SOURCE : DECCAN CHRONICLE.
The new defence acquisitions policy cleared by the defence ministry on Saturday, with Cabinet approval expected to follow shortly, lays the ground for major multinational companies making fighter jets, helicopters, submarines and armoured vehicles (tanks and infantry combat vehicles) within the country, mainly in partnership with Indian private companies.
The defence public sector — comprising DRDO and its 50 labs, five defence PSUs, four shipyards and 41 factories under the ordnance factory board — which has held the fort since the early days after Independence — has got the boot for all practical purposes. It will now have to compete with private firms to enter into strategic partnerships, or long-term business and financial arrangements on the strength of viability and staying power, with foreign companies. Continue reading
SOURCE : TNN
India will flex its market muscle to secure better terms from Opec when ministers from the cartel of oil exporting countries, accounting for roughly 35% of global supplies, meet this week to discuss extending the production cut deal to prop up prices.
Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan is expected to drive a hard bargain at the Opec ministerial meeting in Vienna on May 25 as the grouping finds itself on shaky ground in the face of a growing US fracking industry. Continue reading
SOURCE : PTI
The panelists of a conference organised by Jammu For India (JFI) on Sunday expressed concern over the Kashmir situation and called for urgent measures to defeat the separatist movement and terrorism in Kashmir. The seminar was held on the topic ‘Betrayal of Jammu’ here on Sunday in which the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was discussed.
The panelists were of the unanimous opinion that Indian political class, over the years, weakened “nationalists forces” in the state which had resulted in the situation that Jammu was under assault from all sides, an official release said. Continue reading
SOURCE : PTI
India cannot claim victory in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as the court has issued “just a procedural order,” the lawyer who represented Pakistan in the case has said.
Khawar Qureshi said Mr. Jadhav’s case is more about political point scoring than about the law.“The order issued by the ICJ is just a procedural order to enable full hearing. It certainly is not a victory for India by any means,” Geo TV quoted Mr. Qureshi as saying. Continue reading
SOURCE : ENS
A man believed to have been part of a jatha (delegation) to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan in 2005, led by CM Capt Amarinder Singh, was on Sunday arrested at the India-Pakistan border for allegedly being connected to a terror module with links in Canada and Pakistan. Mann Singh (40) was among the two people arrested by the BSF on Sunday. “The arrested terrorists were identified as Mann Singh (40) and Sher Singh (28) from Sri Hargobindpur (Gurdaspur) and Kartarpur (Jalandhar), respectively,” a Punjab government release said.
Deep Singh, father of Mann Singh, told The Indian Express that his son was part of the “jatha led by Capt Amarinder Singh”. Continue reading
SOURCE : TNN
Director General (Recruitment) Major General J K Marwal said there are major changes underway in the army recruitment process that will further streamline the system in near future. Marwal was in Udaipur in connection to the ongoing army recruitment rally that would be held till 30th this month. Speaking on the occasion the DG said a pilot project regarding new recruitment process is being implemented in Jaipur zone in addition to Ambala and Chennai zones and may be implemented this year.
As a result, candidates from Rajasthan who have appeared this year in the recruitment rally may get one more chance to join the army. Army has already incorporated certain changes in physical standards and conduct of medical examination, Marwal added. Continue reading
SOURCE : ENS
A DAY after a Jammu and Kashmir Police constable decamped with four assault rifles, the Hizbul Mujahideen claimed on Sunday that he had joined the militant outfit. “We welcome Syed Naveed (Mushtaq) Shah in our fold,” Hizbul Mujahideen’s operational spokesman Burhanuddin told a local news agency in Srinagar, while congratulating the policeman for fleeing with four rifles. “People like Naveed will continue to join our struggle,” he said, adding that the Hizbul Mujahideen “salutes the valour and bravery” of the constable.
