SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Bengaluru-headquartered ISRO has over the years realised five generations of launch vehicles – SLV-3, ASLV, PSLV, GSLV, and GSLV-MkIII and now plans to develop a new line up of Next Generation Super Heavy Launch Vehicle to be called as Heavy Launch Vehicle (HLV) 1 and HLV-2 as seen in the above images that can put a 5ton payload into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and is also Capable Of Re-flight.
HLV-2 with 2 SC120 (boosters) can put a 7.5ton payload into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) or 23ton payload into low-Earth orbit (LEO). HLV-1 and HLV-2 will be reusable, which refly the most expensive parts of the rocket, which in turn drives down the cost of space access.Continue reading
From mid-air refuelling aircraft and trainer planes to drones, light utility helicopters and minesweepers, the armed forces are increasingly looking to lease military equipment and platforms to plug urgent operational gaps amidst the prevailing fund crunch.
The Army, for instance, is now finalising the lease of four advanced Heron Mark-II medium-altitude long endurance UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) from Israel while the upgrade of its existing drone fleet takes place, say sources.
The Navy is already extensively using two MQ-9B Sea Guardian drones for long-range surveillance missions over the Indian Ocean after leasing them from a US firm last November.
India’s strategic community was in a frenzy last month after USS John Paul Jones carried out a freedom of navigation exercise near India’s Lakshadweep Islands. Indian observers were mystified by the timing of maneuver, coming as it did at a moment when U.S.-Indian relations are on a high. The disquiet in New Delhi was compounded by a U.S. 7th Fleet press release that said the operation was carried out in India’s exclusive economic zone “without requesting India’s prior consent” to assert “navigational rights and freedoms”—language that many Indian observers saw as needlessly provocative.
Analysts in India should not have been surprised. Following the Biden administration’s announcement of ambitious plans to counter China, the United States has moved to boost its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region. In recent weeks, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps have bolstered their deployments, jointly conducting expeditionary strike force operations in the South China Sea. While much of America’s focus is on tackling China’s grey zone challenge in the East Asian littorals, the Indian Ocean, too, is receiving more attention than ever.Continue reading
The lone runway at Goa International Airport will remain shut at night for the next four months as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to modernize the aerodrome infrastructure. INS Hansa is the first airbase to be taken up for modernization as part the MoD’s Phase-II of the Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure (MAFI) project.
“As part of ongoing modernization of infrastructure at Goa International Airport being undertaken by INS Hansa, the runway will remain closed for all traffic from 10pm to 6:30 am daily till September 8,” said the Indian Navy in a statement.
The multi-crore project will include installation and commissioning of modern airfield equipment like Cat-II Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Cat II Air Field Lightning System (AFLS). The modern equipment around the runway would be directly connected to the Air Traffic Control (ATC), thereby providing excellent control of the airfield systems to the air traffic controllers.Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
After over a year, the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh shows no signs of resolution. Disengagement has stalled, China continues to reinforce its troops, and talks have been fruitless.
More broadly, the India-China bilateral relationship has ruptured. Political relations are marked by hostility and distrust. Reversing a long-held policy, New Delhi will no longer overlook the problematic border dispute for the sake of a potentially lucrative wider relationship; now, as India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has made clear, the relationship is conditional on quietude on the border.Continue reading
SOURCE: LIVE MINT
Last month, the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson was to be in India as part of his outreach in a post-Brexit world. But then covid came in between, much like in January, when Johnson had to cancel his visit due to a surge in the pandemic in the UK. This time, it was the Indian situation which resulted in the cancellation of a visit that was aimed at resetting the terms of engagement between India and the UK.
The virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his UK counterpart last week was nonetheless able to generate a new momentum in a relationship that was failing to live up to its inherent potential. The two leaders unveiled an ambitious 10-year roadmap to boost cooperation in key areas, including defence, security and healthcare, in an attempt to elevate ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership over the next decade. At the centre of this ambition is an economic relationship, an enhanced trade partnership, which is aiming for a doubling of bilateral trade by 2030 and features a determination to negotiate a comprehensive and balanced free trade agreement that would involve an interim trade deal by mid-2022.Continue reading
SOURCE: GLOBAL TIMES
A prominent member of the European Parliament, Mick Wallace, recently called on the EU to stop using “shared values” as a cover to engage India and use the country as a geopolitical tool to contain China’s development, which is “exactly what the Americans want to do when it comes to India.” The EU should play an independent role when engaging India, and the idea of using India “as a vehicle to stop China as if China was the baddie and India was the goodie is absolute nonsense,” Wallace said, pointing out that “the Chinese have performed miracles with challenging poverty unheard of in humankind.”
