Back in July 2015, the Indian Coast Guard was tipped off by the Kerala police about a vessel in the Arabian Sea carrying contraband, possibly drugs, possibly arms. The Coast Guard intercepted Barooki, an Iranian fishing vessel, 100 km west of Alleppey. Its crew of 10 Iranians and a Pakistani said they drifted off course on high seas.
The Kerala police searched the vessel high and low, and found a Thuraya communication set and a Pakistani ID car, but no contraband. After months of investigation, the crew were freed by a local court in March 2016 and the vessel was put up for auction, with its 16,000 litres of diesel. It was bought for scrap by a firm from Gujarat and its rusting hulk now lies anchored in Thiruvananthapuram. Continue reading
SOURCE: EURASIA REVIEW
Bilateral relations between India and Afghanistan have been characterised by ‘friendly engagement’ and underscored by positive public perception in both countries; this has continued after the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government took office in May 2014. Even then, emerging realities in and related to Afghanistan necessitate innovative action from both countries in at least three key sectors:
- Economy and developmental partnership
Pakistan must ensure that its soil is not used for any terrorist attack against the neighbours, a top American General has said. US Central Command (CENTCOM) commander General Joseph Votel conveyed this to Islamabad during a visit this week. This was his third visit to Pakistan as commander.
During the visit, he called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Hayat and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
The bullet-riddled body of a 16-year-old youth was recovered in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday morning.
The young man was identified as Gowhar Ahmad Dar – a resident of Urpara in Nagbal, and the son of Abdul Rahim Dar. Continue reading
Incidents of stone-pelting have reduced in Jammu and Kashmir due to the role of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.
He said the incidents of Naxalism, terrorism and extremism have also seen a downward trend in the last three years. “You have seen role of the NIA in Jammu and Kashmir, where incidents of stone pelting have come down. We have taken pledge for India’s security and strict action is being taken for this. We will accept challenges and in the past three years incident of naxalism, terrorism and extremism have seen a downward trend,” he said. Continue reading
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the terror funding issues and naxalism, the Northeast region has witnessed 75% and 40% fall respectively in both the areas.
“The NIA has successfully emerged as a credible agency since its inception in 2009. This is India’s first NIA’s residential complex in Lucknow. In Northeast area, the rate of terrorism and naxalism has gone down by 75% and 40% respectively,” Sigh said at the inauguration ceremony of NIA’s residential office here. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
Seeking to provide protection to dignitaries including the President and Prime Minister as well as the national capital territory from enemy cruise missiles, drones and aircraft, India is considering an American system under the Delhi Area Defence project. “The National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) is being considered for the Delhi Area Defence project to provide aerial protection to the Capital from airborne threats,” government sources told Mail Today.
The programme is being undertaken as the threat perception from incoming enemy missiles, drones and aircraft is on the rise because of their increasing use by terrorist organisations such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba. US defence officials have made presentations to the Air Force and other agencies concerned and the proposal is under the consideration of the government, the sources said. Continue reading
The Indian Air Force’s British-made Jaguar aircraft completed its maiden flight last week after integrating an advanced active electronically scanned array radar, but service officials say the Jaguar upgrade program is moving slowly and that there’s uncertainty regarding the mounting of proposed new engines.
The upgrade program of the Jaguar fighter, undertaken by India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, includes mounting new engines from Honeywell of the U.S., but an executive with HAL said it’s ”still awaiting the go-ahead from the Indian Air Force for the new engines.”
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
The Indian Air Force appears to be facing a mid-air refuelling crisis and its plans to induct modern tankers to expand the strategic reach of its fighters haven’t yet taken off. The IAF’s runways are too short for its Ilyushin-78 tanker fleet, their refuelling pods are dogged by failures and the airworthiness is questionable, a comprehensive audit of the Russian-origin fleet has revealed.
