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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

The Russian defense ministry last week said that 100 Indian Air force (IAF) personnel were in Russia for S-400 training. In response, the United States this week said that India is not likely to get a CAATSA waiver If New Delhi accepts delivery of the S-400s as planned by end of this year from Moscow. The U.S. Congress under the New Biden administration might impose from five to 12 possible sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA, which targets purchases of military equipment from NATO foe Russia, that might result in mild to the severe case of CAASTSA sanctions on American supplies that could affect current American systems already in service with Indian Military the most.

CAASTSA sanctions range from banning visas and denying access to the U.S.-based Export-Import Bank, to the harsher options of blocking any transactions with the U.S. financial system and denying export licenses. Biden may initially choose milder options targeting individual Indians rather than the government, a decision that could buy time for more diplomacy even while it may prompt Congress to separately impose tougher sanctions, but as seen in Turkeys case, Sanctions will do come on State-owned Public sector defense companies that might affect some section of the Indian Armed forces like Air force that use a major section of the US equipment.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

In a boost to India’s fledgling domestic aerospace ecosystem, the Cabinet Committee on Security cleared the Rs 48,000-crore deal for 83 Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, which included 73 Mark 1A versions, on 13 January.

The first big order to the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for Tejas, which will become the backbone of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the coming years, is a landmark in the aircraft’s journey of over three and a half decades.

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SOURCE: SP Guide Publications

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on January 13 announced the induction of the indigenous, 110-km range Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air-missile, Astra. While detailing its show of strength in the forthcoming Republic Day Parade, the IAF declared that the “Astra has been integrated with Sukhoi-30MKI and will be integrated with the Mirage-2000, Tejas and MiG-29 (fleets) in the future”.

The Astra fills up the critical air-to-air missile gap vis-a-vis Pakistan, which was exposed during the post-Balakot aerial confrontation over the Line of Control on February 27 last year.

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SOURCE: TNN

 India on Friday for the first time demonstrated its intent to deploy drone swarms for offensive military operations in the future, including Kamikaze kinetic attacks on enemy targets like tanks, helipads, radars, fuel dumps and terror camps by “child” drones released by “mother” drones.

The Army Day parade in Delhi Cantonment on Friday saw 75 small to medium-size drones execute an array of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled simulated offensive and combat-support operations, ranging from Kamikaze strikes to paradrop and “hover and drop” missions of essential supplies to troops on the frontlines, without any human intervention from the ground.

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SOURCE: HT

The US administration has reviewed and retained the Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) designation for the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba along with seven other groups including the Pakistan-based Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, a US State Department statement has said. The Lashkar-e-Tayyiba was first notified as a terror group by the United States in December 2001.

The US State Department order comes ahead of the Financial Action Task Force meeting next month that will assess the progress made by Pakistan to curb terror financing. The global watchdog didn’t seem to agree with Islamabad’s pitch that it was taking concrete steps to fix gaps in its laws to check terror financing and should be taken off the grey list.

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SOURCE: ASIA ITMES

In the first week of January, Tibetan refugees across the globe, from New York to the freezing heights of Ladakh along the India-China border, cast their votes to elect a new political leader and members of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile – with the Dalai Lama’s advancing age and the global rise of an increasingly assertive Beijing chief among their concerns.

At least three candidates have emerged as clear front-runners to head the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), which has its seat in the northern Indian city of Dharamsala. Among them is a common strand of resolve – to take a hardened stance against China, to win more friends sympathetic to the Tibetan cause, and to prod New Delhi to speak up against Beijing.

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SOURCE: NDTV

The Army’s “charismatic performance” during the prolonged border stand-off with China has improved the morale of the country and allowed Indians to “hold their heads high”, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh declared Saturday at a public event in Lucknow.

“The charismatic (karishmaayi) performance by the Army during the India-China standoff has boosted the morale of the country and also enabled the citizens to hold their heads high,” Mr Singh, whose statement drew thunderous applause from the crowd, said.

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SOURCE: TRIBUNE PK

Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on Wednesday travelled to Kabul on a previously unannounced visit at a time when the second and most crucial phase of intra-Afghan dialogue began in Doha last week.

