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SOURCE: PTI

The U.N. General Assembly has decided to hold elections for the five non-permanent members of the Security Council next month under the new voting arrangements due to the COVID-19 restrictions, with India assured a win being the sole contender for the Asia Pacific seat. The 193-member General Assembly adopted the decision on Friday titled ‘Procedure for holding elections by secret ballot without a plenary meeting during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic’

According to the decision, the elections of non-permanent members to the Security Council and the election of members to the Economic and Social Council will be held simultaneously in June 2020 without a plenary meeting. Election for the five non-permanent members of the 15-nation council for the 2021-22 term was originally scheduled on June 17. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

India and China are talking to each other at military and diplomatic levels to resolve the Ladakh standoff, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday. Singh’s statement is the first from a senior central minister on the standoff with China at four points along the Line of Actual Control.

Rajnath Singh told news channel Aaj Tak that both countries had made it clear that they wanted to resolve the problem. In course of the interview, Rajnath Singh also underlined that there was no need for the United States to meditate since the two countries already had a mechanism to resolve problems and it had been set in motion. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

India has been constructing strategically crucial roads and repairing the airstrips close to Aksai Chin since 2008 and the aggressive objection to these constructions now is to redefine the boundaries as per its own misplaced perceptions. Two roads leading to Fukche and Daulat Beg Olde — the two airfields which were activated in April 2008, then after a gap of 41 years in the eastern and western parts of Ladakh.

The construction of the roads cutting the mountains and negotiating the sand dunes was to enable the troops to have an easy access to the front lines. It was also to deny China to take advantage of Indian troops’ absence in the strategically important areas in Ladakh. “These are strategically important areas for the Indian Army for defence purposes,” sources in the Army told The Tribune.“There can be no compromises on strategic assets,” the sources said. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Aglobally-renowned strategic and international security expert, Ashley J Tellis fears that the Ladakh faceoff between India and China could well escalate into an armed conflict between the two Asian giants. “What is very clear to me is that what is happening on the borders with India in all the different areas is certainly not some localised action, which has been provoked simply by zealous local commanders,” he told India Today in an exclusive interview.

“It is a set of actions that has been approved at the theatre level and if it has been approved at the theatre level, then it almost inevitably has been approved at the level of the general staff in Beijing as well.” Tellis, who helped the then Bush administration craft the landmark nuclear deal with India, believes New Delhi should stay prepared militarily for a possible conflict with Beijing while both engage in diplomatic dialogue. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier has begun sea trials to test weapons and equipment capabilities and sharpen training for its crew, the Chinese defence ministry has said. The aircraft carrier, Shandong, named after a coastal province in eastern China, left its docking port Dalian in Liaoning province on Monday to start the first trials since being commissioned in December, 2019, the ministry said.

The trials come amid rising tension with the US over weapon sales to Taiwan and a strong assertion by a Chinese PLA general on Friday that reunifying Taiwan by force is an option for Beijing. Announcing the trials, ministry spokesperson, Ren Guoqiang said training exercises were being carried out according to plan unaffected by the coronavirus outbreak. Continue reading

SOURCE: ET

With Nepal insisting on foreign secretary-level talks to address the Kalapani border issue, even while simultaneously pushing through a constitutional amendment to validate its new map, India said on Thursday it was important to create an environment of trust and confidence for dialogue.

After the main opposition party, Nepali Congress, sought more time and the Madhesis demanded that the proposed amendment also address their concerns, the K P Oli government hasn’t been able to table the bill in parliament yet. India said it had noted that this matter was receiving “careful consideration” in Nepal, taking into account its seriousness. “India is open to engaging with all its neighbours on the basis of mutual sensitivity and mutual respect, in an environment of trust and confidence. This is a continuous process and requires constructive and positive efforts,” said MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava, replying to a question on Nepal’s plea for talks. India believes there has been no lack of engagement between the two countries in any case. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

Three engineers, including two of Indian-origin, are producing eco-friendly polymers using material from shrimps, mushrooms and other organisms to produce high-impact multilayered coatings that can protect soldiers in the battlefield, according to a statement. Two Indian-American engineers along with another at the University of Houston are using chitin — a derivative of glucose found in the cellular walls of arthropods and fungi– and 3D printing techniques to produce the coatings, the varsity said in a statement.

The coatings can protect soldiers against bullets, lasers, toxic gas, and other dangers Indian-American Alamgir Karim, Dow Chair Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, told PTI “chitin offers promise as a commonly available material that could be processed and used in some products that now require petroleum-based plastics”. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

The Nepal Army on Friday said it was not its job to make “unnecessary political statements” or respond to the loaded queries from the media. It was responding to reports that its chief had refused the direct orders of Prime Minister KPS Oli on Indian Army chief Gen. Manoj Naravane’s recent comments on border issue.

