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SOURCE: IANS

Pointing out that the combat aircraft strength of Indian Air Force has gone down in recent years due to obsolescence, former IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Arup Raha on Wednesday said the political parties in the country should sort out the ongoing disputes over the Rafale fighter jet deal so that the procurement process is not delayed any further.

“We know that the combat aircraft strength of the Indian Air Force is coming down because of obsolescence. We are retiring some of the old aircrafts like the MIG-21 and MI-22. So we need sufficient number of replacements. Rafale is one component of our capability,” Raha said on the sidelines of a seminar on cyber security organized by BCCI and CENERS-K here.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Indian Space Research Organisation Wednesday said its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch the Kalamsat payload and Microsat-R satellite from Sriharikota on January 24. PSLV is a four stage launch vehicle with alternating solid and liquid stages.”The PSLV with 2 strap-on configuration has been identified for this mission and the configuration is designated as PSLV-DL. PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL and is a new variant of PSLV,” ISRO said.

It will be launched from First Launch Pad (FLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), Sriharikota. Continue reading

SOURCE: DNA INDIA

Political leaders come in all shapes and sizes. United States President Donald Trump was a real estate developer. Former British prime minister David Cameron was a public relations executive. And Iceland’s former prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir was an airline stewardess.

So we shouldn’t dismiss Imran Khan, Pakistan Prime Minister, as a lightweight just because he was a cricketer. Khan’s background isn’t the problem. His credibility is. Shortly after being elected PM, Khan promised to build a ‘Naya Pakistan’. India has reacted cautiously. Old wine in a new bottle is the consensus. Continue reading

SOURCE: APP

Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan Wednesday said India’s objection on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor was of a political nature. The real pain for India was that Pakistan would become a hub of world trade and economic activities after the completion of the CPEC project and would be connected with many continents through Gawadar Port, he said while delivering a lecture on CPEC to officers and executives of State Bank of Pakistan here.

CPEC would help highlight the Kashmir dispute at international forums besides socio-economic uplift of the people in the region as India had accepted Kashmir as disputed territory by raising objection against the project, he added. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

At the base of all of Pakistan’s current problems, both domestic and foreign, lies its inability to define its identity. The issue whether it is a Muslim state, an Islamic state, or merely a Muslim offshoot of India remains unresolved to this day.

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As Princeton scholar Muhammad Qasim Zaman’s recently published book Islam in Pakistan: A History clearly demonstrates, the tension between the modernist concept of a Muslim state and the traditionalist and Islamist concepts of an Islamic state continues to hound Pakistan. As far as the leading lights of the Muslim League, above all Muhammad Ali Jinnah (picture), were concerned, Islam was strictly of instrumental value to them. It was used to mobilise Muslim opinion in British India to serve the political goals of the League leadership, first parity with the Congress, and when that failed, partition of the country. After the creation of a Muslim majority state, Islam became useful to them as a unifying myth that could hold the country together and act as the principal antidote to ethnic nationalism, especially in East Bengal and the North-West Frontier Province. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

A host of country’s air defence capabilities will be showcased during the Republic Day celebrations here, including a ‘vic’ formation of An-32 aircraft, whose lead plane will be flying using a mix of traditional and biofuel for the first time during the parade, a senior IAF official Wednesday said.

The ‘vic’ formation is devised for military aircraft and comprises three or sometimes more aircraft flying in close formation with the leader at the apex and the rest of the flight en echelon to left and right, the whole resembling the letter ‘V’.This formation will follow the swashbuckling main flypast which leaves the crowd at the ceremonial boulevard spellbound every year on January 26. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is gearing up to carry out a fly-past on the inauguration of the National War Memorial here on January 25, a day before the Republic Day celebration at the Rajpath on January 26.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate the memorial on January 25.A senior Air Force official said on Wednesday: “For the inauguration of National War Memorial at the India Gate, we are planning to fly past three helicopters and also a fly-past by SU 30.”

For the first time in the Republic Day parade, AN 32 helicopter will fly with 10 per cent bio-fuels. The officer said that using bio-fuel will lessen the import bill. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday ruled out talks with Pakistan saying “terror and talks” could not go together. “How can we think about holding talks (with Pakistan) when the firing on the border continues,” Swaraj told newspersons in Lucknow.She was replying to a question if the Centre would consider inviting people of Pakistan in the forthcoming Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019, scheduled at Varanasi during 21-23 January.

Recently, ex-foreign minister of Pakistan Hina Rabbani Khar had reportedly asked Pakistan to strengthen ties with India and other neighbouring countries instead of the US. She noted that Pakistan could not command respect with “a begging bowl in both hands.” Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Recently China warned India and the United States from providing any level of technical assistance to Taiwan for development of local Diesel Submarine fleet which no country wants to provide due to Chinese bullying tactics for over a decade now. Germany, France, Japan and Sweden who all can manufacture and sell pretty advance diesel Submarines for over years have backed away under Chinese pressure for the supply of their submarines which forced Taiwan to start an ambitious program to develop submarines locally.

