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SOURCE: PTI

US National Security Adviser John Bolton told his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval on Friday that America supports India’s right to self-defence after the two officials discussed the Pulwama terror attack in which over 40 security personnel were killed.
Mr Bolton telephoned Mr Doval on Friday morning to express his condolences for the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir and offered the US’ full support to India in confronting terrorism.

“I told Ajit Doval today that we support India’s right to self-defence. I have spoken to him twice, including this morning… and expressed US’ condolences over the terrorist attack,” he told PTI. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

Top Indian security and counter-intelligence officials said the mastermind behind the horrific terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama is suspected to be Mohammed Umair, the son of Athar Ibrahim, who is the elder brother of Jaish-e-Mohammad founder and chief Masood Azhar.

While the bomber, 22-year-old Adil Ahmad Dar, was killed, officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity added that the bomb-maker is currently in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). They did not provide a name for the bomb-maker and said he goes by several — all believed to be covers. Continue reading

SOURCE: REUTERS

The 44 personnel killed by a suicide attack in Kashmir on Thursday were part of a force that is little appreciated, poorly paid and under resourced when compared with the army, according to former senior officers.The dead came from towns and villages across India, from Assam in the remote northeast to Tamil Nadu in the south.But their job in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) took them to some of the most dangerous frontlines in India, including the fight against militants in Kashmir.

“CRPF has been tasked to be first responder in insurgent situations. This is the primary task,” said Pranay Sahay, a former CRPF director general. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Hours after India revoked the Most Favoured Nation (status) to Pakistan, advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister on Trade Abdul Razzak Dawood told PTI they won’t make any “emotional decision” and will respond to the move after due deliberation. The Centre withdrew the status to Pakistan after 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a terror attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama yesterday. Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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SOURCE: HT

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday issued a veiled warning to separatist leaders in the Kashmir Valley, where he reviewed the security situation following the Pulwama terror attack. Without taking names, Singh said the officials have been asked to “review” the security provided to those “who take money from Pakistan and ISI.”

“There are some elements here who take money from Pakistan and ISI. I have told the officers that the security provided to such people should be reviewed,” news agency ANI quoted Singh as saying in a media interaction in Srinagar. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale is briefing envoys of key countries on Friday to brief them on Pakistan’s involvement in supporting terrorism.

The meeting is part of the government’s diplomatic outreach to work towards, what has been described by the government as “complete isolation” of Pakistan. Jaitley also announced that the government would also take “all possible diplomatic steps to ensure the complete isolation from international community of Pakistan”. The minister said there is incontrovertible evidence of Pakistan having a direct hand in this gruesome terrorist incident. Continue reading

SOURCE: NDTV

Ajay Bisaria, India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, has been called back to Delhi for consultations after a Pakistan-based terror group killed over 40 CRPF soldiers in a massive car bombing in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, sources told NDTV. “Ajay Bisaria has been called to Delhi for consultations in the wake of Pulwama attack,” a source said.

The soldiers were killed when their convoy was hit by the powerful car bomb, fitted with 60 kg of explosives, on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama district.Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack, the deadliest in Jammu and Kashmir since the start of the century. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

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For the first time, HAL’s Supersonic Omni Role Trainer Aircraft (SPORT) simulator would be positioned at the five-day Aero India 2019 beginning February 20 in Bengaluru. HAL is keen to launch the indigenous development of SPORT (Aircraft) with 4++ generation or equivalent capabilities to bridge the gap in pilot training to command front line fighters, HAL CMD R Madhavan said.

The SPORT aircraft would be utilized for fighter training after Advanced Jet Training stage and before induction of pilots into a frontline fighter squadron, he noted. Continue reading

SOURCE:  RAVI PAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Russia recently offered India Air Force, 21 Stored Mig-29A fighter aircraft which was recently surveyed by IAF officials which in their report asked Indian defense ministry and IAF to go ahead with the purchase of this air frame which will be upgraded with latest SMT Upgrade package and delivered back to India roughly around $25 million per unit.

