Speaking at his annual press conference in January, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that India had for too long kept its focus on the western borders and militarily, it had to shift to the northern borders. It would be natural for the Chinese strategists, listening to the General, to try tying his forces down even more on the western borders with the help of their short-sighted Pakistani friends. But what about our own policy on the western front? Is it promoting the General’s goal?
The India-Pakistan relationship has seen successive cycles of taking a few steps forward followed by several steps backward. Continue reading
The Centre has decided to hike its financial aid for the financial year beginning April this year to Nepal to Rs 650 crore, a 73% increase from the previous year allocation, while expressing concern over increasing Chinese presence in some of the neighbourhood countries.
India’s aid to Nepal in 2017-18 financial year stood at Rs 375 crore. However, the largest allocation of aid by India has yet again been kept for Bhutan at Rs 1,813 crore, which is part of the five-year commitment to help the royal government build hydro-electric projects at Punatsangchhu, and Mangdechhu among other infrastructure works. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Express Tribune
Pakistan has advised the Indian leadership to end ‘constant blustering and stop creating an atmosphere of war mongering’ in a significant statement came amid fast deterioration in ties between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
“Pakistan wants peace with India but any foolhardy act would only get a befitting response,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said in a terse but telling statement issued here on Tuesday.He did not provide further details, though official sources said Pakistan conveyed India through diplomatic channels to avoid further escalation. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Telegraph
Tension gripped Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) engine division situated at Sunabeda here as residents of the peripheral villages on Tuesday blocked the company’s main gates and prevented the movement of its officials, demanding immediate fulfilment of their 14-point charter of demands.
The villagers – belonging to the company’s adopted villages and affiliated to local organisation Yuva Vikash Mancho, Koraput – squatted on the roads leading to the three main gates of the company for an indefinite period from 5am on Tuesday. Continue reading
India and China agreed to consult each other on regional and international issues, the Indian side said after a phone call on Tuesday between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Relations between the two countries have been tense since last year after their troops faced off on a disputed part of their border. On Tuesday Modi called Xi to congratulate him on his re-election. Continue reading
SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
The basic MK-2 concept which over the years haven’t changed much and MK-2 was supposed to be simply extended LCA-Tejas MK1 air frame with additional capabilities in terms of power and avionics but never actually with a significant increase in operational capabilities but something has changed off lately and murmurs are too loud to be completely ignored about possibility of India now working on completely new concept .
Indian Air Force issuing a letter of intent to procure 201 Tejas MK-2 to supplement cancellation of Single Engine Fighter (SEF) Tender for 114 units hints at MK-2 concept planned will have credible improvements in operational and enhanced performance, much more than originally conceived. Continue reading
SOURCE: FORTUNE INDIA
Given the fighter jet’s long and difficult journey, its handover to the Indian Air Force (IAF) was certainly a champagne-popping moment for the Indian aerospace industry in general—and state-owned HAL in particular. Continue reading
SOURCE: Nikkei Asian
Operating in the threshold between peace and war, China has pushed its borders far out into international waters in the South China Sea in a way no other power has done elsewhere. Less known is that China is using a similar strategy in the Himalayas to alter facts on the ground — meter by meter — without firing a single shot.
India is facing increasingly persistent Chinese efforts to intrude into its desolate borderlands. China, however, has not spared even one of the world’s smallest countries, Bhutan, which has barely 8,000 men in its security forces. In the disputed Himalayan plateau of Doklam, claimed by both Bhutan and China, the People’s Liberation Army has incrementally changed the status quo since last fall. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Hitavada
Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Kolkata, is developing Modified Mine Protected Vehicle (M-MPV) at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur to strengthen security forces for ambush in Naxal-infested areas. VFJ has successfully developed the prototype of modified vehicle but its final testing is delayed due to absence of required components in India.
“Mine Protected Vehicles are being manufactured as per the earlier requirements received from the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Home Affairs. Recent incident in which several CRPF personnel lost their lives confirmed that the rebellions are well resourced to counter the available defence equipment. Keeping this point in view, the factory is making necessary modifications in Mine Protected Vehicle to safeguard our soldiers to ambush in infested areas”, said Sunil Kumar Chourasia, Chairman of Ordnance Factory Board, and Director General of Ordnance Factories. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TV
At a time when Pakistan continues to deflect world attention from state-sponsored terror it emanates against India and Afghanistan, INDIA TV has accessed a shocking letter written by Pakistan NSA Nasser Janjua to the founder of terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba Maulana Amir Hamza on January 8, 2018 on his official letterhead.
The letter exposes the cosy relationship and the direct link between Pakistan’s top security apparatus and globally designated terror group. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
Almost a year after the fierce gun battle in Hajin area of Bandipora in North Kashmir, which left him almost dead, CRPF’s Chetan Kumar Cheetah has finally resumed active duty as Commandant in Force Headquarter in Delhi last week.
Donning a Khaki uniform, wearing an eye-patch on his right eye, and metal glasses, Cheetah told India Today, “I am proud to resume my duty again. It is good to be back.”
All the 39 Indians abducted by the ISIS terror outfit in Mosul in Iraq three years ago are dead and their bodies have been recovered, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.
While it was not immediately known when the Indians were killed, their bodies were recovered from Badosh – a village in northwest of Mosul, and their identities established through DNA testing, she said making a suo motu statement in the Rajya Sabha. Continue reading
An Indian Air Force (IAF) Hawk advanced trainer jet crashed Tuesday in Odisha’s Mayurbhunj district near the Jharhkhand border.The trainee pilot helming the plane ejected himself safely but received some injuries. The aircraft had taken off on a routine training sortie from Kalaikunda Air Force station in Kharagpur. An investigation has been ordered into the accident.
The incident comes a little over a month after a Microlight Virus SW-80 helicopter of the IAF crashed in Assam’s Majuli island, killing two pilots Wing Commander J James and Wing Commander D Vats. Continue reading
SOURCE: Business Standard
The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has tested the Indigenously Developed Metal-based Origami Payload in Indian Nano Satellite-1C (INS-1C).INS-1C is an experimental satellite launched by PSLV-C40 on January 12, 2018 as a co-passenger payload. It is the third vehicle in the Indian Nano Satellite (INS) series.
The first two satellites, INS-1A and INS-1B, of this series were carried as co-passenger payloads by PSLV-C37 in February 2017. INS-1C carries Miniature Multi-spectral Technology Demonstration (MMX-TD) Payload from the Space Applications Centre (SAC), Isro Ahmedabad. Continue reading
The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) are facing a shortage of mine-protected vehicles (MPVs), Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir informed Parliament on Tuesday.
The minister said that out of the 157 MPVs sanctioned by the Home Ministry in the last three years, only 13 have been supplied to the CAPF so far by the Ordnance Factory Board, an industrial organisation functioning under the defence production department of the Defence Ministry. Continue reading