Taiwan has asked world community for the supply of critical technology which will help them assist to develop next-generation Diesel Submarine which will come handy in defense of the island nation against Chinese forces. The United States of America is very keen to help but doesn’t manufacture Diesel Submarines but has encouraged many allies to share technologies related to the submarines with Taiwan but without much support. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas aircraft, in its final operational clearance (FOC) configuration will have a new, thicker canopy with the Indian Air Force (IAF) having demanded the same. The same canopy is also to be used in the Tejas Mk-1A aircraft, which will be more advanced.The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL) team has already begun work on redesigning the canopy and put it on the test bed, sources working on the project said.The Tejas R&D team has reworked the frame to accommodate the new canopy for the advanced model of Tejas, which will measure 24mm as opposed to the existing 16mm.

“The existing canopy lining could only hold a 16mm glass, which had to be changed to accommodate 24mm. Now the challenge would be to procure fresh glasses, as HAL had already made some purchases of the 16mm glasses for the canopy, which is of no use now,” a person working on the LCA project said. Continue reading

SOURCE: NEWS18

Former deputy National Security Adviser Satish Chandra among other experts have the government to engage with Taliban as their return is an ‘inevitability.’The recent commitment for development in Afghanistan by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has brought the spotlight back to India’s engagement with the Taliban and the future ties with Afghanistan.Speaking to News18, Chandra said, “Given that a US pull-out is on the cards, and since everyone is talking to them, we should not shy away from developing contacts with them initially on a backchannel.”

He also noted that while India’s experience with the Taliban has not been good in the context of the Airlines flight IC 814 hijack episode and the evolution of Afghanistan as a training ground for terrorists, but said engaging with the Taliban would eventually help in safeguarding India’s interests.
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SOURCE: PTI

India’s nuclear doctrine is based on a policy of minimum credible deterrence with a posture of no-first-use and non-use of atomic weapons against non-nuclear weapon states, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said on Monday.

Gokhale, in his keynote address at the 1st Disarmament and International Security Affairs Fellowship organised by the Ministry of External Affairs Ministry, also said that India has an impeccable record of non-proliferation of advanced WMD technologies which has been acknowledged globally. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Attacking Pakistan but not by name, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Tuesday said “our western neighbour” was ceaselessly supporting terrorists and warned that India will achieve “decisive success” if a war is forced on it.”If our nation is forced into a situation of war, decisive success will be ours,” he said addressing the 71st Army Day parade here.

Warning that security challenges will be more complex in future, the Army chief said: “There is a need to enhance our professional skills to deal with any danger.” Gen Rawat said that a new policy had been adopted on the border with China and the armies of the two countries told to maintain peace. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Statesman

In his annual pre-Army Day press conference, General Bipin Rawat, the army chief, shared his thoughts on multiple issues concerning the army of the present and future. He was also asked questions on internal and external matters affecting the country for which he offered his suggestions. He has regularly been sharing his thoughts on matters regarding the army in his multiple interactions with the press. The army by virtue of its conditions of service, authorises very few to speak to the media. Being its head, his views represent those of the masses.

All his comments are open, frank and straightforward. He is not a politician to beat around the bush. It is a fact that he has been blunt, but that is his manner of speaking. His thoughts may on some issues be different, however he is speaking on behalf of the organisation which he knows best. Some of his statements are unnecessarily being quoted out of context, mainly because the harsh truth and reality on which he bases his views are beyond the comprehension of liberals. In one of his earlier comments he had stated that women in fighting arms are presently unacceptable. There was a hue and cry, with many questioning his wisdom. Women even wrote articles stating that if they wish to join and serve in hard conditions why is the chief objecting. Continue reading

SOURCE: FE

As General Bipin Rawat enters his last year as the Army Chief, he will be conscious that he needs to set in motion his ambitious plans to restructure the Indian Army. After it was announced that the army is undertaking a number of studies on changes in organizational structure, there has been a lot of debate on the subject. While the transformation of the army to a leaner force has generally been supported, criticism has also been levelled that the restructuring is being driven primarily due to budgetary constraints. It is thus not a result of a well-thought-out plan to transform the army into a force that is more capable of fighting future wars.

It is a reality that the army is facing a stressed budget. With 83 percent of its budget going towards revenue expenditure, the army has very little left for modernization. I have often heard the argument that the government should be persuaded to increase the defence budget if they are serious about national security. The argument is not completely unjustified but does not take into account the reality of a nation that spends only about 1 percent of its GDP on health and less than 3 percent on education. Continue reading

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