After wrapping up his 24-hour visit to India, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday called for a long-term plan for development of India-China relations and said, “To achieve Dragon and Elephant Dance is the only correct choice for China and India, which is in the fundamental interests of both countries and their peoples.”

In a statement issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, President Jinping said that India and China should take a correct view of each other’s development and enhance strategic mutual trust. He further said that no matter from any point of view, both the countries should be good neighbours and good partners who “live in harmony and move forward hand in hand”. Continue reading


Two ships of the Bangladesh Navy reached Vishakhapatnam on Saturday to take part in a four-day naval exercise. The Bangladesh Navy ships-Ali Haider and BNS Shadinota-reached the eastern naval Command today. Ali Haider is a type 053 frigate while BBNS Shadinota is a type 056 stealth guided missile corvette.

This is the first time that the two navies are taking part in a bilateral naval exercise. The bilateral exercise will include professional interaction between the two navies and visits to Indian Navy’s training and maintenance facilities at Visakhapatnam. Prior to their arrival in Visakhapatnam, the two ships of the Bangladesh Navy undertook coordinated patrol (CORPAT) with Indian Navy ships–Ranvijay and Kuthar-from October 10 to October 12. Continue reading


On 8 October 2019, the first Rafale for the Indian Air Force was handed over to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. This delivery is the latest in a series of much-needed yet perennially delayed steps taken to bolster the Indian Air Force’s combat capabilities. The IAF has historically been the largest and best-equipped force in the region — reliant principally on license production of Soviet aircraft types to make up mass, and a privileged relation with Moscow to ensure access to high technology. The twin sticks of numerical and technological security have allowed the IAF to deter outright conflict in many cases and outfight its adversary when war became inescapable.

History is replete with examples of the Indian Government taking swift and decisive action to maintain the IAF’s overall edge in the region, from the decision to induct and produce hundreds of MiG-21s from 1962 onward, to the emergency procurement of beyond-visual range MiG-23MF interceptors in 1982 to outmatch the early-model F-16s that Pakistan was receiving. Continue reading


Five Bangladeshi nationals, including three personnel of Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), were detained by the Border Security Force (BSF) after they were assaulted by villagers in Tripura’s Sepahijala district on Thursday. A press release by BSF’s Tripura Frontier late on Friday said the Bangladeshi nationals were detained from Rahimpur village located along the India-Bangladesh international border at Sonamura.

It said the Bangladeshi nationals, including two women informants, had entered India through Sonamura on October 10 to arrest an Indian national Abu Khair in Rahimpur. The RAB’s personnel allegedly assaulted Khair’s wife and daughter as his family members resisted the action. Their neighbours came to Khair’s house after hearing their cries and beat up the Bangladesh nationals and then handed them over to BSF. Continue reading


The Kashmir issue was not raised or discussed during the second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. “This (Kashmir) issue was not raised and not discussed. Our position is anyway very clear that this is an internal matter of India,” Gokhale said at a special press briefing following the culmination of the two-day summit.

Xi, however, apprised Modi of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Beijing earlier this week, Gokhale added. The summit was held amid the strain in the bilateral relationship because of China’s strong support to Pakistan on the Kashmir issue over the past few weeks. India had also taken exception to references concerning Kashmir following talks between Xi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan ahead of the Chinese President’s visit to India for the informal meet. Continue reading


On Thursday, India issued a strongly-worded statement criticising Turkey’s offensive into Northeast Syria, calling for Ankara to “respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria”. The statement was interesting in that it displayed an element of consistency with India’s transformed foreign policy posture since the effective abrogation of Article 370 on August 6.

India has not only resisted international scrutiny around the move but, in fact, gone on the offensive, mobilising its public relations apparatus to position itself favourably within the international discourse. It has deployed substantial resources to firmly establish and control the narrative on Kashmir, at a moment when Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has solicited international intervention. Continue reading


The Central government has initiated background talks for the release of political leaders who have been under house arrest in Jammu and Kashmir for over two months since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, sources said on Saturday. The leaders have been approached by officials and are being asked to cooperate in maintaining law and order in the Union Territory.

