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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

The Indian Air Force will complete the deployment of the first regiment of S-400 at an airbase in Punjab by February to take on threats from both Pakistan and Chinese airspace. All Forward Airbase have Close range Air Defence systems deployed in the vicinity to protect valuable assets at the base but the deployment of a few S-400 systems at few forward bases also makes them more vulnerable to saturation attacks by using low-cost sub-sonic or Stand-Off Weapon.

Deliberations are been held to provide additional air defense cover to such a forward airbase that doesn’t require the S-400 system to engage expensive missile system to defend against low-cost saturation attacks where the attacking side hopes to take out S-400 system advantage by overwhelming the defending side’s said officials familiar with the matter to idrw.org.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

The defence ministry has begun moving files to place a repeat order of 200 more 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers worth over Rs 10,000 crore. This significant order, to be placed with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) sometime this year, is the largest order placed with an Indian private sector defence firm and is a potential booster dose for the government’s plan to modernise the military, create an industrial defence base and reduce defence imports.

A self-propelled gun is a tank chassis fitted with a howitzer designed to provide firepower to mobile columns. A K9 Vajra weighs 50 tonnes and can fire shells out to over 50 kilometres. L&T had delivered 100 K-9 Vajras for Rs 4,500 crore in partnership with South Korean defence firm Hanwha Defense. The contract was signed in May 2017 and the 100th gun delivered to the army on February 2021. It remains the largest Make in India programmes signed and completed on this government’s watch.

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SOURCE: HT

The Sela tunnel project in China-bordering Arunachal Pradesh, which will allow faster deployment of weapons and soldiers to forward areas in the Tawang sector, has entered a decisive phase, with the defence ministry announcing that the final blast for one of the tunnels being constructed was conducted on Saturday, and all excavation work related to the project was complete.

The final blast for the 980-metre Sela tunnel (Tunnel 1) was conducted through a virtual ceremony by Border Roads Organisation director general Lieutenant General Rajeev Chaudhry, the ministry said in a statement. “This feat has been achieved by the Border Roads Organisation amidst inclement weather and heavy snowfall. Once completed, it will be a lifeline as it will provide all weather connectivity to Tawang,” the statement said.

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SOURCE: ANI

Acting on a tip-off regarding suspected movements of insurgent groups, CRPF personnel along with a team of Nampong police and F/19 Assam Rifles conducted a special joint operation on the intervening night of January 22-23, in the adjoining jungle area of Namgoi.

During the operation, the joint team noticed a suspicious person and apprehended him. As per the preliminary investigation, the individual revealed his identity as SS Rajapio NSCN-K(YA) Sepkam Lungphi. An FIR was lodged against him and he was handed over to Nampong Police station.

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SOURCE: OUTLOOK INDIA

Going by the sound and fury in  Western capitals, Russia will soon send its forces into Ukraine and take over the country, much like it did in 2014, when it annexed Crimea. Reports of Russia moving 10,00,00 troops near its border with Ukraine is being splashed across the US and the Western newspapers.

With feelings against Russia running high, Germany’s navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach was forced to resign following his remarks made at an event in New Delhi at the Manohar Parrikar Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses last week. Instead of keeping up the high-octane propaganda, the Navy chief spoke some home truths not acceptable to either his government or the West, bent on painting Russia as the villain. Vice Admiral Schoenbach had said, “He(Putin) wants high-level respect and my God giving some respect is low-cost, even no cost. If I was asked, it is easy to give him the respect he really demands and probably also deserves. Russia is an old country, Russia is an important country. Even we, India, Germany need Russia…we need Russia against China.’’ After these remarks in India, the Navy Chief had to put in his papers and step down.  

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

This past week, debate about inequality in China resurfaced after the contact tracing details of a migrant worker were posted on Chinese social media. 43-year-old Yue Mou’s movement that involved him taking up over 31 odd jobs in 14 days before he tested positive in Beijing were posted on social media.

Yue, who was looking for his son he lost in Beijing in 2020, did everything — from construction work to food delivery. “My family can’t afford it with less than 10,000 yuan a month. I raise six people alone. I give my parents about 2,000 yuan a month. My father is 76 years old, and my mother is 66. They are not on the subsistence allowances either. They have heart disease, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and they spend a lot of money on medicine,” Yue told China News Weekly.

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SOURCE: PTI

Bengali outfit ‘Bangla Pokkho’ on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh demanding that a Bengali Regiment be raised in the Indian Army to pay appropriate tribute to the contribution of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and numerous other freedom fighters from the state.

It also demanded that youths aspiring to join the armed forces be given the option of writing the recruitment examinations in Bengali language.

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SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

The India Central Asia summit, which will take place once in two years, will be held on January 27 this year. The virtual meet will be the first such summit between India and the 5 central Asian countries–Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan as they set to increase engagement to a higher level.

India and the Central Asian countries already have a foreign minister-level mechanism that has met 3 times on an annual basis so far, the last being in December 2021. The “India-Central Asia Centre”, which is expected to be established in Delhi will act as the secretariat for the India-Central Asia Summit coordination, which henceforth becomes a permanent fixture as ties are taken to a higher level.

