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SOURCE: ENS

Aditya-1 mission has been now revised to Aditya-L1. It will be inserted in a halo orbit around the L1. Quality and transparency are the key issues of success of the ISRO, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr K Sivan.

An interactive meeting was held with young scientists across the country during Yuvika 2019 as part of Jai Vigyan-Jai Anusandhan programme  held at SHAR located in Sullurpeta here on Friday. Addressing the meeting, the ISRO Chairman explained about the achievements of the organisations to young scientists. He also appealed to the scientists to show interest in learning things. Continue reading

SOURCE: NDTV

Three terrorists were shot dead in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama early this morning. The encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces at around 2:10 am in Pulwama’s Panzam. Troops of the Central Reserve Police Force, Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group were involved in the encounter.

The bodies of the terrorists were found during a post-encounter search. In south Kashmir’s Anantnag, another encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Security forces have killed a terrorist involved in the murder of an Indian Army rifleman, Aurangzeb, last year. The man, named Shaukat Ahmad Dar, was killed on Saturday in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Two other militants were killed in the gunbattle.

There were two other encounters — one in Anantnag district and another in Sopore, located in North Kashmir, where one militant was killed.Aurangzeb, 24, was posted with the 44 Rashtriya Rifles; he was abducted in June 2018 when he was travelling home for Eid. He was later found dead with multiple gunshot wounds. Continue reading

SOURCE: NIKKEI ASIAN

As India counts down until May 23, when results of its latest elections are to be announced, the country’s next-door neighbor, Pakistan, is looking for signs that tensions along a shared border in Kashmir will either ease or bring the nuclear-armed neighbors into greater conflict.

Western diplomats say Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been using relations with Pakistan as a vote-getting tool. “Modi has used his confrontational approach to Pakistan to drum up public support,” a Western official in Islamabad told the Nikkei Asian Review on condition of anonymity. “The entire emphasis of [Modi’s] message has been how a tough man like him on Pakistan deserves to be [returned as prime minister].” Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

The Defence Ministry on Saturday rejected the plea of Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, who had challenged the appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of the Indian Navy. Verma had questioned the government’s decision of overlooking him for the post of Navy chief despite he being the seniormost.

Rejecting his statutory complaint filed on April 10, Defence Ministry’s Joint Secretary (Navy) Richa Mishra clarified that though seniority is an important criterion while appointing services chiefs but it is not the “sole” criteria. It has been dispensed with in the past too while appointing the Navy chiefs. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Spanish Navy ship ‘Mendez Nunez’ (Frigate) with a crew of 30 officers and 135 sailors is on Mumbai visit from May 18 to 23. The ship is on Overseas Deployment, and is docked at the Mumbai Port Trust, a defence press note said Saturday.The Commanding Officer of ‘Mendez Nunez’ will interact with Rear Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar, Flag Officer Commanding, Maharashtra Naval Area, during its stay, it said.

According to the communique, Indian Naval Ships (INS) and submarines have been visiting Spanish ports during overseas deployments. Continue reading

SOURCE: STATE TIMES NEWS

An Indian youth who crossed over to Pak occupied Kashmir (PoK) in December last, was returned by Pak Army on Friday. According to report the youth identified as Mohammad Alias, son of Mir Mohammad, resident of Jhallas Salotri, district Poonch, who crossed over to PoK on December 11, 2018 was returned by Major Ishtiaq of 41 Baloch Regt and Tehsildar Mohd Ali today from Chakan-da-Bagh crossing.

The youth was received by Major Vegnesh of 15 Maratha LI and Naib Tehsildar Abdul Rashid and handed over to SHO Police Station Poonch for further investigation. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s premier aerospace and defence company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is working on LCA Mk1A is an improved version of LCA with enhanced capabilities of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Advanced Missiles, Advanced Electronic Warfare suite, New Mission & Avionics System and more maintenance friendly features, for which development activities are under progress but what Indian Air force wants might not be required by potential customers and to address this issue, HAL is planning to offer two or three customization package.

After interacting with many potential buyers, HAL has learned that many want lesser types of equipment then asked by IAF but it will be difficult to develop customized variants if the order is of small quantity but HAL will be offering plug and play systems which can be added or removed to lower costs so that tender is not lost due to price factor alone. Continue reading

SOURCE:Hans News Service

ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan said there will be space shuttle in space in the near future similar to the one being run by the NASA and they had conducted the RLV-TD experiment two years ago. He also said Aditya-1 mission has now been revised to Aditya-L1 mission and will be inserted in a halo orbit around the L1, which is 1.5 million km from the Earth.

