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SOURCE: NEWS AUSTRALIA

IT was the spectacle of the show: a series of missiles and torpedoes slammed into what was once a major ship of war — an assault ship designed to deploy tanks and troops on the front line.

Missile thrusters roared. Contrails streaked through the skies above. They had been launched from Japanese and US trucks parked on Hawaii testing grounds.Their target, the ex USS Racine, lay in the water some 100km to the north. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

China had occupied a special place in the heart of Neatji Subhas Chandra Bose who had sent a medical mission to the country 80 years back, the Director of the Netaji Research Bureau Professor Sugata Bose has said.

“Eighty years ago Subhas Chandra Bose as Congress president had sent a medical mission to China led by Dr M Atal,” Sugata Bose, an eminent academician and the grandnephew of Netaji, said at a seminar: ‘China-India Connections in Modern History’ at Netaji Research Bureau last evening. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

A court here on Monday sent Asiya Andrabi, chief of the Kashmiri women’s group “Dukhtaran-e-Milat” (Daughters of Faith), and two associates to 30 days judicial custody for allegedly advocating secession of Jammu and Kashmir and violence.

After Andrabi, Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen were presented before Special NIA Judge Poonam Bamba on expiry of their 10-day National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody in connection with a sedition case filed against them. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Thirteen teachers of a private school in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town were detained last week for allegedly ‘glorifying militancy’ and motivating students to become militants.

Videos doing the rounds on social media showed 13–14-year-old boys being encouraged to act as militants somewhere in the forests of Zandafaran, where they had gone for a school excursion in the first week of July. Continue reading

SOURCE: ABHAY KESARKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has come under severe criticism by Defence Ministry after HAL quoted over ?463 crore for each 83 Mk-1A variants featuring specific advancements which made it even more expensive than twin-engine Sukhoi-30 assembled in India for just over ?400 crore.

What raised several eyebrows was that for Mk-1, HAL quoted ?100 crore and price hike from ?100 crore to ?463 crore for Mk-1A even though a major chunk of the systems remain the same! what has to lead to a sudden surge in price even if new systems and inflations are factored in? HAL needs to answer them first. Continue reading

SOURCE: Telegraphindia

The Centre has decided to raise 17 more battalions of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to fortify the frontiers with Pakistan and China in the wake of heightened tension, government sources said.

The BSF guards the Pakistan and Bangladesh borders while the ITBP protects the 3,488km disputed Line of Actual Control with China. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

There are suggestions that the Navy should move out of Mumbai. What are your thoughts on this?

Navy’s presence pre-dates this city becoming commercial. The naval dockyard is more than 250 years old. Navy today facilitates development, including commercial development. There has been a lot of investment in this area. On both east and west coast of India, the selection of bases has been done after a lot of consideration. Continue reading

SOURCE: National Herald

Make in India in defence is a serious issue. Unfortunately, this government specialises in image-making & in coinages like Make in India… a kind of building an advertising campaign .(Outspoken in his criticism of ordnance factories, Air Vice Marshal (Rtd) Kapil Kak, however, supports the idea of ‘Make in India’ and participation of the private sector in manufacturing defence hardware)

Make in India in defence is a serious issue. Unfortunately, this government specialises in perception building, image-making and in coinages like Make in India… a kind of building an advertising campaign…what we have is just a document. Where is the policy? We are still groping around defence procurement procedures, not even policy. Where is Defence production strategy ? Continue reading

SOURCE: Reuters

The United States has struck a preliminary deal to buy F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) worth about $13 billion, clearing the way for a larger multi-year purchase that aims to bring the cost per jet down to $80 million by 2020, sources said.

The deal for 141 F-35s lowers the price of the F-35A, the most common version of the stealthy fighter jet, to about $89 million, down around 6 percent from $94.3 million in the last deal struck in February 2017, the sources familiar with the talks said. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Exposing the fault lines in India’s top investigating agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has written to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) saying that its second most senior officer, Special Director Rakesh Asthana, does not have the mandate to represent its chief, Director Alok Verma.

That’s not all, it has informed the CVC that several officers being considered for induction in the agency “were under examination by the CBI as suspects/ accused in criminal cases under investigation with the Bureau”. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

When Altaf Ahmad Mir, then 22-years-old, left his home in Janglat Mandi in Anantnag and went to Pakistan in 1990, he wanted to become a militant. Almost three decades later, while Mir is yet to return home, he has sent back a song that is winning hearts in Kashmir and outside.

A rendition of legendary poet Ghulam Ahmad Mahjoor’s famed classic, “Ha Gulo” is the first Kashmiri song to make it to Coke Studio Pakistan’s new venture — “Coke Studio Explorer”. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

A new campaign to commemorate India’s Partition in 1947 as a national day in the UK is set to be launched here later this week. Led by BBC’s UK-born Indian-origin television presenter Anita Rani and backed by veteran Indian-origin MP Virendra Sharma, a delegation is set to lobby parliamentarians in the House of Commons complex on Wednesday to mark August 15 as a national day.

The campaigners believe commemorating the day British India was divided into the independent nations of India and Pakistan would help honour the contribution of South Asians to British society. “It’s become this dark stain, but an event such as this could change that. Continue reading

SOURCE: DAILY TIMES PK

Nuclear terrorism is a potential threat to the world security. Nuclear security expert Mathew Bunn argues that, “An act of nuclear terrorism would likely put an end to the growth and spread of nuclear energy.”After 9/11, the world came to know that al-Qaeda wanted to acquire nuclear weapons. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has observed thousands of incidents of lost, left and unauthorised control of nuclear materials and such materials can go into the wrong hands.

After 9/11, terrorism generated negative perceptions about the nuclear security of Pakistan. The western community often pressurises Pakistan that its nuclear weapons can go into the wrong hands. Continue reading

SOURCE: GEOTV

Pakistan will submit its reply in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 17 with regards to the case of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Following Jadhav’s arrest and death sentencing by Pakistan in 2016, India had approached the world court to halt his execution. According to diplomatic sources, the reply will be submitted by Foreign Office Director India Dr Fareha Bugti, who has arrived at The Hague for the purpose. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Matanhail Village in Jhajjar district will have the third Sainik School in Haryana. The state government will provide land and budget for its construction soon. Haryana already has two Sainik schools: one at Kunjpura, Karnal, and other at Rewari. With the construction of the third Sainik School, Haryana will become the only state in the country to have three Sainik Schools.

Announcing this, Haryana’s Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu said, “The foundation stone of this Sainik School was laid in 2003 by the then Defence Minister, George Fernandes. Continue reading

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