In a scathing report, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) also found that there aren’t enough hangars for the refuellers, tanking them up on the ground is a problem and dedicated refuelling corridors are missing. The IAF operates six IL-78 planes bought in 2003-04 at Rs 132 crore a piece. The IAF is yet to float a new tender for six mid-air refuellers costing upwards of $2 billion. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE NATIONAL AE
Donald Trump’s apocalyptic threats against North Korea have attracted much international attention but not China’s unceasing warmongering against India. As the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops on the small, desolate Doklam Plateau drags on, Beijing continues its sabre-rattling against India.
The rising Himalayan border tensions have been underscored by an August 15 clash elsewhere in which several Indian and Chinese soldiers were wounded, not by gunfire but by rock throwing. Xi Jinping, China’s president, has sought to present himself as the voice of reason by calling for US restraint on North Korea, even as his regime has issued threats to India. The American press has published Mr Xi’s call for dialogue and negotiations to find a diplomatic solution to the North Korea issue without citing his opposition to similarly settle the Doklam impasse. Continue reading
Under no circumstances will Israel support Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, top Israeli authorities have said.This is significant given that the country has been relatively silent over Kashmir, which is described as the core issue between India and Pakistan, despite standing shoulder to shoulder with India in the fight against terrorism.
For India, the main issue with Pakistan is cross-border terrorism which continues to fan unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.For a while, after India established full diplomatic relations with Israel in the early 90s, Israel had endorsed India’s position that Kashmir was an integral part of the country. Continue reading
SOURCE: Oneindia News
The clash between Indian and Chinese troops at Ladakh was caught on camera. The video shows the clash between the two forces. China had attempted two incursions at Ladakh last week and were resisted by the Indian forces.
The attempts were made along the banks of famous Pangong lake in Ladakh. The Chinese resorted to stone pelting that caused minor injuries to people on both sides, officials said.Sources say that there was a scuffle between both sides. The Chinese resorted to stone pelting when the Indian side blocked two attempts made by the People’s Liberation Army. Continue reading
Retorting to the video showing skirmish between Indian and Chinese forces in Ladakh, Defence Expert P.K. Sehgal on Sunday said that the visuals have vindicated New Delhi?s stand made by the Indian Army on Independence Day.
Calling the Chinese Army as undisciplined, P.K. Sehgal said that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is becoming a rouge army and that they should be ashamed of themselves of resorting to stone pelting. Sehgal also asserted that such act of frustration show that the Chinese are not able to digest the inching defeat on the Doklam issue. Continue reading
When Spring arrived in Kashmir, there was apprehension that another summer of unrest lay ahead, of the kind seen after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani last July, which led to violent protests, clashes with security forces and close to two months of curfew. Reassuringly, as the months passed, despite recurrent stand-offs between militants and security forces, relative calm seemed to prevail in Kashmir. But a different battle was in store.
In July, the Centre called for a “larger debate” in response to a petition filed before the Supreme Court challenging the Constitutional validity of Article 35A , which allows the state government to define the “permanent residents” of Jammu and Kashmir, who are entitled to certain benefits. The petition will now be heard by a three-judge bench later this month. Continue reading
SOURCE: TNN BLOGS
China getting frustrated at the Dokalm stand-off is moving its war propaganda machinery from “Three Warfares” to the next higher level in its “Integrated Strategic Deterrence” doctrine against India to achieve its objective of withdrawal of the Indian troops. It has opened other fronts at the border to project that it could raise the level of the present stand-off to a full-fledged war. Stone pelting incident at the Pangong Tso on the 15th August is a testimony of this stratagem.
In the above context, it is important to understand what the Chinese objective behind such acts is. Strategically speaking, China is in expansionist mode. Since 1949, China in accordance with its well-crafted strategy is expanding its territory. After consolidating itself through the demographic changes in Tibet and brutally crushing the Tibetan autonomy supporters resulting in the suicide of several monks, it has decided to annex more and more territory in the periphery. Continue reading