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SOURCE: PTI

Amid China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea, German envoy to India Walter Lindner on Saturday said his country does not turn a blind eye to any behaviour that does not respect international law. Speaking about the Ukraine-Russia stand-off, he made it clear that there would be consequences in the event of “more aggressions.” Speaking at the same online interaction with journalists here, Commander Tilo Kalski, the captain of the German Navy frigate ‘Bayern’ which docked in Mumbai on Friday, said India and Germany will further intensify their military cooperation.

On growing concerns about a possible Russian military action against Ukraine, Ambassador Lindner said, Our point of view in Ukraine is clear that there are red lines if there are more aggressions (then) there would be consequences.” The Indian Ocean Region has been witnessing increasing Chinese assertiveness, especially in the South China Sea. In 2020, Germany unveiled its policy guidelines on the Indo-Pacific.

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SOURCE: NEWS18.COM

The traditional Christian hymn Abide With Me has been dropped for the first time since 1950 in this year’s Beating the Retreat ceremony on January 29. The patriotic Hindi song Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon will replace the iconic tune, as part of efforts towards further “Indianisation” of the military, including its tunes, training literature, traditions, customs and other practices, some of which were drawn from the British era.

The official list of 26 tunes for the Beating Retreat ceremony does not carry Abide With Me. Sources in the government told News18.com that the song has been adapted by the Massed Bands in a way that the bells would continue to chime like they did with Abide With Me.

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SOURCE: PTI

With stories about his disappearance now part of popular folklore, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s family and those researching his life and work say the way to truly honour him is by following his ideology of inclusivity and secularism, and to lift the veil surrounding his demise.

The Union government on Friday announced that a grand statue of Bose, the founder of ‘Azad Hind Fauj’, will be installed at India Gate in the national capital as a symbol of India’s “indebtedness” to him. Till the granite statue is completed, a hologram statue of his would be set up at the same place, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced, adding that he would unveil the hologram on January 23, the birth anniversary of Bose. “My father dreamt of an India where all religions coexist peacefully. The statue shouldn’t be the only tribute to Netaji, we must also honour his values,” Anita Bose-Pfaff said hours after the announcement was made by Modi.

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SOURCE: TRIBUNE

On January 21, the Amar Jawan Jyoti or the ‘Eternal Flame’ under the iconic India Gate was ‘extinguished’. It was an emotional moment for many soldiers and veterans as Air Marshal BR Krishna, the Vice-Chief of Defence Staff, presided over a solemn military ceremony, preceded by buglers playing ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Rouse’. The flame from Amar Jawan Jyoti was escorted by contingents of the Army and finally merged with the Eternal Flame within the Amar Chakra at the adjoining National War Memorial (NWM).

The Amar Jawan Jyoti, the Flame of the Immortal Soldier, was finally put out 50 years after it was inaugurated by Indira Gandhi on January 26, 1972. Created after the 1971 Indo-Pak War under the majestic India Gate, the Memorial comprises a reversed rifle with a helmet on the top, a poignant remembrance of the Unknown Soldier who had laid down his life for the nation. This is complemented by four urns around it, one of which had a continuously burning flame. Since then, the Rifle, Helmet and Eternal Flame have represented the undying spirit of our gallant soldiers, standing in mute remembrance of the immortal souls of all Indian soldiers who “gave their today for the Nation’s tomorrow”.

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SOURCE: PTI

Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana on Sunday said over 27,000 police personnel have been deployed for Republic Day security duties in the national capital and anti-terror measures intensified. These personnel include deputy commissioners of police, assistant commissioners of police and inspectors, sub-inspectors. Armed Police Force personnel and commandos, officers and jawans of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) have also been deployed, he said.

Briefing the media about the Republic Day security arrangements, Asthana said a total of 27,723 Delhi Police personnel including 71 DCPs, 213 ACPs and 753 inspectors have been deployed in the capital for the Republic Day parade. They are being assisted by 65 companies of CAPFs. The police chief said over the last two months, the Delhi Police has intensified anti-terror measures in coordination with other security agencies.

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SOURCE: PTI

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday said the people of his state and he himself wanted the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act to be lifted but added that it should be done with consent of the Centre.

Underlining that national security is top priority, Mr Singh said, “We are a border state and share an international border with Myanmar. I have to see the national interest as well.” Ahead of the assembly election in the state, there has been a growing chorus for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, or AFSPA.

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SOURCE: TRIBUNE PK

Pakistan has released 20 Indian fishermen who will be handed over to India’s Border Security Force (BSF) at the Wagah border in Lahore on Monday. The fishermen were arrested for illegally entering Pakistani waters and fishing without permission. They were in Karachi’s Landhi Jail but were released a day earlier by the government on a humanitarian basis.

According to officials, there are 588 Indian fishermen in Pakistani jails out of which cases of 42 are pending while sentences have been handed down. They said that there are 620 Pakistani fishermen in Indian jails.

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