There was a sense of confusion in India if the air frames offered to India were used or retired ones or air frames which were to build together from excessive spares from multiple aircraft. It is now confirmed that the air frames on offer to India were from a lot of 21 Mig-29A Classic design which never made into service with Russian air force due to financial issues after break of the Soviet Union in the early ’90s. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHINANDAN RAO / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

An explosives-laden car had rammed into a bus carrying security personals in two different countries, in the region, yet both have a direct connection with non-state actors based in Pakistan. Islamic Revolution Guards Corps lost 27 of their security guards near the border with Pakistan which Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibilities for the deadly attack in Iran, while back home killing of 40 Central Police force again using Car-filled explosives, was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed both terror organization used the same tactics and both operate from Pakistan’s soil to target neighbors.

Off-late Pakistani Non-State actors have been embodied after the US Government started making plans to withdraw from Afghanistan and hand over power back to the Taliban, which is why there is too much chatter among all terror groups this day due to lax security of the American forces which are very keen to secure a face-saving exit strategy from the region. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Pakistan is committed to implementing the decision of the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, a senior Pakistani official said as the country’s delegation left for the Hague on Friday for the oral proceedings in the case that will commence at the world court from February 18.

Indian national Jadhav, 48, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India moved the ICJ in May the same year against the verdict. A 10-member bench of the ICJ on May 18, 2017, had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.Pakistan’s Attorney General Anwar Man­soor would lead the Pakistani delegation at the ICJ while Director General South Asia Mohammad Faisal would lead the Foreign Office side, a senior official told Dawn. Continue reading

SOURCE: NDTV

Countries from across the globe condemned the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district with nations like the United States, UK, Russia and France asserting that they stand with India in combating the menace of terrorism. China however, kept its stand on Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar unchanged.

At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF personnel were killed on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammed or JeM suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying hundreds of kilograms of explosives into their bus in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district that also left many critically wounded. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE WASHINGTON POST

During the height of the Space Age, the United States and Soviet Union bushwhacked a frantic path to the lunar surface, landing nearly 20 spacecraft softly on the moon between 1966 and 1976, including the six carrying NASA’s Apollo astronauts.

But after the last of these missions, a robotic Soviet probe that brought back 6 ounces of lunar soil, Earth’s closest neighbor was virtually abandoned. The public and politicians lost interest.While the occasional orbiter has launched to survey the moon since then, in more than 42 years only one spacecraft touched down softly on the lunar surface: China’s Chang’e 3 in 2013. Continue reading

SOURCE: OPINDIA

Controversial media house NDTV has suspended one of its Deputy News Editor for a comment she had posted on her Facebook page about the horrific Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy yesterday.

DTV announced on its official Twitter handle that the news organisation strongly condemns the comments made by the Editor. She has been suspended for 2 weeks, while the company’s Disciplinary Committee will be weighing further against the deputy editor. Nidhi Sethi, Deputy News Editor of NDTV, had posted a comment on Facebook which seemed to glorify the terror attack by Jaish-e-Muhammad. She had written, “where a grisly 44 has been proven to be greater than the mythical 56”. With this, she had added a hashtag #HowstheJaish, a take on the famous dialogue ‘How’s the Josh’ from the recent movie Uri: The Surgical Strike. Continue reading

SOURCE: NDTV

 

After the worst terror attack on forces in Kashmir, in which 40 soldiers were killed, the government today decided to remove “Most Favoured Nation” privileges given to Pakistan and said it would take all steps to ensure the country’s isolation globally.

“The most favoured nation status to Pakistan stands revoked,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, briefing the media on the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 7 Lok Kalyan Mark home in Delhi.The foreign ministry, he said, would initiate all possible diplomatic steps to ensure complete isolation of Pakistan in the international community, adding that there was “incontrovertible evidence” of Pakistan’s direct hand in the attack. Continue reading

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