attack.
On Monday, armed Maoists targeted the road opening party (ROP) of the CRPF and killed 25 personnel and injured eight others near Burkapal, in the Red bastion of Sukma. Continue reading
Pakistan army today said that it has contacted Indian army officials to inform them about the movement of census workers near the Line of Control (LoC).
The second phase of countrywide census started on April 25 and would continue for a month.During this phase, the population in districts near LoC in Kashmir is also being enumerated.In a statement, the Pakistan army said that Indian army has been approached to inform about the movement of civil and military enumerators to civil populated areas lying close to LOC. Continue reading
The Army has cleared a proposal to allow Major Generals in the force to attend short-duration courses to sharpen their leadership skills, given the ever changing military technology landscape and geopolitical developments.
The courses, syllabus and other modalities are yet to be worked out.It was cleared at the Army Commanders conference chaired by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat last week. Continue reading
Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national sentenced to death in Pakistan by a secret military court over allegations of spying, is likely to face hurdles in getting justice since lawyers in the country have been asked not to help him appeal to a higher court.
The Lahore High Court Bar Association, apparently under pressure from the Pakistan Army, has threatened to cancel the membership of any lawyer who extends his services to Jadhav. India is exploring options available within the legal framework of Pakistan in order to save Jadhav. The former naval officer can move the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the order of the military court, which tried him under Section 59 of the Army Act 1952 and Section 3 of the Official Secrets Act 1923. Continue reading
Braving early monsoon rains, hundreds of students in Arunachal Pradash organised rallies in the capital city of Itanagar as well as Tawang, Pasighat and other parts of the state on Monday to protest against China’s move to “standardise” the names of six places in the Northeastern state, effectively trying to rename them.
China claims a part of Arunachal as its own and calls it South Tibet, though India has repeatedly asserted its sovereignty over the entire state. Continue reading
The villagers came first, and then the Maoists, dressed in black.“They were some 300 Maoists, all wearing black,” a jawan of the Central Reserve Police Force said. The jawan was among those injured in the Maoist attack that took 25 lives in Chhattisgarh on Monday.
Some of the Maoists carried rocket launchers, the jawan, who did not wish to be named, said.Another injured jawan, Sher Mohammad Khan, told PTI the Maoists also carried AK-47s, SLRs and other automatic weapons. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
The websites of Delhi University and IIT Delhi were hacked allegedly by a Pakistani hackers group on Tuesday afternoon. The hackers smeared the websites with posters of the alleged the “brutalities” by the ‘Indian forces’ in Kashmir.
‘Pakistan Haxors CREW – PHC’, the group which claimed responsibility for hacking into the two websites, posted a screenshot on their Facebook page, claiming they had hacked several websites, including those of Aligarh Muslim University and IIT-BHU in Varanasi. Continue reading
SOURCE: FIRST POST
A lot of issues have been conflated around the tragic incident in Sukma where 25 CRPF jawans were butchered during an ambush by Left-wing terrorists. The act of wanton violence has led to nationwide shock and the government’s handling of internal security has come into question. Understandably so.
This is the second attack in just over a month in the same troubled district of Sukma in Chhattisgarh, previously part of the Bastar division. The earlier ambush on 11 March had left 13 jawans dead along the Injeram-Bhejji stretch, roughly 60 km away from Monday’s spot in Burkapal area. Part of the feared Red Corridor, this is the same stretch where 76 CRPF personnel were killed in 2010. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
India, Afghanistan and the U.S. will revive the trilateral strategic dialogue to take on regional challenges especially terrorism, Dr. Shaida Abdali, Afghanistan Ambassador in India said.He said that the idea of trilateral strategic dialogue was long discussed but was never operationalized.
“Reactivation of that strategic dialogue especially in the context of the war on terrorism is highly desired. The three of us are affected a lot by the phenomenon of terrorism and can decide on a strategy while taking others in the region along for a more effective strategy,” Dr. Abdali said, speaking at Brookings India on Tuesday. Continue reading
SOURCE : IANS
Renaming of six places by China in Arunachal Pradesh was not in retaliation for the Dalai Lama’s visit to the state, but a way to convey Beijing’s resoluteness in not making any concessions to New Delhi in border talks, a Chinese expert has said.
Long Xingchun, Director at the Centre for Indian Studies at China West Normal University, said Beijing was magnanimous in not retaliating against New Delhi’s provocations by arranging the Tibetan spiritual leader’s repeated visits to Arunachal Pradesh. Continue reading
SOURCE : OneIndia News
The message from Delhi was clear and that there shall be no talks with the separatists of Jammu and Kashmir until the stone pelting stops. The Ajit Doval doctrine for Kashmir makes it clear that there shall be no appeasement. “Let them go on, they will tire out,” he had said during a speech a few years which famously went on to become the Doval doctrine.
There are many who have blamed the doctrine and say that only talks can solve the problem in Jammu and Kashmir. However, an analysis of the situation would show that between December and January there was a sense of calm that had returned to the Valley and the doctrine had, in fact, worked. Continue reading