A key security strategies meeting on Friday saw intelligence and law enforcement agencies raising concern over lack of cooperation from internet giants such as WhatsApp and Facebook in terror investigations.

According to sources, counter-terror strategy was the focus of deliberations on the second and final day of the annual national security strategies conference of all states, Union territories and central police organisations, organised by the Intelligence Bureau at its headquarters here. Rather than going into specifics of each counter-terror module, the discussion centred around defining strategies to combat terror and make successful investigations and prosecutions in terror cases. Continue reading


Next Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Singapore as the keynote speaker in this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia’s premier defence summit. Defence officials and military chiefs of regional and western alliance countries, are eager to hear what he has to say. India is currently billed as the Great White Hope of the anti-China alliance in what is now termed the Indo-Pacific.

So far New Delhi has been generous on rhetoric and low on substance. But expectations will be that Modi announces measures to dramatically raise India’s military profile in the region. Continue reading

SOURCE: Deccan Chronicle

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s one-day “informal summit” with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday came close on the heels of a similarly-ascribed meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. This new diplomatic genre is in line with Mr Modi’s desire to adopt the novel, in name or structure. While in both there were short delegation-level meetings or plenaries, the bulk of the interaction was one-on-one.

India’s geopolitical environment has mutated considerably since Donald Trump became America’s President. His much-touted trade sanctions against nations building up surpluses in trade with the US and those targeting US intellectual property finally began early this year as he targeted steel and aluminium imports and sanctioned Chinese corporations breaking US laws on sanctions against Iran and North Korea. Continue reading


The excise department has decided to offer Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) at a highly subsidized rate to all para-military forces included in the list of Central Armed Police Forces, like it is offered at present for the military.

The list include all border guarding forces, the Central Reserve Police Force, the Central Industrial Security Force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the Sashastra Seema Bal units that have either set up or have plans to set up their units in the state. At present, the subsidised IMFL is offered to only Army, Navy and Air Force personnel, and specifically for one BSF and CRPF units in Thiruvananthapuram. Continue reading


On a day the Army busted a militant hideout in Ramban and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition, Army chief General Bipin Rawat sent a clear-cut message to Pakistan and terrorists that India was willing to extend the ongoing Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir for the benefit of the people of Kashmir.

Rawat, however, warned that any action by terrorists would trigger a rethink immediately. Continue reading

SOURCE: Telegraphindia

A JNU-approved agenda note to set up a National Security Studies Centre, where “Islamic terrorism” is one of the proposed courses, says “if you want peace, prepare for war”.

The campus, known for its culture of promoting debate and dissent, is now witnessing a war of words among a section of teachers since the JNU Academic Council approved the proposal listing 21 key areas on which courses could be started, including “Islamic terrorism” and “demographic changes and national security”. Continue reading


Joint teams of the Indian Army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday, acting on a tipoff, launched search operations in Kalimasta Forest (Gul), Ramban district in Jammu and Kashmir and busted a terrorist hideout of arms and ammunition.

The team recovered one AK-56 Rifle, one AK-56 magazine, 126 rounds 7.62mm ammunition, one .303 Rifle, one .303 magazine, 06 rounds of .303 ammunition, one 7.63mm Star Pistol, one magazine 7.63 mm Star Pistol, 06 rounds of 7.63mm Star Pistol on UBGL with grenades, hand grenades, binos and other warlike stores. Continue reading


According to local media reports, Indian Air Force is actively considering the integration of the European Meteor missiles along with Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) to 83 Tejas MK-1A fighter jets which will soon go into the production.

Meteor missile will be introduced in Indian Air Force when France starts deliveries of the 36 Rafale combat jets from 2019 onwards. India brought European Meteor missiles along with the Rafales after Air Force desired to include the Meteors as part of the weapons package. Continue reading

SOURCE: Ajai Shukla / Business Standard

Jaguar strike aircraft number JM 255, parked in a Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) hangar in Bengaluru, is superficially similar to the other 600-odd fighters in the Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet. In fact, it is unique in IAF history as the first Indian fighter to be integrated with an AESA – or active electronically scanned array – radar.

Ten test flights have been conducted since JM 255 first flew with the Israeli Elta EL/AESA 2032 radar on August 10 and pilots are pleased with its performance. If, as expected, the IAF gives its go-ahead, the Jaguar fleet will be the first of the IAF’s seven fighters to field AESA radar. Continue reading


Days after an army officer was detained by the police in Srinagar after a row in a hotel involving a Kashmiri woman, Army Chief Bipin Rawat said today that “strictest action would be taken” if anyone in the army did any wrong.

The officer who was detained is Major Leetul Gogoi, backed by the army amid a major row last year when he tied a Kashmiri man to his jeep as a “human shield”during by-polls. The army has ordered a court of inquiry. Continue reading


The success of Raazi and rave reviews for Vicky Kaushal’s portrayal as a Pakistani Army man, is winning him accolades, and the Masaan actor is already on his way to play another role in a uniform. Ronnie Screwvaala’s movie on the Uri attacks will feature him as a Para Commando in the Special Forces, as reported by Mumbai Mirror.

The actor is taking off for Serbia in the first week of June for his role in Uri. The movie is based on the events of the terrorist attack on the army camp in Uri, Kashmir in September 2016. This was followed by a top-secret covert operation by the Indian Army. The movie will recreate the Indo-Pak border, the LOC and military posts along with terrorist camps in Serbia in a two-month long extensive schedule, as reported by Mirror. Continue reading


The suspension of combat operations in Jammu and Kashmir can be extended further if the atmosphere of peace continues in the state, but any action by terrorists would trigger a rethink immediately, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said today.

Rawat also said Pakistan should stop sending militants into the state if it was interested in peace. Continue reading


Deeply concerned over the Amnesty International report on the alleged killing of Hindu villagers by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), the US today said there was an urgent need for a credible and independent investigation into the human rights violations in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine province.

“We are deeply concerned by Amnesty’s report on the killing of Hindu villagers by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army. Accountability for all those responsible for human rights abuses and violations in northern Rakhine state remains critical,” a US State Department spokesperson told PTI. Continue reading


Pakistani politician Raza Rabbani has criticised the joint penning of a book by two former intelligence chiefs of India and Pakistan.As per a report by the Geo News on May 25, Rabbani said in spite of Indo-Pakistan bilateral relations at an all-time low, former chief of India’s Research and Analysis Wing’s and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence A.S. Dulat and Asad Durrani, respectively, co-authored a book.

“It is shocking that on one hand Pakistan and India relations are at an all-time low and on the other hand, former spy chiefs of both the countries are teaming up to write a book,” Rabbani said.
Dulat and Durrani had co-authored a book named Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace which has recently been published. Continue reading


The first ever Indo-Russian Strategic Economic Dialogue — created by PM Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin in their informal summit – will be held in St Petersburg this July to give a big push to economic partnership that has started to gain momentum since 2017.

The dialogue, from the Indian side, will be led by NITI Aayog CEO Rajiv Kumar and will seek to put in place a mechanism for partnership between resource rich Russian regions and Indian states. Modi met governors of the Russian regions last year and invited them for collaboration.  Continue reading