Minutes after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held a closed-door meeting on the Kashmir issue, India Friday asserted that matter related to Article 370 was “entirely an internal matter” and called on Pakistan to “stop terror to start talks”.

“Our national position was and remains that matter related to Article 370 of the Indian Constitution is entirely an internal matter of India. We took preventive measures in Kashmir to stop terrorists bleeding our people,” said Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Security Council. Continue reading


India on Friday said that the country’s national position was and remains that matters related to Kashmir are “entirely an internal matter”, after a rare closed-door meeting at the United Nations Security Council to discuss New Delhi’s move to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting was called after Pakistan — backed by its all-weather ally — China, requested “closed consultations” on the issue. Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Security, said the government is committed to gradually removing all restrictions in Kashmir and the government is undertaking steps towards normalcy. Continue reading


The United Nations Security Council on Friday appreciated the measures New Delhi had taken to relax restrictions in the Kashmir Valley and did not pursue matters further, making a point that the steps had been in the right direction. Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representation at the UN, said after the meeting that the UNSC recognised that Article 370 was an internal matter. “The UN Security Council acknowledged these efforts (by India) and felt this is the direction in which the international community wanted matters to move. We are committed to gradually removing all restrictions.”

Hours before the UNSC meeting, the J&K government announced that it will restore Kashmir’s communications with the outside world in phases and schools will reopen next week. Continue reading


United States President Donald Trump pushed for talks between New Delhi and Islamabad on the Kashmir issue during a phone conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday, news agency AFP has quoted the White House as saying. The White House statement came amid fresh tensions between India and Pakistan, following the Narendra Modi government’s move to scrap the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir last Monday. The matter even reached the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which held a closed-door meeting to discuss it earlier in the day.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi claimed that the two had a “cordial conversation”, and agreed to keep in touch over the Kashmir dispute. “Prime Minister Khan conveyed Pakistan’s concern on recent developments in Kashmir and the threat they pose to regional peace,” he was quoted as saying by state-run Radio Pakistan. Continue reading


Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Friday said that Indian Air Force is in the process of transformation through modernization as well as upgradation of existing fleets and weapon systems. Dhanoa, who was in Shillong to inaugurate the two-day commanders conclave, also said that the tranformation process could bring with it some challenges.

There is an urgent requirement that all IAF personnel adapt themselves to the rapidly changing inventory and associated high technology, he said. The IAF chief also reviewed the prevailing security scenario of the region and said that forces should remain vigilant so that any attempt to degrade the operational efficiency could be easily thwarted. Continue reading


Russia will present export versions of its newest fifth-generation Su-57E fighter and Il-112VE military transport aircraft at the MAKS-2019 air show, the CEO of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheev, said on Friday.

“At MAKS-2019, Russian producers will present the hottest and the most-awaited novelties of the recent years, including Su-57E fifth-generation multipurpose fighter and Il-112VE light military transport aircraft. Rosoboronexport is ready to present these aircraft to foreign partners, if they wish to, and to open a new page in promoting ultramodern aviation systems to the global market. I am sure there will be a great interest in these models,” Mikheev said, as quoted by Rosoboronexport. Continue reading


The Malaysian government may soon revoke the permanent resident status of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik if it is proved that his actions have harmed the country’s well-being.

The Malaysian media quoted Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as saying that Naik’s PR status can be revoked if the authorities provide enough evidence to prove that his actions can disturb social harmony in the country.This comes days after the Malaysian authorities initiated a probe against the controversial Islamic preacher over his intent to provoke a peace breach while making alleged and sensitive remarks on the Hindus and Chinese residing in the Muslim-majority nation. Continue reading


National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Friday returned to Delhi after spending 11 days in Kashmir Valley to ensure smooth implementation of plans after the withdrawal of special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. Doval, Who came here on August 6, took charge of security and development-related activities with a special focus on ensuring that there was no loss of life, they said.

