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SOURCE: The Statesman 

What was set up during World War II and designed to serve as an airbase for the B-24 Liberator American heavyweight bombers, the Kalaikunda airbase in West Bengal will play a key role in thwarting possible attacks by China in the Eastern Theatre airspace of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Located few kilometres from Kolkata, the airbase served as a major airfield in the supply route for the nationalist Army of China in its fight against the Japanese forces.

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SOURCE: HT

Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Wednesday said the proposed creation of theatre commands to increase synergy among the three services would be a “deliberate and thoughtful” process and its fruition would take a “number of years”. He said “mid-course corrections” might be required along the way.

His comments came during an address to officers and faculty at the Secunderabad-based College of Defence Management. The army chief spoke about a raft of issues including tri-service integration, theaterisation and modernisation of the armed forces.

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SOURCE: TNN

Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday foiled Pakistan’s attempt to conduct recce of areas near the border with India using Chinese drones, and opened fire on a drone spotted flying over Indian territory in the Gurdaspur sector.

While talking to TOI, BSF deputy inspector general (DIG), Gurdaspur sector Rajesh Sharma informed that a patrolling party of BSF had spotted a drone that had arrived from Pakistan and was flying over the Indian territory. “Immediately, the jawans opened fire on the drone following which it flew back to Pakistan territory,” he said.

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SOURCE: HT

After independence, Pakistan started working on a covert plan to implement Jinnah’s two-nation theory in Jammu & Kashmir. Pakistani General Akbar Khan in his book Raiders in Kashmir accepted his country’s role in Kashmir conflict. His strategy was to bleed India through guerilla and sabotage action in J&K.

On October 22, 1947, as part of Operation Gulmarg, Pakistan unleashed its tribal militia on Jammu and Kashmir.

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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

In the wake of the unprecedented ongoing India-China standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, New Delhi is pushing for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ as far as production of defence equipment is concerned, to make the armed forces ‘self-reliant’.

Importantly, India has also renewed its push for building infrastructure in border states and union territories, especially with an aim to provide smooth movement for the military all-round the year.

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

India’s provision of a submarine to Myanmar was a move that helped New Delhi get an edge over Beijing, which is seeking to push its military hardware among countries in the neighbourhood, people familiar with developments said on Wednesday.

The 3,000 diesel-electric submarine INS Sindhuvir, which has been renamed UMS Minye Theinkhathu, was showcased during the Myanmar Navy’s Bandoola fleet exercise on October 15, the same day the external affairs ministry announced that India had gifted the submarine to the neighbouring country.

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SOURCE: NDTV

As the global terror financing watchdog meets virtually for the second day on Thursday, India hopes that the international body would be able to exert pressure on Pakistan which, it says, has clearly failed to crack down on terror financing and money laundering.

From a 27-point action list handed over by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), India believes that Pakistan has failed at least six conditions including the lack of action against charitable organisations or NPOs (non-profit organisations) connected to terror groups banned by the UN Security Council, and delays in the prosecution of banned individuals and entities like Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed and operations chief Zaki Ur Rehman Lakhvi, as well as Jaish-e- Mohammad chief Masood Azhar.

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SOURCE: Tribune News Service

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are planning to visit New Delhi next week for the India-US two-plus-two meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers. They will meet their counterparts Rajnath Singh and S Jaishankar during the visit.

The announcement was made by Esper at a US think tank on Tuesday.

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SOURCE: ET

20 years after Nathu La and Cho La, China again raised the border bogey when India granted statehood to Arunachal Pradesh in 1986. This led to heated protests from the Chinese and the Sumdorong Chu standoff (1987) in Arunachal Pradesh is said to be one of those incidents when India and China were on the verge of war.

In 1986, the Chinese army reportedly crossed LAC and entered the Sumdorong Chu valley in Arunachal Pradesh and started building helipads and permanent structures. Later, the then Indian Army Chief Gen K Sundarji launched Operation Falcon.

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SOURCE: HT

China has reacted angrily to reports of possible talks between India and Taiwan on a trade deal at a time when there is a growing debate in New Delhi on whether the government should review its relationship with Taipei against the backdrop of the border standoff in Ladakh.

India’s relations with Taiwan: India and Taiwan do not have formal diplomatic relations but since 1995, both sides have maintained representative offices in each other’s capitals that function as de facto embassies. However, in a sign of the sensitivities involved, both offices don’t mention the word “Taiwan” in their names. Taiwan has the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in New Delhi, and India has the India Taipei Association in Taipei.

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SOURCE: ET

India and Central Asia’s biggest state Kazakhstan are exploring widening defence partnership including joint production as well as opening a new chapter in the heavy engineering sector.

Indian companies are in talks with Kazakhstan defence industries for co-production and co-development in defence production, according to a Ministry of Defence official. Sanjay Jaju, Joint Secretary (DIP), Ministry of Defence, said both India and Kazakhstan are looking at exploring opportunities that provide win-win solutions to the industries on both sides.

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SOURCE: ANI

The Union Cabinet was on Wednesday apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Nigeria on cooperation in the exploration and uses of outer space for peaceful purposes.

The MoU has been signed between Indian Space Research Organisation (at Bengaluru in June 2020) and the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) of Nigeria at Abuja (in August 2020).

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SOURCE: IANS

Vyacheslav A. Boguslayev, CEO of the Ukrainian aircraft and helicopter engine manufacturing company Motor Sich, has accused Russia of initiating a “fake media propaganda” in an alleged bid to thwart his companys chances of winning the Indian Air Force MI-17V5 helicopter engine overhaul contract.

It was recently reported that Motor Sich’s majority stakes were owned by the China’s Skyrizon and it had access to advanced military technology. However, in a letter written to the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Motor Sich CEO has made a strong case against China holding major stakes in the company.

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SOURCE: ENS

Over the last one and half months, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted at least 12 tests of missiles or systems for missiles belonging to a vast spectrum of ranges and purposes. Some more tests are said to be in the pipeline. These tests have taken place at the time when there is an ongoing stand-off between the Indian and Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Ladakh region.

A look at arguably one of the most action packed times for the DRDO, what goes into conducting these tests, what its means in terms of strategic posturing in the context of the stand-off along the LAC, and how COVID-19 restrictions played a role in it.

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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

In the ongoing probe in Chinese espionage racket which led to arrest of an Indian journalist, a Chinese woman and a Nepalese national, Delhi Police special cell has found that Qin Shi (Chinese woman) was asked to get details of top officials/bureaucrats who were working in important ministries.

In September, the special cell of Delhi Police had arrested a Chinese woman and a Nepalese man, besides freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma, and claimed to have busted an espionage ring.

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