The visit was kept under wraps till Doval landed in the Afghan capital. In Kabul, he met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, head of Afghan Peace Council Dr Abdullah Abdullah and Afghan National Security Adviser Hamadullah Mohib. He also met President Ashraf Ghani.

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SOURCE: TNN

Can you imagine a ‘swarm’ of robots performing rescue operations during disasters, like landslides and earthquakes, and other similar activities requiring skill and precision? You may have seen such visuals in sci-fi movies but it may soon become a reality.

Abhishek Kaushal, an MTech (Mechatronics) student at the Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) – a constituent institute of Dr APJ Kalam Abdul Kalam Technical University – is developing an advanced ‘swarm robotics system’ in which multiple robots and drones can work like a swarms of bees.

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SOURCE: PTI

At least 20 healthcare personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) posted in Ladakh were among the first recipients of the coronavirus vaccine on Saturday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nation-wide drive to combat the pandemic. A total of 20 ITBP personnel have been given the jab at the sector hospital in Leh and this includes two women officers, chief medical officer Katyayni Sharma Pande and medical officer Dr Skalzang Angmo, force spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey said in Delhi.

The border guarding force has a large presence in the Ladakh region by virtue of its deployment to guard the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. Its north-west frontier, headed by an Inspector General of Police rank officer, is based in Leh and its troops are currently deployed at the front along with the Army as part of the ongoing military standoff with the Chinese PLA troops.

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SOURCE: PTI

Five alleged militant associates were arrested for pasting threat posters in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Saturday. Threat posters of a militant outfit were found pasted in Seer and Batagund villages of Tral area of the south Kashmir district, a police spokesman said.

Accordingly, a case was registered and a police party raided multiple places and rounded up several suspects, he said. During the questioning of the suspects and collection of other evidence, five terror associates were found to be involved in the pasting of the said threat posters in Seer and Batagund areas and were accordingly arrested, the spokesman said.

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SOURCE: PTI

Hollywood star Frieda Pinto will take on the role of British World War II spy Noor Inayat Khan in an upcoming television thriller. The six-part series, which will get into production later this year, hails from writer Olivia Hetreedand Red Room Films.

It is based on the biography “Spy Princess:The Life of Noor Inayat Khan” (2006) by author Shrabani Basu and will be directed by London-based filmmaker Anand Tucker. The screenplay, which will chronicle the incredible story of the young Sufi mystic-turned-war-heroine, has been devised as a spy thriller. Khan, whose Indian heritage is traced back to the 18thcentury Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan, was born in Moscow in 1914 to Indian father Hazrat Inayat Khan and American mother Ora Ray Baker.

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SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

Over 50-day-long farmers’ agitation on Delhi’s Singhu border again came out with some posters that raised questions over the entry of some elements taking advantage of the ongoing movement. Zee News on Friday (January 15) found the posters of terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale on some vehicles in one part of the protest ground.

The óccurance of posters of the man who demanded Khalistan is certainly not a good sign for a movement being fought against new farm laws citing the interests of farmers.  

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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, the foreign minister of Nepal, today called for the India-Nepal boundary dispute to be resolved at the earliest. In India for the India-Nepal Joint Commission meeting with external affairs minister S. Jaishankar, he said it was a commitment by both countries to sort out the problems.

About 97 per cent of the border has been agreed upon, but the sanctity of the border has to be maintained and demarcation is important. Expressing confidence in Nepal’s position regarding the disputed Kalapani area, he said he wasn’t here to reiterate Nepal’s position. “Let the historical documents speak,” he said.

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SOURCE: NEWS18

Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-affected Bastar region has seen several Adivasi-led movements over the past 20 years since its birth on issues of ‘Jal, Jangal, Jameen’. Caught in the crossfire between armed guerrillas and state forces, local Adivasis have often come out to fight for their survival. Though as the violence itself abated the frequency of these movements seemed to have slowed down.

However, over the past few months, this jungle region has seen three major protest movements against security forces, in one of which 21-gram panchayat officials resigned from their posts to show their anger against the administration’s apathy. To be precise the anger is against the rising number of new camps being set up by the security forces as they push the cornered red extremists deeper into the jungles.

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