At a time when anti-China forces, including those in the EU, are busy fabricating and hyping up human rights lies to vilify China, Wallace’s comment is not only refreshing but also very effective in exposing the hypocrisy and double standards of these forces. The truth is that China’s development is never a threat to any country or region, and malicious geopolitical schemes aimed at containing China’s peaceful development will eventually backfire.Continue reading
New business models and technological evolutions such as the satellite-based communications or SatCom may pose national security challenges, and there is a need for a regular scrutiny and taking suitable actions, a senior government official said.
“Space-based Internet is increasingly becoming a reality. New models of business and technology evolution may pose new security challenges and there will be a continuous need to examine these challenges and take appropriate actions,” Ajay Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Defence told ETTelecom.Continue reading
India’s recent decision authorising 5G trials without Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE is a sovereign one, a top State Department official has said, asserting that America is deeply concerned about the dangers of installing networks with equipment that can be manipulated, disrupted or potentially controlled by China.
India’s Department of Telecom last week approved applications of telecom companies Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and MTNL to conduct 5G trials but none of them will be using technologies of Chinese entities. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price, at his daily news conference on Tuesday, said: “This was a sovereign decision on the part of the Indian government, so we refer you to the Government of India for any comment on that decision”.Continue reading
More than 5,000 soldiers from the three services are currently undergoing treatment for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in military hospitals across the country, almost a fivefold jump in hospital admissions in the three weeks since a second wave of infections tightened its grip on the country, according to official figures accessed by HT.
The cases under hospitalisation in the military increased from 1,067 on April 18 to 5,134 on May 10, reflecting in some measure the wider national trend of a surge in coronavirus infections.Continue reading
SOURCE: The Indian Express
A WOMAN from Kerala was killed on Tuesday in a rocket attack in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, where she has been working as a caregiver. She was identified as Soumya, 31, a native of Kanjikuzhy panchayat in Kerala’s Idukki district. According to her family friends, the incident happened when Soumya was talking to her husband Santhosh over the phone. “Santhosh heard his wife screaming all of a sudden while she was speaking. There was loud noise and the call got disconnected,” said panchayat member Tinsy Thomas.
“Later, one of Soumya’s relatives, who is also working in the same city as a caregiver, was informed about the rocket attack. She went to the house where Soumya worked as a caregiver and confirmed her death,” said Thomas.Continue reading
Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada police chief on Tuesday renewed the state’s appeal to Maoist cadres to surrender, saying 10 Maoists had died in south Bastar over the last fortnight, possibly due to Covid-19. There has been no statement from the Maoists on the 10 deaths claimed by the police but they have not rebutted the state police either.
Dantewada superintendent of police Abhishek Pallava said the administration was worried that the infection could spread to villagers living deep inside the dense forests that cover 70% of the district.Continue reading
TS Tirumurti, Ambassador of India to the UN on Tuesday expressed concern at the escalating violence between Israel and Palestine and urged both the sides to avoid changing the status quo on the ground. Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on the escalation in East Jerusalem and related events, Tirumurti said that he is deeply concerned about the clashes and violence in Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount and evictions in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods.
“In UNSC meet on escalation in East #Jerusalem and related events, I said: Deeply concerned at clashes and violence in Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount. Equally concerned about evictions in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods. Both sides to avoid changing status-quo on ground,” he tweeted.Continue reading
With the prevailing COVID-19 situation in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to not attend G7 Summit in person, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Tuesday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had extended an invitation to PM Modi to attend the G7 summit, set to be held from June 11-13 in the United Kingdom, as a ‘Special Invitee’. While the MEA has said that PM Modi will not attend the summit in person, it is possible that he might mark his virtual presence amongst the G7 member states and representatives of the European Union.
“While appreciating the invitation to Prime Minister by the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to attend the G7 Summit as a Special Invitee, given the prevailing COVID situation, it has been decided that the Prime Minister will not attend the G7 Summit in person,” the MEA said in a statement on Tuesday.Continue reading
SOURCE: ZEE NEWS
In a joint operation, the Territorial Army and the police on Tuesday (May 11) arrested a terror associate in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district. The security officials recovered ten grenades and 182 rounds of AK-47 rifle from the accused who has been identified as Abdul Ahad Lone.
Lone was nabbed in Kralpora area in the district after the officials acted on specific information. “Territorial Army and SOG Kralpora arrested the militant associate Abdul Ahad Lone based on specific information,” the officials said. “10 grenades and 182 AK-47 rounds have been recovered from his possession,” they added.Continue reading