“Nepal Army does function well within the parameters of the constitution, and maintains its glorious tradition of discipline, restrain and accountability and respect towards the highest executive office in the country,”it said in a statement. Continue reading

SOURCE: CARBLOG INDIA

The Mahindra ASLV is a purpose built armored light specialist vehicle built for the military and defense purposes that can offer Ballistic protection up to stage B7 and STANAG Level II. You know Mahindra to be a manufacturer of SUVs that are built like a tank and also some commercial vehicles like trucks and pickup vans. However, we bet you didn’t know that Mahindra has also built an armored vehicle quite like this. This monster of a machine that you see here is known as the Mahindra ASLV and it is a purpose-built armored light specialist vehicle. Of course its not for you to buy but has been specifically designed for the military and defense forces.

This Mahindra ASLV is quite unique as it has been built on a modular architecture that can be updated to meet the requirements of the user any time. That also allows for easy maintenance while this vehicle provides Ballistic protection up to stage B7 and STANAG Level II. This vehicle sure looks like nothing other on the road but you could still identify it as a Mahindra by its seven-slatted grille up front. The aesthetics for this ASLV has also been kept very well. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district today, police said.
A cordon and search operation was launched following information about the presence of terrorists in Wanpora area of the south Kashmir district, a police official told news agency Press Trust of India.

The terrorists fired upon the security forces, who retaliated. Two terrorists were killed in the gunfight, the official said. The identity and group affiliation of the two terrorists is being investigated, he added. Continue reading

SOURCE: TIMES NOW

In a joint operation, Military Intelligence and Mumbai Crime Branch busted a telephone exchange racket in Chembur area today from where calls were made to transfer sensitive information related to the movement of Defence and Military personnel in Jammu & Kashmir.

The spy network was attempting to gather information about the Indian defence in Ladakh, using illegal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) exchange In the operation, one accused has been arrested and an investigation is underway to ascertain the identity of other individuals involved in the network and locations of other similar exchanges and according to IANS, more arrests are likely in the next few days. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Air Chief Marshal RK Bhadauria wants Base Repair Depot (BRD) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to carry out conversion of the first 16 IOC (Initial Operational Clearance ) configuration aircraft from the first Squadrons to the FOC (Final Operational Clearance ) configuration as seen in the second squadron so has to maintain combat effectiveness of both the Tejas Mk1 Squadrons without relying on State-owned HAL ‘s LCA- Division team which it has relied on all these years for regular maintenance works of the first squadron.

Bhadauria wants BRD and Squadron level technicians to take over full maintenance activities of the LCA-Tejas Mk1 fleet henceforth and rely on HAL only for major maintenance activities like when they are due to for ” Major Overhauls ” as prescribed by the manufacture like IAF does for all other fighter jets in its fleet. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The upcoming fighter jet will no longer be called as Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) or as Tejas MkII Internally anymore and soon IAF and ADA will propose a New Project name for the aircraft so that it is not associated with the LCA-Tejas Program due to incremental additional capabilities the aircraft will come with.

ADA and MOD are still calling upcoming fighter jet in Medium Class as Tejas MkII in its Internal documents since original Mk2 program started as a re-engineering program for the Tejas Mk1 aircraft with a more powerful engine and since that has been dropped and a new design with higher weapons and combat range capabilities have been approved, it no longer can be called as Tejas Mk2 or LCA anymore. Continue reading

SOURCE: BUSINESS WORLD

Is there any plan for budget cut for the IAF due to economic fallout? What platforms are being prioritized to be inducted or ordered? How will IAF base its demand between security and budget?

Pending the receipt of revised budget estimates, we are targeting a 20-25% savings in the revenue expenditure, as a first step. On capital expenditure, our highest priority lies with the contract for 83 LCA MK1A. Additionally, we are in the process of prioritizing our critical requirements, weapons and technologies like the air to air missiles, air to ground precision weapons, networking, data linking etc. We are working towards industry critical capabilities and minimizing the impact of budget constraints on modernisation. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE PRINT

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to launch a Request for Proposal (RFP) for six midair refuelling planes, even as it works to bolster its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) fleet with fresh inductions and upgrades, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria has said. The IAF chief made the statement in an email interview to ThePrint, as he addressed queries about the force’s preparations amid a changing nature of war that is likely to result in more aerial engagements.

He also said the IAF is not in favour of “rigid theaterisation” of the defence forces, which he claimed would divide the “already scarce IAF combat assets and effort”. However, he clarified that the IAF is not against integration. Continue reading