At an interaction session on Friday with 108 young scientists across the country during Yuvika 2019 as part of Jai Vigyan-Jai Anusandhan programme, he said still there is no clarity on possibilities for existence in space and budding scientists have to explore such issues in the future after becoming scientists. Continue reading

SOURCE: NDTV

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa took the oldest variant of the Soviet-era MiG-21 fighter jet for a spin in the skies above Sulur near Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore. Flying solo in three of the five sorties, the Air Force chief took the MiG-21 through some spectacular aerial moves on clear summer skies over the last three days. The MiG-21 Type 96 entered service in 1973-74.

Though Air Force chiefs have flown fighters in the past as a gesture to boost morale, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa’s move comes in the backdrop of the ageing jet shooting down a far superior F-16 of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in an aerial combat on the Line of Control (LoC) in February this year. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

To promote the ease of doing business and give a fillip to the ‘Make in India’ programme, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has allowed private industrial units and PSUs to self-certify the quality of items being supplied by them to the armed forces.At present, all items procured by the services are subjected to trials and evaluation by the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA), an organisation under the Department of Defence Production in the MoD.

Self-certification status would be allowed for only those industrial units who have quality systems that meet the requisite standards. “It encourages them to assume direct responsibility to sustain and improve the standards of quality. In light of the government reiterating self-reliance in the manufacture of defence products, this scheme assumes greater importance,” the policy issued on May 13, 2019, states.
Self-certification entails delegating the responsibility of certifying the quality of products to the manufacturer on behalf of purchaser, after ensuring the demonstration of the manufacturer’s capability of consistently producing defect-free products over a period of time. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE MEDIA

Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Birender Singh Dhanoa on Saturday visited the Sulur Air Base in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Dhanoa undertook a sortie on the two-seater trainer version of the MiG-21. He then followed it up with three solo flights on MiG-21 Type 96, the oldest variant of the aircraft.

Though chiefs have flown fighter jets in the past as a morale-boosting gesture, Dhanoa`s latest act comes in the backdrop of an ageing Soviet-era jet shooting down a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16 in an aerial combat on the Line of Control (LoC) in February this year. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Tribune

Twenty years after the Kargil war, Pakistan continues to follow the Zulfikar Bhutto dictum of ‘Bleed India with a thousand cuts’, repeatedly striking India through its vowed proxy terror war.

In May 1999, the two newly minted nuclear neighbours went into the one-of-its-kind conventional war in Kargil, one of the highest battlegrounds of the world. A few months earlier, on February 19, 1999, PM Vajpayee had undertaken a bus journey to Lahore for a summit with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. In October 1998, Gen Pervez Musharraf, mastermind of the Kargil war, had overtaken two seniors to become Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff. After every peace overture, Pakistan stung India through gruesome terror acts. Kargil was Pakistan’s fourth attempt to wrest a part of Kashmir from India. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

As New Delhi keeps the pressure up on Yangoon, the Myanmar army is giving sleepless nights to militant groups from North-East India operating out of the neighbouring country. The United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), People’s Liberation Army and other militant groups are feeling the heat as the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) is conducting raids in northern provinces of the area while the Indian security forces increasing patrolling in the Indo-Mynamar border.

Ever since the operations were launched in February this year, a number of rebel camps were run over with  unspecified number of rebels being killed or apprehended. In the wake of the operations, the militants are virtually getting sandwiched as evident from their surrender in Assam in recent times. The grenade blast in Guwahati on Wednesday is perceived to be a result of the frustration among the ranks of ULFA’s Paresh Baruah faction. “They are facing pressure on both sides. Now, they cannot just sneak out of Myanmar and stay here because the moment they will do so, they will be chased down,” Assam Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia told TNIE. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Recently, there was a controversy about a statement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ostensibly making a connection between cloud cover and the efficiency of RADAR. He was criticised for his statements which, according to many, lacked scientific validity. Scientists, the world over, tend to be critical of government policies and Modi is no exception.

Last week, Modi, in an interview, had said: “The weather was not good on the day of air strike. There was a thought that crept in the minds of the experts that the day of strike should be changed. However, I suggested that the clouds could actually help our planes escape the radars.” Continue reading

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