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The security forces have been facing a tough time combating stone pelters in the Kashmir Valley since the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani last year. In a latest revelation, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have unearthed how these stone pelters get information about the site and time of encounter to be carried out and reach there to create unrest.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police have found that WhatsApp groups with Pakistani numbers as administrators are involved in rumour-mongering and crowd mobilisation during anti-militancy operations in the Valley.  Continue reading

SOURCE: Ajai Shukla  |

A day after Business Standard reported a new approach in New Delhi strategic circles to India’s use of nuclear weapons , the influential Washington D.C. think tank, Carnegie Endowment, discussed the same issue — the possibility of an Indian “first strike” to defang Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.

At the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference on Monday, a prestigious annual event at which important strategic policy chances are often signalled, a discussion took place on whether India was moving away from massive counter-value retaliation (i.e. nuking towns and cities) to counter-force targeting (i.e. nuking enemy nuclear forces and command structures). Continue reading


The recent successful test of the BrahMos Extended Range (BrahMos ER) supersonic cruise missile brings more targets inside Pakistan and the Line of Actual Control with China within the destructive range of the world’s fastest cruise missile.

The maiden flight of BrahMos ER from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur in Odisha along the Bay of Bengal saw the land attack version of the missile fired at “an electronic target.” BrahMos ER has a range of 450 km compared to the 290 km range of the original anti-ship missile (AShM) version. Continue reading


India and Russia have both pledged to set up a Joint Development Fund, with an initial US$1 billion being set aside for the purpose.

The fund is being supported by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), who will work with India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). They will each invest US$500 million, replicating partnerships the Russian entity has with countries such as China.  Continue reading


Political pundits seem to be running out of luck when it comes to foretelling the outcome of elections these days. Narendra Modi has just stunned the Indian pundits with his spectacular performancein Uttar Pradesh the way Donald Trump did at the US elections last November.

Even the most charitable of pundits didn’t expect Modi’s BJP to sweep the UP polls the way it has done to steal all the wind from their sails. Modi has charisma and mass appeal, alright, but BJP winning 312 of the 403 seats in India’s most populous state, and that too a state ruled by a party poles apart from it inevery sense, was never on their cards. BJP’s stunning performance has the pundits biting their nails. Continue reading

SOURCE: Pravda.Ru

Specialists of the Krylov State Research Center developed the concept of a prospective aircraft carrier tentatively titled as the Storm.According to representative of the research center, Vladimir Pepelyaev, Russia may start building the new aircraft carrier as soon as the customer approves the project and all questions related to finance are resolved.

The Krylov research center also develops a project of a light aircraft carrier, the combat capabilities of which will be a little inferior to those of the Storm vessel.   Continue reading


India-China ties have a negative public persona in India, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said on Tuesday. The comments regarding India-China ties came even as China criticised India over the upcoming visit of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh.

“Public persona of this relationship (India-China) in my country is overly negative,” said Mr. Jaishankar during a public event here. Continue reading


Indian government on Tuesday dismissed Pakistan media reports and government’s statement that it has withdrawn the design of the Miyar hydroelectric project in Himachal Pradesh following Pakistan government’s objections. According to ANI, sources in Indian government have denied the reports that the Miyar Hydroelectric project has halted. “These reports are factually wrong. India never agreed to halt Miyar Hydroelectric project,” sources in Indian government told the ANI.

The Indian government’s clarification came after Pakistan’s Ministry of Water and Power said in a statement that India has agreed to withdraw its design of Miyar Hydroelectric project. “On (the) Miyar hydro power project, India has withdrawn its design after Pakistan had made objections on it in the previous meetings of the commission,” the Pakistan government’s statement said. It said the “Indian side also agreed to a tour of inspection for Pakistan’s Indus Commission which is expected to be arranged before August 2017.” Continue reading


India is unlikely to participate in any meeting in Washington DC with Pakistan on the Indus Waters Treaty(IWT) in April, as has been announced by the Pakistan government after a meeting of the Indus Commissioners in Islamabad on Tuesday. Sources also said India had not, as Pakistan claimed, agreed to halt the Miyar hydroelectric project in J&K.

The Pakistan water and power minister Khwaja Asif apparently jumped the gun when he announced at a press conference during the IWT meeting that the two countries would hold a “three-day ‘way forward'” meeting on the Ratle and Kishenganga projects in April in Washington. According to Pakistan media reports, this proposed meeting would be mediated by the World Bank vice-president. Continue reading


In a recent move, India has prohibited the exports and imports on several products, including defence related goods, aviation fuel and coal, relating to North Korea. A notification released by the government said, “Direct or indirect export and import of certain items whether or not originating in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), to/from DPRK is prohibited.” The items that were prohibited include battle tanks, combat vehicles, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, missiles and light weapons. Other goods banned for exports include luxury goods and aviation fuel.

Indian government has also prohibited imports of certain minerals including as coal, iron, iron ore, gold, titanium, rare earth metals, copper, nickle, silver and zinc. The official letter from the concerned department said, “This notification seeks to update the Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 to account for current UN Security Council Resolutions concerning DPRK… of November 20, 2016.” Continue reading


The setting: a jungle area, mountainous terrain. A joint column of Indian and Omani soldiers scale the side of a hill to neutralise a terrorist hideout. As the troops rain fire on a terror training camp, helicopters hover above to provide cover from top – leaving no scope for the terrorists to escape. A soldier injured in terrorist firing is quickly taken out. Minutes after launching the attack, the task is accomplished, all enemy targets eliminated.

The targets were not real this time. The mock drill was for a counter-strike based on a specific intelligence input as part of the just-concluded ‘Al-Nagah-II 2017’ exercise between the armies of India and Oman in the upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh. Continue reading


The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh today accused the Mamata Banerjee government of encouraging “Jihadi” groups and anti-national elements in West Bengal due to what it called TMC’s Muslim vote bank politics.
It also expressed concern over the “declining” Hindu population in the state.A resolution adopted at the three-day meeting of the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the RSS’ top policy making body, condemned the extremist violence.

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A Bengali army officer, who sided with the Pakistani forces during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, will be put on trial for committing crimes against humanity, becoming the first Pakistani army officer to face the charges. Coordinator of a special investigation cell on war crimes Mohammad Abdul Hannan on Tuesday said that the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) finalised its investigation report on accused 75-year-old former Pakistani army Captain Mohammad Shahidullah.

“We found his involvement in crimes like murder, confinement, torture and looting,” Hannan told reporters. The ICT, during its investigation that continued from 11 October 2015 to 20 March 2017, could primarily prove three counts of charges against Shahidullah who been in jail since his arrest on August 2, 2016. Continue reading


Contrary to recent social outrage by jawans against the ‘Buddy’ system in the army, Ministry of defence on Tuesday defended the British-era system by saying it promotes spirit de corps. However, “exhaustive” instructions were issued to ensure that the ‘sahayaks’ are not made to do menial tasks as they are combatant soldiers, the government clarified on any misuse of system.

Recently, several jawans from Army and para-military forces have come out in public by posting their grievance on social media against ill treatment of combatants by officers, forcing them to do petty jobs. Continue reading


With China reiterating its warning to India over the visit of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh in April, Indian experts have said New Delhi should ignore Beijing’s threats.Defence expert Retd. Major General P.K. Sehgal asserted that China had never cared about India’s core issues and that it had supplied arms to Pakistan.

“India should completely ignore this. China doesn’t care about our core concerns; she has surrounded India both through both land and sea. And she has supplied arms to Pakistan. It has become one of their practices to continuously warn or threaten India,” Sehgal told ANI. Continue reading

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