SOURCE : NDTV
In his summary of the strategy and tactics of people’s war, Mao Tse-Tung said, “You fight in your way and we fight in ours. We fight when we can win and move away when we can’t.”
Srikanth Kondapalli, China scholar and professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, recalled Mao as he explained Chinese president Xi Jinping’s determination to host the country’s star initiative, the One Belt One Road (OBOR) economic summit in Beijing in mid-May, despite the fact that only 28 countries worldwide have confirmed attendance so far. Continue reading
SOURCE : Hindustan Times
Pakistan-born Canadian writer and liberal activist Tarek Fatah was one of the six prime targets of the four terror suspects, arrested by the UP Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) from different parts of the country on Thursday.
Fatah was a target as he was seen as being opposed to the Shariat law and an advocate of liberal and progressive form of Islam.ATS officials told HT that by targeting Fatah and the others, the terror suspects wanted to create sensation and show their presence in the country. Continue reading
SOURCE: Major Gaurav Arya’s blog
By 5 April, most people had packed their woolens. The sun shone brightly, and the air in Srinagar had a nip, with a hint of pine. I tucked myself in for a well-deserved sleep. The last 24 hours had been hectic, and my body is not what it used to be.
I crave rest, and a slight change in temperature wakes up broken bones, brutally. I again, by sheer force of habit, turned to Chapter XXII, “Of the Last Fight and the Death of Hector”. Iliad has always fascinated me; Zeus, Agamemnon, Paris, Priam, Hector and Achilles, especially Achilles who was immortal. Or so he thought. Continue reading
SOURCE : DAILY MIRRIOR LANKA
A Sri Lankan Navy sailor had died while undergoing diving training at a Naval base in Kochi, India yesterday, Navy Spokesman Lieutenant Commander Chandima Walakuluge said today. He said the 39-year-old Petty Officer (Diving) YPNR Weerasinghe, resident of Kurunegala was among three naval personnel had left for the training in India early this month.
According to the Press Trust of India, the Petty Officer, while carrying out a practise dive in the Ernakulam Channel as part of routine training procedure, failed to surface. The sailor was located after an immediate search was carried out by the attendant supervisory training staff. Continue reading
SOURCE : Mail Today Bureau
India’s digital warriors have crippled 30 Pakistan government websites in virtual surgical strikes as protest against the neighbouring country’s announcement of the death penalty to former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.
A Pakistani military court this month ordered the punishment for Jadhav, after he was accused of espionage and sabotage activities in Karachi and Balochistan. “All the hacking in Pakistan was part of our operation ‘Justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav’,” one of the hackers told Mail Today.
SOURCE : INDIA TODAY
The Narendra Modi government is worried over the continuous clashes between civilians and security forces in the Kashmir Valley. Stone pelting incidents have increased manifold in the region since the BJP-PDP government came into power in 2015. Concerned over the situation, the government is now planning to rope in oil producing Middle East nations to stop funding of organisations like Jamaat-e-Islami.
According to sources, the Army invited Oman’s Defence General Secretary Mohammed Bin Naseer to visit the Northern Command in Kashmir recently. Naseer was also taken out on a tour of the Valley to apprise him of the situation and challenges being faced by the security forces. Continue reading
SOURCE : DNA INDIA
The emphasis on “Make in India”, centred on indigenous aerospace and defence production, has focused the limelight on private-sector companies. Unlike the public-sector companies, (see article in DNA, April 3), these are much smaller, often family-owned, and are fairly recent entrants.
They are keen to make their mark, hungry for orders, and willing to work hard to win them. Apart from their well-trained and highly motivated staff and their well-equipped facilities, their private-sector corporate culture is their greatest asset. A former HAL Chairman had once said that he was very satisfied with their quality of work, as well as their avoidance of cost and time overruns. Continue reading
SOURCE : INDIA TODAY
The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Defence Ministry on a plea seeking a ban on sahayak system in the Army whereby lower rank staff is forced to do domestic and menial work for seniors.
The petition was filed by a journalist booked under Official Secrets Act (OSA) by Nashik police in connection with the suicide of Lance Naik Roy Mathew who figures in her sting video related to the controversial sahayak(buddy) system in the Army. Continue reading
SOURCE : IANS
In a radical departure, the new 15-year long-term vision being worked out by the NITI Aayog would also include defence and internal security within its ambit, V.K. Saraswat, a member of the panel that has succeeded the Planning Commission, said on Monday.
Saraswat said the NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog would pitch for long-term planning of various policy-related issues of internal and external security rather than looking at micro and macro plans. Continue reading
SOURCE : Hindustan Times
A public army has been formed to fight stone-throwers and elements attacking jawans of Indian army and para-military forces in strife torn Kashmir valley .
Balyogi Arun Puri Chaitanya Maharaj, who has formed the Jan Sena, said 13,000 people had registered themselves and were ready to give a befitting reply to the stone throwers.“I appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to permit the Sena to go to Kashmir and teach the separatist forces there a lesson,” he said. Continue reading
SOURCE : DNA INDIA
The government will review its anti-Naxalite strategy, Home minister Rajnath Singh said today after paying homage to 25 CRPF men killed in a deadly ambush by Maoists in Chhattisgarh.Singh, who arrived here at around 10.30 AM and headed to the headquarters of the 4th battalion of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force in the Mana camp area where a wreath-laying ceremony was held.
“It is a cold blooded murder by the extremists. The Centre and state governments will work together and take action in this regard,” Rajnath told a joint press briefing with the Chief Minister Raman Singh. Continue reading
SOURCE : PTI
The work on the strategic Chabahar Port in Iran for which India will invest USD 500 million is progressing fast and the country has already formed a global port company there, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.
“We have already formed a global port company there (Chabahar Port),” he said at the launch of a roadshow for the National High Authority of India’s (NHAI) rupee denominated masala bonds here.The Minister of road transport and highways stated that the work at Chabahar was progressing fast. Continue reading
SOURCE : Defensenews.com
The Indian Army is seeking major structural and design changes in the homegrown Arjun Mk-2, but the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organization says the “changes” could take up to seven years, causing a delay in the induction schedule.
The service wants DRDO to redesign the hull, the turret structures and use newer material to reduce the tank’s weight. The Arjun Mk-2 currently weighs about 68.6 tons, compared to the 62-ton Arjun Mk-1 tank currently in operation with the Army. The Mk-2 version’s weight makes it inappropriate for operations in the semi-developed sector of the western front bordering Pakistan where tank battles would take place, according to an Indian Army official. Continue reading
SOURCE : Zee Media Bureau
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is developing first unmanned combat aircraft, under the ambitious project ‘Ghatak’.The Government has allocated Rs 3,000 crore to develop the drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which can deliver bombs and missiles.
The project is tentatively called Autonomous Unmanned Research Aircraft (AURA). Continue reading
SOURCE : BLOOMBERG
The launch of China’s second aircraft carrier, expected as soon as this week, will be an important and depressing moment for India. The “Type 001A” — likely to be named the “Shandong” — will give China an edge for the first time in the carrier race with its Asian rival, a literal two-to-one advantage. After decommissioning the INS Viraat earlier this year, the Indian Navy is down to a single carrier, INS Vikramaditya.
Worse, the Shandong has been built at China’s own giant shipyard at Dalian; Vikramaditya is merely a repurposed 1980s-era Russian carrier formerly known as the Admiral Gorshkov. Continue reading