On Saturday evening, Shah fled with four rifles — his service weapon and those of three colleagues — from Chandpora village in Budgam district, where he was deployed to guard a facility of the Food Corporation of India (FCI). A resident of Shopian district in South Kashmir, Shah had joined the police force as a constable in 2012. Continue reading
SOURCE : ANI
Indian national arrested in Islamabad for staying without permission An Indian national was arrested from the F-8 area of Islamabad under the Margalla police station on Sunday, over allegedly living their without proper permission or travel documents. A case has been filed against him under Article 14 of the Foreign Act and has been sent to 14-day judicial remand.
A copy of the FIR read Indian citizen named Sheikh Nabi Ahmed arrested in Sector 8 Islamabad; Police on May 19 found incomplete documents with Ahmed. He was also unable to provide his biodata to police upon inquiry. He has been arrested under Section 14 of the Foreign Act and has been sent to a judicial remand. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
An ambitious Indo-Russian project to co-develop fifth generation fighter planes has hit major roadblocks over the issues of price and technology even as New Delhi has scrapped a programme to jointly produce multirole transport aircraft with Moscow over similar issues.
India and Russia had signed an agreement around 2007 to co-develop both the transport plane and the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) as part of their attempt to pool in resources to develop latest and advanced variants of the aircraft to meet the global challenges in this domain. “We have decided to scrap the Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA) as we don’t need the plane anymore due to issues over the technology offered for the planes and constant delays,” government sources told Mail Today. Continue reading
The next plenary session of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is likely to be held in Swiss capital Bern next month, but the chances of any breakthrough on Indias entry into the elite group still look slim, given Chinas persistent opposition to it.
India had officially applied for membership of the grouping which controls export of nuclear materials, equipment and technology in May last year.The matter came up for discussion at the Seoul plenary session of the NSG in June last year, but yielded little result with Beijing scuttling Indias bid on the ground that it was not a signatory to the non-proliferation treaty (NPT). Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
An Indian national has been arrested in Islamabad on Sunday allegedly over incomplete travel documents. According to Pakistan local media, a case has also been filed under Article 14 of the Foreign Act.
According to police, the man identified as Sheikh Nabi, a resident of Mumbai, was detained during routine patrol in F-8 area of the capital on May 19 after he failed to produce any travel or visa documents. Continue reading
Two more terrorists were gunned down while trying to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowgam sector on Sunday, a day after the Indian Army launched an operation to wipe out the terrorists in the area.
Four weapons and other warlike stores were recovered from the slain terrorists. However, one more soldier lost his life, thereby raising the death toll to three. Meanwhile, the sanitation operation is still underway. Continue reading
“Kashmir is ours, Kashmiris are ours and Kashmiriyat is also ours,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today, asserting that the Modi government will find a “permanent solution” to the Kashmir problem.
The home minister’s assertion came amid continued unrest in the Kashmir valley. Addressing a public reception here in this tiny northeastern state, Singh accused Pakistan of trying to “destabilise” India by fomenting trouble in Kashmir. Continue reading
SOURCE: ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
With long pending ‘Strategic Partnership’ (SP) policy cleared recently, India will soon select an Indian Private Defence company which will head a segment which would tie up with global OEMs to seek technology transfers and manufacturing know-how to set up domestic manufacturing infrastructure and supply chains.
One of key Strategic Partnership segment which will be opened up to Indian private sector which will be assembling fighter jets for Indian Air Force and first partner who will be leading this segment obviously will be winning the OEM who wins the Single-engined fighter jet with whom they have tied up in India for local assembling. Continue reading
State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries said on Sunday it has won an additional, $630 million contract to supply air and defence missile systems for four ships of the Indian navy.The contract will be carried out, for the first time, with Indian government company Bharat Electronics Ltd, which serves as the main contractor in the project as part of India’s “Make in India” policy.
Israel’s Barak 8 long-range surface-to-air missile system was successfully tested last week aboard an Indian navy ship. During the trial scenario an airborne threat was identified and an intercepting missile was launched and destroyed the target. Continue reading