SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
India’s military standoff with China in Ladakh, now in its sixth month, has resulted in an increased focus on equipping the armed forces. One piece of hardware has topped the acquisition wishlist of all three branches of the armed forces, drones. The urgency with which these weapons systems are now being acquired, via fast-track purchases and deliveries in months, not years, speaks of the growing importance being attached to these force multipliers.
The army is looking for man-portable surveillance drones that can operate at the rarefied altitudes of its northern theatre. It also wants bigger, armed drones that can target terrorist camps across the Pakistani border with precision missiles.Continue reading
SOURCE: TIMES NOW
he Chinese Army soldier who “strayed” into India’s eastern Demchok area in eastern Ladakh on October 19, 2020, was carrying a sleeping bag, storage device and a mobile phone. Identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long, the solider had strayed across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) into Indian territory in the Demchok area in eastern Demchok area in eastern Ladakh.
After his capture, the PLA soldier told Indian agencies that he had crossed the disputed border to retrieve a yak that had strayed into Indian territory.Continue reading
Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has come under fire, including from the ruling Communist Party leaders, for breaching diplomatic norms over his meeting with Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) chief Samant Kumar Goel.
Goel called on Prime Minister Oli at his official residence at Baluwatar on Wednesday evening. However, the Indian intelligence chief’s visit did not go down well with some political leaders of the country, including members of the ruling party Nepal Communist Party (NCP).Continue reading
In a sharp rebuff to China, which may complicate the ongoing border stand-off, India’s Ministry of Defence announced on Monday that Australia would participate in the Malabar 2020 multilateral naval exercise. The announcement evinced massive interest among security observers, as after 13 years, the Malabar drills will feature the full Quad.
India has finally agreed to accept Australia’s willingness to join other Quad members – India, Japan, US – in the Malabar Exercise, in which Canberra has not participated since 2008, prioritising instead its relationship with China. Beijing termed a military dimension of the Quad as an “Anti-China coalition” at the beginning and on Tuesday it once again reiterated that military cooperation should be conducive to regional peace and stability.Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
Mars is losing its atmosphere to outer space at a faster rate, a study of data and images sent by Isro’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) and Nasa’s Mars orbiter Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven) has found.
According to a report in The Times of India, Mars, being relatively smaller planet compared to Earth, is losing its atmosphere at a faster rate.Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters on Friday that he does not see an atmosphere for talks with India at this stage, citing what he called a ‘human lockdown’ in Kashmir.
“In my honest opinion, I do not see an atmosphere for talks,” he said at the foreign office in Islamabad. Qureshi rejected suggestions that messages for talks have been sent from across the border. “There are some quarters who have been saying that talks should take place, but I do not think this the time, or the atmosphere is right for this, as the situation in Indian held Kashmir is very bad.”Continue reading
SOURCE: Times Now
Hours, after former Jammu & Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti said she won’t raise any other flag till the flag of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, is restored, Union Minister Jitendra Singh launched a scathing attack on the PDP chief saying Kashmir’s so-called politicians are more dangerous than separatists.
Mehbooba Mufti claims to be a mainstream politician but she has reservations in carrying the tricolour, said Singh adding that they have cultivated the art and craft of swearing by Mother India saying ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ when in power but once they are kicked out of power they start swearing by Pakistan questioning the integration of Jammu and Kashmir.Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Even as India and China discuss disengagement from friction points in Ladakh at the military-diplomatic talks, the People’s Liberation Army is constructing new structures and relocating troops and equipment to occupied Aksai Chin in Tibet as well as Xinjiang with no intention of backing off from the 1,597 km of Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh at least this winter.
Senior military officials said they had noticed construction of a huge structure spread across 3 lakh square feet – almost the size of four football fields – has been noticed around 10 kilometres from the LAC in occupied Aksai Chin across Gogra-Hot Springs area.Continue reading
Amid tensions with Taiwan, the Chinese embassy on Friday tried to dictate terms to the Indian press protesting against WION’s interview with Taiwan foreign minister Joseph Wu. It is not the first time the Chinese embassy has tried to do this.
Ahead of Taiwan’s National Day on October 10, the Chinese mission in Delhi had written to the Indian media and called upon them to not refer to Taiwan as a “nation”.Continue reading
SOURCE: ZEE NEWS
Atta Mohammad Noor, prominent Afghanistan politician and former member of the Northern Alliance resistance group against Taliban had a series of meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla in New Delhi. He discussed the recent increase in violence in Afghanistan even as the peace process is underway.
MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava in response to a question said, “During the meeting views were exchanged on the current situation in Afghanistan including on the ongoing peace process and the increased level of violence in Afghanistan. We reiterated our long term commitment towards the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan.”Continue reading
SOURCE: Times Now
Attacking the Centre over the abrogation of Article 370, former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said that the Constitution she believed in has been desecrated.
India will run on the Constitution, not BJP’s manifesto, she said. Addressing her first press conference after being released from 14-month detention, Peoples Democratic Party chief Mufti said the Centre has nothing to show to ask for votes.Continue reading
SOURCE: Times Now
Debt-ridden Pakistan’s futile attempt to wriggle out of the FATF’s grey list failed after the plenary decided that Islamabad had failed to comply with all the 27 parameters of the Financial Action Task Force’s Action Plan.
This comes after India on Thursday blasted Pakistan yet again for failing to take action against United Nations-designated terrorists such as Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, Dawood Ibrahim and Lashkar-e-Taiba head Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.Continue reading
Defence minister Rajnath Singh will review the operational situation and military preparedness in the north-east sector during a visit over the weekend, amidst the continuing military confrontation in eastern Ladakh with China.
Singh on Saturday will leave for the Sukna-based 33 Corps, a crucial Army formation that has the 17 (Gangtok), 27 (Kalimpong) and 20 (Binnaguri) Mountain Divisions (each division has 10,000-12,000 soldiers) earmarked for the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.Continue reading
Aforest fire triggered several mine blasts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Friday, officials said. The fire broke out in Balakot sector and spread to few adjoining areas, they said.
Some anti-personnel mines exploded due to the fire, triggering panic among the residents, the officials said. The blaze was brought under control by Army and forest department personnel within a few hours, they said.Continue reading
The government has ordered 4,000 army shops in the country to stop buying imported goods, according to a document reviewed by news agency Reuters, a move that could send an unwelcome signal to foreign liquor firms such as Diageo and Pernod Ricard.
Army canteens sell liquor, electronics and other goods at discounted prices to soldiers, ex-servicemen and their families. With annual sales of over $2 billion, they make up one of the largest retail chains in India.Continue reading