During his stay, the NSA took a round of Shopian, a district worst hit by terrorism, and met locals and security personnel. Continue reading


The Indian Navy on Friday rushed to the help of an injured crew member on board a Japanese warship from where he was later evacuated for further medical treatment.While responding to a request for medical evacuation from “JMSDF Sazanami”, the Navy launched a Sea King helicopter from INS Shikra and landed on the Japanese ship at sea, situated around 235 km off Mumbai.

“#BridgesOfFriendship #MedEvac Responding to a request for medical evacuation from @jmsdf_pao_eng warship Sazanami, a Sea King helicopter of #IndianNavy was launched from INS Shikra with a medical team,” Navy spokesperson tweeted. Continue reading


The railways on Friday cancelled operations of Thar Link Express that connects Jodhpur in India to Karachi in Pakistan, officials said, a development that temporarily snaps all rail links between the two countries, as the services of Samjhauta Express have already been suspended. A railway spokesperson said in Jodhpur that the Thar Link Express would not undertake its journey scheduled for early Saturday (1 am) and the administration has initiated the process of cancellation of all the 45 tickets which have been issued so far.

“The Thar Express has been suspended till further orders. The directions were issued by the railway ministry to the North Western Railway on Friday,” said Gopal Sharma, the spokesperson for Jodhpur Division-NWR. Continue reading


Squadron Leader Minty Aggarwal while speaking to TIMES NOW laughed when asked about the claim from across the border that Pakistani F-16 shot down a Su-30 belonging to IAF. Aggarwal said I had whole Radar picture of the area with me and ” All Our Sukhois are with Us, Didn’t lose any ” and dismissed any claims of PAF about Second Kill that day.

Squadron Leader Minty Aggarwal who is 8-year Veteran of Indian Air Force was on duty on 27th February when 24 Mixed Pakistani fighter formation decided to launch strikes on Indian military installations in Indian side of the Kashmir. Aggarwal was Fighter controller on the operations room and was instrumental in the positioning of the Mig-21 which was flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to the Nowshera sector which were position of three PAF F-16s, one of which was shot down by R-73 Close Combat Missile. Continue reading


Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today underscored that India reserves the right to change its policy of ‘No First Use’, which has been the cornerstone of India’s nuclear weapons policy for decades. The government firmly stands by its ‘No First Use’ policy but “what happens in future will depend on the circumstances,” the minister said at Pokhran in Rajasthan, the site of two nuclear tests by India.

“Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atalji (former prime minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee’s) firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of ‘No First Use’. It is true that till now, India has strictly adhered to the ‘No First Use’ policy. What happens in future depends on the circumstances,” Rajnath Singh told reporters in Pokhran, where he attended the closing ceremony of the army scout master competition in Pokhan. Continue reading


Ahead of the closed-door consultations on Kashmir at the United Security Council (UNSC) later on Friday, Pakistan appears to be getting jittery about the outcome and has now started lobbying for support.

The UNSC will be meeting later today in New York to discuss the Kashmir matter – revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status by India – after receiving a letter from Islamabad. Pakistan’s close ally, China too asked the UN body to hold “closed consultations”. The meeting is set to start 10 am (7:30 pm Indian time). Continue reading


The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to move forward with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s proposed project of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) in Goa, which failed to take off despite its announcement in 2016.

Talking to PTI on Thursday, Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said he would “revive” the proposed project, for which land has already been acquired. Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had announced this project in October 2016. It was proposed to be set up at Honda village in Sattari taluka of North Goa. Continue reading


With the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) closed-door consultations on J&K row about to start in few hours, Indian Army sources said that Pakistan has upscaled ceasefire violations to “show Kashmir as potential flashpoint” and “seek world’s attention”.

“Pakistan has upscaled ‘ceasefire violations’ both in terms of weapon & area in the last few days. The immediate aim appears to show Kashmir as a potential flashpoint to seek world attention,” ANI reported Indian army sources as saying on Friday. “With United Nations sessions to commence shortly, Pakistan can play the victim card and with hope that ‘escalating ceasefire violations may invite due attention’,” the sources added. Continue reading

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