Earlier this week, three politicians – Yawar Mir, Noor Mohammed and Shoiab Lone – were released on various grounds. After the Centre decided to revoke the special constitutional status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, the region was placed under a communication blockade and several mainstream political leaders, including National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, vice president Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti were put under house arrest as a precautionary measure to ensure peace in the Union Territory, and maintain law and order. Continue reading


With an aim to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation, the armies of India and Japan will hold war games at the jungle warfare school in Vairengte in Mizoram. The two-week-long exercise will be held from October 19 to November 2. This will be the second in the series of such military exercises between the nations.

The military exercise with Japan is happening a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jingping held an informal summit in Mamallapuram (also known as Mahabalipuram), where the two leaders discussed a variety of bilateral issues. Incidentally, India is part of the Quadrilateral group with the US, Japan and Australia. During its meeting in November last year in Manila, all members of the Quadrilateral had expressed their concerns over China’s reclamation activities and belligerence in the South China Sea region that might impact the freedom of navigation. Continue reading


Actor Vivek Oberoi hopes his next film ‘Balakot’ will inspire lakhs of children in the country. The film depicts the bravery of Indian Air Force, through the true account of the Balakot air strike, and the capture and subsequent release of IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir on February 14.

“I am excited about Abhinandan’s biopic. I think the story of Balakot and the story of Indian Air Force needs to be told, as we all are very proud of Indian Air Force. When a film like ‘Top Gun’ gets released in America, an entire generation there gets inspired seeing the strength of their Air Force. I feel this is an opportunity for us, and the responsibility is on us, to show the amazing work our Indian Air Force has been doing,” said Vivek, while interacting with the media at the 2nd edition of Mumbai Art Fair 2019 on Friday. Continue reading


Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that some of the language in a controversial Kashmir resolution passed by his party have the scope of being “misinterpreted as hostile to India” even as he stood by the emergency motion against the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

The UK Opposition Leader was responding to a letter by the Labour Friends of India (LFIN) group, among a number of party members to raise concerns over the resolution passed at the Labour Party annual conference last month that called for international intervention in Kashmir in the wake of the Indian government’s revocation of Article 370. Continue reading


A number of Indian and foreign airlines have started getting a part of their aircraft maintenance done in India as the country’s aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry has come of age, helped by the government’s Make in India initiative.

Government initiatives such as exempting MRO service providers from customs duties on aircraft parts and toolkits and extension of storage period for aircraft spares to up to three years have helped companies such as Airworks, Max Aerospace Group and other MROs run by Air India and GMR post a boost in their business in about 18 months, industry executives said. The industry in India generates about $900 million annually and the industry is growing at a modest rate over years despite the aviation industry growing in double digits. Continue reading


In a big crackdown on Dawood Ibrahim’s network, the Enforcement Directorate has identified properties in India and UK that belong to close associates of the mobster. The properties belong to Memon Iqbal Mohammed alias Iqbal Mirch.

Yesterday, the ED had arrested two people in connection with its money laundering probe against late Mirchi, who died in London in 2013. Identified as Haroun Aleem Yusuf and Ranjeet Singh Bindra, the accused have been arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act for not cooperating with an investigation of the case. Continue reading


Pakistan must end support to Taliban and other terror groups, a top American senator said a day after meeting Pakistani leadership in Islamabad.”Pakistan has an important role to play in stabilising Afghanistan, engaging in robust counterterrorism efforts and strengthening the global economy,” Senator Maggie Hassan said on Friday after concluding her trip to Pakistan and landing in India for meetings with the Indian leadership.

US Senators Hassan and Chris Van Hollen met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and officials from the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Continue reading


The Border Security Force (BSF) seized five Pakistani fishing boats in the Harami Nala creek area, close to India-Pakistan border in Gujarat, an official said on Saturday.The five single-engine fitted boats were seized around 10.45 pm on Friday from the creek area near Kutch district, the BSF said in a press statement.

“A special operation has been launched in the area and the search is still underway. Till now, nothing suspicious has been recovered from the region,” it stated. Continue reading


For the first time in memory, the guests at the Indian Air Force’s At Home function, held at IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria’s house Wednesday, were segregated into two camps. One enclosure consisted of three-star officers, defence attaches of other countries in India, senior bureaucrats and politicians besides the awardees and senior veterans such as former IAF chiefs.

The second enclosure consisted of journalists, many veterans and two-star and below officers. Continue reading